Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Oh hello my lovelies! If you are still with me after such a long break then thank you so much!  I haven't posted since the beginning of October when I wrote about Learning to drive with Dyspraxia.  Since that last post life has thrown a few curve balls at me and mine, and I just had to take a step back. Amongst the hard times though there have been some smiles,  I had the eldest child's birthday (a rather cool Halloween themed party with spooky graveyard cake made by yours truly (you can see this on my Instagram if you are that way inclined!) and university started back, but Miss Organized here missed the start date! did that even happen?? I had a heck of a time catching up - a week is a long time in study land when your brain feels like it has turned to mush! During these maniacal months that I have been away, I have seized with both hands anything that could save me time even if it is just a few moments - those few moments have been the moments I could breathe...and we all know how important that is!

One thing which takes more time than it really ought to is cleaning the high chair after the toddler has eaten - can anyone really make that much mess??? (OK, maybe I can...I may occasionally wear my dinner down my front...but lets not go there today? yeah? Thanks!)

When I came to buy the high chair for baby number two I was hit by pangs of nostalgia - with my eldest (15 whole years ago!) I bought a Chicco Highchair - I decided that is what we were getting again for this new baby ....time definitely smooths out the wrinkles (well for my memory, shame it can't do the same for my eyes!)...I forgot how awful it was to clean! Argh! Really nice sturdy high chair which can be used at the table as well as stand alone but by god, the crevices that food can manage to find itself in!

So, when the lovely Helen from allowed me the chance to try one of their dutch oilcloth high chair covers I jumped at the chance!

The cover arrived beautifully wrapped with instructions for fitting and and a lovely note from Helen - who doesn't love recieving a nice package in the mail?!

The high chair cover fits beautifully over the high chair, over the drop down arms and over the gaping gaps between the sides of the chair and the cushion (where my just turned three year old manages nearly every time to get half her dinner!).

I opted for the pale grey with white stars - quite neutral and fits well in my kitchen and when we decorate will still go well I am sure! The high chair was looking a bit sad and worse for wear (not damaged, just old, maybe I had been staring at it for too long!) the Messy-Me high chair cover really lifted it and no more faffing about trying to get the high chair clean - you just fold all flaps in and lift off the chair - et voila! One clean chair again.  To clean the high chair cover it is as simple as wiping down with a cloth or you can wash on cold rinse cycle in your washing machine. I have done this a few times and the cover looks great still.

Definitely a winner in my book!

PR sample - I was sent the high chair cover in return for a fair and honest review of the product.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Dyspraxia and learning to drive

So I planned to take part in Blogtober '17 - blogging everyday and linking up to HexMumBlog. However, such is my life at the minute it is now day three and this is the first post I have written!

Time seems to be slipping away rather quickly  and I am not the most organised person, in fact it is thanks to the dyspraxia - lack of organisation is one of many traits/symptoms.  There are many symptoms and signs - poor organisation, poor posture and fatigue, poor coordination to name just a few.

Bizarrely I didn't even know I was dyspraxic until I was in my thirties and ready to drop out of uni.  As a child I was the clumsy one, the one that needed to pay more attention in school, the daydreamer, the child that never managed to finish their work, the one that couldn't throw or catch a ball so was never picked for teams or was always the last person to be picked.  Even as a mature student who struggled so much, I thought I was stupid, I couldn't concentrate, write fast enough, my short term memory was quite shocking, note taking during lectures just never happened - I can not write, and listen at the same time. I was so luckily that one of the counsellors at college was aware of dyspraxia and managed to persuade me to stay - I will forever be grateful to that college counsellor. 

I saw an educational psychologist and the rest is history as they say.  A little help in the right places and some extremely helpful software, the person that left school with only 3 GCSE's at grade C (I did achieve a couple more later on) managed to earn a Certificate of Higher Education with Merit in computer programming and is now studying for a physics degree!

But do you know what I can't do? I can't drive...I am 38 years old and I just can't drive! I have tried, many times, never even got as far as test day which I guess is no surprise considering it took me three attempts to pass my cycling proficiency all the way back in primary school, no really, it actually did!  Every driving lesson I took, my brain could not compute how to change gear, signal, stop, go forward, clutch, gas at the same time and don't even get me started on which is left and which is right....

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But I do plan to learn, I will learn.  I will one day get my old style volkswagon beetle that I lust after! After my diagnosis (I am a little loathe to call it a diagnosis - it's not an illness after all - but just can't think of another word to use), I found the Dyspraxia Foundation site - a wonderful resource both for the person who has dyspraxia and those in that persons life - teacher, parent etc.

The site gives a number of useful tips for adults with dyspraxia who wish to learn to drive (and for many other scenarios in life). 

Some of the tips suggested for the adult with dyspraxia who wishes to learn to drive:

  • Learning in an automatic car rather than a manual, this would remove one element of struggle.
  • For the written element, it is OK to ask for extra time.
  • Look for schools that cater for learner drivers with disabilities 
For futher information about learning to drive with dyspraxia I would highly recommend checking out Dyspraxia Foundation - Driving with Dyspraxia page.

The site is also a useful resource for many other situations for you or your child (my eldest is also dyspraxic) may encounter.