Growing old is a privilege denied to many

The older I become the more I look back on my life, and reflect on past experiences. I was recently completing an online survey when the last question popped up asked which age bracket I fell into. As I ticked the 25-34 year old box, I smiled. I smiled because although I’m 31, soon to be 32, I like the fact that I’m getting older. To me getting older means getting stronger, more knowledgable and caring less about what other people think. The older I get, the more aware I am of how much time I have with my children…. [Read More]

The top 3 benefits of quitting a bad habit

Habits are sticky behaviors that can be incredibly hard to shake off. Sadly, most people pick up bad habits that end up consuming their lifestyles. Such habits not only jeopardize our wellbeing but also prevent us from pursuing our ambitions. Ultimately, bad habits sap your energy and reduce your self-esteem considerably. Top psychologists concur that your habits affect how happy and successful you are. You don’t just start behaving in a certain way: there’s some science behind habit. Initially, your brain is triggered by a cue, then you gradually develop deep cravings. This triggers a response in an attempt to… [Read More]

An Extra Special London Marathon Fundraising Update That You Won’t Want To Miss!

Phew, that was a rather long title for a blog post! It’s worth it though because this really is an extra special London marathon fundraising update that you won’t want to miss! As many people who read my blog or follow me on social media will know, I’ve been lucky enough to receive a charity place at the London marathon 2019 with a wonderful charity called WellChild. WellChild is the national UK children’s charity making it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever possible. When I was offered… [Read More]

Butterfly, Labels, Transgender and Bullies

This post is probably going to be a long one, but if you can bear with me and make it to the end, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. This post is a bit of a random mash of thoughts I’ve had this week, but somehow they’re all closely related. Stick with it! Butterfly My husband and I recently watched the ITV drama, Butterfly. Image source Butterfly follows the journey of 11 year old Max who reveals to his family that he has Gender Identification Disorder. Put simply, Max was born a boy, but he feels… [Read More]

That Friday Linky

It’s Friday again, which means it’s That Friday Linky time again! Please have a quick read of the info below and join in! As always we ask that you link up your favourite post of the week. Please don’t link up your entire blog, just one specific post that you’d like to share with us all. Linky’s are a great way to find new blogs to read, discover new content and they’re also a great way to raise your blogs profile. Myself and my husband, Nigel, who blogs at DIY Daddy are your hosts. If you’d like us to retweet your… [Read More]

Brilliant Mum Feature Week 82

Brilliant Mum Feature

Hello and welcome to the Brilliant Mum Feature. Once a week I will be featuring one mum in a bid to find out more about them and their lives. If you’d like to take part in this series, simply fill in this form. This week our brilliant mum feature is Emma who blogs at All Things Emma Dunn. Emma is 30 years old, has a soon to be 13yr old and is currently 30 weeks pregnant. Emma says she has done both pregnancies alone with no support from the guys, and its better that way. Her son is diagnosed with ADHD, social… [Read More]

Why you Should ‘Do It Yourself’ When it Comes to Wood Flooring

When it comes to your flooring, it’s so important to make the right decisions from the outset. Choosing the ideal flooring for your home not only makes for an attractive feature, it can also drastically improve the dynamics of your living space. If you have a family, either big or small, chances are that your floors will have to put up with wear and tear on a daily basis. In this case, the clear winner is wood flooring. It’s durable, resistant to scuffs and scratches, and can stand up to the heavy footfall of children and pets. But before you… [Read More]

The Social Side of Exercise

When my children were babies, I remember feeling isolated and at times quite lonely. I longed for a friend. Someone I could invite round for a cuppa and chat, and vice versa. Our girls were almost one year old when I finally plucked up the courage to go to a playgroup, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did it give the girls a chance to play with some new toys and socialise with other children, it also gave me the chance to meet new people. When the girls started school, my husband and I met lots of other… [Read More]

Thank Goodness for Pet Insurance

Two weeks ago I noticed that our much loved pet rabbit, Snuggles, appeared to have lost his appetite. Having done lots of research about rabbits when we first brought Snuggles home, I immediately knew that this was a bad thing. Rabbits are very good at hiding illnesses which means it can be quite hard to spot when they are unwell. Thankfully, I know our little Snuggles very well, and one thing I know for sure about him is that he loves his food. Every morning Snuggles has his breakfast brought to him, and this consists mainly of romaine lettuce, coriander… [Read More]

Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Christmas is not long away so that means lots of people are turning their thoughts towards Christmas gifts. If you’re super organised, you may have already started, or even finished your Christmas shopping, but if you’re like me and haven’t started yet then have a look at this gift guide for some Christmas gift inspiration. Cienna Rose Nail Lacquer This new, fun and colourful nail brand has a range of lacquers for every occasion containing Lemongrass Oil, Pro Vitamin B5, Vitamin E and a 12-free formula (vegan friendly too). Inspired by all things floral, Cienna Rose is a 12 Free… [Read More]