Wednesday, 4 March 2015

My Little Man Can Read!

Warning..This post is purely proud mummy boasting! Well, we are all allowed that sometimes aren't we?

My Little Man was a slow starter, I was very worried about him at first. He hadn't reached all his developmental goals by the age of two and that's why he was given extra support with a place at a pre-school group. He didn't even start walking until he was nearly two and I was still picking him up from nursery in his pushchair at three.

Now he is four. Four years and seven months to be precise, and you can't tell he's any difference from any other child in reception class (despite him being the youngest there.)

I went to parents evening and his teacher was obviously enamoured by him. You can't help it, he's very cute, he just does cute things which make you go awww. However, he can also be difficult, but not in a naughty way. It's hard to explain but we both agreed that he is mischievous. He gets into places he's not supposed to be, gets hold of things he's not supposed to have but he's never unkind, or spiteful and he never answers back.

We both agreed that when he's in the mood to learn that he's very bright. Especially with his reading and writing. In fact I think he's doing much better than the girls were at his age.

Every night I read him a bedtime story, but lately he wants to read to me instead. If it's an easy book then he will read it by himself, if it's longer we will take it in turns, but his skill at reading has amazed me. He never asks what a word is, no matter how complicated. He takes each unfamiliar word and breaks it down into segments and works out the sounds before putting it back together and saying it over and over until it become a word that makes sense. How clever is that for a four year old!!

Here are some of his favourite books at the moment:

No Bot by Sue Hendra

Bernard is a robot who loses his bottom with hilarious results.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson


Julia Donaldson is always a favourite but this is his favourite book because we love to do the wooshing action when they go off on the broom.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

We saw the play for this story and it has become a firm favourite now.

Linking up with the fabulous Small Steps Amazing Achievemnts

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Kids in the Kitchen - Cheddar Biscuits

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen, it's a new month so that means a new linky.
A big thank you to everyone who joined in last month we had lots of lovely recipes to read. I've pinned them all on my Pinterest Board so they can be seen at any time.

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A big thanks to Mummy Zen who gave us a fabulous recipe for Cheesy Carrot Flapjacks, I'm tempted to make these for myself.
Thanks to D from the Beesley Buzz for showing us how Macarons should be made.

I can't wait to see what your kids have been up to this month, so let the fun begin. You can join in the linky at any time during the next month and as many times as you wish.

Cheddar Biscuits

My kids love Cheesy biscuits so I thought it would be good to have a go at making our own. This weeks helper was Boo.


200g plain flour
1/2 tsp rock salt
150g Cheddar cheese, grated
150 g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk.


Boo grated the Cheddar cheese 
We made the mixture in the food processor because it is dense and difficult to handle
Boo put the flour, salt and cheese into food processor and pressed pulse a few times just to combine them a little.
Then she added the diced butter and ran the processor until the mixture looked like coarse bread crumbs.
Finally she added the egg and yolk and switched on the processor again until all the ingredients came together.
We took the mixture out of the processor and put it on a floured work surface.
We worked the mixture into a firm dough and rolled it into a long sausage shape.
We cut this into two and wrapped it in greaseproof paper before putting it in the fridge for half and hour.

We preheated the oven to 200C, gas 6 and greased and lined two baking trays with paper.
We took the dough out of the fridge and cut it into slices about 1cm thick. We placed these slightly apart on the baking trays.
We baked them for 10 -12 minutes until golden.

Boo loves grating the cheese

So now it's over to you, get in the kitchen with your kids and come and share what you've cooked,
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Monday, 2 March 2015

Monday Musings -The Truth About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

I have suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Nope, it's not the cleaning kind, you won't find me scrubbing my loo at all hours in the morning. In fact I've never really got the cleaning thing. Yes, I like things clean, and I like things in order, but that's not what I class as my OCD.

I have my OCD under control..

It was at it's worst around 15 years ago. I was a single mum and going through a difficult time. I was losing control of my life and my mind. There was no-one there to see my crazy ways, apart from my kids and I don't think they really noticed.

I still find it hard to talk about so let me put some things I used to do in a list.

I washed my hands  a minimum of 20 times a day. My skin still suffers from this.

I never switched anything on once, I had to turn it off and switch it on twice.

Whenever I switched something off I unplugged it from the socket, I never left a plug in.

Doors that could be locked were always locked.

When I went to bed I had to turn everything off, unplug all plugs, check everything again. Go to bed, get up again and check everything again. Then I had to re-check that all the doors were locked.

I had panic attacks daily.

I rarely went out.

This is most of what I can remember, I'm sure there was more. I learnt to control it  with meditation and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, I'm aware of it all the time but being aware of it helps me keep it under control. Sometimes I'm even strong enough to disobey it and do something really rebellious like lick my fingers, or put a book on the bookshelf in the wrong place (never horizontally though, that is just wrong!)

Some days I don't vacuum behind the sofa, or bleach the loo.

When I told my OH about all the checking I used to do he thought it was natural. I was a single mum and worried for mine and my children's safety, it was the right thing to do, double check everything. He didn't understand, people rarely do.

 When you have OCD you HAVE to check and double check, if you don't the voices in your head drive you crazy, they will not let you have any peace. Yes, if you don't lock the door a burglar might get in. When you have OCD if you don't lock the door something terrible will happen to you or one of your children, sometimes you can imagine what terrible thing may happen but sometimes it doesn't matter, you just believe it will be so terrible that you cannot rest until you have checked that the door is locked. Then you still don't get any peace, what if you didn't check properly, can you be really sure you checked it, you have to check it again, it's not safe if you don't. Are all the plugs unplugged and the switches turned off? Are you sure? I know you've already checked them, but maybe you haven't checked them right, you will need to check them again just to be safe. Did you turn the gas cooker off? You know you haven't used the gas cooker since tea time which was hours ago, but the house might explode if you haven't turned it off, so you check. Then you climb into bed exhausted because it's already taken you an hour to get there with all the checking and all you can think is, 'did I turn it off properly? Maybe I turned it on again instead of turning it off. I will have to check again'

Living with OCD is not always about having a spotlessly clean house, it's about living with a nightmare in your mind.

And then the fun began...

Friday, 27 February 2015

Rare Disease Day 2015

If you look at my links above you will see one saying My Little Zebra. This takes you to my blog written especially for Star, a medical zebra.

"When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras"
This is what medical students are taught, to look for the obvious.

Star has been diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome Type III which is very similar to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I am chasing a diagnosis of EDS for her because I believe that is what she has. We were told by a surgeon after an operation that her connective tissues were too stretchy which is why they would not hold her discs in her spine together.  This combined with the Hypermobility, her pain and the subluxations (as well as many other symptoms) she has do signify that she has EDS.

Had she had the diagnosis earlier her treatment for her subluxation may have been different. Everything they tried for the first six months did not work, simply because of her connective tissues. This is the problem faced by many with rare conditions and that is why I'm writing this in aid of World Rare Disease Day.

This is the official video for Rare Disease Day, please take a minute to watch.

Today is the day to put rare diseases in the spotlight.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Kids in the Kitchen - Birthday Cake Decorating

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen.
I don't have a recipe for you today, but don't despair because there have been some lovely ones shared on the linky. You can find all recipes on my Pinterest Board too.

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Thank you to last weeks linkers, Mummy Plus Two Girls had a lovely little helper in the kitchen when they made some yummy pancakes.
And the wonderful Tickle Fingers shows us how to make rice balls without using egg just in case you have a little chef who likes to lick everything.

It's almost the end of the month so I'll be starting a new linky soon, everyone who joins in will have their post pinned to my Pinterest board and get a mention here on Kids in the Kitchen. So do come and share what you've been doing with your little ones in the kitchen.

Birthday Cake Decorating

As I said, I don't have a recipe for you this week but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy in the kitchen. It was Daddy's Birthday so I baked him a cake and Boo helped me decorate it in his favourite team colours. I think we did a good job, and Daddy was pleased. (the cake was yummy too!)

So now it's over to you, get in the kitchen with your kids and come and share what you've cooked,
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