You know those nights where your fridge is looking somewhat sorry for itself and you yourself are low on energy? Yup. This soup then, my friends, is the one for you. Quick, versatile and SUPER tasty, I eat this soup at least once a week and trust me, it’s the hug you (and your tummy) need at the end of the day.

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My husband and I were having a slightly heated debate the other day in the car about coronavirus when out of nowhere a small slightly sad-sounding voice piped up from the back of the car, “I wish Covid would go away.” My four year-old son’s voice stopped me in my flow and reminded me that with so much anxiety around, it’s near impossible for our children to avoid absorbing some of the world’s worry right now.

For me and for them, Nature has been our greatest antidote. We get out as far into the middle of nowhere as we can go where we climb, run, play, sing, kick, forage and feel free. It’s more important than ever that my children have a strong love for and trust in Nature so I thought I’d share a list of our go to books to help us explore and remember that the world we live in is truly a beautiful, diverse and good one.

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When I came up with the hashtag #zeroplansday on Instagram a few years ago, it was in the midst of our busy, frenetic, plan-packed lives; an antidote to the stress and expectation that is so often the bi-product of alll the arrangements; a gentle suggestion to slow down and stop running (& rushing our kids) from place to place.

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Here’s a soothing playlist to keep the chaotic vibes at bay and inject a dose of calmness into homeschooling life. Enjoy, friends. xxx

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We’ve featured a bunch of Nina Cosford’s illustrations over the years, check out the P.S below for more!

Emma xxx

PS. Dining Al Desko and and My Two Hair Options in Life

It is blowing my mind how fast you three are changing right now. From the shape of your bottom Sonny (yes, a mother knows *everything* about her children, does she not?!) to the specific noises you make Abey to Jack, the beautiful evolvement of your language, I feel like I’ll blink and you’ll be tussling (in deep voices) over who gets to use the bathroom first and asking each other for dating advice. For those of you who are long term readers of the blog, you’ll know the format of these recaps; sporadic and totally from the heart brain dumps of my babes every 6 months or so. So here goes:

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Barring early pregnancy and newborn baby days when being simultaneously in a vertical state and dressed was often a challenge, and I gave myself a break (see also ‘15 self care ideas that don’t involve a bubble bath or a face mask’), going to the supermarket with the kids was always a staple and favourite activity of ours.

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