Dear Labour, this isn’t the time.

So it’s looks as if The Labour Party is heading for another leadership battle. As much as I respect the MPs right to request this I do not understand the timing of it all. The country is divided enough this just feels like the last nail in the coffin.

Last week the nation went to the polls to vote on the EU referendum and as much as it pained me to say it the decision was made in democratic way, so is a valid one. The votes were cast and counted and the people voted to leave the EU.  Democracy in action and whilst I may quietly pray for a miracle that doesn’t see this happen I do see that it’s now time to move forward and start working together for the future of the UK.

So back to the internal explosion of the Labour Party. I just don’t get it, with the Tories backing out of campaign promises and the truth of falsehoods becoming so obvious this should be the moment that the party capsulises on this and shows the public how little the Brexit campaign and the conservative government think of them and how willing they are to feed the public lies to achieve what they want. The lies of this campaign aren’t new, remember how they were going to protect working family tax credit.

Yet to our shame Labour are descending into chaos. With some real nasty crap being banded about by both sides.

Now I like Jeremy Corbyn I do but for me this leadership challenge is not about him. For me its about holding on to the democracy that should always be part of the party. Last year a huge majority of members voted for him as leader so how dare MP’s challenge the votes of the members.

A few things I have read today that I want to mention that has really annoyed me firstly, Jeremy Corbyn is to blame for Brexit, first of  all can I just call bullsh*t on this statement.  Jeremy campaigned hard for remain and whilst his campaign wasn’t full of scare tactics he explained the situation fairly and transparently.  He brought a lot of leave voters back into the remain campaign due to what one woman told me “ his honestly that the EU was far from perfect but he believes that we are better working on it from the inside”.

Secondly that he doesn’t have the people behind him, well just take a look at the rallies that have been held. I can’t imagine any other politician right now bringing that many supporters out on such a short notice.

Thirdly, his followers are aggressive, now this one bugs me after week after week being insulted on Facebook and twitter about my remain vote I cannot believe that some MP’s are crying harassment right now. Yes, there are some idiots on both sides but MP’s have to realise that people are disillusioned right now, many belong to a party who is now saying “guess what we understand you voted for a leader but we don’t like him so we want a do over”. In a time where our democracy feels like it is slipping away through our fingers you can imagine our distress and sometimes anger, though I will state here any one making threats is not a true believer in democracy and needs to check in with themselves.

I’m truly gutted that at this time the that the Labour party has decided to turn inwards and in doing so may just rip itself apart. Because right now whilst this inner fighting continues the country that I love is becoming more divided. The vulnerable are suffering, racism is coming out from the shadows and true bigotry is becoming a common place occurrence. Apathy, austerity has changed the view of this country, people are so lost and angry that they are ready to believe the hate propaganda that is being fed to them. We need someone to bring us light and lead us out of this darkness. To remind people that

“That we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.” Jo Cox MP 

Whatever the decision of the leadership contest turns out to if it is conducted in a fair democratic way I will accept it but right now the Labour party doesn’t seem to be one I recognise.

I think we all need a reminder that if we don’t unite who we are we leaving to look after the public?

“In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same. “

Albert Einstein

#Enjoymorewater Challenge

Getting enough fluid into your children isn’t easy.

I thought it was hard when my girls were younger trying to convince them that they really needed to finish their juice or have that extra glass or two when the weather was warm. Though In hindsight I now see that although this was hard I still had a little influence over them and with the right encouragement they normally enjoyed it in the end or at least drank it because mom said so.

Fast forward a few years and now as the mom of teenagers and young adults  I want to scream. It’s as if drinking enough fluid to keep them hydrated is asking them to swim the ocean. Their daily juice cups sliding over to the super carbonated drinks that I so don’t want them to fill up with.
So project make drinking cool again had to start. From posh water bottles to ice lollies I have encouraged my girls to keep drinking wisely and to drink enough to keep their body hydrated. I have had a slight bit of success as  my two oldest girls are never seen without a bottle of water in their hands.
So this then brings me to my youngest daughter, Brodie the child who never stays still, who plays sport 5 days out of 7 but who hates water with a vengeance.
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All I can say is thank you Robinsons their pocket sized squashd have literally saved me from banging my head against the wall but also my daughter from the dehydration headaches to which she was prone. She now fills up before school and then can top up throughout the day using the squashd at the school water foundation.
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With the great selection of flavours even my picky madam can not say she is bored. In fact within school now it’s become a bit of excitement regarding what flavour she has today. I mean its not like you would expect the kids to be excited over exams would you.
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Milton a brand I can trust

I have been a user of Milton sterilising products for as long as I can remember. They were a constant for my mom when raising us and I remember the cold water sterilising system from when my siblings were babies. So it was obvious that when I had children this would be the brand I would turn to. Besides the fact that I love the smell there is something about the brand that has always filled me with reassurance.

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So when my first little one popped into the world nearly twenty years ago, Milton sterilising fluid became a staple in my kitchen. From the early days of sterilising the girls bottles to the last days of using the fluid to cleanse medical equipment etc.

So when approached about the new Milton Mini portable soother steriliser I thought why not give it a go. To be fair my girls never used dummies but our new little one does but even then if I was being truthful I wasn’t sure how much use I would have for it.

The Mini is 100% watertight, cleans and sterilises soothers everywhere and is BPA free

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Fast forward to a week in sunny Wales and a baby who seemed to think dropping his dummy on the beach was a fun game I can tell you I love this portable steriliser, it became a game changer.

 

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After all these years I love the fact that Milton are still bringing new products to the market that help parents raise their children in a safe and healthy environment.

 

 

 

 

•I was gifted a mini portable steriliser for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own.

The full range of Milton Mini Portable Soother Sterilisers has a RRP of £6.99 and is available at John Lewis, Mothercare, Ocado, Superdrug and Tesco as well as many independent pharmacies and nursery retailers.