Asking my daughter questions! How well does she know me?

I've seen those things on Facebook before where you ask your children questions about you and see what they say... so I've been thinking of stuff to ask my little Miss and here's how it went!!

1. How do you know I love you?

Because I love you too much and we are always together and even though you are poorly, no matter what happens we'd always love each other. You always are kissing me and hugging me and you always call me beautiful, helpful and amazing. You always say "I love you" to infinity and beyond and say "do you know how much I love you?".

2. What is something I always say to you?

I love you and you're a silly sausage!!

3. What makes me happy?

Me, sparkles, glitter, daddy.

4. What makes me sad?

When you're sunbathing outside and it rains!

5. How do I make you laugh?

Tickling me.

6. What is my favourite thing to do?

Spend time with me and dad when you get chance.

7. What do I do when you're not here?


8. What am I really good at?

Doing crafts.

9. What am I not good at?


10. What is my favourite food?

Pickled cucumbers!

11. How would you describe me to your friends?

Older. Way older!
Really beautiful.

12. What do you do that makes me laugh?

Anything can make you laugh with me. Tickle you. When I sneak up and tickle your feet.

13. What's the nicest thing I ever did for you?

Surprise me with getting a Tiny Treasure doll for my birthday that I'd wanted. You kept saying what if you don't get one and I thought I wasn't!

14. If we could do anything together what would it be?

Spending the whole day invisible and spending time doing pranks and tricks.

15. What is my favourite thing to watch?

Love Island!
(* Oh the shame.)

16. If I could go anywhere on holiday where would it be?

To a really sunny place where you can relax.

17. What is my favourite drink?


18. What would my dream job be?

Making glittery stuff!

19. Who is my favourite singer?

Christina Aga something!

20. If I had £100 what would I buy?

Anything you can see that's glittery. Presents for friends and family.


I found her answers really interesting and some of them made me laugh lots.  I had no idea I said silly sausage either but she cried at a film yesterday and I said it then haha!

Sangria IS something I like but I dont drink it often :-D  Pickled cucumber is not what I'd choose as my favourite food but I do like them so that made me giggle.

She keeps asking me to do another "quiz" for her so I've got something else in mind which I'll do shortly!

Hope you enjoyed reading,

Ali xx


There's more to me than M.E

If you read my blog you'll already know that I have the incurable chronic illness M.E (myalgic encephalomyelitis). It is a huge part of my life.  It kind of dictates how I do things and stops me from doing a whole load of stuff that I want to do.  However, it does not define me and I'm not just the girl who has M.E.  When I say girl, I clearly mean lady as I'm way too old to be a girl but you know what I mean!!

I thought I'd chat about some of the stuff that makes me 'me' when we take M.E out of the equation.

* Glitter. If it's glittery I have to have it.  End of.

* Sparkle.  The same goes for anything sparkly.  I can absolutely give any magpie a run for it's money.

* Music.  I love all types and it depends on my mood as to what I like to listen to.  I do love a bit of reminiscing with some old school tunes from back in the day.  (The days when I was a girl)! I also love a good singalong to Disney as much as I love rocking to Oasis.  Oasis is an iconic indie band, for those of you lucky enough to be much younger than me who may not know who they are!!

* TV shows which are gritty and full of action.  Just love them and always open to ideas for news ones, although it's likely I've seen them already.

* Trashy TV. I don't watch much normal TV at all but my guilty pleasure is trashy shows like Love Island, which is my current favourite.   I'm also wondering if all young people these days use the language/phrases like they do on it as I've never heard of half the stuff they say!!  Again I feel old.

* The colour blue. It is my favourite colour and it's the one I'm always drawn to.  People assume it would be pink as I am quite a girly girl but royal blue it is.

* Stationery.  I have far too many notebooks and pens but I just can't help it.

* Tea.  I love a good strong cuppa but none are as good as Yorkshire tea.  I can't bear weak tea or milky tea. Yuk! Builder's tea all the way.  I also have a cupboard full of herbal teas but a proper cuppa is the one.  I have a LOT of mugs but I also have a few China cups and saucers as I think tea tastes better in them!

* I prefer savoury stuff to sweet.  Give me a bag of crisps over chocolate or cake any day.  Walkers cheese and onion is my all time favourite. Not that I'll turn down sweet treats either though!

* Make up.  I love the stuff and have so much of it but tend to stick to the same selection of things each time.  I'm not afraid to experiment with colour, I love a bold lip or bright eyes. And glitter obviously.

* Bags.  As most women do, I have a vast collection of bags.  Half of which I never use.  Oh shoes too.  And hair accessories. It's a woman's perogative isn't it?

* Jewellery.  To go alongside my crazy amount of bags and shoes I also have a ridiculous amount of jewellery.  Again I don't even wear half of it oooops.

* Plastic cups/bottles.  I much prefer drinking from plastic cups and stuff than glass. Not sure why but I do.

* Friends and family.  No explanation needed really but I'd be lost without them.

* Sunshine.  It makes me happy, it motivates me and I always feel that bit better with a bit of colour.  Plus BBQs!!

* Amaretto.  It's my favourite alcoholic drink ever.  On the rocks.  I like the odd glass of vino too and I risk the way it makes me feel because I have intolerance to alcohol but hey ho .  Also the sound of the first bit of wine being poured from a newly opened bottle is one of my favourite sounds ever!!

* Flowers.  I love fresh flowers and don't like it when I don't have any.  I'm a sucker for a crystal vase too and have been known to buy them from charity shops despite definitely not needing any more!

* Anything pineapple, flamingo, unicorn, cactus or succulent themed. I'm terrible and just can't help myself.

* Disney.  We are going to Disneyland Paris soon for the first time and I appear to have become slightly obsessed with all things Disney. I may just cry when I meet the Minnie Mouse!

* Random Acts of Kindness.  One of my favourite things and it just makes me all fuzzy doing things that make people smile. I'm also very lucky to be on the receiving end of random loveliness sometimes and it honestly is the best feeling.

* My girl. My ray of sunshine.  The thing I'm most proud of.  She makes me smile,  laugh and grateful that I've raised a little person who's as crazy as me!!


I'll end it there as I think that's enough for now but if you think of anything else that makes you think of me then please tell me in the comments :-)



Crieff Hydro holiday May 2017

I wasn't planning on doing a post about our holiday to Crieff Hydro again but after receiving such good customer service from them I decided to do one. Plus I love being able to look back at holidays on my blog too!

We have recently returned from our second time there which was booked last year. I did a post about our 2016 holiday here.  We booked within a matter of weeks of returning as we had loved it so much, plus it coincided with my birthday so it was a good excuse for a break!  If you re-book within a certain amount of time, you can request the same room if you want. When I booked over the phone, the room we had stayed in was unavailable but the lady suggested a different, quieter room at the end of the corridor. Due to me taking the mobility scooter I needed a ground floor room and the quieter the better, so it all sounded good.

Fast forward many months and we finally arrived after a stop off in Glasgow to break the journey up.  My chronic illness and travelling do not go well together, so having some rest and a good breakfast helps make the final part of the journey to Crieff more bearable.

I had rung ahead to say we would be arriving earlier than check in time and wondered if there was any chance of the room being ready, so it was great when we got there and they said it was...  until the room wasn't the one we were expecting!! After a bit of a nightmare and a lot of stress (I won't go into details but there were tears. Lots of them. Not just from me), the manager Ashleigh got involved and was absolutely brilliant.  It eventually got sorted out and the room we were put in was the room we had been allocated originally.  It was gorgeous.  Spacious with two huge windows, nice and quiet, huge comfortable beds and lovely Scottish shortbread biscuits!!!

Somehow somewhere there must have been a lack of communication but the way the manager dealt with it was great.  She was so lovely and really made a big difference to the holiday which although had started badly, was really good.  She ensured we were looked after and very kindly gave us some treats which helped with the after effects of the initial upset.  I always think that it's how places deal with problems that shows how good they are and I absolutely 100% can't fault them.  Crieff Hydro is a luxury family hotel and they really showed how they care about their guests.

It's the most relaxing place and we had five nights of sheer loveliness.  The Victorian Spa is the perfect place for some 'me' time.  A friend of mine who lives in Scotland came over for the day so we had a lovely chilled couple of hours there.

Every member of staff we encountered were great during our stay.  As we found last year, everyone is friendly and willing to help if necessary.  Even when there was a power cut on the first night and we were plunged almost into darkness,  the duty manager kept people in good spirits!  It was a good opportunity to get little Miss an early night anyway..

Due to it being term time it wasn't busy with leisure guests.  With my hubby's job we can't pick and choose when to go away as he gets given his leave in advance, but despite it being quiet it was great - straight on the bowling green unlike last year when we never had chance as it was so busy!!

Restaurants were very quiet but we still received excellent service and the food there is so so good.  There are various places to eat and although The Hub wasn't open other than on our first day, the staff in the Winter Garden made me some salads to have at lunchtime when I didn't fancy soup or sandwiches.  The Meikle is the fancier of all the food places and our three course dinner was amazing.  I'm obsessed with cheese and biscuits so of course chose that to finish off my delicious meal!

The activity centre has lots of stuff to do if you fancy.  My hubby took little Miss on the Aloft treetop experience, which turned my stomach just looking at pictures of it, but they loved it! We definitely have an adrenaline junkie on our hands.

As well as the kids' club which is fantastic, there are lots of things to do on site and tennis in the sunshine went down well with my sporty girl.  The tennis courts are really close to the entrance of the hotel and it's so peaceful.

We were also very lucky with the weather and had pretty much 5 days of sunshine which made me happy! There are lots of places to chill at the Hydro and I can't imagine anyone would feel anything other than relaxed after a stay there.  We also met some new friends which was an added bonus.  They live in Amsterdam so a visit is on the cards for sure.

We will definitely go back again.  I really can't recommend it enough.  Thank you to everyone at the Hydro and particularly Ashleigh!



M.E Awareness Day 2017

I would never have imagined my life as it is now.  If you'd told me I'd be unable to work and unable to do anything without it making me wiped out; If you'd said I would need to use mobility aids to get around I'd have laughed and told you "nah mate".  I'd say that I had spent years studying law, I had a job I enjoyed and a great social life, as well as going to the gym 3 times a week so how could that be possible?

I'm the person who used to be so independent, who thought nothing of coming home from a full day's work and going in the gym for another few hours.  The person who used to go shopping on a weekend and spend several hours just wandering round the shops. The person who went out to the pub, to the cinema, to anywhere that involved doing "normal things" without giving it a second thought.  I was enjoying life.

It couldn't be any further from my life now.  Fourteen years later I am still often in disbelief about it and would change it in a heartbeat if I could.

I have talked lots before about what it is like having M.E (myalgic encephalomyelitis) but in a nutshell it's like having THE worse hangover along with flu and your head having been kicked in. All at the same time.  That's what it's like for me anyway.

If you think of a full battery - that's healthy people.  Think of an almost empty one and that's me. Every little thing I do eats into my battery and leaves my already low energy levels almost non existent.  Resting happens a lot, yet it doesn't really top my energy supplies up so I'm pretty much running on empty.  Drained all the time and feeling horrible.  I've not even mentioned the pain and all the other fun (not) symptoms like memory and concentration problems, muscle weakness, sleep problems, post exertional malaise  (PEM) after anything we do. The list goes on and I really wouldn't wish it on anyone.

Do you know what though? I'm not amazing or inspirational or any of the things people tell me I am.  I am just me.  Me who was dealt a shitty card and had to deal with it.  I have to grin and bear it.  I don't have a choice.  I can't even begin to explain how horrendous living with this illness is yet I have to keep going and be as good a mum as I can to my daughter, who gives me purpose and keeps me smiling.

It's M.E Awareness day today so I felt I should do a post and talk a bit about it.  The reason I started my blog was because I often had people ask me what it was like being a mummy with M.E and I was surprised how cathartic I found it when I wrote. I receive messages from people telling me they have learnt a lot from my posts and that I've helped them understand more which means a lot as raising awareness has always been important to me.

I often look "well" when I am out and then I always wonder what people would think if they saw me in the following days when I'm suffering. When I'm hidden away in bed unable to move. I've had friends cry on me before when they've seen me so poorly but it's made them more aware, so silver linings and all that!

I think that's enough from me but if you've read this then thank you and I am always happy to answer questions so feel free to leave a comment or contact me via my email.

Thinking of everyone affected by this evil illness and hugs to everyone who supports me as it really does mean so much.

M.E Awareness ribbons made by me!


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