Facetious followers to terrible trolls : online behaviour at its worst

We’ve seen a lot of media coverage about online trolling in recent years. They’re  usually directed at celebrities and completely uncalled for. I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t say anything to someone in an online environment that you wouldn’t say to them if you met them on the street. That’s why certain online behaviours are annoying me more and more. Social media is a wonderful tool which allows everyone to share information and express views, but I fear that…

Bingeworthy TV Boxsets from Amazon Prime

One of the first things we did to save money when on maternity was to cancel our Sky subscription service and sign up to some streaming services. Trials are great for these as it allows you to test drive a service before you commit. Prime has to come out as the winner for me. I pay around £7.99 a month for an Amazon Prime subscription which I can cancel at any time. It means I can get almost anything I…

Is your smartphone ruling your life?

Is your smartphone ruling your life? It’s a question I’ve asked myself frequently as a parent. When you child is passing you your phone unprompted or if it’s one of their words, it’s hint there might be a problem. Being too attached to your mobile phone is very easy these days. They do everything for us now. They’re our e-reader, internet search, mail processor, messenger service, camera and more. In fact, we seem to rarely use our devices for making…

5 easy ways to keep your tyres and car safe this summer

Summer is the season that many of us get in the car and get out for the day, but have you ever noticed the summer can wreak havoc on your car? I went out to mine on the weekend and it was covered in sap from where I parked under some trees.  It got me thinking about looking after my car and how I am particularly bad it, particularly because I don’t do much mileage. I half hope the car…

Things all women should know before forty

I’ve seen a lot of posts recently on some of the other parenting blogs, along the lines of “forty things to do before you’re forty”, or “thirty things to know before thirty”. There’s not many milestones for me know. In just over seven years I’ll be fifty and nobody seems to celebrate that. As we are all having to work for longer, it’s not even a celebration of only having to work for another few years and your life is…

A poem for Zanzibar : the nightclub where I spent my Newport nineties youth

Something weird has happened the past few days. A former nightclub in Newport has burned down, taking with it the church next door.  I’m not one for sentimentality but the whole thing has made me rather sad. On Friday night, a fire started in the building formerly known as Zanzibar. It was originally built in the 1860s as a baptist church but converted to a three story nightclub in the 1980s. It’s hard several incarnations since then, but Zanzibar seems to…

Teaching children internet safety: the Penguinpig play is on tour

Do you want a way to introduce the subject of online safety to your children at a young age? I’m increasingly mindful of it as technology is everywhere. My two year old already knows how to navigate my phone, even when I’m sure I’ve locked it. There’s not getting around it, our children will need digital skills to navigate the world and access all the information they need, but we also need to teach them about the risks and how…

Carers Week 2018

Carers Week began on the 11 June and will be running until 17 June. Carers week is all about shining a spotlight on the important role of carers, the valuable contribution they make, but also the importance of taking care of them too. It’s an issue which is very close to my heart. Carers can often become isolated and stressed, putting the needs of others before their own. Although they may be solely or partially responsible for the physical, emotional…

Privacy update: GDPR and how we handle your information

If you have an email address you’ve might have had some emails about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is a new piece of legislation which takes effect on 25 May. It helps residents in EU countries protect and manage the data they give to companies. It means organisations must make it clear what they use your information for. You need to provide your information knowingly. You can also ask to see the information they hold and ask them to…