As you can probably deduce from the title of this post, my head is buzzing with random titbits I want to share with you all. The problem, however is that – WOAH September is busy not least with my middle one starting school – and so I’m struggling to find the time to articulate them. (see also overflowing nappy bin above). So I thought I’d just outpour two small things on my mind right now, and see how that goes.

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Man, do I love pressing play and have another adult entertain the kids just for a short while. Rainy day? Long car journey? Struggling to sleep? Stories – whether via a podcast or an audiobook – answer so many of these every day scenarios for us. Here’s a quick round up of some of our faves:

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We’ve been potty training Abe since he could sit – around 8 months – here’s a little video with some tips and tricks if you were interested in trying the same with your little one.

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Yesterday morning, after a trip with the kids to the GP (me: “please don’t touch anything, guys”, Sonny: “I just touched the bin, is that OK?”) and en route to nab a coffee (me) and a chocolate croissant to share (them), I found myself wheeling the buggy alongside another mum who like me, was trailing 3 young boys in her midst. And when I say trailing, I mean that thing when a parent has no hands free to hold on to anyone and the kids are half walking, suddenly stopping, then running ahead, then running behind and all you can really focus on is keeping everyone alive.

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I truly loved those mornings; sitting at my computer, with nothing but a faint breeze coming in through the window and a giant jar of water by my side. You see, for the entire month of July, I used to start my day at 5.15am, woken after our youngest stirred, and after feeding him the remains of his bottle from the night before and watching him gently fall back to sleep, I’d take myself to my desk and stay there working until everyone else woke, about two hours later.

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Cannot get enough of these tunes… hope you enjoy it. As ever, best listened to with a hot cuppa and kids who might appreciate a chilled atmosphere.

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The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year, 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago [source: True Cost]. It can’t go on, but what’s the solution? More of us are simply opting out of buying more, others are shopping second hand and some are committing to a capsule wardrobe of only well made garments. But with so many brands and SO much greenwashing out there, it can seem tricky to know where to start so we thought we’d put together a list of our favourite sustainable, independent womenswear brands to make it a little easier. Take a peek here:

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When I asked on my Instagram what being offline feels like to you, the responses were pretty intense: “liberated”, “grounded”, “productive”, “like I’m holding a secret”. There was one word that came up again and again, though: “free.” I say intense because it seems that being offline seems to feel SO GOOD for SO MANY of you. Armed with this information, added to the multiple studies signposting the links between prolonged usage of social network sites and depression and changes in self esteem, I felt drawn to write a little more on this subject.

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