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Rebecca Toal

Blessed, busy mum to four beautiful girls, the youngest with complex special needs due to extreme prematurity. We are always looking for ways to make Brielle happy and help her live life to the full! I love being a mum, getting outdoors with my family, baking, blogging and crafting smile

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Health & Beauty

Special Needs Families: Tips to survive a heatwave

Wow, this weather we’ve been enjoying recently has been amazing! 

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Special Needs Parenting: How I stand up for my daughter

My beautiful little girl is six years old now. She is deaf and mostly blind and has…

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We’re all going on a…SUMMER HOL-I-DAY

How does that song go again?

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Food

Best EVER Gluten Free & Sugar Free Almond Flour Brownies

A couple of years ago, I searched and searched the internet for a suitable flour…

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Fashion

What’s in Your Wardrobe for Spring?

Hurray, it’s finally beginning to feel like spring-time where I live in Northern…

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Food

Eat more veggies with this amazing, simple homemade dill dip!

We all know for our general health and well-being we are advised to eat our ‘5…

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Thank you, Occupational Therapists!

As some you may already know, April is Occupational Therapy Month. We’ve been…

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Special Siblings

Aren’t siblings great?! I for one am so thankful for my three sibs, and for…

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World Health day 2017

So here we are, another World Health Day has come around. Do you ever wonder what…

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What is MY story?

I’ve been pondering lately how I would retell the story of my life.

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Food

5 Things I Love About My Slow Cooker

If you are anything like our family, meal times, and especially dinner-time, is a…

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Food

How to “Alkalize” your Body

Did you know that if your body is overly acidic it can cause you to gain weight,…

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Juicing for Health

I recently started juicing again. I really wanted another way to get lots of veggies,…

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A Different Kind of Playing

We had the amazing opportunity over the Christmas holidays to spend time visiting…

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Special Needs Families: “Will she always be tube-fed?”

There are some questions that I simply don’t have to answers to. 

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What makes a good friend?

My seven year old daughter is a creative little soul. 

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Special Needs, International Blogs

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month (USA)

You may have noticed the purple ribbon symbolising epilepsy awareness on Firefly’s…

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Food, Health & Beauty

The Mediterranean Diet & Your Health

The Mediterranean diet and its many health benefits has featured numerous times recently…

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Special Needs, Health & Beauty

Taking time for Me!

Since becoming a mum 11 years ago, I haven’t been the best at taking time to…

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Are we over-reliant on drugs?

I often wonder in this day and age, do we rely too heavily on medications?

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Learning to say NO!

As any parent understands, learning to say NO comes with the territory! 

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Living Outside of the Bubble

I was in my child’s classroom this morning. I needed to get more information…

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How the health service is failing my friend

As a nurse, and a mom to a little girl with complex health issues, I often see all…

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Watching my kids gain independence

Let’s be honest here – sometimes watching our kids grow and gain independence…

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Disability Labelling

Sometimes I worry what kind of world our daughter in growing up in. A fast-paced,…

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Playground ‘Friends’

It started out as a typical trip to our favourite playground. Except this time, something…

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Tips for Ferry Travelling

We recently took the Stenaline Belfast to Liverpool ferry as a family of six. We…

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Holiday Hydrotherapy

We’re on our family summer holiday in Derbyshire, England and almost every…

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On Not Backing Down…

I was so weary from pushing for what my daughter desperately needed. I had come to…

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Sometimes I just wish we could blend in

I had a really embarrassing thing happen to me the other day. Whilst on holiday at…

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