Shattering stereotypes and #breakingbarriers

Although I am getting on a bit (or so my roots tell me) I would not quite consider myself elderly just yet.  I do however have quite a lot in common with the elderly, and I’m not just talking my ‘Amy Farrah Fowler’ granny chic and fondness for prunes (they really are sooo good!).  Speaking of The Big Bang Theory, here’s the science bit.  I promise it is short, painless, and those who read will be rewarded with chocolate. Most people, when they hear the word ‘disabled’ think of the medical model, which states that people are ‘disabled’ by their impairments or […]

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Tools for greater independence: bathroom edition

When you have physical limitations and specific needs, it stands to reason that you’re going to have to make some changes to your life and your home.  It’s amazing how many everyday tasks that most take for granted that myself and others struggle with on a daily basis.  I’ve written about adaptations in my home before and I did cast a little shade on my humble little wet room.  I feel bad about that.  The truth is I love a soak on a bath, and dream of a luxurious claw foot tub where I can soak my cares away while […]

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Be Happy

The world is heavy.  Depending on where you look and how hard you look there, you can always find something to be sad about, to get angry about.  I more than some are predisposed to what the Germans (who have a word for everything) call ‘Weltschmerzen’ quite literally translated as ‘world pains’ and defined as ‘sadness on thinking about the evils of the world’. Well duh? Might be your answer if you were a teenager in the 90’s or watch a lot of FRIENDS.  Who could possibly watch the news and not be affected? Shouldn’t we all want to get out […]

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Confession: I have no filter

If you asked me to tell you 10 facts about myself, the first would probably be that I have no filter, which would make a smooth segway into the next 9 facts which would probably be wholly inappropriate and quite possibly cringe worthy.  Of course what I mean by this statement is that my personal lines between what I should and shouldn’t say and to whom are very blurred, or non-existent.   I know that I shouldn’t say fuck in front of small children or the elderly, but that’s about as far as it goes.  This is why, since the […]

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Christmas Shopping Made Easy with Whiteley Shopping Centre

Christmas can be a huge production, before all the fun starts.  Between getting the perfect gifts for everyone, making social plans and wrapping up work and home life in time for the festivities, it can be near to impossible to take a little time for yourself.  Buying gifts online is certainly one option, and one I take full advantage of myself, but it can feel a little impersonal.  Check lists and emails are no substitute for big bags groaning full of gifts.  On the other hand, the high street can be an intimidating prospect.  For Christmas 2015 I think I’ve […]

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Plus Size Awards 2015

As a blogger with a lot of passion but no real ‘niche’, I have the privilege of chatting and socialising with many groups of bloggers representing many different genres.  Each has its own charms, but I have to put my hands up and say that the plus size bloggers I have met are amongst some of the most genuine, least competitive and most supportive bunch out there.  The rivalries, cattiness and disagreements that can be an unfortunate part of a pastime beloved by so many are virtually a non issue within the plus size community.  I have a few theories […]

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Around and Upside Down on Youtube + giveaway

Much like the Clark Kent / Superman dichotomy or…something much less cool than that, I like many others on the internet are known by lots of different names.  Here I am Vicky Kuhn from Around and Upside Down. Sometimes I am @curlywurlygirly from twitter, and on Xbox live I am hypermummy82.  I seriously don’t know where all of these crazy names keep coming from (well I do, but the stories are pretty boring and I prefer to remain mysterious). On YouTube I am Vicky or curlywurlygirly, which I am mentioning because I have actually been giving my channel some love. […]

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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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Enhance the UK & Scope Exhibition: Normalising Disability

In between days in bed, I’ve had the opportunity to go to some great places and catch up with some amazing friends.  Last Wednesday I went to an exhibition at the Gherkin in the heart of London.  On show, both in photo form and in person, were some breathtaking individuals who all have disabilities of one form or another.  In between the wine, chatter and nibbles were some very important messages from Enhance the UK and Scope, two top UK charities whose main aim is to normalise disability through education and information, for those with disabilities and those without. The […]

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Where am I?

So, many of you have noticed I’ve been rather elusive of late and have, rightfully so, wondered where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing in short, where am I? The short answer: mostly in my bed, sleeping Check out my sexy fluffy hair The long answer: I’ve been around in the virtual world, on social media, and occasionally even out of my bed and my PJ’s and out in the ‘real world’…the one with sunlight and stuff, and having a stab at being present and accounted for. Despite this being, by my own admission ‘the long answer’, I’d like […]

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