New “willful neglect” rules may harm victims

As soon as I heard the proposed willful neglect rules on the radio news I thought “they haven’t thought it through”. You might have heard about it and thought “what a good idea” but I think not. In theory wouldn’t it be marvellous if no one kept secrets,  and all professionals passed on information? These professional folk could actually end up in prison over it. No no no! It’s not right to jail people for not talking. As I am a “survivor” of abuse I can see a huge flaw […]


Why I support Grammar schools

It seems that a lot of people are against grammar schools and I want to give you my opinions on it. My eldest son D goes to grammer school, We aren’t rich or posh. We are a normal family. I wouldn’t say we are pushy parents, we’d love both the boys to do well, but D’s school was his own first choice. We went to look around a couple of grammar schools and a couple of secondary schools.  The nearest local secondary was awful in my opinion – it was […]


Brewers Fayre do lunchtime carvery now? 1

Apparently they do! This was news to me but a few days ago I was treated to lunch with my friend Joy. She was invited to attend I kind of tagged along  The restaurant is just off the M5 motorway at junction 9 Tewkesbury.  Not too far away from home,  but I think they are missing a trick not advertising it as motorway services – it’s closer to the road than most alleged “motorway services” where you seem to drive half a mile away from the slip roads. 


TruPrint photo gifts for Mothers day #MillionMumsSmile 2

Not sure what you are planning for Mothers day, but I did something a little different for my Mum and Mum in law this year. Photo gifts from TruPrint. I don’t really see the point in handing a greetings card to someone you see in person so I tend not to send them to our Mums. For my own Mum I made a large photo mug using images of me and my boys from my phone. I forgot to photograph it to show you – I liked it too much […]


Fundraising for #MMskydive

Well I am already challenging my fears by skydiving despite not being able to climb up the ladder to my son’s bunk bed. I have a huge fear of needles.  Huge. Doctors often give up on the idea of injections or if it’s essential I have actually been restrained to have blood tests. What’s more ridiculous than skydiving with vertigo? THIS Having “ink” when walking past a tattoo place frightens you is really daft. BUT as this is my third skydive I need a new idea. This idea might be […]


Base Kids – New season

Last week my boys and I went to the capital to Westfield shopping center. We were invited to meet the staff and see the new season range of boys clothing at Base.


#ColourMeMarch with Cheltenham racecourse 13

I have never been to Cheltenham races, even though I live so close to Racecourse. We’ve all heard of Ladies day (which is  on the 11th of March this year), crazy dresses and wild hats. This year though Cheltenham are doing things differently.  The best dressed fillies will be chosen solely via social media.  They are calling this contest #ColourMeMarch and I’ve entered.

Cricket World Cup Recipes – India 3

This is the second part of our cricket recipes post. The first one was African Babotie. Chicken Jalfrezi – An Indian Curry   This recipe requires some preparation work.  Ideally, you should make and marinade the chicken for 24 hours, but if you don’t want to wait that long, then at least 2 to 3 hours.   Part 1 – Marinade   Ingredients:   500g chicken breast 5 cloves of garlic 2inch piece of root ginger 1 teaspoon of Tumeric 2 teaspoons of Garam Masala ½ teaspoon of salt.   […]

Toxic Fox

Toxic Fox have a Mother’s Day competition

Toxic Fox, the folks that sent me my awesome bag years ago are about to launch a competition and I want to help my readers get in early and hopefully win. There are 4 chances to win one of £50 voucher to spend on’ Mother’s day collection – one per social network (Google+, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest). Start date: 18th Feb End date: 1st March Winners Announced: 2nd March   To enter all you need to do is go to the browse around our fabulous Mother’s Day Gifts […]