Life – What I’ve Been Up To, My Unplanned Absence

Hello, long time no see. If you aren’t aware of what’s been going on, I have had to take an unplanned break from writing. I had the greatest of intentions of amping up my posting and content this past month but sadly life got in the way in the most stressful and disruptive way you can possibly imagine. What’s been happening? Put it simply shitty landlords, leaks, literally gallons of water coming through our bathroom ceiling in the space of 3 weeks. Promises of repair, broken promises. Getting the council and councillors involved the threat of legal action to said shitty landlord of the private let. Temporarily living with my parents whilst David stayed in the damp stinky flat and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Am I Really Ready For Another Baby

I’ve mentioned a few times that David and I have decided to try for another baby. This is a huge change for us, me in particular as for a long time after alex was born I was sure that I only wanted him and no others. There are so many factors behind what stopped me from wanting another child from my chronic illness to our financial situation but I have made up my mind I want another baby, but am I really ready for another baby? What Was Stopping Me? From the time I started thinking about babies I had a dream in mind of having 2 babies a boy then a girl. A dream that I guess so many […]

My Tips For Surviving Blue Monday

Today January 15th marks blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Everyone is winding down from the holidays. Everyone is back at work counting the cost of what they spend on presents, food and parties. The weather is horrible and we just want it to be summer. Ive been looking online for ideas to improve my mood not just for today but in general as I have been taken off my medication, so anything that will help on those down days is good to know. Here are some of the tips I’ve found that will hopefully help me and anyone get through not only blue Monday but any day that you’re feeling a little blue. My Tips […]

Bloggers Recognition Award

Alice of Notebooks and Glasses very kindly nominated me for A Bloggers Recognition Award. I was so over the moon when she tweeted her nominations, and I want to take a little second to thank her. Alice writes about chronic illness which I can relate to 100%. What makes the Bloggers Recognition Award so special, is that it is other bloggers and writers who are saying “hey I like your blog, you deserve some recognition for the hard work you do” RULES FOR THIS AWARD • Write a blog post to show your award • Thank the blogger that nominated you • Tell your readers how your blog started • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers • Nominate […]