A few weeks ago, we went camping with a big group of friends to a local campsite. There was unexpected sunshine, a near constant fire, a huge gang of semi-feral children, group cooking and late nights around the fire. After day one I knew that I wouldn't want to come home. There were 8 families in total, but we also had visitors most days- friends who were nearby and popped in to sit with us by the fire and share food. I took a ton of photo's of the trip which I've shared below- in all their messy wonderful glory. Below I've shared our tent and set up, then how we organised it in case you want to plan your own trip.Read More
September! September is here! I am suddenly fizzing with new ideas, there is a decided crispness to the morning air, the leaves are starting to turn and my first baby started year one at a new school today. September is a changing month, a time for endings and beginnings. It's the final hurrrah and goodbye to the slow easy days of summer. It's the turn of a new season, a desire for new stationary and preparation for the cold months to come. I feel the change in the air!
I have missed pulling together my monthly newsletter of wonderful things to make, do and celebrate in the coming month, so it's back. Here are some of my favourite things to do in September!Read More
Yes, I am going ‘there’ with baby sleep.
Baby sleep is perhaps one of the most contentious issues for parents. I have learned that as soon as your baby is born, people will ask you relentlessly how they sleep. “Is he a good sleeper?” “Does he sleep through?” and my favourite; “Is he good?”
My response to the above question is that Auden is a pretty chilled baby who wakes up a ‘normal’ amount every night. This varies between 4-8 times night. I know that some babies sleep through the night naturally, but most do not, and Auden is one of those.
I apostrophised ‘normal’ because you would not know it was normal based on most of the information on baby sleep that is commonly circulated.
It is one of the most discussed topics amongst new parents, and many feel like something is ‘wrong’ with their babies, or that they need to “sort their sleep out”. I obsessed about this when Frankie-Rose was a baby so this post is, in part, addressed to my past self...Read More
We recently went to WOMAD, our favourite festival, and one l I have been going too since I was 14. Like lots of things in my life at the moment, the festival was a beautifully dual experience.
The day before we were due to leave, our (new!) car broke with an impressive grinding sound, so things got off to a pretty stressful start. We were able to borrow a (smaller) car which meant re packing and leaving lots of stuff at home. The festival was also muddy and wet which is harder with young kids, although still totally do-able and fun- we just make sure everyone had head to toe waterproofs. I also had a short bout of food poisining (wahey!)
But despite all of those things, it was worth it. We had a pretty precious time together as a family, and spending time with my friend and her family was also wonderful. The food, the music and kids activities were incredible, as they always are, and Frankie-Rose was able to enjoy so many of the kids activities this year. Our highlights far outweigh our sucky bits.Read More
I styled my fourth Sisterhood Camp over a beautiful Summer Solstice weekend in June, and it was perhaps my favourite yet, and my most enjoyable work wise. Yes yes, I realise I make the same bold statement after each event but what can I say?! It is such a dream event. Lou- Queen Sisterhood- worked so hard bringing each element together, it truly is a huge undertaking. This year, 60 of us were at the main Fforest site, the biggest gathering yet. Erin, my usual styling partner had a very tiny newborn so couldn't some along, so instead, stylist Lucy Franks came along to offer her assistance and expertise, for which I was very grateful! It was extra special as I brought Auden along with me, who was 4 months old....Read More