Going Plant-based with kids

Over the last few months, we’ve been gradually transitioning the whole family to a plant-based, vegan diet. There’s a noticeable difference in how well we feel and it’s definitely helped us to shed the lockdown pounds that had been slowly creeping on during the restrictions. It’s so great to finally have the whole family eating…

Greening Up Our Act

We’ve made some big, exciting changes to some areas of family life in the last few months, beginning with a January of zero consumption. No Spend January gave us a chance to really reflect on where our money was going and how much of it was being spent ethically. During January we only spent money…

The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go To Sleep- the story of a dairy allergy.

We’ve been living in a fog for the last year and a half, a guilty secret which we shared only with close family members. Our youngest son would just not sleep- or more precisely he would fall asleep but then wake up frequently throughout the night. This month we finally worked it out – he…

Resourcing Home Education

Image that you were given a huge new project at work and expected to show outstanding performance in your given field; you’d rightly expect that extra funding would be in place, additional time allocated and perhaps extra staff assigned to the project. In short, you’d expect additional resources to be able to carry out that…

When you can’t/won’t buy new; Upcycling- a mud kitchen

‘Necessity is the mother of invention‘ Plato I’ve been on the lookout for a suitable lot of wood for making a mud kitchen for the boys to play with. I had been hoping to come upon a spare pallet or find something fitting in the wood pile. Alas, there really hasn’t been anything which would…

10 ways to inspire independent play

Getting children to play on their own is essential for their deeper cognitive development and the sanity of their adults. Here are ten ways in which we inspire play through ‘Invitations To Play’. Most of these can be set up with resources you already have at home (or sourced second hand). This may give you…

Invitations To Play

Invitations to play are little set-ups of materials which tempt children to come and explore. Children have an innate need to discover their world, through play, and are hard-wired to learn, through their play. Everything that a child will become, as a person, has its foundations in play, and through play the child develops every…

Trees and their benefits to our immune systems

Spending short amounts of time amongst trees has been shown to benefit our immune systems and significantly improve our health in a number of ways. As a family we love to spend time in woods and forests and we are lucky to live within walking distance of some small but lovely areas of trees. The…

A Few Lovely Things This Week

Easter cards made with eager little fingers and lots of vibrant colours… The construction of a new road through the garden and a big brother keen to enforce the highway code by the liberal use of signage… A baby bath used for bubbles and then sand… The fruit trees in full glory… An impromptu workshop…