Another battle underway….

Another battle underway….

I really don’t feel like this will ever end… or if it does… another battle will have to be fought!

When a child is issued a Statement of Educational Needs there are different sections to it. Part 4 in particular is the named school. The County Council believe that the named school will be able to provide the child with all the help that is listed in the statement. They have to, by law, put all of the help into place. As much as Xavier’s current setting is probably an amazing setting for children who don’t have additional needs, intact it is, my niece and nephew attend the same school and are thriving, I believe it is not the correct setting for my son. I personally don’t feel he is reaching his full potential here and don’t feel they have the resources to put all the things needed into place for him. So I have had to appeal.

I have had to name a school that I feel is suitable for Xavier and then send off an appeal form. The County Council and I then have to come to an agreement on a placement for Xavier and if we don’t I have to go to court and stand up and fight my sons case. If we don’t come to an agreement I think I might actually cry a little bit. Its been such a tough journey fighting for 3 years to get him a Statement. It is starting to take its toll on my health.

Any day now I should receive a call with an update on the situation. The County Council have had to contact the school I have requested to see whether they feel they can meet Xaviers needs. They have a certain amount of time to respond and that time is up. I had a missed call on my mobile on Monday morning from the County Council saying they had an update and could I call them back! I have been slightly neurotic since but all I can manage to get through to is a damn answer phone! I have now left numerous messages and am still awaiting a call back with this update! I am actually going out of my mind!

Obviously I will update when I learn about the update! Am keeping all possible crossables crossed! Please do the same that we have a positive outcome. I just want my boy in the correct setting, unleashing the huge amount of potential he has!

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We are in the Paper!!!

We are in the Paper!!!

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So exciting to be in the local newspaper about being shortlisted for a UK Blog Award 2015!

This is such an achievement for me. Ive had tremendous support from family and friends and appreciate every single person who takes time out of their day to read my ramblings!

Roll on April when I will attend the Awards Ceremony in London. Best get dress hunting.

There should be an online link to the article soon but as I type this it is not yet available. I will share it as soon as it pops up!

Such an exciting year ahead. I feel a great sense of achievement and anyone who knows me will know this is a rare thing!!

I truly don’t expect to win… just to be shortlisted is incredible.

Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry

Mummmmmm! Tell him, he is winding me up.

He won’t leave me alone and I now have the hump!

Mummmmmm! Tell her, she’s teasing me!

She’s calling me names and I’m not happy!

Mummmmmm!!! Can you tell him to get out of my room?

He kicked over the box that holds all my looms!

Mummmmmmm!! Can you tell her to stop making that noise,

She’s giggling all girly and I am a boy!

Mummmmmmm this is broken, I’m not getting the blame!

KIDSSSSSSSSSSS guess what??

I AM CHANGING MY NAME!

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What an incredible end to the year!!

What an incredible end to the year!!

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Well I am utterly blown away!! I entered the UK Blog Awards initial stage a couple of months ago and posted the link to vote for me on my Facebook a few times. I looked at the mahoosive list of entrants and there were hundreds!!! Oh well.

Well on Monday just gone I received an email from the UK Blog Awards with the list of shortlisted blogs in each category. I was reading it on my phone and scrolled down and down and OH MY GOD!!!

I have been shortlisted in the Most Innovative Category and am now up against 10 other blogs! WOW!! I am so excited by this!

I started blogging 18 months ago primarily to just write about our family and what it is like to live with someone on the Autistic Spectrum. I have branched out since and do product reviews, run competitions from time to time and it has brought in a very small income.

I have blogged about the (ongoing) fights and struggles we have with Xavier and his schooling, obtaining a Statement of Special Educational Needs, bullying, the issue of being in the wrong setting and how it impacts on a child with special needs. I’ve blogged about Milestones and achievements reached by both my wonderful children. They make me so proud. I have also written about my own personal battle with depression.

I love my little corner of the internet and I am so incredibly proud of what I have achieved. I am so thankful for the support that people have shown me along the way and the wonderful comments I have received about my writing. Thank you everyone!

I have made some wonderful friends since joining the blogging community, there has been so much help and an immense amount of support from them! I feel privileged to be apart of such a fantastic group of people!

So…. now to wait until the Awards Ceremony which will be held in April in London. I don’t think for a second I will win… it’s all in the hands of the judges now! I feel honoured just to be Shortlisted out of so many amazing blogs.

#UKBA15 #BeBold

To Drink or not to Drink this Christmas.

To Drink or not to Drink this Christmas.

Scotland’s new fashionable tipple – alcohol-free this time

Research recently released has shown that people in Scotland are buying in the rounds when it comes to alcohol free beer.

It is true that until recently the thought of alcohol-free beer conjured up an image of Billy Connolly wearing a cravat and sipping his Kaliber.

Although cravats are no longer the height of fashion, alcohol-free beer is certainly en vogue.

A recent survey carried out by ComRes for AB InBev UK shows that Scotland is heading up this new fashion in drinking.

48 per cent of adults in Scotland have tried alcohol-free beer.

This research has also shown that the beverage is becoming more and more socially acceptable; at least according to 49 per cent of UK adults, who believe it is more accepted than it was five years ago.

But the real style icon here seems to be Beck’s Blue – the alcohol-free beer has had sales outside of licensed premises go up by a show-stopping 20 per cent in one year.

And Scotland’s hand in the making of this new wave has not gone unnoticed.

Jennifer Anton, speaking on behalf of Beck’s, was encouraged that AB InBev’s efforts to supply consumers wider low alcohol choice, as a responsible alternative, has not gone un-noticed.

Low-to-no alcohol beer has been around for hundreds of years, and was frequently consumed in the Middle Ages.

Like high-waisted jeans and plaid shirts, perhaps it did go out of fashion for a while, but now it seems that Scotland’s drinking fashion sense has gone retro.

Will you be drinking this christmas?

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Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

I love Christmas!! My decorations and tree normally go up on the 1st December…. have been known to do it a little earlier than that too! *blush*

Are you one of these that quadruple their electricity bill over the Christmas period by turning your home into a local attraction by covering the front of your house and garden in sparkly, flashing decs?

I think these look great (within reason) and it always gets my kids excited! I just cannot afford the bills these decorations must produce but I’m not against them!

Indoors we don’t go too over board either.  The tree is the main thing for us really. We have been through a few trees now over the years! Having THREE cats is a bit of a nightmare at Christmas! We used to have a beautiful fibre optic tree…. until one of the cats pulled it down one too many times and it broke!

Now we have a lovely black and silver tree.

When it comes to decorating it I am VERY particular about how it looks!

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Not the best photo but that is the finished article! Well… the cats pulled it down the 1st 2 nights and then thankfully got bored with that game so I only had to redecorate twice!

I do my food shopping in Tesco and they have a fab range of lights and christmas decorations. I got my small LED lights from there alongside some of my tree decorations. I love the lights that have the different modes for how they flash. I went for just white ones on the tree and have some multicoloured ones around the big mirror in my living room.

Back to tree decs. I like a variety. My sister hand made one each for the kids. She is very clever.

She made a Crawley Town Football Club one for Izabel.

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and then of course Xavier had to have something Dr Who related!!!

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Ive also got some gorgeous animal/santa decorations from Marks. Fluffy Santa and some Animals.

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They are so adorable!!

The baubles on my tree this year are blue red silver and white. Different textures in all colours as well as different sizes!

We have Santa and Rudolph sitting on a wreath on the front door too!

I am definitely feeling festive! Just need to finish my christmas shopping and get a bottle of Baileys in and I will be ready to roll!

What are your decs like?

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