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]

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]

Exploring The Cheshire Property Market

Cheshire is a county in northwest England that’s perhaps best know for its rural villages and for its Industrial Revolution heritage, but did you know that Cheshire is an area bursting with lots of things to see and do. From relaxing spa breaks and beautiful gardens to explore, to stunning stately homes and picturesque countryside. Cheshire is city bursting with must sees. It’s 2000 years of history and spectacular shopping attracts hundreds of tourists each year so is it any wonder that the Cheshire Property Market is a popular choice for many. Chester city came top of a list of… [Read More]

Review: WATCHU GPS Smart Watch for Kids

As a parent we all want what’s best for our children. At just six years old, our twin girls have been asking my husband and I at what age can they get a mobile phone. I usually just say when they’re in high school. I think I was around 12 years old when I got my first mobile phone. It didn’t do much other than make phone calls and send text messages, but mobile phones nowadays can do so much. It’s actually pretty scary. I worry about my children having access to social media and various websites which are all… [Read More]

Should children be allowed to take their birthday off school?

When I was a kid I never spent a single birthday in school. That’s not because my parents decided to keep me home, but simply because my birthday is early in January which means schools are closed due to the Christmas and New Year period. Being in school for my birthday wasn’t something that I’d ever thought of because I was just used to the fact that this never happened. It’s not something I ever really thought about again, that was until recently. Our twin girls birthday is February, and unless it falls on a weekend, it means they’ll always… [Read More]

Should Primary School Children be Tested?

I was recently made aware that next year, our children, who are in year two of primary school will be doing their SATs or National Tests as they’re now know. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Our girls will be seven when they take their SATs, and although many people have said not to worry about them or the results, I can’t help but worry. Some argue that testing children at such a young age is good because it’s preparing them for tests they’ll take when they’re older, whilst others argue that the tests are purely for the… [Read More]

Should schools enforce the daily mile?

Have you heard of the daily mile? Perhaps your children already take part in it at school? Do you think it should be enforced in all schools? For those of you who don’t know, the daily mile encourages children to run or jog at their own pace for a full 15 minutes every day. A lot of schools have already signed up to the initiative, and I think it’s a great idea. This kind of follows on from yesterdays blog post, The Reality of Raising an Indoor Generation. More and more children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. That’s… [Read More]

The reality of raising an indoor generation

Growing up, I’d spend the majority of my childhood outdoors. I’d either be in the park with my friends, or playing in my back garden until bedtime. Sadly, children nowadays spend less time outdoors than ever before. The only time you’d find me indoors was to eat lunch and dinner, and to sleep. There’s a lot to be said about our current generation of teenagers. While they’re more health conscious than ever before, we have to ask the question, at what cost does this come? Reality TV shows lay bare a generation of ‘beautiful’ people who appear to have it… [Read More]

A year of self-employment

The 11th October 2018 will mark my one year anniversary of being self-employed. It’s been such an up and down journey, but overall, it’s been a very positive experience. In August 2017 I accepted redundancy from the company I’d worked for since I was 17 years old. It was a very daunting time, but I looked upon it as an exciting time. A time to start afresh, a new chapter. A chance to do something different that would make my life, and the lives of my family easier. On the 11th October 2017 I completed my very first self-employed job…. [Read More]

Hacks for maintaining your vehicle #TYREKNOWLEDGE

Taking of your car is essential. It’s one of those things that we don’t enjoy doing, but has to be done. I’ve owned my car for around seven years. It’s my first car, and although it’s 15 years old, I’ve never had a problem with it. I firmly believe the reason for this is because of how I’ve taken care of it. You see, when you take care of your car, you can ensure that you get the most out of it, and that it will last for many more years. Some of the things I do to maintain my car… [Read More]