• Life

    5 Reasons Why Being A Mature Student Sucks

    THE MORNING PANIC What the hell does a 33 year old wear to university? Now I know the answer SHOULD be ‘whatever the hell they want’ but being a mature student in a pretty mixed-age class with a penchant for 90/00s style bin bag baggy jeans and cartoon themed tops, it makes you start to question your life and fashion choices. Especially in the first week when everyone is still getting used to everyone else, it’s all a little judge-y. Blue hair shoved in the “mum bun”, make up free and glowing (read: sweaty and gross) and adorned with tattoos and piercings in a sea of the latest trends certainly…

  • Life

    9 Reasons Why Retail Workers Hate You

    Are you heading off to the Boxing Day and January sales this week? If so here’s just a little reminder on how not to piss off our nations retail workers… 1. Late night shoppers The time is approaching 9:50pm, we’re staring at those last ten minutes as they drag painfully past, dreaming of escaping this mundane hell. Feet aching, heads bouncing, we are hastily ushering out those last, idle shoppers, getting ready to close up shop and BAM, in strolls the casual idiot who deems it acceptable to roll in five minutes before closing time. HELLOOO?? Ambling around the aisles, BROWSING the bargains. Evidently deciding that TONIGHT would be the most appropriate time…

  • Mental Matters,  Speak Up

    There Is No Age Limit On Self Harm

    The first time my mum saw the angry red welts on my arms she walked away from me, her head held down and tears in her eyes. I guess she didn’t understand the whys and to be honest, neither did I. I don’t remember the first time I drew a blunt pair of scissors (my favoured instrument of pain) across my arms or legs. I knew that to make sure I didn’t need medical attention I’d have to use something that wouldn’t necessarily cause the skin to open and bleed but the pain and the raised red welts it left was enough of a satisfying outcome for me. I didn’t…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I’m A Stay At Home Mum

    Reason 1 My Mental Health Look, I know people fiddle the system ‘n’ all that-“I can’t work because of….” etc.  That’s not me-I don’t claim benefits, because to do so would be to have to prove to the “powers that be” that I’m “mentally unwell”-too mentally unwell to go and work a full time job. Right now, I don’t feel confident or comfortable enough to go and work a full time job.  That’s not something that should ever be judged in anyone who is brave enough to admit it. Reason 2 Childcare Costs I actually have sat and worked out how much childcare would cost me, in comparison to how much…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why It’s OK To Not Like Your Children

    As parents we’ve all been there, where our kids have driven us mad all day with constant demands, questions and tantrums.  We feel that although we love them to bits, there is a tiny bit of us that doesn’t like the person we brought into this world. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s OK to not like your child from time to time!  It doesn’t make you a terrible parent it makes you an honest parent.  I’m sure there are times where you don’t much like your significant other too but I bet you don’t feel as guilty of question whether this is normal or not.  It is,…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why My Children Hate Me Today

    We all know kids are fickle creatures, one moment they’re singing five currant buns at full volume, laughing away, and the next, they crumble, a pile of anger on the floor, arms flailing, legs kicking. Repeating those words and phrases you say under your breath and hope they don’t pick up…… and that’s just my tween…. don’t even get me started on the younger three! Some days are worse than others, some days I’m pretty sure my children legitimately hate me. Why do I think that? Mainly because they tell me at full volume multiple times between cereal and their bedtime story. It’s exhausting of course it’s all forgotten the…