That Boy in the Playground.

That Boy in the Playground.

I was getting ready this morning and this poem just came to me!

That Boy in the Playground

That boy in the playground
He’s a little bit strange
He’s a little bit different
Says big words for his age.

He runs a bit awkwardly
Definitely isn’t the same
Lets have some fun here
Lets call him some names

That boy in the playground
He gets cross and upset
I pushed him around
He grabbed my neck

He was crying and screaming
It was funny to see
Why does he go so crazy
Im glad he’s not friends with me

That boy in the playground
He is my son
Just like the rest of you
He wants to have fun

He isn’t a monster
He’s a kind loving boy
He is wired up differently
When you tease, it’ll annoy!

That boy in the playground
He cries in my arms
He wants people to like him
He doesn’t mean any harm

Being nasty to him isn’t a joke
Please give him a chance
He wants to be friendly
Just seems different at a glance

My son, he has Autism
He is one of a kind
Next time you want to be mean
Please bear this in mind!


Uppies for Autism!

Uppies for Autism!

‘Uppies for Autism’ -­a sporting challenge initiated by England footballer Jack Wilshere in collaboration with The Autism Trust.

Jack Wilshere (the Arsenal and England football player) has responded to the challenge laid down by Billy Tommey, a young man aged 17 with autism, to take on the challenge of showing off his footballing skills in the new ‘Uppies for Autism’ campaign for 2014.

Responding to the opportunity Jack then challenged Mo Farah and Arsenal colleagues Calum Chambers, Alex Oxlade-­‐Chamberlain plus the legend, David Beckham … Chambers went on to show what he could do and extended the challenge to Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, Wojciech Szczesny, and Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne and Harrison Reed.


The game is now on! Anyone can try ! All you need is a ball …or something else to do your uppies, your imagination is your only limitation.

Here is my lil footballer doing her most keepy uppies to date so far!!!


‘Uppies’ is a game played by people the world over to develop their footballing skills. The goal is simple (but very hard!): How many times can you ‘keep up’ the ball using feet, knees, head and shoulders (no handball!) without the ball touching the ground…

Uppies for Autism is a campaign to raise awareness of the challenges faced by individuals
with autism, as well as how The Autism Trust will address those challenges and improve
the lives of all individuals impacted by autism, including their families.


The campaign (online‘uppiesforautism’) will raise much needed funds and support to achieve The Autism Trust’s mission of ongoing operations inthe Sunninghill, UK location, as well as build a revolutionary facility in the UK & United States that will provide vocational, educational, wellness and semi(independent resources for individuals with autism.
These unique and much needed facilities, combined with other resources, will provide futures with purpose for all individuals with autism.

The Autism Trust’s objective is to create a future with purpose for children everywhere with autism. The concept is based on providing employment and training opportunities for young adults with autism within a new residential and outreach centre where adults with autism and other related disabilities are provided with expert services through a developed medical, business and vocational centre that will support their health, maximise their skills and talents and offer work to live fundamentally happy and safe lives.

The Autism Trust (Registered charity Nr 1117657)

The Autism Trust’s focus is on building inspiring, sustainable and real futures for the many young
people with autism in the world today.The Autism Trust is a charity established to provide futures for people with autism so they may live a fulfilling life with purpose, dignity and respect.Our primary belief is that if given the chance all people with autism can put something back into society, some independently and some with support.

Autism is a global issue and The Autism Trust believe that by working collaboratively with experts, parents and professionals in the field of autism we can provide the futures that are crucially needed for all individuals with autism. Our UK centre in Sunninghill in Berkshire, ‘Polly’s Place’ has successfully shown that with the right support, our students can use their skills to add real value to the world.

We want to expand and help more teenagers and adults with autism experience the training in all
areas which The Autism Trust team can offer.The Autism Trust UK and USA work together in succeeding to prove that autism can and does have a place in society.

• Polly’s Place online and retail shop showcase the craft and art talent of artists
with autism and students at the centre, as well as provide them the opportunity to work in the shop packaging and sending the purchased products.
• Our students also participate in retail analysis, computer science, photography, horticulture,
holiday craft clubs and outreach work experience to local businesses within the community.
• The Autism Trust USA most recently launched our Social Club, which gives families
the opportunity for fun, friendship and social skill development.

Uppies for Autism will provide the much needed funds and support to give more people with autism and their families a chance, and for us to expand and develop our centres.

Will you get involved?

Win a 1 Night Stay for Two People in a Travelodge of your choice!!

Win a 1 Night Stay for Two People in a Travelodge of your choice!!


Travelodge are currently refurbishing 500 of their hotels!

How do you fancy winning a 1 night stay for 2 people at any Travelodge of your choice?

I am very excited to announce that I am working alongside Travelodge to be able to offer this to you in a competition!

Where would you stay? Who would you take with you?

Please note this prize cannot be taken from 18th December through to the 6th January.

Just follow the steps in the widget below!!

Good Luck!

A 1 Night Stay for 2 in a Travelodge of your choice!

Euro Camp France – La Croix Du Vieux Pont – August 2014.

Euro Camp France – La Croix Du Vieux Pont – August 2014.


Our 1st ever family holiday abroad!! We were so excited to be picked as Eurocamp bloggers this summer! The 1st family holiday in years and the kids FIRST EVER trip abroad! Exciting times!!

So we leave home for our drive to Dover at around 6am … it was raining and miserable! It took around an hour and a half to get there and we were just in time. We were one of the last cars to board the ferry and were parked on a ramp. We leave the car and go up on deck onto the ferry. It was a little choppy and Ed was feeling sick. The kids were UBER excited even with the miserable weather. Here they are out on the top deck… Izzy … flip-flops were not really ideal! LOL!


The crossing was pretty straightforward. My nerves were now kicking in though as I had never driven abroad before and was DREADING the next bit! We headed back to the car to be told by one of the ferry stewards that my car had been rolling about in transit… WHAT? The handbrake was on!! They had to put blocks behind my tyres! Ooops! So now sat back in the car waiting for the cars to drive out and I’m stuck on an upwards ramp with a handbrake that doesn’t work and Im panicking trying to get biting point right so that I don’t roll back and hit the car behind me! EEEEEEEKKK!!! So the cars in front of me start moving away and I pull THE BIGGEST wheel spin in the world… smoke and all… how embarrassing hahaha! The kids asked…. “Erm, Mum? What is that smell??” My response: “That, my darlings, is Mummys tyres!” Off we set, through the smoke and smell of rubber onto foreign soil!

Ok picture the scene… scared witless of driving on the other side of the road… trying to keep an eye on my speed…. it is absolutely pissing down with rain…. “are we nearly there yet?” from the little voices in the back of the car… STRESSED!!!

The journey from Calais to EuroCamp took about 2 and a half hours in total. Quite a drive but as you will see when you read on it was SO worth it.

EuroCamp – La Croix Du Vieux Pont, France… We are here!!!!

We got there, went to reception and picked up our key! Very excited but tired children by this point.


Beautiful 3 bed home with decking area and a close walk to all the amenities. Perfect. It was wonderfully clean with a lovely welcome pack waiting for us along with towels and beach towels. The place was spotless and like brand new!

We unloaded the car and went to explore the resort!

So much to see and do!! An instant attraction for the kids was the man made beach! Amazing!




Although we started with rain in France we had some very very lovely weather too which was an added bonus! We all actually came home with a sun tan!

Another place that we spent quite a bit of time was the swimming pool! There are 4 pools which includes inside and outside, 2 water slides (which Izzy absolutely loved!) and a fountain room for younger kids! Now swimming has always been an issue for Xavier as he hated being splashed and getting his face wet etc. With lots of encouragement we managed to get him in the pool, and standing under water fountains by the end of the holiday!! He even put his face underwater but made the mistake of breathing in instead of out!! Ooops! So proud of my boy for his swimming pool achievements during our holiday!!

Here is photographic evidence!! YAY!!


There were kids clubs for Various ages, that includes LOADS of different activities, which you can find out about HERE. My kids didn’t take part in the kids clubs which was their own choice. I’m not sure how Xavier would have coped. He likes to do his own thing. Izzy was feeling a little shy and also chose not to. We had lots of fun regardless.

A couple of times we took a little stroll into the village down the road to stock up on some supplies and check out the local area. It made for some lovely photographs… which I will bore you with right now!! :)




The campsite is so very beautiful and clean incredibly picturesque! I took hundreds of photographs and promise to not send you off to sleep with them all but I really have to show you what we were surrounded with during our wonderful stay! There were a couple of fishing lakes, one of which you could hire canoes and pedlos on. There was a table tennis room, lots of play parks dotted about the site, restaurants, bars, a shop and bakery, bowling alley… which we went to and I got my backside whooped by the kids! Also there is Laser Quest, pool tables, climbing wall, bike hire, trampolines, go karts, football station, seriously the list is endless. No matter what age your children are… they will not be bored! I guarantee that!!



Also available from the Main Reception of the campsite is 2 day trips that you can book onto. First and probably most popular is a Day trip to DisneyLand Paris. Second is a day trip to Paris. We opted for the second as the first one was a little out of our budget. We went to Paris! We fell in love with it!! Xavier wanted to bring the Eiffel Tower home with us! It was a VERY long  day but so worth it!

As we walked to reception to meet our coach that morning I managed to capture this picture of the lake. It was so stunning!


So we jump on the coach and travel for about an hour and a half into central Paris! When we get there we didn’t know where we were going but just kind of walked and ended up walking round a corner to this:



How magnificent is that?!! Xavier was really blown away by it! So here follows the obligatory Paris shots!! Nooooo I hear you cry! Yes! They are quite good you know! If you ever get the chance to go to Paris…. DO IT!



My gorgeous Izzy sat by the River Seine.


Xavier was feeling a little unwell so we had a rest by the River. He needed to rest his little legs too. It was a very humid day so the rest was welcomed by us all to be honest. I love sitting and watching the world go by especially in unfamiliar places.

We saw L’Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, La Louvre to name but a few. Really not realising all there is to see. There were street artists everywhere too and I bought the most wonderful oil painting.


My 2 fave pics from Paris are the kids with the Eiffel Tower.


We were all absolutely shattered from our day in gay Paris but loved every minute.

What I loved so much about Eurocamp was the happiness in my children’s eyes. Xavier coped so incredibly well with the complete change of routine and new things surrounding him. My kids had an absolute ball on their 1st trip abroad! There was so much to see and do just around the campsite let alone the day trips out. Eurocamp made our holiday amazing. I honestly have nothing bad to say whatsoever. The atmosphere on camp was always calm, everyones faces were smiling all the time, the staff were wonderful and incredibly helpful. We would LOVE to visit La Croix Du Vieux Pont again as we had THE most amazing holiday there. I would recommend to ANYONE. Next years prices and special offers you can check out HERE. Get booking!! You won’t regret it!

We were very sad to pack up and leave camp when our week was over! The sun was shining in France for our drive back to Calais to catch the ferry. Beautiful! You will be pleased to know there were no wheel spins on the journey home and no burnt rubber! I managed to get parked on the flat when homeward bound. The P&O ferry crossing home was wonderfully calm and we were welcomed back home to England in true Brit Style……. BLOODY RAIN!

It had to be done!!

It had to be done!!

I love tattoos! I have a few small ones already. My 2 most cherished are my children’s names on the insides of my wrists.

So in theory I have an arm to dedicate to each child in art work! Now I appreciate tattoos are not everyones cup of tea but I LOVE them!

Here is my Xavier Tattoo on my right wrist.


Now I couldn’t not have an Autism related Tattoo could I to start things off?! As the title of this post says…. It had to be done!!

… Here it is! I know some people will hate it but really I don’t care because its not their tattoo its mine! :)


I had this done at Inked Tattoo Studio in Crawley by the very talented Andy Gibson. You can look them up on Facebook! :)

I think I may have to have something Dr Who related next on that arm…. also need to start thinking of what to put on my Izabel arm too!!

If I was rich I think I would be fairly covered in tattoos!!

Do you have tattoos? If so what of? Do you hate Tattoos? Why?

Why is it all so bloody difficult?

Why is it all so bloody difficult?

To get the help that is so desperately needed?? Xavier was referred by the GP with a supporting letter from our Family Link worker to the Children and Adults Mental Health Service. I raised my concerns a while ago as my son, who is only 8 years old… keeps talking about not wanting to be here, wishes he was dead, wants to kill himself etc. Recently, whilst in a huge meltdown he ran to the kitchen drawer where the knives are and he managed to get his hand on one but Thank Goodness I was there to stop him getting any further.

It breaks my heart that he feels this way. It breaks my heart to hear those words come from his mouth. It breaks my heart thinking about the craziness that must go on inside his little head and there is nothing I can do to take that away. I just wrap my arms around him, hold him tight, tell him how much I love him and try and reassure him that everything is ok.

I received a letter back from the Mental Health Team at the end of last week saying that they will not be taking him on and if we have any concerns we need to speak to someone else. What the hell does he have to be like to be taken on by them then? How utterly ridiculous! It makes my blood boil! My son very clearly needs their help. He says his brain talks to him and tells him to do things, it tells him to hold on to his toilet which is a huge huge problem for him.  How bad do things have to get for them to help him?? His aggression and violent behaviour is gradually getting worse and as he gets bigger and stronger there is going to be a lot less I can do to manage this! At the moment I can.

Why do these children with disabilities, additional needs etc etc not get the help they so rightly deserve without the parents/carers having to put up a soul destroying, heart breaking fight EVERY SINGLE TIME???


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