One Moment in Time with Tina Medlock

27 September 2017

Welcome to one moment in time, a guest posts series, where bloggers share the stories behind special or significant photographs. This month I am joined by the brilliant and award winning Tina Medlock who blogs at Joseph and his Amazing Spectrum Coat.

Blending two families together is hard but blending them together when one of the children has autism, could potentially bring a whole host of problems.

When my partner and I started our relationship, we were aware of the need to tread carefully with all of our children and knew that having a new partner is often difficult to accept. They recognised very early on though how much we cared for each other and that has been infectious. 

Although knowing very little about autism, my partner’s children treated Joseph as they should have; as Joseph. They did make allowances for him when appropriate; extra time to process information, considered what he would like to do when we went out and made sure it was something he could be involved in. 

Joseph has always struggled with interaction and forming relationships but my partner’s children have gradually teased it out of him. 

The first picture was taken on our first family holiday, entirely natural and instigated by Joseph. The second one was taken three years later and again capturing a natural moment. 

I look at these pictures and I see love, patience and a strong bond. So much so that Joseph now refers to them as his brother and sister without us ever saying that to him and his feelings are reciprocated.

Thank you for sharing this special moment with us Tina. I believe we can learn a lot about how to treat people from looking at how children do it. I loved this post! 

Read more from Tina here... where she describes the autism journey from diagnosis to present. It is funny, tearful and there is lots of swearing out loud.

Follow her on Twitter: ‎@JosephSpectrum  or Facebook: Joseph and his amazing spectrum coat

Book Corner: Rumble in the Jungle

13 September 2017

My Book Corner choice this month is Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz

There's a rumble in the jungle,
There's a whisper in the trees,
The animals are waking up
And rustling the leaves...

Rumble in the jungle is a great way to introduce your child to the world of the jungle and experience poetry too. This is a lovely collection of animal poems written by Giles Andreae (better known as Purple Ronnie) one of Britains best known modern poets. This books welcomes you into the jungle with a steady beat and a wealth of great rhymes and then introduces you to some of the animals like, Chimpanzees, Lions, Snakes and Giraffes. The rhythm and rhyme throughout the book will really interest your children. You can engage with the text by getting them to guess which animal will arrive next. This is a great story to read out loud. The text is complimented perfectly by the bold and colourful illustrations. My children enjoyed copying some of the pictures afterwards and the children in my class loved reading this story, we used it in a poetry unit to investigate rhyme and alliteration. Then we wrote some of our own animal poems.

This book certainly kept the children entertained with monkey's with fleas, amorous Zebras and hungry Rhinos. And the pace and rhythm with the clever rhymes make it a treat for the ears too. Our version is a board book so very robust too.

Giles Andreae is the author of many top selling award-winning picture books including Commotion in the Ocean, I Love My Mummy and the international bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance.

We throughly enjoyed reading this at home and at school (year 1) and I would highly recommend it for both.

Our rating: 9/10
Price: 5.99

10 things that make me happy

8 September 2017

Dear friends,

I love a good blogging tag and I am always really grateful when my blogging buddies nominate me for these things. A huge Thank you to the lovely Laura from Musings of a tired mum for my nomination. 

Here are the 10 things that make me happy...

1.  My dogs face at the window when we arrive home. She stands with her front paws resting on the windowsill and tail wagging. There is something magical about her excitement at seeing us, I love it!

2. The smell of home when you first open the door after a trip away. There’s nothing like it!

3. Enjoying a glass of wine with good company. I love nothing more than an evening with friends or family putting the world to rights. Even after 12 years in Holland I still really miss my best friends and love it when I return to the UK and we have a girly night out or in.

4. Singing loudly to a classic tune in the car. I once got a round of applause at the traffic lights by a group of handsome young men.

5. The sound of my sons giggle when I tickle him.

6. The Beach - it is my go to place when I need a bit of therapy.

7. Looking at old photos - I cherish the photos of my Grandma and Grandad but also love looking at the photos of my family in the 70’s and 80’s with classic perms and bell bottomed trousers. 

8. Taking photos - my love of photography really developed through blogging and whilst I remain a #PointShoot photographer I would love to do a proper course and learn how to take better shots.

9. My kids being happy - Is there anything better than seeing your kids happy?

10. Blogging - this is my space where I get to speak honestly and openly about raising a child with autism and do my small bit towards raising #autismawareness. The part that makes me happiest is the amazing comments that I receive and the thought that my small space may be helping someone to feel less alone.

Please feel free to take part in this great tag too. 
What makes you happy?

One Moment in Time with The Money Saving Mummy

6 September 2017

Welcome to one moment in time, a guest posts series, where bloggers share the stories behind special or significant photographs. This week's featured blogger is the lovely Kerryanne who bloggers at The Money Saving Mummy. Thank you so much for joining me!

This snap takes me back to the 14th May 2012. Aside from having my children it was the best day of my life. I'm not usually one for being super vain but looking at this picture reminds me just how special and loved I felt on that magical day. I've never experienced such a tangible sense of love and happiness directed at you by all those you hold close. I honestly felt that I was walking on air all day. It was a day that dreams are made of.

This type of fairytale wedding doesn't come cheap, but being the bargain hunter I am I was determined to have the wedding of our dreams at a fraction of the cost. We found the venue that is the spectacular exclusive use Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire . It would have taken us years to save to be married in a venue like this. However getting married at short notice and on a weekday can help you secure the perfect wedding venue at a huge discount. I had 9 weeks to pull it off and a limited budget but on the day you would never know it. Would you know that the photographer was a Groupon deal? That my dress was custom made in China for little over £100? That the personalised wedding favours were purchased from Ebay?

Being savy enabled me to have the most wonderful day, one that I will never forget.

So when I'm being slummy mummy, tired with bags under my eyes, scraped back mum bun hair, clothes on that lasted clean for all of five minutes before being accessorised with grubby toddler handprints, it's nice to look back on this photo and think 'wow this was me!' and remember just how wonderful and loved I felt. It was from this love between me and the Hubs that my two darling girls were created and for that I am extremely grateful and blessed.

Photography @My_Dutch_Angle

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