Our children have seen a lot, and chances are, they’ll continue to see a lot as the years go by. They see us in our cringy lovey dovey moments, just like they see us when we’re at each other’s throat. These days, for example, they see an abundance of love, affection and unity, whereas a few months ago they witnessed quite a lot of anger and pain as I struggled with aspects of my mental health.Continue reading “Why I no longer feel bad about my children seeing the less pretty side of marriage”
Last week I was experimenting with plantain and made these little bites, which are essentially thinly sliced plantain, seasoned and grilled until golden. They tasted so good I decided to post the recipe. This is a lovely idea for an appetiser, amuse-gueule or just another fancy-looking way to present plantain.Continue reading “Plantain bites recipe”
When is the last time you felt really confident about your lifestyle choices, or your opinions? With everyone on social media being so vocal about what they stand for, the things they agree/disagree with… with every social media platform encouraging some sort of discourse and debate, very often people’s lifestyle choices, opinions and habits will come under scrutiny.Continue reading “Lifestyle choices and navigating discourse overload on social media: My ‘wellness plan’”
Our kitchen is white! Ok, I’ll admit – It’s not much of a revamp, apart from the colour. Everything else is pretty much the same, and a work in progress, as we’re going to change some of the furniture and flooring too…Continue reading “Changing my kitchen cabinets from ‘oak’ to white – Was it worth it?”
I value the beauty of communication and dialogue with my children. The questions I’m about to suggest came to me completely randomly as I sat down with my sons for our daily ‘chit-chat’ – a mother-and-son moment we have every single evening, where we talk about their day and anything else that’s been on their mind: from “Mum, how are trains made?” to “Mum, I have this spot on my chin…” That evening, I decided to have a bit more of a structured approach to our chit-chat, and introduced a set of questions. I didn’t think they’d be so useful in making the conversation flow, and I’m surprised at how much the boys enjoyed answering them! N.B.: These questions are specifically aimed at pre-teen/teenagers. However, parents of younger children (and dads!) feel free to tailor as necessary.Continue reading “Encouraging honest parent-child dialogue: 5 questions to ask your children”
One thing I absolutely love about this time of the year is using my imagination to transform our living space into the perfect festive setting. I usually do this indoors with our Christmas decorations, our tree and all the other festive touches that put us all in the mood for Christmas. This year however, I decided to do something different by creating a Christmas enchanted garden – an adventure that my children, especially my 2-year old daughter, would remember for a long time.
No matter the size of your garden, there are many different ways to encourage your children’s curiosity and sense of adventure. From creating a mini winter wonderland, to turning your outdoor space into a small campsite, you’ll find that a little bit of imagination can go a very long way. So get into the spirit and dress for the occasion – we are wearing Barbour’s gorgeous new Father Christmas collection, which is inspired by Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas, available here.Continue reading “AD – Create a Christmas garden adventure! In partnership with Barbour x House of Fraser”
My relationship with clothes changed the moment I became pregnant for the first time. I started to view clothes as something to feel comfortable in, nothing more, nothing less. Being a breastfeeding mum kinda pushes you to seek comfort above all other things.
I’ve been having a lot of fun lately re-creating my own versions of expensive high end pieces. I will be posting them over the coming weeks. Let’s start with this flower cloud chandelier I found on Anthropologie.com, a beautiful statement piece that I thought would be a great addition to my daughter’s bedroom. It’s such a dreamy look. I just had to create my own.
I don’t really know how to start this post, but I just thought I’d share some observations I’ve made about myself lately. I am blooming. I am getting out of my comfort zone. I am taking bold steps. I am trying new things. I am asserting my worth. I am on a journey to becoming fearless and happier.
I recently came up with this side table design after one of my IKEA JÄLL laundry bags broke (the bag itself/fabric, not the legs).