Saturday, 13 February 2016

The Fog Is Lifting

As bloggers we share so much of are lives online, we share are hopes and dreams and are feelings. However something that I have not really shared on this blog, or in fact very much in real life was that after the birth of my son seventeen months ago I have suffered from PND. I hid the fact that I was suffering for so long and just got on with things, I had no other option but to just carry on as I have three children to care for. I didn't want people to know about it to be honest as it was something I did not want to face up to and talk about.

I was in denial for a long time that anything was wrong, it took months and months for me to open up and admit that actually I was not coping and that I was so unhappy. Looking back now I think that I started feeling depressed pretty much straight away after Jacob's birth, I felt out of my depth with three children especially with my youngest two only being 14 months apart. Jacob was such a demanding baby screaming non stop from the moment he woke until the moment he slept due to colic and reflux, he also use to wake every hour during the night. I was exhausted and I felt isolated and alone stuck at home all day every day with two small children.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Lunch At The Northside Diner Fenwicks

Once a month I always make sure that I spend at least one day with each of my three children, my teen loves having one on one time with me. I think she sometimes gets a bit sick of having her little brother and sister around and she likes having my undivided attention. Now that she is thirteen she likes to chose what we do on are days together, they mainly consist of either a trip to the cinema or music concert or a day shopping in Newcastle with lunch somewhere she picks. 

One place that we have visited a few times now over the years, that my teen loves is the Northside diner located in Fenwicks. The Northside Diner is a 1950's style American diner serving typical American style diner foods of burgers, hotdogs and milkshakes. It is located on the third floor, in the toy department of Fenwicks right in the heart of the city centre. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Class Book Review & Giveaway

Regular readers will know that I am a real bookworm and adore reading, it is something that I have loved ever since I was a small child. I am hoping that my little two children inherit my love of books as my eldest has no interest at all, I have been making such an effort to read to them often and buy them lots of books which they both love. Every afternoon we snuggle up on the sofa and read a book together, my one year old loves the pictures and my two and a half year old loves anything that rhymes.

So when I was recently sent a copy of 'The Class', a wonderfully illustrated children's book that teaches the alphabet whilst also being a rhyming book, I knew my children would love it. My one year old loves the illustrations and also seemed to enjoy the rhyming story as he sat still and listened to the story, instead of wriggling and constantly trying to grab the book. My two year old also loved this book as she goes to nursery and this book is set in a classroom so she enjoyed looking at the pictures.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Mens Trespass Braxton Jacket Review

The weather here in Newcastle is always cold and wet at this time of year and we always have to wrap up very warm to venture outdoors. So when Trespass got in contact recently and asked if we would like to review an item from their website I thought that it was perfect timing, as it seems to have rained non stop for weeks. 

After browsing the Trespass website, which I have to mention is super easy to navigate and stocks an impressive range of products for the whole family. I finally decided on a winter jacket for my other half as he often leaves for work at 5am and was in need of a new waterproof jacket. After much debating I finally settled on the Braxton Men's waterproof jacket in black, it also comes in blue or green and in a range of sizes ranging from xxs to xxl.

Monday, 8 February 2016

My New Guest Series

For a long time now I have wanted to start a guest series on my blog, basically where I make up some questions and then another bloggers answers them and I share the answers on this little blog of mine. I thought that it would be a great way for my readers to find new blogs to read and also lets face it we are all a little bit noisy and it would be a great way at finding out more about people. 

Ages ago I had the idea of setting up a feature all about others bloggers family lives, a way to find out where they live and what their family life is like. I thought that it would work as my blog is obviously called Newcastle Family Life and it would be nice too see what other bloggers lives around the country are like too. I have been putting off setting this series up for ages as

1.) I was not sure what questions to ask. 
2.) I don't have a little logo/badge like most series do and 
3.) I was terrified nobody would take part. 

Learning New Skills With NCC Home Learning

Since having my youngest two children I have became a stay at home parent, something I know I am lucky to be able to do. However I really miss working, I miss learning and earning and making a difference, as I use to work in adult mental health and special needs social care. I spent years studying towards a degree in social care and mental health before getting my job and even whilst I was working I was always having to learn and go on courses for safeguarding, first aid and health and safety as legislation's were constantly changing. I also completed an NVQ and learnt makaton, I loved learning and always found great satisfaction in completing courses and getting qualifications. 

I would love to return to work but having two young children and a partner who works shifts means that I simply can not return to my old role as the hours were long, I was often working 14 hour shifts and getting called in on my days off. I even got called into work on Christmas day a few years ago which is not great when you have children. I have also found that full time childcare for two children under three would be so expensive and really not worth my while returning to work. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

HIPP #MilkMoments Plus Win A HiPP Organic Follow-On Milk Hamper

This time last year I was starting to wean my son who was six months old, it honestly feels like it was yesterday and not a whole year ago! I remember being so nervous about weaning him as his older sister had been really difficult to wean and point blank refused everything we gave her, she is still a fussy eater now and she is almost three. Weaning my baby boy was a whole new experience as he loved it and took to it like a duck to water, which was no surprise as he had loved his milk and was a bit of hungry horris at times and food was something he eagerly took too.

When HiPP got in contact recently to ask me about my memories of  weaning my son Jacob I knew I had to share my experience as it was such a pleasant one. Now that my babies are no longer babies and are little toddlers thinking back to a year ago makes me feel incredibly broody, I wish I had of cherished those baby days a bit more.