5 tips for successful birthday shopping (adventures with autism)

5 tips for successful birthday shopping (adventures with autism)

Harry turned 12 at the end of June. He loves the thrill of unwrapping gifts (although be warned, unless it’s a remote control he’s not interested. Even if the gift you thought he’d love cost a fortune. He’s a mote fan!) However, even more than that he absolutely...

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4 weird habits that make me an irritating date!

4 weird habits that make me an irritating date!

You may or may not have already read my introduction but just to fill you in a little more, I am officially off the shelf now and no longer dating. This is just as well really as I have caught myself doing some pretty weird things lately (I’ve done them for years but...

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Movie Night Review – The Boss Baby

Movie Night Review – The Boss Baby

Movie night is a relatively new idea in our house. Once a month, technology goes off, the pop corn comes out, the curtains are drawn and we all settle down for a couple of hours of family viewing. This month’s film was The Boss Baby. Now I’m not going to lie, when I...

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3 Reasons why I can’t die.

3 Reasons why I can’t die.

I'm just going to make one thing clear before I begin. Three reasons why I can't die isn't a tale of superhuman strength or marvel hero invincibility (just in case you thought you were indeed reading the blog of super girl). It's more the darkest fear of a mother...

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Beating anxiety – one school trip at a time

Beating anxiety – one school trip at a time

Oliver and I argued recently. We never argue really, we discuss everything before it gets to that point but one morning on the school run I blew up. I have talked before about Oliver’s battle with anxiety and because of his fears he was flat refusing to go on his...

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Testing the no mess theory with Little Brian Paint Sticks

Testing the no mess theory with Little Brian Paint Sticks

So, there are some mums who absolutely love an afternoon of crafts with their children. Who have a natural ability to see the various uses for a cereal box and always have the recipe for paper mache in their mind – filed under ‘rainy day fun’. I am not one of those...

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Bedtime issues – the traumas of parenting

Bedtime issues – the traumas of parenting

If someone had said to me 15 years ago “I see a lot of bedroom gymnastics in your future” I’d have left with a very excited imagination and quite possibly a wavy fanny. Fast forward to parenthood and the gymnastics are not quite the scene you may expect. The slide...

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Messages from the other side – evidence or coincidence?

Messages from the other side – evidence or coincidence?

Someone you loved dearly has died and you are bereft. There is a hole in your heart and life and you don’t know how to even begin to carry on. You are going to be doing one of two things. Trying to pick up the pieces and start to rebuild a life in the knowledge that...

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Why you should always trust your intuition – introducing Flo

Why you should always trust your intuition – introducing Flo

One night in September 2001 I was driving past my grandparents flat having just had my hair cut at a friend’s house. It was late, around 10pm and I had an early start the next day with my boyfriend as we travelled to Scotland for a few days. As I drove past my...

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