Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Happy Monday lovelies!!!

So I done something this week that was wayyyyy out of my comfort zone. I done a series of Instagram Stories speaking about my son. Read More

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The Versatile Blogger Award

I was recently nominated by my fellow blogger friend Natalie at Searching For My Inner Zen. The Versatile Blogger Award was created to feature and recognise blogs that have unique content, high quality of writing, and fantastic photos. As the web-page about the Versatile Blogger Award says: Honour those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.

Thank you Natalie. You’re such a lovely and kind lady who I am very privileged to have met through this blogging world of ours. Those of you who are needing some zen and who enjoy reading beautifully written words, get yourselves over to this lady’s wonderful little part of the internet and enjoy!


THE RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award, and include a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate 7 blogs that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  3. Share 7 things about yourself that people might not know.

7 FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. I married my high school sweetheart – been together 17 years and counting.
  2. There are 16 years between myself and my youngest sister.
  3. I found out I was pregnant just as I was about to be rushed into surgery.
  4. I am obsessed with stationery.
  5. I suffer from Anxiety disorder and PTSD.
  6. I’ve broken my coccyx (my bum) three times – i’m clumsy.
  7. I got my first tattoo last month.

MY NOMINATIONS:

  1. Pixel Mama
  2. Natalie Hanson
  3. Man vs Adulthood
  4. Bee Beauty
  5. Mum in The Mad House
  6. That Mumma Rocks
  7. The Mother Hen

All of these amazing blogs are worthy of a read and a follow so get yourselves over and thank me later.

Can’t wait to read all of the posts from my nominees.

D x


The Education of a Preemie-Mummy

When I found out I was expecting I done what every mum-to-be does… I read every baby book there was and consumed every piece of advice given to me by friends, family and strangers alike.

I prepared to the point of exhaustion, but felt ready for everything and anything that motherhood had to offer. I thought I knew what to expect, but in actual fact, I learned more in my first few weeks of being a mum than I did in my entire pregnancy.

It’s one of those situations where you learn better on the job, as it were.

So I thought I’d share the educational journey I’ve had up until now. It might better prepare those of you who are expecting, and it might not… But it’s been a funny old journey so I wanted to share it nonetheless.

  • There’s no such thing as over-cuddling your child – trust me when I say that time flies so get in as many baby cuddles as you can before they don’t let you.
  • It’s ok to ask for help – being a parent can be very overwhelming , so if people are willing to give you it take it.
  • Having a super clean and tidy home (although nice) isn’t the be all and end all – do as much as you can but don’t overdo it. Your time is better spent enjoying your children.
  • The baby smell should be bottled – seriously why hasn’t Jo Malone capitalised on this? Inhale as much of that sweet scent while it lasts.
  • Baby feet are the most adorable things you will ever see in your life… seriously!
  • Poo comes in so many different colours, smells and textures – like a Jackson Pollock I’m telling you!
  • The luxury of going to the toilet alone is now a thing of the past – that tiny person will follow you everywhere you go, even if its a visit to the porcelain throne.
  • You will never leave the house on time again – accept this fact, because no matter how well you prepare there will always be a last minute catastrophe that stops you from getting anywhere at the right time.
  • You will be amazed at the little amount of sleep you can function on – yes you will feel like your retinas are burning and that your life is moving in slow motion, but you will get through the day.
  • Baby shoes are EXTORTIONATE – like, ridiculously expensive considering the size of them and how long your tiny human will fit into them.
  • You’re clothes will be covered in vomit, poo, snot and all sorts of food… and you won’t care.
  • You will develop an irrational hatred for Peppa Pig – embrace it!
  • Everyone has an opinion – whether it was asked for or not, try to not get caught up in it and take it all with a pinch of salt. You know whats best for your baby.
  • Expensive toys are not a necessity – my son prefers the box the toys come in, so don’t put yourself in a financial burden, your little one prefers you to any toy.

There it is then… All of the things I’ve learned in my parenting journey so far. Just remember it’s your journey with your little one, and nobody knows how to do the job better than you do. We’re all learning and no parent is perfect, so just do your best and you can’t go wrong.

Take care lovelies,

D x


De-stress and Unwind

I am a highly strung person. I am not, by nature, laid back and chill. It takes a lot to get me there and by a lot I mean medication and alcohol mostly, lol.

However, I’ve really been working on my self-care since the start of this year and I have come up with some basic ideas/ practices that I try to incorporate into my life when things are getting too much to handle.

I thought I’d share these, in case like me, there are those of you out there who find it difficult to turn your brain off. These are simple little things I choose to do to relax my body and my mind, and despite being simple, they are also effective.

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Simple as that. 🙂 It’s not rocket science and the most important thing to remember is that you cannot control everything. Once you learn to accept this, everything else will become much easier to handle.

As ever, take care lovelies.

D x


Writers Block

Hello lovelies.

Those of you who follow me will have noticed i’ve not blogged in over a week, something which is quite unusual for me as of late.

There are a few reasons for this:

1 – I’ve been struck down by the plague… all thanks to my germ ridden sister who passed it to my son… who then passed it to me…

and

2 – I don’t know what to write.

This isn’t hugely important as oftentimes what I do write is absolute gibberish and I find that getting all of my nonsense out and onto a blank page is wonderfully therapeutic. However, I don’t just want to serve you drivel. If you are kind enough to follow me, I want to be able to give you food for thought when you visit my page. Whether that’s to try a new product I’ve been loving or just to feel like you’re not alone with your thoughts.

So in a bid to overcome my “writers block” I’ve taken to brainstorming words and ideas that are just coming to me.

A lot of it’s crazy… like full on ‘what is going on in my head’ crazy… But a lot of it has been super useful and so this is how I’m going to try and move forward.

I hope you keep reading along and I appreciate each and every one of you for your support.

Love & grateful hugs,

D x


Milestones!!!

This is a very happy day for me lovelies. Not only is this my 100th post milestone, but I have also recently reached 200 followers.

I started writing this blog as a form of therapy when I realised my son may be on the Autism Spectrum, but it turned out to be much more than just that.

I’ve met people going through the same thing, as well as discovering amazing new blogs that I would never have found had I not started my own.

It’s an incredibly humbling thing, to have people read what you have to say and even take the time to leave you a comment. I’ve even found that on days where I’m really struggling there always seems to be a kind person out there reading my posts and leaving a lovely comment. You have no idea how much of a difference this has made to my day at times.

So this is just a big…

THANKYOU

…to all of you wonderful human beings!

Thank you for being so wonderful and so generous with your time and your kind words.

Thank you for making an often over-tired, unwashed, hangry mama smile on the daily.

Thank you for reading my random-ass ramblings and humouring me.

Thank you for following along while I navigate motherhood and toddler-life.

Thank you for just being you, you amazing, gorgeous, tremendous bunch of people!!!

D x


The Kind Blogger Award

I have found since starting my blog that there are 2 types of bloggers out there:

  • Those who are in it for themselves – they want to get their message out there and don’t want anyone to get in their way.

AND…

  • Those who do it simply because they love it – they love writing posts, reading other peoples posts and are just happy and grateful to have readers who are interested in what they have to say.

So based on this, I have decided to start my own little Bloggers Award. I see loads of them flying about, and was even nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award last week which I was very pleased and grateful about. This award differs in that it’s not necessarily based on what a person has written, but rather how they have portrayed themselves to be to their readers. It’s called the ‘Kind Blogger Award’ and it has a badge and everything so that you can add it to your blog.

Unlike a lot of the other awards, it will have only 1 recipient which I will send out on a monthly basis to whoever I feel has been a worthy of the award. However, those in receipt of it are encouraged to pass it on to those that they feel deserve it.

It’s just about spreading a little bit of love amongst the blogging community. We are all doing this for different reasons, whether its a form of therapy (which it was for me), a hobby you enjoy, part of coursework or simple a way to earn income. Nobody will get very far in life without recognising those around you who help you on your way to achieving your goals. So why not make this as supporting and loving a community as we possibly can.


So here are the rules:

  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 5 questions set out by the aforementioned Blogger.
  3. Nominate 1 person who you feel is worthy of this award.
  4. Give 3 reasons for nominating this person.
  5. List these rules and display the Award Logo/ Badge on your own blog.

My nomination for March is the lovely Natalie from Searching For My Inner Zen and here are my reasons for nominating her:

  • She is always one of the first people to read and comment on my new blog posts.
  • Her Blog is beautiful with a very appealing layout, making me want to read it even more.
  • Her writing is stunning. It’s positive and full of love and lessons, as well as having an inspirational quote at the beginning of each post. Utter perfection!

So you should definitely get yourself over to her blog and give some of those wonderful posts a read, you won’t be sorry.

Here are my questions for you Natalie:

  1. How did you come up with your Blog name?
  2. What’s your favourite song of all time and why?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
  5. What’s your favourite quote and why?

Feel free to use this badge on your page, as well as using the featured image for your own post.

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Hope to see lots of lovely recipients of The Kind Blogger award on my reading lists.

Take care lovelies.

D x

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