Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A My Story

Shining the spotlight on chronic illness and disability is a series I created to give others like myself, who live with chronic illness or disability an arena to get their voices heard.  To show the world exactly what it is like to walk a mile in our shoes.  The series officially started at the beginning of November with a number of participants submitting their answers and more to come.  I thought that I would take the time to answer the questions and let me retell my story.  Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?   Hey. I’m Nicola. A blogger, mother, wife and dog mum. We live in central Scotland which means we have access to so many […]

2019 A New Year, New Adventures and Challenges Lie Ahead

We are only a few days into the new year! My brain still thinks its 2018 not 19. When my brain eventually catches up with the rest of the world. it will realise that we have a whole new year of adventures and challenges are ahead of us. When I was looking towards the new year and the new goals I wanted to set for myself. I never expected to be spending it in the midst of a really bad pain flare. I knew my new year would be starting with my dancing the night away, taking shots with pals but I’d hoped that I would be able to stay up for the bells and have a nice New Year’s […]

Halloween Themed Craft Ideas – Blogtober 2018 – Day 20

Crafting is one of the suggestions I used for my rainy day activities post. Today I am sharing some of the crafts that alex and I have been doing this month. With Halloween just around the corner. I felt that doing some Halloween inspired crafts would be perfect.  On a day where nothing was planned. I got out our crafting supplies and got to work with Alex to make the pumpkin paper plates and the bat silhouette picture that is found. It didn’t go according to plan but both Alex and I loved it. We will definitely be doing more crafting more often from now on. Tell me in the comments one of your favourite crafting memories with your children […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When My Illness Affects Alex

Having lived with fibromyalgia for several years I am used to the disappointment that comes when I’ve made plans and have to cancel because I’m either too exhausted, too sore or have concentration issues. What I am not used to is the way it affects Alex’s life. His activities and chances to meet and play with other kids his age. Take today for example we go to gymnastics on Wednesday mornings Alex gets to spend time with his big cousin, play on the spring floor, the apparatus and the trampoline. But because I am in so much pain and can barely walk without resembling The Hunchback of Norte Dame. I’m unable to take him AND that makes me feel like […]

Peppa Not Allowed Here!!

Peppa Pig the popular show aimed at preschoolers, seems to have become an entity of its own, the show airs on 3 separate channels here in the UK and is popular worldwide.  With a multi million pound merchandising business including DVDs, toys and its very own theme park.   You would think because of this it would be a good, decent, educational show that you would happily let your little person watch? Well not in this house as David & I have made the decision that Peppa is not allowed. The burning question you are probably asking yourself is, why? why would you prevent your toddler to watch this much-loved kids show?  Well let me tell you, after discussing the […]