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You can teach an old lion(heart) new tricks

Let the record reflect that 5 minutes ago I had another breakthrough with Travis the Lionheart. I think I’ve figured out how to teach him to use a spoon! I’m so excited at the possibilities – just imagine… If I can get this right, then at supper time I’ll be able to eat a meal at the same time as the rest of the family instead of feeding Travis first, and then eating my own (usually cold) plate of food. Actually, I did sorta-kinda find a workaround for that little conundrum. I’ve started sharing a plate with Travis. So I’ll […]

A day in the life of our Lionheart

I don’t blog about our boy nearly enough these days, and I think that’s because our family has settled into a happy routine. As you know, in February this year we decided to bring Travis the Lionheart home to live with us again after he spent seven months in residential care. Since then he’s put on loads of weight and is mostly happy and giggly, but of course, there are still the difficult days. He stopped pulling everyone’s windscreen wiper blades off their cars (yay), but his new hobby is ripping covers off books. This is making his brothers pretty cross, […]

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Date night and deep-fried Oreos

This isn’t a restaurant review, it’s a review of my date last night. Dating your husband is an expensive business. First, you have to pay your nanny to sleep over. Then you have to buy Woolies mac ‘n cheese and a tub of chocolate mousse to use as sufficient bribery so the kids don’t yell, “I want to come withhhhhhh” as you sneak out the door. Then there is the actual cost of the date. Because you never-ever-ever go out, you always end up ordering wa-a-a-y more from the menu than you intend to. Because good God, who knows when you’ll […]

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Review: My First Truck from LEGO Duplo!

Sponsored post   Ryan has been badgering me for ages to help him film toy review like his hero Ryan ToysReview over on YouTube. Yes, I know! Two Ryans on YouTube doing toy reviews 🙂 I couldn’t think of a better opportunity to start off his toy review videos than with LEGO Duplo! We have a giant bag full of LEGO Duplo blocks at home that Ryan shares with his brother Oliver. LEGO blocks are seriously one of the best-best-BEST toys that you can give your child to play with! It’s all about creativity, spatial 3D, engineering and problem-solving. (And […]

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Why having a disabled child was the best thing to happen to my business

I could wrap up this whole story in three sentences. Nothing motivates you to make more money than having to pay for special care, special doctors, special schools, special nappies, and shoes that cost more than a limited edition pair of Nike Airs – except your kid grows out of them every six months. The end. But it’s not that simple. If I think about where I was in my career before Travis was born, I was destined for a long, hard slog in middle management. I was the editor of a small computer magazine when I fell pregnant, and […]

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100 bite-sized adventures

Something happened to me recently that left me feeling… old and tired. I had to turn down an opportunity that I was really excited about because wisdom prevailed. In other words, I had to adult. Being an adult sucks. So after I turned down this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I did the adult thing: I ran a giant bath, and sat in the tub watching Netflix and ate a whole packet of fudge that my husband had bought me as a consolation prize. (What can I say, after 10 years this man knows me so well, bless.) Then something happened. The next day […]

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The secret to being a tough cookie

In the last while, I’ve had three people, people that I think are pretty flipping cool, tell me that they admire *me* for being tough. Me? Yes, me. Dead mom. Check. Dead boyfriend. Check. Disabled son. Check. I guess I have it pretty tough, but then again – everybody has had something terrible happen to them that they have to live with every day.   Well, here’s my secret to being tough: “There is no spoon.” Sorry, I’m old as fuck and that’s a one-liner straight out of The Matrix.   What I mean is that there is nothing mystical […]

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Here’s how much junk food I eat in a week [PHOTO STORY]

Sponsored post UPDATE: After seeing just how badly I’ve been eating I have made some changes to my diet. In addition to carrying on with the Entiro probiotic chews (that my kids have now discovered, and ask for their “sweetie” every morning), I bought a whole lotta veggie juices that I keep in the freezer at the office. I’m already feeling better.   And if you don’t know what I’m on about – here’s my [shocking] food photo diary below:   — start of post   The upswing in busy-busy-busy has coincided beautifully with my latest blog challenge from Entiro: […]

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Shhh, I’m hiding [and a quickie book review]

Sometimes when people ask me how many children I have, I’ll say four. People who know me will do a double-take and say, “Wait a minute – I thought you had three boys?!” Then they say: “WAIT! Hang on… does this mean… are you…” “Um, no, I’m not pregnant.” [When you have more than two kids, people are always assuming you’re a serial breeder.] What I mean is that I have three boys…. and a business. Actually, that would be a great alternate title for this blog. Because the only thing I love talking about more than my children is […]

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I am the arrow. The dew that flies.

They say that it takes a village to raise a child. (At least, that’s something they used to say before we started raising families in boomed off neighbourhoods, with security cameras hid in teddy bears and smartphones raised up between us like bright-shining drawbridges.) I lost my mother at a very young age. And the older I become, the more I appreciate how unusual my childhood was. You see, after she died, a village sprung up around me. A village of moms. You have no idea what a privilege it is to have been raised, loved and supported by so many […]