Hello. My name is Maria and I am a charity shop addict. Starting in January 2018, I’ve set myself the challenge of buying myself no new clothes the entire year and instead wearing as many different combinations of my existing wardrobe, with the odd second hand item thrown in to keep things interesting, for the entirety of 2018.  View Post

Oh my, this weather! We’ve been so spoilt, haven’t we? It’s been truly wonderful. We’ve taken things extra slow this week and spent so much time having impromptu picnics, running through the woods and finally, strip washing our nappies. Here’s some other fun things from around the web:

Here’s how long it takes to make a friend

Watch this. Just do it.

True Partnership Is This

10 Things To Know If You’re Heading To Edinburgh Fringe

Why Insomnia Isn’t A Problem

An Incredible Environmental Step Forward

A Perfect Earth Day Spring Veggie Pasta

8 Magical Woodland Cabins 

10 Style Mistakes We All Make In the Sun

And finally, two great reader comments:

Esther on Let Your Kids Be Independent : “OMG thank you for writing this. My kids are 5 and 3. I love being home with my them but I’ll be honest I get totally bored “playing” with them at home. So I’ve been leaving them to it and getting on with what I need or want to do round the house. I always ensure we spend time together at some point during the day doing an activity (baking, creating, gardening, or I get them to help with house chores or we go out together, where weirdly I find I can engage in play) and during that time we talk lots and enjoy the activity but I just can’t play with them and decided long ago they won’t want a mummy who is distracted and yawning through boredom – this is our balance and we’re really happy with it. BUT I’ve been racked with guilt that I’m not a good mummy because I don’t play with them. I can’t believe that actually others do this! What a revelation!”

Says Ruth on Extended Breastfeeding – Debunking Myths: “I breastfed my youngest until just after her second birthday. I enjoyed many nights out, nights in, nights away from my baby, a week long holiday to New York with my husband just before her first birthday when she was still taking more milk than solid food and I had absolutely no problems. I went back to work. My life carried on, my baby grew into a (very loud and eloquent) toddler who would ask for milk in public (never failed to turn me scarlet). I never, ever found breast feeding restricting. In fact, it was really very straight forward – on hand whenever required without the need for hot water or sterile bottles. Don’t get me wrong, the first few months of constant feeding were tiring and I had many horrid bouts of mastitis so it wasn’t all sunshine. But I loved it and i’m proud that my body could provide so successfully for my child. I fed my elder child until his first birthday and really felt that stopping at 1 was the right thing to do at that point as he had lost interest and was only taking a forced breast for a few moments in the evening. Two different children, two different feeding journeys. Do what is right for you and your child. Take advice, listen carefully but do ‘t feel the need to do what society tells you to do. Your life, your child. They are little for such a short time. Love them. x”

Have a wonderful one,

Emma xxx

P.S An An Alternative Florida Trip and Glamping With A Toddler And Newborn

We all know this image don’t we? A woman – who looks like she’s extended breastfeeding! In western society extended breastfeeding simply means feeding a child past the age of 12 months. My son is nearly 18 months old and I often get asked if I am ‘still’ feeding him. Yes, I am and no, I don’t plan to stop until both he and I are ready. View Post

I’ll be honest; I LOVE a DIY but my kind of DIY is the kind that is quick, easy and super rewarding. Skincare is something I have been passionate about for my entire adult life but it’s only been the last few years that I have really learnt the importance of non toxic, cruelty free products. View Post