Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.

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Meal Planning Monday - 14th December

I just had to share this picture, not everyone was loving the meal plan this week. Another week, another meal plan stuck to, feeling rather smug about it. Which of course will be my complete downfall. Although, we are being super duper frugal this week as Christmas is expensive and we need to d…

I'm Sorry (not sorry) my Baby Sleeps.

There is a camaraderie in Motherhood. A shared experience, a sense that only those who have been in your shoes can really understand fully. Since having Zoe I have made some truly wonderful friends, serious BFF material, I have also joined a fair few groups and clubs, I have made an observation b…

Lemon Bars and oh how I miss baking.

I never bake anymore. Probably a bit of a first world problem here, but I really do miss it sometimes. I used to spend weekends planning, tweaking, tasting, enjoying, sharing and relaxing. I really enjoyed it and loved sending Paul off to work on a Monday with a box of treats for the office. The…

Healthy Salmon Egg Fried Rice.

A quick egg fried rice is one of our go-to week night meals, it is so versatile and you can pretty much throw whatever you have in there and it'll be delicious. I have made it with leftover roast chicken, pork and beef. Salmon, king prawns, veggies... See versatile! I do use a fair few shor…

On your First Birthday.

My darling Zoe Jean Danger Chops (to give you your full title), today you turned 1. My Dearest Sweetpea, it has been my greatest privilege to be called your Mummy this past year. I don’t know how many times throughout the day I stop in my tracks and think, She's mine? Wow.
Zoe, you have taug…

Meal Planning Monday - 7th December

HOW IS MY BABY 1 TOMORROW!! It feels like I was pregnant 5 minutes ago and now she is a fully grown toddler! I am not ready, if time could please slow down a bit I'd really appreciate it. On a slightly more meal-planny note, we 100% stuck to the meal plan last week! First time ever I think! …

Christmas Wishlist for her (Me)

This year I have devoted 99.7% of my Christmas planning time on making it special for Zoe, buying gifts, planning traditions, booking visits to santa etc... Don't get me wrong, it is very fun and I hope she comes to love this time of year as much as I do. However, I hadn't really given …

Meal Planning Monday - 30th November

Last week started so well, I made a delicious risotto on Monday, then Zoe got sent home from nursery with a fever and cold symptoms, and we all had caught it by the end of the week. Luckily she is well again now, but me and Paul are still struggling with sinus pain and general snottiness. So, t…

Leftover Roast Chicken, Tomato and Mozzarella Risotto.

In an effort to enjoy cooking again I have been on the lookout for new recipes to try. Risotto is one of those things that I have never tried to cook myself, it always sounded high maintenance and faffy so I avoided it. However, it is one of Pauls favourite meals and zoe eats it regularly at nurs…

Our experience with Baby-led Weaning.

Being a bit of a foodie, or at least a lover of food I was really keen for Zoe to love food too. Pretty much as soon as she was born I was googling weaning. I was totally clueless about when you were supposed to start introducing real food, I had images of pots of puree filling my freezer and sho…

Meal Planning Monday - 23rd November

Following on from last weeks whinge about how disorganised my life is, I am back on the meal planning bandwagon and determined to stick to it. The way my schedule works at the moment means that Zoe eats at nursery all day Monday and Tuesday, so I don't need to worry about her on those days. …

A lesson in being thankful.

I've started buying lottery tickets again. I've never been a big gambler or lottery player, but with the current economic situation a big influx of cash would be very useful right about now... (childcare is HOW MUCH!?).

My problem with the lottery is that each and every time I buy a ticket…

Wear all the babies!

Anyone who follows me on instagram or facebook will know that slings and 'babywearing' are a big part of my life. I do get a lot of questions and people asking for tips, so I thought I would post a little backstory to our experience with babywearing. (I am trying really hard to avoid using …

Zoe's Christmas List.

Although technically this isn't Zoe's first Christmas, she was 17 days old last time and had zero clue what was happening and couldn't really enjoy anything except boobs and naps. This year however I am beyond excited to share the joy and magic of Christmas with her. Growing up Christ…

What's for Tea?

The dreaded question, whats for tea? Strikes fear into the heart of disorganised people across the world. Since returning to work, and lets be honest, even a bit before then, I have struggled to find a rhythm to meal planning and actually finding time to cook nice healthy meals to satisfy three…

Unexpected break

Well, I took a completely unplanned but massively needed break from blogging. I really enjoyed my final 6 months of maternity leave and while I have missed the blogging community and all it brings, its been good to just relax and enjoy time with my best girl.
So what have you missed? LOADS!

I h…

Finding your Village

*repost of a post lost during some technical issues on the site* When I was pregnant I spent a lot of time perusing Pinterest devouring everything I could find about parenting, coping with a newborn, survival tips, etc… Seriously, any blog post entitled “Top 10 things no one tells you about beco…

Meal Planning Monday - 12th January

Cute picture of Zoe, just because... I started back with the meal plan last week, which went well for 3 days, then I had a take away or 2 out of tiredness and not wanting to cook. With this in mind I have decided to make extra of meals and freeze portions, to make sure I have options on hand for …

Leftover Roast Chicken Pie.

Part of my 2015 plan of action was to be more frugal and meal plan. This is one of my favourite frugal recipes, and is a really simple way to use leftover roast chicken and veggies. We tend to have a roast chicken dinner on a Sunday evening, so this is the ideal Monday night meal. I always have …

One Month in the World.

One Month in the world, where on earth has that time gone?! In the last 4 weeks Zoe has gone from a squashy little newborn to a slightly bigger squashy little 4 week old. She is starting to hold her head up on her own, she is making different facial expressions (although no smiles yet), and she …

Newborn essentials.

The second you announce your pregnancy you get inundated with advice from anyone and everyone, everyone has their tips and tricks for coping with a newborn, and while each baby is different, I loved reading everyones experiences and enjoyed figuring out what worked for Zoe. I bought a lot of thi…

2015; a plan of action.

I hate new years resolutions, don't get my wrong, the idea of setting goals and making plans is a positive one, but the term resolutions is just so synonymous with failure and not quite achieving things that it is just depressing.
So with this in mind I am deciding on a plan of action, things…