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I Did It!!!

It’s been a long agonising frustrating 46 days and 46 nights but I did it. I gave up chocolate, all chocolate, chocolate of all descriptions and in all forms, for lent!

It’s been sooooooo hard. I almost caved more than a few times more so when I went into the cupboard for a biscuit and all I could smell was chocolate. It’s amazing how much you notice the smell when you go without. It’s never smelt so amazing!!

I’ve also gained weight too (roughly a stone!) which I don’t quite understand. I eat a lot of chocolate ordinarily so this did surprise me. Hubby seems to think my cupboard trawling is to blame. I’ve eaten a lot more sweets and biscuits than I wouldn’t normally eat and also other more savory food that I’ve cooked in-between meals in my attempts to fend off the cravings.

People have been tempting me along the way too but Wriggler bless him as reminded everyone time and time again. His support has been brilliant. It was only the other week my Dad asked if I wanted a chocolate bar and for a minute I forgot myself and grabbed one but, immediately Wriggler shouted at me, ‘NOOOOOO Mummy you can’t. She’s given it up for lent Grandad!!’ Only yesterday he was doing it again in full knowledge this time and offering me Thornton’s chocolate liquor!

Playing Easter Bunny last night though was tough, all that chocolate in front of me and then filling the little egg-hunt eggs up for the boys with mini eggs and not been able to eat even one.

i did it

I waited up till midnight though and almost ate my way through one of the biggest bags of mini eggs I’ve ever had!! I actually felt sick afterwards, that’s never happened before. Maybe I need to ease my way back into the chocolate!

I have been rewarded for my efforts though. I bought myself an egg (I knew hubby would forget to get me one) and hid it away with the kids’ until today…. it won’t last long im sure!

i did it

The amount the kids get is usually quite obscene though so I consider it my duty as a responsible parent to make sure they don’t eat too much and help them out where I can. They know themselves they don’t want any cavities…. ;-p


Have you given anything up for lent? How did you get on? Congratulations if you succeeded too. Now tuck into whatever it was, you’ve earned it!!

Happy Easter Everyone.



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Cold Turkey

When someone mentions cold turkey most people immediately think of the withdrawal symptoms associated with coming off drink or drugs for example. Not, the giving up of something for Lent.

Lent is a religious ‘thing’ and I was brought up to be religious. Since becoming an adult my views, beliefs have changed somewhat, in fact they’ve changed a lot. However, something that has stayed with me is the giving up of something for Lent which I do now purely for the challenge and nothing else.

Rewind three few weeks, Pancake Day. I was in turmoil over what I should give up. I knew it had to be something big and I wanted it to be different from the norm (chocolate). I toyed with the idea of alcohol, bread, milk, social media, house work even (lol). But none of those would have been the challenge I was wanting, that I needed.

Giving up alcohol isn’t enough of a challenge for me, don’t get me wrong, ive done it before, I’ve even taken part in Dry January and although I missed having the odd drink, it didn’t really rattle me. I’ve given up bread before too. This I’ll admit was hard, but purely from a convenience perspective. I did loose nearly a stone in weight though, it would appear that bread is rather fattening, even the brown variety! It quickly found its way back to me once my normal diet resumed!

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I knew it would come down to chocolate at the end of the day. It always does. I LOVE CHOCOLATE!! I eat some every single day. Me and Hubby will easily consume sometimes 3-4 200g bars between us in the evenings while watching tv, or the odd box of Cadbury’s hero’s. Not to mention the rest that I eat during the day and pinching from the boys. The only chocolate worth eating though is Cadbury’s. In its purest form, ie dairy milk but, my new love is Cadbury’s Creations, the one with the popping candy and jelly bits in. It’s just divine. Oh and mini eggs, can’t forget those… (now im getting carried away just talking about it ha ha)

I have previously given up chocolate for lent and it almost killed me (metaphorically speaking of cause) and its killing me all over again. Today I am three-weeks into a six-week stint. I can smell it a mile off and whilst im offsetting the cravings with jelly sweets for the moment, they have nothing on chocolate!!

I can’t even put my feet up with a hot drink when I get back from the school run because I instantly want to reach for the whispa hot chocolate.

Baking is out too for the time being, I couldn’t possibly make something as yummy as this and not tuck in or lick a bowl.

So, whilst no im technically not going Cold Turkey, it certainly feels like I am to me. Chocolate is my vice.

I only hope that my cravings (which no doubt by Easter Sunday will have turned to sheer desperation) are satisfied with a Cadbury’s easter egg … ill have earned it if nothing else! ;-)

… and on that note, I have spied with my beady eye…

Cadbury’s Mini Egg Easter Egg

Cadbury’s Creations Easter Egg

Dairy Milk Easter Egg

bruiser signing rocket

Makaton Monday ~ Rocket

Bruiser loves Space and Rockets, FACT!! But those of you that follow my blog already know that don’t you :)

When we first started using Makaton with Bruiser, we were advised by his speech and language therapist that we needed to first use the signs that got him his needs across first and foremost, ie food, drink, favorite toy etc. But, his obsession with space and rockets was so great that we knew we had to find a way of finding out what the signs were to help him communicate his obsession. (unfortunately these weren’t included in any of the literature we were given and our SALT didn’t know them either)

We searched high and low for the signs and eventually came across something on the Makaton website in their Makachat forum. Someone else had asked for the sign for Rocket! It wasnt the sign picture but an explanation on how to do the sign.

“The sign for “space rocket” is your non dominant hand, flat palm down about chest height, and your dominant hand, with your index finger-pointing upwards. The dominant hand is behind the flat hand and shoots upwards finger first like a rocket” 

This was all we needed to know. Once Bruiser started using the sign, it wasnt long before the sounds came too and in his own little way he could then say ‘dotit’. The sense of relief we all felt at this time was amazing. We could all breathe a sign of relief.

A while after discovering ‘Rocket’, purely by chance we recorded a Something Special episode (as we do EVERYDAY) and this particular episode was about Space. So thank you to Justin and Mr Tumble, Bruiser could then also sign ‘Space Man’ ‘Space’ ‘Moon’ ‘Space Suit’. These few little signs enabled him to then play with his brother imaginatively. Wriggler did the imaginative stuff, Bruiser played along and they ‘talked’ in sign whilst playing.

These days their play is more verbal but Bruiser still throws in the signs.




bruiser signing rocket
This is Bruiser signing ROCKET on bonfire night back in 2012. As you can imagine Rockets were his favorite firework :-)


Only yesterday we watched a brand new episode of Something Special about the Planetarium. Another great episode that got Bruiser wanting to make a rocket just like Justin and….  we learnt a new sign to further feed his space obsession :-D


Sign/Symbol used with the kind permission of the © The Makaton Charity 2012

For any help or advice in respect of Makaton, please contact the Makaton Charity directly.




With a Bit Of Wonder Woman Thrown in For Good Measure


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