My Life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

My Life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thursday 12th May was World ME Day, a day to focus on learning about, raising awareness of and campaigning around Myalgic Encephalomyeltitis {ME}, sometimes called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome {CFS}. The theme this year was #LearnFromME. Why should you learn from ME?  ...

Q1 2022 in Review

Q1 2022 in Review

The first quarter of 2022 was bookended by trips to A&E and filled with multiple periods of ill health. I started the year with a ruptured ovarian cyst, my CFS flared a lot and I managed to hurt my back badly at some point in the middle of March. Then Jesse caught a...

How I Rekindled My Love of Letter Writing

How I Rekindled My Love of Letter Writing

Since the end of last year, I’ve gained five pen pals and started writing multiple letters a month. In an overwhelming, fast-paced digital world, putting pen to paper has become one of my favourite ways to slow down. Here’s how I rekindled my love of letter writing…...

Hello 2022

Hello 2022

I usually have my first blog post of the year written and published by January 3rd. After the chaos of Christmas, I love shutting myself away to reflect on the previous 12 months and document my plans for the year ahead. The words flow readily. I always enjoy...

3 Creative Lessons From a Christmas Wreath Workshop

3 Creative Lessons From a Christmas Wreath Workshop

At the beginning of December, my mum and I drove to nearby Nailsea to attend a Christmas wreath workshop hosted by Sarah from The Petal Emporium. With fairy lights strung from the rafters, and tea and mince pies waiting for us upon arrival, the Tithe Barn provided a...

Why I’m Picking Up a New Hobby This Winter

Why I’m Picking Up a New Hobby This Winter

If you read my last post, or watched the saga unfold via Instagram, you'll know I spent a large chunk of the summer playing nurse. Jesse tested positive for COVID in July and Carl and Izzy quickly followed suit. It was an intense, exhausting time and definitely not...

Our Summer Bucket List 2021

Our Summer Bucket List 2021

The weather forecast may be sending mixed messages, but summer is finally upon us here in the UK. Jesse is due to break up from school in a couple of weeks and the calendar is the busiest it’s been in over a year. Despite being fully vaccinated, we’re feeling fairly...

12 Things I’ve Learned from 12 Years Writing Online

12 Things I’ve Learned from 12 Years Writing Online

At the end of this month, it’ll be 12 years since I published my first blog post. At the time, I was simply picking up a new hobby. Writing for fun after three years of academic writing for my undergraduate degree. I was also eight months pregnant with my second...

How to Write When You Feel Like You Can’t

How to Write When You Feel Like You Can’t

Don't take this personally, but I really didn't want to write this blog post. I've been putting it off for ages. First, I ignored the task on last week's to-do list and let it spill over into this week's. Now it's a few days before it's due to be pubilshed and I'm...

The Meals I Cook the Most {Vegan Recipes, Tips and More}

The Meals I Cook the Most {Vegan Recipes, Tips and More}

It’s a long time since I’ve written a blog post about food. Four years, to be precise {I checked}. Without going off on too much of a tangent, I often struggle to figure out whether I’m ‘allowed’ to post things like this anymore. Sharing the kind of content I enjoy...

Hello 2021

Hello 2021

I’ve been writing a version of this post every January since 2010. There have been highs and lows, years filled with countless happy memories and some peppered with pain and heartache. But none of them have been anything like 2020. In many ways, there's not much to...

My Tips for a Stress-Free, Magical Christmas

My Tips for a Stress-Free, Magical Christmas

After years of sharing snippets of advice on Instragram, I've finally compiled my top tips for a stress-free, magical Christmas. Although this is a much requested post, I'm having a bit of a wobble about publishing it. I think it's hard to write about being organised...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Slowly waking up. I really needed that lie-in. Listening to the sound of rain lashing outside our bedroom window. Wondering why we'd waited until the weekend to enjoy a BBQ. Good old British weather! Heading downstairs for a cup of tea. Curling up on the sofa in front...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping in and waking up very slowly. Heading downstairs for a cup of tea. Writing Carl a short shopping list before he raced off to Asda. Watching Alice in Wonderland with Izzy. Warming chocolate croissants in the oven. Eating a toasted bagel topped with Marmite for...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping in. I've been struggling with this lately as our room gets so light in the mornings, so Carl suggested I try a sleep mask. It worked a treat and I felt a little bit like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Win, win! Snuggling under the duvet for a while...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping late. Giving Jesse a cuddle when he climbed into bed with me. Early morning snuggles are a rare occurrence these days. Heading downstairs to find Carl. Sipping tea and making pancakes for breakfast. Waving Carl and the kids off as they went on their daily...

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