The power of sleep

Hey readers,

I love to sleep and I can not lie. I think sometimes especially as parents sleep can go on the back burner or not taken seriously. As a person who suffers from mental health problems I fully am aware of the importance of sleep. There are so many good reasons why getting forty winks is really important and can have an impact mentally and physically for your wellbeing.

sleep reduces stress, it allows you to have a break, a rest and time for your body to naturally heal after a long day.

When sleeping the immune system is activated and helps to give the body the healing process, that is why it is so beneficial to sleep when you a cold or flu.

Sleep is the best meditation ~ Dalai Lama

Sleep can help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated allowing you to feel creative and the energy to face the day ahead.

Sleep helps us feel better and less irritable. We are more patient and less likely to ‘loss it’ because we have more energy to think things through. We are much calmer because we have more free space to think as we have the energy to do so, making us more patient and allowing to take time to think logically.

Sleep helps us regulate positive and negative emotions and sleep helps us less likely to respond to emotional stimuli giving us time to enjoy the day.

Having a good night sleep improves memory and performance which ultimately gives us more free time if we do things quicker. Therefore getting more out of the day.

Sleep has many benefits to your physical help with reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, your immune system function and helping keep your heart healthy because it gives the body time to process correctly.

Cheers for reading X


5 Myths You May Have Heard About Laminate Flooring

Flooring is an important part of a house and requires a lot of thought to work out well. A bad flooring job can cost you a lot of money, and time that will go into repairing it. Laminate flooring, though quite common, does have a lot of myths associated with it – a reason why most people shy away from it.

The Top 5 Myths You May Have Heard Of

Do you believe in some of these myths too which has been keeping you away from going in for laminate flooring?

Here are the 5 top most myths you must have heard about laminate flooring debunked.


  • It Only Imitates Hardwood Flooring


Many people associate laminate flooring with the cheaper and low-quality vinyl and linoleum flooring – which means they often end up looking for alternatives.

However, laminate flooring has come a long way in the past few years and is composed of several layers of a hard wax core with a protective layer on top. This makes it as a feeling as hardwood flooring, and it can also imitate different kinds of flooring.

  1. It is Noisy to Walk On

Hardwood floors are known for absorbing all kinds of noise very well. Laminate flooring, however, does not do as well on that front. But the sound produced while walking on a laminate floor is as loud as that of walking on marble or tiles. Therefore, if you are open to the noise made by marble or tiles floor, laminate flooring is no different.

  1. It is Toxic for the Kitchen

It is said that the toxins in the laminate can react with the food you cooking or eating in the kitchen and affect your health. But the reality could not be further from this.

There is a protective covering on top of the laminate which is done during the manufacturing itself. This protects you from all kind of toxins that may be under it. The stain on wood flooring can possibly trigger the allergies of some, but the cakes are not the same as laminate flooring.

  1. It can Be Easily Damaged

Laminate flooring is not considered as reliable as the hardwood one and is said to get damaged easily. A laminate is made out of 4 layers which consists of a base layer, a hard wax core, a reinforcement layer, and a protective covering.

All of these layers make laminate flooring a very sturdy one which does not get damaged easily. If damaged, laminate flooring can be easily repaired with wax pencil or reinforcement. If the damage is severe, it can be replaced with a new plank.

  1. It is Challenging to Clean

Another myth about laminate flooring is that it’s very difficult to clean. Laminate flooring is, in fact, easier to clean as compared to hardwood flooring or tiles. The floor is only designed to look like hardwood or different surface but isn’t actually same in nature.

It doesn’t require a hefty service with a wet mop to be shined or cleaned. All laminate flooring needs are vacuuming and mopping with a sponge to look perfect. If you are looking for the right laminate flooring provider, check out Dallas Flooring Warehouse in Granbury TX.

I wish….

Hey readers,

Do you wake up and feel the dread in the pit of your stomach. You wonder how the heck you are going to get through the day, the hours feel long and you feel like you are battling through. Everywhere you look people look like they have their sh*t together and you are in this dark place. You want to hide and run away but there is this dark cloud that follows you everywhere you go.


There are times when I question everything and consider would it be better I wasn’t here. If I died would my boys have a better life? I wouldn’t but sometimes these thoughts pop up when I doubt myself, everything goes wrong and I am just tired of fighting. I just want to hide for a bit. I wish I could run away from myself but no I am stuck with this bag of rubbish.


I lie in bed and go over everything. I beat myself up with doubt and knock myself down with criticism. I am angry and hate my autism. It makes everything crap or hard work. I don’t feel a natural mother and sometimes truth be told I get angry at my husband for allowing me to have children. Having depression as a parent is tough, I wish I could switch it off. Sometimes the depression lies to me, or my judgments are all wrong. I doubt everything. it is a battle and I wish I could just go out for a walk and it is gone, but mental health is not like that.


Sometimes I am OK and other days I can barely get out of bed. Then if that weren’t bad enough there is another battle with all the dark thoughts of guilt I have and quite frankly it is exhausting. I wish I could switch it all off, my thoughts and feelings and just be free like a bird.

Cheers for reading X

Techniques to help reduce anxiety in autism.

Hey readers,

I have autism and what accompanies that is anxiety. I don’t think you can permanently get rid of it, sadly it interlinks with the condition. That being said you can help reduce the anxiety with finding ways that can help minimise the anxiety.

One of the things that I really struggle with my anxiety is really badly shaking especially with my hands, they literally cannot stop moving, it is normally triggered in social situations and it is hard to hold a cup – and yes I have dropped a fair few in my time.


Therefore, I have spent many a time working ways to reduce shaking hands because it really annoys me because it is just so frustrating and embarrassing for me.

The first technique to help reduce shaky hands is to focus on my breathing, keeping my attention on the basic principles with breathing in and out. Making sure I am aware of my lungs up and down and making sure that all the thoughts are put aside, even if it is just constantly reminding myself focus on the breathing. At first, it is really hard because it is training your brain to think different but keeps at it and it will get easier with practice and time. However, it is a great tool as it gives you time to slow down with your thoughts and think about breathing. This in turns slows down the fight or flight response.


If it involves waiting around having some distraction techniques weather be writing poetry or colouring helps stop me from thinking about the anxiety and feeding into it.

Reducing caffeine can help, as caffeine is a stimulant and can cause an increase in an anxiety and heart racing.


Hand stretching has helped with trying to reduce the amount of adrenaline in my hand. Stretching out the fingers and pushing all my energy out. I focus on each finger at a time and notice the reactions that are occurring when doing it. This exercise can help once again in slowing down the anxiety and focusing on something other than the intrusive thoughts.

Is there anything that has helped you with anxiety, I would love to hear your thoughts?

Cheers for reading X

Mother’s day 2018 inspiration.

Hey readers,

On the 10th March is Mother’s day and I bet you are here to look for some inspiration. Let me tell you some ideas that are a bit different and get inspired to share the love for your mum.

Firstly, if your looking for something humous or personalised then why not take a look at getting personalised t-shirts from personlised t-shirts.

They are flexible you just tell them the design that you want on the t-shirt and they will do the rest of the work for you. They are super quick with delivery between 2-4 days so no need to sweat about the time.

Vintage-t-shirts-typography new

I think this is such cute present to hang up in a family home and it is a personalised family portrait picture form Not On The High Street. 


How about going retro with this rose gold glitter lava lamp to add some glamour to your mama’s home.

lava lamp

Alternatively, why don’t you give this tornado ice mould and glass set a whirl and make your ice the shape of a tornado.

torando ice

Finally, just for giggles instead of slushy mummy card check out this funny Freddie Mercury inspired card from Etsy,


Whatever you do I hope you have a lovely Mother’s day!

Cheers for reading X

This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 



Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

because previously I mentioned the battle that is personal independence payment and going through the appeal stage. It was extremely frustrating as I have scored zero points, therefore, I had to go for an appeal. Whilst waiting for the all the information from the DWP regarding my application which takes roughly 28 days we had some really good news. We randomly received a big payment from the bank and we found out it was Pip. After a week we finally received a letter to confirm that we had been successfully awarded Pip there for not having to actually have to deal with going to court and appeal. Which is a massive relief for us.

Another highlight of the week is finally getting snow, the boys absolutely loved playing in the snow and watching the wind swirl the snow around.

My eldest got to dress up as The Flash his favourite character for World Book Day. Whereas my youngest, unfortunately, could not go into the nursery because the boiler in the nursery had broken down.

So overall a rather pleasant week and a sense of relief with the success of pip.

hope you had a good week.

cheers for reading X