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Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder… have you heard of it?

We hadn’t until a few years ago. The Bear Cub came home to us when he was 18 months old and we immediately noticed how loud he could be in comparison to other children we knew, but never thought it could be a sensory issue! Fast forward to him age 4 and we now have a lot more knowledge by this stage. Mainly because he has been screened for SPD and it came back with spikes in hearing, balance, taste and texture. Light bulb moment! This explained so very much!

We’d always struggled a with food. New tastes and textures were a challenge for him, and he would happily eat the same meals every day if we let him. To this day, his breakfast and tea very rarely change… breakfast is a yoghurt and several Weetabix, sometimes with more helpings of Cheerios or Shreddies if he fancies it. He certainly gets his daily recommended fibre intake!!! Tea is a cheese sandwich on brown bread, pea crisps, strawberries, grapes (always red), raisins, and a Freddo, washed down with apple juice. It is very, very rare that he will deviate from this. Lunch is a hot meal provided by school 5 days per week, and luckily there is usually an option that he will eat, plus a fruit snack mid morning.

Hearing is the major spike for us. He has super sensitive hearing and can sometimes hear noises that we can’t. He notices things like the fridge humming or an alarm going off way down the street. Loud and unexpected noises can make him literally leap into the air. And yet he is the LOUDEST child we have ever met! He isn’t attuned to his own volume levels and this can become an issue sometimes, especially at school. His teachers have been fantastic, reminding him about his volume levels whenever needed, as we do at home too.

He becomes dysregulated by certain environments, which to others who don’t understand our situation, may seem strange. At parties for instance, he can’t handle the noise and bouncing on bouncy castles etc for long. He’s always been scared of going on swings, but will happily come down the highest slide! He sometimes gets agitated by his surroundings, which often leads to him running away or becoming upset or aggressive. We’ve learnt how to help him regulate by using therapeutic parenting techniques and this has been a huge turning point for us. (I’ll talk more about therapeutic parenting another day because this is a huge subject that deserves its own post.) To outsiders he probably looks “naughty” and sometimes strangers give us odd looks, or stare, or try to give, ahem, helpful advice 🤔, but we don’t notice this so much nowadays. He is our boy and he is so very special. His additional needs just make him even more awesome to us!

Do you have a child with Sensory Processing Disorder? I’d love to hear from you!

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Minimal

I saw this book by Madeleine Olivia a little while ago and had quite a few books to get through so I didn’t buy it. Then I came across it again in a National Trust book shop and decided to buy it. I’ve watched a few of her You Tube videos and seen her posts on Instagram, so thought I’d give the book a go too.

I’m about a third of the way through, and it’s really made me stop and think. In the space of just a couple of days I’ve already made some changes to the way we live. These small changes (purchase swaps, cancelled subscriptions, and upcycling a couple of items) will not only save us money (quite a bit actually as I’ve decided against a larger purchase in favour of recycling what we have), but will have a small positive impact on the environment too.

I admit that in the past I have been quite an impulsive shopper and have spent a lot of money on things (not so much recently but more so in my twenties), that have sat on a shelf gathering dust after being used once or twice. This book has made me want (yes want!) to put a spending ban on our lives to encourage us to reuse what we have. Make do and mend as the motto goes!

So… I can’t believe I’m actually typing this… I am going to put a spending ban on anything that is non essential for the next month. I know a month isn’t a long time, but I think by starting with a smaller goal, I’m more likely to achieve it. Wish me luck!!!

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Autumn

Pumpkin Corner

Autumn is my favourite season. I love the change in colours of the leaves, the pumpkins, getting cosy at home… and we usually have an Autumn break up in the Lake District. Sadly that break has been cancelled this year, but we’ve still managed to get out and make the most of our local (ish) area.

This photo was taken at Baddesley Clinton over the weekend. We had a lovely walk, kicked the leaves, collected some conkers, and the Bear Cub balanced on the logs. It was nice. If this year has taught us anything, it’s to enjoy the little things in life, like an Autumn walk with my family.

Life is tough for many of us right now. Enjoy the small things when you can x

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/baddesley-clinton

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Writing again…

I haven’t written anything for such a long time. In fact it’s been two years! Two whole years!

The reason is, life got a bit… well … sh*t! And I lost my flow.

Within the space of a month, my Dad had a series of TIAs leaving him with vascular dementia and mobility issues, the Bear Cub ended up in hospital with a virus, and my Father in Law died suddenly from a heart attack. All within one month. All within 28 days to be exact.

Our world fell apart. It was tough. We were grieving, whilst trying to get our (just) four year old through his own journey, and supporting our family as best we could.

We had been planning to extend our family, and then everything went on hold. It was hard. It still is.

Add COVID19 into the mix and… well you can imagine!

Two years on, we’re still here, we’re stronger than ever as a couple, and we are now heading into the next chapter of extending our little family. I feel the time is right to start writing again. I’m back! And it feels good to be here!

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Blue Fingers

One of the fabulous things about having a Connective Tissue Disorder is the gorgeous attractive blue tinged fingers I get most days throughout Winter, which can also become quite painful.

Last year I stumbled across an article about Turtle Doves, a Company that recycle pre-loved cashmere jumpers into a range of fingerless gloves, neckwarmers, scarves etc. The wristwarmers aren’t cheap, usually around £26 I believe, however, this was the best investment I made last Winter. I had a pair of Berry Wristwarmers and pretty much lived in them. No blue fingers, no pain…AMAZING!

So of course this year I’m being prepared and I’ve been back for more already….Yes I have bought cashmere wristwarmers in August and I’m not ashamed to admit it! This time a navy blue pair to match my new navy satchel…

….Come on Winter! I’m ready for you!

Check them out here: Turtle Doves

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Don’t want to miss a thing!

I love this. I think it’s so true.

The Bear Cub is growing up fast and changing every day. I don’t want to miss a second of it being distracted by things that really don’t matter at all.

I know a few parents who are getting their little ones ready for starting school next month and have said “I wish I’d done more with them because now that chance has gone”.

So my intention is to do as much as I can with him and not to let this next preschool year go by without us enjoying it as much as we can. Bring on the fun!

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M&S The Summer Beauty Box

The M&S Summer Beauty Box has arrived and I can say I’m not disappointed this year. Some fabulous little products to get us through the (hopefully) sunny months.

This year the box contains:

  • PRAI Ageless Throat & Decolletage Creme 15ml
  • Colour WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Hair Spray 50ml
  • Percy & Reed Shine & Fragrance Mist 75ml
  • NUXE Refreshing After Sun Lotion 50ml
  • Leighton Denny She’s in fashion Pink Nail Colour 12ml
  • Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze elasticizer 40ml
  • PUR Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara 4ml
  • REN Atlantis Kelp and Magnesium Anti Fatigue Body Wash 100ml
  • Ultra Sun Lip Protection SPF 30 4.8g
  • M&S Makeup Bag
  • Autograph Lasting Colour Intense Liquid Lipstick 6ml
  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 5ml
  • EOS Lip Balm Pink Graprefruit

Can’t wait to everything these products. I’ll report back……

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Stationery Addict

I have a confession to make…….I am a stationery addict!

I just can’t resist a shiny new notebook or pen. For some people it’s handbags or shoes; for me it’s a a trip to Paperchase that hits the spot every time when I need some retail therapy.

I was in the Lake District last week and visited Chesters By The River in Skelwith Bridge. Not only do they do the best frittata I’ve ever tasted, but they have amazing stationery for sale too! I stumbled across this gorgeous rose gold 13 month undated planner, and I just couldn’t resist.

Obviously I needed a new pencil to go with it so I went to Paperchase when I got home and they not only had a rose gold pencil but they also had rose gold paperclips! Eeeeeek! Both were in my basket before you could say Smiggle!

What’s your weak spot?

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Cheeky Wipes

We’ve really been trying to cut down on waste in our house recently and introducing lots of new ways of doing things, from reusable coffee cups and water bottles, to trying these Cheeky Wipes.

I’ve always used cotton wool pads to take my makeup off and was getting through quite a lot. Then I heard about Cheeky Wipes and I’m completely sold.

I’ve been using these pretty pads with coconut oil to remove my makeup for about 2 months now and I love them. The coconut oil melts makeup away, including my industrial strength waterproof mascara! Then you dampen the Cheeky Wipe and wipe it all away. Stick them through the washer (and tumbler too if you want to, although I’ve not tried that with mine yet) and Bob’s your uncle! No waste and lovely soft clean skin!

They also do other products such as reusable baby wipes and sanitary towels (not tried these as not sure how I feel about that!).

Here’s a link if you fancy trying them yourself:

http://cheekywipes.refr.cc/XCS9JNS

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Book Habit

I have a confession to make…….I’m addicted to buying books!

I tried a kindle and other ways of reading online and being paper free but I have to admit I just love the feel of a real book! I’ve bought quite a few recently:

  1. Self Care For The Real World – Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips
  2. The Mother Book – Molly Gunn
  3. The Sunday Lunch Club – Juliet Ashton
  4. Hands Free Mama – Rachel Macy Stafford
  5. Calm – Fearne Cotton

I’m dipping in and out of them depending on which one fits my mood. I’ll write more on each one as I get through them.

Do you read? If so, what’s your favourite kind of book? Do you have a favourite author? Please share your book habits with me x