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50 reasons why I feel guilty

A photograph of a mother carrying a smiley baby - 50 Reasons Why I Feel Guilty - Mrs H's favourite things

I feel guilty all the time. Mum guilt. Wife guilt. Friend guilt. The list goes on and on. And bloody hell, it is exhausting feeling this way. Beating myself up emotionally for every little mistake I make or every time I don’t live up to the image of perfection that I aspire to. But I’m human. I make mistakes and I’m not perfect. So this leads to a great deal of guilt. Over the years I have learnt that writing down my feelings…

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Mental health

15 ways to look after your mental health

An inspirational photograph of a woman standing on a beach at sunset and looking out to the sea _ 15 steps for looking after my mental health - Mrs H's favourite things

I’ve been quite open recently that my mental health hasn’t been brilliant. It certainly isn’t terrible but I haven’t been myself. I’ve been feeling anxious and unmotivated. There have been days when I have felt tearful, unable to control my mood and I have just wanted to clamber back into bed and sleep. There are many small reasons why my depression has relapsed. The stress and sadness of the recurrent miscarriages and the anxiety I felt in my last pregnancy has caught…

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The Stalker

Two shadows of people appear on a pavement one slightly behind the other like they are a stalker - The Stalker - Mrs H's favourite things

I have a stalker. They've been a menacing presence in my life since I was 20. And since their appearance during my second year at university, there has been no escape. They've been every where I turned. Every where I looked. They threatened my life. And they filled me with self loathing and hatred. Setting me on a path to self destruction.…

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Motherhood Recurrent miscarriage

An open letter to our first baby

A sepia tinted photograph of a young baby's feet and toes - A open letter to our first baby - Mrs H's favourite things

Dear Baby, Today could have been your 4th birthday. Today your Daddy and I could have been singing happy birthday to you. We could have watched you open your presents. Seen you smile as you blew out the candles on your cake. We could have taken you to see the animals at London Zoo. Maybe you would have asked to take one of your new toys with you.…

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The (not big or fat) quiz of the year

A coloured photograph of a little girl dressed in cold weather gear walking across Camber Sands beach on a sunny winter's day with the beach houses and a bright blue sky in the background - The (not big of fat) quiz of the year _ Mrs H's favourite things

Earlier this week, the lovely Lisa from Mummascribbles tagged me in The (not big or fat quiz) of the year. Lisa has been one of my favourite bloggers and best blogging buddies for quite a while. She is truly lovely. But she is also a brilliant writer. She wrote this fabulous letter to her first born son recently and I am sure it is a post that resonates with all parents of more than one child. For the past two years,…

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Organic baby clothes review – From Babies with Love

A photograph of a very cute baby boy wearing a gorgeous Penguin Baby Grow and a French Grey Little Kisses Knotted Hat from From Babies with Love AW16 Capsule Collection of organic baby clothing - Organic baby clothes review - From Babies with Love - Mrs H's Favourite Things

Before becoming a mother, I was a charity fundraiser. I cared deeply and I wanted to make a difference in the world. But since becoming a mother, my desire to help other's has increased. And I'm especially drawn to organisations and social enterprises that help disadvantaged and vulnerable children. That is why I was thrilled when From Babies with Love asked me to review some products from their AW16 Capsule Collection of beautiful organic baby clothes.…

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Mental health

Being alive

14 years ago today, I woke up in hospital. I was still alive. The night before I had taken numerous packets of ibuprofen in an attempt to kill myself. I can't describe in words the desolation I felt that I had not succeeded. That I was still alive. That I had to carry on living with the endless turmoil and numbness of depression.…

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Be the light

A photograph of candles shining brightly in the darkness - Be the light - Mrs H's favourite things

"You can't control what happens in life but you can control your reaction to it." These words were written in a letter to me when I was in my early 20's and suffering terribly from depression. They were the very wise words of my wonderful Great Uncle David. In the past few days this phrase has been running through my mind. On Wednesday 9th November 2016, I woke up to a world that I didn't recognise.…

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