Sometimes We Need To Be Challenged.

As a SAHM with chronic illness and disabilities I tend to do the same thing day in, day out. I feel like I’m drowning in the mundane and need to find new ways to challenge myself and stop my brain turning to mush. I’m a bit of a list addict and found a pin on Pinterest 31 Days Of lists challenge.  For the rest of July I am going to take part in this list challenge and will post them on my site, as well as write them in my bullet journal. I’m not necessarily going to share one list per day. I’ll more than likely do a post a week with several lists in one, so anyone who is […]

Annabel Karmel – Real Food Kids Will Love – Cookbook Review

If your kids are anything like mine trying to get them to eat anything that’s not chips and chicken nuggets is a constant battle. Our meal repertoire isn’t that big. It’s not that alex is super fussy he just doesn’t like trying out new things, if the texture of colour of food is wrong he will not touch it. How many kids do you know that don’t like cake or ice cream? Our boy refused to even try them. Disclaimer – I was sent a copy of this book in return for an honest and fair review shared across social media. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own Last week children’s nutritionist Annabel Karmel released a brand new cookbook […]

This Flare Was Inevitable

With everything that has been going on lately, it’s no surprise that I am smack bang in the middle of a fibromyalgia flare. The stresses of being flooded, temporarily moving out and dealing with an overzealous climbing toddler has taken its toll. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about check out my last post for a life update. Over the past month or so I’ve been pushing myself to the limit everyday. I might not have been busting myself with chores or going for walks but stress uses up energy and when your energy levels aren’t that high to begin with, you can feel drained very quickly. Living at my parents was good for both me and Alex as […]

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 […]

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. […]