• 5 WHYZ,  Mental Matters

    5 Reasons Why Anxiety and Overthinking Are Part Of My Life

    When I was at primary school a Mum of one of my friends dressed up as a fortune teller at a school fair and read palms.  I remember her telling me that I had a long worry line and I was obviously a big worrier.  It resonated with me but I don’t know if by telling me this she put ideas into my head or she was just making an observation about my behaviour at that age! 5 Things That Make Me Anxious: Travelling Social situations What people think Work Unexplainable reasons I have friends who can’t understand why I insist on being at airports or train stations well before…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting,  Speak Up

    5 Reasons Why Being The Parent Of A Disabled Child Sucks

    1.     We Spend Far Too Much Time In Hospital. We have hospital appointments in several different hospitals for my 2 disabled children, plus emergency A&E visits where my baby, more often than not, is admitted for the night. We have had so many hospital admissions, all the children’s nurses at the hospital recognise my baby. They know her bedtime routines, what brand of formula she likes to drink, the lovely people who bring round her food know exactly what she likes for breakfast and that she’d rather eat a cheese sandwich than a cooked meal for lunch. 2.      Life Can Be So Isolating I once had a…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why Fertility Treatment Was Crap But Funny

    Ok, so I’ll start with the boring ‘putting you in the picture’ bit first in a kind of ‘what you missed in last week’s episode’ kind of way… cue the movie-esque montage with accompanying cheesey music… …unprotected sex for six years….nothing happened….visited doctor…lots of tests…referred to fertility clinic…put on waiting list…got to top of list…had treatment….thanking the Gods of turkey basters, it worked! All caught up? Are you sitting uncomfortably? Then I’ll begin. Here’s my five reasons why fertility treatment was crap, but funny (if you don’t laugh you’ll cry and all that!). Disclaimer: To anyone on the verge of or about to undergo, or even thinking about fertility treatment, DO…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I’m Going to Eat the Strawberries

    I like strawberries. They are the best fruit. Everyone else in my family likes them too. My three year old son and baby daughter shovel them in, staining their faces and clothes with red juice in their frenzy to consume them. The thing is they’re pretty expensive, and you don’t get many in a punnet, so I never eat them. I don’t know when I embarked on this little act of self-sacrifice. My husband has no such qualms about saving these precious morsels for the children, liberally adding handfuls to his yoghurt while I watch on disapprovingly. He doesn’t even know I do this. But at some point I decided…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Life

    5 Reasons Why I Love Being A Virtual Assistant

    Show me a parent who isn’t chasing that illusive perfect work/life balance. Hey, I’m not even sure if it exists but I do know that when you love what you do it certainly feels like less of an issue… My son was 11 months old and far from sleeping through the night when I started my Virtual Assistant business Admin Angels in 2016. There’s been incredible highs and devastating lows. But looking ahead, as my husband has just joined the business fulltime, I’m genuinely excited for our future and my only regret is not being brave and doing it sooner! So, here’s five reasons why I love being a Virtual…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I Chose Baby-Led Weaning

    1. It’s Quick and Cheap! Hallefuckinglujah at last something in this parenting gig that is cheap! As parents, we’re usually guilt-tripped into paying around a pound per pouch for over-priced organic purees or we end up manically peeling, chopping, steaming, cooling, portioning and freezing our way into oblivion to keep up with our tiny dictator’s demands. Baby-led weaning (giving your baby the same food that you are eating) has saved us time and money (and my sanity). 2. We All Get To Eat The Same Meal Well, sort of. We’re vegetarians, but have decided to bring our son, Finley, up to eat meat (but that’s a story for another day).…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I Hate School Holidays

    My son has only just finished his Reception year at school and already I don’t like the school holidays. Yes I know that he’s learnt a lot, and developed massively on all fronts since he started, but I’ve been dreading the summer holidays for weeks. Here’s why: 1. Term Time Only? I also have a daughter who is nearly three and during term time we’d got into a nice pattern of weekly classes and activities for her. Swimming, gymnastics, Tumble Tots etc. But come the summer holidays and everything stops. She doesn’t understand why we’re not doing the fun things any more, and I have to find alternatives to occupy…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Speak Up

    5 Reasons Why I Stayed In An Abusive Relationship For 7 Years

    It’s a Friday evening as I write this. I’m sitting on my sofa, half-watching a feature about Duran Duran on Top Of The Pops 2, sipping on a can of 7 up and hoping my 3 children sleep through the night (spoiler: they definitely won’t…) I’m wearing mismatched pyjamas. My other half is in the kitchen washing the dishes and listening to the radio. We’ll probably ignore each other for another hour or so while we do our own things, then we’ll head up to bed and ignore each other there too… but in a nice way. It’s that comfortable kind of ignoring…the kind where you both just want a bit…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Life

    5 Reasons Why Sometimes You’ve Got To Say FUCK IT

    Life is too short to be dragged down by things that make you unhappy. How much time and energy have you wasted in the last 6 months wondering why people act the way they do or how they have treated people? Who knows how much time we have on this planet so don’t waste it on people who don’t deserve it. You can’t control other people no matter how hard you try. Sometimes people behave in a way they aren’t aware of and sometimes they know exactly what they are doing and go ahead anyway. People like that will not listen to reason or common sense so don’t waste your…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I Home Educate

    1. There is more to life than English and Maths This might be a controversial statement in today’s world but seriously, English and Maths isn’t everything. Is it important? Of course it is and we will certainly be spending time making sure that Olive and Luna can read, write and “do maths”, but it is not the only subject in the world (despite what our government might think). Home education allows us to explore those other subjects. We want to engage them in music, art, geography, history, science, science and more science. Instead of my child telling me what a fronted adverbial is, I would rather she learns how to…