Nelly Elliott

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


Life Lately - September 2017

Life has been a little hectic lately, I mean when is life with a toddler not hectic? But this past few months has been just a little bit extra. The main source of the stress has of course been my recent nuptials. I mean we purposefully went for small and fun to try and avoid any sort of bridezilla moments and for the most part we managed to keep things together, but my brain has been pretty occupied with a lot of 'But what if no one comes?!' or 'What if it all looks a bit shit?!' and its left little room for much else.
So now its all done and dusted and I am fully fledged Sadie (funny girl reference alert), I thought I would once again peek into the blogosphere and see what's been occurring.
So here is a little glimpse at my life lately and what to expect coming up on my little corner of the web.


In the weeks leading up to the wedding we had family to visit and did some wonderful little day trips around the North East, which I am hoping to share with you guys soon. This was the wonderful Preston Park museum and grounds in Stockton on Tees. Its a little further afield than we usually travel via public transport, but its really easy to get to in a car and we had a lovely time there. Zoe loved the little Victorian street, with all the little old fashion shops and a tea room. We even stumbled into a small weekly play group which had lots of toys and crafts going on. There was also a wonderful playground with a HUGE sandpit which kept Zoe entertained for almost an hour.


Another place we visited was Gibside, which is a National Trust property just south of Gateshead. We did a spot of geocaching and Zoe ran for miles and well and truly tired herself out. We do love it here but once again it isn't the easiest place to get to via public transport - like with most National Trust properties. We did take advantage of the English Heritage open weekend to get in for free though, which was a bonus.


Oh yeah, and we did have a little wedding! No big deal. Much much more coming on this soon, I have a few blog posts planned around planning a wedding on a tight budget and sharing a few more details of our day, so watch this space. I might publish the budget wedding post before the official photos are ready, and then share the official stuff later on. I am not totally wedding obsessed but I am proud of what we achieved on our little budget and would love to share that with you all. If you want to see anything in particular, let me know in the comments.


After the wedding with spend the night at the wonderful Hotel Du Vin in Newcastle, which was so beautiful I really want to share that in the form of a mini review, this was our breakfast, which was the perfect cure for my prosecco headache.


I am hoping to start a little feature on the blog in the run up to Christmas and birthday season around local or independent shops, I stumbled upon this fantastic kids boutique in the Grainger Market recently called Simply Small Co (they have since closed down) (they also have an online store for those not local), and really love giving a platform for smaller stores. So if you have any suggestions or favourites you'd like to share, let me know in the comments - doesn't have to be kid centered.


Finally, we have well and truly entered the 'threenager' stage with Zoe and I am not going to lie - its tough. She is very strong minded and stubborn (wonder where she gets that from), which is amazing in terms of raising a strong kid, but in terms of day to day behavior its a bit of a struggle. So I am endeavoring to engage her in more activities and focus on ways to preempt the tantrums in a gentle way, rather than gradually turning into the shouty mum I never wanted to be. So I hope to share some of these activities and lessons learned as we go. Tips and wisdom is always welcome, so comment or hit me up on twitter or Instagram. So that is a little insight into what we have been up to and what to expect on the blog soon. I really have missed blogging and I mostly miss the community that goes along with blogging so I am pledging to read more blogs and comment/engage more - feel free to leave any blog links below if you think I'd dig it. What are some of your favourite blogs? (you are totally allowed to say your own)