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!

5 challenges of working when your child has additional needs

In my blog post where I shared the reasons why I left teaching and the impact of that decision, I explained how my income and self esteem are directly related and that I have always loved working both for my finances and my sanity. My fiance Andrew laughs that even if...

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Left handed living in a right handed world.

Going back as far as medieval times, left handedness was an undesirable and at times, feared quality. The website www.rightleftrightwrong gives some fascinating facts about left handedness through the years. It explains that left-handers were routinely accused of...

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5 reasons why I left teaching and the impact of that decision

I had my first job when I was 15 and still at school. Earning a wage (even though I was on 1.25 an hour in 1992) at such a young age really taught me the value of money, how to save for and appreciate the things I could buy for myself and essential skills such as...

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World Friendship Day ~ Who makes the cut and why?

30th July marks World Friendship Day which has naturally got me thinking about the very topic of friends. I don’t have loads of friends anymore. Gone are my younger days when I looked to the group of high school students I was a part of to define who I was and I...

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Tattoo or not tattoo ~ that is the question!

Ok, so before I launch into this blog you should know that my decision on the tattoo front has nothing to do with the fact that I turn 39 and 12 months in November and am having some sort of crisis ( I'm even struggling to use the numbers 0 and 4 in the correct...

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Celebrating 70 NHS heroes!

One of the many things that I am sure I'm not the only person to take for granted living in Britain is our National Health Service. Its only when I see posts about the cost of health care abroad that I remind myself just how lucky we are to have the incredible staff,...

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16 ways that self awareness supports mental health

We live in a time where there are quick fixes for pretty much everything we dislike about our appearance. Want a different look? Dye your hair or in my case, go out in a wig (my hair is fine and would fall out if I dyed it the colours of the rainbow like my sister...

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40 things we never knew about being a parent

I was thrilled to discover that I was pregnant, stunned to find out that I was carrying twins, then thrilled again. This parenting malarkey is a roller coaster from the minute you pee on ‘the stick of wonder’ and you see the result. So many people try to prepare you...

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