July 19th 2021 – is it too soon!

A photo taken of British people protesting lockdown

On Monday 19th July 2021 life in the UK is to go back to “normal” no more masks, no more restrictions, pubs and clubs can open as they please, as can restaurants, with no maximum number, people can have parties and mix with others they may or may not know.

The thing that they are not telling you is that numbers are shooting through the roof. Where I live near Leeds, one of our main hospitals is already full with covid+ patients, the 2nd is on its way to being full, the staff have been put on high alert (which means my partner’s department will be closed and he will have to transfer to other areas to cover the staff needed to cover covid icu).

I did a poll on my Instagram the other day, and lots of friends say they will carry on wearing masks. The NHS have also made the suggestion that all its staff are expected to wear a mask whenever out, and treat it as though we haven’t eased restrictions.

They are predicting a steep incline (and it has already had a massive upturn with more cases in the last week then we had last autumn, and to be honest, I’m expecting to be back in lockdown again by the end of September.

Stay safe and please be responsible for the sake of my partner, his colleagues and all of us who are compromised due to disabilities.


Devastated nation…… disgusting “fans”

Did your kids stay up last night to watch the big match? Did you stay up to watch the match? Are you going to be dealing with grumpy, tired kids?

I’m not a football (soccer for my followers outside the UK) fan, neither really are Dan or Moo (we watch it, but not religiously, I’m a rugby league girl), CJ however loves football. Last night I told the kids they could stay up late to watch the final, and we watched it together (did I jinx it by doing so? Hmmmmm!). The hopes of the whole nation were piled on the shoulders of a team of amazing young men. If they won the cup, would it make having to deal with the covid pandemic that little bit easier? Maybe it would have.

When we scored in the second minute, I thought we stood a chance, the team played strongly as a unit, but Italy managed to slip a goal past Jordan Pickford in the second half when to be fair, the team seemed to be lacking the spark of the first half (that is only my opinion). If it hadn’t been for him however it might have been a different story with more goals.

When we got to penalties, 5 amazing young men stepped up to do their best, and I’m sure every England fan will agree, they have a bright future ahead of them.

HOWEVER – three of those players had to deal with racial abuse after last nights match, it’s disgusting, and intolerable. Marcus Rachford (23, born in Manchester), Jadon Sancho (21, born in Camberwell London) and Bukayo Sake (19, born in Ealing London) stepped up in front of all of the nation, and millions of people all over the world to take penalties, they missed, does that give the right to abuse someone? Some so called fans think it does (the same as some people think it’s ok to abuse disabled people), luckily they are the minority and hopefully they are being dealt with accordingly. These players were born in the UK, their skin colour doesn’t make them different. From what I have read, Southgate asked them to take the penalties and they said yes. Many argue that they were thrown under the bus – what do you think?

As a side note – it was lovely to see their team mate Kelvin Phillips rushing straight over to console the young players – kudos to him.

No matter what, I am proud of these young men and they should be proud of themselves too


Who are you to judge our hobbies?

I logged on to both my Instagram and Facebook account this morning to find this posted by a close friend

Posted by my friend Isa/Liz

Isa/Liz makes video content using online gaming platforms, mainly Second Life. Her videos are amazing (I should know, I played second life for a long long time, that is how we met, and I am in some of the videos).

Isa/Liz has always suspected that people made fun of this, but finally got concrete proof. This not only saddens me, but it infuriates me too. What gives someone the right to tease another person about some thing they are good at, and something they love and also aids their mental health? Would they like it if we took the piss out of their hobby, maybe they crochet or knit, if we called them a “Granny” would they like it? If they play “video games” (like Dan does – he gets called a geek by us, his family, but he calls himself that too) would they like it if we called them names? If they are a musician (I am and I have had this more than once) would they like it if we made comments about that? The answer is no, they wouldn’t. So what makes it right for them to do so? The answer is NOTHING.

This is Liz/Isa’s YouTube channel – go over and check some of her amazing work out, tell her that I sent you! https://youtube.com/c/IsabelleCheren

Just think, next time you are opening your mouth to criticise someone, shut it and think first, wether it be to their face or behind their back, what you say will always get back to them. Also remember, what goes around comes around!

This is my Second Life avatar



Let’s talk hair……

I have long hair, and to be perfectly honest, I am a failure as a female. I am rubbish when it comes to styling my hair.

My hair is usually chucked up into a mum bun

Mum bun (excuse the face).

Here is my hair freshly cut…..

Freshly cut

And here is it down now…..

It’s never been this long before.

Anyhow, as I was saying, I’m rubbish with styling it. I left my hair down the other day with just my front tied up…..

Naturally dried in a mum bun then left down.

And when we went on holiday I managed this….

Band braid

I am told I should be drying my hair before I go to bed (I never dry my hair, I cannot hold the hair dryer it’s too heavy) so not sure how I would get round it. I have been told to try one of the Revlon One dryers, but I don’t have the funds to get something that may not work for me.

Can anyone recommend simple styles that are not just a mum bun? Or tools that will make my hair look better? My hair is really fine, but there is loads of it!

Just to make you laugh – I got caught in the rain!

Rainy hair day

The look of pain and a high temperature…..

It isn’t pretty is it

I don’t know about anyone else with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, but I’m really struggling at the moment. The air feels thick and my head is banging. I’m so tired, but yet I cannot sleep, no matter how hard I try. I am thirsty, then I need a wee, then I’m in pain, then I’m thirsty again, then I need another wee…… it’s never ending in a loop, and I am so fed up of it all.

We had a massive storm here on Saturday night, and my headache cleared almost immediately and stayed away for a few hours before returning again, but the relief for those few hours was much needed.

A few tips I can share to help with headaches/migraines…..

1 – make sure to drink plenty. It needs to be water/juice based if possible.

2 – take paracetamol (I think it’s Tylenol in other places) with caffeine as it makes the tablets work quicker.

3 – use ice packs on your forehead/neck.

4 – try a cooling towel, I love mine, also maybe a cooling mat to lay on.

5 – try a cold eye mask, I have mine in the fridge.

6 – if you have prescribed medication, take it as soon as you feel you need to, don’t wait until you are in severe pain.

Some thing you won’t think will help – I get horrendous vomiting with my migraines, my medication is administered via a nasal spray, as I cannot keep the tablets down as I vomit so much. I also use travel bands, they seriously do help with more than just travel sickness!

I have linked the products I use on a regular basis below, they can all be found at Amazon.

Koolpak Original Instant Ice Packs (10) https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0168L51GW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_572W66DR297AZRX6NFS1


Sea-Band Adult Wristband Natural Nausea Relief, 1 Pair, Colors May Vary, Anti-Nausea Acupressure Wristband for Travel or Morning Sickness https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001F731N0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_792MCAJTZDC2SSTV0ER3

Cooling Towel(40″x12″) Microfiber Towel Yoga Towel for Men or Women Ice Cold Towels for Yoga Gym Travel Camping Golf Football & Outdoor Sports https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0882RL9KY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_8CJS1D739CQ640P7N128?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1


Look mum, I can play with poppits too!

Enough said, I don’t need to say anything, the actions tell a thousand stories! This is our little old man Ginger Biscuit the 3rd (also know as Cookie.

Cookie is our rescue Syrian hamster. We got him in October 2019 and we were told he was roughly 6 months old. We are starting to see him slowing down, and noticing signs of old age, however he is still quick off the go to get to food or one of his favourite whimzee treats. We even found a hole in the back of his house where he had chewed himself a back door!

We will all be devestated when this beautiful old man leaves us to cross the rainbow bridge as he is so gentle, he even sits on the kids knees and lets them handle him, and kids are not always gentle.

Look at me on my poppit, CJ’s not getting this back!
This is not long after we got him, he liked to help himself to food.
My empty bra pocket makes an amazing hammock.
Doing some work!

My bra feels pretty, oh so pretty……

Since having my mastectomy in December 2018 I have pretty much lived in my very unflattering, drab, ugly post surgery bra.

M&S front fastening post surgery bra.

Now while this bra is super comfy and easy to wear, it’s not the nicest looking really is it. However, when you have massive boobs (I’m a GG/H cup), it doesn’t leave you with much choice!

You can find the post surgery bra here https://www.marksandspencer.com/post-surgery-flexifit-full-cup-bra-a-h/p/clp60451105?intid=mobile_app_pdp_share

A while back I was scrolling through Instagram (as you do) and came across a advert for Tutti Rouge underwear. I scrolled through their website and came across several gorgeous lace bralettes. I left a post asking if they thought that any of their products might work for me (most go to a G) and I got a lovely email from Luke, one of their brand managers. He asked me what bra size I am, then asked if I would mind them sending me out a bralette to try. This generosity blew me away.

When the bralette arrived I (and Dan, go figure) instantly fell in love with it. It is beautiful and made me feel so so pretty and feminine, and it looks lovely under a black vest top.

Tutti Rouge Gia bralette.

As you can see on the photo, their is plenty of band to support the girls, it is pulled on over your head, so no fastenings, and it has adjustable straps. The only problem I have found is a bit of my scar peeks out, but we are going to add a stitch to keep it pulled across which should cure that problem.

Please go check the Gia bralette and their other beautiful lingerie out (links at the end of the post).. I am definitely going to be doing a shop when I get chance to purchase more of their amazing products.

Thank you so much Luke and the team at Tuttie Rouge for making my day more beautiful!

Instagram – https://instagram.com/tuttirougelingerie?utm_medium=copy_link

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tuttirouge/

Website – https://www.tuttirouge.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwrPCGBhALEiwAUl9X0yVE3KLzwuweEGW6Eug1fsB6Ic9BPIfOryQuWglc181kD2XbpltNwhoCjR4QAvD_BwE


“Why is there a kid in here?”…..

Did you know that you can recycle a bouncy castle and a paddle/swimming pool? Me neither until yesterday!

We are currently homeschooling again with a 10 day isolation for both kids as someone at breakfast club tested positive. This is not a pleasant experience, Colby really struggles with schooling, and Moo hates when I have to pay him attention. By the end of the day….

Taken from an internet search.

I am tee-total, so I had a bottle of Lucozade instead. I also had some down time searching across the net where I came across this company who make AMAZING bags/pouches etc. How beautiful is this bag (I REALLY want one!)


These bags are made from recycled swimming/paddling pool and bouncy castles, how cool is that. Use and reuse.

I considered sending our old pools in to them, and rolling the kids inside them first, but. apparently I cannot do that however.

You mean I cannot recycle the kids into a new bike?

Check out my Instagram post about this amazing company, and have a look at their website and Instagram page.

My Instagram post https://www.instagram.com/p/CQqmVh7AvJs/?utm_medium=copy_link

Wyatt and Jack website – https://www.wyattandjack.com/

Wyatt & Jack Instagram https://instagram.com/wyattandjack?utm_medium=copy_link


Kiss my pizza loving a** Pizza Hut, you just lost my business. 👩🏼‍🦼🍕

I love pizza, I could eat pizza for breakfast, dinner (lunch to people outside the UK), tea (evening meal) and for supper. I have an intolerance to gluten and dairy, which as you can imagine, makes eating pizza difficult, HOWEVER Pizza Hut came up with a method to remedy my lack of pizza. At least once a month we, as a family treat will order 2 family pizzas, sides, a individual meal for me and a drink. I could have my favourite, ham and pineapple (I know, go for it and throw the disgust at me) on gluten free base with vegan cheese, and it was frankly yummy!

During lockdown our Hut got rid of all their drivers, which meant we had to go through Uber or Just Eat.

I’m not sure if it’s common in other places, but we have a reward system where you could earn “slices” and if they built up you could get a full family sized pizza. During the covid lockdown, I was housebound due to my health and couldn’t get to our Hut. My slices expired (bearing in mind I couldn’t contact them directly to ask for the slices to be used) and now they have re-installed their drivers and ordering system I decided we would have pizza on Friday. Imagine my shock when the slices have gone. I was basically told it was tough, I lost them and I could have travelled (in a wheelchair) 20 minutes to go collect the pizza and use my slices!

Bellow are images of the conversation I had with a member of the staff – I won’t be eating with the company anymore.


The dangers of an Izzi monster!

Isn’t she beautiful!

This is Miss Izzi one of our beautiful cats. Izzi is a long haired British house cat, and she sheds like crazy. She also doesn’t know how to pad without retracting her claws, so I get scratched to pieces while she has cuddles. Today I didn’t use the blanket over me, so I look like a white and brown fluff ball!

My clothes – you cannot see it as well on my top due to the colour, but it’s covered!

Izzi and Yoda (her brother, I will include a photo of him later) were taken away from their mum too early. Because of this they didn’t learn to pad with their claws retracted, so we become a human pin cushion when they pad us. They also didn’t learn to groom themselves properly. We quite regularly have to shave big clumps of hair from her side, back, tummy and bum, which she doesn’t like, but it’s a necessity as they get really big and really tight.

Both cats are roughly 9 years old, and as of now they are both doing really well. Sure, life would be easier without them (sometimes they pee on furniture/the floor etc) but we love them just the way they are!

My names Yoda, I hate people unless they are mum and dad, and I shed white fur all over the house just like my sister!

Just for good measure, here is Ginger Biscuit the first, aka Cookie, our Syrian hamster

Sitting in the food jar!