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Win 3 Valentines Bibs From Funky Giraffe

17 Jan

Afternoon everyone. With valentines day fast approaching I’ve been offered the opportunity to offer readers the chance of getting their hands on some Funky Giraffe new Valentines bibs for their little ones. Two readers will be randomly drawn to win 3 bibs each so your little ones will look super funky this valentines day.

Here’s a little more about this adorable new line of dribble bibs and what Funky Giraffe are all about.

Baby accessories company Funky Giraffe have launched their latest exciting designs especially for Valentines Day! These cute baby dribble bibs start from just £2 and are the perfect gift for your loved one. Whether it be your baby’s first Valentines Day or just another excuse to make your baby look even more adorable, these bibs are a must have for Valentines Day.

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Funky Giraffe was set up in 2009 by Yasmin Drury, having worked for a major retailer she was all too aware of the cost of production and the massive mark up charged by companies. As a mum herself, she knew what she wanted for her son and set out to produce funky designs at a reasonable price.

The current range includes
Bandana bibs (also known as Baby bibs) from £1.98
Personalised bandana bibs from £4
XL bandana bibs from £3
Playsuits/rompers from £7
Burp clothes from £4
Hats from £4

I was pleasantly surprised at just how fashionable yet low cost these bibs are. The online store have lots of fantastic designs on offer plus some amazing deals like 5 bibs for £11.

Compulsory: For your chance to be one of 2 winners winning 3 valentines bibs just leave a comment telling me your plans for this very special day.

For extra entries you can do the following…. (Leave a separate comment for each)

Tweet: I want to win valentines bibs with @Clairelouise82 & @FunkyGiraffeBibs adding the URL for this post.

Follow @FunkyGiraffeBibs on twitter

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Subscribe to this blog leaving a comment telling me the email address you have subscribed with.

Pin this competition on pinterest.

One additional entry is given for each action. One comment should also be left for each action taken.

The competition will close at midnight on the 5th Feb

Two winners will be drawn at random from all the entries submitted on the 6th Feb 2013 and will be notified by either tweet or email.

Terms and conditions… Competition is open to those in the UK Only! Entries not following the rules will not be entered into the final draw. Winners have 48hrs to responded with details. Prizes will be sent directly from Funky Giraffe. Entries entered after the closing date will not be submitted into the final draw. An email or twitter I’d must be left with your comment so I can contact you if you’re lucky enough to win.

Prize 2x winners will each win 3x Valentines Bibs

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Little man writes poetry

23 Feb

I’ve been meaning to share this for a little over a week now.

Poetry seems to be a talent for many on the spectrum. I read an article recently about a girl on the spectrum who completely spoke in rhyme even if nothing was said for hours when she did speak it would always be in line so that it rhymed with the last syllable of whatever it was she had said two hours previously.

Little man sometimes answers a questions etc in a rhyming manner, however this isn’t all the time and he certainly doesn’t remember the last word he said a few hours earlier… though his a firm believer that a poem sounds better when it rhymes with the last syllable.

As most will know from a few of my past posts. Little man has become a fan of Bruno Mars. After I brought him the album some few weeks back, it’s been played daily to a extremity! Day one he had memorized every single lyric for every single song (much to my delight) pretty amazing, but also a little annoying.

He started doing this really irritating thing that was driving me round the bend. Everytime I spoke to him he would turn, look at me, open his mouth and out would fall song lyrics, completely unrelated to the topic at hand! He didn’t sing… more like spoke the lyrics before turning and walking away. With a sigh of relief I can safely say that this phase has come to a magical end. Sadly the obsession remains and is now on a equal par with transport.

Little man has always loved to create poetry. I remember a world cup poem he created last year, it was full on awesome and definitely a one of a kind!

On Valentines day on collection of my daughter from school she handed me one of her beautiful handmade cards (she is quite the little artist) The words she wrote were full of emotion and I admit I shed a tear or two (real emotional mummy is me)

Little man made a few of these cards when he was in the early years at school and although they mainly consisted of drawings of trains, buses & maps with no words inside (unless the teacher had noticed and therefore helped him write something) Regardless I always found them beautiful. The last few years, mothers day, birthdays, valentines etc Alice makes the cards Little man signs them. I’ve been reading a lot that many children/adults on the spectrum are great artist, I myself have created the autism art page on this very blog! However Little man has never really been a keen drawer unless it’s transport, maps or another new invention. He hates to use colour and I’ve learnt that this is purely to do with his frustration with his own fine motor skills… he has problems keeping the colour within the lines and has difficulty maintaining his concentration so he just won’t bother trying anymore. Although his sister, like myself love to draw and create pieces of art I’ve come to learn that my little man is an artist in his own right. He loves to write pieces of art (well dictate or type seems more fitting, as writing pen to paper is his pet hate) His poetry is great… very deep and meaningful, I think it’s his way of expressing his emotions at times. Then there are those that are full of humour… Whatever the kind there always pretty amazing.

So once home from the school he went off to his room where he closed the door behind him and vanished for the next half hour.

Sat on my bed half asleep but conscious enough to know little man was now stood directly infront of me.
One eye open (the night before wasn’t easy) I asked him what he wanted to which he made an annoucement.

“Attention please, Attention”

he then went on to say at volume…

“Today is valentines day, and all I know is its all about love and that stuff” he pursed to pull a funny face as to say love and stuff was yuck. “Its also my Nan’s birthday on Valentines day”

He was correct but I still sat wondering where the hell this speech was going!

“So, as I’m to tired after a long days learning at the library. I’ve decided not to make my mum a Valentines card, But I’ve made a poem for you mum instead. It’s all about Love & stuff” Again he did that face to resemble a person that was feeling sick. (the facial expression programme was certainly paying off)

I sat up and took note, smiling I nodded and said, “go on then do your thing”

“Its not a thing woman” he said in a offended manner! (yep sounded like his father a little more everyday)

“it’s a poem!”

“Calm down, I didn’t mean it in a rude way, it’s just something u say” I explained before adding…

“Oh, and a little less of the woman! It’s mum to you”

He laughed, cleared his throat and held up the paper in his hand at eye level then began to read aloud…

For the best, a poem that you will never want to miss.

He was a man that you miss and want to kiss
Your her blood and flesh
and nothing will go to mess
unless a heart will be broken
a tick of a token
You will be gone
and regret the bet you set.

Hands together I clapped and went in for a kiss which he reluctantly excepted with a screwed up face, only to then wipe it from his cheek with his sleeve saying, “yuck mum, that was a wet one”

“Nevermind that, your poem was exceptional” I proudly annouced.

to which he repiled.

“I’m good at this” (so modest like his mum)

As he turned around to leave the room I asked him where he was going now!

” I like the word exceptional mum so I’m going to put it in my book of best words. It’s not as good as the word loath, that’s still the best word”

He then came back with his book and asked me to write the word and it’s meaning. Of course I complied.

I get the feeling that everythings going to be alright from now on. With the exception of the odd bump in the road, i’m sure things are on the up. I’m so proud of all three of my children, each one with their own special character and amazing ways.

Looks like little man will be writing poetry besides patroling London transport as a member of the transport police when his older. Time can only tell.

Happy Valentines & Autism Sunday

14 Feb

Just want to take this opportunity to wish all my readers new & old a great Valentines Day. Also I want to wish you all a wonderful Autism Sunday.

Hoping you all have a great day however you chose to spend it. Anyone that’s going to the London Service In woodford wells. Enjoy and say your prayers with much love & care:)

Hoping that not only will everyone enjoy spending time with their loved ones but also take a little time out from romance and show a little love for Autism & Asperger’s. I know I will:) Was going to head off by train to undertake the 18 mile journey to All saints Church woodford wells to show my support but sadly it looks unlikely as there is no one available to sit the children. Instead I will do my bit and try raising awareness for autism and aspergers on my blog & groups, I will devote some time reading and commenting on blogs. Visiting forums and popping on-line to say hi to all the friends I have been lucky to make through having a child with asd. I love you all. And last but most important I will say a pray for every single person that like my son lives with autism- aspergers.

Have sent you all a special Valentines card. A card that will bring a smile to a million faces.

Hands together let’s pray for autism.

11 Feb

As I scroll though my Facebook home page I read the many status updates. Most are full of excitement for in a few days time it will be Valentines day. But if like me you are a mother of a child on the autistic spectrum you will know that Valentines day Sunday 14th Feb 2010 will be a far more important day for some. A day to come together, show support, raise awareness and most of all pray. What are we praying for? Autism that’s what.

Autism Sunday  is the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s has now become a recognised worldwide event that was first founded in the UK in 2002 by Ivan and Charika Corea. Who like myself  are proud parents of an autistic child and both British autism campaigners. When I read about this massive achievement  they have made by taking something and forming into something massive by using none other than their voice really inspired me to get heard and not be ignored. If  we are not the voice for our child and others like them who will be?  I seem to spend a great deal of my time fighting for little mans rights and convincing myself that the longer and harder I push the more chance I will have in succeeding. Yes it can behard work, tiring, upsetting, disappointing but also you will find it gives you a great sense off  hope and passion. Like they say if you don’t seceded the first time try again. And it’s so true you never give up. Right now I’m fighting for a better education for my son. More SEN services and support groups. I think once this is donesomething else will need addressing it always does. So when days like Autism Sunday come around it puts it all into perspective. And when the world is coming together in pray for something I raise awareness for every single day it’s so exhilarating 🙂 It’s wonderful to see just how far we have come.

Another great thing about Autism Sunday is the messages that flood in from some of the great people of our nation.  Here I have listed you a few people who have sent best wishes for this coming Sunday

  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown
  • The world-renowned autism expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen of Cambridge University
  • The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls
  • Dawn Primarolo, Minister of State for Children and Young People at the Department for Children, Schools & Families
  • The Minister of State of Her Majesty’s Government, Angela Smith MP who is the Minister for Third Sector,
  • Shadow Welsh Secretary and the architect of the Autism Bill 2009 in the United Kingdom, Cheryl Gillan MP
  • The Mayor of London Boris Johnson

To read these great tributes you can visit the site Autism Sunday or Facebookers can join their group

So are you with me in joining the 1,000,000 Prayers ? Here are a few pray points not to forget.

  • Pray for all people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Pray for better public services in health, education, specialist speech therapy and respite care.
  • Pray for greater awareness of the condition.
  • Pray for parents and careers of children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Pray for national governments that they will offer public services and listen to the voices of disability communities.

  • Pray for teachers in mainstream schools and special schools that they will think of real educational strategies to help children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. ( This one is one that will be in myprays for sure )
  • Pray for the improvement of communication and social skills for children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

So please this Valentines day in between hearts, flowers, and sweet nothings  make time for a short pray for Autism & Asperger’s. It’s just one day for you but everyday for our child.

BE MY VALENTINE

15 Feb

So Yesterday was the day for love.
I had a lovely Valentine’s day. Ok I didn’t go out for no candle light dinner for two but being with the kids and Hubby was anoth for me. I got some lovely gifts and even G and Alice made me a wonderful card full of glitter and hearts. G is only 8years old but he has always said that he thinks Jess My sisters friend is really pretty. How cute! she’s 13 so a bit old LOL.
He always talks to her about his trains and buses. Luckly for him she is happy to sit and listen. He asked us yesterday if we think jess would be his valentine. Sweet! We told him we were sure she wouldn’t but she maybe busy today.

He was ok with that he told everyone that jess was his Valentine.

On the whole Valentines day was a pretty good day:) The house was full of love as always and thats just the way I like it.

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