Ctrl Alt Delete - How I Grew Up Online By Emma Gannon #Review


When I first saw the buzz about this book I knew I had to get my hands on it and I am so pleased I did! Within the first two pages I knew I'd be hooked and agreeing with Emma on so many things...

" It's amazing to think that only eleven years ago......it was all about experimenting with emails, illegally downloading Backstreet Boys songs via Napster or Limewire and playing Snake on a Pay As You Go brick phone that could only churn out 120-character text messages. (a good skill to have honed years later when Twitter was invented) ...."

I think from this you can see why I loved it so much! It was so refreshing to read something written by someone who can remember a time when we (shock horror!) didn't have the internet...! 

"....even if MSN was the only medium available.........During these first few years online, I learned to social network way before it was a thing - and itall happened undercover. I was introduced to Bebo, MSN and Myspace, and consequently the embarrassing profiles, incriminating comments and chats (with their dubious statuses...) "

 A time before Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Stories of today. 

I can tell that Emma was coming from a genuine place, really wanting to tell her story of how she grew up online and just how much the internet dominates our very existence (Hell, I'm writing on an online blog about a book that is about being on the internet...!). 

The thing I loved most about Emma's book was how she not only told embarrassing stories of herself as a teenager and trying to figure out just who the hell she should be online and off, but how she comes to it through grown up eyes, giving us more of an insight into the woman she's grown up to become; thanks, in part, to the internet.  


In the last chapter of the book, Emma tells us about being in the audience of a panel event ('What Do We Tell Our Daughters?') at Sutton House in Homerton in early 2014:

" It was a lot to take in. The truth was, it all made me nervous because I wasn't on of those people who had a solid opinion on everything. In your twenties you are still meant to be be working things out..........due to the explosion of blogs, Twitter and forums, we all have the free tools to tell the world exactly what we think, when we want....."

I still feel I am trying to work things out and I am not entirely sure if I have an opinion on feminism or not so reading Emma's words made me feel a little better about all of this and feel that my opinion, whatever that may be, is important too and i shouldn't let anyone else get in the way of that or try to stop me from voicing it. That's one of the good things about having a blog, you can write exactly what you want "....Anyone can hit 'publish' on their own version of their story.." 

Reading Emma's book has, among other things, made me realise that as we live more and more of our lives online, it's important to surround yourself with people who share the same views as you do "....I realised that my Internet fetish is finding strong women with unique voices and asking them to be my friend..."  Then it becomes easier to become more of the person you want to be when you're not constantly fighting against the views of others! 

I think anyone would enjoy Emma's book as it is easy and fun to read and makes me laugh and remember fondly the old times of the internet, before it became the mass information overload it is today. 

There are so many pages of this book I want to fold down, mark in some way so I can remember them later. Emma's voice is a strong one and I am so pleased I managed to get my hands on her book. It is an autobiography, but one with a difference One for today. As well as Emma recalling (sometimes embarrassing) stories, she then talks about how it has shaped her today and how those formative years taught her to be brave and use the internet to her advantage. As Emma says at the end of her book, when she's talking about death: 

"....There is something wonderful about the idea that you are leaving little pieces of yourself for you loved ones to find in years to come, or for a random stranger to enjoy your writing or pictures a hundred years later. We all just want to be remembered, don't we? "

Emma's book is £12.99 and can be purchased online. 

Have you read it?? What do you think about how the Internet has evolved?? Can you remember a time before the Internet?? 

Love, Sarah

Iconic Film Moments With Warner Bros!*


On 5th September 2016 Warner Bros UK. launched the Iconic Moments Collection, a beautifully matching packaged set of 22 standout titles celebrating the breadth of their catalogue.

Each of the releases has fantastic new artwork built around one of the most memorable lines from the film. 
I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite moments and quotes from five films from this collection!! Let me know if you have any too! I'd love to chat films with you!

The Goonies:

Andy: I can’t tell… if it’s an “A sharp” or if it’s a “B flat”!
Mikey: Heh, if you hit the wrong note, we’ll all “B flat!”
Mikey: Don't you realize? The next time you see sky, it'll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it'll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what's right for them. Because it's their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it's our time. It's our time down here. That's all over the second we ride up Troy's bucket.
Mikey: [to One-Eyed Willie] Hi Willie. Oh, I'm Mike Walsh. You've been expecting me, haven't you? Well I made it. I beat you. I got here in one piece... so far.
[lifts up Willie's patch]
Mikey: So... that's why they call you One-Eyed Willie... One-Eyed Willie.
[takes a breath from his breathalizer]
Mikey: We had a long comment, huh, Willie? You know something, Willie? You're the first Goonie.
[the rest of the Goonies show up]
Mikey: Yo. Hi guys. How's it going? This is Willie... One-Eyed Willie. Say hi, Willie. Those are my friends... the Goonies.
Mikey: How long have you guys been standing there?
Brandon Walsh: Long enough, Mikey. Long enough.

Now - shock horror - I haven't actually seen The Goonies.....I know I know.....but I have no excuse now!! But I have been told that it's one I should put on my list as it's so iconic! Maybe once I've seen it I'll have more quotes! 

The Wizard of Oz: 

 Dorothy: has just arrived in Oz, looking around and awed at the beauty and splendor] Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more.
Dorothy: [after a pause] We must be over the rainbow!
[a bubble appears in the sky and gets closer and closer. It finally lands, then turns into Glinda the Good Witch wearing a spectacular white dress and crown, holding a wand]
Dorothy: [to Toto] Now I... I know we're not in Kansas!

Wizard of Oz: A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.

Scarecrow: I haven't got a brain... only straw.
Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don't know... But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they?
Dorothy: Yes, I guess you're right.

Cowardly Lion: Put 'em up, put 'em up! Which one of you first? I'll fight you both together if you want. I'll fight you with one paw tied behind my back. I'll fight you standing on one foot. I'll fight you with my eyes closed... ohh, pullin' an axe on me, eh? Sneaking up on me, eh? Why, I'll... Ruff!

Now I absolutely LOVE The Wizard Of Oz...it's just such an iconic film from my childhood, everything about it is brilliantly done and was, I suppose, quite scary at the time it came out (1939, debuting on TV for the first time in 1956) with the monkeys flying around and dog-napping poor Toto! Everyone knows and loves the songs 'We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz,  'Follow the yellow brick road" and 'The witch is dead, which old witch? The wicked witch, the wicked witch is dead". It is truly a family favourite and has now been brought back to life again thanks to new technology. 

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory:

Mr Wonka: " Don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted"
Charlie Bucket: " What happened?"
Mr Wonka: " He lived happily ever after" 

Grandpa Joe: " I've heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true" 

Willy Wonka: “Of course they're real people. They're Oompa-Loompas...Imported direct from Loompaland...And oh what a terrible country it is! Nothing but thick jungles infested by the most dangerous beasts in the world - hornswogglers and snozzwangers and those terrible wicked whangdoodles. A whangdoodle would eat ten Oompa-Loompas for breakfast and come galloping back for a second helping.”

Willy Wonka: There's no earthly way of knowing/Which direction they are going... There's no knowing where they're rowing...
Mr. Salt: [weakly echoing] Rowing...
Willy Wonka: Or which way the river's flowing... Is it raining, is it snowing?/Is a hurricane a-blowing?
[sharp gasp]
Willy Wonka: Not a speck of light is showing/So the danger must be growing... Are the fires of Hell a-glowing?/Is the grisly Reaper mowing?/Yes! The danger must be growing/'Cause the rowers keep on rowing/
[practically screaming]
Willy Wonka: And they're certainly not showing/Any sign that they are slowing!
[lets out a high-pitched, almost unearthly scream]

Willy Wonka: So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.
Willy Wonka: [singing] If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it; want to change the world... there's nothing to it.
Willy Wonka: [singing] There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be.

Veruca Salt: [singing] I want the world. I want the whole world. I want to lock it all up in my pocket. It's my bar of chocolate. Give it to me now.

Oompa Loompas: Oompa Loompa doo-pa-dee do / I've got another puzzle for you / Oompa Loompa doo-pa-dee dee / If you are wise you'll listen to me / Gum chewing's fine when it's once in a while / It stops you from smoking and brightens your smile / But it's repulsive, revolting, and wrong / chewing and chewing all day long / The way that a cow does / Oompa Loompa doo-pa-dee dah / Given good manners, you will go far / You will live in happiness, too/Like the Oompa Loompa doo-pa-dee doo.

This is another film which I absolutely adore. I will forever love Gene Wilder as the slightly crazy chocolate factory owner who instills respect for your elders and integrity into young Charlie Bucket. This whole film is full of amazing quotes and songs by the Oompa Loompas, who to me, are full of wisdom! I remember doing this as a play at school and I have great memories of rehearsing my lines, listening to the songs and really getting into the spirit of my character. Children everywhere loved this family friendly movie and decades later it has been brought to life again, thanks to Warner Brothers. 

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves: 

Sheriff of Nottingham: Just a minute. Robin Hood steals money from my pocket, forcing me to hurt the public, and they love him for it?
[Scribe nods]
Sheriff of Nottingham: That's it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.

Marian: How is it, that a once-arrogant young nobleman has found contentment, living rough with the salt of the earth?
Robin Hood: I've seen knights in armor panic at the first hint of battle. And I've seen the lowliest, unarmed squire pull a spear from his own body, to defend a dying horse. Nobility is not a birthright. It's defined by one's actions.

Marian: Robin, do something for me.
Robin of Locksley: What?
Marian: Take a bath.

Friar Tuck: Let us open a bottle and do our best to save each other’s souls.
Azeem: Alas, I am not permitted.
Friar Tuck: Fine then, you talk, I’ll drink.

Now, anyone who has seen this film knows just how good Kevin Costner looks in a pair of tights.......#swoon! Everything about this film just speaks volumes about good battling evil and the folklore tale that is Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Whether you believe that or not remains to be seen but you can't beat a bit of romance, a battle of good and evil and a song that debuted at number one and stayed there for a record breaking 16 weeks! Yes! "Everything I Do I Do It For You" still holds the record for the longest continuous stay at number one!! In the context of the film it really makes you tear up! (well me anyway!) Definitely one to watch this Autumn if you haven't already!! 

Gone With The Wind:

Scarlett: Rhett, Rhett... Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?
Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

Rhett Butler: Take a good look my dear. It's an historic moment you can tell your grandchildren about - how you watched the Old South fall one night.
Scarlett O'Hara: Tara! Home. I'll go home. And I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.

Scarlett: As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.
Scarlett: Great balls of fire. Don't bother me anymore, and don't call me sugar.

Based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivian Leigh). Starting with her idyllic life on a sprawling plantation, the film traces her survival though the tragic history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).  The line " Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" is possibly one films most iconic lines, along with "Play it again, Sam" from Casablanca (although that quote isn't strictly correct!). 


I hope you've enjoyed my little journey through these films from the new Iconic Collection from Warner Brothers. Please let me know if any of these are your favorites! Do you have any quotes which you remember from them!? Please let me know below! 

Love, Sarah

*Thanks to Warner Bros for working with me on this post. All film related opinions are my own. 

#MeetTheBlogger Series Interview 42

Meet the Blogger!

I have decided to start a new series here on Writing & Rambling after meeting so many lovely bloggers on Twitter I would like to get to know them. So I am going to try to recruit as many as I can as I think everyone deserves a chance to be in the spotlight. =)

Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on Writing & Rambling! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your Blog:
Hello to all Writing & Rambling readers! Thank you very much Sarah for giving me the opportunity to be part of your Meet the Blogger series! I am Stella, a 20-something year old girl living in beautiful Greece and blogging about my looks and travels on http://www.looksandtravels.com .

Rhuna The Star Child - A Q+A With Barbara Underwood

 About the author: 

As an only child of older migrant parents, I was exposed to a different culture and outlook as I growing up in the suburbs of Sydney. At the age of 10 I became interested in history and travel, and in sixth grade my teacher commented on my flair for writing.

After a lot of travel and reading about history - I started with Thor Heyerdahl's adventures which led me to other books about unexplained mysteries such as pyramids and other megaliths around the world - I came to a point where I wanted to put it all together in an epic fantasy novel.

I have now written two further books following on from "Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom." The 2nd and 3rd books are both set in Ancient Egypt, and I am working on the fourth book in the series, so stay tuned and enjoy "Rhuna"!

My Q+A With Barbara Underwood!

1) What inspired you to write this series of books?
The more I read about the mysteries of ancient technology related things, the more I got the feeling I had to tell everyone about it, so when it came to a subject for my novels, it was easy! 

2) Have you always been into the paranormal and seeing life from a different perspective?
Come to think of it, I think I have.  As a child I already loved ghost stories and things like that, and my mother believed in all kinds of supernatural stuff, so it has always been part of my life.’
3) Did you have the ending sorted before you started or did it come organically as you were writing?
I always have an ending in mind, even if it’s a bit vague at first, but during the course of writing the details become clearer.  I think it helps to have an overall direction and goal, even if you end up straying a bit from it if a better idea presents itself.
4) Do you use crystals yourself?
Not crystals, but I’ve experimented with other types of “scrying” while reading up about those things!
5) W it easy to finish writing this book?
Yes, relatively easy because I already had the sequel planned, and knew I was going to end with sort of a cliff-hanger, so it didn’t feel like an ending, really – just a “break” the series.
6) What’s next for Barbara Underwood?
Several more books in the Rhuna series, for a start!  I hope to have one published once a year, and possibly up to 9 books total.  Along the way I plan to write a few short stories or novellas featuring Rhuna and/or characters from her world.  There’s still so much to tell about Rhuna’s world, that I can’t see myself writing about anything else for some years yet!
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions Barbara! 

Love, Sarah

Budgeting 101.

Budgeting & Surviving on next to no money.

This isn't a post I ever thought I would write but here we are. If there's one thing I've learnt over this last year and a half, it's been learning how to survive on next to no money. I've had to because until recently, the job front was a very unstable one and I had to wake up to the harsh reality that was an empty bank account. I'm not sure how many of you have had to do the same but for me it's been a hard lesson but one I am grateful to have finally learnt.

Me being me I have to spend every last penny in my account and every penny in my purse and then wonder why I have no money left when something exciting comes up. I used to think that I had to have everything that everybody else had and being on twitter doesn't help either because inevitably there are things on there that I just have to have because everyone else does. Sound familiar? Yeah.....being a blogger and suffering from FOMO does not a good combination make! Now with an empty bank account and having to wait a month for my first payday it has been a harsh lesson in reality as well as finally teaching me what exactly it is that I really need...or don't as the case may be.

A few things that I actually really do need/have to spend money on.

Phone – Since the end of August I have had no money on my phone, I'm with giffgaff and buy a monthly goodybag which gives me texts, calls and a bit of data to use as I like. Luckily for me I don't NEED to be able to contact my friends and family all the time like most people. Thanks to Facebook I can keep in contact easily, but in today's modern society and needing to be contactable for work, I will be re-purchasing my £5 goodybag. I am hoping that I will not use up all my data in the first week as I've done previously! £5 may not seem like much for a month, but it's enough for me. (Giffgaff are good because they analyse your useage and tell you the best goodybag to be on. For me, it's been the £5 one which suits me perfectly.)

Rent – Thankfully and luckily for me I have been able to live at home in between jobs and therefore haven't really had to pay much, if any, rent. This is the main reason why I have been able to survive on such little money. I know I am very lucky but now that I'm earning I will have to start paying my way. At the moment, I do not yet know the exact amount as it depends on what my payslip says but I will feel good once I am paying my way and being a 'normal' member of society.

Food – Through my job I get fed so this isn't such a big one which leaves me more money to spend on other things but it would be good to contribute to the overall food budget/allowance since I am living in my parent's new flat in Harrogate. On my days off I will still need to eat and I think it's only right that I buy myself the food that I need instead of my Mum! Plus it means that I can buy myself whatever I like.

Trainers – I need these for work. The shoes I have at the moment just don't cut it on the slippery floor and my poor old feet are hurting after being on my feet for up to 7 hours a day! Thankfully Primarni has come to the rescue and I can pick up a pair for under £10 which means that I can buy two pairs and still have money left over.

Exercise – Sadly all that pasta and pizza has to go somewhere! I need to sign up to an exercise class/bootcamp to keep myself fit and lose a few lbs! I count this as an essential because otherwise I'll not do anything about it when I absolutely need to! It'll give me the kick up the bum needed and you never know, I might make new friends!

Now for a few things I would like to treat myself to!

Beauty Blogger Box – I've had this box a few times and I really love it. Put together by the beautiful Vix you can guarantee it's going to be full of beauty items you will love! I have already paid for the July/August box (back when I was spending every single penny in my account!) and I might treat myself to the September or November box as well. It's nice to treat yourself occasionally. Plus it's only £10 including postage!

#BoxOfLame – A stationery box put together by Chloe and Charlie from thatlamecompany. They have now released 3 boxes – Small, Big and Blogger with prices starting at just £15 including delivery and having been lovingly put together you know you are getting something special. I really want the Blogger box (£25) but in reality I'll probably end up with the big (£21) or small box (£15). I love stationery and this company as much as the next blogger but sometimes I need a reality check and to ask myself 'Do I really need all those prints/notebooks!?'

(I like to support small businesses as you may know, hence why I choose to treat myself to the above items. )

I don't want this list to be a long one because then I'll get back into thinking I can spend money on anything I want and I do not want that to happen again as it's good to have some money in my bank and purse. Plus you never know what other things might come up that I'll decide I would like to treat myself to.

This isn't meant to be a post about how to budget or my tips on what to or what not to spend your money on. It's more for me so I can hold myself accountable in the future. I want this to be a new start for me, to have money in my bank account and to be able to buy things as and when I want to. I want others to learn from my experience and to know that you can survive on next to no money. I know my experience is different because I have not had bills/rent to pay and therefore have been able to survive without money. I've actually amazed myself because I've always been a spendthrift but I have an amazing friend who would pick me up and together we'd go for a coffee at our local Oldrids or Tescos. We'd share payment and would collect the stamps for a free coffee which we would get often! It wasn't a big thing really, but it would get me out of the house. Sometimes it's just being together which means the most. You don't need to spend a lot (or anything in fact) to enjoy being with friends. If you're honest about your situation you will more than likely find that they will understand and most probably be thankful on not having to spend a small fortune when you meet up. It's the little things that can often mean the most. Money doesn't have to and shouldn't ever come between friendships or relationships but it so often does. Please don't be put off by the amount of money in your bank account. Your friends and family will still love you and could be full of useful ideas to make your pennies stretch!

I am hoping that this is the turning of a new leaf. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and have maybe learnt something yourself. They say that money makes the world go round and that it is the root of all evil but it needn't be. So long as you're paying your bills/rent each month and aren't being reckless then you should be able to enjoy yourself. If I can do it, I'm sure you can too. Of course if you have any ideas/thoughts about how to save money and still enjoy life then please leave them below! I'm all ears!

Love, Sarah 

#BoxofLame - Autumn 2016


Here is the Autumn 2016 #BoxOfLame! A thing of wonder......I went for the Big box which retails at £21, there are two other boxes - Blogger £25 and Small £15. So there really is a box for every budget! 

I love how Chloe took the time to hand write a little note to me, it shows that she really does follow what I've been upto and care about what is going on in my life! She also put in a drumstick sweet and a small bag of malteasers, but uumm, yeah, they went pretty quickly! haha!

As you know, I adore everything from thatlamecompany does, from their gold prints, to their positive quote cards. they are always bringing out new products which I just have to get my hands on......(read my other thatlamecompany post!)

So what did I get in this Box? Well, let me tell you!!

- 2 gold prints
- 4 quote prints
- 1 notepad
- A to-do list
- A pencil with 'make it happen' in gold
- recipe cards
- a cactus print
- A 'shoulda woulda coulda' pad
- You Have Mail Postcards 
(Chloe sent me one of these along with a print I purchased and it made me smile A LOT! The mutual love we have for each other was evident and it always makes me happy when a company notices how supportive you are. being told I was one of the most positive people on her Twitter timeline really made my day, thanks Chloe. xo)
- A Rudolph hairband
- To Do Post It Notes

So basically a whole lot!!!! That Lame Company have also teamed up with eleven amazing online shops to bring us this awesome box, these shops are:

I love how Chloe and Charlie always seek out the very best from Etsy and bring them to us in their boxes. I'm not sure I would find them otherwise actually!! I can't wait to have a snoop round their shops and see what other awesomeness awaits me!! 


















I love absolutely everything in this box and I am so pleased I managed to get my hands on one! How Charlie and Chloe manage to find the time to actually make all these, write handwritten notes, package them all up and then stand in the queue at the post office; all whilst having full time jobs is beyond me really! Incredible! They deserve all the love and praise in the world, not to mention your custom on their amazing website! (www.thatlamecompany.co.uk

It goes without saying that Chloe and Charlie are exceptional people, always having the time to answer any queries or questions, always being there to full fill orders on their shop; not to mention all the times they've been kind enough to send out extra prints to me when I've perhaps missed a promotion. This kindness just oozes out of them and it's no wonder everybody loves them!! It is hard being a blogger sometimes but thatlamecompany make it a little easier to get by with all their incredible products. 

You can find all these products in their online store now to purchase separately if you don't want to purchase a whole box. Everything is incredibly reasonably priced and will be sent out to you with amazing care. Their packaging is pretty cool too! There seriously aren't enough words to describe my love for this stationery shop, safe to say I will be purchasing another #BoxOfLame when the time comes.

Please go and support all of the wonderful independent shops I've mentioned here, because without us they wouldn't be able to make our stationery addict dreams come true! Go grab yourself a box today!!! 

Love, Sarah

Tiny Tickers - Think 20 Think Heart Campaign

Think 20. Think HEART. Helping to protect your baby’s heart

Back in Feburary, I wrote aboutTtiny Ticker's Heart Week Campaign and now I'm back with another post about this amazing charity who make it their life's work to raise awareness of undiagnosed heart conditions in babies.
Tiny Tickers is a small national charity that aims to improve the detection, care and treatment of congenital heart (CHD) in babies. Tiny Tickers provides specialist training to health professionals and sonographers so they're better equipped to identify a heart defect during a pregnancy scan. They support parents and families dealing with a diagnosis and they raise awareness of heart defects in babies so that parents know what signs to look out for. 
What’s the most exciting thing about the 20 week scan? Hearing your baby’s heart beat and seeing them on the big screen? Finding out whether you are having a boy or a girl so you can start narrowing down names and painting the nursery? You wouldn’t be alone if that’s what you’re most excited about.
Mason was born with Tetralogy of the Fallot, a heart defect, which was thankfully detected during mum, Lauren’s, pregnancy. He had surgery at just 4 weeks old to fix his heart and is now an outgoing and adventurous 2-year-old, blissfully unaware of his dramatic start.
Lauren says: “If Mason’s condition had not been picked up during my scan, he would have lived only a matter of hours at the most. Early detection saved his life.”
Knowing the diagnosis at the 20-week scan means that doctors are ready to make sure that your baby has the right treatment and support as soon as they are born.
One in every 125 babies is born with a heart problem – that’s more than 5,000 newborns each year in the UK. The baby heart’s charity, Tiny Tickers, wants to make sure that every baby is given the best possible start by increasing understanding of the real purpose of the 20-week scan.
Early diagnosis of heart defects gives babies a better chance of survival and long term quality of life. Detection during pregnancy means the right medical experts can be on hand at birth, treatment can begin as soon as possible and parents can start getting the support they need – from the start.
Test your knowledge on what the 20 week scan is really for
The 20-week scan is one of the most in-depth health checks a baby will have during pregnancy. And it’s the very best opportunity to spot heart defects before birth. If you are pregnant, you can test just how much you know about it through an online quiz – www.think20.org.uk - developed by Tiny Tickers.
At the end of the quiz you can also request an information pack which will give mums to be a check list on what questions to ask the sonographer at your 20-week scan giving you the confidence to protect your tiny ticker.
Tiny Tickers are aiming to reach all pregnant women with practical information which could save their baby’s life.
Please take a moment to take part in the Think 20. Think HEART quiz and then share it on your Facebook or Twitter. Together we can build vital awareness and reach the 1,000 babies sent home every year from UK hospitals with a heart condition that nobody knows about.
I really hope this has been useful for you or someone you know who is expecting a baby. Please feel free to share it around, as the more awareness this amazing charity gets, the better. 
Love Sarah

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