• Editors Picks,  Life

    How To Have A Middle Class Holiday On A Working Class Budget: At Bluestone, Wales

    Last week we had a mid week break at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales. The break was given to me for free in exchange for a few social media posts and this written review on my website. I’m not one to miss out on a freebie and grasped the opportunity with both hands, not only pulling my five year old out of school but also bringing my parents along with us! We had a great time. And you can check out my Instagram stories and photos here. However, when it comes to writing this review I am going to take a less orthodox approach. I could easily wax lyrical…

  • Parenting

    I’m Taking My Kid Out Of School For A Free Influencer Holiday And IDGAF

    I feel I ought to pre-face this post with a disclaimer that I do not actually consider myself to be an “influencer” or to have any great “influence” on anyone. I can barely influence my 5 year old to get dressed for school, let alone impress upon a stranger what make-up they should buy or where they should go on holiday. In the bizarre World of Social Media Influencers/ Bloggers and the like, I would chart myself somewhere around a spotty Year 9 hanging around outside the Sixth Form Common Room waiting to tell Regina George that I love her outfit. Cool and influential i is not. Mardy, amateur and…

  • Mental Matters,  Parenting

    Being A Stay At Home Mum Is Making Me Depressed

    I’m writing this post on the back of a relatively sleepless week. We have two children (aged 5 & 1) and currently they are trying to end me via sleep deprivation. One wont go to bed and dicks about endlessly and the other will wake up intermittently throughout the night and vice a versa. So, I’m definitely at my worst as I write this, definitely on a low. Lack of sleep of course makes everything worse and I know that in a day or a week, things wont feel quite so bleak and I will be able to pull myself together a bit. But its been like this for months…

  • Speak Up

    Brexit: A Lesson In Being Ill-Informed?

    In the wake of yesterdays no confidence vote result, I have started to wonder if we, as a nation are rather ill informed and much more indoctrinated by certain media outlets than we realise. I see nonsensical stuff banded about on Facebook with venom and purpose but little true understanding of the facts. It seems almost everyone is happy to share a meme, if it looks good on the surface but is anyone actually examining the evidence to support them? How did we ever let ourselves get into a situation where the DUP called the shots yesterday? None of us voted for their input, they weren’t on any of our…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why The Younger Sibling Gets The Better Deal

    Being the eldest child, I have long suspected that I got the rough deal. I was after all, the ‘first’ – the practice baby, the “we don’t know what the fuck we’re doing baby” , if you will. My younger sibling was always somehow freer. Free of being told to act her age, free from the responsibility of setting the example. Free to run wild from all that parental micro managing that happens with the first. I always had to wait for everything. I wasn’t allowed to have my ears pierced until I was 10 years old, I wasn’t allowed further than the shops or I always had to phone/text when…

  • Mental Matters

    All The Times My Health Anxiety Has Killed Me

    I’ve spent the last 72 hours convinced that I am dying. So convinced in fact, that I’ve run through all the resulting scenarios in my head. The “I’m sorry Mrs Aslett, but you only have 3 months to live” diagnosis, the leaving our house for the last time moment, the insisting on keeping the kids away and sheltered during my final days talk with my husband. The panic, panic, panic. Because this week I have breast cancer. Two weeks ago its was fibromyalgia. For most of the Summer it was bowel cancer. Six months ago it was cervical cancer. I could go on and on. For years in fact. I can trace…

  • Competitions

    WIN A Breathablebaby’s Enchanted Forest Crib Set With An Ethan The Fox Teething Toy

    To celebrate the launch of 5WHYZ.com we have teamed up with not one but two fab brands to help you bring an Autumnal feel to your babys nursery. We’ve got a fabulous prize and it’s worth over £60! About Breathablebaby Safety is priority for BreathableBaby and all its products exceed safety standards to ensure a secure and safe sleep environment for your baby. Its mesh liners keep little arms and legs inside the crib or cot and unlike padded bumpers, are thin and fully breathable with triple-stitched sturdy ties to withstand curious little fingers. Cot sheets are made from super-soft high-performance fabric which draws moisture away from your baby and…

  • Competitions

    WIN A Prosecco Sensation Hamper From Handpicked Hampers

    To celebrate the launch of 5WHYZ.com we have teamed up with HandpickedHampers.co.uk to give away one of their luxury Prosecco Sensation Hampers – worth £63.99! If you need a unique and personalised gift, Handpicked Hampers works with smaller artisan producers and suppliers, hand picking the very best!  Get inspired and Create Your Own Hamper with over 100 artisan products and gift ideas ready for you to create that perfect hamper. Highly recommended on Trustpilot:   “I was so impressed by the prices, the range of products and the quality of products available. Then when the hamper arrived it was beautifully presented and wrapped with a hand written tag.”   Tell Me…