Self Care Routine (Autumn Edition)

Modern day life can be so fast paced that many forget to stop and take a moment to themselves. Many people choosing to focus energy on loved ones rather than themselves Which in turn leads to feelings of being worn out and sometimes indifferent to what is happening around them. There are a number of simple tasks that can be added to daily life to create a self care routine which can help mentally and physically. What Is Self Care & Why Is It Important? Self care is as straight forward as it sounds. It is making time for yourself …

Parenting Through A Flare (Tips I Use When Flaring)

Parenting is hard, don’t let anyone tell you any different. As parents, we want to do our absolute best for our kids. We are plagued with doubt as to whether we are doing the right thing! It can feel like an uphill battle that you are never thanked for, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Bearing in mind how tough parenting is for someone who doesn’t have a chronic illness, imagine how hard and challenging it is for someone who does. Flares happen anytime, anywhere occasionally without warning, which are physically and mentally draining. For me when a …

Letters From Santa – Lapland Mailroom Review

It’s scary to think that Christmas is just around the corner!  This will be the first Christmas where Alex understands about Santa Claus and he seems excited for it, which fills my with joy and anticipation. I can’t wait to see his little face on Christmas morning, opening his presents! To mark the occasion and make this Christmas extra special.  I am going to be getting him his very own personalised letter from Santa which I have ordered from Lapland Mailroom Disclaimer this is a sponsored post.  In return for writing this review I will be receiving a personalised letter …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Petticoats & Lashes Photography – Toddler Photoshoot

There’s something really special about having professional photos taken of our children. It’s a great way for a keepsake and great for Christmas gifts for the grandparents. Over a week ago we took Alex along with his cousin Lucy to get some photos done with Charlene of Petticoat & Lashes Photography by Charlene Hoey. Charlene is my younger cousin but I choose her to do the photos because she is incredibly talented and so laid back and easy to work with. She didn’t show any frustration or annoyance towards Alex or Lucy who were a little apprehensive at first to …

Our Trip To Arran

Last week David, Alex & myself went on our annual holiday with my parents and close family friend and our dogs. We always stay in Scotland visiting the islands from Skye to Mull. This year we went to Arran for the week. Where We Stayed We booked a cottage in the village of Pirnmill on the north west side of the island. The area was lovely, quiet and right next to the beach. The beach was a bit rocky but Alex and the dogs loved it. The amount of clam shells we found was amazing. Travelling took about 4 hours …