I asked my partner to leave when my Son was 18 months old.  It was a scary time for everyone.  I was quite young, and facing being a single parent was daunting. Soon after he left, Dad’s mental health deteriorated rapidly.  He went to a pretty dark place and an acute schizophrenia developed.   Still feeling a sense of responsibility to Dad, I spent a lot of that time trying to get him the support he needed.  This was a challenge, as Dad didn’t really accept he was ill.  Some

I first experienced pelvic girdle pain in the 3rd trimester of my second pregnancy.  If you’ve experienced it I know you’ll get how painful it is, and how frustrating it can be!  A short walk to the shops is quite literally a step to far.  My husband refused to go to the supermarket with me as I couldn’t get past 2 aisles.  Needless to say we discovered online shopping!       I kind of expected some aches and pains, being 37 and not as fit as I could be. 

This Tomato and Bean Soup Recipe was inspired when I flicked through March’s addition of Psychologies Magazine. The first thing that jumped out at me was an article called ‘Perfect Harmony’, featuring recipes from Dale Pinnock’s book ‘The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day’.     I love anything that helps me think about the food I am eating.  I’ve had a love hate relationship with food pretty much all my life.  I use food to satisfy my boredom, comfort my woes and give myself a huge pat on the back.     I

  Do you get teenagers?  I’ve got to be honest, I really struggle.  Since the hormone fairy came along and took away my sweet little boy, I really haven’t had a much of a clue who’s been camping out upstairs in the pit that used to be a bedroom.     The hormone fairy turned up a little early for my liking.  The boy was about 11 years old when petulance began to  creep in.  Slowly but surely everything became a real battle.  Getting a slug into action would have been easier than moving

If you’ve read How I Prepared For Labour & Having My First Baby, you’ll probably already know  I left a bit of a gap between my first and second child.  I would definitely call myself an older Mum this time round at the age of 37.  My son is now 16 years old, 6’2”, size 12 shoe and a far cry from the 6lb 12oz squidge that arrived in December 1997.  Let’s just say that I didn’t want to rush into anything when deciding to have a second baby.  That’s

Now that I’m having my third child, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my first experience of labour and giving birth.  Being a parent really encourages reflection, and we learn from our first experience of giving birth in the hope our next labour will deliver a safe and happy baby too. I have been fortunate that neither of my previous experiences of giving birth were negative. The labours were very similar in some respects, but not all women experience similar deliveries. My son was born in 1997, I

This spinach and lentil soup recipe has fast become a favourite in our house.  I’m a home cook, who tries to balance a busy life with trying to feed the family healthy food.  Corners have to be cut, and savings have to be made with both money and time. I know I find this a challenge and I’m guessing a lot of you out there do to.  I don’t feel bad if we indulge in the odd take away or grab the frozen chips from the freezer if time is

Chocolate spelt cake could be just what you are looking for if your looking for a wheat free spelt flour cake recipes.  This is definitely one of my favourite parts of writing my blog.  My virtual trip to Granny’s Kitchen.  It doesn’t quite beat the real thing but it’s a close second.  This chocolate spelt cake recipe is a real favourite, so I thought I’d share it with you, with Granny’s permission of course. Granny always comes up with some fab little treats.  I sent her a mini loaf tin

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