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Gifted Product – Review| We were recently gifted a Kooties coverall, and we have spent the past week putting it to the test. After all, if it can survive Shaniah’s antics, it can endure anything! Shaniah has always been one to love role play and in particular, dressing up. Lately, Shaniah has been imagining that she is either a policeman or a doctor, which is convenient considering Kooties have many different coveralls to choose from such as a paramedic, firefighter, police officer and a construction worker. Kooties coveralls are a world’s first coverall that combines messy play with role play. Acknowledging I have only one child, the amount of washing that accumulates is staggering. One reason for this is the fact that my child loves to be outside come rain or shine! And although I am far from irritated by this, she does manage to get through various outfit changes during a regular day. I was keen to see if the coverall would help reduce the washing pile. Shaniah arrived home from school to find the paramedic style coveralls waiting for her. As the weather was truly gorgeous, (it has been for a while now), we decided to put the […]

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Can you keep your children entertained at Parkdean Resorts White Acres for a week without using your car? Quick answer: Yes! Yes, you can. If you’re a regular around here you will know that I have epilepsy which means that I am unable to drive. Whilst that is usually not a problem as Ryan can drive. When we go on holiday to White Acres, Ryan spends all day every day fishing at one of their 13 lakes. We do have the option to go out with Ryan’s parents while Ryan is fishing, however, this year I decided to see whether or not it is possible to entertain my 5-year-old for the whole week without a single car in our pack moving. Before I dive in further, I will quickly disclaim that we did take the car to Morrisons the day that we arrived, simply to grab some necessities for the week. On two occasions we did go off the park to grab dinner as being near the sea we fancied takeaway fish and chips, and although, White Acres does have their very own takeaway, it wasn’t open on any day that we were there. Maybe it’s just open during peak […]

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Gold dresses are a league of their own. These sparkly creations can stand out anywhere that they are worn, which makes it a no-brainer option for young girls and fashionable women who want to look extra dazzling for their events. However, wearing an already attention-grabbing outfit means you have to be careful with your choice of accessories as it is easy to go overboard, from your shoes to your makeup. So, for those who are looking at glitzy ensembles for homecoming or prom night, below are some stylish options when considering what shoes to wear with a sparkly dress: 1. Gold Shoes Now this may come as an unexpected recommendation but a gorgeous pair of gold shoes can be the perfect complement to your gold dress. The key is to find the exact colour or shade of gold. If your dress features several shades of gold, choose the darkest or lightest tones and then find a pair of shoes that match these. Also, choose thin-laced or strapped gold footwear with a golden dress, as chunky shoes tend to look a bit too much and may be too sparkly an ensemble. Plus, if you’re already wearing gold shoes with your sparkly […]

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The Epileptic Blogger by Theepilepticblogger - 1w ago

There is so much that I want to do to make our house feel more like a home. From redecorating the living room to updating Shaniah’s rather baby-ish bedroom. It feels like home renovations are just never truly complete and just when I think that I am happy, there is something else that I spot. The latest room that I want to tackle is the bathroom after all this is the place where I like to relax and unwind after a super hard day and the colour scheme that is in there at the moment is far from relaxing. Firstly, I would change the bath to that of a larger one, my dream bath is one of those freestanding ones. There is just something about them that screams relaxation. I would then change the sink, at the moment we have the standard sink that you find anywhere but I love the sinks that look like bowls on top of the cupboards, you usually find them in fancy restaurant toilets and I have always been rather envious of them. Light wise, I would love lights around the floor, I have seen loads of kitchens with them whilst scrolling for hours through […]

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Shaniah has recently turned 5. The topic of conversation at the moment is pocket money and whether or not Shaniah is ready to start receiving it. We thought long and hard about it, about whether she was ready for her ‘own money’ and also how much we should give her. Who knew something so simple could leave us so confused? Whilst scrolling through endless hours of Google hoping to find the answer to the many questions that I had, I came across a company called Gohenry. About Gohenry. Gohenry is a prepaid card for children. The makers of Gohenry are on a mission to help millions of children be good with their money. Not by sitting them down and telling them how to spend their money but by giving them a sense of independence in the form of their own card and letting them spend their money on whatever they see fit. Sure that means that some mistakes will be made by the child but mistakes are what they learn from and eventually they will be savvier with their money, they will learn that money isn’t free-flowing and that it can and will run out. Although the children believe that they […]

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The Epileptic Blogger by Theepilepticblogger - 1w ago

I have been self-employed now for just under a year. I would be lying if I said it was easy. It’s not. I mean it’s great that I get to be home whenever Shaniah need’s me and that I don’t need to consult with someone before attending precious school things. I was so fortunate that my blog landed me in a position where I was able to not only receive some incredible opportunities but to also make money doing the thing I love most, Rambling! Sure, I am not making thousands each month but I am making enough that our family doesn’t have to struggle for the things that we need most. Going self-employed was by far an easy decision and certainly not one that I took lightly. I spent weeks upon weeks wondering if it was the right decision for not only myself but for my family too. I had to make changes and create a desk area where I could focus entirely on my work and not get distracted by the little things that working within my house would create. Working for yourself is far from easy. You don’t have that safety net of a guaranteed set paycheck […]

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The Epileptic Blogger by Theepilepticblogger - 1w ago

There was once a little girl who used to sneak into her parents’ room and rummage through her mother’s jewellery. She would try on all her mother’s rings, she would struggle to do up the necklaces so instead she would just look at herself in the mirror whilst holding it up to her neck and imagine what it would look like on. She pleaded with her parents for months at the age of 6 to get her ears pierced, they eventually caved in and this little girl is now a twenty-two-year-old adult and still feels the same tummy warming feeling that she did as a child when looking through the window of a jeweller. That little girl was me. I can remember spending the majority of my pocket money being spent in Claire’s accessories on endless amounts of rings, bracelets and necklaces that I would wear so much that the rings would turn a funny colour and the chains on my necklace would break. Still, that meant that I had an excuse to get more – not that I ever needed one. One of my most treasured presents as a child was a jewellery box from my grandmother for Christmas […]

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This is a sponsored post. Times are changing. I often look back on my childhood and compare it to the likes of my teenage brother or even my daughter. Truth is, the world as we know it is changing. The childhood that we had is unlike anything the younger generation is used to. Talk to a child today about how you used to take it in turns to rewind a film with a pencil and a VHS and they will look at you like you’re from another planet. Mention photo albums and they will ask you if you are referring to Facebook or Instagram. Growing up in our day is almost the complete polar opposite to that of children today. Recently, my mum was sorting out the loft when she came across a box full of photo albums upon photo albums of my childhood. There were so many albums I wondered whether there was a photo for every day that I have been on the planet. It wasn’t just photo albums there were sleeves upon sleeves of pictures and negatives (we really are going back years now!) It was then that I realised how different my parenting is. It’s not […]

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The Epileptic Blogger by Theepilepticblogger - 1M ago

Domestic abuse is estimated to affect 2 million people every year, according to the Office of National Statistics, yet the police recorded less than 600,000 crimes relating to them in the same year. Whilst the majority of domestic abuse amy go unreported to the police, you can still offer your support to those who are suffering. It’s important to remember that domestic abuse comes in many different forms, and we might not always be able to see it physically in the form of bruises or cuts. However, if you’re fearful that someone you love is at the hands of an abuser, there are many different ways you can show your support and hopefully give them the strength they need to walk away from the abusive relationship. How you can offer support for domestic abuse victims Always listen Don’t always try to give advice or fix the problem, just lending a listening ear can be a huge relief for some victims. Never be judgemental It can be really easy to give a judgement on them leaving, even if you haven’t experienced it for yourself. But in reality it can take a really long time for someone to up and leave an […]

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Dear Shaniah, Firstly, I cannot believe that you are five years old. It only seems like yesterday you were born a few days late and it felt as though you were just never going to come. Boy when you did decide to come you made labour one of the funniest experiences. Labour was so quick I often wonder if you were as excited to see the world, as those inside it were excited to see you. I wanted to take this opportunity to write you a letter, I know you won’t understand it for a few years but I worry, as mothers do. I want to tell you from my own experiences and setbacks that not everything you pass on your path to adulthood is going to be a happy experience. Not everyone that you will meet is going to accept you, I know they should but such is life. Sometimes you will learn this the hard way, sometimes you may find not only your trust but your heart broken. You will become more aware of who you let into your little circle. As you grow older, you will find people will say things, things that are hurtful, things that […]

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