Girls night in

It’s great to get together with the girls and have a night out when you can, but once you have kids, the times that you can do that become few and far between. It’s not just that you have to book a babysitter, or get a doting grandparent to look after the kids, it’s also the fact that life with kids is a lot more expensive than life before they arrived. So, going out and spending money on a night out might feel a little self-indulgent if you do it regularly. There’s still a way to have time with your […]

Continue reading →

Paying it forward

This is going to be one of my favourite type of posts – a stream of consciousness opinion piece.  If you don’t like those sort of posts, stop reading now, although if you’ve ever suffered with mental health issues it might just be worth persevering for  a few paragraphs till you see where I’m going with this. Last Friday on The Last Leg, Adam Hills announced an unofficial call to arms from viewers, saying “if you really need a hand with something, a meal cooked, a fence built, your garbage taken out once a week, tweet your request with the […]

Continue reading →

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 […]

Continue reading →

Different days out for wheelchair users

As a wheelchair user it’s easy to think that certain places are off limits due to steps, uneven surfaces and other such obstacles.  While some locations, such as beaches, will almost always need specialist equipment to access, do not be so quick to dismiss other places to visit due to access issues.  My advice is to research and to take venues on a case by case basis.  If you want to go somewhere, Google it and see how easy it would be for you to access.  Here is some advice on places to visit that you may have previously thought […]

Continue reading →

Enjoying the great British summer

The British Summertime, as we all know, doesn’t seem to last that long. We’ve already had a few false starts to Summer 2015 with the shorts and flip-flops coming out briefly before making a hasty retreat; which means those of us who aren’t going away this year need to make the most of it while it lasts.   When the sunshine does make one if it’s rare appearances it can be difficult to capitalise on it. Typically, many of us are at work on the nicest days and at home with time on our hands when it’s pouring down with […]

Continue reading →

I’m going to Britmums Live 2015

After kicking an unsuccessful post about my recent holiday to the kerb, I thought I’d take a while to get back into the blogging spirit and get ready for Britmums which is just over a week away!  Excited much? Name Vicky Kuhn Disabled, plus size fashionista who likes to look her best – when she isn’t in bed drinking tea and watching Penny Dreadful in her nightie. Blog Around and Upside Down I am not a Mummy blogger but I am a blogging Mummy.  Write mostly about fashion and beauty, but will try my hand at most anything. Twitter ID […]

Continue reading →

Bloggers Guide: The Blog/Life Balance

The blog/life balance is something every blogger will be familiar with.  Whether your life is full of toddlers and potty training or spouses that are sick of talking to you from behind a laptop, there will have been a point where the two collide.  A blogger can spend so much time blogging they have nothing to blog about (and a grumpy spouse) or so much time dealing with life issues (good, bad or indifferent) that you neglect your blog. As someone who also struggles to maintain a healthy life/blog balance, here is a basic bloggers guide to trying to get (and […]

Continue reading →

Natwest & RBS launch first ever accessible credit card: sight loss

As a wheelchair user, I face access problems every day.  Because I am used to my situation, I work around it and find ways to do things a little differently.  Although I have many blind friends and fellow fashionistas, especially users of the Fashionability audioboo channel that I contribute to, I can’t fathom how they get around many things, because I’ve not had to live with sight loss. My friends astound me with their independence and the way they firmly embrace life.  For me, a shopping trip is not complete without my plastic friend in my purse, and even then […]

Continue reading →

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 […]

Continue reading →

Subscription boxes: Which One Is For You?

For those who haven’t seen the ubiquitous subscription boxes that have launched on to the scene over the last year or so, they are essentially boxes of one genre or another; art, play, beauty, teens etc that you subscribe to receive once a month, or sometimes quarterly or bi-annually.  If you have seen them around any thought you’d like to give one a try, the question is, which one to choose? If you wanted to go for something like a beauty and cosmetics subscription box, you are simply spoiled for choice.  I have tried several myself, including Love Me beauty […]

Continue reading →