Is Your Child Ill? Don’t Panic!

Image Source All parents know the terrifying moment when your child appears to have fallen ill. This can be surprisingly distressing, and sometimes it can even be difficult to figure out exactly what you need to do. In some cases, the worry even clouds the decision making, and sometimes this can lead to a poorer decision being made than you would normally go for. If you are in this situation at the moment, then you are probably wondering what you can do. The truth is, it is relatively straightforward. Let’s take a look at your ultimate steps. Relax No matter… [Read More]

The fading of time. A poignant post about losing mum to cancer and reflecting on memories that are fading all too fast…

May of this year marks 12 years since mums passing. She had ovarian cancer and died when she was just 50 years old. My sister and I were 18. It’s hard to think about what life would be like now if mum was still around. Actually, it’s pretty unbearable to think about. However I do often find myself thinking up things that I think we might have done together. We’d go shopping and try on ridiculous outfits then laugh at one another. We’d enjoy a spot of lunch and have a chat about our lives. I might even ask her… [Read More]

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

22nd May 2005. A date that will haunt me forever. The day that my sister and I lost our mum to ovarian cancer. The thing about ovarian cancer though, is that the date of her death isn’t the only date that haunts me. There where the days where we witnessed mum fragile and weak. The days where we witnessed her loosing her hair. The days where ovarian cancer showed itself in all of it’s brutal form as sickness and pain took over. Those days may haunt me, but it’s the days where mums strength and inner happiness shined through that… [Read More]

Tick, Tock: Pay Heed to Your Biological Clock!

The sound of a clock ticking can be one of the most irritating noises, conjuring images of minutes slipping away during difficult exams or the seemingly endless minutes waiting to fall asleep. So it’s no wonder that for many women, the tendency is to push that biological clock into a place where it can be safely ignored. However, for many women, the sound of the biological clock ticking can turn into alarm bells when the time comes to start a family. Women may “oversleep,” so to speak, missing the chance to start a family without intervention. And sometimes, interventions may… [Read More]

Parent & Carer First Aid Class Review with Daisy First Aid

One Sunday afternoon whilst sitting in my front room surrounded by the noise of our girls playing, I came across a video on Facebook that had been shared by Daisy First Aid. The video showed a mum saving her daughter’s life with abdominal thrusts as the child was choking. Touch wood, our girls have never been in this situation, but I started thinking about how I would react in that same situation. The mum in the video had attended a first aid course. She remained calm and focused on what she needed to do in order to save her child’s… [Read More]

Stand Up for Girls: The Good Childhood Report

I’m a mum to twin girls who are five years old. Their happiness and wellbeing is of the utmost importance to me, so when I recently read the findings of The Good Childhood Report which has been carried out by The Children’s Society I was both concerned and saddened. More than a quarter of a million girls aged 10-15 across the country are not happy with their lives overall; one in seven of all girls in that age group. Whilst boys’ wellbeing is staying the same, girls is getting worse. Does this statistic surprise me? If I’m being totally honest,… [Read More]

Stop blaming technology! Blame the Parents!

Kids playing in woods

I see so many news articles, blog posts, vlogs and social media statuses about how children of today are becoming obsessed with technology. Children are spending more and more time locked away in their bedrooms alone whilst they surf the internet, spend time on social media and chat with their friends online. Family meal times and conversations are in decline as children and their parents would rather sit and stare at their phones whilst eating instead of making conversation about their day or life in general. What’s happening to us? So many parents complain about the amount of time their… [Read More]

A love letter to the ones who made our IVF dreams come true

Premature baby feet

Dear L, A and everyone else at the clinic where we had our IVF, From the very first day my husband and I met you all at your open evening, I think it’s fair to say that we knew we would be in a relationship with you that will truly last a lifetime. Although we haven’t seen one another for quite some time, there’s not a day that goes by without us thinking of you all. You see, you made our dream come true. Our dream to have children together, and you didn’t just make it happen once. You blessed us with twins,… [Read More]

Getting Rid of Fat in the Most Difficult Places

It’s tough to achieve the ideal body at any stage in life, much less when you’ve got kids in the house. Kids have a way of taking up all of your time and energy. This has a twofold effect on your weight loss goals. For one, you don’t have the time or energy to focus on your diet and workouts. For two, the stress of little sleep and hard, fast work during the day makes it a lot easier to pack on the pounds. By the time you’ve got a chance to reevaluate (when they’re in college?) you might have… [Read More]

Parents of Premature Babies: What you need to know

Premature baby feet

I wrote the title for this post back in October of last year, but that’s as far as I got in writing it. You see no one plans on their children being born prematurely. It’s just not something that you can factor into your life ‘just in case’. My husband and I had IVF. We made the decision to put two of our embryos back inside me as we wanted the best chance possible to conceive. We were very lucky that both embryo’s took and we were blessed with twins. Knowing what we now know, that our children would be… [Read More]