Saturday, 1 October 2016

Who Are You? Blogtober16 Post

I've decided to join in with #Blogtober16 which is being held on Hexmum Blog and today's theme is Who Are You?

Well, I'm Anne, hello, I'm 50 years old, I have five children and I'm getting married next month.

Some facts about me:

I always thought my name was Anne-Marie, my mum told me it was, it was what I was called at school, it's on all my medical records and every certificate, bill, bank statement etc etc. This year I found out that on the actual birth register my name is Anne Marie...yes, no hyphen. I have a middle name! I don't know how I escaped knowing for so long, I even have Anne-Marie on my first marriage certificate and divorce papers! So next month I will be getting married as Anne Marie and as my surname is changing it gives me the opportunity to change my name everywhere.

I have five children but it's not so impressive. Two of them, from my previous marriage where already into the second half of their teens when I had the other three. So now I have two adult children and three young children. I have two boys, eldest and youngest, and three girls in between. I am truly blessed. I don't talk about my eldest two on my blog as they are adults. The three youngest have nicknames, Star, Boo and The Little Man, they are 11 yrs, 9 yrs and 6 yrs old.

My kids have ombre hair, by that I mean they go down in gradients, my eldest hair is so dark it's almost black, the next brown, the next light brown, then even lighter finally my youngest is blonde. My hair is somewhere in the middle, Nice and Easy No5. Although sometimes I push the boat out with the redder No5r.

For those that don't know me already I have a very rare condition called Transverse Myelitis which happened suddenly on 1st January this year and left me in a wheelchair. I'm still learning to walk.

I've been with my partner, Graham, for 16 years on the day we get married, November 26th, which also happens to be my need to remember three separate dates!

I've been blogging here since 2011, Previously I had a baby blog which I logged my youngest son's journey, previous to that I had a personal blog, much like this but it was more personal and I used it as a kind of therapy for talking about my mum's cancer and passing in 2008, previous to that I had a blog following my trying to conceive journey and the birth of my two youngest which I started in 2003, previous to that (yes, I've been blogging for quite a while) I had a blog which I set up in the library where I worked. It was very basic and nothing like the blog you see these days, I started that way back in 1999!!

Here's a photo of me and my hubby-to-be at a posh 'do' last month.

me and my partner at the MAD blog awards 2016
photo curtesy Tom Arber and Tots100


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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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