The big M .... yes I’m talking about the menopause

I wondered whether or not to write this blog. It isn’t like me to shy away from topics I feel are important or a bit taboo and yet I still wasn’t sure whether or not to write this one at all. You see the menopause isn’t something I hear people talk about. It isn’t...

Autism and girls

I want to take a minute (or two) to talk about autism and girls. Last night I saw a thread on Facebook about autism in girls, I’d seen several very similar posts and threads over the last few days, and prior to this I’d seen the same sort of threads every other week....

Why I decided to lose weight

I started slimming world back in winter 2016 and I didn’t think I’d ever lose the two stone I wanted to but I did and I did so by Summer 2017. Now it’s 2019 I’ve started again but just with a friend rather than going to group. You see I’ve put half of the weight back...

Our children

Our children.... Both very different but equally as amazing. We couldn’t be prouder of them both! People have said many things about both over the years, but there are things that have been said about Isla that differ from what’s been said about Billy simply because...

Be the person you once needed

The day Isla was diagnosed with autism we were handed a leaflet and sent on our way to try and make sense of what had just happened and what her diagnosis would mean for her and for us. A leaflet and a few meagre words, nothing more, nothing less. There was no support...

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Thought of the day

Thought of the day. If we’d listened to others about Isla we’d have given up hope, we’d have plodded along on our...

Our side of the spectrum interview 3 – Paula and family

I had the pleasure of interviewing Paula recently about her daughter Georgina and their families journey with autism....

The many faces of Tesco

I shall call this post ‘the many faces of Tesco’ Face one was my ‘what the fluffy duck am I doing in Tesco the week...

The things you don’t realise unless you live with ASD

This is brilliant, I had to share. You never fully understand autism until you are living with someone with autism....

Daily update

Isla has been on a school trip today to an adventure park. This was thanks to https://www.facebook.com/kidsout/ and...

Non uniform day

Today is non uniform day at Islas school. I know Isla doesn't know this and so her choice of clothing today was even...

Why I decided to lose weight

I started slimming world back in winter 2016 and I didn’t think I’d ever lose the two stone I wanted to but I did and...

Reviews

Dignity unflavoured toothpaste / sensory bundle

If you have a child with autism there is a big chance that you are all too aware of sensory difficulties. One of the most common issues parents have shared with me since blogging is problems with personal care- hair washing, hair brushing, teeth brushing and...

Scarlet’s little orphans and boobie bears

Scarlet's little orphans and boobie bears I want to tell you about an amazing lady, my friend Helen. Helen is actually my grandparents' goddaughter and I've known her my whole life (30 cough cough something years). Not only is Helen a very talented photographer who...

ICE seatbelt covers (in case of emergency)

When you have a child with any disability you think about things that other people don’t have to worry about, things that actually panic you and make your heart physically ache. One of these things for me was what would happen if I had an accident with the kids in the...

Conditioning Spray

Osmo Deep Moisture Dual Action Miracle Repair Spray I've seen so many people struggling with their child's hair recently. We all know that children on the spectrum can have huge issues around their hair and I regularly write about Islas hair struggles....

Waterless Shampoo

I received this product for free but am in no way paid by or connected to the company or obliged to like their product. It's common knowledge that we have a lot of issues with hair in our household. I blog about it often enough, mostly followed by another blog about...

Costa Billionnaire latte

As promised it's review time! Yesterday the hubs took me to Costa coffee. Costa we know is the elixir of life and quite frankly keeps parents like myself functioning at a reasonable level. John had his usual cappuccino, he doesn't get the Christmas flavours at all and...

Costa Salted Caramel Cappuccino

Review time! So the other day because I think a lot of you guys, I dragged my snotty, coughing, sorry backside out of the house and over to Costa coffee to continue with my market research. I know I'm kind like that. I mused over the Christmas flavours for a while and...

Costa Honeycomb latte!

This is a public service broadcast. Today the hubs took me to Costa and we all know I love a bit of Costa action. I was just about to order a Black Forest hot chocolate when I did a u-turn and decided to order something else! Why? Because I've decided it's in the best...

Costa Black Forest Hot chocolate

It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrrr..... Its Costa Coffee Christmas flavours time! Just the very thought of Costa Coffee brightens my day but Costa Coffee and Christmas flavours.... I’m in heaven! Now when I say Christmas flavours let me be more...

Colchester Zoo

Went to Colchester zoo last week on what was an extremely hot day. Before our visit, I did what I always do and I looked at the zoo website. If you scroll right down to the disabled ticket prices it tells you disabled people and carers get in for half price because of...

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