Taking Parenting seriously

10th June to 12th June

So, a little down fact about me is that I am anti-academy. Both my children are currently attending a local academy which is part of a Multi-Academy Trust. At the moment I am part of a private Facebook group which was set up to allow parents a voice regarding any issues they may have about the academy in question. Only parents are allowed to join to ensure the privacy of it’s members and allow freedom of speech. This group has had posts leaked to the Executive Principal of the Multi-Academy Trust and he is now threatening legal action. We are just in the process of setting up a Go Fund Me page where any donations can be made to help us fight our cause. The issues we are facing are  much deeper than the article indicates but I’ll keep you posted without trying to get into more trouble!

Although I have to be careful about what I post about the above issues it was thrilling to get into the press because, having shared all the documentation with the journalist concerned (Warwick Mansell), it was a real boost to the campaign for someone other than parents and WhistleblowersUK to listen to us. Now, as many people may have heard, being in the press is a double edged sword and we had to be very careful to ensure that the story wasn’t diluted or reported in a way we weren’t happy with. It is also really, really time consuming!

The campaign also takes  up a massive amount of time in itself. Over the course of the 3 days covered by this blog we have:

  • Had a meeting with our local MP. The MP was about as much use as a chocolate teapot! All they wanted to focus on was the legal issue that was in the paper where as the group has many more issues to focus on. It didn’t end well when we were accussed of wanting a quote for the press when it had taken us since September to get anyone to listen and then once it was in the press we had a response to our request for a meeting with them less than 12 hours after the article came out.
  • Met with 2 ex parents to discuss their issues and get signed statements from them
  • Had a meeting of the group to discuss next steps

The above points might not have seemed very much but I am also running a business, have a full time job, trying to set up my Arbonne business and am married with 2 children. Thank goodness for a supportive husband and a great team running the business!

What happened in the rest of the 3 days then! Well I finally went back to Slimming World to find out that I had put 3lbs back on. Not suprising given that since I feel off the sweetie wagon I haven’t stopped eating chocolate and bad stuff. But still you’ve got to be in it to win it and I certainly won’t lose any weight if I aren’t at least attending the meetings.

So, after going to Slimming World and meeting with an MP I met my parents and the children at the swimming baths (showing my age saying that!). Mum and dad had offered to take them swimming as Kevin needs to keep up on his exercise and Scarlett just likes to exercise. Kevin decide it would be funny to splash me whilst I was watching (good job I hadn’t straightened my hair!). After everyone had got dressed we all sat and had a coffee in the little cafe and had a catch up about events of the weekend.

After I had taken Kevin home, 3 hours away from the computer is far too long for him, Scarlett and I hit the shops to ensure that she had everything she needs for an upcoming performance and for school. This is how contrary Scarlett is…..we went shopping for a new leotard and tights for the dance performance then swiftly went to a sports shop to buy a pair of rugby boots! We also realised that the sports shop and another of our favourite shops had a sale on so we made a few other purchase as well! In order to diminish our guilt we bought stuff for Kevin and Mr Roberts too.

Scarlett also had a bit of a melt down on Saturday evening. Mr Roberts was telling stories about when Kevin was a baby and she got upset when he told more stories about Kevin than her. The problem is that when Scarlett was a baby she didn’t want anything to do with her dad where as Kevin spent every waking moment with his dad. It was strange to watch her because I could see her getting herself more and more upset. Until eventually she got to the point that nobody loved her. It was resolved when we spent some time cuddling in bed and sharing stories.

Let’s finish on something funny. A friend had set up a Facebook Messenger group for her birthday and someone posted that there was a sale in the stores we were talking about above. I posted “it’s a code red…..we need to get there” it turns out that the stores are closing because the rents have doubled. My friend posted “don’t get Nichole on the case it’ll end up in the press!”….cheeky monkey my friends are! Here’s a lesson for everyone….never stop smiling and always see the funny side of life!

Next time…Scarlett feels better and it’s time for meltdown week!



Bank Holiday, moaning and theft!

1st May to 2nd May

After what I thought was a disasterous week at Slimming World I still went running over the Bank Holiday weekend. In fact I actuall woke up on Sunday morning feeling really cross and it only got better when I went running. I don’t know if this is a good sign or a bad sign to be honest. When I used to run years ago my husband used to send me out running if I was is in a grump as it used to make me feel better…maybe I am turning the clock back?  I would normally make Kevin come running with me as he is a bit like me at the same age, not into any sport, but Scarlett saved his bacon as she wanted to go swimming which meant that instead of running he got a swim. As a bit of a Brucie bonus it was free as well! It was near to the end of the swim session so the very nice lady at the gym let them go in for free. Aren’t people nice sometimes?

We went out as a faumbrellamily on the actual bank holiday. The plan was to walk into the City Centre, approx 4 1/2 miles from home, have a bit of lunch and a coffee (both me and Mr Roberts are tee-total at the moment) and then get the bus home. Excellent plan, family time and a bit of fresh air and excerise. Unfortunately the weather had other plans! No sooner had we left the house than heavens opened. Not to worry me and the hubby thought…we’ve got coats and umbrellas (well me and Scarlett had umbrellas, hubby and Kevin didn’t have umbrellas…not manly enough for them!) but we had to give in when the rain soaked through to our skin. And then, on top of all that……OMG did Kevin moan! He really did turn into Kevin from the Harry Enfield show. Have you ever had a 5ft 10″ teenager walking behind you moaning? Nightmare I hear you cry, but it got worse……

So we got on the bus eventually and Kevin managed to stop moaning. It kevin teenagergot better then, you might think, but oh no. The walk to the bus was just the warm up act. Once we started on Kevin’s 2nd most hated activity, shopping, there was no stopping him. We did have a small reprive when we stopped for coffee and a sandwich but as soon as were out in the shops it started again. Seriously, I have never been so happy to see him go onto his computer. Hubby wanted us to do more family activities when we got home but even I was begging for a reprive!

I did manage to convince the most cynical person in the world that Arbonne products, and the Arbonne oportunity, are amazing….Mr Roberts! You know how when you see someone every day you don’t notice the difference in them? And, to be honest, although the hubby is not the most complimentary person in the world even he couldn’t argue with the results of the 30 day Arbonne trial. The scary thing now though is that he wants to try the products!

This mmens range fullight not seem scary but he won’t buy the mans range, noooooo, he’ll just try to steal mine. You still might not think this is scary but the last time he used my face cream was many years ago when he just picked up the nearest cream and applied it liberally to his face before going out on a sunny day. Might not seem like a big deal but he called me later on the same day and asked why his face was so itchy….he’d only applied a night cream which contained a mild chemical peel indgredient and had instructions to not to go into direct sunlight. I know Arbonne is fully botanical and vegan certified but I hope he’s learnt his lesson!

Not the best end to the weekend or start of the week

25th April 2016 to 28th April 2016

Hi everyone!

I have made the cardinal sin and not blogged for a little while so now I have to try and catch up with where I am with everything! I have also decide to put the date on the top of the blog. That way if you are reading them in the future then you know where we are up to. Also, if any of these ramblings turn into a book, I should be so lucky, then I will know what happened when. I have no idea if that is what you are supposed to do with a blog but it’s what I am going to do. Some people might be interested to find out what’s going right and what’s going wrong and it’s always good to hear that some things are hard for everyone.

So what have these last few days entailed and why is the title the one it is? Well…I finished the week with what I thought was the start of my period. Is that what I should call it or should I be more intelligent and say menstrual cycle? Also, how much detail do I go into? I have no idea whether you are reading this whilst eating……..but I did say I was going to write as I speak so we’ll stick with the word period and as much detail as I have to do in order to get the story across, apologies if you are eating as you are reading!

Anyway, started my period on Thursday but it was a bit strange, as it was more of a red discharge (struggling with the word bloody as it’s classed as swearing in our house!) than an actual period. As many women of may age would think “it’s probably the start of the menopause” which is good and bad really. Good as I’ve never been a fan of the monthly period, let’s face it who is, but also bad because it is a bit like mother nature running up to you and sticking her tongue singing “nah, nah, na nah nah, you’re now old!”.

Then I stared bleeding heavily, well heavy for me because let’s face women don’t normally compare blood loss so I have no idea what is heavy for every one else! Then I moved to spotting which meant I had a period which lasted 5 days, completely weird for me. So, after telling my marvelous mummy the issues I had she was straight onto the “Going to the Doctors” train.  Now because I’m a good daughter, and because marvelous mummy would not let it lie, I went to the doctors . My hormone levels were checked a couple of weeks ago so the doctor confirmed that I aren’t menopausal but told me that I have to keep a period diary. A friend of mine, who’ll I’ll talk about on another blog, recommended the Period & Ovulation Tracker (this links to the andrioid version but there is a version for iTunes too…..all’s fair where menstrual cycles are concerned!

I also had to go to the doctors with Scarlett as she has had ringing in her ears for the last few months. This time it was the case of Dedicated Daddy to be on the case about going to the Doctors. Dedicated Daddy has a brain tumour (benign thankfully) and it was diagnosed as he had ringing in the ears. So he was straight on the case about Scarlett. Turns out that it could be down to having hay fever. She has fluid in both ears but worse in the left which is the ear that has the most ringing. Scarlett came away with tablets and a nose spray. Now we have the situation where if I don’t tell her to take the tablets I am a bad mother but I do tell her I’m nagging! The joys of being a mother to teenagers and beyond.

One great thing which happened this week was that I attended a networking event at Mercedes Benz. It was a really good event with a nice little goodie bag and an excellent breakfast…with bread made that morning! On top of that the salesman who invited me knows one of the Regional Vice Presidents of Arbonne who got her Arbonne white Mercedes from that garage. If you’re interested in how you can get a white Mercedes just let me know!

Well, that’s it for this section of my life. x