If Money were no Object, this is what I’d change

If I won a substantial amount of money somehow these are the five small changes I would make… Every day I would wear new knickers, and if it was a sock-wearing sort of day new socks too. There is nothing quite like the feeling of pulling on new underwear! I appreciate this is fairly wasteful in the grand scheme of things so I would happily donate my (cleaned!!!) cast offs to be sent off to people that could really do with new undies! I would pay the school lollipop man to start 10 minutes earlier at pick up, so that he can see the parents safely across the road on the way to school, and not just after pick up. I would pay him finely for this directly, rather than via…

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Things I used to believe when I was a kid

Some of the things Athena comes out with make me chuckle, and then wonder what I used to think about things at her age. I remember thinking a few odd things when I was a kid so thought I’d share some of them The world was black and white until colour was invented See my parents used to have a TV & Video shop and I was aware from a young age that TV used to be in Black and White until colour TV became a thing. Therefore in my head it made sense that colour was suddenly invented and that anything before this was black and white. I assumed that somebody invented colours and then ‘switched colours on’ in the world and that people used to live in a…

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Things That Make Me Irrationally Angry On Social Media

I am a person that is easily annoyed, though thankfully not easily too offended. I often see things and think NOOOOOOO!!!! Now I’ve got to the rip of old age of 33 (I know right, don’t look a day over 21!) I have just started to unfollow or mute these occurrences when I see them. But I am interested to see if they annoy other people as much as me, so here’s a list of things you can do if you want to instantly annoy me! General Annoyances Fitbit bores. I may be more touchy about this one than others as I am actively avoiding the fact that still look 5 months pregnant and do no exercise, but I really couldn’t give a toss how many steps you did today,…

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Would I terminate a pregnancy with a Downs Syndrome baby?

I, like many parents I expect, watched Sally Phillips last night on BBC’s A World without Downs. I had heard her chatting on the Scummie Mummies podcast a couple of weeks ago about her family life and the program, and why she wanted to make it. Sally has three sons, one of whom, Olly, has Downs Syndrome. The aim of her film is to get people thinking about what would happen if every pregnant mother knew their baby definitively had Downs Syndrome. A new blood test that the NHS is introducing can give a 99% accurate result without the need for an invasive amniocentesis test which carries a 1 in 100 chance of losing the baby regardless of the outcome of the Downs test. In her film she visits Iceland,…

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Compliments and Acceptance

How many times has somebody paid you a compliment in the last month or so? Said your hair looked nice, that you’ve lost weight or that your outfit really suits you? Maybe they’ve told you you’re coping really well with being a mum or said a meal you’ve cooked was delicious? Now think about how many times you’ve replied with something like ‘oh, this old thing?’ Or ‘it’s just something I threw together’ or even ‘lost weight? I’ve put on 8lbs and look horrific’. Why? Why are we so quick to bat away compliments like they’re a wasp buzzing around your head?

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Reflecting on a year of being a mum of two, or “for f*cks …

I’ve been a ‘mother of two’ for just over a year now, and amazingly have managed to keep everyone alive, health(ish) and happy (mostly). I can’t say it’s been a breeze, because some days it’s been really bloody difficult. My top three sentences in the last year have been:

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Room 101: Blogging

There are a few things about blogging that I’d love to stick into Room 101 never to be seen again. These are things that annoy me as a blog reader…

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