“Without my Hook, I am Nothing”

Without my Hook I am Nothing

You may have heard the quote I have used as this post’s title in the amazing animated film “Moana” but not put much thought into it like me the first bazillion times I have watched it, until last week when Ra-Ra put it on again (thankfully I love it so I don’t mind) when I half heard it and I was in quite a low place it resonated with me in a way I didn’t expect. How often do we feel if we don’t have a specific item, person etc that we can’t possibly carry on or be the person we thought we were/are, or Maui’s hook? We often use things as a crutch whether we have latched onto it for personal reasons or societal. Read more

Breastfeeding Awareness Week for the Non Breastfeeding Mum’s

Breastfeeding Awareness Week for the Non Breastfeeding Mum's

So it is currently National Breastfeeding Week and it has been filling up my social media feeds constantly and of course that is a good thing! No mum should feel she can’t feed her child in public or have to hide away, especially not in a god damn toilet that infuriates me. It is completely natural albeit sometimes difficult thing for women to do. What I have liked about the posts some from my family and some from my friends is that every one struggles with something different! Be it the physical side or the mental side of breastfeeding. It has made my non breastfeeding journey seem just as important. Read more

Mud and Bloom Gardening Boxes

Mud & Bloom gardening subscription boxes

So I really like the idea of subscription boxes for children that are educational and I was lucky enough to be tagged in a tweet from Mud And Bloom about their gardening subscription boxes and I thought why not take a look as Ra-Ra has been enjoying planting things and taking more of an interest in nature this year. Plus she has to come up with a shoe box of things she has done this summer for her starting school in September. School I know time is going waaay too fast for our liking! Read more

Lentil Falafel and Tabbouleh – Meatless Monday

Lentil Falafel and Tabbouleh - meatless monday

I have been wanting to retry making falafel since a really bad attempt at a slimming world or weight watchers recipe was dry like cardboard. I also have been wanting to add more lentils in my life and I thought why not! Then I added in extra veggies because you can’t have too many right? This paired with the tabbouleh and of course some hummus was a really nice and light meal to have at work. Read more

Productivity and Mental Health – Time to Talk Tuesday

productivity and mental health - time to talk tuesdays

I was scrolling through pinterest as per usual and I saw a pin on something called an “every damn day list” that intrigued me as I firstly love lists and secondly I am always looking for different ways to increase my productivity; especially on the days my mental health has taken a nose dive! The original post can be found here but I will quote the original post here too. Read more

Vegan “Cheesy” Pasta – Meatless Monday

Vegan "cheesy" pasta - meatless mondays

So I recently bought some nutritional yeast – I say I did actually 00Steve did because I said it would reduce the amount he spends on cheese that he doesn’t eat himself, which is actually about 90% of the cheese in the house! I wasn’t sure if I would like nutritional yeast but I thought it was only like £3 for a decent sized tub from Holland and Barrett that it didn’t matter as I would find a use for it, I read somewhere a long time ago that you would find it hard to resist just nabbing bits as you go past (a bit like the cheese graters prerogative of eating a chunk once finished) and my goodness they weren’t lying even Ra-Ra likes it! I totally understand the cheesy notes that people are on about when it comes to the nutritional yeast or “nooch” Read more

DBT – Time To Talk Tuesday

Dialectical behavior therapy - time to talk tuesdays

It has been awhile since I last wrote a post in Time to Talk Tuesday’s and in a way I have been hiding in the sand about my mental health refusing to acknowledge it to myself and that is when things get worrying. I am now in therapy and I have been waiting for the entry module to roll around for DBT and now it finally has; which is good because I have well and truly fallen back into old patterns which I really didn’t want too. Read more

Chickpea Salad Toasties – Meatless Monday

Chickpea Salad Toastie - Meatless Mondays

I truly adore chickpeas, they are so versatile and incredibly good for you plus they are the main ingredient in hummus and if you know me personally you know that I’m it’s biggest fan TRU DAT! Haha…anyway back to the delightfulness of this toastie! It lasts well and is really tasty plus with a couple of simple swaps it is entirely vegan too! 00Steve was surprised at how much it looked like tuna, but he is fast against chickpeas and hummus (I know how on earth does our marriage work?!) so he won’t try it sadly. But I freaking LOVED it! Read more