Cheeki monkeys pop up Baby and Children’s market

I’ve started to run events to help local families recycle and sell their children’s items that they no longer use.

If you live in the Tyne and Wear area, come along to my first event


Being true to yourself

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After spending many years being ashamed of my own life journey I’ve recently came to the realisation that it’s ok to own your story, to not be ashamed of what you haven’t achieved and instead look at what you have. 

I spent years putting myself down because in my eyes I hadn’t achieved the same things that my peers had, so I wasn’t good enough. I think many of us look at other peoples lives and find faults in our own, but everyone has something in their life that they wish was a little different. 

How great would it be if we all praised our own achievements instead of criticising ourselves?

For the last 5 years I’ve been ashamed because i couldn’t be like everyone else my age. The truth is that I’ve been fighting the biggest hurdle of my life. I had a stroke at age 22, in my final year of university and it shook my life up. I lost my sense of self, I lost friends but only because I didn’t want to seem that I was failing at life so I pushed everyone away.

Looking back now, I realise that I didn’t need to feel ashamed. I’ve spent the last 5 years using a wheelchair and needing a lot of help from my husband. I don’t know why I felt afraid to let people see that side of my life. I felt that it wasn’t what people would be comfortable with, so I hid myself away. 

Why was I so ashamed after working hard to put my life back together? Why did I not see what I had achieved instead of what I hadn’t? 

Now, at 27 I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere. I’ve started being able to walk more and more importantly- I’ve been able to start a family of my own. I may not be where I want to be, but I’ve worked hard to get where I am.

Sometimes it takes more courage in life to own your weaknesses and turn them into strengths, than to try to fit in with what society thinks is achievement.

No matter what you struggle with, never be ashamed to be who you are. Flaws and all x


Upcycling is a way to rejuvenate old furniture/ objects to give them a new lease of life.

I’m currently in the middle of an upcycling project to transform a large chest of drawers and thought I’d share the process with you, although it’s not quite finished yet. 

Sanded down and ready to paint, excuse my little dog getting in on the action!

First coat done with everlong chalk paint ( the best paint I’ve ever used )

And the final result! x

I took time out 

I haven’t blogged for a while. A lot has happened in the last year for me. 

Long story short, I had a baby! He’s a gorgeous little boy and he’s completed my life. He’s such a blessing that I waited a long time for. 

I’ve started a new Mam blog and will try to get back into posting on save and inspire while baby sleeps! Check out my new blog here= Mammydear 


New Parent hack- baby bodysuit

We’ve all wondered what those little flaps are for on baby bodysuits. 

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Well they’re not just for show! They’re actually very useful when you need to undress your baby when their nappy has leaked. 

You know the scene, you’re trying to remove their clothing in the most awkward way but end up spreading the mess everywhere instead. That is about to change..

Using the flaps on the arms roll the bodysuit over baby’s arms and down her body, thus creating minimum mess and less washing for the parents. Simple!

Start saving for Christmas by turning your junk into someone’s treasure

I’ve read before that the average person is sitting with over £1000 of things in their home that they no longer want/need, and the sad thing is; a lot of the old stuff that we accumulate goes into landfills instead of being recycled.

Take a look around your home/ shed/ loft, and see if you have anything that you’re only keeping incase you ever need it or it’s been long forgotten. These are the things that you can sell online on sites such as eBay/ Amazon and gumtree.

 It takes two minutes to take a picture, list it and wait until it sells and the process is so simple. Not only will you be saving the environment, you’ll be clearing out unwanted things from your home and turning it into spare cash for things that you do need. 

As long as the item is in the condition that you describe, has a clear picture and a catchy title then almost anything will sell at the right price. Check what similar items are going for to help you decide on pricing. 

Anything that you think would be hard to sell, take it to a recycle village or charity shop; depending on the condition. 

Remember, a clear home is a clear mind. It will be easier to organise your space if it’s not filled with things that you don’t want. 

Happy listing! 

Give blood- save lives! New donors needed on the NHS

Giving blood is a selfless act that so many people do on a regular basis without really knowing the true impact that they have on people’s lives every day.

Personally, I’m on the other side of the spectrum and have received blood transfusions many times over my lifetime due to internal bleeding and iron deficient anaemia caused by an autoimmune disease called ‘Crohns Disease’. I will never know the people who donated the blood that I needed, but they do so without much thought as to where it ends up.

Giving blood saves the lives of so many; women who have difficult births and lose blood, people with cancer and those who have been in horrific accidents to name but a few.

I would love to donate myself but as I’ve received transfusions before I’m unable to. I’ve seen appeals all over the place this week from the NHS for new blood donors so please think about it if it’s something you’d like to do.

I’m in no way connected to the nhs or any other establishment, I just know how precious blood donation can be to the lives of those who need it.

Hope you have a lovely day x


Help to find a missing birth mom

This is not my usual post but I came across this story on social media and felt compelled to share it. I know that a lot of people all over the world read articles on WordPress so it may help track her birth mother down.

Kathleen O’shea searches for birth mother
Please follow the above link to the article by pretty52 and share it on social media if possible. 

I think anyone deserves to find out their own history and know where they came from, and there are a lot of people in similar situations. I hope she finds her soon.

Thanks x

Love; a four letter word

When we think of what we want out of life; love seems to be one of the main things that comes up for most people. 

We’ve all been there, wishing you had that perfect relationship with your dream guy/girl. 

One thing that I’ve learned from finding what I would call ‘the one’ is that there is no such thing as perfect. Real love is finding someone that you don’t ever want to give up on, that you’d do anything for and someone you can grow with and struggle with, who feels the same for you. Real love is having hard times, learning everything there is to know about each other and feeling comfortable to be yourself. 

A relationship is only as good as the effort you put into it, and keep putting into it, long past the honeymoon phase. 

I once read a post that was from a happily married older man who was asked how he kept the love alive. His answer was simple and he said, ‘I come from a generation where if things are broken, we fix them. Rather than throwing them away’. This applies to disagreements that can be resolved with a little patience, love and communication. 

If you’re still waiting to meet your partner and are feeling lonely; don’t worry. It’s worth waiting for someone who will make you happy, and when you do; it’ll feel like you’ve never waited at all.

Grilled chicken with canarian potatoes and mojo sauce recipes

After a lovely holiday on the canarian island of Tenerife, I fell in love with the traditional food that they offered. On arriving home, I wanted to recreate the tastes of the Canary Islands so I found out how to make some of their specialities. One of those flavoursome foods were canarian potatoes which turned out to be quite simple to make. 

How to:

New potatoes


Sea salt

Boil new potatoes in very salty water for 15 mins (skin on), then drain most of the water leaving a little bit in the bottom of the pan. Wait for the water to dry up completely, which will allow all of the sea salt to flavour the potatoes. 

The mojo sauce that I tried in Tenerife was amazing with chicken. Here is the recipe Mojo sauce recipe HERE

I hope you enjoy a taste of the Canary Islands!