What The Christmas/New Year Limbo Is Really For

I mean, apart from waving husband off back to work with my best stink eye as I plan to spent the limbo week in the house with stray Lego pieces and board games that we still haven’t figured out to play. Work is a break, mate. Anyway, back to the limbo… We’ve spent most of…

The Me That’s Starting A Masters Degree

On the very first day on my undergraduate degree in 2014 I took a picture of myself in the toilets – I know, super classy for the first day of university as a mature student. I had a two-year-old, I’d already cried in the lecturer theatre (with the lights down) and I had zero idea…

Face Painting With Snazaroo & Weekend Box

Being an extrovert with an introverted child can sometimes present a ‘first world problem’. This has included Jim being too scared of one of my favourite childhood activities – face painting. Until this summer he had never had his face painted but now that he’s broken the ice, I am fully prepared to throw ourselves…

Results Day: Reliving GCSE Results in the 00’s

There was no Timehop in the days of my GCSEs. Facebook wasn’t even open access to everyone. For that I am somewhat grateful to several Gods I don’t believe in. I cannot relive an online reminder of the tangle of teenage emotions I must have been on that day. The anxious rubbish that would have…

Manchester… 36 Hours On…

I don’t know how many times I have walked out of the Manchester Evening News Arena into the cool night air, down the steps or through the station, a part of the crowd all buzzing with excitement about what we’ve just seen. Music concerts that leave you with buzzing ears, comedy gigs that have you…

The rise of the little sods, gits & b**tards

Oh God, something has happened. It comes around once a year. This year it was number five. I’ve managed to level myself up to the achievement of a five-year-old. FIVE!! Wut? One minute we’re thinking babies are a brilliant idea, plastic sticks get wee stripes and before we know it our downstairs are ruined (and…

Award-winning trainer celebrates success with her learners

Award-winning trainer Julie Walsh has been celebrating her win with the people who know her skills the best – her learners. Julie picked up the outstanding recognition award at Insight conference in December. The awards, run by Expert Citizens, were designed to celebrate those who have gone the extra mile in helping people with multiple…

“He’s Here, Be Brave”

A few weeks ago I went out on an assignment and, as I am prone to doing, decided to pop into the local Asda on the way home. I highly doubt I needed anything but ended up with some pens and colourful document wallets before wandering up the toy aisle out of habit. As I…

Tales of the toe

There are many hazards to being a mum. I know girls are probably just as bad, but the old adage of boys not being for the feint hearted is definitely true in this household. From 10 months old this little s**t has climbed on, run into, jumped off, and banged his head/feet/elbows/shins on every single…

8 years & a lot of change

A lot has changed in the 8 years since Barack Obama was a gift to the world. Here’s my reflection on where I was 8 years ago to the day.