Nelly Elliott

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

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Jesmond Food Market @ Armstrong Bridge

I love Newcastle, it has so many hidden depths and gems to discover, and despite living here for 13 years now I am still finding new places to go. One of our favourite free places to visit with Zoe at the moment is Jesmond Dene. She can safely toddler about, and loves chatting to the chickens and…

Family Farm at Whitehouse Farm.

Zoe is totally animal crazy at the moment, her favourite book is this little board book which has a different animal on each page. We read it roughly 100,000 times a day, doing the sounds for each. Although according to Zoe all animals say "quack quack". Oh and also, what sound does a gi…

Sunday Moment - 26th March

1. Zoe got her level 4 starfish award this week. We have been going to swimming lessons since she was 11 weeks old, and I am so glad we stuck it out. Yes, it is expensive, but as I was such a terrible swimmer and general scaredy cat around water as a child I am desperate for Zoe to be water confide…

White Chocolate & Marshmallow Easter Nests - Baking with a Toddler.

I have this idyllic idea of baking with my daughter, all mini aprons and tiny wooden spoons, like something from a Cath Kidston advert. I can tell you that at 15 months, this is simply not the reality, not even a little bit. Sadly I feel like Zoe is a little too young to understand the concept o…

Vegan Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry.

I recently did a spot of recipe development working with Wayfair for a great alternative Vegan Easter Menu. I has been a while since I sat down and planned a new recipe and dusted off the DSLR to take proper photos. It felt really good and I was so happy with how they turned out. I am not usuall…

Mineral Spa @ Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Otherwise Known as my Happy Place

Hello, my name is Nelly and I am a spa-virgin. Before last week I had never set foot in a spa, I didn't get it. I've never been a super girly girl, or felt the urge to be rubbed by strangers. Also, the fear of new situations that involve swimwear is real. Well thanks for the wonderful tea…

Meal Planning Monday - 21st March

Last week's Sausage Risotto was amazing! I feel like I am well and truly back into the swing of things, I stuck mostly to my plan last week and it felt good. I had some great meal wins with the sausage risotto and prawn pesto pasta. I am definitely feeling inspired to try new things and get out…

Sunday Moment - 20th March

1. I feel like a terrible food blogger admitting this, but I have been reluctant to bake with Zoe. Honestly I just think she is too young to understand what we are doing, and in reality she just sat and ate the ingredients like we were having a post-lunch snack of chocolate covered rice crispies a…

Toddler Fun - Cloud Dough Recipe

We are not really stay at home types here, we are very much out and about, meeting for coffee, soft play, lunch, play date sort of people. I find it quite difficult to spend a full day in the house and inevitably we end up a little bored and restless and shouty. I do wish I was more of a homebody,…

My top 5 Coffee Spots in Newcastle.

Anyone who follows me on instagram, or indeed knows me in person, will know of my love of good coffee. My idea of pure heaven is a decent flat white in a bustling coffee shop, just watching the world go by. I am a big fan of lattes and flat whites, I like strong but smooth coffee with a creamy milk…