I’ve had enough! Scrolling through Instagram with all it’s perfect families in perfect houses with perfect bodies. There is a photo of a slim twenty-something looking ever-so-pleased with herself. There she is with her perfect body, face made up, wearing clothes from a store that probably doesn’t go up to my size. Wow! She looks great! Good for her. Hang on! Back. The. Fuck. Up. #bodypositivity  WHAT? Oooh no! You DO NOT get to do that. Do not jump on MY bandwagon. Now, I have no doubt that slim people have confidence issues and I am not undermining that BUT as Cora Harrington Tweeted YouRead More →

No really? What has the NHS ever done for you? I mean, let’s start with your birth, I suspect your mother had access to a GP, maybe midwife. You were likely born in a hospital and even if you weren’t I would guess that a medical professional was at the birth. Then you were likely immunised You might have had illnesses treated by a GP, you probably needed a prescription which was collected from the chemist. If you were anything like me, or my children, you  might have fallen off your bike, or down the stairs or any number of other incidents that would haveRead More →

Did you know there are a wide range of benefits which come from encouraging your children to grow their own fruit and veg? It may sound unlikely, but children actually enjoy gardening. So, if you’re looking to start up a new hobby with the kids, or you want to simply get them out of the house and away from technology for a while, here you’ll discover the benefits of encouraging them to grow their own fruit and veg. It boosts their development Gardening has shown to be an excellent tool for child development. It teaches them responsibility as they have to care for the fruitRead More →

Body positivity seems to be the new buzz phrase lately. Some saying it’s promoting obesity others that it means we should feel comfortable in our own skin. At the grand old age of forty I am the most comfortable in my skin I’ve ever been and I likely look the worst! You see, for me confidence or body positivity has come with age, and settling into the body I live in. Or maybe it’s not confidence as much as acceptance, either way I’m OK with it. I don’t have the prettiest body by far. I am fat, wobbly and covered in scars from operations but,Read More →

I do love a chip but my figure does not. I am attempting to shift a bit of weight at the moment but I don’t do diets. I like to try to eat healthily and up my exercise. Unfortunately at the moment I struggle with exercise which means I can’t burn off the creme egg I might have scoffed at 9.30am so therefore I need to be more careful with what I’m putting in my mouth (if Cadbury’s go into receivership it may or may not be a direct result of my healthy eating). So without further ado I bring you the VonShef Digital AirRead More →

depression - pills vs talking therapy

Depression, the black dog, that gloomy cloud that envelops your being from morning to night. That feeling of dread. Doom. Waking in the night. Crying for seemingly no reason. Self harm. Spending money you don’t have. Not going out. Going out too much. Alcohol. Drugs. Poor body image. Feeling unloved, unlovable. Shall I go on? I’ve suffered on and off with depression since my teens. A looong time. I was on Prozac (now known as Fluoxetine) in my early twenties. It didn’t work for me. I felt numb, dulled-down, not myself. I’ve been on a fair few different types of anti-depressants over the years. TooRead More →