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Mental Health Monday: My first CBT session...

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Good morning lovelies! A couple of weeks ago I posted about 6 forms of therapy you can use to help you with depression, and my 8 top tips on how to stay motivated.

Today, I'm tying these two together with the help of the skills I've learned as a result of my CBT sessions! I've had one proper session with feedback and so I'm on my second lot of activities to go through, and I hope that what I will share will help you to challenge negative attitudes and keep your motivation on a daily basis.

Obviously, I am not a doctor or a therapist, so if you are struggling with depression or anxiety and want to access some CBT sessions yourself, consult your GP to find out which services are available to you. I'm in North Hampshire and the one I'm using is TalkPlus, so if you're local to me then give them a google and you can fill out their online self referral form! CBT sessions will either be group sessions or individual sessions, and being a…

My D.I.Y fun toddler game part 2- smiley sorting faces game!

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Who doesn't love smiley faces?!




I've dabbled with trying to show Imogen the names of different colours. We've got books with them in and she's got coloured shape sorting toys but I realised that colours isn't something we have really looked at through play. Imogen really loves sorting things and putting them in to boxes, so I had a little think, and a little look on Pinterest for some ideas. I started dyeing some dry pasta and cereal and thought, now what?! Just getting my daughter to sort them into coloured pots, I thought, could be made more fun. So this is when I came up with this simple idea, which took next to no time at all to set up. The only thing that takes a bit of time is waiting for the food colouring to dry. Some of the colours are a bit  more stubborn than others to dry though! 
I hope you and your little ones enjoy this and you can make this game from items you have around your home. 
What you need:
4 handfuls of dry pasta…

A letter to my husband...

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Dear Jamie,

As you know, you're currently enjoying your all-inclusive 5* holiday in Kabul, and our daughter and I are stuck at home, trying somehow to cope without you around.

Of course, I'm joking. You would never leave us for a 4 month holiday, you're actually at work (perks of the army, eh?) but from what you've told me about your camp it sounds a lot like a holiday!

Don't be annoyed, but I thought this would be more difficult than it has been so far. Today marks the two week point, and honestly I've been so busy that I just haven't had time to think about you being away. We get to speak quite often on the phone too, so that makes it a lot easier. But it is still a big adjustment. It is now, and it will be when you return.

I can imagine you'll find it so much harder to come back, assuming I do have Olivia in some kind of routine by then (I won't hold my breath on that one), and Olivia, especially, will have changed so …

Being a chronically ill parent

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So it’s no secret that at 16 years of age I was diagnosed with endometriosis and a year later I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Now I’ve always been very open in discussing my health as I always try to raise awareness of Endometriosis.


Before I go any further I should probably give a brief outline as to what endometriosis is, this being said I’ve decided toinclude Endometriosis UK’s take on endo.
“Endometriosis (pronounced en- doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is the name given to the condition where cells like the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body. Each month these cells react in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.  It is a chronic and debilitating condition that causes painful or heavy periods. It may also lead to infertility, fatigue and bowel and bladder problems.…

Should I give my baby a dummy?

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Ah, this is one question that possibly all new parents consider at least once! In fact, I'm considering it right now as my daughter screams her head off, refusing to go to sleep, and she's nearly 2! However, when you're a first-time mum, there's a lot of overwhelming information about why you shouldn't give babies dummies, or how long they should have them for, etc. etc.

So, here is the story of how my daughter came to have a dummy, and how she came to stop using it!



Day 1
8.5 hour labour. Distressed baby. Breastfeeding ALLLLLLLL night. Screaming ALLLLLLLLLL night.
Luckily enough we were the only family on the ward at the time, but my god was I so exhausted. The following morning, the midwife did her rounds and asked how we were. 
“Why won’t she sleep?” I said, “isn’t she supposed to be tired, too?”
She sort of smirked at me, and while you may appreciate that it was a bit of a daft question, my baby had literally not slept a wink that day…

Mental Health Monday: 8 ways to stay motivated!

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Evening all!

I realise I’ve been slacking on the #MentalHealthMonday posts recently, but my own mental health has had to be prioritised, as has taking some time out to focus on spending time with my dear husband before he goes to Afghanistan.

One thing I’ve recognised in myself over the last couple of weeks, if not months, is that whenever your mental health takes a turn for the worse, it becomes so incredibly difficult to stay motivated. The smallest things like doing a grocery shop, writing a blogpost or doing exercise can be that much harder to do when you’re completely lacking motivation.

Here are my 8 top tips to stay motivated in spite of your mental health!

1. Plan your time

This one helps me the most, and you’ll find it particularly helpful if, like me, you’ve got a busy schedule and every minute of the day needs to be used wisely! When I was revising for my exams at school and sixth form I would use online tools to create revision timetables, and no…

When Potty Training Doesn't Go to Plan

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I have two nephews who both potty trained quickly and easily at around the two-year mark so in my head that is how potty training ought to be. I have to confess, in the past I have found myself thinking of parents as lazy for not having their child toilet trained before they are three years old,  and I would like to apologise whole-heartedly for that,  I had no idea how wrong I was.

As it happens, potty training can actually be a real pain. 
I have read extensively about how you can potty train a child in a week just by taking their nappies away and putting underwear on them and being shut-ins for a week or about reward charts and stickers and excessive praise can have a child dry in no time. None of that prepared me for the urine soaked chaos of trying to get my son to independently use a potty or toilet. 
We are around three months into our "journey" (if you can really call it that) after failing miserably at an attempt around six months ago which res…