Wednesday, 23 October 2019

10 things that are annoying about the school run.

Hey readers, 

Since being a mum of children of school age for over 4 years I can now say I have had some experience of being a school mum so to speak. 

Here are some observations that you may recognise if you too are a parent of school children. 




1. Schoolbag.

Always check the school bag the day before because you can bet there will be one day where there is something seriously important that you have to sign for. 

2. School uniform. 

 Make sure you double-check your child's school uniform before leaving the door.

 I myself have been caught out with one of my darlings having the trousers on the wrong way or the other child has the small cardigan on and resembling something from a 90s boy band.

3. Toilet. 

The chances of one of my children needed the toilet before we head home after school or before school is 99.9% chance that yes they will need the bloody toilet. Regardless of the fact that they will deny it until the cows come home. 

4. How you doing?

Never expect to get an answer to a question that enquires about your child's school day because you will never get an answer. The only two responses are, nothing or ok.

 Thanks for the enlightenment darlings I really now know what you do at school for the 6 odd hours your in education doing sweet FA apparently. 

5. Rain.

 As sod's law loves to wind up parents you know full well the day you decide not to have a coat that the heavens will open. Then what happens is naturally you will resemble a wet, miserable rat cursing under your breathe. 

6. Money, money, money.

You seem to now need to take out a loan because of the amount of money needed for school activities. 

It just never seems to end from days out to the cake sale to the sodding lollies that are near the school gate that you can't hide from your child. 

7. PE kit.

You think you have crackled this school run malarky, got that cocky smile over your face until you reach your child's classroom and your child informs you that they haven't got their pe kit for today, GRRRR!

8. Morning.

It doesn't matter how much time or even extra time getting up early at some point along the process of getting ready for school it will go belly up. 

Your child will have a meltdown, there is toothpaste all over their clothes (the one time you forget to tell them to brush their teeth before getting their school uniform on). 

One of your children thinks it is funny to hide the hairbrush or the fact before leaving the door after several prompts your child still has not put their shoes on.

 Seriously, I don't know why I bother I am destined not to be on time without running in a mad panic down the road. 

9. Wakey wakey.

 Why is it so hard to wake your child up on a school morning but they are jumping all over you at silly o'clock on a Saturday morning?!

10. Waynetta Slob.

 Why is it all the other mums look well together with their overall presentation and you resemble Waynetta Slob and the sad thing is you cant hide under sunglasses during winter. 

Cheers for reading x 

Monday, 21 October 2019

Depression and parenting.

Hey readers,

Sometimes I feel that on my blog I should not discuss depression as I am so ashamed because that is what society makes me feel like at times. I have always been embarrassed to say that I take anti-depressants and that in turn makes me feel weak. 

But deep down I know that my depression is a genetic and chemical reaction, it doesn’t make me a bad person because of it.

Truth be told as a parent with depression there are days when I hardly do anything, the only thing I attempt is to the bare minimum for my children. Once the children have gone to bed it allows me time to cry from all the build-up sadness and frustration from the day.




Some days are better than others, but now again I get dips and need that extra hand from my husband. For instance, I struggle to deal with the social side of taking my children to nursery or school. 

It is not always just the socialising but the physical environment is so hard for me to manage. I literally feel so suffocated and overwhelmed by the sensory stimulation that is happening in the room. 

I am autistic on top of all this and usually, I can find that it interacts with the depression.
Therefore heightened social situations can make me feel rubbish and can contribute towards me beating myself up for not being a good enough at being a parent because I am not like all the parents.

 It tends to result in me coming home and breaking down. I feel rubbish and tend to just want to sleep in order to escape the reminder of my shortfalls as a parent and person.


Other times, I struggle with dealing with the temperament of my children or talking about topics such as death, as this can trigger my OCD. No one teaches you how to communicate to your child and some days I just have to admit to defeat as it is too tough for me to deal with and hubby would have to take over.


When I am going through a dip in my mood I can spend the whole day dragging myself down, I physically feel on edge and know that after all this there is going to be a massive panic attack. 

I hide away from my husband, as I am not good at communicating at that moment, I don’t instantly have the words to say. I feel therefore this risks the chances of irritability between me and my husband. 

I don’t like being touched for a cuddle, I just need the time for me to mope and allow the emotions to pass. I don’t want solutions, I try lots of things but at that moment I just need to be. I don’t run form it anymore, at the end of it, I kind of feel better out of my system.

It helps me feel calmer and my body feels like it is being heard.

Sometimes, the best thing is to accept it at that moment, don’t find solutions because at the end of the day it is something that you can deal with at a later date when your mind is in a clearer state.

 I have learned when you are that emotional, nothing makes sense and I tend to make the wrong decisions so it is better for me to not make any decisions at all during my 'meltdowns'.

 I feel now that I have learned how I react and what is best for me is less painful and it allows me to feel more in control ironically.

Cheers for reading X

Sunday, 20 October 2019

My Sunday Photo 20/102019





My son wanted to show the world the big crisps he has found in his crisp packet lol. 

7 things to do when you are having a bad day.

Hey readers,

From time to time we all have bad days and that is ok. I have compiled some ways to help you when you are having a bad day. These tips are been successful for may so it is not just empty words.





1. Breathing exercises.

A way to help destress is to try out the breathing exercises and making sure you use deep breathes and use your lungs properly. Doing these exercises helps slow down your breathing and can be really therapeutic to just stop and focus on your breathing. Youtube is a brilliant source of visual aids to run through the step-to-step guide to doing deep breathing.

2. Meditation.

Meditation is so useful to help calm you down, give you something to think about other than the negative feelings that you hold. It helps distract you and give you something to focus on that can help make you feel calmer and relaxed.

3. Hot bath.

There is something about having a hot bath that really calms me down. I feel my muscles after been tense all day to soak them in hot water really beneficial. I just love after feeling really relaxed and putting on really soft PJs helps me chill out.

4. Watch a film.

A brilliant way to escape is with a film and getting a nice throw to settle down. It is a great way to switch off because often I am feeling exhausted after a bad so relaxing with a film is a great way to unwind.

5. Unplug.

The internet is addictive, it has its positives with having a wealth of information, interactions and entertainment. The downfall is it can lead to obsessions or transfixion and makes you feel rubbish. This is not great when you already feeling pants. I find just turning my phone off for an hour or two really helps me just switch off and allows me that time to think by myself.

6. Feel it.

Sometimes, when you are feeling bad instead of running away from the emotions, it is just good to be mindful even though it can be challenging. It is ok to have them negatives feelings, it is ok to cry and be angry. It is much better to have it there rather than trying to block it out or go into denial. Feeling them emotions is more practical and it may take less time to have to own them. When you explore them emotions it allows you to understand and accept what is happening to you.

7. Blame game.

I know it is so easy to find anyone other than yourself to pass the blame on to and ok sometimes it may be another person's fault. But that doesn't mean that we have to hold on to that anger, it just causes negativity and by letting it go gives back that freedom to move forward.

What things do you do to help when having a bad day? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Cheers for reading X

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Bring winter clothes back to life with Ace for Colours Powder! **AD**

Hey readers,

We now have said goodbye to summer for this year anyway and we are in the middle of autumn. 

So, now for me would be a good time to think about my winter clothing and getting prepared for when the winter season arrives.

  I have tested out Ace for Colours Powder to help give some of my less colourful items a bit more oomph. 



A little bit about Ace colour powder.

* ACE makes life easy with the never-ending school laundry pile by gently removing stains.

*ACE keeps garments bright, robust and clean meaning clothes last for longer. 

* Keep colours bright and fresh with ACE for Colours Powder. 

* ACE for Colours Powder comes in a fully recyclable Tetra Pak.

* Use ACE in your daily wash to keep clothes looking fresher for longer. 

* Call to action: Pick up the ACE product range including ACE for Colours Powder st the nearest Morrison's store or buy online on Amazon. 





Here are some tips to help get you ready with your winter wardrobe. 

1. Rotate. 

Now I am putting away the lighter items such as shorter legging, sandals, and short pyjamas and swapping over to my warmer clothing for winter.

 I like to revolve my clothing depending on the seasons. This gives me a chance to refresh my mind of what my winter items are as I have not seen them for a long time and then you forget how much clothing you have. 

2. Ace for Colours Powder. 

 A tip would be to get some of the duller clothed items and use Ace for Colours Powder to give a reinvigorate your clothes.

 Ace for Colours Powder helps remove tough stains and bring coloured garments back to life. A wash will blow off some cobwebs as like my winter items have been stored away for six months in a dark cubicle. 

Nothing feels good when you get your clothes washed and hung up in the wardrobe all ready for winter. 
I love a jumper to keep me cosy in the winter.

3. Comfort first.

For me when thinking about my winter wardrope it is all about comfort and having soft materials. 

I love fluffy socks, fleecy PJs and long cotton coats to keep me warm when it is wet and cold. 

Nothing bits cosy jumpers and giving them life with Ace Colours Powder to make them soft and remove stains is an added bonus. 


All about comfort. 

4. Dye. 

Now, I am quite conscious of what I am buying and not buying new clothing. Therefore a good way to make old clothes feel new is to simply dye them with a different colour. 

It will give that new factor to it and you don't need to buy new clothing win-win. 

5. Sell.

 When sorting out your clothing and changing the summer items over to winter items a good idea is to sieve items you don't really want.

 A great thing to do to earn a few quid is to sell them to someone else that will home them, therefore being more environmentally friendly all round. 

6. Charity shops. 

If you want to buy clothing for the winter then instead fo heading for the fast-fashion check out the local charity shops.

 You will be amazed at the range of quality items they have in charity shops and it saves you money so your purse is happy. 

ACE for Colours Powder.

So I tried out the ACE for Colours Powder and washed some of my favourite winter items.

 Below is my lovely thick and warm winter coat. I love this coat. It did have some stains but found the ACE for Colours Powder helped get rid of the stains and also helped bring back the washed-out colour of the coat so it feels brand new with it's a bright colour. 




What tips do you have to help get your wardrobe reading for the winter? Love to hear your comments in the section below. 



Cheers for reading X

'This post is an entry for the BritMums #ACEWinterRefresh Challenge, sponsored by ACE for Colours Powder, Get help for all kinds of stains with the Ace Stain Helper http://www.acecleanuk.co.uk/
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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

8 ways to deal with blogging burnout.

Hey readers,


As a blogger, it can be overwhelming at times. It can be relentless because if you want to be present in the blogging world you have to keep at it and stay up to date. 


There is a lot of things you need to do other than writing blog posts. Yes, I am not a professional blogger but of course, I want people to read my work hence why it is out there in the public domain.

It all takes time as you need to share your work through social media and keeping them social media channels updated so you don't get lost in the noisy blogging world. 

At times it can be relentless and you lose focus on why you are doing the whole blogging business. It can be overwhelming especially when you have other things going on in your life. 

Sometimes, I experience burnout where I have done to much focus on blogging that just needs a break and refocuses on what I am doing as a blogger.

So, here are some tips to help avoid blogger burnout and keep you motivated to carry on blogging. 


1. Time out.

Take time away from blogging and give yourself a chance to clear your head from the noises regarding blogging.

 A change of scenery can really help bring back focus to think about what it is your doing and why. 

2. Organisation. 

Have a calendar and plan what to do on each day so you don't feel overwhelmed. This gives you back control and helps keep things clearer in your mind as to what you are doing. 

3. Delegate.

A key skill as a blogger is to learn that not everything can be done in one. To learn to delegate the less important tasks for another day is something really essential to master as a blogger. Let's face it Rome wasn't built in a day. 

4. No!

It's ok to say no because at the end of the day it is your blog and your choices. If you don't want to do something then don't it is as simple as that.

 I think with time as a blogger you grow with confidence and learn that you have a voice and you can use it. 

Remember at the end of the day it is your blog and you can do whatever you want with it, that is the beauty of blogging.

5. Rountine.

 I am a sucker for a routine because it gives me a rhythm to go about doing my blogging work.  

I always start my week with the goals that I want to do such as write x blog posts a week, sharing the content, using blog linkies and comments, etc.

Then I go on to assign the tasks to specific days so it doesn't overwhelm me. 

I have for me personally having this blog rhythm makes me feel in control as I know what to expect and do on certain days. It almost becomes second nature and it is like my brain is prepared to go forth and crack on. 

6. Offline.

Spending time with people who don't care about blogging gives you that break from constantly thinking about blogging. 

7. The Begining.

If you are finding you feel lost with blogging and not know where to go, go back to the beginning when you started blogging and remind your self why you started and how you felt. 

8. Comparing. 

I know it is natural to compare yourself to others but this is one of the worst things you can do as a blogger.

Remember this is your blogging journey and only you can walk down this road. You can't be on someone else's road as it is there journey and everyone goes to their destination different. 

If your struggling then a good idea is to write down your achievements that you have done as a blogger. Remember slow and steady wins the race. 

What ways have helped you deal with blog burnout if you're a blogger? I love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X  


Shank You Very Much

Monday, 14 October 2019

A TO Z of autumn

Hey readers,

In this post, I am going to celebrate autumn with an A to Z of all things autumnal and if that does not want to fall in love with autumn then I don't know what will!



A -  go collect some acorns cause now is the time to do so in autumn and use them in a beautiful display in the kitchen. 

B - bonfire season is lit during November and get warm outside amongst the burning flames.

C -  autumn is the most colourful season of the year full of a variety of colour from orange to red to yellow to green to name a few.

D - fall food is the business you can get such culinary delights from apple crumble to a full roast to fill your belly with delicious food and make you feel happy. 

E - cooler evenings are for times to grab a jumper but not too cold to hide but still enjoy the outdoors for a walk around.

F - fall is my favourite season and that is all that is needed to be said on this matter!

G - be dazed by autumn golden hues especially when the sunset occurs earlier and earlier.

H - Halloween falls in October where you can be sure to have a spooktacular time.

I - watch out insects out and about.

J - Jack o'latern everywhere pulling faces at the end of October.

Kkobbly trees along with colour create autumn feel in the woods. 

L - leaves are here and everywhere during autumn and what a lovely treat to walk through them and kick them leaves.

M - maple trees are not far away with the leaves falling around. 

N - November is the final season of autumn.

O  - October is the second month that falls in the season of autumn.

P - pumpkin-spiced everywhere and there is nowhere to hide from the flavour of the season.

Q - nothing quite like curling up on a cold autumn evening under a quilt listening to the rain and the wind battering the bedroom window.

R - raincoat is much needed because the rain falls are hard when it occurs.

S - scarecrows are out protecting the crops.

T - trees beautiful trees even when they lose all their leaves.

U - an umbrella is quite essential during periods of rainfall during autumn.

V - vivid colours of orange, yellow, red and green come together during autumn.

W - woodland is beautiful time to explore during autumn time.

X - Xylophilan meaning one of a tribe of beetles (Xylophili) whose larve live on decayed wood. 

Y - yellow is one of the frequent colours to be found in nature during autumn.

Z - ZZZZ plenty during the cold wet nights where colds occur and sleep is needed.

Do you enjoy autumn? What is your favourite thing about autumn? I love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Cheers for reading X

Shank You Very Much

Sunday, 13 October 2019

My Sunday Photo 13/12/2019


Saturday, 12 October 2019

45 Halloween Instagram Captions

Hey readers,

Do you struggle sometimes to put something on the captions of your Instagram photos for your upcoming Halloween pictures? Well, look no further as I have compiled 45 different and fun captions for you to use during the Halloween season on Instagram. 


General Halloween spookery captions.


Creep it real.

#Squadghouls.


If you've got it, haunt it.

Trick or treat yo'self!


Ghouls just wanna have fun.


 Have a spooktacular night.


Basic Witch.


 No tricks, just treats.


 Let the gourd times roll.


Swish swish, witch.

 Send boos.

 Absolutely fa-boo-lous.

 Shake your BOOty.

 Queen of the Screams.

Bow down, witches.

Film quotes. 

“A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality.”
- Lucy Van Pelt, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

“It's all just a bunch of hocus pocus!”
- Max, Hocus Pocus.

"Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble." - William Shakespeare. 

"Have you come to sing pumpkin carols?" - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

"Magic is really very simple, all you've got to do is want something and then let yourself have it."  - Halloeentown, Aggie Cromwell.

"It's all just a bunch of hocus pocus!" - Hocus Pocus.

"Being normal is vastly overrated." - Halloweentown.

"I am the ghost with the most, babe." - Bettlejuice.


"I'm a mouse, duh!" - Mean Girls. 

"Wanna Play?" - Child Play.

"It's Halloween; everyone's entitled to one good scare." - Halloween.

"We've all got both light and dark inside us..." - Harry Potter.

"It's showtime." - Beetlejuice.

"I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." - Anne of Greengables.

"There's only 365 days left of Halloween!" - The Nightmare Before Christmas.






Have a  good cackle with these Halloween puns!



"Mummy of the year."

"Happy Howl-oween."

"Give 'em pumpkin to talk about."

"Hello, gourd-geous."

"Eat, drink and be scary."

"Life is gourd."

"Lift your spirits!"

"Too cute to spook."

"Howl you doin'?"

"Oh my gourd!"

"Trick or tequila."

"Come as you aren't."

"A scare is born."

"Hallow-queen."

"Don't be a jerk-o-lantern."


Whatever you do have a skele-ton fun this Halloween.


Cheers for reading X 


Friday, 11 October 2019

Autumn quotes to fall in love with.

Hey readers, 

Autumn is my favourite month because it is not too cold, you don't need a coat and it makes you feel all cosy and fuzzy. 

What better way to get you in the mood for the current season is good old quotes to fill you with joy. 

So, in this post, I am going to give a treat of the best autumn quotes to make you feel relaxed on a cool autumn day. 



“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

- Albert Camus.

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”

― Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost.

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”

― Humbert Wolfe.

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."

- Stanley Horowitz.

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."

- John Burroughs.

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."

- Emily Brontë.

"Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale."

- Lauren Destefano.

"Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature."

- Friedrich Nietzsche.

"Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence."

- Yoko Ono.

"Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits."

- Samuel Butler.

"Designers want me to dress like spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like spring. I feel like a warm red autumn."

- Marilyn Monroe.

What quote do you like about autumn? I love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Cheers for reading X

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

8 ways to to stay safe online.

Hey readers, 

The internet is amazing and you can get so much out of it.

 However, it does come with dangers so it is important to be mindful of what you are doing and making sure that it is safe. 

Below I have given you my top 8 tips on how to be online.


1. Personal information. 

A simple rule to stay safe online is don't give out personal information and limit what you share such as your address, mobile number or email address. 

Think before you post online such as videos yourself, once you put out the information out there it is easy for people to see and download. 

Don't befriend people you don't know if you have any concerns talk to someone you trust. 

Remember that not everyone is who they say online so always be cautious. 

2. Careful what you are downloading.

A big thing for cybercriminals to use apps to trick you into downloading that contains malware. It is important to check beforehand if an app is legit and if something doesn't feel right or you don't trust that app then it is best not to. 

3. Invest in a VPN. 

A good thing to invest in a VPN which stands for Virtual Private Network.How VPNs work is by providing a secure and encrypted connection to provide greater security. 

You can access the internet through a remote server and then hiding your real location, browsing history and encrypting your data.

 Overall it gives you to be safe and anonymous and less risk bad happening when browsing the internet. 

4 Look out for the latest scams. 

Scammers occur frequently on the internet. Be mindful of the spelling and the wording of emails, normally the email looks odd and the spelling is dreadful.

 Also when an email is to send it doesn't use your name but something like a dear customer. There is normally a link that the scammer is trying to get you to click on and also desperate for your personal information. 

Finally, the email is done in a text within the picture and the image contains a hyperlink embedded within the image is a bogus site. 

5. Strong passwords. 

A key way to protect your safety online is to create strong passwords. Make the password with 12 characters, including numbers, include & and % and capital letters. 

Make sure you use different passwords instead of one password for each site. 

6. Avoid HTTP websites. 

It is better to avoid HTTP websites and use https as they have a lock and are secure to use. 

7.  Use caution when meeting someone new online. 

Remember to meet people in a public place and make sure that someone knows who you are meeting and when. If something does not feel right walk away and find somewhere safe to call someone. 

8. Internet history.

It is advised to clear browsing history often to maintain your privacy and not hold onto old cookies which can still be used. 

What ways help you keep safe on the internet? I love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X 

Monday, 7 October 2019

5 ways to use up leftover pumpkin

Hey readers, 

Many people this month with be carving a pumpkin for Halloween but you may be one of those people wondering what to do with the leftovers. 

Here are five ways you can use up a pumpkin and reduce the waste that happens after Halloween. 



1. Feed the birds. 

A great way to use pumpkin is to make a bird feeder.

 All you need to do is clean out the pumpkin. 
If the craving is a bit wonky on the pumkin cut that out and make it into a bowl shape. 

Poke a dowel into the pumpkin a few inches down from the top edge you just cut.

 Push it straight out through the opposite side of the pumpkin. 

Poke the second dowel through the pumpkin so it crosses just under the first dowel. 

Cut the twine into four equal lengths.
 Tie a strand to each dowel. 

Then tie the loose ends together in a large knot at the top.

 Fill the pumpkin with birdseed, and then hang it up for the birds to get out. 

credit: Metroparent.



2. Pumpkin Pie. 


A classic recipe is, of course, the humble pumpkin pie that will be a hit for the sweet tooth people out there. 

Here is a brilliant recipe from BBC Good Food that keeps it simple and a classic formula to follow which makes the perfect sweet treat during October and November.

A sweet pumpkin pie on a serving dish with one slice served on a plate
Credit: BBC Good Goods.


3. Pumpkin compost.

You can use pumpkin on the compost.

 If you don't have a compost pile already then find a dark and shady spot in your garden to place your hollowed-out pumpkin. 

Smash up the pumpkin with a hammer as breaking the pumpkin up into smaller pieces helps speed up the process of compost. 

Loosely place some materials such as leaves, sawdust or wood chippings over the pumpkin. 

This will help protect the pumpkin from pests and insects whilst airing it out.

Finally, let mother nature take her course and take a few weeks for the pumpkin to turn into nutrient-rich compost for the garden. 

Then you can spread it on the plants for a winter treat. 

4. Plant it. 

An alternative way to use up the leftover the pumpkin is to plant with it succulents and a great way to use as autumnal decoration for the home. 

All you need to do is clean out the pumpkin and dry it off. Then fill up the pumpkin with soil and place in succulents into the pumpkin, such a fun and clever way to use a pumpkin. Below is a fun example of how to do it from succulentsandsunshine.

I love this idea! Create a fun fall centerpiece by filling a craft pumpkin with succulents! And it will last for months!
Credit: Succulents and Sunshine. 

5. Arty.


If you have children then using the leftover pumpkin as a material to use to make art with them. 

While it’s still firm, you can use the inside flesh to make a stamp for children to take pictures with, using the seeds to add to the patterns.

What kind of things do you like to do with a leftover pumpkin? I love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Cheers for reading X 


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