Katie Price Has Opinions Divided Over Council Funding School Transport

Katie Price by fireballk2588, on FlickrAnyone that knows me personally will know that I do not like the majority of what Katie Hopkins has to say, pretty much every time she opens her mouth … However an argument this week between Katie Hopkins and Katie Price has left me feeling gobsmacked that for once at least in part, I have to agree with Katie Hopkins. 

It was reported via the Telegraph yesterday that Katie Price and Katie Hopkins clashed over the fact tax payers foot the bill for Katie Prices son Harvey to get to and from the specialist school in London. Katie Price also claimed it would cost her £1,000 a day to get Harvey to School and  so for Katie Hopkins to think she should fund this out of her own pocket Katie Price responded with “’Do you know how f***ing expensive that would be? Ridiculous”  

Currently transport for Children with disabilities is protected via Education law, to ensure that every child with a disability can get the schooling support they need. So legally by allowing the local council to fund this transport she is not doing anything wrong in the eyes of the law, but for me this is morally wrong.

Katie Hopkins, responded with “if you can afford to pay for something you should pay for it and you shouldn’t rely on the government, I think that’s wrong.” And I have to say as much as it chokes me to say it …. Well Done Katie Hopkins! 

Personally I think it’s disgusting that a large percentage of folks in this country think about entitlement instead of morality. 

So for me lets start at the beginning, many families with children who face disability both mentally and physically have more to pay out in terms of accessing support for their child and for me yes, they should have the financial support they need, however Katie Price is a multimillionaire and when she bought her current property (miles from the school Harvey needs to attend) she chose that knowing that the distance was excessive … she obviously did not consider the commute, time, nor cost .. She has the funds to purchase a home anywhere without batting an eyelid at the cost compared to many who have no such option. Not to mention a biological father that what ever the choice is for access, he should still be financially supporting his son too? … Again no small earner there.

I think the top and bottom of this for me is that Katie Price is obviously legally taking a service on offer for her Son, but should we be questioning if this is fair instead of blaming her, after all the goverment says she is entitled?

No doubt people will be divided on opinions .. But for me I feel there has to be some sort of  means testing before the country is drained due to entitlement? 

What are you views?

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Review: Handheld Label Printer (PT-H105)

brother hand held labellerNow for some the thought of a Label Printer may not be exciting, however for me this week I have been really pleased we had this one.

For quite some time I have been threatening to reorganise my Kitchen cupboards and to finally get all the baking and panty items into some super funky storage glass jars I bought from Habitat. 

My problem had been that I hate handwritten labels and my only other option was chalk pens .. Until the Brother Handheld Label Printer arrived! 

I have to say I was rather excited to give it ago as I have a whole load of accounts folders to tackle, along with some books and even the cupboards in the sheds! 

First thing I noticed when reading the instructions was that there is more than meets the eye with this handheld labeller! With tape widths of 3.5mm, 6mm, 9mm & 12mm available along with different colours options, you can really customise your labels! 
brother labellerThis machine has a full A-Z keyboard, 7 Frame Styles, 177 Symbols, 3 Character Sizes Built-In tape cutter and 9 Font Styles all from this one machine. 

I found this machine really simple to work, simple to change and alter fonts, sizes and add in the extra symbols. It only took a matter of minutes to get all our labels done for the kitchen, however I have to say with more storage canisters on the way I can’t wait to get the labeller out again and finally finish off this job that’s been hanging over me for weeks. 
I must admit part of my wishes I was good at crafting and such too as these labels would be fab for those of the more imaginative than I, however I am off to label the toys … so it’s not just business or craft .. I have found my new organisational implement … although Beth has her eyes on it for her School books so I may just have to hide it! 

Disclaimer: This product was given to us for the purposes of giving an honest review. All Opinions in this review were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse

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Staying Safe With A Carbon Monoxide Alarm Plus Giveaway

Fire AngelIt’s that time of the year again and If your house is anything like ours the central heating will be taking a battering. 

However did you know that here in the UK more than 200 people each year go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning and worse than that 40 people every year will die! Well, until 8 years ago I didn’t know either! 

8 years ago I bought my first house, packed up the rented house and shifted my world and my possession into what was to be my pride and joy… my first owned home. 

After the removals moved out it was time for baths and bed, As I drifted off to sleep I felt nothing but excitement and contentment at what was to come in this lovely new home. 

What I did not expect was being woken 2 hours later by a box downstairs going crazy.

On investigating it was the old carbon monoxide alarm that I had *cough cough* inadvertently packed from the rented house we had just left. 

So being the middle of the night and knowing the alarm was thrown about in a box for a couple of hours and was left outside in the cold for most of that day I presumed it was playing up and so reset it and popped it on the mantlepiece. 

Less than 10 minutes later it was going nuts once more and at that point I began to panic. After some box destruction trying to find the yellow pages (this was before I had a phone with internet) I gave the National Grid’s Gas Emergency number a call I really thought perhaps its me and they are going to think I am being silly and charge me maybe for wasting their time. 

How wrong could I have been, after giving them the story I was instructed to get every person in the house, outside, open all the doors and window and to under no circumstances to go back inside. 

After a very cold wait in the car on the drive (well it was November) even if it was for only 35 minutes, it only took a few minutes for the engineer to condemn our boiler on the spot.. the remaining time he was there he was capping off gas supply so we couldn’t use it again. 

Another 6 weeks of no boiler followed, but however inconvenient it was for us at that time I have always been incredibly grateful that our carbon monoxide alarm saved us from the silent killer.

I am pleased to say however that CORGI HomePlan are campaigning for every home to get a carbon monoxide alarm and I have to say for me this is one campaign that without a doubt has my support!

We were lucky but we had a carbon monoxide alarm … Do you?


Here is the chance to win one of three carbon monoxide alarms I am giving away on behalf of CORGI HomePlan, so three lucky winners will have peace of mind for them and their family. 

All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter directions below to be in with a chance of winning, although it is for UK residents .. full terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the Rafflecopter widget. 

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Magic Moments 26/1/15

Magic moments Link Up BadgeHappy Monday! 

Thank you to everyone that linked up last week, I need to send you cyber hugs and cake as I have not yet made it over to you, however I have a reading catch up day later this week and your on it! 

So let’s get the magic moments rolling for another week and dont forget the new Twitter hname … @JaimeOliverUK so if your new here just to let you know you are welcome to tweet me your link throughout the week and I will happily retweet you throughout the week, but please only tweet me with your #MagicMoments post link. As much as I would love to share all you posts written in the week there are only so many hours in a day.

Don’t forget there is a Magic Moments page on Googlefollow+ to, so if you are on G+ feel free to pop over and add your link and visit too.

If you are new to Magic Moments you can find more information over HERE.

Don’t forget that linkys only work when people take the time to visit and share with others. With such a large crowd linking in please don’t think you have to comment on every one. I know many of you don’t have time for this and it’s unrealistic, however please visit as many as you can manage to share some love and build community spirit.

If you would like to join in I would love it if you would pop on the Magic Moments badge or a link back to me as it also helps others to see where you are linking up and they may decided to pop over and link up too! Remember the more people who take part and link up, the more people who are likely to visit, but this is only a polite request not a prerequisite.

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Parents Outing To Bakewell

Many of my regular readers will know already that my Hubs (Ollie) works day shifts but doesn’t always have the same days off work every week so that can mean during the days the kids are at nursery and or school, he can have a day off. 

In an attempt to make more of the days he has off and also for us as a couple, if he is off then we plan at least one thing to make the most of the time.

Last week we found ourselves with a child free day and after saying for months we should go back to Matlock we headed off after the children had gone to school/nursery. 
MatlockWe adore Matlock but we have never been this early in the year and I have to say it was too early for Matlock Bath …. It was deserted at 10am in the morning .. so we decided instead of wasting the trip we should go somewhere else and Bakewell was on the list we have been concocting for months so we headed off… 

Having been there last 15 years ago I have to say once there I couldn’t remember a thing about it so it really was a nice surprise and it was like visiting it for the first time all over again! We managed to park easily and there were some really friendly folk .. and not just the human kind.
BakewellI adored the bridge which held masses of ‘Love Lock’s which for anyone new to them, they are padlocks with lovers names marked on them that are locked and then the keys thrown in the river…. Although it must not be quite so romantic to locals it was nice to see for the first time for us….  Although no padlock here.bakewell2

Bakewell has some really beautiful boutique shops along with some more standard shops, and it was so nice to get some proper time to explore … oh and eat some fish and chips! 

Oh and also to buy some of Bakewell’s finest pasties and pies before heading back to the car and for Hubs to shy away from a very happy new friend! 

I am so pleased we made the effort to go to Bakewell after discovering Matlock Bath was pretty much closed down, it really was a lovely place and I can’t wait to take the kids there next time.

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Water Made Exciting With SodaStream

soada streamAs a parent I have to be honest and say where sugary drinks and fizzy pop is concerned I do not set a great example. 

I am a fizzy pop freak and only when I am at the gym do I ever drink water… So far I am super lucky that Joshua (age 3) has been hoodwinked into thinking he doesn’t like pop and Beth (age 13) saw through that some years ago and is now a hardcore juice drinker of epic proportions. I had been buying double concentrated juices but since she still makes them so thick with cordial the straw stands up, along with countless arguments on the effects these will be having on her teeth, it was time for a change of tact.SodaStream

Recently we were asked if we would like to take part in a challenge with SodaStream to see if we could make water more exciting and to see if we could cut down on the amounts of sugary drinks and on a whole drink more water and specially at meal times.

The reason behind this .. other than the fact I know our family on a whole does not drink enough water, it seems that  a recent study revealed that 45 per cent of UK parents don’t give their kids water at mealtimes, which I know I am guilty of at breakfast, and its only when Joshua asks I remember (Mum of the year award heads south) 

What for me was utterly staggering was that “research also found that 45 per cent of parents admit their children don’t have the recommended daily intake of water, with one in 20 claiming that their kids drinks no water whatsoever” now that is staggering … although I know myself I can go days without drinking any water what so ever …. I know its unhealthy but I am so addicted to the fizz It never enters my head to reach for water instead so this is one Mummy who really needs to start leading by example! 
SodastreamWhen it arrived we were all really excited to get going, but with Joshua already thinking he doesn’t like juice he really loved the option to drink fizzy water, mort so than I originally thought! 

SodaStreamOverall our water consumption has increased over the last week, but I think the biggest difference has to be with me. 

As I said I could previously go for days without having any water at all and I am super pleased to report that I have found a new affinity with fizzy bubbles … OK maybe still not as healthy as it could be, but for me its been a massive step in the right direction as I have fallen in love with, fizz water and Elderflower cordial…. I know the cordial defeats the object but having discovered that SodaStream also do Sugar Free options I have just ordered some of those for me! 

So now the whole family can look at increasing the water intake and instead of buying bottles of juice and fizzy pop that I have no real idea of what they contain .. I am going to now be more in control of what we are drinking! 

If you think your family could do with a water boost, why not take the challenge too! 

Disclaimer: We were sent a SodaStream machine and some bottles of water to take part in this challenge.

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