On Just Letting It Go

I realised, just before I gave up my day job last year, that I was stressed, emotional and often angry and frustrated at the smallest of things. When I left my job to be at home full time I took the opportunity to make a change. It wasn’t a conscious decision. I didn’t wake up one day and think that now was the first day of the rest of my…

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Can you imagine a life without Disney?

I was thinking the other day how different life would be like without Disney in it. Not just how different life would be but how different I would be too. Disney is such a huge part of everyone’s lives and I am sure it has played a part in shaping every one of us. I still remember the first Disney movie I got on VHS as a child – it…

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Student Discount Cards – Just Because it’s Legal doesn’t make it Right

Back in 2001 I was a student. I was at college, living at home and working part time. I had very little money and the money I did have I tried to make go further by using any discount available – including my student discount card at the time. I ended up not even finishing my first year of college, and never went to university so my use of student…

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The Social Stigma of having Family in Prison

Growing up I had to tell everyone that I only had one brother. My parents told me to not mention my oldest brother at all, to act like he didn’t exist and to only talk about him at home. But, I had another brother. He was ten years older than me but he wasn’t around much when I was growing up. My first real memory of him was when he…

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What sort of Digital Imprint are we leaving for our Children?

As a blogger I am really aware of having our whole lives online. I always have our family security at the back of my mind, not wanting to give away too much. I have always seen this blog, foremost, as a place to record memories and milestones, to really document the children growing up. But, unlike a photo album, or reminiscing with relatives this blog is out there for the…

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The Outdated Regulations of Giving Blood

I gave blood for the first time last week and it was a pretty ok experience. It took an hour or so out of my evening but I got to sit, child free, and read my book, catch up on social media or just enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. At the end I got crisps, biscuits and a glass of juice and the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing…

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Making Your Parents Proud

I was watching Dragons Den the other day and after securing a deal with the Dragons, one of the guys said how proud his Mum would be if she were still alive now and how proud his Dad would be too. It got me thinking about how people strive for such a simple thing in life – to make their parents proud of them. This simple phrase on TV got…

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