Mummy and daughter bracelet from Kaya Jewellery - Plus giveaway

Mummy and daughter bracelet from KAYA Jewellery – Plus giveaway

I was recently contacted by the lovely people of KAYA Jewellery to review one of their stunning mother and daughter sets. Obviously I couldn’t say no once I looked on their website and knew that Jasmine would be so happy with this sweet keepsake. KAYA Jewellery have generously offered a £40 voucher to my readers, so please have a read through my review and enter the giveaway below. Good luck!

KAYA Jewellery recently launched their UK web store to offer hand engraved, beautiful and timeless jewellery to celebrate the special bonds between mother and child, friends and family.

The set I choose for me and Jasmine is a mother and daughter silver bracelet set. One bracelet has the heart and the other has the key. This seemed perfect for me and Jasmine and she happily agreed with my choice.

Our beautiful set

My parcel was delivered quickly and Jasmine and I were excited to unwrap our parcel. The bracelets came in two beautiful pink satin bags and included two silver polishing cloths. The bracelets are made in the UK, have adjustable extension chains and are great quality.

This is a gift that Jasmine and I will treasure for a long time, it’s perfect for us to wear to any special occasion and is the perfect keepsake to hold on to forever. I think this would be an ideal gift for Mothers Day, Birthdays or Christmas. If you are a father to a daughter I think you could score yourself some major brownie points with this gift this coming Mothers Day.

Something that also touched me about KAYA Jewellery is that with every sale they also give back a part of their profit to the Eduki Foundation, a charity whose goal is to help underprivileged children in Gambia to get an education.

Have a look at the beautiful range of mother and daughter jewellery here from KAYA Jewellery and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a £40 voucher to spend at KAYA Jewellery.

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The day I tried to end it all

The day I tried to end it all

On the 7th of February last year I tried to end it all. I woke up in a hospital bed with a drip in my arm and wires across my body. I had no idea where I was, how I had got there and I didn’t understand what was going on. The day before I had sent my now ex husband out, as I needed some peace and promised him I wouldn’t do anything stupid. I had lied to him and for the first time in weeks I was emotionless, I felt no fear, no guilt and no sadness. Today was the day I wouldn’t have to feel anymore. I didn’t think of the consequences of my actions and just saw it as the only way out. I was fed up of fighting PND (postnatal depression) anymore and felt like I had lost any type of control I had over it. It was a permanent solution to a temporary problem, but I couldn’t see that at the time.

That day whilst under the crisis team care I went into hospital to see my doctor who decided after two weeks they would discharge me. I told them I still felt suicidal and I was scared to be discharged without any other support. Just that conversation sent me into a downward spiral and I felt hopeless even though they said they would see me again in three days. I went home to end it and took as many lorazepam I had (about 10mg), coupled up with a handful of quetiapine (antipsychotics) and zopiclone (sleeping tablets), which I washed down with whiskey. I don’t even enjoy the taste of whiskey, but it was the strongest alcohol in the house. I sat back and let the feeling of calm wash over me, whilst I slipped in and out of consciousness, finally at peace.

What happened next I don’t really know, but this is what I was told afterwards. An old school friend had been checking in with me by messaging me on and off. I didn’t make a huge amount of sense so she contacted my sister and a well fair check was arranged. My husband returned home with the kids and around the same time someone from the crisis team and also a police officer took me to hospital.

The next morning when I had realised what had actually happened the feeling of guilt was horrendous. Knowing my children had seen me in such a state and that I had lied to my husband was terrible. I knew from that moment that I needed to fight, my children didn’t deserve this and if I kept going like this, I would lose them one way or another. I would either be sectioned, dead or I would lose my children and all would take me away from the children I love so much.

I was taken in to talk to someone from the crisis team and told that if I was sectioned that I would never get better. As I have BPD (borderline personality disorder) the worse thing for me, would to be sectioned, they gave me the choice, but I declined. 40% of all inpatient have BPD and once you’re in, its hard to ever get out, as this condition is untreatable with medication and the only way to over come it is to complete DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy).

I started DBT quickly after, but I found it impossible to attend as I couldn’t get help with childcare and had to quit. Eventually once my marriage broke down and I started to get help again I was able to start DBT. I am now 5 months in and it has changed my life. It’s changed the way I deal with my emotions, given me inner peace and helped me regulate when I go into crisis. Things still haven’t been perfect and I still struggle, but I am always making progress. To see where I was a year ago and how I am today, I am proud. I am a better person, I am happier and I’m back to being the mother I want to be. I know that as a single parent that I need to get better as I could lose my children if I don’t and that is my driving force behind my progress.

I share my story in hope that it helps other people going through the same struggles. Admitting you feel suicidal does not mean your children will be taken away from you. I know this was my biggest fears, but social services were actually pretty helpful to me and arranged extra support I needed.  If you need support ask for it, call Samaritans, contact PANDAS, text a friend. Please don’t suffer alone as it’s too much to take on by yourself and it needs to be shared. This does not make you weak, but actually incredibly strong. Life can change so much in a year and I am proof of it. Keep fighting, you’ve got this.

Progress is key.

Samaritans

PANDAS

 

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The strongest mum – Book review

I was recently approached by Macmillan Children’s Books to review a new book called The Strongest Mum By Nicola Kent. Book reviews aren’t my usual thing, but after reading the press release, the story really struck a chord with me.

As I have well documented in my blog, I have struggled with mental health problems, which really amplified after the birth of my second child. With having an older daughter and trying to explain postnatal depression to her in an understanding way, which wouldn’t scare her, I have found this book extremely helpful to get onto the subject.

The story is about a little bear and his mum who is the ‘Strongest Mum In The World’. To little bear his mum seems invincible and he keeps giving her more, and more things to carry and they both realise she can only hold so much and that he also needs to help. This story is a gentle reminded to children to be kind to your parents as everyone has their limit and that it’s good to be helpful and also reminds us as parents that we can only take on so much and we need to be mindful of our mental wellbeing.

Jasmines Thoughts

I have been reading this to my Jasmine who is five and half and the message has come across easily to her. She told me what she liked most about the story was the picture of mum’s handbag with ‘millions’ of things in it as it’s just like mummy’s bag. Jasmine loved the colourful pictures and really enjoyed all the different animals in the book. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been making an effort to help each other out around the house and Jasmine is now helping with tidying up time and also the dishwasher.

This story doesn’t just depict the struggles of mental health, but also the daily struggles as a parent and taking on far too much, which I think every parent can relate too.

The Strongest Mum is available to purchase from the 8th February 2018. Click here to order.

The Strongest Mum
Jasmine approves

About the Author 

Nicola Kent graduated from the prestigious Cambridge School of Art MA with a distinction and was Highly Commended in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2016. She worked for ten years as a television producer at the BBC and Channel 4 before following her dream of becoming an author and illustrator of children’s books. Nicola lives in London with her partner and two children.

The Strongest Mum

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