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About us.

I’m a homeschooling mum who’s nearly 30 to a amazing little boy who is 7. He’s never attended any formal school but has been through Steiner and forest school education.He’ s computer gaming crazy and we spend hours discussing computers and all things that revolve around gaming.

This is our blog follow our homeschooling adventures our travels and which computer games and console  we rate.

About us · business · family · health · mental health

A mum,a business owner and chronic illness

We all know juggling life is tough, its tests you and pushes. Sometimes in to much we juggle to much with out realising till we crash. Thats where we are as a family right now.

Im so lucky to homeschool my son as we still get our precious time, but running three shops that open 7am-11pm everyday staffed with 30 staff is tough, there’s always a drama, disater, they have no thought of our personal or family time, they ring us like dial a taxi and expect rapid response else its met with either repeated phone calls (the ones you think need a 999) response or ?????? text messages. Im sure they think were robots who dont eat or sleep or actually i think the problem is they dont think at all.

The excuses they arrive with when they dont show up for shift are worthy of there own post, but explaining to them theu are responsible and employed in the job they look at you with a blank look. Even setting times they arent  aloud to ring is still set with a blank gaze.

We originally decided to work for ourself due to my health and serve anxiety disorder, at first it was good but as we grew and became more successful and opened more stores we needed staff,  this is my struggle as although i come across as a confident person i struggle to engage with people im very black and white in thinking and cant understand why i have to repeatedly repeat myself. Its tough working with people but in the line of business weee in its a everyday buying game so stock is constantly needed there is no break, no holiday your always on call.

which leads to burnout, anxiety, fatigue and fibro flare ups.

family life goes out the window and each days a struggle. Big decisions have needed to be made and business sold time for a change and a new way of life.

 

 

 

anxiety · family · health · mental health

Let’s be real

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a worrier my first memory was my mum going shopping to the supermarket and leaving me at home with my grandma, I remember thinking she was never coming back I cried and cried in reality she must have been gone a hour at the most.

This worrying grew with me it was like a weight on my shoulders I worried at school, I worried at lunch and I would worry if I wasn’t in bed at the same time everyday that something awful would happen. My only release from the worry was to dance. I loved to dance and went to lessons most days after school, during school I’d often feel sick with worry and spend my hours asking to be sent home but as soon as it got to dance time I was free my worry lifted and I would dance till I couldn’t dance anymore. Instead of being worried I channeled that worry into being the best, I was competitive but successful I drove my self to work harder to achieve and be the best.

Weekends would arrive and I would set of to competitions with my 7 costumes for my 7 solos, I always felt so proud as my mum made the most beautiful costumes but yet I look back now and I feel sad as that little girl who was driven to be the best was unliked by many at school and at dance when really I was just shy worried and anxious yet people took my weakness and used that to dislike me.

Most of my school years I was badly bullied for different reasons as I grew. I hated school and only went as I want to go to dance lessons, my heart was set and I was going to be a professional ballet/ contemporary dancer my name was well know in the competition circuits and I trained so hard to achieve where I wanted to be, my worry and anxiety drive my ambition. At 15 I auditioned for full time dance school and was offered full scholarship for two of my dream training schools. Everything was great then bang o was I’ll, I spent the summer coming up to moving away back wards and forwards to hospital having many different blood test, I had glandular fever but I didn’t recover as I was so burnt out.

I moved away to dance school but after 6 months had to move home I couldn’t cope my body was worn out at 16 I felt old my gp diagnosed me with m.e/chronic fatigue the consultant said I had burn out to much to young.

Looking back I had anxiety chronic anxiety, I suffered adrenaline flushed, shakes, viral unwellness the symptom list could go on. For 18 months I lost my life I didn’t leave the house I was isolated I lost all my friends, they wasn’t interested as I couldn’t go out or talk about the things they all enjoyed. My dream had stopped and I’d lost my way.

childrens fashion · family · fashion

Spring clothing picks for boys

Choosing clothes for boys is so tough, there’s not the choice available that there is for girls at reasonable prices .My sons not sporty and doesn’t want to wear tracksuits, trainers football tops ect. He’s also very confident off the style he wants to wear, here’s some if our spring picks

We’re off to keep searching for unique clothing.

If anyone can’t point me in the direction of boys clothing especially colourfully, please comment below.

Sophie

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family · Food · healthy food · Homeschool

Flapjacks

Struggling to find healthy but quick to make snacks that everyone will eat we mixed up these yesterday. They were ready to serve in 20 minutes perfect for any busy Mum.

Can also be used to top yogurts or stewed baking apples. Great as there filling but health and low in sugar to.

Recipe

150g of porridge oats

4 tbsp of oil I used sunflower oil

1tbsp golem syrup

1 tbsp of agave syrup

2teaspoons of hemp powder

5 dried apricots cut into pieces

Can add sunflower or pumpkin seeds to or any dried mixed fruit you have in the cupboard

1. Heat oil and syrup on a low heat

2. Add the oil to all the remaking ingredients and mix till all the oats are covered in oil mixture

3. Place the mixture in to a greased oven tin I grease the tin with sunflower oil.

4.Bake at 180c for 10/15 minutes

5. Remove from oven. Using a knife cut the flapjacks into pieces and leave to cool in the tin.

Have fun baking.

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family · Food · healthy food

Happy birthday healthy cake

Its my husbands birthday this week and due to on going health problems he’s diet low in sugar ,fat and other things.

we still wanted to bake a cake and I love to experiment and make yummy snacks healthy  so we decided to make beetroot chocolate cake it taste amazing he didn’t even know till we told him. Fab if you have a fussy eater.

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Recipe

 

100ml sunflower oil or rapeseed oil

175g beetroots

150g dark soft sugar

200g self raising flour

50g cocoa powder

1 tbsp. baking powder

200g 0% fat natural yogurt

2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1.peel,chop and boil the beetroot till soft. set aside to cool

2. pre heat the oven to 180c/160c/gas4

3. Once the beetroot has cooled down transfer to a food processor/hand blender and whizz to puree.

4. Add all the remaining ingredients ad stir till the mix is smooth.

5. Transfer the mix to a greased cake tin and bake for 50min-1hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

 

Let me know how you get on. Happy baking .

 

family · Homeschool

Why we homeschool.

I’ve been thinking about sharing about this as it’s something I’m asked often usually followed by many people’s negative opinions that firstly I haven’t asked for and secondly are there thoughts and that’s all they are as they have no experience of homeschool.

We homeschool because I choose to, was it a easy decision? For me yes, my husband no.

We have many a debate about it for years but it’s something I felt so strongly about.

My husband liked School he enjoyed the social side maybe more than lessons but overall did well, I on the other hand hated School was a constant victim of people’s bullying, struggled being dyslexic, felt unsupported by the teachers and struggled to make friends.

Some of that could be down to me and my personality i find social situations hard and keeping a conversation and friendships going don’t come easy to me. We as my husband is more sociable than I am.

Through my school years I was very driven I had one goal and that was to dance professionally no one at my high school had goals like that and I developed a lot of anxiety regarding School, being the target of one teachers obsession with my weight even though I ate like a horse they convinced most of the school I had a eating disorder till my Mum stepped in. My memory’s from school are not happy memories.

When I found out I was expecting School was a big issue for me so I stared to research other options. My son attend Steiner kindergarten and forest school kindergarten till the age of 7 part time which I often went along to and he loved.

It’s perfect for him being a sensitive child , the groups were small and quiet and he was able to explore and develop at his own pace, my son is also very dyslexic and is currently being assessed privately for support. Homeschooling for us has ment this hasn’t been a stressful time for him as he hasn’t been comparing his struggles to other children’s achievements like he naturally would in school.

We follow a semi strutted day and meet up with other homeschooling family’s in the area . My son has no social issues and is not behind other children like people are often quick to say.

He’s a little boy who’s developing at his own pace in to a his own happy person.

Homeschool is perfect for our family

family · Homeschool

Childrens books for sensitive children

My son is 7 soon to be 8 and loves reading together but we’re stuck. We’re finding it so hard to find books where there isn’t a sad ending or a death. Reading those books with these endings in is causing him so distress nightmares and worries.

Being a sensitive child can be really hard as he doesn’t accept the book as a story he wants to know the when ,why, how and will it happen to me, him or his family.

Here’s some books we’ve enjoyed reading if anyone has any suggestions we would love to hear them..