Halfords Black Friday Competition

Halfords Black Friday Competition



Halford Black Friday Competition

Another Awesome competition to alert you to! Win £1500 worth of goodies from Halfords!

Thats the 1st prize! 2nd prize is goodies up to £750 and 3rd prize is goodies up to £400!! Great competition, great prizes and great timing with the big day creeping up on us! All you have to do to enter is click on the picture above which will take you straight to the page! You just need to sign up to the mailing list and thats it! Easy!

Good Luck everyone! My entry is in!

Halford Black Friday Competition

Win Winter Wellies for all the family with Shoetique

Win Winter Wellies for all the family with Shoetique


I know my readers love a competition! The last few I have run have had an amazing response.

I just wanted to alert you to a competition being run by Shoetique…. You can win wellies for the whole family! A very handy prize for this time of year! My wellies will be getting plenty of action every weekend from now on as I watch my daughter play football!


It is easy to enter too! All you have to do is sign up to their newsletter! Simples! Be quick though as it ends on the 1st of November so only a few days to go!!


Good Luck! Hope one of my readers wins!!

Miles Kelly Book Review – Project Body

Miles Kelly Book Review – Project Body


When we were asked to review a couple of books from Miles Kelly I absolutely jumped at the chance! We LOVE books in this house! Especially the kids! Xavier gets engrossed in books, particularly factual ones.

We received Project Body and straight away Xaviers face was buried in it! Just in the first 10 minutes of him having a look through I was asked “Mum, did you know………?” numerous times about various things. Actually some of the things he asked I had no idea about so I learnt things too!


Every single page is rammed with lots of information and facts about the body, bones, skin, wees and poos, hair, organs, blood….. the list really is endless. The are flaps to lift on every page too with even more pics or facts hidden underneath.


The book is full of amazing pictures and diagrams, cartoon characters, fun fonts which is guaranteed to keep kids engaged. There is so much to look at. It is so interesting for me too, as an adult to read. Xavier loves this book. He has read it cover to cover now a fair few times and randomly spouts out facts that he has learnt.

We as a family Would definitely recommend this book from Miles Kelly


We were sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Annual Review

Annual Review

Xavier last year got a Statement of Educational Needs. This is a legal document that outlines the help and support your child needs in school/educational setting. Not long after Xavier got his statement the whole system changed and it is now called an EHCP – Education & Health Care Plan. Xavier will now be moved over to the new system. This document still outlines support needed at school but also now includes health care issues too! Its a much more personalised programme.

With the Statements/EHCPs they have to be reviewed Annually to keep information up to date and make sure everything that has been put into place for your child is still relevant, if not it can be removed and if there is anything that needs to be added on, the review meetings are a perfect time to do this. You as a parent have a say in what is included in this document.

Yesterday I experienced my first ever Annual Review. It was an incredibly positive experience. I was a little nervous going into it purely because I wasn’t sure what to expect.

There are 4 main categories in Xaviers EHCP. These are: Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Sensory and/or Physical and finally Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. So for each of these categories there are targets set out for issues identified in this area. It also lists the things that have been put into place and how Xavier has responded to them and what needs to happen for things to move forwards. It is very detailed.

Xaviers teacher was present in the meeting, the Head of the school, and the annual review co-ordinator. I felt very at home and they had lots of stories to tell me about how Xavier had made them laugh or impressed them. They are blown away with how he has settled into their school so well. I am too! I expected there to be a huge upset at the beginning with the huge change but there was nothing at all. He absolutely adores his new school. He comes home from school with a smile on his face. He is progressing and learning. The staff genuinely understand him and that is so important to me after years or him being in the wrong setting and being completely misunderstood. His confidence has grown massively and he is so happy! I can’t thank the school enough for taking Xavier under their wings and nurturing him and believing in him! It means so very much to me. It really is such a wonderful school!

I am so proud of how well Xavier has taken on this massive change in his life like a duck to water.


Post Natal Depression

At least 35,000 women in the UK suffer from postnatal depression

The true figure is likely to be much higher due to the stigma and fear that can be associated with it. It follows that at some point further on they are likely to ask the question ‘Do I/ we want another baby?’

Just published, Another Twinkle in the Eye: Contemplating Another Pregnancy After Perinatal Mental Illness by Elaine Hanzak addresses this issue and supports parents and professionals in that decision making process, and in planning for another pregnancy and the postnatal period if the decision is yes. It also considers the implications of deciding not to have another child. The book is a supportive guide for parents and professionals considering a further pregnancy following perinatal mental illness, including ‘real stories’ from people who have made these decisions, with practical advice and examples of good practice from experienced healthcare professionals. In some instances women and their partners cite a poor birth experience as one reason why they may also not want to add to their family as they feel it added to their poor mental health. This is very relevant in context of the current National Maternity Review; fear of a birth should not be a contraception!

10th October is World Mental Health Day, making this a timely topic to be considered.

“This book is the best I have read about the topic of perinatal mental health … It is the book I have been wishing had been written to enable others to understand what is going on during a period of illness and how best to ask for help and support others who are suffering … I would highly recommend [it]…” Dr Stephanie deGiorgio

“It should be a standard reference book … It brings together a lot of practical text … the sort of things you might spend hours looking for on the internet … [it brings] together the facts, resources, discussion points and information to help people make an informed decision.” William Greenwood, MHSM, Dip HSM

“A very important and much needed resource which I am certain will be appreciated by so many people … [it] is a one-stop resource for any family considering a new addition following the experience of perinatal illness … Covering just about every thought, emotion and practical suggestion necessary, this is a real must both for families and health care professionals.” Luce, mother of two boys and considering another baby

Elaine is a writer and speaker at conferences, workshops etc, developed from her experience of puerperal psychosis and bereavement. (www.hanzak.com) She frequently participates in TV, radio and other media discussions, and is the author of Eyes Without Sparkle: A Journey Through Postnatal Illness (Radcliffe Publishing, 2005).

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!

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