Some people shut themselves away and close off when they have depression and anxiety. I am personally fairly guilty of this. It might appear that I have friends, I talk to my friends from school almost daily via a group chat and I have my husband, children and family. However, that doesn't mean that they… Continue reading Step 2: Building a Support Network
Step 1: Acknowledging the need for help
So I'm really struggling at the moment but I've just kept going and denying that anything is wrong. I've been pushing myself and trying to dive headfirst into being a mum and forgetting about myself as a person. I've noticed I have been quite irrational, argumentative and overly emotional over the last few months but… Continue reading Step 1: Acknowledging the need for help
Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce
One thing that we always struggle with when we buy one of those shop made takeaway meals or boxes , was the sauces, they never capture the true flavours from a genuine take away. The jars, sachets or packets are never up to scratch, something extra is always needed. So we've given up on jars… Continue reading Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce
Chinese Crispy Chilli Beef
I recently shared a picture of the amazing Chinese Crispy Chilli Beef that my husband made and it got a little bit of love. My husband absolutely loves cooking and trying to perfect his recipes and its only fair to say that he has finally nailed it. I can't even tell you how many times I've tried and tested this recipe, so please know that a lot of love and sacrifice went into this recipe!
This woman writes so eloquently and beautifully about her struggles with mental health. She’s strong and shares many insights and realisations, ones I wish I’d had long before now. Give it a read x
(Before you delve into the mess below, I just wanted to mention that the announcement I made a couple of weeks ago regarding something new coming to Lucent Madness (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, its on my Instagram _lucentmadness) is nearing its debut! I am hoping it will be ready to go over the next two weeks, as I was waiting on a few things to be confirmed before it could launch. Hopefully by the next post, it’ll be inside your eyeballs!)
Sometimes I wish that I possessed the ability to foresee certain outcomes of situations as I am sure a lot of us do. I spent some time earlier this year drafting a post about navigating failure and searching for the confidence to rise above it, and live authentically.
I wrote it at a time of confusion and I wasn’t really aware of…
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My Mental Health Story
Despite not really having a story, I'd like to share what little story I do have, the struggles I've overcome and just what help is out there.
As a young mum I somewhat expected to encounter a couple of side glances or comments under the breath but the reality of it really did shock me. I discovered I was pregnant after feeling a bit off for a couple of weeks, did a test on the fluke and lo and behold it was positive; I was nineteen and yes, it was a surprise. However, it surprised me how many people asked me ‘are they a mistake?’ when we announced I was pregnant to people.
Rediscovering the Outdoors
Before having Aria, I used to absolutely love being outside. Come rain or sun, wind or snow, I would constantly be out walking, I could walk for miles and it wouldn’t phase me in the slightest. I used to love sitting by a river and listening to the water rush over the rocks, listening to the birds nattering to each other up above and the occasional dog and their companion barking at one another.
The Best Chocolate Brownie Recipe EVER!!!
So with Easter been and gone, you may have a lot of chocolate left on your hands, so why not try these lush chocolate brownies??
Introducing My Family
First of all my name is Paige, I'm mum to two insane but beautiful little ladies, Aria and Isla and I'm in desperate need of a nap or three. I've been with my husband Dan for 8 years and married for 3 years; Dan loves cooking and getting on my nerves, so if I post pictures of food, he's probably the one who's made it.