Third Time Lucky……

Third Time Lucky……

On 14th April at approx 8.10am I watched Xavier set foot onto his new school minibus for the first time. THIRD school… New school…new start. I felt a mixture of emotions… excited…anxious…nervous….the list is endless. I waved him off with a slight lump in my throat and with slightly watery eyes and then clocked watched all day until his return!

At around 4.25pm the minibus pulled up outside and I went out to greet him. I was met with a boy with a HUGE smile on his face. My heart almost exploded in my chest! He had an amazing first day, he loved it!

Since then his confidence has grown and there have been so many little breakthroughs. I am so so proud of him. It is such a massive step for him to travel on a minibus to school with strangers for a start. He knew no-one on that bus. At his 2 previous schools it was always me doing the school run to and from. He has made friends on the minibus. He has even had 2 children from school knock for him to see if he wants to play out! With the school not being local I never in a million years anticipated this happening!! He has never had anyone knock for him before! I could have cried.

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He has always had issues with his toileting. Number 2’s to be precise. It was always a horrific ordeal. He used to “go” once a week…. holding onto it. When the time finally came to let it go he was in such excruciating pain he would scream the house down. Now… he isn’t quite going daily yet but rather than us having to urge him to go he is going by himself and without any screaming! It is incredible.

He is clearly so much happier… we have had next to no meltdowns since he started his new school. He seems to be a lot calmer and is certainly laughing more!

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He has been swimming with school and where the previous school took 5 sessions to even get him in the pool… he got straight in on his 1st visit. Bearing in mind this was a different swimming pool, with different children and staff. “I even dunked my shoulders in Mum!!” So pleased with himself!

He has had 2 Head Teacher Award Stickers in 6 weeks. On was for a great piece of work… the other was for going into a younger class to show them how to use the iPads!!!

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He has made friends…. there have been no negatives at all so far! He loves that he is able to call the adults by their 1st names. He loves cooking. He eats lunch in the school hall alongside everyone else which he never used to do!

He has just finished Activity Week at school. On Monday they went to a local park and then had McDonalds for lunch. On Tuesday they went to an Adventure Park. On Wednesday they had school based activities. On Thursday they went to the cinema in the morning then LaserQuest in the afternoon. Friday morning they went swimming and Friday afternoon was Sports Day which I went to watch. It was so wonderful! There was no pressure on anyone to win. Everyone was praised just for taking part. Watching the wheelchair bound children taking part with helpers etc too was so heart warming. Xavier did a running race in which he came last and an obstacle race. It doesn’t matter at all that he didn’t win. To see him taking part in active things with a huge smile on his face was AMAZING!!! He struggles with these things as he has weak muscle tone in his legs due to tip toeing.

But…. there’s more…and this is HUGE!!! A couple of weekends ago we celebrated my brother in laws 40th birthday. He had a party at our local Rugby Club. There was live music from my youngest sister and also from one of my Brother in Laws work friends. Xavier kept saying he wanted to get up and sing but didn’t think anybody would clap! Well guess what???!! He did it!!! I have video evidence too!

 

How bloody amazing is that!!? I am so so proud of him and how far he has come in 6 weeks!

Excited for his future! It was so worth the battle to get him into a school that he needed to be in!

Are you feeding your pet properly?

Are you feeding your pet properly?

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Is your pet being fed correctly? Do you go overboard with treats?

I have learnt a lot from the below information and hope others will take away something from it. I have 3 cats and as mean as it sounds I don’t really treat them very often at all. It is quite costly keeping 3 cats and one has a bad eye at the moment so vet bills are horrific! Domino has a bad injury to his eye and may have to lose it so please keep all your fingers and toes crossed!

My cats are not allowed left overs from our plates or anything like that. I’ve never let them and won’t start now. If they do have a treat they are cat treats.

I can see how easy it would be to over do it on treats for cats and dogs but the information below really is quite shocking. Only 5% of cat owners feed according to weight and body condition. That is such a small amount.

Feel free to share this with any pet owners. Its so important to get feeding right for our little furry friends.

For more information please visit www.hillspet.co.uk

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My Wedding / Awards Ceremony Outfit

My Wedding / Awards Ceremony Outfit

Ok I don’t normally do outfit posts as you’ll normally find me in jeans, top, hair scraped back and converse! Nothing to shout about at all!

But I have just been to wedding this weekend just gone and also have the UK Blog Awards ceremony in April for which I have been shortlisted for an award. I needed a new outfit as I don’t get out much lol!

I was sent some heels to review! So exciting! I don’t normally do heels either as I am already 6ft. They weren’t sky scraper thankfully!

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These beauties were £25 from Dorothy Perkins at House of Fraser! Now … the wedding I went to started at 12pm and I didn’t leave until 11.30 that evening. Long day and I was worried that they would rub as I hadn’t had a chance to wear them in before hand. I was wrong… they were so comfortable, they didn’t rub at all, the leather was soft and I was really impressed! My feet did ache a little the following day but only from being up so high… so not used to heels!

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Scuse the state of my kitchen! (getting a new one soon! YAY!)

So… here is my bargain dress! Purchased online from ASOS in the sale for £15!!! I know… awesome price! It is a TALL Lipsy Bodycon dress! It was so comfortable and was a nice length for me too! I don’t do short! Those days are long gone for me! I fell in love with the floral design. Did feel a little conscious about my belly but thats just how I am!

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I stayed quite neutral with my make up. Nothing major. I have a Rimmel 3 shade brown palette that I used on the eyes. Usual mascara, foundation, 24 hr lip stain.

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Here I am with my three beautiful sisters. Left to right: Sian, Jennie, myself and Gemma. We don’t all get together very often so was lovely to be able to spend some quality time with them! Don’t they all look gorgeous??!

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Last but not least I got my nail varnish for £4 from Accessorize. The shade is Deep Sea. I didn’t do a great job but it did match well with my dress.

I finished my outfit off with my black velvet 3/4 sleeve jacket.

I loved being dolled up and am going to make sure that I do it more often as it was a big confidence boost which is always welcome.

What do you think of my bargain outfit?!

*The shoes were sent to me for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Everything is going to plan!

Everything is going to plan!

Remember my last post about breaking the news to Xavier about him moving to a new school…. he was heartbroken…. devastated! I felt awful!

Since then and leading up to his 1st session at new school EVERYONE has been bigging up the new school, saying how awesome its going to be. All positives, no negatives at all and he seemed very intrigued!

So leading up to his first visit I didn’t sleep well and was getting myself in a state about whether he was going to like it or not. Well…. I could have cried!! No need to worry at all! HE LOVED IT!!!

He went into his classroom and met his teacher and support workers. Then slowly the 11 other boys from his class trickled in from the playground and had been told he was coming and gave him such a lovely welcome. One boy in particular had such a beautiful smile on his face and said Hi. Xavier made a beeline for him and they high fived! My sister who was with me said a few times she had to fight back the tears!

We had a tour of the school and Xavier was just blown away! He just kept repeating OH MY GOD!! The look on his face was priceless! The excitement and happiness in his eyes was incredible!! We have waited so long for a moment like this!! AMAZING!

My sister and I left him to it in his classroom for a couple of hours and were made to feel at home in the family room. We were told to help ourselves in the kitchen to a cuppa which was nice. In the time that we left him, his new teacher had got him designing a Red Nose, cutting out bunting…. but best of all Tom (teacher) said… Come on lets go to Assembly! Xavier hesitated and said “Ohhh…. Ermmm…. I don’t do assembly!” (which he doesn’t at his current school…he hates it.) Tom then said “Oh, we love it here…come on…” and off Xavier went into Assembly… no refusing, no fuss… nothing! Just WOW!

This school is going to be absolutely amazing for him! I just know it will and he is going to flourish!

When we came out of the 1st session he was bouncing up and down saying MUM…. OMG i LOVE this school!! His eyes were wide and sparkling!

He has since had 2 more visits and seems more and more excited every time! He cannot wait to start full time. This week sees him finish his chapter at his current school. Friday will be a sad day, it’s his last day! They are throwing him a little party in his classroom which is sweet.

So my gorgeous boy… here is to your brand new and incredibly exciting chapter! At your new school, with new friends and ENDLESS possibilities! I know you will go far and I will be behind you every single step of the way.

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Gorgeous photo credit to my sister Jennie.

The Socially Speaking Game Review

The Socially Speaking Game Review

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We have kindly been sent The Socially Speaking Game from LDA to review! Just our cup of tea!

Now anyone who knows my son will know exactly what it takes to peel him away from his iPad….Minecraft, Youtube Videos, etc etc…. It is incredibly hard!

Well… I thought it was anyway, until I got the game out he was instantly interested!

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As a lot of you will know children with Autism can struggle hugely with Social Interaction. This game is FANTASTIC in helping with this. It gives you lots of scenarios where you have to really think about how you would react etc. Xavier was really engaged! It was myself, Xavier, Izzy and Nanny that played and all REALLY enjoyed it.

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You basically have to work your way around the board and there are 4 piles of cards. The cards are names “Out & About” “Home” “School” and “Socially Speaking”. When you land on a square represented from one of these categories you have to pick up a card from the pile and answer a scenario and how you would deal with it. Everytime you have picked up a card from one of the four piles you get a co-ordinating ring to put onto your counter. When you have all four coloured rings you have to try and get to the finish before anyone else does.

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There are other squares on the board that direct you to ask questions to the person on your left starting with either When, What, Where, Why etc? Also there are four squares on the board called compliment corner and if you land on one you have to compliment the person on your left.

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I cannot believe how into the game Xavier was. Izzy really enjoyed it along side myself and Nanny.

It was a lovely snippet of family time with no TV, technology, arguing (lol).

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Nanny is deep in thought about her answer! :)

The game is for 2-6 players. Suitable from age 7 up. The approximate playing time is 20 – 30 minutes.

Introduction:

The Socially Speaking Game teaches and reinforces important social skills through the fun of a board game. This enjoyable game aims to encourage and reinforce effective social interactions as well as improving self esteem, listening skills, receptive and expressive language and problem solving.

Using a variety of role play and problem solving activities, children are given the opportunity to practice vital skills including:

  • Greetings
  • Turn taking
  • Eye contact
  • Listening
  • Compliments
  • Emotions
  • Telephoning others
  • Showing an interest in what others are saying
  • sitting appropriately and still
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Developing and maintaining friendships

So we think The Socially Speaking Game is a great game to help those on the Autism Spectrum. It was a huge hit with us.

We were sent this game to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Trutex Boys Slim Fit School Trousers

Trutex Boys Slim Fit School Trousers

As most of you know we recently had the most amazing news that we had won our appeal and Xavier has a place at a Special Needs school. It was with impeccable timing that Trutex contacted me to see if we would like to review some of their new Boys SlimFit School Trousers. This opportunity was very gratefully received.

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The trousers arrived and I always worry as Xavier needs the length but has a very skinny waist. They come with adjustable waist which is great. I cannot tell you enough how good the quality of these trousers are. They come fully lined too.

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Also something that is new to Xavier is a proper belt. I think it is taking him a little while to get used to undoing it and doing it up.He has never liked his shirt tucked in before either but insisted for these photos as he wanted to be a smart boy! :)

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The trousers fit him perfectly and are a lovely length too. I wanted to see how they were after a few washes too as this really tests the quality. They wash up ver well indeed. I have washed these several times now and they are like new every time.

Xavier finds his new trousers incredibly comfortable. I would thoroughly recommend Trutex for all school uniform needs. They have a wide range of colours for trousers, polo tops, sweatshirts and jumpers. They have stores located throughout the UK.

We were sent these trousers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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