Origin: What I Thought

Have I had a major falling out with Dan Brown? I’ve been a huge fan of Brown since I started taking reading seriously – a good fifteen years ago, perhaps. It wasn’t until my late teens, early twenties, that I became a binge reader of his: seeing the dawn rise whilst polishing off one of…… Continue reading Origin: What I Thought

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: What I Thought

‘I suppose one of the reasons we’re all able to continue to exist for our allotted span in this green and blue vale of tears is that there is always, however remote it might seem, the possibility of change.’ We tend to walk through life under the impression that most of us humans think and…… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: What I Thought

Are You OK, Mama?

I like to think I have an open and honest relationship with my partner. This willingness to share, combined with my emotional Cancerian tendencies, led to me admitting that I’m concerned about my mental health now that the school holidays are here. Scared. Terrified. I had been cruising along nicely with my little nursery and…… Continue reading Are You OK, Mama?

You’re being moulded

From the day you depart your mother’s womb, they’re trying to mould you. Buy this pink medicine for the unbearable cries, the little warmer than normal skin, the babe that doesn’t sleep. Fill them up with it, watch them calm, quiet their temper, their angst. Now wipe them with this wipe, that cream, wash them…… Continue reading You’re being moulded

Cook with me: MOIST cocoa-free chocolate cake

I already know what you’re thinking: a cocoa-free chocolate cake? No cocoa powder in your cake? How does that work? Well, my friends, one day I had no cocoa powder in my cupboard but eggs that needed using and some love in my heart. Okay, that’s silly. But I took a regular recipe for a…… Continue reading Cook with me: MOIST cocoa-free chocolate cake

Running away

I run away from minor health complaints because I’m scared of spending money we don’t have on medication. I run away from minor health complaints because I’m scared they could turn into something bigger. I run away from a hostile environment with my child so that he doesn’t get hurt again. I run away from…… Continue reading Running away

Cook with me: Spicy carrot and potato soup

This is a great recipe I found and altered. It uses just a handful of cupboard essentials, can be doubled or halved depending on heads to be fed, can be frozen or used over 3-4 days. It’s a perfect winter kick. The ingredients here will serve 4-5 people, again dependent upon appetite! Without further ado,…… Continue reading Cook with me: Spicy carrot and potato soup

Cook with me: Red lentil, spinach and potato dahl

Hi loves! A happy new year to my blog and its readers. It’s been another extensive while, I know. However I’m back with a quick recipe post, as I felt inspired to share it. I started following a recipe I found online earlier, however the closer I got to finishing it, the more I felt…… Continue reading Cook with me: Red lentil, spinach and potato dahl

Lounging around

Ever walked into a place, knowing it’s exactly where you belong? Of course you have, most of us have experienced it, maybe multiple times. Today, I had one of those instances. Myself and my better half visited a brand-spanking-new establishment in the heart of Northfield, named Allegro. Because my god, Northfield needs a cheery place.…… Continue reading Lounging around

The How and Why of Self-Care

It’s 9:30pm and the children have finally been asleep for longer than 30 minutes. Or maybe it’s 9:30pm and you had to stay over at work for three hours too long, not seeing your partner since the evening before. You’ve had knock-back after knock-back lately – nothing seems to be making sense or improving. You’ve…… Continue reading The How and Why of Self-Care