All posts tagged: family

Vegan Christmas Treats

Christmas is just around the corner. Supermarkets will be stacked to the rafters with plastic tubs brimming with chocolate at what seems to be a total bargain. Is it too good to be true, or is someone, somewhere paying the price? Firstly, in the name of transparency, I am not a vegan. I became vegetarian at the beginning of this year as a result of my concerns around the impact of intensive farming on the environment. Since making that decision, day by day, week by week I become increasingly aware of the food products I choose to bring into my home. I am not perfect by any stretch, I will never claim to be but I am learning a little bit each day. What’s the alternative? With supermarkets abundant in over packaged chocolate that has questionable ethics, I decided to go on the search for a better option. I decided to bring to you a small selection of the most amazing treats I could find.  I have hand selected each and every product for either …

How to Find Your Pause button: Being a Mindful Mum

Sometimes you just need to let yourself ‘be’ Do you sometimes feel that life is just rushing by in this fast paced, hectic world we live, where we are constantly striving to be ‘the good enough’ parent? I know I certainly do. Life is so full of distractions and worry about what the future might hold for any of us, but in particular our children. Mindfulness has been practiced for many years with roots in Buddhist traditions but has become a popular method modern society to help a person be present in their everyday lives. Mindfulness can be hugely beneficial to parents. It supports them to gain control and perspective on anxieties and fears and results in a healthier, happier you. Mindfulness will enable you to control your thoughts and prevent them from going in a direction you do not wish them to, whilst feeling grounded in the moment. It is a well used resource in mental health, cancer care and for healthcare professionals in general. There is a plethora of knowledge and information available …

Camping with Kids: Why we love Wowo

Rob and I discovered our love for camping not long after we met. It was a natural progression to  take the boys and it has now become part of family life. We love campsites that offer freedom and adventure. We first came across Wapsbourne Manor Farm or Wowo (as it is affectionally known) about six years  years ago before we were married. It is a very family orientated site it but certainly isn’t exclusive to families and we felt very comfortable. In fact, I think everyone feels welcome at Wowo. They have created a culture or micro community that feels like home the moment you arrive. It is a place for proper old school fun with an emphasis on allowing your kids to be ‘free range’ in their 150 acres of natural playground. So if mud pies, rope swings, camp fires and den building send you into a panic, it’s probably not going to be your thing. Camping is split into five fields which all have a slightly different feel and aspect. Best thing to do is …

Ten Reasons Why I Use Cloth Nappies

There are heaps of reasons why people choose reusable nappies, but I’m going to tell you a little bit about my own personal reasons. If you asked me four years ago why I chose cloth, my answers would be very different to now. I initially got interested purely for the two top reasons; saving money and saving the planet, but four years is a long time, especially for the fickle minded like me! First time around with Arthur (who is long out of nappies!) me and my hubby were at the baby show and we stumbled across the Tots Bots stand, who were offering great prices on bundles of factory seconds. I hadn’t even considered cloth before that day. We didn’t know anyone that used cloth so it was completely new to us. We immediately fell in love with the idea and the gorgeous prints from Tots Bots had us sold. A combination of being new parents, lack of support and poor wash routine (who knew about the cardinal sin of fabric conditioner?) was a combination …