I’ve been thinking a lot recently about quality of life and seemingly insignificant factors that can really affect our happiness levels day to day. Like how long your commute is in the morning, or the layout of your kitchen, or how close your closest coffee shop is. These are all things that affect my well-being and have the power to take it up a notch or drop it down to sub ideal – just compare standing up on a packed tube for your entire journey to a gentle 15 minutes bus ride sat reading a book. View Post
It starts with the actual giving birth process. Were you with a partner or with your mum, or with both? (my mum wasn’t there, in case you were wondering.) Then comes the days after and the support offered by your parents during this hazy period where I was genuinely terrified by the size of my boobs; did they come bearing dishes of cooked food, ready to put ten loads of washing on or just take the baby for 30 minutes so you could have a shower? How much did they do? How much should they do? View Post
The other day I found myself clicking on an article entitled “10 ways to make your morning more productive”. It included things such as lay the kids’ clothes out the night before, get up half an hour earlier to do some batch cooking, do a load of washing before anything else.
I cannot explain how simple, delicious and satisfying it is to make your own milk; I especially love making it with Jack and teaching him how to make his own food all the while showing him that milk doesn’t need to just come from cows and saving some pennies along the way.
Every night, in the middle of the night (I’m never sure at exactly what time as I don’t keep my phone in our bedroom) the door creaks open and in walks a familiar miniature figure.
“I can’t sleep”, he says, sounding far too awake.
Before I became a mother, I must have been recommended at least 8-10 books to read. I read none of them; not just because I’m not much of a reader but also I simply didn’t want to fill my head with other peoples’ impressions of motherhood. To this day, I’ve still only read one motherhood book, and this is it.
Today in the UK, the government announced a huge publicity push for shared parental leave. Around 285,000 couples are actually eligible every year for such leave but apparently only 2% of men are currently taking advantage of it and around half of the general public are unaware that this option even exists, according to the Department for Business.
There aren’t many topics that cause more divergence of opinion than children and what you should feed them. I’m vegan myself as much as possible and whilst the kids are not (and I can’t see that happening any time soon as my husband is not), naturally I’m interested in introducing vegan elements to their diet if at all possible. The obvious starting point is milk…