Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Open Letter To Mother's Who Feel Like They're Failing, Your Not!


Motherhood is one of the greatest joys in life, but it also is one of the most challenging experiences one can possibly face. From the sweet moments of laughter & reading together to the difficult moments like tantrums, Mum & Dad are there for all of it… & sometimes, it can be really easy to get worn out.


To the Mum hiding in her bathroom, needing peace for just one minute, as the tears roll down her cheeks..

To the Mum who is so tired she feels like she can’t function anymore & would do anything to lay down and get the rest she needs…

To the Mum sitting in her car, alone, stuffing food in her face because she doesn’t want anyone else to see or know she eats that stuff…

To the Mum crying on the sofa after she yelled at her kids for something little and is now feeling guilty & like she is unworthy…

To the Mum that is trying desperately to put those old jeans on because all she really wants is to look in the mirror & feel good about herself…

To the Mum that doesn’t want to leave the house because life is just too much to handle right now…

To the Mum that is calling out for pizza again because dinner just didn’t happen the way she wanted it to…

To the Mum that feels alone, whether in a room by herself or standing in a crowd…

You are enough.
You are important.
You are worthy.

This is a phase of life for us. This is a really really hard, challenging, crazy phase of life.

In the end it will all be worth it. But for now it’s hard. And it’s hard for so many of us in many different ways. We don’t always talk about it, but it’s hard and it’s not just you.

You are enough.
You are doing your best.
Those little eyes that look up at you – they think you are perfect. They think you are more than enough.

Those little hands that reach out to hold you – they think you are the strongest. They think you can conquer the world.

Those little mouths eating the food you gave them – they think that you are the best because their bellies are full.

Those little hearts that reach out to touch yours – they don’t want anything more. They just want you.

Because you are enough. You are more than enough, Mama.

You. Are. Amazing.



Saturday, 27 May 2017

How You Know When Your A Parent Of 3


Even though I’ve been a Mum of three for nine months now, I still have to remind myself every once in awhile. Three kids is a lot. MR.B & I often joke that we’re now in “zone defense.” We’re outnumbered. We don’t have enough hands. Usually one kid is mad, one is happy & one is sad. We’re fairly convinced that they take turns to make sure at least someone is upset around the clock. Parents of three or more kids, I salute you. It is no easy gig.


Here are a few signs you’re a parent of three or more…

  1. You often pray for an extra set of hands. Okay & eyes, too. And a maid would be nice & maybe a chauffeur.
  2. You have outgrown your vehicle.Shopping for a minivan? Crunching 3 carseats close together? The good ol’ days are over.
  3. You find yourself counting your children in public just to make sure they’re all there. One, two, ah! Someone’s missing! 
  4. You get the sinking feeling that you left one of them in the house every time you pull out of your driveway. Wait, where’s the baby? Oh, asleep in his carseat! Thank goodness.
  5. If you get all of them to nap at the same time, your first reaction is to post about it on Facebook. The world needs to know just how much of a supermum you are.
  6. You are exhausted, no matter if the day has been “easy” or “hard.” You literally have no down time. You are exhausted no matter what.
  7. You seriously can’t remember what it was like to have just one kid. Sleeping in? Going to the bathroom alone? Those things don’t exist.
  8. When one kid gets sick, you brace yourself because you know each illness comes in threes. Just knock on wood that YOU don’t get sick, too!
  9. When people see you out in public with your kids in tow, they look at you like they feel sorry for you. What, this? This is normal. This is my family. This is my kid hanging on me like a monkey. I got this, stranger. 
  10. When you get a date night, you feel like you won the lottery. No kids for two hours! Let’s go crazy! 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Recipe- Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach & Bacon Chicken


Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach & Bacon Chicken – if you want to know how to cook the best chicken breasts, this is the recipe for you! The chicken breasts are seasoned with dry Italian salad dressing mix, smothered with the creamed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes & bacon,  baked to perfection!  The best baked chicken ever!

I think this is one of the best chicken breast recipes I have ever made! The chicken is moist, tender & full of flavor thanks to all the stuff on top. It’s like stuffed chicken but much easier to make since you just have to put everything on top and bake!

Even though this is a really simple recipe to follow, it's takes a little longer to make than my usual recipes. With about 20 minutes prep time (due to having to cook the chicken for abit first) & 40 minutes cooking time. 

Ingredients- Serves 4
  • Chicken
  • 4 small chicken breasts or 2 large chicken breasts, halved
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Italian Dressing mix (half the packet)
  • Creamed spinach
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Other ingredients
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained of oil, chopped into smaller bites
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked
  • 4 slices of pepper jack cheese (Monterey cheese with jalapenos)

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees
  2. Butter the bottom of the baking dish. Season chicken breasts from both sides with the Italian salad dressing mix. Place the chicken breasts, flat side down, into the greased baking dish & bake for 15-20 minutes at 190 degrees.
  3. In the mean time, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add spinach & cook for only 1 or 2 minutes until it is heated through & starts to wilt. Remove from heat. Add minced garlic & half/half. Bring to boil. Add shredded mozzarella cheese & keep stirring, on high heat, until mozzarella cheese starts to melt - about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to simmer & keep stirring until you have a nice, smooth creamed spinach - about 30 seconds or 1 more minutes. The creamed spinach should be pretty thick in texture, not watery. If watery, bring to boil again & cook off extra liquid, constantly stirring. Season with salt. Remove from heat.
  4. Remove the baking pan with chicken breasts from the oven (you baked them for 15-20 minutes). Top each chicken breast with creamed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil & chopped into smaller bites), chopped cooked bacon & broken slices of pepper jack cheese. Bake in the oven, uncovered for 15-20 more minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked through, no longer pink in the center & the juices run clear.

I served mine with a side salad as it was a very hot day & wanted to add something light to my meal, but you could have this with anything! 



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Recipe- Spanish Style Chicken & Chorizo Kebabs


At some point this summer, you'll get tired of grilled chicken. No matter the marinade or the delivery system, you will simply reach your limit, & that's when you need to reach for the chorizo. Impale a few slices of this famously delicious Spanish sausage in between your chunks of chicken. As it grills it will splatter its spicy, smokey fat all over its much blander skewer-mate, & once again you and grilled chicken will be good buddies.

This is super quick & easy to make & one that can be enjoyed cooked from the BBQ now that Summer seems to be finally here, YAY! 

With about 10 minutes prep time & about 10-15 minutes cooking time (depending on how you choose to cook them.) 


Ingredients- Serves 4 (About 8 Skewers)
  • 2x Skinless & Boneless Chicken Breasts, diced into chunks
  • 8oz Chorizo Sausage, cut into slices
  • 1x Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1x Tbsp Sherry Vinegar 
  • 2x Tsps Fresh Oregano, chopped
  • 1x Pinch Caynenne Pepper
  • Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1x Red Onion, cut into 1 inch squares 
  • 1x Red Bell Pepper, cut into 1 inch squares
  • Metal/Wooden Skewers 
  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat & lightly oil the grate.
  2. Place chicken & chorizo in a large bowl; add olive oil, sherry vinegar, oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper, & salt. Stir until chicken & chorizo are completely coated.
  3. Thread chicken, chorizo, red onion, & red bell pepper evenly onto 4 skewers, making sure that each piece of chicken touches 1 piece of chorizo. Place finished skewers on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold 15 to 30 minutes.
  4. Cook on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
I served mine with a Wholemeal Pitta Bread & Salad. It tasted absolutely amazing! Go on, give it ago. 


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

MummyInTheMadHouse Awarded The Blogger Recognition Award


Earlier this week I was very excited & humbled to be given a Blogger Recognition Award from the lovely Nandyz Soulshine.To know that other people are reading & appreciating my writing means the world to me. So firstly a huge thank you!

It’s exciting & validating to be nominated. Somebody on the internet likes me! I love the way these awards help bloggers connect & learn more about each other. It also gives us a framework to help us give each other a boost. The internet can be a cold place & I’m so thankful for the support of the blogging community. 


This award is a nice way for bloggers to recognise other bloggers, and help each other bring in some new readers to our sites. There are rules to these things. As there should be:-

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you & provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post responding to the nomination.
  • Give a short story on how/why you started your blog.
  • Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them & provide them with a link to the post you created.


Why did I start blogging? or why do I blog? are questions that over a period of time i have been asked by people. Sometimes I have even questioned myself about why do I actually blog. 
I haven't actually been blogging for that long I'm still technically a 'newbie' in the blogging world, I started MummyInTheMadHouse beginning of February 2017. 

Starting a blog for me was one of the best decisions I have ever made – for myself. In the months before I started MummyInTheMadHouse, I was going through a really rough time I had just had my little Isaac & although I was a happy proud Mummy (again) – I felt anxious constantly. I got caught up in life as mum of 3 children & I completely lost myself, my confidence was so low and despite being surrounded by amazing friends and supportive family I felt really isolated.

It was at this time I started reading blogs, I think it’s quite normal practise for mums with a new born to just google everything & on doing this I discovered blogs with mum’s going through the same things, it was great. I became a regular reader, the community around blogging always appealed. I could see these mums supporting each other and I wanted in! One day I thought to myself – why don’t I do this? Baring in mind my confidence wasn’t all that high it was a big step for me & I did it, and I'm so glad I did! 

I also love writing & I needed a creative outlet to keep myself sane from the craziness that is my life & to stop my brain from turning into a mummified mush. Blogging allows me to do just that. 


  1. Passion– Be passionate about the content you blog. If you are not then how can your readers be passionate about what they’re reading? When reading posts, you can really tell if people have a real interest about the topic they’re writing about or whether it’s all made up. If you’re passionate about a specific topic or subject then it really shines through, it gives you post ideas and you can grow your audience easier. Blogging about something you’re passionate about also makes it easier to think of post ideas!
  2. Networking-  Use social media platforms to engage with more followers. Set up accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook. Also another bit of advice that I would give to aspiring bloggers is to communicate and engage with other bloggers. This allows you to build readers/followers, create friendships and possibly find people to collaborate with. It’s important to share the love and recognise other people’s hard work!

Would you like to have a chance to be nominated? Leave a blog comment with your blog URL for consideration. The winners will be announced on:- Thursday 25th May 2017. 


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Dear Jamie On The Eve Of Your 9th Birthday...


Dearest Jamie,

Tomorrow , you my son turn nine & I want you to know that I am oh so happy to be your Mummy.  I need to say Mummy, because of course these days you insist on calling me Mum.  It’s your way of showing how you are growing up & becoming BIG.   Although I act like it is not okay with me, it really is.  I want you to grow up & I want you to become the amazing man that I know you will.

Nine is hard for me.  It’s one birthday away from double digits & it’s almost like a half-way mark of my parenting.  Yes, of course I’ll always be your Mum & hopefully you’ll always need me for something. I do know that in nine more years you’ll be 18 & that my son is when you will be BIG.

The past nine years have been my favorite years ever.  You were the child that brought me into parenthood.  You started this whole Barnett clan off to a great start.  You have become a big brother 2 times & although those weren’t the easiest transitions in the world for a kid, you have handled them great.

When you are feeling like it, you are a great help to your sister.  You show her things & help her with things that little 6 year old girls need help with.  When you are feeling like it, you keep your baby brother happy & include everyone to play your games.  You are growing into a leader, they both look up to you & that’s a big deal.  Remember that as you make choices.

In the next nine years you will change drastically.  You will grow hair in places you never thought you would.  Your voice will crack & you’ll get embarrassed.  You’ll find a sport that you love and excel in it.  You’ll find an instrument that interests you.  You’ll have good days & you’ll have bad days.  You will start to look at girls in a new light & I’m fairly confident that one will break your heart & in turn I will want to spray paint her hair blue for the way she hurt your heart.  You will go on trips without me.  You will want to not tell me things.  You will go on a trip with your dad & he will tell you all you need to know about being a man.  You will pick a college/university.  You will cram for tests.  You will then leave me.

To say that my heart is not ready for the day you leave for college/university is an understatement.  I know I have nine more years before that happens, but these nine years have literally flown by.  It seems like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant, having a boy & then you made your grand entrance into this world. All 7lbs 5oz of you. You were a tiny little thing. Now look at you, so grownup, tall & handsome.

Jamie, thank you for letting me love you & I hope that I love you & your siblings well.  I want you to know that I love you, will fight for you & will always be here for you.  Even when you go to college/university & fall in love & replace me with the girl of your dreams.  I know my place will change & another woman will hold your heart, but know that I will always love you and 9 years into being your Mummy I’m super proud of you.

Love you lots,





Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Dear MR.B- I Miss You


Even though MR.B lives with me, sleeps in the same bed with me, sits at the same dinner table as me. Even though we share the same bathroom & we spend almost every evening together. I miss him. I miss him even though he is here.

Lately, I’ve been having these dreams…romantic dreams. Not sexual, just romantic, but painfully romantic. You know, the way romance felt when you were a super-hormonal teenager, and just a fleeting glance from your crush could send you into a tizzy? Those kinds of dreams.

I’m sure it’s my subconscious’s way of telling me that romance is almost absent from my life right now. This probably has something to do with there being a 9 month old baby, 6 year old & a very nearly 9 year old in the house, who (as lovely as they are) suck up pretty much all the energy and affection me & MR.B have to offer. No one really tells you what distance introducing a baby into the family can place between couples, at least for a while.

MR.B and I have barely seen each other since Isaac has been born. I mean, sure, we see each other in the few hours each day after he gets home from work, but they’re completely consumed by dinner, dishes, bedtime routines, bills, talk of work & normal day to day things & maybe, just maybe, a half hour to sit on the sofa & decompress in front of a mindless TV show. Then, after a quick goodnight kiss, we retire to bed. 

It doesn’t help that I’m not feeling particularly desirable right now, either. My body is hanging onto the last bit of baby weight, that just doesn't seem to want to budge! And too frequently, I smell faintly of sick,poo & any other bodily functions you can think of, or I have chucked bits of food in my hair or splattered on my clothes. Sexy right? 

Becoming parents is obviously life changing. Our young children take up a lot of our energy, affection, conversation & time, just like they should do. I miss MR.B because we are connecting so much more with them than we are with each other & I think that’s entirely natural. BUT, I'm craving 'US' time. We are definitely guilty of neglecting each other (unintentionally of course!) but sadly it has happened. We haven't actually been out on a 'date' away from home & the children in God knows how long! I miss this & I miss him. 

I know this phase of our relationship, with all its challenges, will pass, we've been here before & found ourselves again. That’s why I’m not afraid to admit that it’s tough. We’ll get back to where we were with baby steps (no pun intended), like spending the evening together this Saturday by having a 'date night' at home. Seriously need to start thinking of getting the baby-sitters in! 



Recipe- Marinated Greek Lamb Souvlaki Kebabs


Perfectly moist and crispy succulent lamb souvlaki / suvlaki skewers! Get the fire started.. it’s barbecue time this weekend with this amazing Greek lamb souvlaki recipe! Souvlaki is one of the most popular street foods in Greece and for good reason! Juicy and well seasoned meat garnished with cooling tzatziki sauce, served or wrapped in a delicious crispy and fluffy pita.. Well, one couldn’t ask for more! 

I absolutely ADORE Greek food & this was mouth-watering! Makes a perfect Saturday Night Fake-Away. 

The most important step in making the perfect, traditional Greek lamb souvlaki (suflaki) is nothing else but the marinade! For this traditional lamb souvlaki recipe, the meat is first marinated to soak up all the wonderful Mediterranean flavours and then grilled, to get all crunchy, nicely coloured and juicy.
Marinading your lamb souvlaki in the fridge for at least 4 hours will allow the aromas to infuse the meat and give it the desired flavours.

Of course the best option is to grill the lamb souvlaki (skewers) on a char-coal barbecue, to get them all crispy and smokey. However they also work great on a grill pan or in the oven, if you don’t have the time or space for a proper barbecue. Cooking time varies greatly, mostly depending on how well done you like your meat. Most Greeks are not big fans of medium-rare, hence most tavernas offer the lamb souvlaki well done.

If you wanted to make your own Tzatziki Sauce you can grab the recipe HERE.

This really is such a simple recipe to follow & super quick! With just 10 minutes preparation time & anywhere between 10-15 minutes cooking time. 


Ingredients- Serves 8 Skewers (4-5 people)
  • 1kg Lamb Leg or Shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 5-6 Tbsps Olive Oil
  • 2x Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 1x Lemon, juiced
  • 2x Red Onions, roughly chopped
  • 1x Tsp Dried Greek Oregano 
  • 1x Tsp Dried/Fresh Thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Smoked Sweet Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin (optional)
  • Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 8 Metal or Wooden Skewers. (If using wooden make sure you soak them in water about half an hour beforehand, this stops them from burning.)
  • Tzatziki Sauce, either shop brought or homemade.
  • Wholemeal Pitta Breads
  • Salad bits of your choice to put with the Kebabs.
  1. To prepare this Greek lamb souvlaki recipe, cut the meat into equal sized (3 cm) chunks and set aside.
  2. Prepare the marinade for the lamb souvlaki. In a large bowl add the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, the herbs and spices and season with freshly ground pepper – don’t add salt yet. Whisk all the ingredients to combine. Add the meat and the chopped onions and blend to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, chill and let marinade for at least 4 hours. It’s best to leave the meat for the lamb souvlaki marinade overnight, to soak up all the wonderful flavours. (If you are at home blend the marinade once in a while).
  3. To assemble the lamb souvlaki (skewers), you can either use wooden or metal skewers. For this lamb souvlaki recipe, you will need about 10 skewers, depending on the size of each lamb souvlaki. If using wooden skewers, cut them to fit your griddle pan and soak them in water. (This will prevent them from burning.) Lift the chunks of lamb out of the marinade and thread the pieces, comfortably, on the skewers. At this point don’t forget to season your lamb souvlaki with salt.
  4. Heat a grill, barbecue or griddle pan and cook the lamb souvlaki for about 10-15 minutes, until cooked to your liking.
  5. While your lamb souvlaki is cooking, prepare the pita breads. Preheat the oven to 250C. Use a cooking brush to lightly oil the pita breads on both sides and season with salt and oregano. Place a large oven tray at the bottom of the oven and place the pita breads on top of the tray. Bake for 2-3 minutes. (Alternatively barbecue the pita breads, until nicely coloured on both sides).
  6. Enjoy with a salad of your choice.


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Recipe- Pan-Seared Chicken & Broccolini in Creamy Mustard Sauce


This easy pan-seared chicken is a great weeknight dinner! It seriously tastes restaurant quality. The creamy mustard sauce compliments the broccolini perfectly! 

This honestly tasted divine! Definitely a new favourite go to dinner, even the children couldn't get enough of the creamy mustard sauce & wanted extras. 

This is a really easy recipe to follow & super quick aswell with just 10 minutes prep time & about 30 minutes cooking time. 

Ingredients- Serves 4
  • 1 and 1/2 Pounds Chicken Tenderloins*, thawed
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Broccolini, trimmed & sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2x Small Shallots, diced
  • 2x Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2x Tbsp Dijon Mustard or Spicy Brown Mustard (I completely forgot to buy this so instead I used good old English Mustard, still tasted just as good.)
  • 4x Sprigs Fresh Thyme, plus more to garnish
  • Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees, or the "keep warm" setting.
  2. Pat the chicken dry & sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper (don't be shy!)
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken (or dredge it on a plate) to get them coated in flour.
  4. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, but don't crowd the pan; you want it to sear not steam. Do it in batches if your pan isn't big enough.
  5. Sear the chicken for 4 minutes; flip and cook another 2-4 minutes, until cooked through. Add more oil to the pan before flipping if it is dry.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a sheet pan or other oven safe dish & put it in the warm oven.
  7. While the chicken is cooking, bring a medium pot of salted water to a rolling boil over high heat. (Add at least 2 teaspoons salt. It should taste like seawater.)
  8. Prep the broccolini: trim about 1 and 1/2 inches from the bottom stems, & remove any leaves. Slice any larger pieces lengthwise so they are all a similar size.
  9. When the water is boiling, add the broccolini all at once, cover with a lid, & set a timer for 2 minutes.
  10. If the chicken is done & removed, add a tablespoon of oil to the hot pan over medium high heat. Transfer the broccolini from the water to the pan (careful! It will splatter). Saute for 1 minute, then remove to the pan of chicken in the oven. (If the broccolini is done before the chicken, don't leave it in the pot of water! It will get mushy. Transfer it to a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process. Then saute as described.)
  11. Add the shallots to the hot pan over medium high heat. (add a bit more oil if necessary) Saute for 2-3 minutes until soft.
  12. Stir in the chicken broth & thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil & then simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the cream & mustard. Simmer for 5-6 minutes, until the sauce has reduced & thickened some. Remove from heat & discard the thyme stems.
  13. You can either add the warm chicken and broccolini to the pan or serve on a platter with the sauce over the top.
*If you can't find chicken tenderloins (they are in the frozen section) buy fresh thin-cut chicken breasts. If you can't find that, then be sure to pound your regular chicken breast so that it sears easier.

This would be great served with salad, bread, roasted potatoes, etc.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Jamie's Birthday Wishlist


Jamie is turning 9 years old next week, 9 YEARS OLD! I literally cannot believe how quick the time is flying past. It's actually really quite scary! Sometimes I wish we could just pause time so we can take it all in & fully appreciate the moments we have with our children, because they really do not stay small for long & within a blink of an eye they will be all adult like with furry bum fluff on their chins, smelling of body odour, heading off to Uni. 

MR.B & I always get stumped this time of year of what we can buy Jamie for his Birthday, because (without my children sounding spoilt) what do you buy a child that has everything? Which 9 times out of 10 becomes a decorative item in their bedroom collecting stupid amounts of dust. What a waste of money! 

So this year I have said unless they can think of valid things that we know they will use, not many presents will be brought this year & instead the money that would have been spent willl go on a weekend away for said child's choice.(I sound like a real party pooper Mummy, don't I?) Jamie decided he would love a weekend trip to Legoland Windsor Resort if he couldn't think of anything. 
But much to Gracie-Mae's disappointment, Jamie has seemed to have come up with a rather decent Birthday Wishlist.










Apparently this is all he can think of & will get back to us if he can think of anymore, are you fucking kidding me? Have you actually seen some of these prices?! It's a good job we love that boy. 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017


This week is World Mental Health Awareness Week which started Monday 8th May- Sunday 14th May 2017. 

For those of you that have been following my blog you will already know that I've had an on going battle with Depression & Anxiety. For those of you who have just started reading you can find my stories here here.

 For anyone who has dealt with depression has endured the agonizing loneliness that goes along with it. There are no easy solutions to these feelings because having someone there doesn’t wash away the emptiness we feel inside. We feel utterly and despairingly alone in the world.

Depression magnifies all of our negative feelings, exaggerating all of our faults. Depression makes us feel like we’re broken and damaged beyond repair. We know all our flaws because they stand out to us like beacons, reminding us of all that is inherently wrong about ourselves. We are our own worst critics and are skilled at tearing ourselves apart. We feel like a mistake, like there is no place in the world where we belong. We feel like nobody understands how we feel inside. We feel completely alone. 

But please just remember you are not on your own! 


I’ve done everything in my power to fight my depression and anxiety. I’ve been particularly fortunate to grow up in a house where getting help was not only OK, it was encouraged. During my worst episode of depression, I was prescribed antidepressants, which also help manage my anxiety. Although I originally felt like taking antidepressants was sort of like admitting defeat, they helped me get to a place where I could help myself again.


I wasn't the reason why I fell ill, I know that now & I certainly didn't ask for it, no-one does. It's an illness. End of. We need to break the stigma of Mental Health so that others out there will have the courage to ask for the help that they need & deserve. 

If you are reading this because you struggle with depression or anxiety, then know there is no "normal.” There is no “right” way to cope, fight or heal. What’s important is you fight back however you can. Helping yourself can mean talking to your doctor about getting a prescription or just treating yourself to something for you. You don’t have to be struggling to survive before you reach out for help.


Fighting anxiety and depression has been an uphill battle. I like to think I’m winning.

You can too! 


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Mummy In The Madhouse Nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award


While there were hundreds of blogs in the running, Mummy In The Madhouse was one of 11 blogs nominated for “The Sunshine Blogger Award” by April Does That. Thankyou! 


The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
Once again thank you, I am honored to be recognized by fellow bloggers for my passion in writing and providing 'funny' honest, uncut parenting musings & healthy recipes for my readers. Here are the answers to the questions from April Does That:


1.How long have you been blogging?
I'm very new to the world of blogging! MummyInTheMadHouse was born on the 1st February 2017. 

2. Who are your favorite bloggers we should check out?
Oh gosh, there are so many! These are 4 of my favourites so far:-

3. Where can we find you on social media?
You can find me on:-

4. Why did you start blogging?
I LOVE writing & I needed a creative outlet to keep myself sane from the craziness that is my life & to stop my brain from turning into a mummified mush. Blogging allows me to do just that. 

5.  How did you come up with the name of your blog?
The name I didn't really put much thought into embarrassingly🙈 I've always called my home a Madhouse due to there's always something going on, you literally need eyes everywhere with my 3 terrors! And obviously I'm a Mummy, so Ta-Da we have MummyInTheMadHouse. 

6. What was your favorite movie as a kid?
I loved (still do actually) anything Disney! But I think I would have to say that my most favourite would be The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. 

7.What makes your blog special?
I can't say that my blog is more special than anyone else's but I'd like to think that I am very open & honest about mummy life in general. I always try to inspire other mums in my posts to let go of the idea of perfection, because there is no such thing as the 'Perfect Mum'. I'm just an ordinary, normal (well as normal as I can be) Partner, Mother & Friend, and I hope this shows through my writing. 

8. What was your first job?
My first ever job was a sales advisor at Dorothy Perkins when I was 17, this was my starting point where I managed to work my way up in retail.

9. Share the post you are most proud of.
Definitely this one:- An Open Letter To My Depression & Anxiety  It was a very difficult one to write, bringing out a lot of emotions & once I had finished it, i debated for a while whether to post it or not, but I'm so glad I did, the response I got was AMAZING! It also showed me that I'm absolutely not on my own & there is so much support out there, you only need to ask. 

10.How long does it take you to do an average post?
I don't really like to put a time limit on myself, as a Mother of 3 children life can be pretty full on & hectic, so my blog is my go to haven where I let myself flow & try to let my passion shine through my posts. I wouldn't want to put the added pressure on myself as it's something I'm really enjoying.  

11. What would you like to tell your readers?
I would just like to say, Thankyou so much for taking the time to read/comment/like my posts. It really does mean ever so much to me! And when I'm having an 'off' day just reading your lovely words makes me smile/laugh & knowing that there are so many other Mums out there experiencing the exact same things, it's a true comfort to know your not on your own. 

So, if you’ve been nominated here are your questions:
  1.  What made you choose your topic in blogging?
  2.  What motto do you live by?
  3.  What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome while starting your blog?
  4.  If you had the opportunity to interview anyone you like and feature them who would it be?
  5.  Who is your favorite blogger?
  6.  If given the opportunity to mentor a new blogger, what single piece of advice would you give them?
  7.  What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
  8.  You have a chance to replay your childhood game/video game. What would it be?
  9.  Name a blogger you would love to collaborate with.
  10.  What would you like to achieve by end of 2017?
  11.  What would you like to tell your readers?
Would you like to have a chance to be nominated? Leave a blog comment with your blog URL for consideration. The winners will be announced on:- Monday 8th May 2017. 
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