Is He Going To Be A Shy Kid?

As a parent to a toddler who doesn’t interact with other kids that often, I worry about how he will fit in when he starts nursery or goes to places where there are a lot of kids and people he doesn’t know.  Is he going to be a shy kid who won’t leave mine or his daddy’s side, is he going to be able to make friends and get along with the other kids? Are a few of the questions that plague me on a daily basis. Zoe of Thinkbaby.org had reached out to me a while ago, we got to talking and I had a good old rummage around her site. I found an article about children who are […]

Apple Crisps – Healthy Snacks For The Whole Family

If your kids are anything like mine, trying to find snacks that are healthy and tasty are hard to find.  Alex is really fussy about fruit, he only eats grapes and although that is a great snack for him to have I would much prefer that he would try other kinds of fruit or healthy snacks instead of crisps. A few years ago I found a recipe for apple crisps online and felt that for me they would be good snacks, a the time I was on some sort of diet and wanted a snack that was giving me a daily dose of fruit without just eating the fruit.  I tried out the recipe and really enjoyed the apple crisps. […]

When Chronic Illness & Mental Illness Gang Up On You

If you’ve been around these parts for a while you’ll know that I suffer from both chronic illness and mental illness. Although you wouldn’t be wrong to think that my mental illnesses of depression and anxiety are part in parcel with the chronic illness, you’d be both right and wrong. Although I’ve been plagued with depression most of my adult life, being diagnosed with chronic illnesses has made living with depression a little more difficult. It’s hard not to let the symptoms of my illnesses gang up on me and make me feel worthless and a terrible mother. A while ago I posted about my struggles with chronic illness and mental illness on my Instagram feed. It was a particularly […]

PomPom Counting – At Home Learning & Development Activities

Being at home 90% of the time means that as a parent, I need to find activities for Alex that are fun but are a great source for helping his development and learning.  I’ve found that puzzles and books dedicated to teaching numbers and letters are good but they’re not always as fun for Alex than physical learning. What You’ll Need Cupcake Cases – 1-5 Although we only do up to 3 at the moment as Alex gets too distracted. PomPoms – As many as your little one will be counting out. I’ve found that too many pompoms are also a distraction. Sharpie or Marker What To Do On each cupcake, case write a number from 1 to 5 using the […]

My Return To Social Prescribing

Last year I’d written about my experiences with Social Prescribing a service that was offered to me by my GP after speaking to them about my issues with anxiety flaring up. I had a few sessions which I had written about (you can read it here). Sadly I began to feel that they weren’t helping and I ended up cancelling several appointment. I explained to the counsellor Selena how I was feeling, she was very understanding. After Christmas I received a message inviting me back for another session. At first I was apprehensive about it but ultimately I decided that I should give it another try. Why I Stopped For some reason I never actually spoke in depth about why […]

Taking A Little Hiatus

For a while now I’ve not been feeling focused or inspired to write. I’ve been full of self doubt, not only about writing but life in general. My mental health hasn’t been the best for a while now and I feel that it’s time I step away from the pressure I put on myself to get a post out every week. After speaking with Alice of Notebooks and Glasses, I’ve decided that I’m going to take a some time out of posting for maybe a month or so. I’m not giving up writing completely. If I am hit by inspiration I will grab it and run with it, but won’t be publishing the post until I feel that I am […]

You Behind The Illness (Tag)

I’ve spoken in the past about my chronic illness, touching on how it has changed my life for almost a decade (Has it really been that long?)  Although sometimes I don’t feel like myself anymore, deep down I am still the same person I was back then. Yes there may be homes when I feel defeated, and seem close to giving up on my hopes and dreams. Those dreams however are still there lingering in the background.  When Natalie of Surviving Lifes Hurdles tagged me in the You Behind The Illness tag, I was excited to take part in the challenge and let people know the, me that’s been hiding behind my illness for so long.  Be sure to check out Natalie’s […]

Time Out – Blöm Cards Monday’s

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another Blöm Cards Monday’s post. Today I’ll be talking about the Time Out card.  If you missed my previous post you can catch it here. Our culture is constantly switched on. Take time away today, be it for five minutes or an hour. Do something you’ll benefit from, run, meditate, stretch or journal. Sometimes intentional rest is what we need not distraction. DISCONNECT If like me you are constantly on the go, running after your kids, working or planning your next adventure. Or using one of the many pieces of technology that is available in today’s society, you feel like your brain is on overdrive most of the day.  Then when it comes to […]

I Am Enough! – A Daily Affirmation

I am my own worst critic, questioning each and every decision I make. My mind tells me that I’m not good enough to be a parent, to follow my dreams of writing, plus much much more. The constant negativity that comes from my brain is quit frankly debilitating. I’m not trying anything new, I’m not writing and I’m not finding joy in anything that I do. Scrolling through Pinterest I looked for quotes in the hopes that I can find some inspiration or motivation to help me get out of this mindset. When I found an image with a list of daily affirmations to tell yourself. Normally that wouldn’t be something that I would do, I don’t have a daily […]

Don’t Fear Tears, Blöm Cards Monday’s

Hello and welcome to the second instalment of my Blöm Cards Monday’s series. If you missed my introduction post explaining Blöm Cards and the goal of the series you can read it here. Today I will be sharing my experience with the “Don’t Fear Tears” Card. Don’t Fear Tears Often we push sadness away and distract ourselves. We fear our tears, believing that we should be strong. In fact, emotional tears realise feel good endorphins. Crying is also essential in the processing of grief. Heal through tears When I first sat down to write this. I thought that it would be straight forward and fairly easy to write about. That was until I tried putting the thoughts on to paper, […]