I am a mother (life long carer for two), fiance, daughter, sister and friend. All of those roles are important ones to me but sometimes you just want to press pause for a while and just be you. So here I am, just Charlie.

Read my thoughts on everything and nothing in particular. My musings and ramblings on a life that continues to amaze and confuse me in equal measure daily!

Sometimes, particularly for mums who have the challenge of being a carer too, we can forget who we are when we are busy racing around and thinking of everyone else first so I make no apologies for being unashamedly self indulgent and a little bit sarcastic. I’d love you to meet me as myself as well as my boys Mum. I suggest you bring crackers and cheese – chances are that copious amounts of both will have been consumed in the creation of these blogs. Cheese is what I live for – after the boys, obvs!

Its time to talk…

February 7th is National 'Time to Talk' day with this years focus being on bringing the right combination of a listening ear, a willingness to be open-minded and plentiful amounts of tea and biscuits together as we discuss mental health Many of my followers on social...

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Dear Santa…A Mothers Letter

Dear Santa, Yes, I know you're not real. I have paid the shopping bill and swore at the elusive end of the sellotape enough times to know that its all on me but just for once, I am trusting, in the same way that millions of children do every year, in the power of...

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Do you always practice what you preach?

I recently turned double 20 years old (not that I am in denial or anything) and as part of my celebrations my fiance Andrew and I went out with friends. While we were out, my lovely friend Sophie who had arranged the surprise night away pulled a gift from her handbag...

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40 things I have learned in 40 years

Despite dreading turning 40 for the past 6 months I woke on my 40th birthday feeling no different than before (other than a whopping cold sore which I'm hoping isn't an omen for the year ahead!) Loads of people (over the age of 40) have told me that 40 is still young...

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7 ways that Anne Hegerty is helping people to understand ASD

Unless you are a fan of daytime TV you may have no idea who Anne Hegerty is so first of all, let me enlighten you. Anne is one of a few resident 'super brains' on the quiz show 'The Chase' who go up against contestants as they try to win money by answering trivia...

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To the bullies who hurt me…

I wasn't bullied as a child but I was teased every now and then. I draw the distinction because bullying involves an individual or a group of people with more power, repeatedly and intentionally cause hurt or harm to another person or group. It's not the odd comment...

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Postnatal depression symptoms and support

I was never formally diagnosed with postnatal depression but the signs were there. My twins were born 8 weeks prematurely by emergency c-section rather than the natural delivery I had planned and they had to spend their first 6 weeks in special care. Twin two, Harry,...

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7 signs that I was struggling with anxiety

If you met me, you would probably never think that I was someone who had struggled with depression. Not the kind of person that you would ever find battling with anxiety. But I am. In 2011, years of suppressed guilt and grief after a shock diagnosis for one of my...

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