Be afraid, be very afraid #teamhonkrelay #Nottingham

team honk test cycle nottsI have guest post from my friend Sarah today. We are doing the 50K Nottingham #teamhonkrelay cycle together for Sport Relief. Sarah and I met at a post natal group after Miss L and Legoboy were born. Whereas I love the bigger picture, ‘Let’s cycle 50 k for Sport Relief’, fortunately Sarah specialises in planning in detail.

This relay couldn’t happen without people like Sarah, happy to take the big picture and turn it into reality. Over the last few weekends she has been planning our route and posting scary pictures on facebook like this one: Continue reading

From here to Infinity – Hi-Tec help me get through Sport Relief

DSC03075If I am honest I have spent a large proportion of 2014 sitting in front of my computer on facebook with hundreds of notifications from 38 team honk groups around the country. But on Sunday that changed. On Sunday we could finally see that the Team Honk Lands End to John O Groats relay we’d dreamt about for Sport Relief was going to happen. So I closed my laptop, picked up my new Hi-Tec Infinity trainers and I went for a run. It felt amazing. Continue reading

Suffering In Silence

Before I offered to share this guest post I had no idea what fibromyalgia was. Having read this I realise that isn’t unusual, even among the medical profession. It is a condition we should all make an effort to understand better.

Though it’s thought to affect 1 in 20 people worldwide, there are no conclusive tests to diagnose – or even a consensus among medical professionals on – Fibromyalgia.

Can you imagine suffering constant fatigue, disorientation and all-over pain that seems to have no cause? With no visible, outward symptoms and nothing, such as an accident or injury, to pin the blame on, would you be likely to be taken seriously by your GP? Continue reading

Tots and technology: The best devices in moderation

Educational Postcard: "Children are living in a different space..."

Today’s guest post looks at the line between technology helping and hindering children’s progress.

From labour saving gadgets to gaming and general entertainment, we barely think twice before turning on tools of modern technology. The relative merits of the impact of technology on modern society are much discussed and perhaps even more so when children are introduced into the mix. Continue reading

How do you find your inner strength?

I remember being in labour with Mister G, it was late at night, things had suddenly moved fast and I was afraid. I was given a blend of essential oils containing frankincense to help me face my fear. Every time the consultant entered the room – a formidable lady who terrified me – I sniffed the oils, and felt my fear dissolve.

Sometimes we all need a bit of help locating our inner strength…

My last visit to Eden Hall Day Spa was all about finding and honouring inner strength.  I am becoming something of a regular, but I do feel very at home at Eden Hall. Continue reading

On buying my daughter a mirror – what I see when I look in the mirror

 

Shortly after completing the Story of Mum project I was invited to take part in the What I see Project.  I love all these online celebrations of women, it is so empowering to see, hear and observe all these stories being told.

Go see my video on the site here, among lots of others. I love the mix of voices and amazing range of responses to that one question ‘What do you see when you look in the mirror‘. Continue reading

What does a fertility MOT involve?

I have been asked to write about a very emotive topic and as this is a personal blog, it is it only right it begins with a personal disclaimer. I have no personal experience of IVF but I have talked at length to friends who have. As I listened to one friend talk, I realised I can only begin to imagine the mental and physical challenges she faced. Continue reading

A straightforward explanation of the Medical Innovation Bill #SaatchiBill

I attended a meeting earlier this week, with Lord Saatchi, Professor Andy Hall and Debbie Binner at the Houses of Parliament to find out more about the Medical Innovation Bill. I won’t lie to you, the combination of cancer, politics, science and medicine left me mentally and emotionally exhausted. But having had chance to process it, it really is simple. Continue reading

An introduction to natural sleep remedies

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Guest Post.

Do you find it hard to drift off at night? Do you spend hours tossing and turning trying to get comfortable and barely any shut eye? You might be suffering from insomnia.

If you regularly have sleepless nights and wake up feeling tired, groggy and irritable, there are some things you can do to help get your insomnia under control, the natural way.

Here are our top three sleep remedies to help get your full eight hours sleep each night naturally. Continue reading

Little Legacy: The Legend and Story of Mum

Legend, from I’m a Mum and a…

Today I am curating the Story of Mum online tour. The idea is, as a curator, you choose something from the Story of Mum Gallery, and contribute something yourself. I chose Legend as an image (above), from the I’m a Mum and a...exhibition, because it jumped out of the gallery at me, it had such power. Continue reading

We came, we saw, we conquered, Camp Bestival 2013

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This was our second year at Camp Bestival and we still found loads of new things to keep us busy. I think it took us longer to get into the festival mood this year, Mr A and I had less time to switch off from work, and the kids being older, wiser and more used to the site, had very strong ideas about what they wanted to do which caused some frictions. (TIP: On Friday everyone is fresh faced and wants to do everything, so there are more queues and people, so try to save some things for other days!)

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No I will not wait ’til Sunday when it is quieter to make slime in the Science tent Mummy!

But I always think festivals are a winding down, transformative kind of ritual, and by Sunday breakfast, Camp Bestival’s magical work on us was complete, look: Continue reading