Mental Health Awareness Week – How You Can Help

For many years society has belittled mental illness, making those who suffer from illnesses including depression and anxiety to feel that they are weak, not worthy and alone. According to a reports 1 in 4 people in the UK experience some sort of mental health issue each year. With the number of people who self harm or have suicidal thoughts has increased rapidly. This statistic shocked me. As someone who suffers with mental health issues I didn’t realise that so many people were affected by mental illness. Maybe I was being naive or ignorant, or maybe it’s because there is still a stigma when it comes to discussing and understanding mental illness, that many people feel embarrassed to talk about […]

Why Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Is Important.

Today 12th May marks Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, a date that has been used for several years to help raise awareness to the condition that an estimated 800.000 people in the UK live with. It’s important that we talk, post and share about fibromyalgia as we need more and more people to know about this condition. A condition that some medical practitioners don’t believe in. A condition that can cause excruciating pain and debilitating fatigue. A condition that so many people battle against daily. It may not be life threatening but it is still a battle so many suffer alone and sometimes in silence because it is completely invisible and society seems to ignore anything that doesn’t have a flashing neon […]

My First Touch & Feel – Book Review

Reading is a big part of the bedtime routine in our house. David reads to Alex every night before bed. We want to encourage Alex to enjoy reading as much as his daddy does. I wasn’t a big reader growing up because I struggled with the size of print, if I had known then that there was aids to help me I might have enjoyed reading and getting lost in the story. I want that for Alex. He will pick up one of the many books he has a look at the pictures which is a good start. To encourage him more we got him his first library card, which you can read about here. Earlier in the week we […]

The First Library Visit For Our Little Book Worm In The Making

Last week David and I took Alex to the local library to get him his very first library card. (I wish I had taken photos of him inside the library). He seemed to really enjoy the time there, looking at the books with David & I, as well as playing on the seats and generally wandering around. He even sat next to a little boy for a few minutes which was very cute. The book that we choose to borrow is There’s A Monster In Your Book by Tom Fletcher with illustrations by Gregg Abbott. As the first book to borrow this was a perfect choice. The cover is eye-catching with the cutest little monster I’ve seen. The story is […]

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 […]