Ice Lollies for Centre Parcs

When I saw a competition running to make your own ice-lollies I was intrigued, I’m not very good at competitions and usually miss the deadlines (posting two days before it closes.) Anyway this one got me thinking about all the hidden veggies I used to sneak into my kiddies food and how that has trailed off as B has gotten older and will really only eat dry food so all my sauces are now useless.

The boy is a totally different kettle of fish! At nursery he eats fruit as if his life depends on it with reports of them having to prise the communal fruit plate off him. Two days a week he stays for lunch and happily eats broccoli, carrots, fish, chicken, rice and a whole array of foods which at home he would look at me as though I were trying to poison him if I dared put them on his plate. His nursery have actually taken photographs of him eating watermelon and cucumber as proof as I quite obviously didn’t believe them.

So I decided to try a different tack, ice lollies! We’ve done smoothies before and while they go down fairly well they always seem messy especially as B has a fondness for watching liquids fall!! Seriously any type of berry and carpets do not mix well! PicMonkey CollageOne large tub of crushed watermelon and over half a punnet of strawberries blended and topped with strawberry yoghurt were eaten in our house this week! This is astounding and really annoying in equal measure!

I really like the idea of freezing yoghurts too and have taken to chucking Frubes in the freezer as they work as mini ice-blocks in lunchboxes!

Any ideas for ice-lollies are really appreciated in the comments or maybe a cheeky adult lolly ;-)



This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots100 July challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Sherwood Forest!!

My Girls (somewhat less than perfect) trip to Butlins.

This post was written a couple of months back but I have given Butlin’s the opportunity to give me feedback before posting.


Let me preface this post by saying that B had a fab time at Butlin’s Bognor Regis, she has no expectations unlike her brother who if he sees a ride thinks he must immediately ride it. No, she is happy with her iPad and her pushchair but unfortunately I am not. She is content, but there is nothing like experience for a person, trying out new things and finding new ways to have fun.

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The Gift of (Special) Education

So most of B’s school uniform arrived this week, the idea of reception class is now less of an idea and much more of a reality. Now that I have got my head around her placement and am happy with it I am really excited to see how she progresses and develops with actual professionals who do this day in day out. Continue reading

The Art of Communication Part One

Over the last few weeks B has come on in leaps and bounds, well to those who know her well it’s leaps but to the general public it’s probably not very noticeable but who cares about everyone else? Firstly the little lady has started using PEC’s (Picture Exchange Communication) independently at nursery to ask for chocolate buttons and crisps. This really is a leap as it’s the first time in her 4 years that she has ever asked for anything in any way other than dragging my hand in the direction of something. PEC’s at her level look like this:
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Dolly daydream


20140430-140922.jpg Imaginative play is not something the little lady does…at all so you can imagine my surprise when she picked up a doll she’s had for about 18 months and made it walk and lie down. I almost didn’t get a photo as I was so shocked. Later that day she put it in the pushchair too! She’s not touched it since but still, it’s amazing! #NeverUnderestimate


My hat man

IMG_0471   Yesterday the little man went out without his hat, this might not seem unusual, it was a nice day, it’s April, what’s the issue? Well the issue is that for the last few months he has become a bit obsessed with his hat, I’ve no idea where it came from but let’s just say this season is all about hats! For the majority of the time it was his navy, woolly bobble hat, very cute and ideal for when he first got it but less so on hot sunny days. Continue reading

My guest post #thisisautism for Autism Mumma

This Is Autism

Tonight’s guest post comes from Lauren who’s on twitter as @womanwithbaby and also @SquarePegCIC, a not-for-profit company producing autism awareness Tshirts and bags.

A busy lady and I’m really pleased to be including her post below:

We Have Autism

People say my daughter has Autism but that is an understatement, we have Autism as a family. One person out of a family containing Mum and two children cannot have Autism alone.

Autism is like an invisible field that shrouds our family and whilst I don’t hate it like many others it does affect every aspect of our lives.

A trip out is not simple, will it be busy, will I be able to let the little lady out of her pushchair to stretch her legs, will she be able to escape, will I be able to let her younger brother out while watching her, will there be food there (she is renowned for stealing peoples food and while in SEN situations it’s cute, in a Weatherspoon’s it is not!) will there be any water for her to pour or climb in? This list is endless and often she is confined to her chair for her safety and her brother’s. For the most part she doesn’t seem to mind but as she can’t speak I don’t really know this.

Autism spreads through our extended family who thankfully make exceptions for (and totally accept) their granddaughter/great-grandaughter/niece and the chaos that a visit from us can create.

Anyone who thinks our life is hard because of Autism is wrong and I strongly advise they borrow my NT son for the afternoon if they want to see hard work! It’s simply different, it’s a little less sociable and a bit more thought out but it’s also eye-opening.

We have met some of our best friends who totally accept us and our dynamic because of our diagnosis, I have learnt so much about the world of disability to which I was previously utterly ignorant and even set up a business relating to community which 3 years ago I knew nothing.

Do I worry about the future? Of course but doesn’t everyone? I just worry about different things I guess, I guess the old saying “Different not less” is very apt.


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The story so far at Butlins


Taking two young children on holiday is always a challenge, as a single parent it’s even more demanding but when one is on the Autism spectrum it can feel near impossible. I was given the opportunity to apply to become a Butlins Ambassador when I attended an event last year. I chatted with the representatives there and explained my worries; having a child that needs routine, that gets overwhelmed easily and will run off at any opportunity (and that’s just my NT son!) They assured me that if I were to be successful that I would find a holiday style that suited us. I signed up not feeling hopeful but found out some time later on that I had been chosen. I was of course thrilled, having a child with a disability is tough but it shouldn’t stop anyone enjoying a “normal” family holiday.

We chose to visit the Bognor Regis site on the south coast in the hopes of a glimpse of sunshine and we chose the stylish Wave hotel as our base. We really um’d and ah’d as to whether a chalet would be best with cooking facilities but when we discovered we had a Dine Around pass for the whole family (breakfast and dinner provided) we thought sod it and went for the swish hotel.





When we arrived on Monday evening it was busy, so busy that we couldn’t get a disabled parking space and had to unload at the door and drive around to another car park but thankfully the next day a space appeared right outside the door, phew.

Check in was smooth and the two adjoining rooms (for we three and the grandparents) were fantastic. The kids loved their bunk beds but we decided to split them into two separate rooms as the top bunks are far too high for either of them at their young age.  

20140411-112500.jpgThey were both particularly impressed with the built in TV DVD’s and in-bed light switches however maybe an external parent control might be an idea as trying to sneak in late at night to turn it off was a bit of a trauma.



We headed down for a quick dinner at The Deck restaurant which is our dinner and breakfast staple with the opportunity to try the others (Turners, Papa Johns and The Beachcomber.) We were advised to book our other visits as they can get busy and book out which we did the next morning after a scouring of the what’s on when guide. We got to the Deck a bit late and inevitably with a buffet style it was the tail end of the food however the option to have the grill was still available and all the staff were happy to see us and explain the procedure.


That night was a little difficult as the little lady struggled to settle in the new environment with the ability to simply leave her room when she felt like it (at home we have a strict stairgate rule) so we were up late into the early hours and then up again at the crack of dawn.

Other than having a tough night with the kids we got up the next morning excited for the rest of our trip, what we had seen albeit in the dark and on paper had us excited, we just had to see how Butlins and our family worked.