He's back in Casts - Talipes

casts.

Back in July I blogged about 'H's physio appointment - Give my boy a break' and here we are just a couple of months later in the dreaded position I thought I wouldn't be able to handle.

Yep, he's back into casts. I've been quiet on here as life is just going at 110mph it seems.
Very little sleep & with the smalls back to school; throw in H's hospital appointments then E's eye hospital appointments then home life, baby & dog... I'm frazzled. On top of all that we have run out of coffee pods & only decaf left...It's 'I need coffee day'

Ok so H is back in casts, this is mainly because he's refusing to wear his ADM boots and his feet are relapsing. Yep I said it. >Que. the sad face< Massively rubbish timing with him starting primary school last week too but needs a must.

I want to say he's coping amazing,
I want to say he's happy,
I want to say he's used to it,
I want to say he's such a little soldier nothing fazes him anymore.
Truth is - the past few weeks have been a real test, a test of patience, a test of getting through the day with only 2 or 3 hours a sleep, a test of just how far this treatment can push H.
It's been awful, he will cry himself to sleep every night, he hates people seeing his casts, he hates the shoes he needs to wear over his casts.
The casts are over his knees meaning it's difficult to walk, impossible to run & for me just like having two babies.

We have weekly Physio appointments at the moment to see how the feet are each time.
Everything is just so super full on, H is 10 times more demanding, he struggles to dress himself & even get to the toilet.
I'm sure I am just babbling on now & my heads pounding.
I'm going to chill a bit before I've got to collect H at 12, he'll be able to do full days once his casts are off...















I'll keep you updated. 



Autumn Adventures with AmaWrap baby carrier

With the transition from Summer to Winter, we’ll start to feel a chill in the air, and what better way to keep your baby close and snug to you than using an AmaWrap baby carrier. Perfect for trips to see bonfires or visiting Christmas markets, babywearing is a fantastic alternative to pushing a buggy. It allows you to be as adventurous as you want to be whilst keeping your little one warm and close to you.


The AmaWrap Baby Carrier is easy to wear, soft – with no buckles or clips –, making it a perfectly simple accessory for your walk. AmaWraps retail at £39.99. For more information visit www.amawrap.com. 


Now more popular than ever, babywearing strolls are loved by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Ryan Reynolds and Nicole Kidman. The Autumn collection from AmaWrap has a beautiful range of colours to suit every autumnal wardrobe including Wine Maroon, Navy Blue, Oyster Grey, Mocha Cream and lots more gorgeous options.


All AmaWraps are 50cm x 5m lengths of fabric, manufactured to the highest standards from 100% soft cotton. They are suitable for use from birth to 15kgs and ensure ergonomic positioning of baby for the best hip position, whilst being comfortable for parents to wear all day. Each wrap is compact, and one size fits all – so no tricky harness or buckle adjusting required. It’s easy to tie and pop baby in and out. And for those who want it, the AmaWrap can be used for discrete breastfeeding whilst out and about.


In addition, the AmaWrap fabric is made exclusively for the product ensuring it has exactly the right amount of stretch both ways to be comfortable whilst giving optimum support to baby. Many wrapscontain elastane to provide the stretch, AmaWrap does not; the 100% cotton fabric is knitted in such a way to get the same effect, but naturally. Also, the dyes used are baby friendly, which means that all chewing and sucking on the sling by baby (and it will happen!) is absolutely safe.

Created by Founder Shabs Kwofie in 2012, AmaWrap is a home-grown UK-based company. Inspired by her African roots, Shabs purchased fabric from her local market after the challenging birth of her first baby so she could keep her close. Seeing how this changed her motherhood journey inspired her to create a product which allowed other parents to easily baby-wear.


Being such a believer in babywearing means Shabs has created AmaWrap to be more than just about the product; the mission is simple – to allow mums to be close to their babies. Her website and social media sites are designed to support new parents in their early baby journey. This means that AmaWrap offers advice and online help with all things baby-wearing and beyond, including C-section advice, breast-feeding support and baby wearing tips. In addition, you can find step-by-step guides and video tutorials on using the wrap - Shabs even offers personal Skype appointments for those needing any further product support!


So go on – keep your baby snug and warm this winter with AmaWrap. AmaWraps can be purchased at selected UK retailers and online at www.amawrap.com.

H's Physio appointment Talipes - Give the boy a break!!


It's been three months since his last appointment can you believe it? 
It's been a long day to say the least & I'm sure this will turn into a babble of mindlessness so I'm sorry in advance.
Today has been a strange day as I drove to the hospital I was in a calm happy mood, strange to feel like this before one of his appointments actually, usually I'm frantically worrying for 24 hours beforehand.
As I pulled up to park at the hospital I was unusually cheery too...
The physio's were running late that was no issue for me either, totally not their fault it happens.
Watching lots of nearly new babies going in & out of the room with tiny casts on I gave the mums that 'knowing smile'

I wanted to reassure them, tell them that it's all worth it, that it's not actually that bad....
though I couldn't because the last 4.5years has been the hardest years of my life. That most nights I spend fighting my son to keep his boots and bar on what have I now got out of it?
Yes he can walk. Yes I am horrendously grateful for that obviously.
But today I was told his feet aren't ok.
Watching the physio looking at his feet the silence in the room. She then got her colleague over for a second opinion.
Yep something needs to change. Something needs to be done.
Both feet aren't correct... three months ago the left foot was worse than the right however today the right foot is now worse.
It's crap, crappity crap crap.
So the next steps are :
Having new ADM boots *A new style* they've been ordered.
The dorsi ramp needs to be used much much more.
Trampoline time
Feet stretches every evening
Then if he still isn't tolerating the new boots he will have both legs casted for a week to stretch it all (the same as what he had done as a baby)
By the age of 5 the physio's don't do boots and bar beyond this time. If his feet are still no better then will be the time to do the tendon transfer... sigh.
They can do both feet together but they recommend doing them individually so in all I understand Hugo will have 12 weeks in casts.....
It's all SUCH bad timing due to starting primary school in September.
I've got to admit I had a good cry when the physio was telling me the plan of action.... I just don't know how much more I can take.
With all this going on there was a baby who was just 17 weeks old getting boots and bar for the first time absolutely lovely family & I tried my hardest to put a smile on my face & gave them all the advice I could about the first few weeks in boots and bar. The lovely physio showed them my book too.

*Wear your boots Ted* Available on Amazon
I wished them all the best & then carried on discussing H's feet.

Just watching H walk up & down the room I could evidently see how his right foot in particular is curving inwards. My heart sank & I wanted to burst into tears. His perfect to me little feet still need fixing.
Today I am so close to tipping, tipping over that edge, that I don't want to go any where near let alone over.

We are planned to go back beginning of October if not beforehand if the new boots don't work out.... 








DOGGY DIY

In this piece, we give you some fantastic ways to treat your dog by building them some really simple and engaging toys. Not only will you be giving your dog something he’ll love and cherish, you’ll also be keeping the cost down, which is another bonus!
These ideas include some really fun toys, a feeding station, a doggy puzzle to get your pooch thinking, an awesome washing station and a really easy to make dog house.


Doggy DIY
Doggy DIY" by PowerTool World.

Nelly 12 weeks old first time swimming

Yesterday we took Nell Bell swimming for the first time. It was lovely as E had a day off due to the teachers strike; H was at Pre-school as normal & swimming seemed like the perfect activity to do whilst we just had the two smalls. 
After a rather hectic morning we managed to get into the swimming pool & Nell loved it. 
After the initial 'what the heck are you doing to me moment' of course. 
She smiled & kicked her legs like a natural. 

We are off to Spain in August, I'm so glad she's been swimming & actually enjoyed the water so I can relax a bit & know she'll love the swimming pool on holiday. 

I bought her tankini swimsuit from Next it twinning E's too. 


Perfect activity to do with them both.. Nell was so exhausted after swimming she slept for around 3 hours & fell asleep on the changing unit before I had a chance to get her out of her swimsuit & in to her clothes again. 
Whilst she slept the rest of us went to the swimming pool cafe & grabbed a coffee & some chips then E went into the soft play. It was such a lovely day. 
I'll definitely try to take her more. 

Save your floor from your pets


We love our cats and dogs, but they don’t always feel the same way about our floors. Whether it’s tearing up our carpets or scratching our newly laid wooden floors; pets can be a destructive and expensive member of the family. So here at The Rug Seller we’ve put together this piece to offer some guidance to help you understand why our cats and dogs damage our floors, how you can stop them doing it, the most pet friendly rugs to buy and how to best clean up after accidents.

The reasons dogs and cats attack our flooring varies a lot. Dogs attack carpets for reasons such as excess energy, anxiety and fear, physical illness and due to other stress related illnesses. Cats on the other hand are more likely to attack your home due to more ‘practical’ reasons. These can include marking territory stretching their bodies and flexing their claws as well as other causes.

Telling you why your pets take their feelings out on your floors without giving you some tips to stop them doing it wouldn’t be much use. So this infographic provides some easy to implement ideas to protect your flooring. One of the simple ways you can prevent cats and dogs scratching your carpets and floors is through a rug. Yet before you buy a rug you should consider what makes up a pet friendly rug. To do this means considering what fabric rug you need, what colour and pattern of rug you need and, as ever, what looks good in your home.

One thing all pet owners will face is the time their pet makes an unwanted stain on the carpet. While we’re sure you’ve all come up with good ways of coping, we thought it relevant to see if we could give you a few pointers as to how best clean up after little 'accidents'. 


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Save your floor from your pet infographic by The Rug Seller

Little Bump Shop - Unique baby gifts. Brand Rep

Little Bump Shop - This is Baby's First Blooms

Little bump shop is the cutest way to gift your friends or family who have just had new beautiful bundles. 
Instead of sending a bunch of flowers why not send the Welcome Neutral Bouquet for just £35.99 it's very reasonable & so similar to the price of a real bouquet of flowers. 

Nelly wearing Little bump shop vest & socks
Nelly was picked as Little Bump Shop's brand rep this summer & my goodness are we enjoying it. 



You can find Little Bump Shop on Instagram HERE

Here's a few more pictures I've shared over social media.


A kiss from a rose Pink.

I love how unique Little Bump shop is & recommend them to everyone. 
It's definitely something to make you smile especially if you've just had a squidgy newborn baby. 

I'm back! Life with three smalls 11 weeks on.


I'm finally beginning to feel a little bit more human again. 
I can't promise that I'll be blogging a lot from now on however from September I will be back more & more. 
I've really enjoyed having a break from here to be honest, the last 11 weeks have been amazing but emotionally & physically draining from suffering with mastitis to Nelly suffering with thrush in her mouth then giving it to me. Honestly the most painful experience how I didn't give up feeding her I just don't know. She then lost weight due to the thrush & I did go down that deep dark hole of the cusp of depression. I felt like the worlds worst mother. All I wanted to do was hide in my bed & never come out again. It took weeks of medication & creams from the GP to finally be free of thrush & I honestly never want to see it return ever ever again. 

Today however I'm feeling good we're having a lovely family weekend & took the smalls to a local zoo yesterday (Marwell Zoo) 
Nelly is a really 'good' baby, ah I hate that phrase... the amount of people that ask... "Is she good?" Well she's a baby just how terribly bad can a baby be? She sleeps pretty well goes down at 9pm wakes around 3am & then up at 7am. She has slept through the night a few times too. 
I can't complain though its still just as exhausting. H still wakes up a lot due to his ADM boots. 
If you're a new reader to the blog as I am aware of my new readers ****HELLO**** click HERE to read about H's talipes journey.  
So he struggles with his boots.... every night. Who needs sleep right? ;) 

I'm managing to get this blog post written due to this little contented small sleeping away in her bouncer. 
If you want to follow us more check out my Instagram @bexandmic 
As I'm on there most days. 
Life is chaotic & crazy but as wonderful as ever before. 





National Stationary Week 2016 - Staedtler Noris colouring pencils - *Review*

Colouring pencils with a difference 


Coloured pencils with ABS as standard

The frustrating days of broken coloured pencils are over. An anti-break-system coating protects these leads from breaking so easily, so feel free to colour to your heart's content.


It's National Stationary week! Yay. 
This week is all about how writing matters.
I know some will ague that using a good pen/pencil & piece of paper is no unnecessary now due to the use of emails, text messages, laptops, iPads... the list is pretty endless. 
However the use of the pen & paper is so personal. 
Nothing beats writing thank you letters or cards, the meaning of receiving things through the post is still so magical. For adults and children. 
Writing matters! 

I was sent these brilliant pencils for review. 
They're perfect in every way. 
So far I've not even needed the use of the pencil sharpener (though I have a rather cool electric one that I've been excited to use) I may have to *quickly sharpen one.... to test it out of course.... 
Obviously colouring pencils aren't just for adults, my two children have really enjoyed using them.
Quote from my 6 year old "these are the 'bestest' colours ever! I want to pack them in my pencil case!"
My 4 year old coloured in a print out of a car.... he said "I chose red it's so bright & lovely I love red cars!" 
Even with the children using them the leads didn't break, 

For under £10 these pencils really live up to expectations.

Colouring pencils with a difference. 

Enjoy National Stationery week. 

*Disclaimer - I was sent these for the purpose of the review, however all thoughts & opinions are my own. 

WaterWipes - the world's purest baby wipes!‏ | Review |


What’s in the pack?
WaterWipes contain only two, completely natural ingredients - 99.9% purified water and 0.1% fruit extract. They’re as gentle on your baby’s skin as cotton wool and water, making them ideal as a convenient cleansing alternative.

Sensitive about skin
A baby’s skin is 30% thinner and much more sensitive than an adult’s. WaterWipes were developed with this in mind and are the world’s purest baby wipes. They are free from any tough chemical irritants that can be found in other wipes - such as alcohol, fragrance and lanolin.
Unique technology
Formulated using unique technology, WaterWipes are able to clean effectively without the need for soap or chemicals. Perfect for keeping your baby’s body refreshed and their skin calmed.
Allergy approved
WaterWipes are the only wipes to be endorsed by Allergy UK. Instead of aggravating sensitive areas, the wipes may help to prevent nappy rash or other sensitive skin conditions.
Gentle but strong
The wipes are thick, wet and absorbent, leaving no oily residue on baby’s bottom or skin. The abundant water in each wipe leaves areas calm, cool and (most importantly) clean.
My personal thoughts? 
Brilliant, my children all have sensitive skin & I wouldn't want to use normal wipes on their little bottoms however these water wipes are perfect. Perfect to use on even the most sensitive of bums. Great to pack in your changing bag or pop a pack in your car... They're easy to get out of the packet & on my two week old baby I just need one wipe to clean her bottom. I love them & would recommend any new parent go out to buy them. They’re as kind to a baby’s skin as traditional cotton wool and water… but far more convenient for you to carry around... 

WaterWipes are priced at £2.99 and are available from Boots, Amazon.co.uk, Ocado.co.uk and major supermarkets.

*Disclaimer - I was sent this for the purpose of the review however all thoughts & opinions are my own. 


Adventure Awaits the UK’s Little Trikers! Get active this Summer with Little Tikes

Get active this Summer with Little Tikes


After what seems a long Winter, Summer is on its way, which means it’s time to get out and have fun in the great outdoors. Building on last year’s award-winning Little Trikers Challenge, Little Tikes is once again encouraging parents to enjoy adventures with their family by getting out and about with their Little Tikes’ Trike. Hoping to inspire you, they’re working with five families to show you how exciting adventures look like from your little ones’ perspective and offering you the chance to go on an adventure with your own Little Triker by winning one of 20 trikes!  Launching on 22nd April, you’ll be able to find out more and join in at www.facebook.com/littletikesuk.
When families go shopping, out for a stroll or embark on day trips, little ones can sometimes be sat in their stroller for hours often leaving them bored or tired. Little Tikes want to make life out and about, from the age of 9-36 months, a little more fun by challenging parents to swap their strollers for a Little Tikes Trike this summer and create a nation of Little Trikers on mini adventures!
To launch the initiative, Little Tikes have challenged five families to undertake their very own stroller swap by using a Trike instead of their pushchair, and commissioned five videos of their little one’s adventures along the way!  Check these out at www.facebook.com/littletikesuk.   
Now they’re ready to challenge the rest of the UK!  Across their social media channels the UK’s number one outdoor toy brand is offering everyone the chance to win one of 20 Trikes to go on their very own Little Trikers adventure! All you need to do to be in with the chance of winning is to share your family fun days with the Little Tikes Team by posting videos or photos to the Facebook page. The competition runs until Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May and the winners, chosen at random, will be announced on Tuesday 3rd  May.
Try A Trike…
The must-have Trike for you and your little’s adventures is the new 5-in-1 Deluxe Ride & Relax® Recliner Trike from Little Tikes. Growing with your child from 9 months to 3 years+, it helps them learn how to ride, steer and finally pedal. The ‘perfect fit’ technology design allows the trike to not only adjust to three different positions but to recline too, so after all that adventuring your tired Triker can take a comfy nap!
This latest addition joins a fantastic range of award-winning Trikes from Little Tikes including the 4-in-1 Perfect Fit, the 4-in-1 Sports Edition, 4-in-1 Deluxe Edition and 4-in-1 Trike.  Each comes with a whole host of features such as detachable easy grip handle for parent control, 5-point seat belt harness and safety bar, padded, soft seating, removable shade canopy, durable quiet-ride tyres, convenient beverage holder, packing bag or storage bucket for additional trike storage. You can see the full range and individual Trike features athttp://www.littletikes.co.uk/trikes.
Every Little Tikes Trike has four stages to ensure it grows with your child:
1.      The Guided Stage: 9+ months. 
Push your little one along with the footrest down and safety harness in place.
2.      The Learning Stage: 12+ months. 
You’re still in control as your 
child learns to pedal and understand speed control.
3.      The Developing Stage: 18+ months. 
The Trike is child-and-parent powered! Your youngster can pedal, while you stay in control.
4.      The Independent Stage: 30+ months. 
The guide handle is removed and your child gains confidence, coordination and skill under their own steam.
You can check out the brand new Trikes’ section of the Little Tikes website at www.littletikes.co.uk, plus get some adventure inspiration through their Top Triker Trails here: http://www.littletikes.co.uk/top-triker-trails.
So what are you waiting for? Get your Little Triker on board and get triking! The adventure awaits!


 

Meet Baby Nelly : Birth story


I can't believe Nelly is 8 days old today! 
The last week or so has been a bit of a whirl wind if I'm honest....
Contractions started Friday 8th April they were coming thick & fast & painful. 
So we went up to the hospital I also had reduced Movements I explained it all HERE if you want to catch up... I was sent home still having contractions late Saturday afternoon.
It's funny because I actually thought I'd be pregnant forever. 
Little did I know that when I went to bed Monday night I wouldn't be getting much sleep.
I went to sleep at 11pm just because I couldn't sleep the contractions had stopped, however H woke me up at 12:01am when I got up to see to him I noticed I was leaking all I could think was my waters. So I quickly said to H that I'd be back & nipped to the bathroom (I've never lost my own waters I've always had them broken by the midwife so I didn't really know what I was looking out for) However this must of been my waters.
I put a towel on the bed & went to lay down when more came out.... still no contractions but went to have a bath to relax myself. 
Once out the bath I had a gush it was definitely my waters; Mr.H took H over to may parents house (E was already there as she was concerned I would go into labour at night time) How right was she. 
My waters just kept going honestly such a weird feeling. I felt fine as well so started tidying up the house & even managed to put some foundation on. Yes I know how vain of me... anything to keep my mind amused though. As I laboured so quickly with H after my waters were broken I rang the hospital to let them know. 
They told me to go right away & they'd let delivery suite know too. 

Well once in the car half way to the hospital I heard a huge POP sound & more of my waters went, It made me feel so sick. Then the contractions started... OUCH. 
Arriving at the hospital Oh my goodness my trousers were soaked through luckily it was 1am & the hospital was so quiet. 

Got to the delivery suit & was greeted by the midwife who sent me home Saturday night; I actually thanked her for sending me home & letting my body take control although being in slow labour since Friday was horrific I was just proud my body was able to go into established labour without any help from the professionals. 

I asked for an epidural after my horrific labour with H, she examined me & told me I was only 2cm STILL. Devastated. However I was in agony & knew things were changing by the minute. 
She got the cannula in my hand to start the hormone drip to get labour quicker (Though she really didn't need to because my body knew exactly what to do) The cannula was never used...

The anaesthetist came in to start my epidural & I was on the gas & air, I heard him question the midwife "are you sure she's only in early labour?) I'm guessing by this point I was about 5cm I thought at one point I was dying; Obvs. 
I accidentally moved & the epidural was done wrong *Effing brilliant* He said it had a 50% chance of working & that he would be putting myself & baby at more risk taking it out & redoing it than leaving it in. 
Once the anaesthetist had left the room I had my first shot of the epidural I could still feel every contraction but agreed they didn't feel as intense however I felt the need to start pushing. Baby was most definitely moving further down.

About half an hour later I was ready to push baby was on her way & the epidural may of taken the edge off but my god I will never forget the stinging pain of birthing a baby. 

I pushed with every contraction & then the alarms went & i had two midwives in with me ready to help with my new baby. 
I gave birth to her head... Her head was out! Then my body decided to stop. 
Literally contractions stopped no need for gas & air apart from the pain of baby's head being out...
We waited two whole minutes for the next contraction to then be told I had to do it myself.
Oh my god! Thank goodness the epidural hadn't worked so I could feel my body to help me push baby out. They tipped my bed backwards & I done four huge pushes then she was out. 
At 04:43am 12 April 2016
They recorded my labour at 2hours 56 minutes (even shorter than H's was) 
Nice & controlled & slowly. Of course she was slowly delivered my body must of given birth to her head & thought I had birthed a baby! 
She was handed straight to me skin on skin & I got her to latch straight away. 
Had the placenta injection but still my body hadn't started contracting again so I had to push the placenta out myself too. 

The plus side to this labour was although Nelly weighed a healthy 9lbs8 I got away with no damage. 
After H's horrific labour I am so thankful I walked away so lightly this time. 
Got up & showered (another good reason the epidural didn't work) Mr.H cuddled Nelly whilst I sorted myself out. 

We got taken on to the ward & managed to be discharged the same day by 8pm. 
The children came to see us & we went home altogether as a new family of five. 


She weighed 9lbs 8 at birth
5 days later she was 9lbs 5
She was born with dark eyes almost black but we are still undecided what colour they'll become.
lots of dark brown hair
Long finger nails, perfect face, long fingers and long toes just like her big sister E

She's settled in so well & we all absolutely adore her <3 p="">









Writing Matters! National Stationary Week 2016



The power of the written word cannot be overestimated.
From documents that have shaped history and survived to enlighten generations about the past, to love letters and cards cherished for decades, educational projects and even documents that help us in our day-to-day lives, handwriting is a skill that sets us all up for life.
While smart phones and computers have transformed everyday living, they will never be a replacement for the beauty of the written word in conveying a message – and results of a recent YouGov survey have revealed that the majority of Brits agree that handwriting remains as important as ever.
More than two thirds of people surveyed (68%) agreed that handwriting remains a very important tool, and 92% that it is very or fairly important while 97% agreed that it is important to teach handwriting to school children and - while 34% of people admitted they will use text messages or emails to send ‘thank you’ notes this year - 47% said they would send one by hand.
The survey found that almost a third (29%) had sent a handwritten letter or note in the previous month. In a separate survey carried out by the National Handwriting Association, the majority of people (64%) said that receiving a handwritten note makes them feel special.
This year’s National Stationery Week aims to keep Britain writing. Here’s an A-Z of why writing really matters:
A is for: Archives. Handwritten documents and notes have been passed down through centuries to permanently record some of history’s most important events - not just consigned to a virtual trash bin.
B is for: Beauty. A hastily-drawn up email will never capture the sheer beauty of a handwritten letter
C is for: Caring. Handwritten notes, letter and cards are the most personal form of communication. Think love letters and cards that are treasured for decades. A handwritten letter shows courtesy and etiquette. Emails declaring ‘I love you’ just don’t cut it in the same way
D is for: Diaries. Imagine pouring out your innermost thoughts, feelings and emotions and keeping it stored in a computer file to treasure for all time. Doesn’t have the same ring does it?
E is for: Education. The dawn of the computer era is upon us but when schools, colleges and universities set a project they’ll still expect it to be completed in legible handwriting. It’s up there with reading and ‘rithmetic.
F is for: Failsafe. There’s no need to rely on computer batteries or storage space. Handwriting can be enjoyed anywhere, at any time, without the need to rely on technology.
G is for: Generations. If something ain’t broke then don’t fix it! Generations upon generations have used handwriting to get their message across. It’s just as important now as it ever has been in the past
H is for: History. We know so much about the rich past of the world we live in purely down to handwritten documents passed down over time. There were no emails when the Magna Carta was drawn up…
I is for: Imagination. Crafting a handwritten letter stimulates the brain and imagination, and is proven to heighten the feel-good factor
J is for: Jargon. Can you remember the most important documents of all time being littered with LOLs, ROFLs or L8Rs? No, neither can we! Handwriting encourages the correct use of language
K is for: Knowledge. They say that knowledge is power. And it is proven that the brain takes in far more information when it is being written down
L is for: Learning. Evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information.
M is for: Memory. Handwriting enhances brain activity and memory, helping to keep the mind sharp
N is for: Nostalgia. Ever dug out old school notebooks, diaries and cards from years gone by to relive happy memories from the past? Threads of text messages and emails just don’t provide the same sense of nostalgia
O is for: Opulent. It’s not just artists that get to go wild with creativity. Beautiful handwriting can bring a page to life
P is for: Pen and pencil - the instruments that bring our thoughts and emotions to life on the page. You know how the famous saying goes – the pen is mightier than the sword!
Q is for: Quill. Let’s take a moment to step back in time! The quill was used to write with ink before the invention of the dip pen. Shakespeare’s world-famous plays would have been written down using a quill – and the literary masterpieces have certainly stood the test of time
R is for: Romance. Great love stories tend not to be rooted in the foundation of a text message or email! Think instead of soldiers in battle taking hope from letters sent from their loved ones back home or cards filled with soppy scribblings and cherished for years
S is for: Signature. Even if you’re never intending to become a scribe, everyone should practice their signature. Some of the most memorable moments in history have come from people signing on the dotted line…Think treaties, marriages, births, autographs – or even football contracts
T is for: Text Messages. Let’s face it, texts are a handy way of quick communication. But they’ll never beat a carefully-crafted handwritten message
U is for: Unique. Nobody wants to follow the crowd so handwriting is a perfect tool to express personality and individuality. Every person’s handwriting is unique
V is for: Vision. Our vision is for writing by hand to co-exist in perfect harmony with technology in this digital age
W is for: Writing. Because writing by hand really does matter!
X is for: X Factor. Handwritten notes just have that extra little something that makes them super special!
Y is for: You. Just like fashion sense and choice of hairstyles, handwriting says a lot about who you are
Z is for: Zeal. With handwriting proven to stimulate the mind and imagination, sitting down to write a letter will produce a feel-good factor. It’s a fact!
The importance of handwriting is being highlighted as part of National Stationery Week – as we launch a campaign to ensure Britain keeps writing!
A number of states in the US have removed cursive handwriting from the curriculum and then reintroduced it and Finland is also removing it in favour of teaching typing skills. MPs, celebrities, teachers, youngsters and parents alike are now joining forces to make sure the UK continues to prioritise handwriting as an important skill.
Whether it’s jotting down a shopping list, writing a birthday card, taking down a phone message or filling in an application form, handwriting is part of our daily lives and while modern technology has transformed the way we communicate, the skill of handwriting remains important in education, employment and everyday life.
If you feel the same, please write a brief letter or card of support to Small Man Media, 6 Waterloo Road (2nd floor), Wolverhampton, WV14BL or call Sehrish on 01902 587001.

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