Back to school!

Back to school!

How has it been for your kids so far?

Izabel has taken to Secondary school REALLY well. I never thought there would ever be any issues but she is just SO excited about it! It is so lovely to see! She has been getting stuck into homework without prompt and even doing some in her lunch break at school! Good Girl! Hope the novelty doesn’t wear off!

Here she is looking all grown up!!!

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Xavier has struggled a little with the move to Year 4. He still has the same teacher so that was one less worry. There are lots of changes put in place so that is probably the main reason for his struggles. Too much in one go. We are still waiting for the final statement to be printed. I had to name a school on it. I named our local Special Needs School which is currently quite over subscribed so there may be some wait. :( He does seem to fair better with the routine of school.

I am grateful for the children returning to school. I do like “me time” and 6 weeks without any is quite tough. Don’t get me wrong I love my kids but the summer holidays are quite hard going with 2 children wanting totally different things. We did finish off though with a fab week away to France. There will be a blog post coming up about that. It was amazing!!

Unusual Gifts on a Budget!

Unusual Gifts on a Budget!

Unusual and Lovely Personalised Gifts for Children on a Budget

If you’re after a gift for a little one and want something really sweet without breaking the bank, a personalised gift is a good way to go. After all, what could make them feel more special than an item with their name or photo on it? There are so many different options available now for all budgets, too.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite unusual but lovely personalised gifts for children on a budget to help get you inspired.

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A photo jigsaw puzzle with their favourite picture

These are a great idea as kids love the fun and creativity of puzzles, but you can give them something with a difference if you opt for a photo puzzle, using one of their favourite pictures. They’re really cheap too, as you can buy them online at sites like www.zippi.co.uk for just £9.99.

Personalised pencils or crayons for school

Perfect for the back to school stuff is a brand new set of pencils or crayons, and give them an added sense of pride over their belongings (and help avoid them from losing them!) by opting for ones with their name on. You can get a set for just £7.99 here. You could even opt for a personalised pencil case for them to put them in too which is a nice idea.

Personalised apron or baking equipment

If the little one in your life loves helping mum or dad or someone else in the kitchen, their own cooking/baking equipment is a good idea, or even a lovely personalised apron! We love this one with a pretty pocket and embroidered name, and at £14 it’s a good price, too. It comes with free delivery and free gift wrapping options too which are useful.

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Embroidered school or PE kit bag

School or PE kit bags can be really dull, so help theirs stand out in the cloakroom at school with their own special personalised one, whether it’s with a picture or just their name. There are some lovely ones from Becky and Lolo and a lot of them are under £25 and all look really good quality which is probably a good idea!

Personalised story book with their name in

Story time is a lovely time for little ones, and you can make it even more special by purchasing a story book for them that features their own name! There are loads of stores and sites that do these, so it’s just a case of hunting around for one that you really like. ItsYourStory.co.uk may be a good place to start as that’s a website dedicated to personalised story books.

A name sign for their bedroom door/room

A name sign for their bedroom door is a nice idea, especially if they have siblings and want to ensure they keep out! You can make your own bedroom door sign on this website and you can choose from lots of different templates and designs. They seem really cheap but look good quality too.

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Sad Times…

Sad Times…

I am in utter shock that Robin Williams has passed away! I grew up watching his films. Such a funny funny man yet beneath all those amazing characters he played and the voices he done and the comedy…. stood a very very sad individual who was so low and so unhappy that he committed suicide! I am genuinely heartbroken that a man who can bring so many people so much laughter and happiness was so badly suffering with depression he couldn’t go on.

What is also sad is that Depression is rarely spoken of and is very misunderstood. It takes for a high profile figure to end his life for people to start talking.  Why?

I suffer from depression and have done for very many years. For me unless you have been there, it can be a very difficult illness to understand. I have been through 3 breakdowns. I have felt like I have lost my mind on many occasions. I have not wanted to leave my house. I have not wanted to get out of my bed. I have cried  and sobbed for hours for no apparent reason. I have wanted to run away from everything. To be brutally honest, if it wasn’t for my children I’m not sure where I would be right now.

Sometimes I need people and I need to talk. Sometimes I need to know people are there but cannot face talking about things.

If you have a friend or family member suffering, let them know you are there if they need you. Sometimes that is enough. Let them offload their troubles. Don’t let them suffer alone. This illness doesn’t always end in tragic circumstances but people need to know that it can very often go this way. People need to be aware of Depression and have a little bit of knowledge of how it can affect someone. If you suffer and have kept quiet, please speak to someone. You do not have to go through this alone. If you don’t want to see/speak to a doctor then please talk to a friend or relative. It is so important.

If you don’t have anyone to talk to you have me! Comment here or email me on the address in the side bar. I understand what it is like and would hate to think of people going it alone.

Lets lose the stigma attached to Depression. It isn’t a taboo subject and should be spoken about! Depression Awareness needs to raised.

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*image source: nhs.co.uk

A New Chapter Begins for Izzy…

A New Chapter Begins for Izzy…

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Seven years ago this pic was taken! Izzy’s 1st day at Primary School! She was 4 years old. She was so weeny! Hard to believe she has just left said Primary school and is about to embark on her journey into teen hood and is starting Secondary school next month! Really? Seriously? Where on earth did those years go??

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Here she is 11 years old, dolled up for her Leavers Party. She is so beautiful. Being a footballer it is also quite a rare sight to see her in a dress. I may have a biased opinion but she is simply stunning.

The 23rd July was her last day at Primary which had a leavers assembly in the morning that we could go to. I armed myself with packs and packs of tissues and set off to the school hall! I made sure I didn’t sit in the front row of parents as I knew I would cry and didn’t want to 1) start her off or 2) embarrass her.

The Assembly was beautiful and I managed to hold it together until the entire Year 6 started singing this:

….then the flood gates opened! Not just for me either! I think there was only a handful of parents that weren’t crying! It was so so lovely and really marked the end of an era. Some of the kids started crying at this point too. It was so emotional! I was a mess! There was snot and everything!! I was trying to take pics during the assembly but sobbing and photography really don’t mix well!

I managed to take some after the assembly and the following one needs no explaining really other than it is Izzy with her best friend. The picture speaks a thousand words.

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It is such a massive change in these kids lives. What an absolutely wonderful bunch of kids they have been too! A lot of kids will be going to the same school as Izzy but some not. They are all going to have a blast and move on to bigger, better and more grown up things. They will be adults when they leave their new schools! Wow! A very special Thanks to her wonderful wonderful year 6 teachers who have made her last year so special.

After assembly I dashed home to make up a picnic as every year on the last day of term the school finishes at 1.30 and they all sit together on the field with friends and family and eat their lunches together. It’s a lovely way to end the term. Izzy and friends were running around with their leavers books and pens getting signatures/messages on both.

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So all in all it was a very emotional day. Izzy has had fantastic reports from Reception right through to Year 6 and I am so very proud of her. I know she is going to love Secondary school and will easily make lots of new friends alongside her current ones.

Have a blast Izzy, enjoy, open your mind, learn lots and keep being you! You will go very far in life and I will be there for you every step of the way.

My very own name badge!!

My very own name badge!!

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Is it possible to get excited about a name badge? Well…. it just happened.

I was approached to see if I would like a badge for when I attend blogger events! Well now I have one thanks to Meluba, a UK supplier of name badges and other branded items. I sent over what I wanted on there and received the badge in the post in a couple of days! What a fantastic service. The badge is of such high quality too. No pin either to damage your clothes just a very very strong magnet.

If other bloggers or companies are needing some of these then they come highly recommended from me. The prices on the website are incredibly reasonable too!

What do you think? I love my badge!

*I was sent this badge free of charge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The wait is FINALLY over!

The wait is FINALLY over!

Oh my goodness I honestly wondered if this day would ever come…. after months of stress, exhaustion, sleepless nights, tears… actually LOTS of tears, years of upset, fighting and standing my ground….

Xavier has a Statement of Educational Needs!!!

YES!!!!

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This little boy is so special and precious! He deserves the right to an education like any child! He deserves support to help him with his struggles. He deserves understanding. I’m not just saying it because I’m his Mum but everyone who comes in to contact with my boy has a soft spot for him! He is adorable!

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I know this won’t be the last battle I will fight for him but do you know what, this has pushed me to my absolute limits and we have overcome a huge hurdle by obtaining this statement. I cannot wait to see the progress he makes having the correct provisions in place. There will be the TINY issue of moving him to a Special Needs School at some point but that stresses me just thinking about it as I know how upset he is going to be. Will cross that bridge when I come to it.

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My Xavier struggles hugely at school and this will really help him progress and move forward in his learning. I am so so excited by this Statement. He is such an intelligent and articulate boy and has so much potential. I know he will go far in his life and I will be there with him every step of the way. I believe in him. I love my son so much and cannot wait to see the sparkle back in his eyes, to see him flourish and see him learning and be less anxious and have more confidence in himself.

This is a very special day for us!

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The kids are in bed, the hubster is at work and I am having a little party for one with a few ciders

CHEERS!

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