Socially Awkward

Socially Awkward
Rachel From Raspberry Flavoured Windows

Why I Took An Insta Break

Do you ever feel that when the going got tough that well, the tough bit of you got up and f@cked off? So many times in my life I have been told I am strong. Even by complete strangers. How do you do it, they ask. The truth is I am not. I’m just a regular Joe, or in this case should it be a Joanna? It just so happens that I very good at looking outwardly strong. Inside can sometimes be a completely different matter. In my head I’m still the spotty, slightly chubby, flat chested 13 year old with poor ...
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MMR and Autism

MMR and Autism

I'm sure you all know that dangerous and life threatening diseases (previously eradicated) like Measles are raising their deadly heads again. Its all comes down to an anti vaccination movement. I thought we were over it . But apparently not. It seems that thousands of new parents all over the world are more frightened of the risk of 'Giving' their child autism rather than protect their daughter from potentially catching Rubella when she goes on to have her own child. Leaving her child with severe birth defects. OK, that's a bit extreme but you get the picture. So I'm here ...
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What Will Happen To My Autistic Child After I Am Gone

What Will Happen To My Autistic Child After I Am Gone

The other day the very lovely Sharon from @the_arched_windows posted a very poignant picture on her Instagram story. It highlighted what many of us parents of special needs children have at the back of our minds 24 hours a day. It's one of our first thoughts in the morning. And one of the last ones as we fall asleep. And although this affects all special needs parents when your child's disability is hidden getting support is not always easy. How will they get help when many of the difficulties they face can't be seen on the outside? My biggest fear ...
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Fuck Off Autism!

Fuck Off Autism!

Yeah, ya Bastard, why don't you right royally fuck off! Believe me, I don't say that lightly. Even my boys say it too! It's not the diagnosis but the label that comes with it. They don't want sympathy. Most of all and above all else they just want people to see them as normal. Which to me they are. They are my funny, infuriating, loving, giant pains in the ass just like every teenage kid. Can you imagine having to have a quiet word with staff where ever you go just to be on the safe side? Or what it's ...
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Interior Design For The Autistic Home

Interior Design For The Autistic Home

Are you aware that we have seven senses? Most of us are familiar with the standard five of touch, hearing, sight, smell and taste. The two lesser known senses are movement (the vestibular System) and body awareness (the proprioceptive system). Well, what’s this got to do with interiors I hear you ask? Well,  I have three sons, two of whom are autistic and my main aim when designing our home was to make it a comfortable environment for us all. So I thought you might find it interesting to see how I approach interior design for the autistic home ...
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How are you? Three Small Words

How Are You? Three Small Words

Image Via Pati Robins from Style Squeeze I’m pretty sure we all have the same morning routine at work or at home. Get into the office, switch on the lights, the computers, switch off the telephone night answer service and then grab a cuppa to drink whilst you go through your emails. Or get up, get everyone through the bathroom, fed and watered before grabbing a coffee and checking you're emails. More often than not the emails I receive start, ‘Hi Rachel, how are you?’ I think that’s pretty much standard isn’t it? I know I do it.  We all ...
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My Socially Awkward Life

Autism Mum You Are Not Alone

So you might have come across this post by accident or maybe I promoted it through my social media channels and maybe you're wondering 'autism mum you are not alone'? What's that got to do with interiors? Well the truth is absolutely nothing! BUT and there is quite a big but I do have a socially awkward life. And I've realised that many of you do too. The truth is I have 3 wonderful sons, one is brunette, one a red head and one is blonde with brown eyebrows and a ginger beard (bless). All three are dyslexic, two are ...
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