What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

It’ll be obvious to anyone who follows this blog, that I’m a huge believer in the adage ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. I’d like to share one of my many stories today, just in case someone out there needs reminding of this. Lets step back in time, to almost twenty years ago… My first job after leaving home was working as a waitress in a market cafe (caff not café) for £2 an hour. I’m still rather baffled how I got from this…

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How We Overcame Potty Training Regression and Are Completely Nailing it Now

It’s been two months since we embarked on Freddy’s potty training adventure, using the Huggies 6 Steps to Potty Success. At two and a half he was more than ready. He was super keen to switch from nappies to pull ups, and loved wearing his big boy pants over the top. He would also happily sit on the potty at first, although didn’t leave much behind. We had an absolutely flying start, then the regression came out of nowhere. I thought I’d capitalise on Freddy’s enthusiasm one quiet day…

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Only People with a Bigger Family Will be Able to Relate to this

While I was away on my own in Ibiza recently, I had a chat with a random, as you do. He asked me, in all seriousness, if people actually had three children in this day and age. He spoke as if a bigger family was some kind of urban myth, and going against the 2.4 grain and breaking the unwritten rules would be a truly ludicrous thing to do. Unsurprisingly this guy doesn’t have any children of his own, and didn’t strike me as the…

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Our Biggest Inspiration in Life Should be Ourselves

The greatest compliment I get is when people tell me that I’m an inspiration to them. A true inspiration Strangers send me emails and leave comments on my social media feeds saying that my words make their pain a little less painful, and that sharing my life makes them feel less alone (see the comments on this post). Close friends whom I have nothing but respect for, tell me that I’m the most inspirational person they know. A few have told me that my story was the catalyst for them writing…

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Review: KidZania London at Westfield, White City and an exclusive Giveaway

We were invited recently to review KidZania London, which is located inside Westfield shopping in White City. The best way for me to describe it is by saying that it’s role play with go faster stripes! I knew we’d have a good day, but I was blown away by how much my girls enjoyed it. What is KidZania? KidZania is a child sized city, where the children are completely in control. There are sixty interactive experiences for them to choose from, which they either pay…

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Some Things You May or May Not Know About Me

Being a blogger is a funny old thing, and can sometimes leave me feeling exposed, but ultimately I only share what I’m comfortable with people knowing. Some bloggers share no personal information at all, and focus on sharing their skills, others (ahem, like me) are happy to tell you their life story. With that in mind I thought I’d start a wee meme, feel free to join in either via a blog or social media.  Some random facts about little old me… #Care2Share I live with my husband and three…

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Fire! Fire! Exhibition at the Museum of London #FireFire

We were recently lucky enough to go to an exclusive viewing of the Fire! Fire! Exhibition which is being shown at the Museum of London.   Fire! Fire! marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. For me it was a fascinating and eye opening way to discover more about my birthplace before, during and directly after the infamous disaster. Entertaining the kids whilst learning interesting facts is the ultimate win in my books. About Fire! Fire! The exhibition is running until the…

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When Sibling Bullying is Destroying Your Family 

This is very much the article I’ve been putting off writing. I’m sure there will be a backlash. An air of ‘you shouldn’t have said that…’ I’m tired though, I’m exasperated, and I need these words out of my head. For my own catharsis if nothing else. Every single day, my high functioning autistic eldest daughter Polly bullies her younger brother and sister, and her behaviour is tearing our family to shreds.  People ask me if I think our lives would be easier without autism…

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I’m Not Afraid to Admit that My Mind is Blown

“Whatever you do, don’t write about going to Ibiza.” Said everyone I know, but my itchy fingers have a mind of their own. I’m a writer after all, how on earth am I supposed to not write about the most life affirming experience I’ve had in a very long time? In a nutshell, Ibiza was mind blowingly awesome! I’ve been a mum for seven years, and in that time I haven’t had more than one day away from my children. That’s an awfully long time…

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