As usual, the illustrator Nina Cosford nailing how we’re all feeling right now.

Emma xx

P.S Split Screen Personalities and My Two Hair Options in Life

Want to know the latest fashion trends? Don’t come to these parts, is my advice. Regardless of the fact we’ve been through a global pandemic, I’m useless when it comes to the latest and greatest buys and instead get excited by clothes that fall in to three categories: there’s a story behind them, they’re super versatile or they’re made from a beautiful fabric. Mainly, an item of clothing has to make me feel friggin’ good, whether that’s a homemade tie dyed t-shirt or a stretchy cotton turban. Here’s my go to, I’d-wear-them-every-day-of-the-week-if-I-could items:

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I recently received a DM asking if I could share what parenting at night looks like for me and if it’s possible to maintain a gentle parenting approach at night and actually get some shut eye? It was an interesting question – for all parents – because whilst we might be a go-with-the-flow and “gentle” parent by day, did we navigate nights – an entirely separate, far less discussed and documented time of day – differently? My answer is, actually yes – at least now that he’s 20 months old anyway.

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I’m not a big advocate of consuming for the sake of consuming but equally showing appreciation for our loved ones is high on my agenda. Plus, let’s be honest, I was never going to miss out on an opportunity to celebrate mothers – and that’s whether you’re a mother of a child, a dog, or a plant. We’re all carers, and deserve a little extra love. Do check out the gift ideas and gestures to get you / your kids / your other half thinking; now just to get this in front of them…

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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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