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Happy Monday Everyone

I’ve joined Kate over on with her new initiative Striking Mums to help women work together and support each other. Whether it be with their personal lives, self esteem or want to achieve something great this group of people are aiming to assist in making you feel supported offering advice where ever needed!

The first weeks topic is ”What is it you wish to achieve?”

Well it’s a very simple question but a not such simple answer from me. If you read my blog regularly you may already know that I have a 24 before 24 goal list( if you don’t check out the tab at the top of this page!).

I am learning to accept I need time to achieve superficial but yet still personal goals; knowing that I am not just a mum. I want to learn to accept who I am. I want to manage my lifestyle and find the right balance with all aspects of life. Sounds vague? I know. And I’m sorry. But maybe I shouldn’t apologise?

Who knows. Who. Knows.

My name is Carla, I’m a Striking Mum and I don’t want to be subject to stigmatisation any more.


My Ice Bucket Challenge

Good afternoon everyone!

Just a quick post from me today but I thought I should share with you all my Ice Bucket Challenge.

Normally I wouldn’t par take in activity like this I absolutely hate being splashed in the face which I am sure you can tell by my twitchy hands. However, this is all in good fun and if it prompts more people to donate to the Motor Neuron Disease charity then I am more than willing to help. My friend E has been suffering with chronic migraines, loss of sensation in her limbs and generally her nervous system seems to be failing her; this is absolutely terrifying and we are all so very concerned about her. She is being tested for MND ( or ALS if you live in the States) and MS and they have yet to come to a diagnosis. By donating you will be helping research teams figure out a way of slowing down the process and understanding neurological diseases better which is turn can lead to quicker diagnosis and a better chance of being able to manage the degenerative illnesses.

As you can see my lovely children helped me out they had great fun doing it and I loved !!!!hated!!!!!!!!!!! doing it too! I have nominated 3 people who absolutely love our friend E and I am hoping they will be able to donate and raise awareness too!

If you would like more information on the disease or would like to donate and don’t know how please check out the website



Thank you for watching and please remember this isn’t any old trend going through the motions, there are many people in the motor with neurological diseases and without funding the charity’s can not continue to help everyone.

Thank you



There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea…

….after a long day….

Evening all!
After a very long day I am already tucked up in bed writing up blog posts, checking in on emails, twitter and well yeah you get my gist! The children are home after another week away which means this is my final 7 days of summer with them before their last week with their dad before they’re back at school. I’m not sure if I want to laugh or cry.

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The Book Count #2

Hey all!
Over the past few weeks I’ve been super busy with the kids or I’ve been keeping to myself taking care of the house and ticking things off the list!
Here’s another round up of the books I’ve been reading since the last book count. The total is now at 7!


I was sent the book And then I smiled…. by the lovely Mr Miller himself a charming gentleman with a childhood of fishing memories and a life time of figuring out the world writing a long his way. This book is compiled with many short phrases, poems and stories all in the aid of making you take time to think and smile. A philosophical kind of book that makes you look up from the page and notice all the wonders around you. It made for great light reading whilst having a coffee! This was an absolute beauty of a book to read having just finished Philomena which isn’t exactly on the cheery side. You can follow Dean over on twitter @DeanKMiller and I am sure he would have no problem in answering any of your questions and queries about the book.

Philomena. Wow. That is one blighter of a book. Have you ever found that one book that you can’t put down; overwhelmed by the urge to find out what happened next? This is one of those except I had to put it down. I found my self welling up with tears combined with the nervousness of any parent watching their childs first steps. It made me feel heart broken, frustrated, impatient and at one time physically sick. This story is based on a real life search of a mother and son trying to find each other after a forced adoption in Ireland back when the church had A LOT of say on what was acceptable and what was not. The church had more power than the government which is an incredibly scary thought. What hit home the most about this book was the idea that 50 years ago if I had lived in a different part of the UK I would have been shipped away as an unmarried pregnant teenager and eventually been made to give up my child for adoption; allin the name of saving my soul. Philomena Lee is a real person who fought so hard for what was right and I still things went wrong. I won’t spoil the ending but it hurt to read. If you can handle the emotional roller coaster then read this book it’s written beautifully and maybe by sharing the story more children will find their parents once again.

Thanks for reading and until next time stay random!



I’ve had similar feelings about people I know reading my blog. However, I’ve come to accept that I have nothing to hide I never write negative things about people and if it means people want to snoop around on my blog then go for it. It’s not like I have any big secrets. I know lots of people that blog and I’ve been wary about wanting to follow or comment as these people were not exactly friends in previous years but I love their writing styles and ideas. We’re all adults now and I love reading and writing and finding inspiration from others and the fact I know of these people in real life just makes it a little bit personal.
Carla xx

Originally posted on Westlayne:

Tonight I had an interesting revelation, someone I know personally has been reading my blog, previously unbeknownst to me.  I know most bloggers will respond, well yeah that’s the point to be read and the answer to that simple comment is yes that’s true.  However, the nice thing about the blogosphere is that there is a whole world of authors out there writing, about every topic under the sun and there is a certain anonymity to it and my ability to share personal thoughts or ideas can be as free or as personal as I choose. I can reveal who I am, who I write about and I can tie it to as many other online social pages as I choose.

Now my page, so far at least, does not contain my real name. Its not hard to find me, my picture is there but It doesn’t reveal the names of the people…

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