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Taking ‘Time To Read’ With Little Miss H And The BookTrust

A photograph of a mother reading the Time To Read book Little Monkey to her daughter in bed - Taking Time To Read With Little Miss H And The BookTrust - Mrs H's favourite things

Reading is a big part of life in our house. Lately, I’ve fallen back in love with novels thanks to the Bookish Mamas book club which I run online with two other bloggers (Jess and Naomi). We’re also helping Little Miss H with her school reading (which is really coming on). And bedtime involves reading at least two stories to Little Miss H and at least another two to Little Mister H (their book preferences are quite different and we haven’t…

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Blogging & Vlogging Mental Health

Am I Inspiring?

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“You’re so inspiring.” These are words that I often hear because of my blog. Normally after I’ve written a post about being a mother with mental ill-health or surviving baby loss. Yet, inspiring is not a word I would apply to myself. I didn’t enter the world of blogging with the intention to inspire. Instead, I became a blogger for selfish reasons. Am I Inspiring? I started blogging back in 2012. I’d been signed off work for three and a…

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Fashion & Beauty Mental Health

Finding Body Confidence In Adult Life

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Finding Body Confidence In Adult Life is a collaborative post. As an adult living in this day and age, our body confidence can be a huge hurdle to our happiness. It’s easy to find faults in ourselves throughout the different stages of our life and when it comes to picking apart small rolls of skin here and dark circles there: we can’t help ourselves. If you are sick of hating your body and you want to feel happy in your…

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Mental Health

My Depression And Anxiety Relapse

A photograph of a mother hand-in-hand with her daughter running a long Dymchurch Beach - How It Feels To Have A Depression And Anxiety Relapse - Mrs H's favourite things

Trigger Warning: If you suffer from depression or anxiety then you may find this post, about my current depression and anxiety relapse, triggering. “I am not a stranger to the dark Hide away, they say ‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars Run away, they say No one’ll love you as you are But I won’t let them break me down to dust I know that there’s a place for us…

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Mental Health

My First Emotions: The Parent’s Guide

A photograph of a mother and her toddler son enjoying the activities from Skylark Learning's My First Emotions Box - My First Emotions - The Parent's Guide - Mrs H's favourite things

Mr H, being a communicator by trade, is always reading books about human behaviour. He recently read out this sentence to me from a book by Jonathan Haidt called The Righteous Mind (the fun we have in our house!): “We are deeply intuitive creatures whose gut feelings drive our strategic reasoning.” It really connected with me because, as someone who has struggled with my mental health all my life, I know how true this is. On any day, my feelings…

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Mental Health

3 Simple Methods Of Lifting Your Spirits To The Sky

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This is a collaborative post.  When depressed, it can be very tough to try and see the good in every day. In fact, it can sometimes be nigh-on impossible. This might be for many reasons. Of course, the chemical imbalance of your brain can contribute to this, and in those scenarios medication and therapy can be profound helping measures. This article will not focus on the science of this, or recommend that you follow it. Health matters of this serious…

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Mental Health

The Importance Of Validating Your Children’s Emotions

A photograph of a mother and her son - the mum is reading a copy of the Love book from My First Emotions Box by Skylark Learning - The Importance Of Validating Your Children's Emotions - Mrs H's favourite things

  Tonight we had chicken stir fry for dinner. Mr H had spent 20 minutes cooking a lovely meal that we could all enjoy as a family. And it was a yummy dinner. Mr H and I ate the whole thing. However, Little Mister H was not happy about his dinner. He clearly wanted fish fingers and chips or jacket potato with cheese and beans. So he became angry and ended up throwing some of his food at me. He’s a…

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Mental Health

5 Things That Can Make You Feel Good

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This is a collaborative post. It’s safe to say that we don’t always feel at our best. As much as we’d all love to be able to look and feel incredible at all times, that very rarely happens. In fact, you’re more likely to find that you feel down more than you do good. Because the world can be an incredibly pressurized place. It’s easier than ever to be hard on yourself, and this is when things like depression can…

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