Seriously Awkward Campaign || Teenagers


The Seriously Awkward Campaign by The Children's Society is one that's close to my heart. It makes me so sad that we even need to campaign for these reasons especially in this day and age but we-do and that sucks.

Did you know that once a teenager reaches the age of sixteen that they are no longer covered for support or protection by the UK government? Considered to be pre-adults these children have no way of protecting themselves against exploitation, abuse, crime or hardships, where as someone a few months younger has full protection - doesn't sound right does it? But, you'll find this is indeed the case.

Children who have been in care will have felt unloved or thrown away at some point in their lives only to find the same thing happening once again once they reach 16! It's these children that need EXTRA support from the government and that's why The Children's Society are campaigning to change this.

Please support these children and sign their petition below so we can see more children protected until they're legally old enough to go out into the big wide world.

▼△ SIGN THE PETITION HERE ▼△

Here's my story: 

When I was thirteen months old I was abandoned in a house alone by my birth parents. In these situations typically children would either perish or be taken into care - I was lucky in that I was adopted by another family member with the approval of social services and given so much love and care that I do believe I had a better upbringing than the one I would have had with my natural parents.

Regardless of how lucky I was I still found it extremely hard to open up to people growing up, I held my cards close to my chest and my natural instinct was to distrust until proven otherwise, To be honest it's still something I struggle with. There's also another emotion that comes from being a social services kid and that was a deep rooted sense of abandonment that comes from being 'thrown away' or 'unwanted' regardless of how much support and love you have from foster or adopted parents.

Being the 'different' kid made me feel socially and mentally awkward and misunderstood, I always felt displaced and as though I didn't belong anywhere. I tried my hardest to fit in and I became an impressionable and shy young girl. At nine years old I started my menstrual cycle and with that comes puberty. I was young but my body looked grown up feeling like a weird kid this was the last thing I needed.

I became painfully aware that my body was now being ogled by the opposite sex due to my curvy hips and larger chest and that my new 'lumps' had suddenly lead to more male attention. Attention from all ages and, I was uncomfortable with it. I was naive yes but my natural distrust set me in good steadings in a few situations where I could have become easy pray for abuse from older men.

As a teenager all of the emotions that I should have felt growing up and the fact that my upbringing wasn't 'typical' hit me hard it was though the naivety of my youth had gone AWOL and I was left with deep-dark depression in it's place. My extended family never really wanted to discuss anything about my history as it either opened old wounds for them or seemed pointless and my communication with my [adopted] parents had broken down in it's almost entirety so I let my thoughts and feelings fester and turn poisonous.

I became angry and irresponsible, my depression spiraled and I no longer wanted to live due to the pain, loneliness and hurt that I felt inside, I felt as though I had become a burden on my family and friends. I suddenly felt alone - the feeling of being in so much pain you don't want to live overtook me and, the inevitable happened. This wasn't a cry for help and I had researched, planned and executed it in a way that no-one could obviously see what had happened and therefore couldn't interrupt before the end result took place. As I woke up with my whole body in a painful cramp while throwing up I remember being so upset that it hadn't worked.

These days (18 years later) I am grateful for every blessing I have. I'm grateful that I didn't die but I'll never stop forgetting how much pain I felt at that time. I was so lucky but many other children aren't, especially those children who have a lack of support or are at risk.

This isn't a unique story or even one that's being given published for sympathy. I do however mention it because it's personal to me and to why I feel so passionate about the Seriously Awkward Campaign. It shows you how the support of an adult and an open communication line between older children and sensible adults can be the only lifeline that children have. If that's broken down then who do they go to? If they have no-one then the emotional and physical displacement alone is enough to lead them to drink, drugs, self-destruction, abuse and suicidal actions.

When I think of all of those children who are going through this right now my heart hurts so bad for them, the pain you feel before you decide to take those actions is so deep and gnawing and doesn't compare to any external pain. I wish I could away their pain. I wish there was a support network for these children and I wish there was more protection for these teens so they didn't have life incidents that would lead to these deep and dark thoughts.

So who's going to speak up for older children?

Do you wish there was something that could be done, I know I do and that's why I've signed the petition and shared this campaign to increase awareness - can you share this? For as little as two minutes you could help make a difference by signing the petition, in as little as five minutes you could share the petition or this post with others to bring awareness to this campaign.

Also keep in mind the government now don't cover housing benefit for those under the age of 21, this, of course, will lead to more children being homeless, starving, falling ill, going missing, being exploited or killed due to a lack of protection and support from our country. If they don't have protection and can't get affordable housing (18 years and older) then what are they supposed to do?

▼△ Interactive story, facts and  you can also read the full report (PDF)  ▼△

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I contacted The Children's Society because I feel passionate about what they're trying to achieve and was so pleased to be chosen as a campaign ambassador for their Seriously Awkward Campaign.
This was in no way sponsored and all words are my own.

Boomf..... There it is.


I'm one of those ladies who loves a good concept, I find I want to try every new concept going - beauty boxes, food subscriptions, detox drinks, gizmo's that make things work better, Amazon subscriptions, TV packages and well everything in between. When I heard about a new product concept by a company called Boomf, chances are you'll have seen some of their adverts on TV by now and to be honest I initially had mixed feelings.


I loved how they had combined their product with social media - business wise its genius especially due to the huge popularity increase with Instagram and selfies but I couldn't help imagining the old foosty mallows that grannies had in their cupboards, you know the ones that taste all tough and bland but you know, being the forever optimist I had to find out more about Boomf.  I love the gift appeal especially because you can pick your own images to upload - each Boomf box holds nine marshmallows with each marshmallow showing a different image which can be taken straight from your social media accounts. The packaging is also letterbox approved - so important for those busy types who don't need the hassle of picking up parcels after work or relying on neighbours taking in parcels for you - no-one has time for neighbourly sneers. Oh, come on surely we've all those sneers at least once in your life? 

But then I was hit with the realisation again that these were marshmallows. Does anyone ever get overly excited by marshmallows? Would these marshmallows be really teeny tiny, would they hold an image well and would they even taste that good?


Having received my box and thoroughly tested the mallows, I can honestly say these look fantastic. Each image is printed onto the mallows, you're never going to be a crisp overly detailed look due to the mallows leathery texture but they do pick up quite a fair bit of detail which you can see from the image. You just can't really expect high gloss mallows now can you?

The size is deceiving as they're actually more than generous, they also look like they should be tough to eat, but again that's Boomf deceiving us as they're super soft, fresh and moorish. If you've ever made your own homemade mallows then you'll understand when I say that a homemade marshmallow tastes nothing like a shop bought mallow and these bad boys taste homemade! *yum*

There are lots of ways you can use Boomf mallows - from eating alone to gifting, adding to cupcakes, sticking on sticks to make mallow pops or even as advertising. If you've got an announcement why not Boomf it - pregnant? Make some mallows to gift to your partner (remember to snap the look on his/her face as they open the box) or if you're getting married why not ask your friend to be a bridesmaid with a Boomf box.

Personally we're married, we're kiddied up to the eyeballs and sterilised so no big announcements coming from our end - we actually just enjoyed munching these as they came, straight-outta-the-box (my sons loved munching their own faces weirdly) while watching Disney movies.

Oh you can check out the website to find out how to get your mallow on too here

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The Best Ways to Organise Your Accessories

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With three kids in the house, it's always a struggle to keep everything neat and tidy. You would think the children's things would make the most mess, but sometimes it's mine. I don't have so much that I don't know what to do with it. However, some things are just difficult to store. One of the things that I find so annoying to try and organise neatly is accessories. From shoes to jewellery, they can end up in tangled piles, with nowhere appropriate to put them. Luckily, there are lots of storage solutions you can use, and you don't have to have an expensive walk-in wardrobe. Here are some of my suggestions to keep your accessories in order.

Shoes

A lot of women (and men) end up with piles of shoes and nowhere to put them. So they all end up in a heap at the bottom of the wardrobe or kicking around the hallway. There's no need for it, though, because shoes are some of the easiest accessories to store. You can go for the cheap and simple method by throwing everything into a box. But if you don't want to rifle through them every time you need a pair, a shoe rack is what you need. You can get lots of different choices, from wooden cupboards with pull-out drawers to fabric hangers. They save space, as well as helping you to get organised.

Bags

If you love bags, your collection can get out of hand. And where are you supposed to put them all? Don't worry if you went a little overboard with your last order from Purse Obsession!

You can still store all your bags neatly, and without damaging them too. The first thing you should do is get rid of any that you no longer use. Throw away any that are falling apart, and give others to charity. Keep expensive bags inside cloth bags to protect them from scratches. A hanging bin with separate compartments can be one of the best things to use to store bags individually.

Jewellery

Storing your jewellery can be one of the greatest challenges when it comes to accessories. If you have a lot, it's even more difficult. Necklaces are one of the most difficult because they can tangle around each other so easily. To solve the problem, hang them up on a jewellery tree or even put them in individual clear plastic bags. Rings are easily organised with a ring display box, which you can easily find online. You can also get mesh stands for your earrings, so you just have to poke the stud or hook through the back.

Belts

Belts can float around, never quite finding a home. However, you have two options for storing them. You can hang them up on individual hangers; try doing them up if they have a tendency to fall off. The other option is to roll them up and store them in a drawer or box, or on top of a shelf.

Sorting out your untidy accessories isn't too hard once you put your mind to it. You just need some spare time to begin sorting it all out.


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