Oh blog I have missed you!

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Guess who is back? Yes little old me. I have missed my blog so much!

What a year 2017 was. I had so much to deal with, what with my Mum passing away and the issues that Master A has. Lots of other little bits. It all got too much. I suffered terribly with my mental health. It was horrible. But as 2018 started, I felt different. I feel good. I feel happy. I want to achieve as much as possible this year and for many years to come.

So I am back. I will try and make this blog work. I will try my best to help others. I will try and make life fun for my little family and for as many people as I possibly can.

I have lots of plans for the blog and I hope that I can achieve them.

This is just a quick post to say that I am back and am hopefully back for good. I can’t wait!

Happy New Year to you all. I hope it is a good one for us all!


Casdon Deluxe Henry Cleaning Trolley review

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We were sent Casdon Deluxe Henry Cleaning Trolley to test out. Miss A was absolutely in love with it, she loves pretending to clean with the bottles. Being seven, I was a bit sceptical about how much she would enjoy it but she does and she tries to convince her three year old brother, Master A, to clean up. He doesn’t do much of the ‘cleaning’ but he loves transporting the trolley around the living room. We have laminate flooring so you can hear him move it about!

The trolley has all sorts of accessories. It has everything you need to make the house spotless! The favourite part is the handheld vacuum cleaner. In actual fact I have seen Master A use this quite a lot. It actually works! It sucks up small bits of debris…even a few dog hairs, and Lego!

I asked Miss A what she thought about the cleaning trolley and she said it was awesome.

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We love the Henry Deluxe Cleaning Trolley. I love the fact that there are so many accessories and they are so like the real thing. It is fantastic quality. The paper bag has split already but I am sure that I have seen these bags in shops. I am going to keep an eye out for them so that the kids don’t have to worry about breaking the bags. I have been known to use the dustpan and brush myself..and the broom. It has saved me some time when the kids make small messes. I know, I am so lazy!

I can see the Henry Deluxe Cleaning Trolley being a favourite of Miss A’s and hopefully soon Master A’s for a long while yet. It has given Miss A the inspiration to help clean up in the living room. She loves the dustpan and brush!

To find out more about the Henry Deluxe Cleaning Trolley visit http://www.casdon.co.uk

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Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)

After talks with my step dad, I feel as if it is now time to make you aware of what happened to my lovely, kind mum who I miss every single day.

I lost my lovely mum early December. This is something that even to this day I find hard to cope with. Writing this is so hard. I am only 35 years old. I was 34 when she died. I have lost both my biological parents. I know I am not the only one that this has happened to but it is still hard to deal with. I daresay losing your parents whatever age you are is a very hard thing to deal with.

What my mum died from was a huge surprise. I haven’t heard of it for many years. Not since the big issue to do with contaminated meat years ago. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, CJD. My mum died of Sporadic CJD. From what I have been told and have read, there isn’t a known cause for this to happen. It is very rare too..

“approximately one person in every million develops sporadic CJD per year” – http://www.prion.ucl.ac.uk/clinic-services/information/sporadic-prion-disease/

One person in every million..and that one person was my mum.

I am not too sure whether that has helped me deal with the whole situation or not. The fact that there isn’t any cure probably has.

It took about six weeks for it do kill her. Not long at all.

I have gone through every emotion. I have to live my life now…I have been doing. I still have my moments and I probably will do for forever. I love my mum very very much.I am not writing this for sympathy. I am writing this to make you aware. I certainly didn’t know that Sporadic CJD even existed. I wonder how many cases go undiagnosed..I hope that making you all aware of this and other forms of CJD – visit http://www.prion.ucl.ac.uk/clinic-services/information/ for more information.

If you are able to donate to http://www.cjdsupport.net/ then that would be great. They have been a good support to me in answering my questions and basically listening to me.


The Sherwood, Preston, Sizzling Pubs – A review

We recently went to The Sherwood in Fulwood, Preston. It is a Sizzling pubs pub which has recently updated it’s menu.

To start, I had Beer-Battered Salt and Pepper Mushrooms. I found these quite oily. Nice but super unhealthy! The other half had nachos…not sure what happened with these but these were oily too. Way too oily. Nice but oily. Master A had garlic bread. This was OK. He enjoyed it. Miss A had soup – she said it was nice. I think that if they went a bit easy with the oil, it would of been the perfect start to our meals!

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Being vegetarian, we don’t have much to choose from usually. There were, however, quite a few vegetarian options. I had a Jerk Bean Burger this was rather good! I prefer bean burgers to vegetable burgers so I was quite happy. My other half had the Sweet Potato, Lentil & Spinach Dhansak. He enjoyed his.

Both children had pizza with veggie dippers. Now veggie dippers were not what I was expecting. The veggie dippers were actually salad. My kids don’t like salad, they make poor vegetarians I know. I was expecting veggie dippers, like cooked and chopped vegetables coated with breadcrumbs or like the Quorn dippers. My other half thought the same as well. So we were quite disappointed with the kids meal as it mean’t that the children only had pizza to eat. I would like to make a suggestion here and perhaps have an option of the pizza with either baked beans or peas or sweetcorn..perhaps with chips or wedges or something…or even with the veggie fingers that we were expecting.

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Dessert was interesting. My other half had the Sticky Toffee Pudding which he enjoyed. The kids had a lolly each. My dessert..I opted for the Strawberry and Cream Sundae. However this wasn’t what I got. I got a red berry sundae which wasn’t on the menu. I didn’t ask for a replacement as I thought the strawberries were at the bottom, I was quite disappointed to discover that there were no strawberries at all in my sundae. It was pleasant enough but the berries/redcurrants made the sundae a bit sour. I did ask about the strawberries and they said that they did have them available and wasn’t sure why it happened. Very odd.

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The Sherwood had colouring pages and crayons for the kids, this is always handy. Keeping the children busy while they were waiting for food is so important!

Overall the food was good. If we were in the area, we would definitely go back. It is the kind of place where kids felt welcome and also it was relaxing, busy but relaxing. Now we know that some of the food is quite oily, we can try out the other items on the menu.

To find out more about The Sherwood, visit http://www.sizzlingpubs.co.uk/findapub/northwest/thesherwoodfulwood

We dined at The Sherwood free of charge in exchange for this review. 

An update – Some good, some bad. That’s life!

I haven’t blogged properly for months. I have done a few review posts but no personal stuff in a long time. There are a few reasons for this, all will be explained here. Life has been very challenging but also very rewarding.

The first thing that has happened is that I lost my dear mum. She died in December. I am still not over it, I doubt I ever will be. I think of her every day. I will always miss her. I won’t go into detail on what happened as I haven’t asked the rest of the family. I don’t think it is the right time to ask.

The second thing is that our lovely dog Tyson died in March. Again, I miss him a lot. He was a lovely dog who was kind, affectionate and our first dog. Tilly is doing well being on her own, I think. She is getting lots of attention! Tyson was 12! He had so many things go wrong in the last few years, he did so well to last until then! Will always love him.

I think that is it for the bad bits..but as you can imagine, they are life changing.

There is some excellent news by the way. We have found out that Master A does not have NF1! He has had a genetics test done, which is 95% accurate and it was negative! I am not too sure why he has the cafe au lait marks. If they get bigger or if he gets more, I will make another appointment. I have found another condition that it could be, Legius Syndrome. I am not going to ask for another referral to get it tested just yet. There are no health risks like NF1 attached to this and from what I have read about it, it can only affect the learning.

Both Miss A and Master A are well. Mostly! They have had a few things to deal with but nothing serious. Master A is starting to talk a little bit more which is awesome! Miss A is doing so well with ice skating and dancing!

So that is all I am going to put on here as I intend to blog regularly now. Fingers crossed I can do this!