Crack down on YouTube

When the boy was potty training we used the ipad as a reward and he was allowed a certain amount of time depending on how well he had done.
We were very naive when he was first allowed to watch videos online. There was always an adult present so we were able to police what he was watching and thank goodness we could; I was horrified when I realised exactly what some people post on YouTube knowing full well that children will watch them!
The site was quickly banned from his ‘treat’ time and he became more concerned with playing games instead which was easier to monitor.
This “crack down” by YouTube is definitely a move in the right direction though I’m not convinced it will solve the problem completely.

YouTube clamp down



I’ve written before about how powerful I think music is and how much it helps me to process my feelings.
Recently I heard Hard Love by NEEDTOBREATHE for the first time this week and this lyric struck a chord with me.
Sometimes life just feels like a battle and I wonder what on earth it’s all for. But change doesn’t happen without you noticing and sometimes you have to just keep going to make a good change within yourself.

Hard Love Lyrics

Crazy enough to jump out of a plane!

Why I decided to jump out of a plane for charity.

In 1994 my first female cousin was born. It was meant to be a joyful time full of excitement at having another girl to play with. Unfortunately due to complications during her birth she was starved of oxygen and suffered brain damage. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and our family were told that she wasn’t expected to live a very long life; she wouldn’t be able to walk or talk or interact with us in a normal way.
I’m so proud of my cousin, she has defied the doctors and turned 23 this year. She cannot walk or talk but she is a lovely presence in our family. We interact with her, talk and play with her and her smile is beautiful.

Ellenor help by providing respite for my cousin. She is able to stay with them and is looked after. This time is important for my family as it means they have a chance to recuperate and look after themselves so they are able to continue the care that my cousin needs.

What Ellenor provides is vital and I want to support them so they can continue to provide this and their hospice care for those families who need it.

On 23rd September I jumped out of a plane and have so far raised £735 for Ellenor.
If you would like to support the work that they do you can still donate via my JustGiving page or by sending a text with KTHL85 and the amount to 70070.

Text donations

No donation is too small it all adds up to make a difference.



So addictive I’ve done it again!

When the boy was a baby I knitted him a blanket and now that he’s so much bigger I wanted to enlarge it so he could use it for more than keeping his legs warm!
Inspired by my blanket I decided to knit in a spiral around his baby blanket.

It’s not taken quite as long as my blanket will and he loves it!

I’m really pleased I found a way to make it last a bit longer


TH Spiral Blanket

This is getting addictive!

I started knitting a blanket in the summer using up my odd ends of yarn from other projects. The middle is made up of a few leaf sections I started a long time ago for another blanket but I couldn’t bring myself to keep going with it so they’ve sat in a bag for ages.
It’s knitted in a spiral and so addictive I could keep going forever!

Love never killed anyone

I always thought I wasn’t a people person but I’ve realised over the last few years that I like people more than I thought.
We’re all on our own journey, some of us are having the time of our lives and some of us are hurting but wherever we are no one is perfect. So let’s just try our best to be nice to each other and make the world a better place


Galations 5v14

How I’ve lost nearly a stone and a half since May

I posted this on Facebook in May but I’m so happy with the fact I’ve actually lost weight I thought I would share it here too:

22nd May 2017

I’ve been feeling fat for a little while now, and my most recent (apparent hormonal) craving for Cadburys hasn’t helped! 🍫🍫🍫
Neither has the fact that a beautiful dress I’ve bought for a wedding in August is currently a little tight 😳
So I have decided that I need to do something to a) make me feel better about myself b) make me healthier and c) gets me into that dress 👗

I don’t like the idea of diets per sae as I want to change my lifestyle rather than lose weight and then put it back on again. So I have Googled healthy meal plans and discovered that the NHS has a good site ( on what we should eat and portion sizes so I have taken down notes and will try to follow them.
They also mention on their page a free app called Easy Meals which lists some scrummy looking recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as how many calories are in each.
Armed with this information I’m going to try and plan meals better which will not only help with being healthy but get me back in the swing of planning meals in advance and doing a big monthly shop rather than having to visit the supermarket every day. So hopefully time and money will also be saved! 

I used to make myself go for a walk during my lunch breaks at work too which helped me to lose some weight last year. I’m going to try and motivate myself to do this again as I know it works.

Watch this space, either I’ll be a happy bunny in August because the dress fits or I’ll be raiding my wardrobe/panic shopping for something else!! 😫😂😂


The dress fit!