It’s the little things

It’s the little things

that really mean so much!

Since Xavier joined his amazing new school in April his confidence has grown greatly! It really blows me away. It may only be little things to most people but they are huge to me. He can do up the buttons on his polo shirt…. he can put on his own socks… he eats ham… he actually asked me if he could try a pistachio nut the other day. He is wanting to try new things. This evening I had sweet potato for the first time and he tried a bit and didn’t like it but he just ate it and didn’t run to the bin to spit it out. He is becoming more independent with going to the toilet at home. Yes, he is almost 10 years old but he has dyspraxia which affects his motor skills. He has sensory issues too and his toileting issues have been apparent for many years now. He came home from school last week with a Star of The Week certificate for “talking to an adult when he gets angry or frustrated”. I am so incredibly proud of him!


I have been (still am) really unwell lately with my mental health and other things… too many to list here and the last thing I want to do is bore you haha! Izabel has been offering to do little chores for me at home to take the strain off. I think she sees that I am struggling and is being very grown up and really helping me out. Again it may only be little things like loading or unloading the dishwasher or feeding the cats but it all helps. I cannot believe she will be 13 in a matter of weeks! How on earth am I a mother to a teenager? Where did those years go? She is a good girl, despite her usual hormonal strops and I am incredibly proud of her too! She is growing up to be a very beautiful, kind and caring young lady.


Never take the “little things” for granted. I certainly won’t!

Trolley Bags – Review and Giveaway

Trolley Bags – Review and Giveaway

How many of you are guilty of forgetting your bags when you go shopping? I am a nightmare for it. Did you know that from the 1st of October you will be charged for carrier bags in shops? I know some do it already but it will be all stores from this date!

I was approached and asked if I would like to review some Trolley Bags. After checking them out I would have been mad not to. Such a fantastic idea!


Whoever thought of this is a genius!! They hang on the back of the trolley whilst you fill it with your groceries. If you use the service they have in Tesco where you scan as you go round you can have the bags open in the trolley as you go. They come in 2 sizes. One is for the shallower trollies and then the regular deeper trollies.

I tested mine out when I went shopping the other day. I opted for the shallower trolly bags but when i got to Lidl they only had deep trollies available.


They are SO handy when packing your groceries up. Who needs carrier bags? 😉

They redeemer than you realise too. See with that little lot above I probably would have used at least 5 or 6 carrier bags. The different sections are connected together with velcro. Then when you want to put them in the boot of the car they come apart and have 2 handles to simply lift and place in the boot. The Trolley bags are incredibly well made and very sturdy.


Once you’re back home and all the shopping is unpacked they easily stick back together with the velcro and can be rolled back up and are an easily storable size. Ready to go for next time!! Just don’t forget to put them in the car!

Trolley Bags have kindly offered my readers the chance to win One of Three sets. Winners will have the choice of smaller or larger sizes.

Please follow the instructions in the widget below to enter.


Win 1 of 3 Trolley Bags sets

Back to School Budget

Back to School Budget

Is it just me or do the Summer holidays always seem to fly by? One minute your little (or not so little!) ones are breaking up for six weeks of sunshine, summer activities and holidays, and the next minute, the nights are drawing in, and it’s time for them to pack up their pencil cases and head back to school. Dare I say it will be Christmas in no time at all…

However old or young your children are, there are always costs associated with going back to school, which can be worrying, especially if you’re on a budget. I’ve found that the best approach is to plan ahead and make sure that you start preparing for the dreaded (or anticipated) first day back, long before it arrives.

Of course, the cost of going back to school depends upon a whole range of factors including your location and the age of your child. Moving from primary to secondary school is one thing, but flying the nest and heading off to university is quite another. And believe me, it will come around sooner than you think, so don’t be caught off guard financially!

In a bid to be extra prepared, I recently started looking into the costs associated with university. I was well aware that it had become substantially more expensive than when I was 18, but I have to admit that I was pretty surprised by what I found!

According to a study by the NUS (National Union of Students), the average cost of university for the 2013/14 academic year was a whopping £23,187. Yes, you read that right, £23,187! Upon reading this, I immediately checked my savings, and then carried out a credit check, just in case I needed some extra help (you can do this by visiting

Once the shock had settled down, I decided to look into this figure further – how could student life cost an average of £23,187? That’s more than many people earn in a year!

Well, according to the survey, the greatest expenses were £8,425 and £6,340 for tuition fees and accommodation respectively. The rest of the money went on travel (£2,169), books and clothes (£2,839), food and drink (£1,956), and going out/leisure (£997).

Fortunately, there are a wide range of loans and grants available depending upon your personal circumstances and, of course, there are always ways to save and reduce the cost of things such as food, travel, etc if you budget effectively. But there’s no escaping the fact that if and when my little ones head off to university, it’s going to be an expensive time!

One thing’s for sure, I plan to start saving immediately, and will encourage my children to do the same!



Under a Black Cloud.

Under a Black Cloud.

is where I have been for many years but over the last couple of months the cloud has been that much darker. Depression really is an awful awful thing to live with. I think it will unfortunately always be with me. I just have real difficulty from time to time with managing it.

I have 2 beautiful children who I am very grateful to have and I adore more than anything else in the world and Should be springing out of bed in the mornings to have lots of fun with. Instead I have just not been wanting to get out of bed. Not even been wanting to leave the house and most days we haven’t. I feel so bad for the kids as we haven’t done much at all during these 6 weeks holidays. Guilt is what I feel.

I pop to the local shop to grab essential and feel like everyone is looking at me, my heart thumps in my chest, get pains in my chest when I breathe in and out, feel sick and sometimes dizzy and getting to the checkout and back into the car cannot some quick enough. Panic attacks are horrific to deal with too.

I burst into tears for no apparent reason…. quite regularly. I feel miserable. I curl up on the sofa with my blanket and just want to be on my own. I don’t want to do anything or see anyone.

Unless you have been through something like this yourself or have a close friend/relative who has, you just really don’t understand. It really is something I wish I could snap out of. I hate that I can’t make people close to me understand. It’s so frustrating. They just don’t get it. I don’t want my kids to remember their mum being a miserable sod. I want them to remember having fun. I am on medication and its been upped once already. Maybe it needs to be reviewed with the GP.

Everything has been neglected including the blog, in fact I was going to stop blogging altogether but decided that I love it too much to stop. I am just going to do it at my own pace and not get snowed under and overwhelmed.

So this is where I have been. Stuck under my very own black cloud. I’m trying. I am truly trying so hard to find the sunshine. Just struggling to do so right now.


A Very Special Birthday!!

A Very Special Birthday!!


My Mum in law celebrated her 69th (yes really!!!) birthday on Tuesday!! Birthdays are always special but this year, this particular birthday was extra extra Special!!

Just a few days before her birthday, Susan found out, after having a THIRD lumpectomy that it had been successful!!! She is now Cancer FREE!!! This is what made this birthday extra special. It is such fantastic news for all of us but especially for Susan. She has been through the mill recently with 3 operations in 5 weeks. We are all so very happy!!

I wanted to get her something special just from me. Something personal to her. I looked on to see what they had in the birthday gifts section. Then I fell in love with this little guy!!


How cute is he??? I love the fact you can personalise the messages on his shirt. Ive called Susan “Mumma” for years now and thought it was fitting to have this as the personalisation. It is at no extra cost too which I think is fantastic! Who doesn’t love a Me to You bear?!! It is a lovely size too as you can see from the top picture. Not too large or too small.


The bear is of such lovely quality. “Mumma” loves him very much!!

She was also spoilt with money to spend on herself and flowers…. How many bunches of flowers!!!?? It was like a florist in her house! Looked and smelled beautiful!

She is a very special lady and had a very special birthday!!

BritMums Live 2015

BritMums Live 2015

So… BritMums Live came around again this weekend just gone. I loved it last year and am so very pleased I went again this year.

I met up with Rachel from Blogging Mummy on the Friday when we got off our trains and we hadn’t ever met in person before but had been chatting a lot online for the few weeks leading up to BritMums. We had an absolute blast and are so alike its unreal! Rachel you made my weekend so much fun! Thank you so much. xx


We went for a quick bite to eat and then headed for the tube to get to our hotel. We dropped off our bags and made our way to the Venue of BritMums…. The Brewery. We thought we were going to be a little early when we set off from the hotel but (and even with google maps) we got a little lost at one point! When we did arrive though it had already started to fill up a little! There was a gorgeous gazebo set up which was beautifully decorated.

Rachel and I took a seat and I just people watched. Seeing if we recognised any faces. Some faces looked lost and nervous. Others looked excited and happy as they greeted fellow bloggers. Big smiles and warm friendly hugs were going on all around me. I do love the Blogging Community. It is a very family to be a part of. As the crowd built it suddenly moved in a wave towards the doors of the Brewery. It was registration time! Was feeling VERY excited by this point!

We got into the building and I started to recognise those lovely blogging faces! Lots of welcoming hugs and hellos! We collected our ID badges and Rachel and I wandered into the main hall which is where the brands were located. We made our way around the stalls introducing ourselves and giving out business cards and filling in forms. Most of the brands there were great and we were absolutely laden with freebies and goodies by the time we had finished!

We popped back to the hotel to drop off our huge amount of baggage we had acquired and headed back to the Brewery for the BiBs (Brilliance in Blogging Awards).


The Awards were hosted by the very lovely Carol Smilie! She is looking HOT! She was a great host and it was fantastic to see familiar names in the finals! Very worthy winners and amazing runners up. The ceremony was amazing, loud, happy and full of bloggers getting amongst the free wine!! There is so much support for each other at these events. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!

Then there was the obligatory selfie with the Smilie!


The awards finished and we done some chatting and mingling and more wine drinking until we were actually ushered out of the building by security!! They wanted to go home LOL!! We headed back to the hotel and feeling SHATTERED. We both phoned home and then chatted and chatted until early hours.

The next morning after an amazing Premier Inn breakfast of Champions we set off to the Brewery for Day 2. More mingling, more socialising but we really wanted to get into some of the sessions. The most inspirational for me what the Session by Joanna Penn – How to market yourself and your writing. It was amazing and I left feeling really excited. I even bought one of her books off her and she signed it wishing me luck.


We finished with the sessions we wanted to sit in on and wandered around the brands again. Taking pics and talking to brands and building relationships with them. Most of them were running competitions too which was fun.


So BritMums has come to an end for another year! I am GUTTED its over. I had such a great time. I am actually counting down the weeks/months until next years! Thank you BritMums for another fantastic event. It was lovely to reunite with bloggers I have met before and amazing to meet lots of lovely new faces. Next year I definitely want to meet more. Hats off to Jen and Susanna for another fantastic event!

So… who is going next year?? I can’t wait!!!


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