Finding calm in the chaos

Unity is powerful

Are you gonna spend your day down in the dirt?

As I write this, it is the morning of Friday 8th March, 2015. The day after the General Election. The day we realised that we are highly likely to have a Conservative Government for the next five years. The day Esther McVey lost her seat The day Ed Timpson kept...

When Debs met Andy Burnham at Radio 5 Live

Last week, I was invited by Radio 5 Live to be part of their “Your Call” hour.  This time it was to be part of a panel of “the public” interviewing Andy Burnham before the big day tomorrow. This was a much more formal set up than the last time...

Do you ever just feel tired of it all?

Like many of us, I have children who believe that sleeping through the night is just an urban myth. Oh the joy of having to cope with a full day of paperwork or appointments when you have had a few hours split sleep. Sleep deprivation is torturous, as you know, but...

What does Participation look like as a diagram?

As I sat scrolling through Twitter a few weeks ago, I came across a conversation that set me thinking. Kath Evans (Head of Patient Experience at NHS England) was asking if people preferred an image showing “the ladder of participation” or “the circle of involvement”. Circle, Ladder or Venn? Initially...

#Thinkingslimmer with Slimpod

Too much on my plate? Or Just Enough and Thinking Slimmer?

A month or two ago, I mentioned I was using a Slimpod with Thinking Slimmer.  It has been a really interesting experiment. As you all know I have three children (with the grand total of 14 months between them) – one has ASD and hydrocephalus, one is blind and one has...

Save Furness School – a parent’s perspective

Parents in Kent are petitioning the proposed closure of Furness school in Hextable .  Furness is a specialist school for children with ASD and also emotional and behavioural issues. “KCC are in consultations with the intention of closing the school due to the number of pupils that attend. However the number...

Thinking Slimmer - Effortlessly lose weight with a slumped (Chaos in Kent)

Diets do not work – Try Thinking Slimmer

Where did January go?  I cannot believe we are already in February, I am also sure that is a sign of getting old so let’s move quickly on. Everyone who knows me will know that I, like many women, have tried every diet there is.    Some diets have been...

Pinterest – Top Tips for Newbies

Like many of us, I joined Pinterest because it was new and seemed pretty.  I had no idea how to use it.  For the first six months, I wondered what all the hype was and why everyone seemed to be raving about it. Now, I am a social media junkie...

Happy New Year – 2015 goals and free download

Happy New Year I must be getting old because I cannot believe a year has passed since it was last New Year.  How have twelve months happened without me noticing?  Is this just an age thing do you think? I have set myself some personal goals this year, some I...