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And just like that, he is 18

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I’ve been quite emotional about this, I can’t lie.  It is SO true that time flies, whether it’s good or bad you can’t slow it down and yes,  hindsight is a wonderful thing.  My first born, first love, turns 18years old. So, as a note to me and maybe him, (he may read it one day), I was going to write 18 things about O…..


But decided that maybe wasn’t enough.  I could also go on about autism, diagnosis, milestones, my mistakes, how big and wide your feet are, how handsome you are, your isms, obsessions, our ups and downs, staying true to yourself, your kind soul, how hard mothering can be, what I have learned.  But the crux of story that is you so far is…

…..I’m proud of you
and you’re pretty awesome.

Happy birthday O, I love you x


The boy that changed my world.

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16years (and 9months) this boy has been in my life.  It’s been said so often, but I remember it so clearly, like it was yesterday.  I can feel all the emotions, and smell the smells of the day I met him.  Maybe because he was my first, maybe because it didn’t go as I wanted and ended up being a bit of a trauma and comedy scene at the same time.  To contradict that though, so much has happened in these 16years.  Changes I would never have wanted or planned but it has made us, us.

I have so many worries and fears about the next year (GCSE’s) that it’s made me a bit ill, but I should maybe take a breath and put it in to perspective.  Yes, qualifications are important but if you don’t make the grades for reasons other than being lazy it doesn’t mean your future will be terrible.  Some people can’t perform in exams, maybe that day turns out to be a bad day for you.  You still matter, and have something to offer and can make something amazing for yourself.

Oscar is one of a kind,  parenthood is life changing.  Having a child that is classed as ‘different’ is challenging, frustrating, exhausting and rewarding.

He makes me laugh, he makes me cry, I think it’s been harder for him than he’s let on,  and I will always fight for him.

He is a pretty special bean, happy birthday O and thank you for being you x

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Meet Zoe aka Dress Like A Mum

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Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 18.37.46If you haven’t come across Zoe’s website yet or follow her on instagram, you can now and all the links to find her are in this post.

The Dress Like A Mum site is a place for style ideas, outfit inspiration as well as beauty tips.  We all know time is precious, especially to us mum’s so the lovely Zoe is doing the research for us.

We all have days (maybe most days) where we can’t be bothered and don’t have time to really think about what we’re wearing, but when you wear something you feel comfortable and good in it makes all the difference to your mood (it’s the little things sometimes, right?!).  Confidence is such an important thing, and you’ll find lots of great tips and quite often bargains on Zoe’s site.  Also, many outfits are suitable for breastfeeding too 🙂

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 18.37.09If you want to join in with Zoe’s campaign hashtag your pics on instagram  #dresslikeamum.

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 18.35.47A little q&a with Zoe:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my husband and two children – my son who is 3 and my daughter who is 1 in Peckham, London.  We moved on my sons due date 3 years ago from Hackney (he was born 4 days later).

Dress Like A Mum campaign is such a good idea and so refreshing to see,
where do you want to go with it?  Do you have a plan?
Thank you, i have many many ideas i am not sure if they are plans yet but i am going to take it as far as i can and see where it takes me.  I am open to opportunities!  I started it for many reasons but mainly for fun and because i was fed up with people making comments such as ‘you don’t look/dress like a mum’ and to change this crazy misconception that mums can’t dress.
The other part of what i do (and what my background is in) is that i am a freelance Brand Strategist – i work with and advice brands on how they can position themselves to better appeal and communicate to the modern parent.  The two work together well. But i am loving doing DRESS LIKE A MUM so if i could make a business out of it that’d be amazing.

What is your favourite outfit at the moment?
I love my AG Alexa Chung off the shoulder dress – i bought it when i really couldn’t afford to but i am so glad i did i love it.  That and my Birkenstocks – although i wish i had them in rose gold to.

What is your favourite thing to do with your kids/place to go?
I LOVE building Brio train tracks with/ for my son! i like to challenge myself to either use all the bits or start with a certain piece and build a to different track each time i think I’m pretty good at building them, i always wonder if other mums like building them as much as i do or if its just me!  I also love picnics – hanging out in the park on a rug with some food (and not having to clean the kitchen AGAIN!)

What/if anything do you struggle with about being a mum?
Time & sleep – there is not enough!

Fave instagram account at the moment?
The best Instagram accounts are consistent and curated – so you kind of know what you are going to get or the ones where you can peep into people’s lives.  But I love LF Markey’s the fashion designer (https://instagram.com/lfmarkey/) – her feed is so beautifully curated and i am obsessed by her clothes.  I also like one called Art Like Alexa Chung (https://instagram.com/artlexachung/?hl=en) Its so random  – someone has got pictures of Alexa then found similar pictures in art its so funny.  I love that someone has committed to doing it!

Find Zoe here and follow her on instagram here x

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