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...

When food changes

  If you’ve followed us for a while you will know how much Isla loved KFC - that’s right I just used past tense! There was a time not so long ago when we would take detours on journeys to avoid driving past Islas beloved ‘chicken’ because she would break her...

Is autism a disability? (yes, yes it is)

Every day I see it and I hear it - people talking about autism as ‘just a different way of thinking’, ‘same computer different processor’, ‘neurodiversity’, ‘different ability, not a disability’. There is a whole movement of people with autism who are advocating for...

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The worst thing about autism

Sometimes I forget Isla has autism. I know that sounds odd but it's true, to us Isla is Isla and quite often I don't...

Guest Blog – Faithmummy

Today's guest blog is brought to you by a very good friend of mine - Miriam from Faithmummy. I met Miriam through our...

A siblings love

Yesterday afternoon I stood in the playground waiting for Billy. My friend who is a TA and whose son is one of Billy’s...

When a Playmobil figure is more than just a toy

Look at the picture below.   What do you see? A playmobil figure, nothing more, nothing less, not uncommon, not...

Welcome to Islas voice the website!!!!! So excited to be launching our brand new site today

Today is Isla’s 7th birthday so what better to mark the occasion than to launch our brand new website!!! We really...

Is it a full moon?

I'm pretty sure there isn't a full moon but it's all going on here! John (aka the stupid one) don't like cricket.......

Daily update

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

Happy birthday Billy!

Nine years ago today at 10.57am we welcomed our son in to the world. Billy Christopher. He came in to the world with a...

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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