• What I have learnt after a year of grief

    I have been dreading this day since it happened. 365 days ago my Dad died after suffering from rare bile duct cancer, cholangiocarcinoma. Forever and yesterday ago all at once. I haven’t been able to write about it as it seemed too much of a confirmation that it had actually happened. It still doesn’t feel real to me but there are slices of my day when a dose of reality hits me and knocks me for six. 365 days ago you were still here, in your final hours, but you were here, with me, with all of us. We spoke and hugged and hung on your every moment and breath.…

  • World Cholangiocarcinoma awareness day 2019

    I’ll pretty much guarantee that 95% of you haven’t heard of cholangiocarcinoma or realised that it had its own awareness day. I wish I had never heard of it, beyond all my hopes, wishes and dreams as cholangiocarcinoma took my Dad away from me and my family, March 26th 2018. How I wish the name wouldn’t feel synonymous and almost part of my Dad, but now I hear that word I know what it does and what it did to us. As today is world cholangiocarcinoma awareness day, I felt it important to share the signs and symptoms of this horrible, relentless diseases that took my dad. What is it?…

  • Chicken pox tips for when the pesky pox strikes!

    Over Christmas we were lucky enough to have an extra sprinkling of magic.. chicken pox on Christmas Eve! It was bound to happen really now he is at school and it was rife in Freddie’s class. Here is our story and some of my Chicken pox tips. We found the initial spot on Freddie’s arm just by his arm pit, it was just a small blister really, easy to miss but I just had a feeling that this was the start! This was Christmas Eve night and by Christmas Day there were six over his body. Two days later there were many more spots all over his body – quite startling how fast and…

  • A new baby – #thankyoumidwives

    I’m lucky in the fact that I really enjoyed both my labours. It’s something that I treasure when I think about the whole story of “them” and with Dexter’s labour in particular it seemed so familiar that I was able to zone out and trust what was coming next with each stage, I really focussed and the midwives did exaclty what they needed to do. Of course the midwives has a big part in this and luckily for me Freddie was delivered by one of my school friends. She listened; she encouraged and she guided me to follow my body’s instinct. I was so relieved when she knocked on the…

  • Five early pregnancy symptoms that I experienced

    Pregnancy is long for me, as with both my pregnancies I knew pretty much immediately that I was pregnant. That’s one long wait whilst cooking a baby! Apart from the obvious little blue line or “1-2 weeks”  with both boys I had some other tell tale signs hat I was expecting before a test would show positive. I always wondered just how people “knew” when they fell pregnant because they had “a feeling in their water” as my mom would say. Here is what I experienced Sore boobs Not just sore boobs, it was bloody excruciating. It felt so obvious and like they were literally going to snap off! Going…

  • Getting out of the safe gift zone with UncommonGoods

    I’m a gift bore. I just have zero inspiration on finding the ideal gift and end up sticking with a safe item, you know – a nice deodorant set. How boring. Thankfully when UncommonGoods got in touch with me and asked to see if I can find any fun gift ideas I was really happy to oblige because it’s exactly what I need right now. UncommonGoods have a really positive ethos I haven’t really come across in a business before. They like to be green and not just the fact of helping the planet, animals and things like that but with looking after their employees like offering health insurance to…

  • Stuffed chicken with garlic carrot fries 5sp weight watchers flex

    Jazz up some chicken breast with this easy stuffed chicken recipe. Ingredients One chicken breast Two spring onions Some cherry tomatoes One cooked smoked bacon medallion 30g of cheddar cheese Two medium carrots Garlic granules Butterfly split the chicken breast, season with salt, pepper and garlic granules and pan fry until cooked. Whilst the chicken is cooking, cut carrots into chip shapes, I went for thin fries so they would cook quicker. Sprinkle with garlic granules and add to a hot oven you they get some nice crispy, coloured edges and then turn down. Mine took about 20 mind at 170oc. When the chicken is cooked, pop the cheese, spring…

  • Dreaming of the sun

    It’s a given that January it’s going to be bleak, cold and miserable – which is fine, I can cope with that as I know its not going to vary much more than this. I can keep dreaming of the sun. This month has been different, we have had snow, rain, sleet, hail and then the past few days has been glorious – slightest hints of warmth through the first rays of sunshine and a sapphire blue sky. Just wonderful (even if the “Beast from the East” is a-comin) It’s days like this that make me want to hop on a jet plan and venture into warmer climates. I long…

  • Grain free dog food review

    Our family isn’t just mum dad and two boys, we also have five (I know) furry babies that are part of our clan. Two springer spaniels, Ludo & Bell and three moggies Rosie, Bill & Baby. Ludo and Bella are typical spaniels, whatever remotely smells like a snack they will scoff. However, this tells on them, especially with Ludo as if he has too much cereal based foods his nose becomes dry, flaky and sore and her generally seems down in the dumps. We have tried only a few different foods for them as we don’t like to chop and change and keep them settled but I was intrigued to…

  • Chicken fried cauliflower rice

    I have been a bit dubious after seeing all the “fake” rice recipes such as broccoli or cauli rice around but today I wanted a filling meal and to be honest I’m not really bothered about “real” rice any way so I gave it a go! The whole recipe is 1sp as I don’t use FryLight, but if you did it would be zero. One large chicken breast Two eggs Half a head of cauliflower blitzed into “rice” in the food processor An onion Mushrooms if liked Garlic Chilli Spring onion 1tsp oil Heat the oil in your wok or frying pan, add your garlic & chilli then add your…

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