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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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The Mediterranean Diet & Your Health

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

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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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Raising Kids with Special Needs: Do Your Child’s Disabilities Limit You?

Have you ever had anyone say to you that you couldn’t do something because…

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Sitting 101: Tips and Tricks to Encourage Independent Sitting

Sitting is an exciting milestone that provides children the opportunity to explore…

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Becoming a Working Parent of a Child with Special Needs

In exactly a month, I’ll be going back to University and hospital placement…

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3 Things You Can’t Buy This Christmas - Raising a Child with Special Needs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, again…the countdown to Christmas…

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4 Steps to Gradual Potty Progress - Raising a Child with Special Needs

You would think after successfully potty-training three children, my fourth would…

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The Support We Get Isn’t Perfect But We Are Grateful - Raising Children with Disabilities

My child has a disability. In fact she has multiple disabilities. I clearly remember…

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A Happy Day of Whole Family Participation - Raising Children with Disabilities

We were at a great event yesterday hosted by the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s…

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Why Swing Therapy Matters in Early Intervention Programs - Pediatric Physical Therapy

I did not mean this post to sound rant-y, but I realise it kind of does…

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The Weight Bearing and Trunk Control Exercise My Daughter with CP Loves

I woke up at the crack of dawn whilst we were staying at a beautiful villa hotel…

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Why I Gladly Volunteer My Daughter for Research into Children with Disabilities

We had a researcher with us yesterday and today. She left the hussle and bustle of…

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How We Got a Little Pick-Me-Up from a Disability Equipment Hand-Me-Down

It was a chance encounter one afternoon at an indoor play centre. I’d brought…

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A New Experience With Our Friends: Donkey Assisted Therapy

The girls and I recently enjoyed a trip to the Donkey Sanctuary (Templepatrick, Belfast),…

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Thank Goodness for Big Sisters (and Baby Wipes) - Raising Children with Disabilities

I’m the mother of four little sweethearts, all girls. I am so incredibly thankful…

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Exploring the Community Garden

The other day, we had a swim at Nana’s local pool with our cousins. Then we…

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The Report From The Educational Psychologist: Raising Children with Disabilities

I was in tears at the end of the conversation. I could hardly answer her. The lady…

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Simple Stones: Raising Children with Disabilities

Today my daughter had a fabulous time playing with stones. No, we don’t live…

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