Antidepressants: the saga begins

I remember when I first started taking antidepressants.  It was perhaps 15 years ago after I’d had my first child at just 17.  I was vilified for being a teenage mum, and for a multitude of reasons (including attitudes towards this Mum still in braces, by the medical staff of all people) believed that because I felt the way I did, I was failing as a mother.  It was in fact post natal depression.  Not my first dance with depression, which haunted me all my teenage years, even before my son came along.  I saw my doctor when my son […]

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Wheelchairs vs. Buggies: The Big Debate

If you’ve clicked into this post, I’m guessing you have a fair idea of what it’s going to be about.  A good deal of buses (particularly in the capital but not nearly enough in more rural areas where they’re needed most) have a space with no seats which was hard won by disabled rights campaigners.  This space is meant specifically for wheelchair users.  Much like the coveted disabled parking space, it has since been used as a convenient storage spot for luggage, scooters, and most of all – buggies! The law as it stands… Wheelchair users have priority use of the space […]

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Tommy’s #misCOURAGE campaign

I am not feeling courageous today, not one bit.  Just one week ago I was sharing a cup of decaff with my Dad and telling him the news that he was to be a Grandad again.  Today I am back in hospital to view my now empty womb on the ultrasound  screen.  I have been here before in very different circumstances, the explanation of which would mean giving up a huge part of me, a part of me I am not ready to speak about publically yet. Rewind one week and you would have found myself and my husband ecstatically […]

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Top tips for stress free summer travel for all the family

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Whether you travel home or abroad, most families will be having a holiday or taking a short break this summer.  A summer vacay is time to get away from everything.  To get some sun and enjoy yourself away from daily routines and responsibilities.  To get the most from your time away, it’s good to be prepared .  Just as you wouldn’t dream of jetting off without packing the factor 50, there are many simple things you can do to ensure your holiday goes smoothly.  Here is a fab infographic created by Britmums and Holidaysafe with top tips for stress free summer […]

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Preparing for the future as a parent

Being a parent changes your priorities in such a major way.  As soon as your child is born, there is a huge shift in what is important to you as a person.  You’d do anything for them.  My ‘little 0nes’ are now teenagers and I revel in seeing them blossom.  They have all I have to give, and they will continue to as long as I’m around. As unpleasant as it is so think about death, there comes a point in every adults life where you have to plan for the future, especially if you have children.  Here are some […]

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World Downs Syndrome Day 2015: Raising Awareness & Changing Perceptions

Talking About Down’s Syndrome – Conversations for New Parents is the latest title in the Fink cards family. The brainchild of Lisa Warner they promise to help new parents find their way through the information and emotions that follow a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome for their baby. Hayley Goleniowska, author of the deck of colourful handbag-sized cards, wrote them with new parents in mind, but was keen to emphasise that they would be invaluable for all family members. So often different generations hold different beliefs about Down’s syndrome. Times have changed greatly with those who have the condition are leading […]

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Wheelchair Fashion Goes Vintage With Voodoo Vixen

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the London Edge alternative fashion showcase as London Olympia.  There were all sorts of scrummy trends there from vintage to steampunk to gothic, and I wanted to bring it all home.  If I were forced to choose a specific trend, I would have to plump (no pun intended) for vintage as the 1950’s were just built for curves.  It was an era in which women were actively putting on the pounds to get that perfect curvy silhouette.  I was so born in the wrong era! Voodoo Vixen has a great plus size […]

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Silent Sunday 21st December 2014 #mysundayphoto #silentsunday

Our gorgeous nephews who turned 1 on the 12th December

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The Gifts of Autumn: Everyone Grab a Onesie – it’s Time to Get Cozy

There are some things to moan about as we mourn the death of summer and the advent of autumn and winter, but I think we made the most of it.  Bikinis, beaches and cold cold beers were great, but Autumn has it’s perks.  Jumping into a pile of crunchy leaves in your duffle coat and hat, followed by home and hot chocolate and snuggling in your onesie.  I for one can’t think of a more quintessentially Autumnal scene. I finally did it.  After months of insisting that onesies are for toddlers and that everyone had lost their mind, I drank […]

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