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Dyslexia Debate

I don’t usually blog about my personal life, but reading an article from Peter Hitchens on the Daily Mail online has urged me to share my story on Dyslexia. Before I start let me get something straight I’m not a massive fan of Peter Hitchens, some of his views on life are ridiculous, he once made a stupid article about Single mothers, which was very far from the truth. Anyway his views on Dyslexia today in the Daily Mail, I think personally he has spot on. I attended four schools in total, three of them private schools and I can honesty say when Peter has quoted that Dyslexia is just bad teaching I totally agree. Throughout my entire education I was made to feel thick, singled out as the ‘naughty kid’ the ‘joker’ yes I will admit I played on it, but not once did teachers that were being paid to teach me help me in anyway, they just threw me out of class. It’s not even a case of too many pupils to control; one school I attended had eighteen people in the entire year!

I attended the so called ‘dyslexia’ classes, which I missed a foreign language class to attend, made to wear silly coloured glasses and have this ditzy teacher drill into me that I was different from the rest of my class because I had this ‘disease’ can you imagine what that did to a thirteen year old ! I didn’t gain a qualification and in fact missed out on taking a language for GCSE as I hadn’t attended the classes.

I came out of school at sixteen with two GCSE’S above a ‘C’ grade, the rest were D’s, although my parents I’m sure were very disappointed at the time, I didn’t give up. My school gave me the option to reset the year which I kindly declined, instead I headed to my local secondary school took a GNVQ business studies class that I passed with the highest grade and which converted into four – grade A GCSES’S. Having then completed a two-year AVCE art and design course at the city college – I then again passed with flying colours. If it wasn’t for a personal family matter at the time I would of gone onto Uni.

Fast-forward ten years – I have written the entire content for a pregnancy app, which I now sell in the AppStore. Designed a second app, have a successful blog and brand, which has around 20k followers on social media platforms, and I’m also in the process of writing an e-book. My biggest achievement… I’m self-taught on all the above. Not bad for a thick kid with ‘Dyslexia’ hey… O and Peter if you’re reading this – I’m also a single Mum.

So this leads me to my conclusion, Yes I think to degree dyslexia exists, but I also think if some teachers did their job properly and recognised the difference of a child acting for attention and the child that actually needs extra help we would see a massive difference in our school system, and children like myself would be given the chance to shine instead of rebel.

I would love to hear your views on this so please comment below or Tweet me HERE and I will get back to you.

Thanks for reading,

Daniella x

* Download the Bump & Me App in the AppStore HERE ** 

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Storage Must !!

Ok, so I’ve finally got round to sorting out Jasper’s baby clothes! And yes, as you’ve properly guessed I can’t let anything go! As space is a little bit of a problem for me, Storage is an even bigger problem, so after a visit to good old Ikea, say hello to the DIMPA storage bag!! And let me tell you Its perfect! At £3.75 it won’t break the bank, It doesn’t take up as much space as a box and if Mary Poppins did storage bags, this would be it… I keep on filling it yet it never seems to be full ! Its fabulous! Ive popped a wee link HERE  for you to take a look for your self 🙂 Happy Filling!

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Happy New Year !!!

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Goodbye 2013 and HELLO 2014 !! Happy New Year my fellow bloggers and readers !!

Lets hope this year is life changing, world shaping, wonderful, purposeful, inspiring,incredible, fantastic, magnificent, extraordinary, blessed, thrilling, blissful, grace-filled, jubilant, delicious, unbelievable, astonishing, mind-blowing, spectacular, happy and full of LOVE. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

LOVE

Daniella & Jasper X

Bump and Me The Ultimate Yummy Mummy-to-be Guide to Pregnancy.

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‘PRESS RELEASE’

Wonderfully witty, this iPhone App covers the journey from conception to delivery and everything in between. Boasting ultra modern 3D foetal development images and a clever kick counter, this app is a reliable resource for every expecting mum. Bump and Me is on hand with fabulous fashion tips that you can browse in the style section to learn how to dress your bump as your body changes. With fantastic fitness and nutrition advice, mums to be can refer to the app for meal inspiration and more at the touch of a button.

Bump and Me is a refreshing change from the bog standard pregnancy app and doesn’t sugar coat the challenges that await. The creation itself was developed after the founder’s search for an app or any information that catered specifically for single mums-to-be returned zero results.

Designed for those that do and don’t have the luxury of leaning on a partner, this pocket guide will ensure you never have to ponder pregnancy related queries alone.

Daniella Moncrieff, Founder and author of Bump and Me states ‘The idea of Bump and Me came from a situation I unexpectedly found myself in. In the early stages of my pregnancy I split from my partner and suddenly found myself pregnant and single. Throughout I felt very vulnerable, judged and alone. When it came to seeking a guide to help me throughout my pregnancy The Books, the Internet, the Apps all mentioned a partner somewhere along the line, I found nothing that just solely focused on The Mum-to-be and your baby to which I had a light bulb moment and then Bump and Me was born.’

All researched and written throughout Daniella’s Pregnancy, the App really does leave no stone unturned. This App fills a bump shaped gap in the market and acts as a go to guide for every part of your journey.

You can DOWNLOAD the APP from FREE (usual price £1.99) from the ISTORE.

VIP Information

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Once your wonderful bundle of joy makes his or her arrival, trust me you will want to share your news with anybody that will listen…I even invited the postman in to gush over Jasper. No joke!!! Anyway, so the logical thing to do would be to have a baby announcement card designed that you can send out to your nearest and dearest. Ideally within a four-week window of your mini persons arrival, the cards should go out.

These can be plain or arty farty whichever tickles your fancy, I chose a template from PhotoBox and designed my own.

The following should be applied to a card

– A picture of your baby (if you wish)
– Full Name
– Weight
– Date of Birth

If your in the same boat as I was when designing your baby announcement cards and struggling with what to put when it comes to mentioning parents, I simply wrote –

Welcomed with Love, By all his family and his Mummy, Love from Daniella X

Below I have picked out some of my favourite designs to help you out.

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Pictures from Photobox.com ,  notontheHighstreet.com and Invitationcrush.com

Top 22 Old Wives Tales

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For a bit of fun, I’ve decided to list the Top 20 Old wives tales about pregnancy. Old wives tales have a 50/50 chance of being correct, so if you can’t wait to find out what you’re having why not have a bit of fun guessing ☺

1.Heartburn

If you have heartburn throughout the whole 9 months of pregnancy, you will have a baby with a full head of hair. I had heartburn in the later stages and Jasper was born with thick black hair.

2. Heart Rate

If you’re baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.

3. Coffee

If your baby is born with light-brown birthmarks, it is said you drank too much coffee while you were pregnant.

4. Full Moon

A full moon is believed to cause a woman to go into labour.

5. Shape of Belly

If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy. I carried BIG, but it stuck straight out and I had a boy.

6. Ring Test

Using a string, hang a ring over your pregnant belly. You are having a girl if the ring swings back and forth and it’s a boy if it swings in a circle.

7. Shape of your Face

When your face gets fuller and rounder when pregnant, it means you’re going to have a girl. If your face is long and narrow, it’s a boy. I had a round face towards the end, and had a boy.

8. Key Test

This is weird. If you pick up a key at the top (the roundest part), you are going to have a boy. If you pick up the key at the bottom (smallest part), you are going to have a girl. If you happen to grab the key in the middle, congrats, it’s twins!

9. Mayan Tale

The Mayan tale adds the mother’s age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is an even number then you’re having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!

10. Acne

If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that the extra hormones cause acne during pregnancy. I had great skin, not one single blemish. ☺

11. Cravings

People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl. I craved everything. lol

12. Smell of Garlic

If a pregnant woman eats a clove of garlic and the smell does not come out of her pores, it’s a girl. If the smell seeps out of her pores, it’s a boy.

13. Wooden Spoon, Scissors, and Pink Bows

Apparently if you put a wooden spoon and a pair of scissors under your bed and a pink bow under your pillow, you’ll have a girl.

14. Time of Conception

The person that is most aggressive in bed at the time of conception is the opposite of what the baby will be.

15. Legs

If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl.

16. Chinese Gender Chart

The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived. This was correct when It said I was having a boy.

17. Your Beauty

You are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy. It is said that the girl “steals” her mother’s beauty. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, you might just be having a little boy. People said I never looked better pregnant, so maybe this one is true.

18. Dream of Sex of Baby

If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.

19. Clumsy vs. Graceful

If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.

20. Necklace Over Hand

Have someone hold a necklace over your hand. If the necklace swings back and forth, it’s a boy. If it moves in a circle, it’s a girl.

21. Morning Sickness

If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl. I had horrendous morning sickness.

22. Feet

Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant? If so, you just might be having a boy. If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you’re having a little girl.

Comment below and let me know, if any of the Old Wives Tales came true for you. 🙂

And I only have one….

BusySuperMom

Wake Up, Give baby Bottle, Put a wash on, Breakfast for the baby, Breakfast for me, Shower for me, Dress me, Take washing out of washing machine and put in dryer, Put another wash on, bath baby, Dress baby, clean, Iron, Work, Feed Baby, Feed me, Take washing out out of washing machine and put in dryer, Supermarket, Playtime/Swimming, Bottle, baby Nap, Work, Baby wakes up, Dog and Baby walk, Feed baby, Feed me, Bath baby, Bottle, Baby Sleep, Me Sleep! Repeat Daily.