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5 signs you are raising a third culture kid

Lived in more than two countries with your family? Find out if you are raising a third culture kid. 

In an increasingly global business world, there is a generation of children growing up as third culture kids (TCK). In the past, these children were largely linked to those serving in military posts abroad. More recently, third culture kids are being raised by parents in a wide range of industries as experience working abroad becomes more and more attractive to employers. Expat children are also becoming more exposed to the culture of the country they are living in.

What is a Third Culture Kid?

It is the name given to children who are raised in cultures other than that of their parents or the one that may be on their passport.

Sound familiar to you? We have come up with some other ways to tell if you are raising a third culture kid:

1) They are multilingual

Many TCK’s may speak more than two languages, especially if you and your partner speak different languages and a third is spoken in the country you are living in. You may find, depending on how integrated your children are in terms of education and social life that they speak all three.

2) They flew before they had teeth

It’s likely your third culture child flew long before they could walk. You are likely to have memories of getting through security, baby in arms while folding a stroller, chasing them down narrow airplane aisles, as they crawled away, or trying to soothe your baby as they had a meltdown just as the cabin lights were turned down for the night.  

3) They have friends in 3 different countries

This is particularly true if you have had a few international assignments, where the end of the school year often means a move to another country. While leaving can be sad, the internet makes staying in touch much easier with friends only a Skype away…which brings us nicely to our next point.

4) They are a whizz at calculating time differences

Whether it is to Skype grandparents in your home country or friends from their last school year, your third culture kid can figure out the time there before you have even unlocked your phone. 

5) They look confused when someone asks where they are from

Most third culture kids agree, this is the most challenging one. Many believe they are citizens of the world more than any specific country.

Although the end of school year goodbye is hard, being a third culture kid may well stand to them in the long run. Research shows[1] they are better at coping with change as an adult and can often be more attractive prospects for employers.

We know this list isn’t exhaustive. Leave a comment on our Facebook page of other ways you know your children are third culture kids.

No matter how many cultures your children belong to, their health and wellbeing is their greatest asset. Ensure they have the health cover they need while living abroad with International Health Insurance for families.


Outdoor Overhaul – With Wayfair




Hello! It’s been a while since I have been on here…..we have been very busy building our dream home that we moved into last week, Cherington House, named after the street we lived on in London.

The house is almost finished, we moved in with it still needing finishing, but needs must! 

While inside isnt quite completed, we have made a quick start on sorting our outdoor space, so the kids have somewhere safe to play, and we can relax and entertain over the summer months. 


Our sunken patio and raised garden Work has started, with the boundary wall completed…next to go down is our beautiful Limestone slabs for the patio flooring. 


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380862D9-4336-48ED-B0E7-58F60A8902F6 The weather is getting chilly, the days are getting darker, and there is a definite sense of festivity in the air.  Whether you want to admit it or not – Christmas is well and truly on the way, and we're pretty excited, although I’m ticking off that Santa list, I’m very much a “no tree or decorations until December 8th”.

This year we are taking our annual Christmas trip to London, to see a special Santa Claus, catch up with our friends and this year we are adding in a trip to the Aquarium as an extra. Learning from past experience, there is only so long the kids will tolerate wandering around in the cold, so it’s an indoors activity and catch up with friends at the Aquarium. We have also booked the Santa Experience at CastleComer Discovery Park in Kilkenny. . It’s a place we visit all the time and their Santa experience is magical! Book for late evening to get the best experience.

Recently the lovely people over at JoJo Maman Bebe asked if I would like to pick some outfits for the kids from their Christmas Collection. They are always the most reliable for gorgeous Christmas dresses and festive jumpers and quality is always at the forefront of their clothing. Interestingly when I was writing this post I wanted to look into the history of JOJO MAMAN BEBE and it makes an interesting read here,originally a mail order catelogue for maternity and kids wear, they now have over 70 stores in the UK alone.

For us, and most families I’m sure, a special part of the festive season is the gorgeous new outfits and pyjamas – any excuse to be honest! 



BOO!!! Halloween Ready…With *Primark




What is Halloween without dressing up, and without that perfect costume? Every year there is a mad scramble for finding something they like, and then add in decorations and making the whole celebration fun without being too scary for the small ones! 

The season of spook is almost upon us, and if you're planning on dressing up your little one for Halloween, then you've come to the right place.

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Nursing As A Career, A World Of Choices



"Nurses….Jack of all trades,Master of none" well I concur, yes we are jack of all trades but we can absolutely be masters of them all too.


One of the greatest aspects of nursing as a profession is the ability to work in many types of environments and in many different roles. It is a field which is constantly evolving. For me, I've done a mixture of jobs and many post graduate courses, but over the last 14 years I have primarily worked in Emergency departments between Edinburgh, London and Ireland. It's where my nursing heart lies, but I've always been keen to develop skills and dip my toes in other roles from time to time.





Anyone with young children knows how important their security blanket is – whether it really is a little blanket, a muslin cloth or a teddy.

And that’s because, according to new research, a child’s transitional object, as the researchers call it, is a precious second only to Mum and sometimes more than Mum.

These objects have magical powers. They ease away any kind of stress. They inspire confidence and security in all situations.


Cord Blood Banking – How It Saves Lives

IMG_4464 Cord blood banking is standard practice in many countries but in Ireland it’s still relatively unheard of. Its not something I have ever disclosed before, not even go my friends, but we donated Amelia's cord blood after she was born. I first heard of it when I was pregnant with Amelia in London, and saw posters on the walls of my ante-natal clinic. After some enquiries and serious chats at home we made the decision to donate. If it helped someone else, then it was better off in a lab being harvest, rather than being put in a bin and incinerated. The irony of me donating Amelia's cord blood, is that I then post delivery also needed some help, in the form of 4 units of Red Blood Cells, something someone else had kindly donated and given up a an hour of their day in order to save someone else's life.


Umbilical cord blood can save lives.


So, what is cord blood banking? The term ‘cord-blood’ is used to describe blood that is drawn from the umbilical cord and the placenta after a baby is born. Up until recently this afterbirth was discarded as medical waste. Cord blood contains stem cells which may be frozen for later use in medical therapies such as stem cell transplantation or regenerative medicine.



Creamy Coconut Tropical Popsicles



As I was on a roll with the ice/lolly making a few days ago see recipe here (which were a huge hit amongst my two and our neighbours) I tried out another recipe yesterday.

Looking out at the rain today, it's more of a hot chocolates and cosy blankets kind of weather rather than Ice-Lollies, but you know….glass half full, live in hope and say a little prayer to the weather gods that this downpour is just to help the farmers and our dehydrated plants and we will be back to suncream, garden pool days and freckled faces in a few days.

These Creamy Coconut Tropical Popsicles are gorgeous, really tropical and light.(I'm thinking a drop of rum added would make a really tasty sun-downer on a summers even for the adults 😉)


Handful of frozen Pineapple chunks


Creamy Coconut and Mixed Berry Ice Lollies



Today I decided to try my hand at making the kids something cool for this hot weather!


It was a chance but it paid off, although admittedly I did them twice, as the first batch needed more sweetness in the coconut section. So from your dry kitchen cupboard and freezer, these ice lollies will keep both young and old refreshed on these sticky days!


Sunny Days and A Tropical Garden *A Collaboration With Marks and Spencer

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Well looks like we have got what we wanted finally, a good stretch of summer sunshine! With no beach nearby my two have to do with the back garden with a paddling pool, watering can and sand pit (I hate sandpits FYI, but when it comes to children these things are worth their weight in gold).  They will spend as many as weekends as possible in Kerry over the the summer with a choice of beaches near my parents house, but in between its Costa Del La Back Garden.While I sit in the garden writing this, the forecast says it's hotter than Greece, some even say the Caribbean…sure who needs a holiday and clear blue water, sandy beaches and pina coladas on tap when you can have plastic paddling pools, cold water from the garden hose, sand all over the house from the sand pit and putting up the parasol, just in case you need to shelter from the rain!!


What We Wore #2




Hello! We are back with "What We Wore", our 2nd post in the series. You can see the first one here. It's just a very quick post with all the direct links to what the kids wore and sometimes, very rarely but sometimes, "What Mum Wore". If I can't find the direct links or they are sold out items, I will find an alternative that is similar. Everything is always up on our Instagram page, but this post will take you to the direct page of the item!








What We Wore #1

Hello….I've decided to start a new series on "What We Wore" but really it's going to be mainly what the kids wore. I generally have everything up on my Instagram page, but with this I can add direct links to each outfit or something similar if it has sold out! There may be the odd "What Mum Wore", but mainly it will be the kids, because, you know, my money is in their wardrobe (or if I'm honest more so Amelia's wardrobe).



I've ditched the socks and boots and so very close to doing the same with the kids, but it's that inbetween time is'nt it? One day it's all suncream and sundresses, straw hats and sandals, the next the socks, cardigans and closed shoes have to be taken out from the back of the wardrobe again….but we can still get ourselves ready, for what is meant to be a long hot summer (don't they say that very year??) So the holiday shopping for summer clothes has begun….always great to have that glass half full and stay optomistic.

Whether you are having a staycation or travelling abroad this summer for the school holidays, the kids will need some new clothes, especially if they are like mine, and all the items you kept from last summer, now look like they will only fit their teddies and dolls. This year, I've started early, I want to try to buy just a few items, that I can mix and match, dress up for those nights out and be also everyday wear, lets be all cool and call it a kids capsule wardobe! Packing for a family of four can be stressful at the best of times….and 9 /10 left up to the nurse/cook/cleaner/teacher/nappy changer…..thats me, MUM! So, buying a few items that can be mixed and matched together, saves space, saves money on baggage when flying and saves one giant headache for that said nurse/cook/cleaner/teacher/nappy changer.

Marks and Spencer Kids Holiday Essentials are now all in store and up on their website. They recently asked us to pick our favourites from this seasons collection, and having bought from them before and know the quality of their clothing…..sure it would have been rude to have said "no".

My style for both kids is simple and classic and Marks and Spencers do just that, making choosing my items a hard job. Sun hats were at the top of my list, my kids are pale, very pale and protecting their heads and faces is my priority and their stylish straw hats are perfect.


Deise Greenway Dungarvan – Waterford



Good morning! Summer has finally come and we have spent the weekend out on our bikes. I posted a video of us out on the new Dungarvan to Waterford Deise Greenway, an old train line that has been converted into a cycle/walking path extending 23km with more to be opened soon. You can read all about the Greenway here and plan your journey. I have been inundated with questions, so thought I would put a quick post together. If your wondering when it's safe to take kids out on the back of your bike, or in a bike taxi, you can read all about that here.





Top Tips For Fussy Eaters~ Laya Healthcare

I have to say that we have been lucky with two very easy children when it comes to food, they are the polar opposite of fussy, but while they are great eaters, neither slept through the night until they were 18 months….so really you can't have it all! Amelia is definitely the more adventurous one. She will try anything.


For those who haven't been blessed with the best of eaters, shall we dare say "fussy eaters ", Laya Health Insurance have come up with a great post on some tips to help you (see below).



Defeat Accepted…..We Will Never Sleep In Again




I'm back….back writing about that long-time favourite topic of each and every long suffering, sleep deprived parent in the world…..sleep, or lack of it!  I’m always asked “How’s Amelia getting on with sleeping in, or is she still a bad sleeper or does she sleep past 5 still?”

I wrote some time back about "How We Said Goodbye To Our 5am Wake Up Calls" , after getting help from a sleep consultant! You can read all about that here. Well I'm eating my words again, since Amelia got the chicken pox, we are back to her literally waking up with the birds and ready to take on the world at 5am most mornings! As I write this I'm wondering, is it the bloody birds waking her? Maybe I should move her bed from under the window…..it's all laughable really, I'm saying in the title I've accepted defeat, but am always on the lookout for ways to get her to sleep…just a little longer!

It’s back to separate rooms for me and my poor husband, so one of us gets a full nights sleep!He is a soft touch, and let's her climb into bed with him….she will go back to sleep, but after he has rubbed back and feet….they talk about a pampered pooch, that's her in mini adult form! 



The Sun Has Got His Hat On….. Kids Holiday Clothes With Marks and Spencer



I've ditched the socks and boots and so very close to doing the same with the kids, but it's that inbetween time is'nt it? One day it's all suncream and sundresses, straw hats and sandals, the next the socks, cardigans and closed shoes have to be taken out from the back of the wardrobe again….but we can still get ourselves ready, for what is meant to be a long hot summer (don't they say that very year??) So the holiday shopping for summer clothes has begun….always great to have that glass half full and stay optomistic.

Whether you are having a staycation or travelling abroad this summer for the school holidays, the kids will need some new clothes, especially if they are like mine, and all the items you kept from last summer, now look like they will only fit their teddies and dolls. This year, I've started early, I want to try to buy just a few items, that I can mix and match, dress up for those nights out and be also everyday wear, lets be all cool and call it a kids capsule wardobe! Packing for a family of four can be stressful at the best of times….and 9 /10 left up to the nurse/cook/cleaner/teacher/nappy changer…..thats me, MUM! So, buying a few items that can be mixed and matched together, saves space, saves money on baggage when flying and saves one giant headache for that said nurse/cook/cleaner/teacher/nappy changer.

Marks and Spencer Kids Holiday Essentials are now all in store and up on their website. They recently asked us to pick our favourites from this seasons collection, and having bought from them before and know the quality of their clothing…..sure it would have been rude to have said "no".

My style for both kids is simple and classic and Marks and Spencers do just that, making choosing my items a hard job. Sun hats were at the top of my list, my kids are pale, very pale and protecting their heads and faces is my priority and their stylish straw hats are perfect.


Being Mummy ~ Does It Define Me?


I recently saw a picture Eimear Varian Barry had tagged on her Instagram page of another mums' post Susie Verril who said that "she was happy to let motherhood define who she was". It's something I had a little think about. Before being "mummy" I was Triona, then I became a nurse and I was "nurse", it was who I was, then I met my husband and became his wife, often being referred to as "Pauls wife or being introduced as Paul's wife.I've never had an issue with any of these titles or it defining who I was, because, I worked hard to become the best nurse I could be, so being defined as nurse was something I was proud of. Meeting my husband and getting married was something I had dreamed of all my life, I wanted the happily ever after, so again I was totally fine and proud to be called and defined as his wife, I didn't feel I'd lost my identity, I had just gained another part of who I was! Now I'm a mother, mum,mom,mommy,mummy, Mammy whatever you call it,and it 100% defines who I am right now in my life. And that's absolutely ok. I love it, I love that I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to gain that title and I'm happy that it's who people see me as when I'm with my children. When at work, my patients just see me as the nurse looking after them, once I get talking to them, I always let them know about my two smallies….because it's actually who I really am.Their mum, Pauls wife, the ED nurse that looks after you and then Triona.



Joie Trillo 2/3 Ix Car Seat Age 4 – 12 years ~ Review



A few weeks ago we moved Amelia from her "toddler car seat" which she was in since her 1st birthday to a "big girl" booster seat. I was aprehensive about her wearing just a seat belt, rather than a 5 point harness, and worried that she would open it while on the move, but its been great. She loves that she is the same as Mummy and Daddy and I think we probably should have moved her sooner, she looks far more comfortable now. We chose the Joie Trillo 2/3 Ix Car Seat in Inkwell is designed for children from four to 12 years old, or 15kg to 36kg. It's installed using the seat belt, and Isofix connectors help keep the seat in place when it's not in use. The LX features 'head-to-hips side-impact protection' plus air pockets for 'extra protection'.Joie is a UK company that makes car seats, travel system, pushchairs, high chairs and travel cots. The company, a “group of friends and parents” claims to make products that are, “better, safer and sronger". We have previously worked with Joie, and have two of their car seats in our second car and cannot fault them. The Joie Stages Group 0+ 1-2 Car Seat (suitable from 0 – 7 years) and the Joie Spin 360 Car Seat –( Birth to 4 Years)



Cinderella Tea Party ~ Rathwood




Yesterday we ventured off to the Carlow/Wicklow border, a short 35 minute drive from Kilkenny to the beautiful Rathwood Home and Garden World. We had been invited to Rathwood to experience their Cinderella Tea Party.


Rathwood have being hosting children's events for many years and there's an adventure for children of all ages and adults alike. The popular Rathwood events are filled with fun and entertainment for all the family to enjoy all year round, with the seasonal holiday events being very poplular on board the Rathwood Express Train. Experience the magic of Christmas, the spooky fun of Halloween (we did this last year, both kids loved picking their own pumpkin and carving it afterwards), or"egg"citing Easter adventure (next on our list, who doesn't love an Easter egg hunt). In the summer period they host a Teddy Bear's Picnic and I think it's something that needs to be added to the bucket list of "things to do" this coming summer. What child wouldn't love to join Goldilocks and the three bears for a day.


Our Favourite Pancake Recipes



Pancake Tuesday, finally the day where you can eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and not have to make excuses! Remember going into school after Pancake Tuesday and the competition as to who had eaten the most pancakes 😂. Not sure about you, but pancakes were much more simple then, and to be honest they are still my favourite ones, a bit of sugar and lemon and I'm happy! I also always remember my mum making the batter the night before, why was that?

Anyway, here are some of our favourite pancakes to make in this house, it doesn't need to be Pancake Tuesday to whip out the pan and rustle up some pancakes, we probably have them once a week, and use lots of different fillings, I always go for the sweet/fruit filling option, but you can always have a savoury pankcake too!


How We Managed The Dreaded Chicken Pox



Last week, 9 days ago exactly (to give you a timeframe to work by) Amelia was getting undressed for her bath and said "look at my spots mummy". There was maybe 3/4 little red spots on her chest and a couple more on her back. She wasn't scratching, had not been unwell in the days leading up to the spots appearing or behaving out of the norm, I'm saying this, because some kids may be unwell with cold like symptoms/fatigue/crying/loss of appetite in the days leading up to the spots appearing.


I'm writing this post as I didn't know if they were Chicken Pox or not, and spent a lot of time asking other parents how they treated their kids to ease the symptoms. I hope that this collection of advice that I took on board from parents that have been through it before will guide you in those first few days when they are unwell and itchy, how many days she symptomatic and how we treated her.



*Sugar Free* Banana, Coconut and Oat Biscuits



Banana,Coconut and Oat Biscuits

*Sugar Free

*Dairy Free

4 minutes to prepare and cooked in the same length of time it took me to go upstairs and dress Harry.

*Raisins tend to burn if on top, so half way through cover with some tin foil to prevent burning!


No Chocolate Rice Krispie Bars



"True happiness is a cookie in each hand"


Want something to make with the kids tomorrow or over the weekend?

I stupidly told Amelia today we would make Rice Krispie cakes, to try and get her and Harry in out of the prain….I think 1.5hrs was more than enough, we had to get out in the fresh air for a while, their wet gear and wellies were my best purchase last year!

So we got home…and no chocolate! There was no way I was going out again, so put my thinking cap on! DRINKING CHOCOLATE saved the day. It was a risk that worked.A simple 55g, 55g,55g recipe and they taste delicious!



First Aid For Children & Infants


Nobody wants to think about their baby or a child they care for becoming unwell. Of course if in any doubt always bring your child to the GP or nearest Emergency Department. Unfortunately sometimes, you may have to perform first aid at home. I would highly recommend all parents do a first aid course, if anything it gives piece of mind. (more…)

Listening To Your Children, Their Words & Emotions……



Dancing With The Feet Is One Thing, Dancing With The Heart Is Another 💖


As an ex-dancer there could never be a truer word said. It's in your heart, you dance at every opportunity, you sing the ryt and dance steps in your head. Unfortunately this love of dancing bug hasn't quite bitten my daughter yet. We tried and she is just not into it. Term 2, there are still tears, anxiety and stress.Ballet is just not for her. The ballet shoes have been hung up and maybe someday she will want to wear them again. It took me a while, but after weeks of hearing her, I eventually listened. Do you listen or just hear your children? It's something that has got me thinking. I know I for one hear my children far more than actually sitting down to listen. We all do it, we get caught up in the daily humdrum, the chaos of Monday -Friday, the fighting between siblings, the struggle of the juggle of work/home life balance and so on.



Have You Vaccinated Your Children Against Meningitis B?



MenB (meningococcal B) vaccine


  • In the UK from September 2015 babies born on or after 1 July 2015 are being offered the MenB (meningococcal group B) vaccine as part of the routine immunisation schedule and babies born on or after 1 May are being offered the vaccine as part of a one off catch-up campaign. 
  • In Ireland, from December 2016 babies will be offered the MenB vaccine as part of the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule.
  • The vaccine is available free of charge to people in the UK and Ireland with medical conditions that increase their risk of the disease. 
  • The vaccine can be purchased privately in the UK and Ireland, so people who are not currently eligible for the vaccine on the HSE or  NHS can get it if they pay for it.

What Is Meningitis B?

Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by different bacteria and viruses, although bacterial infections are usually more serious.

One of the bacteria which causes meningitis is called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as the meningococcus.

How do people get meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal bacteria can live at the back of the throat or in the nose.  Most people, who carry these bacteria (carriers), remain well but they can spread the bacteria to others through coughing, sneezing, or kissing.  Close personal contact with a carrier sometimes leads to infection.  You need many hours of close personal contact to become infected as the bacteria do not survive long outside the body.

 The disease is devastating if it gets into the blood or spinal fluid. There are different types of this bacteria and the most common is known as type B – what is often referred to as “meningitis B”, or MenB.

MenB most commonly affects children under the age of one, causing symptoms including fever, poor feeding, vomiting and lethargy. It can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can lead to the telltale purple rash.

In children over the age of four the disease is rare, but there’s a second peak of the disease in adolescents(although it is not as common then as it is in infants). Babies are at high risk because they do not have immune protection from antibodies – these are passed from mothers to babies which protect them for the first few months of life, but after that they are susceptible. They gradually build up immunity as they are exposed to similar bacteria in the environment. Teenagers are more likely to carry the bacteria in their throats than other age groups, which is why there is this second, smaller, peak of disease in that age group.

With early diagnosis and antibiotics, most people will make a full recovery.  

Meningococcal disease is a very serious life threatening illness.

Of the people who get meningococcal disease:

  • 1 in 20 will die
  • 1 in 10 people who recover will have a major disability such as deafness, brain damage, learning disabilities, epilepsy or loss of fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms or legs.





Oh Crap, We Are The Parents……Big Girl Decisions. Last week I think we finally realised that we are grown ups, parents and decision makers when it comes to the kids. Amelia is almost 4, (end of March) and to be honest we have really just winged it along in the last 4 years (Now let's be clear here when I talk about winging it, it's far from being a breeze or walk in the park, there's been lots of struggles, wanting to pull our hair out and as we come close to being parents for four years, sometimes we look back and feel as though we have barely had the chance to come up for air in those 4 years, and can't quite believe that we are at the stage of making "Adult" decisions for our little girl).We have never been in a position where we have had to seriously sit down and talk about her future, that our decisions could shape her life, the weaning, toilet training, choosing a nursery, teaching her rules, they just came along naturally and we found our way, but this week we had to make a big decision. What am I taking about? SCHOOL or BIG SCHOOL as Amelia calls it. The acceptance letters to Primary Schools in Ireland will be out in the next few weeks and any parent with a 4-6 year old is no doubt questioning….Is My Child Ready For School?



52 Week Money Challenge ~ Are You In?


Last year I had seen a few posts on the '52 Week Money Challenge'. I'm not a great saver, but I'm good for throwing coins into a jar and keeping them there! So I thought this would be a great challenge and make me save without realising I was actually doing so. The point of the '52 Week Challenge' is that by the 52nd week of the year, you will have saved almost €/£1400.


When You Tire Of London, You Tire Of Life ~A Little London Trip



When You Tire Of London, You Tire Of Life ~ Samuel Johnson


The Christmas Eve Box



For children around the world, Christmas Eve is perhaps the most exciting night of the year. They sleep with one eye open, and they wait in anticipation for Santa to arrive with his sack stuffed full of presents.


The Perfect Gift For New Parents| The Birth Poster



If you’re like me and have spent the last 10 years or so buying baby gifts, whether it's for new parents, a godchild, niece or nephew, you will know that sometimes it's incredibly difficult to find something that's completely unique. For many parents that are on #2,3 or 4 chances are they have all the newborn toys, teethers and a mountain of soft toys, as well as an abundance of clothes. I have found the perfect gift and not only a gift for others, it would make a really beautiful keepsake for yourself and your child as they get older. Unique and timeless. Let me introduce you to The Birth Poster



Christmas Gift Ideas For Little Girls & Toddler Boys



There are so many amazing gift guides out there at the minute, I love reading them on blogs, IG Stories and Snapchat. My favourite defiantly has been my friend Emma's over on IG stories…..cheers Emma, the overdraft is in full drive since watching your snaps 😂 Check her out here.

So rather than have another gift guide, I thought I'd share with you exactly what our two kids are getting from a combination of the big man in red, grandparents and family. We have tried to have been as practical as possible this year and got the kids combination gifts that they will both use and play with together and eliminate as much of the fantastic plastic that we can! There are two Frozen Microphones….because I couldn't be dealing with the arguments! 

Its a very real gift guide, and hopefully if you are still wondering what to get your little ones (because you can't find that "must have toy" they have asked for 1,000 times) or you have other smallies in your family to buy for, this will hopefully help you along the way.

For those that are new here, Amelia is 3.5 (going on 13) and my tractor obsessed little boy Harry, who is 20 months. 




How We Finally Said Goodbye To 5am Wake Up Calls


What Amelia is great at, is eating, when it comes to sleep, it’s always been a battle. We get months of her being a great sleeper and then she starts sliding down the slippery slope, taking us all with her and the early morning wakenings get early and early. Now firstly, I have to add, we have never had a problem with Amelia going to sleep. We have a set routine of bath (every other night), teeth brushed, into her pj’s, story and asleep by 7pm. She is always happy to go to bed,and never comes back downstairs. Her problem is that she is ready to take on the world before the birds have even woken, meaning the whole house is awake, and many times Mummy and daddy loosing their shit in the hallway with her at 5am…..trying to whisper in order not to wake Harry, while her “No,no, no’s” get louder and louder as we take her back to her room. If Amelia was to come into our bed and ACTUALLY go back to sleep, I’d quite happily welcome her in for a cuddle, but she was looking for an apple and a movie every morning! (more…)

Annabel Karmel Feeding Our Kids For 25 Years


From the very first day of Weaning Amelia I have been using Annabel Karmel cookbooks, I reckon I have about 10 in my collection at this stage. Her books were recommended by friends and I have continued to use the recipes past the Weaning stages and adapt for our our family. (more…)

Top 10 Christmas Dresses For Toddler Girls


Have you started your shopping yet? Are the Santa presents hiding in the attic, boot of the car or Granny's house (that's where ours are hiding safely, safe out of the reach of little hands.

Dressing the kids for the festive holidays is next on the list, once Santa has been covered. I've put together a list of my top 10 favourite dresses for Toddler Girls for this Christmas. Velvet is as popular with kids clothing as adults and many of the dresses I've picked are beautiful soft velvet.Happy Shopping!


Winter Clothing Wish List ~ Mama and Kids



Now that winter is most definitely here, well in Ireland it is, I've spent the dark nights thrawling through the shops online (it's the only way to shop with two smallies), and filling up my virtual baskets with everything I can't afford, something we all do right? I've bought a few bits from the list below….and the rest, well sure I can dream….champagne lifestyle with lemonade money and all that! 

To be fair, I think the most expensive thing in my basket is €79, but it all adds up. I'm loving greys, blacks and dusky punks this season.  I've picked out my favourite bits, and while I love these colours on the kids, I still do veer to the brighter colours as well, Mothercare and M&S have some gorgeous bits. You can see a recent post here on my picks from M&S for the kids. I love COS for simple colours, the Little bird range from Mothercare for Amelia, and H&M for boys clothes. I don't find the quality of the girls clothes in H&M any different from Primark/Penneys and its more expensive.


Child Not Wearing Helmet V’s Acquired Brain Injury



The family that cycle together stay together….or it goes something like that!

You may have noticed over the last few months, especially over the summer we have been out on our bikes A LOT. My husband and I took advantage of the Cycle To Work Scheme and invested in two bikes, a bike trailer for the kids that comes with a rain and bug shield and helmets for us all, which we purchased through Halfords. It's been a free form of entertainment and we have had lovely days out on various bike trails, taking a picnic with us. I'm a huge advocate for Road and bike safety, and I'll not lie, when I see kids on scooters and bikes without their helmets (and adults)….I want to go over and tell them or more importantly their parents, to "put that helmet on, protect your little brain and don't be be another statistic of having an Acquired Brain Injury".


Harry At 18 Months



When I first went to write this, I went into my  search engine to have a read of Amelia's 18 month update….you know, to do what we do best and compare! While she was babbling away and calling her daddy by his name, she still was bare foot, and didn't walk for another month. While I've slowed down with the blog, and find Instagram another great way to document our update, I'm so glad I had that post to read back over, and the rest. I ended up reading back through them all!


Winter Salad ~ Butternut Squash With Feta and Sticky Pecans


Just after I had Harry we all went out for  lunch one day. I had a butternut squash salad with sticky pecans and it was so good, I still think about it! It's not on the menu anymore and last week I decided I would attempt to make it myself . Now I'm hooked again! I think this is something I'll be making A LOT over the next few months. Once you have your stash of sticky pecans made up and a jar of balsamic onion in the fridge, it takes no time to put this salad together.

Autumn and winter can have us turning for the comfort food, and salads are reserved for summer. This salad is healthy, tasty and crunchy with balance of sweet (sticky pecans) and tart (balsamic red onion). It's great as a lunch alone or side salad. I even think on Christmas Day for those who don't like the usual vegetables it's a lovely colourful salad to have on the table.


Slugs, Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails….An Autumn Wardrobe That Will Last Through Toddler Play




While my two kids are not yet in school and I don't have to go on the hunt for school  uniforms, they are in Montessori (Amelia 5 mornings per week) and Nursery (Harry 2 mornings per week), meaning A LOT of clothes are worn and washed, and while I would love to have a separate wardrobe of "School Clothes" "Good Clothes", I don't have the funds to stretch to that (who does?). Even on the days Harry is not in nursery, we could still have two outfit changes a day, because, you know, he is a boy and  "What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails, And puppy-dogs' tails."That's what little boys are made of" Never a truer word for my boy. If there's dirt he will find it. If he can make a mess, it will end up on his clothes. If he can smash it, he is right there with it in his hand. If he can draw on it, yes, the pen is in his hand. 


Budget Baby Buys in London

This blog began because I love to buy pretty baby clothes. From baby dresses and baby booties to baby hats, mittens, scarves, socks, coats – you name it, I have to have it all. As a busy mother who recently departed the Big Smoke after a decade-long stay, I count myself as something of an expert in searching out the best places to rack up the baby buys on a budget in the capital. Here’s my top tips on stretching your cash and looking great.


Local Markets


Ask anybody about shopping in London and they’ll tell you to visit the markets. Nowhere in the world will you find such a tremendous gathering of quality goods at super low prices. There’s lots of markets to choose from, but you’ll find Spitalfields in just about every top ten list for stand-out London Markets. Aside from the huge selection of food and drink, you’ll find a wide range of retail surprises here – including great clothes for all ages (especially baby clothes!). This isn’t just any old market. This is a cultural hub. I recommend spending an afternoon searching out the best bargains while taking in the sights and sounds of this iconic and historic market.


Charity Shops


I used to work with two friends in London who grew up in small northern towns. They both had babies at around the same time, so they both had maternity leave and lots of time to spend with their new-borns. What did they do with their time? There were lots of coffee mornings, that’s for sure, but they used to choose coffee shops near to charity shops. When I asked why they loved the charity shops in London so much, I learned that the quality of the clothes in small town charity shops can be lacklustre, but the huge population in London means that charity shops are inundated with donations – the charity shops can afford to be picky, choosing to put only mint condition goods on display. I took their advice and later found multiple top-quality baby clothes for insanely low prices – only in London!


Buy and Sell


Social media isn’t for everybody, but these days it’s undeniable that for most people Facebook is a part of everyday life. Following on from the charity shop idea, Facebook’s buy and sell feature allows you to connect with people who want a quick sale in your area. I became a big fan of checking the listings every day and leaving a quick message offering instant pick up for a significantly reduced price – you’d be surprised how often you can pick up baby buys for rock bottom prices using this method. 


Make it personal – employee retention and the perfect new baby gift

If you run a business, deciding what to buy for an employee who’s just had a baby can be tricky. Even if you’ve had kids yourself, it’s not always easy to know what sort of gift would best fit the bill. Fresh flowers are a popular choice, but beautiful as they may be, these gifts can lack the personal touch.


If you’re searching for a present that’s guaranteed to impress a new mum and show that your company really cares about its workers, keep reading. In this blog, we explore some of the best gift options and look at how making the effort when it comes to welcoming a new baby can help you to retain your employees.


What to consider when selecting a gift


Offering advice on what to think about when hunting for the ideal gift, experts in new baby and maternity presents BabyBlooms suggests that it’s important to find something that’s practical but at the same time isn’t boring. It also recommends seeking out gifts that are memorable and will create an impression, but that aren’t too flashy. 


In addition, the specialist retailer highlights the importance of trying to strike the right balance between getting something that’s neither too cheap nor extravagant, and that’s thoughtful without being overly personal.


Top choices


Now that you know what sort of criteria your present should meet, it’s time to start narrowing down your options. One great choice that a new mum is bound to love is a baby clothing bouquet. These creations include a mixture of beautiful silk flowers and classic baby garments. The clothes can quickly and easily be extracted from the displays, leaving the blooms as a lasting flower arrangement.


Another superb new baby gift idea is a hamper. You can get selections containing a combination of useful baby gifts and pampering accessories for the mum. From baby blankets, to skincare products, to soft toys, a hamper can include an array of goodies.


Alternatively, perhaps a nappy cake would tick all the right boxes for your colleague. Designed to look just like a real cake, these creations contain nappies and a selection of other handy items, from bibs and muslin squares to body suits, soft toys and socks.    


Baby clothing bouquets, hampers and nappy cakes are all great gifts if you want to make a big impression on the new mum. They’re practical, thoughtful and pretty – and you can choose versions that suit your budget. They can also be personalised for that extra special touch. 


A little effort goes a long way


Ordering these gifts doesn’t take much time or effort. You can simply place your order online, and many presents are now available with next day delivery. So, as soon as you get the good news, you can send best wishes in style. Your employee will really appreciate the gesture. It shows that you and your colleagues are thinking about them at this important time.


As well as putting a smile on the new mum’s face, this simple but meaningful gesture could help you to cultivate greater loyalty among your staff members. When people feel looked after by their employers, they’re more likely to stick around in their roles. Ultimately, this is good news for worker retention and for the long term success of your organisat

Children Eat Free: The Ultimate Guide To Dining Out With The Family

Are you heading out for dinner with your family?  Perhaps you have children, and if you do then you will agree that family meals can be costly!   


If the sight of a waiter approaching with a dessert menu makes you go into a cold sweat, then do not fear.  In this article we have information regarding different places where children can eat for as little as possible, or even for free!  This means you can save your hard-earned money, while still having a good family night out. Below WOW FreeStuff sent us a list of all the best places you can eat for free, or almost free for your kids over the summer holiday. 


1.  Giraffe – Children Eat Free Over The Weekend 


The offer at Giraffe is a great deal to keep in mind.  Every weekend at this eatery, children enjoy meals absolutely free when an adult main is purchased.  Moreover, you are not limited to a main meal only; the child can enjoy a main meal, a drink, and a dessert.  Giraffe's menu includes food from across the globe, so a visit to this restaurant will get your little ones excited by exotic cuisine.  Available every weekend, all weekend, this is a deal not to be a missed! 


2.  Beefeater Grill – Children Eat Breakfast Free 


Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day, and your children can begin their day with a free breakfast at Beefeater Grill when you buy a full breakfast for yourself.  Now, that calculates to three breakfasts for less than £10. 


Beefeater Grill knows how to cook up a hearty breakfast, and their menu is filled with all of your favourite choices ranging from continental to cooked options.  Enjoy crispy hash browns with bacon, or some cooked pastries with a wide selection of juices and coffees!  Absolutely delicious! 


3.  La Tasca – Children Eat Free 


The Spanish restaurant, La Tasca, has also hopped on the 'free children's food' wagon offering free meals for kids when the adult spends £10 or more on their meals.  The child can choose from seven main courses, and various delicious pudding options.  They are really spoilt for choice, and the best part is that the deal is available all day, every day of the week! 


4.  Brewers Fayre – Children Eat Breakfast Free 

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As is mentioned above, breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, and at Brewers Fayre pubs your children can eat their breakfast free of charge.  When an adult purchases a breakfast meal at the price of £9.50, at least two children can enjoy a free breakfast.  What a fantastic way to begin the day! 


5.  Heathrow Airport – Children Eat Free At Certain Restaurants 


One of the best offers to remember when you are flying from Heathrow airport is that children eat for free with the purchase of an adult main meal.  It needs to be remembered that this offer is only available at certain restaurants and on qualifying dates. 


The expense of a holiday can be exorbitant, so everyone wants to find some way of saving pennies; therefore, taking advantage of this offer can help avoid any further costs.  Some of the eateries involved in this deal at Heathrow Airport include: 


• Gordon Ramsey Plane Food 

• Carluccio's 

• The Prince of Wales Restaurant 

• La Salle 


I don't know about you, but this offer sounds like the ideal way to begin a holiday! 


6.  Frankie & Benny's – Children Eat For £1 


One of the favourite family restaurants is Frankie & Benny's, and did you know that when you purchase an adult main meal the children can enjoy a children's meal for only £1.  The children's meal has various options available, so it's more than likely that you will find something your youngster will enjoy.  For only £1, the child can enjoy a drink, main, side and dessert.  This makes Frankie & Benny's the perfect eatery for a family meal out at a discount price! 


7.  Prezzo – Children Eat For £1 


Each day, all day, Italian restaurant Prezzo offers children meals costing only £1.  Treating your little ones to all their favourite Italian foods for far less than you think is what this restaurant is after!  Children of all ages and appetites can find a dish on the Prezzo menu; in fact, this eatery has two 

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separate menus for children and 'tots' with wholesome dishes your children will love and find nutritious. 


8.  Chiquito – Children Eat For £1 


The well-known Tex-Mex restaurant, Chiquito, hopped on the £1 meal bandwagon and became involved in this cheap family dining experience.  Now, this restaurant offers children's meals for only £1 when an adult meal is purchased.  Have your little ones try new dining experiences at Chiquito for a bargain price! 


9.  Crown Carvery – Children Eat For £1 On Sundays 


There is nothing better than a traditional roast dinner with gravy on a Sunday, and the Crown Carvery restaurant offers one that the whole family can enjoy for far less than you may imagine!  On Sundays and bank holiday Mondays, all children under the age of ten can enjoy their roast meal for only £1! 


10.  Table Table – Two Courses For £1.99 


The Table Table Pub Restaurants are popular places to enjoy cheap family meals at bargain prices, and here's a further discount offer.  From Monday to Saturday before 5pm, all children can enjoy a two-course meal for only £1.99.  Moreover, the child's main meal contains at least one of the necessary 'five per day'; therefore, you can be assured they are eating nutritious meals. 


11.  Bella Italia – Children Eat For £1 


The children's menu at Bella Italia is an award-winning menu, and with good reason!  This restaurant offers two menus – one for the very small children, and one for the slightly older child.  Best of all, all children can enjoy the meals on these menus for only £1 when their parent purchases an adult meal. 


Filled with various Italian foods, the Bella Italia children's menu has become a favourite in many people's houses.  Moreover, at these discount prices, it won't be the children who are smiling, but your bank account as well.

Must-Haves For Your Kitchen This Summer Holidays

With the summer holidays just around the corner for the children, it’s likely that you’re putting together a list of things to stock up on so that you’re not left stuck with bored and moaning children for the next six weeks. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about doing a spot of cooking with the children so that they are able to learn some new skills in the kitchen and get involved with the food that they are eating? It’s also a fantastic way of keeping the children entertained too! Take a look at these must-haves for your kitchen this summer holidays.


Their own aprons

As you already know, to get a child invested in what they are doing, it’s important to make them feel like they are really a part of what’s going on. Getting your children their own aprons will have them feeling like masterchef in no time. Even more importantly, you might be able to save your children’s clothes from stains – meaning less work for you over the summer! Why not get them personalised aprons so that they’re super excited to use them?

Good knives

Of course, in no way, shape or form are we suggesting that your children use knives in the kitchen – especially sharp ones. Kitchen devil knives for home chefs are a fantastic investment to make this summer to make your time spent in the kitchen that little bit easier. Just remember to keep them out of reach when the children are helping to avoid any unnecessary accidents!

Plenty of baking equipment

One thing that you’ll probably find yourself doing with the children is baking some cookies or cakes for you all to enjoy. This is an area where you can practically take a step back and allow your children to do most of the work. Getting enough equipment so that there’s no arguments over who gets to lick the spoon will save you that wine inviting headache that we all know baking leads to. Why not take the kids on a shopping trip to pick their own equipment to keep their interests high?


Finally, one thing that’s often forgotten about is how your little loves are going to reach the food and the equipment if they are still small. We’ve all made that mistake and ended up having to lift our children up and hold them there while they do their piece. Save your back and buy your kids some stools so that they are able to see what they are doing and you don’t have to worry about any accidents in the kitchen!


Make sure that you’ve got these things in your kitchen for this summer holidays and you’ll soon be baking up delicious treats with your children and thanking yourself for making your life a little bit easier in the kitchen!


Powerful Tools For Diligent DIYers

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Life can be hard when you have a passion for something like DIY and home design. With most people only having access to a single space for this, it won’t take long for the work you want to do to your place to be complete, leaving you without any rooms left to decorate. For some, this will be a relief, marking the end of a challenging job. If you love DIY, though, this might make you feel the opposite, forcing you to hunt for new avenues to go down. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best tools out there to make your diligence in DIY pay off.


Smaller Jobs: Around most homes, there will be loads of little areas which can be worked on to improve the look of the place, even after you’ve spent loads of time on it. Furniture, for example, will usually need to be updated every few years if you want it to look fresh and stay on trend. Of course, though, flat packs aren’t much fun when you’ve been doing harder work. To avoid this sort of option, it could be worth looking around some second hand stores, as places like this often have products which will be in need of some TLC. From here, adding some paint or other decorations will be a great way to make your purchase unique.


Self-Storage: One of the biggest challenges faced by DIYers is space. When you’ve been living somewhere for a while, most of the usable space will have been taken by large items, making it hard to work on things like walls and floors. To help with this, local self-storage companies offer their services almost everywhere. While it will involve moving heavy things, this sort of approach is a great one to take, ensuring that your furniture stays secure while it is out of your care. Of course, though, it’s best not to leave it to chance, and you should ready plenty of reviews before putting any money down.


Your Own Business: Finally, as the last idea on this list, satisfying your need for DIY might not need to take place in your own home whatsoever. Instead, if you can find the time, you could look into making this hobby into a small business. Giving you access to loads of homes, this sort of approach will make it easier to keep working on the things you enjoy. To make this a little bit easier, taking a short business course before getting started will give you some solid foundations. Along with this, though, you will also have to make sure that you’re only handling jobs which the law allows you to.


Hopefully, with all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take your next DIY job by storm. There are loads of ways to add more of this element into your life, with most people still having plenty to do in their own homes, and working together is often the best way to handle something like this.

Keep Your Kids Smiling



As young children, your kids are either going to be smiling all of the time, or crying the rest of it. You’ll usually find that there’s no inbetween, other than when they’re asleep. But as a parent, we know that keeping your kids smiling will be your number one priority. There’s plenty of things that you can do to ensure this, a few of which we’re going to list today. But we want to make sure that you keep one thing in mind. Because for every time you want to make your child smile, you shouldn’t be over indulging them. The people who expect the world when they’re younger, are often the ones who find it the hardest to be told no when they’re older. You need to get the balance of give and take right, and you can’t try and please them all of the time by giving into everything the want. But what you can do, is follow the advice that we have below, and see if it’ll keep your kids smiling.



Style Survival Tips For New Mums


If you have recently given birth, a lot of things will have changed in your life. Not only do you now have a beautiful bundle of joy but also you probably don’t get as much sleep as you once did and you are experiencing emotions you did not know were possible. Your body will have gone through lots of changes too. Not only this, but your obsession with fashion has had to take the back seat too. After all, you have greater priorities now! However, this does not mean that you cannot look and feel amazing. With that in mind, read on to discover some style survival tips for new mums.

When choosing fabrics, make sure they are easy to care for – Now that you have had a baby, you have a million different things to do throughout the day. You don’t want to make your life even more difficult by choosing clothing that is difficult to look after. If it requires washing by hand, as well as ironing and dry cleaning, forget about it. Cotton jerseys are a godsend for new mums, as they are crease free and comfortable, so stock up on all of the basics.

Get out of black – New mums tend to wear a lot of black clothing because it is flattering and makes them feel less self-conscious. This is understandable, but you can’t go around wearing black every day of your life. You need a bit of variety and a bit of colour. Burgundy, chocolate brown, and navy are just as flattering as black, yet they are a lot more forgiving when you are tired. For an extra pick me up, think about adding some bright accessories to your outfit.

Treat yourself to something – Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to something, whether it is a pair of Kurt Geiger shoes or a Michael Kors bag. After all, you deserve it! You have given birth to a beautiful baby. You have gone through morning sickness and battled mood swings, not to mention the pregnancy itself. You are superwoman, and you deserve a treat. So, get yourself the one thing you have had your eyes on for some time now. You will feel great for doing so!

Stop stressing about the size on the label – Size does not matter! Stop making yourself feel bad about the fact that you cannot fit into the clothes you wore prior to finding out you were going to have a baby. You are not meant to fit in those clothes right now. You have just had a baby! Plus, there really is no rush to fit into the clothing size you wore before, is there? Do it at your own pace. And if saving bothers you that match, just cut the label out. No one has to know!

Pick a print – Another style survival tips for new mums is to pick a print. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Firstly, nothing will brighten up your outfit quite like a good print. Secondly, prints are good for hiding spillages, which are pretty much guaranteed when you have a baby. If you can find a print with baby food colours, even better!

Layer up – Last but not least, you may not feel comfortable breastfeeding in public if you have decided to breastfeed your child. If this is the case, you can make sure access is simple without flashing too much skin if you wear two vest tops instead of one. Of course, this is completely up to you. You may be fine with breastfeeding in public – everyone is different and there is no right or wrong. Think about going for a cardigan that can be wrapped around you and the baby should you need to feed.

So there you have it: some style survival tips for new mums. There is no denying that it can be hard to keep on top of your sense of style once you have had a baby. Plus, you may be lacking a bit in the confidence department because of all of the changes that have happened to your body. However, it is for this exact reason that you need to give your wardrobe a bit of attention. Follow the suggestions that have been provided and you should notice a big difference in terms of the way you look and feel.

What are my rights as a parent of a child in hospital?

As mother to two small kids and an Emergemcy nurse, I know first hand that thinking about their children going into hospital and what their rights are, is not a topic that most parents would hopefully ever need to give much thought to. Most parents would never wish to experience the fear and worry that accompanies seeing their child through a hospital stay. Recent high profile cases surrounding children with brain injury in particular have brought the conversation about parents rights into the public consciousness. 

So what are your rights as a parent of a child who’s receiving medical care? It’s important to remember that your child is a separate being to ourselves and while we’re responsible for them, our rights never come before their rights. The guidance on what you can reasonably expect as a parent changes depending on the age and medical condition of the child but there are some things you can always expect. 

As a parent or guardian you can expect to, among other things. 

• Be there while your child is being treated unless it would put you or your child at risk (for example, during surgery.)

• Be allowed to stay overnight with your child if you want to.

• Have the time to ask questions about your child’s medical care and be given clear answers

• Be given the name and contact details of someone you can talk to with other questions.

• Be part of the conversation about their care and treatment, with the enough info on pros, cons, risks, side effects or other treatment options you could have.

• Be told at any time if your child’s condition gets worse or changes.

• Be treated with understanding with regards to any behaviour you display because of worry (within reason). 

• Be given information about all staff members who are involved in your child’s care. 

• Have all details about you and your child kept private (except where the law requires it to be shared) and for any information to only be shared with your permission.

• Be given access to any information kept about your child and family.

• Make a complaint if you are unhappy with the way you have been treated or that your child has been treated.

• Be given a reason and, when appropriate, an apology, if things do not go to plan.

• Make the choice as to whether medical students can be present during your child’s care and treatment.

The things you aren’t allowed to do are demand a certain treatment option from your child’s doctor. You wishes will be taken into consideration but ultimately, the doctor will give you the treatment options they believe are available to your child. 

You can refuse a treatment option for your child but be aware, if the doctor believes you are being negligent in doing so, they can still carry out the treatment if they believe it will save your child’s life. You can be charged with negligence too in some situations. 

If you believe a doctor has acted negligently in the care of your child though, you can make a claim. Brain injury solicitors, Your Legal Friend, have in depth FAQs about making a claim and as a parent; you are able to make a claim on behalf of your child.

Stop Putting Off Simple DIY Tasks

’ll do it later. It can wait. I don’t have the time right now. The calling card of people putting off a DIY job that they don’t want to do. Not everyone loves doing DIY, but everyone is always happy with the finished result – if the job has been done well. Here are some of the most common DIY tasks that people put off for as long as possible. 



Deep cleaning the carpets. You can opt to get someone in to do this for you if you don’t want to do it, but it needs to be done at least once a year. Carpets hold a lot of dirt and odours. High foot traffic areas, even with shoes removed see bare feet, mud, pets, sweaty socks, spills and crumbs. Over time they work their way into the carpet and can be a nightmare to remove. If you want a quick fix, then you can deodorise the rug by putting a thin layer of baking soda all over it, waiting a short while and then hoover it up. This won’t clean it for you, but it will trap and remove any lingering smells. 



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