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08/07/2015 14:51

Wordless Wednesday

Father and Baby Daughter Swimming Together


04/07/2015 11:24

Summertime Family Tradition

Every year since my wife moved across from the States to start a new chapter in both of our lives together here in England we have been strawberry picking. We usually tie it in with Wimbledon season, Pimms and of course the obligatory strawberry pie. It has become our tradition, first as a couple and since as a family. It's a great excuse to get out into the fresh air and to me it just screams old fashioned British summer.

Mother Son Pick Your Own Strawberries

It's the perfect summers day activity for a toddler too. The ground is soft for gaining confidence on their feet, it promotes independence if they pick their own, imroves hand eye coordination and various motor skills and all whilst encouraging healthy eating. I know the signs say no eating as you go, but it's hard to tell a toddler no when theyre stuffed into his cheeks like a squirrel storing nuts and the juice is covering everything he touches.

Mother Son Strawberry PickingToddler Strawberry Pick Your Own

Alice unfortunately isn't quite on her feet and walking around yet. As much as she loved strawberries, she couldn't get involved. She came along, took everything in and enjoyed being strapped to Daddy instead. I love my time baby wearing with my little girl. We have had our struggles bonding and holding her close to me on days out like that is good for both of us. It's not the last time we go strawberry picking. It's definitely become a tradition and she'll be running around stuffing fruit into her face this time next year I can assure you. I'm just hoping that by then, Clayton hasn't grown out of fruit and only wants it in the pie. He's already showing signs.

Baby Wearing Dad Strawberry Pick Your Own

If you want to make the pie for yourself, you won't be disappointed. You can find the strawberry pie recipe on last years blog post.

Do you have family traditions? Do you have them for different times of the year?



02/07/2015 20:19

My Secret Battle With Depression

I was recently told that it takes so much more energy pretending to be ok than it does to admit that you have a problem and agree to fight it. It take so much more energy to keep a secret than it does to just be open, honest and not care what the world thinks of you. Hearing that made sense to me, and so if anyone else struggling stumbles across this post, then know that I'm about to be open and honest just so you can see it can be done. Let go and take back your life. You deserve it. Here goes...


I'm depressed. I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety disorder almost a year ago (though it's almost definitely been around a lot longer) and I wear a mask to cover it up. I live in pain and suffer in silence pretending to be ok. It's hard, hard work! It's hard telling people you're ok when you're not. It's hard to smile and play with your children when you hit a bump in the road and find yourself having the lowest of days. It's hard pulling yourself out of bed when you feel as though you didn't deserve to wake up. It's hard when you find yourself wishing death on yourself and then you look around at what you'd leave behind and get swallowed whole by a wave of guilt. But most of all, it's hard lying about it. I lie about it because of the awful stigma attached to mental illness and the various treatments for them. Being ill makes me feel like a failure. I lie about it because it's impossible to explain - I have no idea why I'm depressed. I don't know what my triggers are, and I'm not unhappy with my life. That probably makes very little sense to most of you, but most of you have no idea about mental illness. It's science. It's no different to a physical illness. My brain is effectively missing the connectors between itself and the nerves and in turn that blocks the majority of happy signals and chemicals from reaching where they're aimed at. That means I don't see, hear or feel most good things the same way that you do. Why that is, I don't know and because I can't explain it, I just pretend that it isn't happening to me. I just write occassional poems to vent small segments of my pent up emotion like this, this or this from time to time.


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I lie about it because even the friends, family or colleagues I have dropped hints to have made me feel 10 times worse without even knowing they're doing it. 

"But you have nothing to be depressed about. You have it all!"

"Pull yourself together, you'll be ok"

"Why? Whats the matter?"

"You don't need to see a therapist... I'm sure they've got that wrong!"

"Whatever you do, don't go on any tablets. That's the last thing you want"

In fact... the LAST thing I want, is to live out the rest of my life the way I am doing now and feeling the way I'm feeling. The LAST thing I want, is to be half the man, half the husband, half the friend and half the father I could be because I'm so close to exploding every single day. Mental illnesses are real and they should be treated with the respect they deserve, but we're so uneducated that the majority of us can't even begin to relate. If any of my family members fell and broke their leg and wanted to refuse a cast to have it fixed, then I'd be pleading with them to see sense. So why then would anyone go out of their way to tell me not to accept the medication that is being recommended to help fight the illness that's burdening me in every aspect of my life?

Depression Quote


Depression. Depression is a bastard! Depression clouds the sun to make sure you live your life in a permanent state of darkness. Depression has me hating myself so much that I hate anyone that thinks any different about me. I actively feel hatred and anger towards people that love me. Depression has me purposefully avoid mirrors because of how ugly I look and how fat that I am. But that same depression has me refusing to eat healthy or exercise because it makes me not actually want to improve or get better. It has me believing that I don't deserve to get better. Depression is why I can sit and not move; feeling weighted down by self hate, unable to see the good in anything in front of me. Depression is why I rarely see my friends, or my family. Noone ever asks me if I'm ok, and although that bothers me, I really don't want them to either. I don't want people to care, because depression has me believing that I don't deserve to be cared about. I don't want to be asked. It only makes me lie again and that leads to guilt, to anger and to hating myself even more. The circles are as vicious as you could ever imagine.  Depression is what lives under the mask that I wear for you every day.


Depression Quote


But why lie? Is lying about it better than fighting it? When it comes to lying about it, justifying and mastering coping mechanisms; I've realised that they're all for the benefit of other people. All of those things are hard to do and for the wrong reasons. 3 weeks ago I signed an imaginary contract with my therapist because I couldn't convince him with any of my words that I wouldn't kill myself before our next appointment. I came home, I told my wife and we both cried. That was harder than lying, coping of justifying but at least it was for the right reasons! It served a purpose. I'd been counselling for months, but that for me was the first step on the ladder to getting better. That was me openly admitting that I had a problem and I knew it had to be addressed. 


6 months ago I published right here in my blog a list of new years resolutions and on that list, I dropped a subtle hint as to what might be going on. I told myself and anyone who was prepared to read that day that I would look to get help, and that I may even write about it. Well here I am. I'm writing about it, I've seeked help and I could not care any less about the stigma attached or the opinion of others. I'm a Husband and a Father, but more importantly I'm a human being. A human being with one shot at life, and I need to make sure I get better, whether I think I deserve to or not (that's a direct quote from my counsellor and not my own words). 




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Subject: Мошенник - givevinst, Богач Данила Александрович

Рад представить вам очередного кидалу и мошенника: Богач Данила Александрович! Всегда я был осторожен, ну а вот на него повелся!
У данного человека был заказан конкурс в инстаграм (гивывей)

Проводился конкурс и часто проводится с его соучастником (вайнер-блогер-кидала и мошенник) - Рахим Абрамов (@rahimabramov)

Как оказалось: призывы победители не получили!
У блогера/вайнера оказалась накрученная аудитория!

Так как участние в конкурсе нужено былл срочно, а многие перед новым годом не хотели браться за работу, поэтому я не читал отзывы о данном человеке и поверил ему! За участие в конкурсе было отдано в сумме 120.000 рублей!!!

Как только сумму перевел, он вроде должен был добавить в спонсоры! Но нет! На выходные исчез! Потом появился написал мне пару вопросов, после чего добавил в спонсоры только 1 аккаунт. Через 2 дня (когда уже конкурс почти закончился добавил второй). На сообщения ни где не отвечает!

В итоге мы 2 месяца якбы добавляли меня в другие конкурсы. А по итогу - я получил на выходе 16.000 подписичков вместо обещенных 90.000 на два аккаунта!!!

Итог этого всего: потерянное время, деньги, а самое главное клиент (который заказал данный конкурс!) В телеграм @bogachdanila связи с ним тоже нет.
Так что будьте осторожны! Не работайте с данным человеком!

Данный человек мошенник и кидала, будьте бдительны, никогда с ним не связывайтесь. Полностью неадекватный человек, врет, условия не выполняет. Его телефон +79991941315 , его сайт Лучше с ним не свзяываться и не иметь никаких дел, проблем не оберетесь!

ФИО: Богач Александр Валентинович
гражданин Российской Федерации
ИНН: 732507164463
ОГРНИП: 308732524100022

1127325007017 ООО "Пегас" - ГРН 1127325007017
1057325082077 ООО "Экипаж" - ГРН 1057325082077
1047300983597 ООО "Транс-Сервис" - ГРН 1047300983597
1057325085510 ООО "РосТранс" - ГРН 2157325030564

Сведения об индивидуальном предпринимателе мошеннике

Богач Александр Валентинович


ОГРНИП Богач Александр Валентинович – сведения о регистрации в ФНС 308732524100022
ИНН 732507164463
Регистрационный номер Богач Александр Валентинович – сведения о регистрации в ПФР 083024100599
Регистрационный номер Богач Александр Валентинович – сведения о регистрации в ФСС 732302746173003

ГРН и дата внесения в ЕГРИП записи, содержащей указанные сведения 408732524100052
Регистрационный номер 083024100599
Регистрационный номер 732302746173003
Контактный телефон 89991941315

Так же человек часто проживает в Санкт-Петербурге. Использует подставные компании договора и работает в интернете по сути незаконно. Предлогаю соответсвующим органам обратить внимание на кидалу-мошенника!

Ники своего личного профиля в Инстаграм он постоянно меняет, так что не вижу смысла их писать (но на всякий случай: bogach.d).


Date: 09/07/2015

By: Anonymous

Subject: Depression

I want to congratulate you on coming out about your depression. Depression is nothing to be laughed or joked about. It hits and it hits hard, Affecting everyone around you much more deeply than you ever having a broken leg would. This is where your family really step up. It is always on the media how much women get depression but it's great you have highlighted here that men do get it to... I won't tell you to keep your chin up because I know (as you do) it means nothing. One hour at a time. :)


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