Nelly Elliott

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

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Setting SMART intentions for 2018.

I have said pretty much every January since the birth of my blog how much I do not like resolutions. Resolutions are usually broken by the 10th of January and are usually wildly unobtainable or just so vague that you don't ever stick to them.

In my day job I work in project management, and quite a lot of those techniques can be carried forward into your day to day life, making measurable and smart goals or intentions being one. By smart I don't just mean well thought out or intelligent. I mean SMART > specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-based.

With this in mind I decided to set myself shorter goals, monthly or bi monthly intentions that are achievable, measurable and realistic. So I will check in every once in a while and see where I am at and reflect and refocus.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone. However you spend the festive season, I hope it is filled with joy and happiness
And a lot of yummy food and drink.

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 11th December

Yet another frugal meal plan this week, December is the actual worst. I am so close to just cancelling Christmas and hibernating until January. Anyway I am boring myself with my money whinging now so I'll shush and get on with the meal planning...

I am doing a lot of making from scratch with pie and soups in the slow cooker to last us a couple of days, with leftovers for lunches.

Now you are Three.

Dear my darling Zoe Jean, I can hardly believe I am writing this on the eve of your third birthday. How these first three years have flown by, but at the same time I cannot even picture what my life was like without you in it; what did I even do with all my time?! You have come on so much this p…

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 4th December

December is a weird old month for meal planning as it feels like you are on countdown to the big day; the big meal... when actually you need to still eat on the 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th... Its awkward. You can't just live off the cheeseboard. Well I mean I could, but I have a child to feed too.

We are attempting to be as frugal as possible, as December always seems to be an impossibly long month, there is always a bit too much month at the end of the money.

It is Zoe's birthday on Friday, I have yet to decide what we are doing on the day, so if anyone has any ideas, let me know. *disorganised mum alert*

Gift Guide for the Threenager in Your Life

It's December everybody! Which means Christmas shopping is in full swing. I have been fairly organised this year and have most of my presents bought and hidden away. However, I know not everyone is like me so you may be panicking over what to buy the people in your life. So, with that in mind, …

Mama Style - The Motherhood of the Multifunctional Skirt (of dreams)

I don't go out very often these days, I wouldn't go as far as to say becoming a Mum means your social life ends, but your priorities certainly change, and going out and spending money on cocktails when your kid needs new shoes is just not realistic. I do still get the occasional night out, …

Gift Guide for the Colourful Mamas in your life.

I was going to style this out as a generic 'for her' gift guide, but who am I kidding? I might as well call this dear Santa. So if you have a woman in your life who loves coffee, feminism, colourful stuff and mama merch then listen up, as this will be everything you wanted and more...


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Gift Guide for the Bearded Gentleman in your Life.

I don't know about you, but I find men so so hard to buy for. Growing up my dad always got some sort of generic aftershave gift set and a shirt and tie from Burton for every birthday, christmas or fathers day. Pretty uninspired. When it comes to the women in my life I can think of hundreds of …

Toddler Takeover | Great North Museum

A friend of mine messaged me recently saying she had booked tickets for the Toddler Takeover at the Great North Museum and asked if I'd like to go too. I had never heard of it before, but with Zoe's recent Museum obsession; fuelled by the Night at the Museum movies, it sounded like a perfect way to spend a Friday morning.
The event itself is free but divided into hour long sessions, so you have to prebook to get a place (and it is pretty popular so book fast!). When I first read the itinerary I didn't think we would spend the full hour, as keeping a toddler engaged for an hour is a tough task! However, the hour flew by and she didn't want to leave!
I had really hammed up the fact that the museum staff needed her help, as I was worried beforehand that she would be bored or not be engaged by it. But I shouldn't have worried as I literally had to drag her from the place to cries of "But mummy, they neeeeeeed my help!" and the promise of a Happy Meal.

Meal Plan Like a Boss - 20 November

Another OK week last week, but with Christmas fast approaching the need to be extra frugal is weighing heavy, I have actually been fairly organised this year and most of the presents have been bought and stashed away. Although December always feels like such a long old month, so frugality is the word of the week.

I am a little obsessed with Christmas food planning at the moment, I'd love to hear any Christmas food traditions that you have, or alternative menu ideas.

Our Perfect Little Wedding Day.

My official photos are back and I have finally stopped crying (with happiness obvs) long enough to share a little more about our perfect little wedding day with the world. I did share an initial post on how we planned our Wedding on a tiny budget, but now I want to just share how the day itself w…