One of the best things I’ve ever ever ever done…

…without a shadow of a doubt is to use a reward chart for my little girl.  There are tons of things I do well as a parent, a few things I might not do so well and a ton more that I do really well.
Since September my little bear has been having problems having a number 2.  She’s been holding them in beyond holding.  Thinking it was a phase, we put off taking her to doctor because we didn’t want to focus on the issue.  Long story short and after taking advice from our childminder who had the same issue with her little girl at the same age, we went down the reward chart route.  We’ve ebayed for ‘special stickers’, googled for free reward charts, ebayed again for surprises that the fairies can bring her that she can keep, decorated a box that the fairies bring the surprises in and hey presto, without wanting to tempt fate, it’s done the trick!

This issue has easily been the most challenging.  We’ve been very lucky with our little bear. Bedtimes have never been a problem, she eats healthily – the same stuff but she eats!, she’s happy and that’s all we ask for her.  So when the toilet thing became a real serious concern, I got very anxious.  3 reward charts later and special stickers later and she tells you that she got George Pig and her Peppa Pig watch for being a big clever girl and doing a poo.  

Anyone reading this who has just been put off their Friday night fish and chips, I make no apologies.  This is BIG news in our house tonight and cause for much celebration.  Believe me 😀

On another note, this time next week I’ll be all dolled up at a charity ball!

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.


Definitely a PMM !

This morning turned into a bit of a rush.  All of a sudden, it was time to make a mad dash to the shop to get a few bits.  As usual, we still managed to fill a basket up.  Our little bear helped me ‘beep’ the shopping through the self service <3  It was while on the way home that we got stuck in the tail end of the school run traffic that I realised we weren’t in a rush at all.  So off home we went to chill for 45 minutes before we made our way to Messy Play.  We hadn’t been for a good few weeks and our little bear made a bee-line for the painting. “It’s a pig and a giraffe Mummy”, was the proud reply I got when I asked what she had painted.
Then she wanted to go outside.  I wrote her name on a little blackboard and asked her what it said.  Before I knew it, out little bear was writing ‘EMM’ on the blackboard.  I asked her what it said and she told me it was her name, with a big smile on her face.  When I asked her what letter came next, she told me!  Definitely a Proud Mummy Moment!

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.


One giant leap…

My plea for ‘hellp’ at a ‘pamper night’… raising awareness of pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome through my book ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’

Last night I went to a local ‘pamper night’.  Not to be pampered but to fly the flag for pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome in the form of my book ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’.  I took along some print outs of the first chapter and am happy to say that I didn’t bring any home!  I also took along some stats from a website by Action on Pre-eclampsia.  I chatted to lots of people about pre-e and was very encouraged by the interest and how many people engaged with me and the information.

One lady though, it seemed, didn’t really get ‘it’.  She was expecting her 6th child and just brushed off that she had a high BMI (one of the danger factors for getting pre-eclampsia).  She was very flippant that she didn’t know the symptoms of pre-e and said that she would ‘be okay’ because she had done it ‘enough times’.  I politely wished her all the best and gave one of the print outs of my first chapter.  I do hope she reads it and realises that no one is immune to complications in pregnancy.

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

My head’s buzzing…

…too many ideas buzzing around my little head.  So many possibilities for subjects for other books, and torn between working on them first or chipping away at bringing ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’ to the front of peoples’ minds.

I have come across a lady who is a whizz at digital touch ups.  She has edited the current cover of my book and I’m just waiting on permission from her to use the picture she has worked on before I ‘go live’ with the new look.  
In the meantime, the pamper night is only a few nights away and I need to come up with a battle plan for that 🙂  
This week I’ve also looked at converting my pdf/word to epub.  The book is now for sale on lulu but only as pdg and I really really want to be able to say ‘I did the epub myself’.  For one, I can’t afford to pay someone to convert it.  It surely can’t be THAT difficult?!  I’ll sit down tonight and look into that…
My head’s also buzzing from a busy but thoroughly enjoyable weekend.  We had our little bear’s 3rd birthday party on Saturday with her friend, whose birthday is only a week or so before hers.  Soft play places are the way forward.  Our little bear is so lucky with all the presents she got.  Thanks 🙂   Today we went to visit a friend with a 6 week old baby and 3 year old (a month older than our bear).  We hadn’t been to their new house before and it was so lovely to see them, for the girls to play together and for me to have a little cuddle with the new bundle of joy.  Hopefully we’ll be able to get together again soon.  There was also talk of us taking the girls for a CBeebies or ‘beebies’ tour.  Wow, what fun!!
Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

Life is a rollercoaster and it’s gathering momentum!…

I’ve been very wrapped up my ebook ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’ this week!  9 ‘likes’ in a week…. Thank you so much! The awareness is really gathering momentum now…  My virtual friend Kelly Lewis has launched her own book and between us we’re really picking up speed…  which is exactly what I wanted to do.  So if you’re reading this and you’ve already ‘liked’ or ‘shared’ my facebook page, a massive thanks.  If you haven’t, why not visit and like and share to ‘hellp’ me spread the word on pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome?  Why not read my full story too.  Half of the sales go to the charity Action on Pre-eclampsia.  

I’m supposed to be working on my next book but my time has been taken up with my first one.  I really do need to give myself a deadline for completing the next one and stop getting so distracted!… 


Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

I love widgets!

I’ve been playing around with some widgets for twitter and facebook on my website and have changed the ones just for my ebook page.  I thought ‘what’s the point in people liking my website but not being able to get to my ‘Pre-Eclampsia & hellp~Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’ facebook page from my ‘Everything Ebook’ website page.  Are you still following?!  So it’s all be changed and is now groovier than before!  I ‘like’ !

My new virtual friend Kelly Lewis has also written a book to raise awareness of hellp syndrome.  I’m proud to have a snippet of my own book in ‘HELLP syndrome in pregnancy – Real life stories’ and am in awe of the courage she must have needed to compile her book.  She was a survivor of hellp but didn’t get a ‘take home baby’.  I feel very priviledged to have a been a part of her journey so far and feel like I’ve made friends through mine and her facebook pages. Both books are on sale now.  Raising awareness and money for charity.

Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. Thank you.

Adam and the Ants!

Got you reading… ha!  Or maybe it didn’t…!

Prince charming… prince charming… ridicule is nothing to be scared of.  Or the song goes something like that anyway!  It’s Friday night, I’m shattered as usual and on a bit of a random one 🙂
We never go out, got not money… it’s not a whinge.  I’m very lucky, extremely lucky.  I’ve got alot to be very grateful for.  And I am grateful.  So when I found out the Cinderella will go to the charity ball, I was so excited!!  Babysitter sorted (thanks Mum!).  My prince charming is my hubby.  Hair was booked anyway, for the week before the ball (just in case).  Just got to find a dress now.
This brings me onto a challenge laid down by a good friend.  Last night she laid down the guantlet for ideas for a charity challenge and anyone who might want to join her.  Due to the distance and lack of fitness (on my part anyway), I suggested letting our eyebrows grow.  I might have to duck out of this one now though.  Don’t want to Cinderella going to the ball with bushy eyebrows!!
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My plea for ‘hellp’…

… is going well.  I’ve sold a few books, enough to make me proud of my achievement so far.  The real ‘thumbs up’ this last week has been 2 international sales and BOTH from people I don’t know.  They are from forums and facebook links.  I’m working on it and in a few months’ time I’ll be able to say that I’ve given half of the profits (to date) of ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy‘ to Action on Pre-eclampsia.  I’m so glad that I’ve decided to do this and that I’ve had the support from hubby, family and friends!

That’s all for today.  A very happy day!

So a change is needed…

The last few times I’ve had my hair cut, I’ve used Groupon. And Groupon = bargain!


Ive got 25% off my next appointment and have hopefully got a ball to go to in November 🙂 Soooo it’s time for a colour and change. Now my roots are beyond roots! They have been in desperate need of some TLC for a good few months. So desperate that my hair is ALMOST looking tretone two-tone-esque. But not quite :s

I thought it bestgot get some professional advice… When I was pregnant 3 years ago (!), my skin reacted by blistering after a patch test. This is apparently because of changes during pregnancy.

About a year ago, I left a job which was restrictive on your hair coloulength length (to a degree). So when I left I was a bit of a rebel and had it dyed…permanently. Hmmm lesson learnt! Then I couldn’t afford to maintain the colour…until Groupon came along with an offer. Stupidly (again!) I had it bleached to strip the dark and went ashblonde. It came out blonde blonde though! Which was nice but only if I could afford to maintain it! The point is… I’m having my hair done and need to be able to maintain it, tie it back when I can’t be a&£@d or haven’t got the time, and make it look good when I have the time or inclination. Straighteners were my best friend but I just don’t have the time nowadays. Some fringes suit me but one half of my Fringe is wavy/curly and one half is straight! 

Do you see my problem??

Oh and my hair is very fine so looks lank quickly? Now that I’ve typed this post, I’m not sure what I’m expecting anyone to say about it lol? It’s good therapy, even of I am no closer to finding my perfect hair style/colour!

The good old times, assertiveness and another sale!

After a good friend posted a ton of pictures of the bygone days online, we now have a reunion provisionally planned for July 2013!  It really is incredible how a few photos can stir up so many happy memories (not mammories lads!) and get a group of very good friends back together again!

I’ve sold another copy of my book ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’… very, extremely, unbelievably pleased about that (as Lola from  ‘Charlie and Lola’ might say!)

Of all the books you can read about how to cope with a toddler’s assertiveness, you can’t really, truly be prepared for it in real life.  Picture the scene – with not a great deal of time before our little bear had to go to the childminders to see her ‘animal friends’, we made a quick trip to the library.  It’s getting harder and harder to coax her into her pushchair these days and to be fair, she is getting too big for it.  Where DID my baby go?!  She’s quite happy to walk with her reins but has recently started to pull back on them like a dog and wants to go in completely the opposite direction.  If you want to go to the shop, she wants the park. Not a problem if you’re not in a hurry!  She’s also decided that she wants to actually sit on her potty.  Great! Fantastic!  But not when you’ve got to the be out of the house in 5 minutes…! Assertiveness is a great characteristic and I hope she grows up to be confident and assertive but I’m running out of negotiation skills and bribes!