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BBC Sports’ Misleading Headline

Earlier this afternoon I was doing my 100th or so skim read through Twitter and came across a headline which shocked me. Now, this isn’t about parenting but it is about a hugely misleading use of words which could easily be interperated as a high profile sportswoman advocating bulimia. This was the tweet from BBC Sports: BBC Sports’ Tweet What do you think? I read it and thought “Surely Williams isn’t essentially telling people that vomiting during a sporting event will help you win? Surely she wouldn’t be so stupid as to say such things when young, impressionable budding sports stars could be reading/listening?” Thankfully she wasn’t, but in my view that does not excuse the fact that BBC Sports worded the headline in such an ambiguous manner and whether the writer did so on purpose or not is irrelevant because, well, editors… In actual fact, Serena Williams was saying that she had been poorly with a bad cold and she threw up, which resulted in her chest clearing a little and enabling her to breathe easier and go on to win a very impressive 19th grand slam title. You could argue that there really wasn’t any need for her…

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Juggling My Roles and Responsibilities

I am Toby’s Mummy. I am Phil’s wife. I am a reasonably good baker, a terrible painter, a wannabe gardener, a former goth and an enthusiastic blogger. I’m all these things and more, yet I’m one person. I’m Hannah. In life we play multiple roles and are different things to different people so what makes me, me? The older I’ve become, the more titles and labels I’ve had added to who I am, to what defines me. As I’ve made transitions from student to waitress, travel agent to care worker, girlfriend to fiancee to wife and Mummy, my feelings towards who ‘Hannah’ is have changed and priorities have shifted. Before I met Phil I was living in my own house with a couple of friends as lodgers to help me pay the mortgage but still working 70+ hours a week to make ends meet. I was single, so living like that didn’t have any impact on anything, or so I thought. When Phil and I got together, things moved pretty quickly and I soon realised that the work/life balance I had was far from balanced, in fact it was detrimental to my physical and mental health and simply was not…

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Organising My Life

My name is Hannah and I’m a disorganised mess. Wow, feels good to get that off my chest! Here’s the thing though… I’ve not always been like this and it bugs me so much that I am forgetful, clumsy and just a little chaotic since falling pregnant and having Toby. I’ve always loved lists and a trail of notebooks, phone reminders and post-its have always kept me on track alongside my unwaivering need to Be On Top Of Everything, so what changed? I’ll tell you, notebooks were replaced by nappies, phone reminders centred around the theme of “Which boob did I use for the last feed?” and post-its were for sticking on my forehead with ‘Hannah’ written on them so I at least knew my own name when I looked in the mirror (If I write my name HAnnAH it even looks the same in the mirror – good old symmetrical palindrome!) Pregnancy and motherhood frazzled my brain, not that I’m complaining about pregnancy or motherhood because I absolutely adore both, but there’s no doubting that ‘Baby Brain’ truly does exist and I think that maybe the more organised you were BC (Before Children) the more you feel the effects of…

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Managing Our Household Bills

Gas, electricity, water, council tax, mortgage, line rental, internet, mobile phones, home insurance, car insurance… Sometimes the bills seem never ending and I know that there have been times when I’ve struggled to keep up. Our car insurance was due when Toby’s reflux was at its peak and I messed up with cancelling the renewal, we moved house not knowing that we had to pay two water companies; one for sewerage and one for the water supply. It can be a minefield and when you have children too, your concentration and time is even more thinly spread. I recently wrote about how I’m organising my life and my blog better again after feeling like I was winging it since Toby’s birth. I love the feeling that I’m in control of my workload and that includes my blog, work, chores and bills so now everything is nicely planned out in my new pocket organiser. And breathe! Pretty organiser and notebook When we were saving for our house and our wedding back in 2013, Phil and I had spreadsheets for everything from our income, our necessary outgoings, our ‘luxury’ outgoings, wedding costs, house purchase costs and savings. We had a delicately balanced financial…

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Dettol Baby Blanket Donation

Isn’t it wonderful to curl up on the sofa in a blanket with a warm cuppa on a chilly winter night? Even better, wrapping your gorgeous little baby in a soft, cosy blanket for a loving snuggle. Toby has a few gorgeous blankets, one knitted for him by a close friend, one hand-stitched with his name and date of birth by another friend. I would hate for him not to be wrapped up warm, feeling safe, snug and secure, yet for many babies and children that is a sad reality. Supported by celeb ambassador Rachel Stevens, Dettol have launched their Baby Blanket Donation charity with the aims of highlighting both the risks of bacteria on blankets and also the fact that there is a shortage of them for babies and children from disadvantaged families. Poor hygiene can lead to illness such as diarrhoea and vomiting, so with approximately 50 babies born into poverty every minute of every day^, if those families cannot provide hygienic conditions for their children then we are looking at a lot of poorly babies. How can we help? Well very simply, we can donate a blanket to Dettol who will then wash all donations with their Anti-Bacterial…

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