​Hey readers,
My word of the week is 

Because it has been full of festivity and full of feasts. I have indulgenced in chocolate, cake, sweets and rich food. It has been lovely to let go and just relax the best I can.  
The boys loved having the special treat of having chocolate for breakfast on Christmas day, if you can’t do it at Christmas when can you do it.

The boys have loved playing with their new toys and we have piles of toys nd having them everywhere. I be honest I am not every good at things not in order but trying to let it pass as it is Christmas. 

So basically Christmas is all about disruption and letting the routines go out of the Weekend. But it has been nice to catch something decent on the telly for once. Loving outnumbered. Though, slightly weird seeing the children all grown up.

Happy new year to you all.

Cheers for reading X 

The Reading Residence

Depend On These Diagnostic Tools To Save You From Panic When Your Child Gets Ill

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As a parent, there are many health concerns you have to be aware of. It’s bad enough keeping track of our health, let alone having to keep an eye on the little ones too. Keeping children fit and healthy isn’t easy. They sometimes have difficulty explaining what they’re feeling. When they do manage to express the sensation, it’s hard to know what could be causing it. Many bugs and ailments aren’t serious. You don’t want to rush your kid to the doctors every five minutes. Even so, knowing what the problem is will help put your mind at ease. Familiarize yourself with these diagnostic tools. You’ll be diagnosing like a professional in no time.


Every family library should include some health books. These can be lifesavers when it comes to diagnosis. If nothing else, invest in a health bible. With this, you’ll be able to diagnose just about anything. These books are excellent because they help you stay calm. They list ailments in a calm and clinical manner, which doesn’t leave room for hysteria. After a while, you’ll be able to diagnose without having to look! These books will help you and your partner, as well as the kids. It’s worth the investment.

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The internet is full of information about health ailments. All you have to do is type the symptoms into a search engine,  and you’ll have pages of suggestions. The internet saves you having to piece together the puzzle of symptoms. It can take you to ailments where all mentioned symptoms are relevant. It does have its downsides, though. Internet diagnosis can often lead to hysteria. Bear in mind that internet diagnosis often goes to the most dramatic conclusion possible. Most pages will end with the words ‘seek medical help immediately’. Of course, sometimes that’s necessary. For the most part, though, it won’t be. You know your children. Keep your head about you and consider how serious you think the situation is. Bear in mind, too, that anyone can put information on the internet. Just because it’s on a website doesn’t mean it’s true. As well as search engines, there are other online resources you could try.

Companies like Babylon allow you to talk live to a doctor. The doctor won’t be able to see your child, but they can diagnose from your explanation of the symptoms. This can be an excellent route to take if you can’t book an appointment, or don’t think you need one.


If all else fails, or if your diagnosis has made you more worried, book your child an appointment. Nothing quite beats the reassurance of hearing a doctor say everything is fine. Use your logic and try not to get dramatic with your diagnosis. If your child has a cold, there’s nothing a doctor can do for them. The more ailments you see, the better you’ll get at knowing when something is serious. Either way, a doctor isn’t going to judge you for worrying!

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Depression is…

Hey readers,

Here is some of the ways that depression affects me:



  1. Feeling too much.
  2. Feeling nothing but flatness.
  3. Crying over kindness.
  4. Hating oneself so much.
  5. Wanting desperately to vanish.
  6. Hiding from it all.
  7. Lying in bed all day and not got the energy to move.
  8. Looking at the walls and losing track of time.
  9. Being in a crowded room and feeling so alone.
  10. Emptiness.
  11. Angry at everything.
  12. Feeling stuck.
  13. Recalling memories.
  14. Doubting everything.
  15. Reflecting everything.
  16. Wanting to sleep forever.
  17. Hating your spouse because they can just get up and go.
  18. Denying it all.
  19. Jealousy.
  20. Laughing so hard your neurotic.
  21. Moving from one extreme to the next.
  22. Obsessing about the what if’s.
  23. Isolating.
  24. Alone.
  25. Hopelessness.
  26. Despair.
  27. Fatigued.
  28. Insomniac.
  29. Loss.
  30. No desire for anything.

Cheers for reading. X

Single Mum Speaks

Liked and loved December

Hey readers,

This month has been fun with the lead up to Christmas and there has been lots of things to enjoy.

I have enjoyed not doing the school runs and the break from all the information/letters. Trying to remember all these things is hard so it has been lovely to have a step back and have a much needed rest.

I have enjoyed Christmas and self indulging. I have loved eating some lovely food and appreciate the fact I ma in a position where we can afford food and are safe. Especially around Christmas time you forget sometimes that other people may not be so fortunate.

We enjoyed visiting Santa and watching the magic of Father Christmas.


I have enjoyed treating myself to some books in the sales that I have wanted for a while but been blessed with some money to buy them.

I have enjoyed the fog and darker nights getting cosy.


Cheers for reading X

A Cornish Mum

I hate periods, FACT!!!

Hey readers


You can never bitch enough about periods as a women (probably men love good bitch about how it impacts them too I imagine). I think my hubby is a bit sick of me mentioning the cruel fate that us women have to go through each month.

So, that is what a blog is good for a bitch and hell I am in the mood to rib mother natures head off!

Why do I hate periods, let me give you my reasons:

It is a bloody mess for a start. Sometimes you wake in the middle of the night and there is blood absolutely everywhere. It can come on unexpectedly as my periods are always late now since having children so can never probably time it.

The pain is excruciating and ever since I have had children my lower back pain is a killer every few days of the month. I have really pain in my abdominal and can interfere with getting things during the day.

I suffer every single month with a horrific migraine because of my period and the changes in hormone. I literally can not function probably as my vision gets blurred and feeling sick.

Having to cope with the spectrum of emotions, it is not just crying and then happy it is all the milder emotions in between suck has feeling fed up and emptiness.

It cost money for the products each move and you need extra space to store them.

The day before my period I am so bloated and feel six months pregnant.


The first day of my period I am exhausted and just finding it difficult to get motivated and to find that get go.



Cheers for reading X


Rhyming with Wine