#everycloudeveryday That warm & fuzzy feeling from giving back

I’m very fortunate that where I work, we get to do two days of volunteering days per year & this year I have had the privilege of organising this for my team.

Choosing what to do was a difficult task, with so many worthy causes & charities all needing support. There was also the issue of us being a national team & we are so spread out that I needed to find a central location, so I settled on Birmingham & I decided to look into the option of supporting a Food Bank, as the coverage of these in the media has risen in recent years & I was also interested in knowing more about what they do. Continue reading

My Ultimate Running Top 10 (well, 11 but who’s counting!)

It’s fair to say I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, but I’d like to share with you my favourite songs & the reasons they get my legs pumping & my brain happy! They’re maybe not obviously upbeat – although some are – but each one is special to me & here’s why: Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday The Power of Music

Music has always been a massive part of my life. My mum used to play the Basoon in Leicestershire Orchestra & from a young age, I played the violin & the organ. When I got to secondary school, I decided I’d had enough of the violin (something I regret now) & chose to play the saxophone instead (I think I thought this would me look cooler?!).  Continue reading

#everycloudeveryday Autumn days

At primary school, one of my favourite hymns was ‘Autumn Days’. I would sing at the top of my voice whenever we had it in assembly & I still hum it on days like today. For those of you not familiar with this musical masterpiece, it was in the ‘Come & Praise’ hymn book & the lyrics went: Continue reading

Got Milk? My year-long journey to a diagnosis of something I’d never heard of….

When I was 21, I had size 34HH boobs (that got your attention didn’t it?!).

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They were ginormous beasts that made every day a nightmare. They started to grown when I was 11 & just didn’t seem to stop! I am only 5’4″ & was once asked by a guy in a bar how I managed to stand up – it was a fair question! I suffered constantly with backache, regularly got pervy comments from men, had a nightmare shopping for clothes that fitted (I was a size 12 on the bottom & a 22 on the top) & had to give up the sports I loved because I was a danger to myself & others & the pain in my back & shoulders for days after was agony – not to mention the bruises & blisters on my shoulders from having them (semi) contained in a sports bra! Continue reading

Behaviour memo, I wish my son could read…

Little Teapot is 2 (27 months to be precise). He is incredible & amazes me every day with the things he says, does & learns. The emails I get from various parenting websites (which I must admit, I read on a reactive basis when things come up, than religiously) say that he is probably at the age where he is prone to tantrums & learning the basics of sharing. While we haven’t *touch wood* had an all-singing-all-dancing tantrum yet, we’ve seen the trailers for the main event & I don’t think it’ll be too long before it happens.

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We are very much at the ‘testing boundaries’ stage of our relationship.

He is usually very good & the vast majority of the time he does as we ask, or at least stops doing something he shouldn’t be, when asked. I’m not expecting miracles, but there are certain times when I’d really like Little Teapot to pull some best behaviour out of the bag:

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