Is autism a disability? (yes, yes it is)

Every day I see it and I hear it - people talking about autism as ‘just a different way of thinking’, ‘same computer different processor’, ‘neurodiversity’, ‘different ability, not a disability’. There is a whole movement of people with autism who are advocating for...

We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!! Our review of Chester Zoo

We have visited Chester zoo on numerous occasions and I was super excited to be visiting again over the Christmas period. Chester zoo is by far a family favourite, we absolutely love the place. We first visited when Billy was a toddler and Isla was a baby bump, Billy...

SEND bloggers 2018 highlights and hopes for 2019

2018 has been an amazing year for me. I launched my website, I started the autism aware bears, we have had so much family time, days out, weekends away and of course our very first holiday abroad, none of which we thought would be possible when Isla was diagnosed with...

What we can all learn from a half dead Christmas tree

  My dad is never far from my thoughts. Today is no exception. Last week marked 21 years since he passed away. I always find December 14th a difficult day but I try to remember how much he loved us and try not to dwell on the ifs, buts and maybes. Last year on...

What two years in a special school has done for our daughter with autism

Two years ago today Isla started a new school. I remember it like it was yesterday. It became more and more obvious that Isla was different to the other children in her school. It became more and more obvious that school could not meet her needs. It became more and...

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Can’t and won’t dont mean never will!

What an absolutely wonderful weekend away in Milton Keynes. Such a lovely place with absolutely loads to do. Best of...

SEND bloggers 2018 highlights and hopes for 2019

2018 has been an amazing year for me. I launched my website, I started the autism aware bears, we have had so much...

happy mothers day

Been away for the weekend. I will blog later to fill you all in. In the mean time I'm going to spend my Mother's Day...

Morning

She doesn't care that it's the weekend! No lie ins in this house! Yawn ....Pass me the coffee!!!...

Girly day

Here's something I never thought I'd be saying, me and Isla have had a girly day today! Not so long ago Isla was not...

Guest Blog – Faithmummy

Today's guest blog is brought to you by a very good friend of mine - Miriam from Faithmummy. I met Miriam through our...

Why I’ve had to change my daughter on a toilet floor

I remember the very first time it happened. We were having a lovely family day out at the zoo and Isla needed...

Busy is best

Yesterday was busy and busy is best! Both kids for off to school with a minimum amount of fuss. Well apart from Isla...

Reviews

Dignity unflavoured toothpaste / sensory bundle

If you have a child with autism there is a big chance that you are all too aware of sensory difficulties. One of the most common issues parents have shared with me since blogging is problems with personal care- hair washing, hair brushing, teeth brushing and...

Scarlet’s little orphans and boobie bears

Scarlet's little orphans and boobie bears I want to tell you about an amazing lady, my friend Helen. Helen is actually my grandparents' goddaughter and I've known her my whole life (30 cough cough something years). Not only is Helen a very talented photographer who...

ICE seatbelt covers (in case of emergency)

When you have a child with any disability you think about things that other people don’t have to worry about, things that actually panic you and make your heart physically ache. One of these things for me was what would happen if I had an accident with the kids in the...

Conditioning Spray

Osmo Deep Moisture Dual Action Miracle Repair Spray I've seen so many people struggling with their child's hair recently. We all know that children on the spectrum can have huge issues around their hair and I regularly write about Islas hair struggles....

Waterless Shampoo

I received this product for free but am in no way paid by or connected to the company or obliged to like their product. It's common knowledge that we have a lot of issues with hair in our household. I blog about it often enough, mostly followed by another blog about...

Costa Billionnaire latte

As promised it's review time! Yesterday the hubs took me to Costa coffee. Costa we know is the elixir of life and quite frankly keeps parents like myself functioning at a reasonable level. John had his usual cappuccino, he doesn't get the Christmas flavours at all and...

Costa Salted Caramel Cappuccino

Review time! So the other day because I think a lot of you guys, I dragged my snotty, coughing, sorry backside out of the house and over to Costa coffee to continue with my market research. I know I'm kind like that. I mused over the Christmas flavours for a while and...

Costa Honeycomb latte!

This is a public service broadcast. Today the hubs took me to Costa and we all know I love a bit of Costa action. I was just about to order a Black Forest hot chocolate when I did a u-turn and decided to order something else! Why? Because I've decided it's in the best...

Costa Black Forest Hot chocolate

It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrrr..... Its Costa Coffee Christmas flavours time! Just the very thought of Costa Coffee brightens my day but Costa Coffee and Christmas flavours.... I’m in heaven! Now when I say Christmas flavours let me be more...

Colchester Zoo

Went to Colchester zoo last week on what was an extremely hot day. Before our visit, I did what I always do and I looked at the zoo website. If you scroll right down to the disabled ticket prices it tells you disabled people and carers get in for half price because of...

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