on the importance of self care

on the importance of self care

I found this ‘note to self’ online just after I had Henry, and the words really resonated: ‘Treat yourself the way you would treat a small child. Feed yourself healthy food and make sure you spend time outside. Let yourself take naps. Don’t say...
we love frugi

we love frugi

Have you heard of Frugi? We’ve been fans of the organic and ethical childrens’ clothing company since Henry was gifted a gorgeous tractor onesie when he was a baby, and I’m enjoying dressing Noah in their super-comfortable, cute vests, t-shirts and...
what we’re reading | goodnight moon

what we’re reading | goodnight moon

What are you reading with your babe right now? At the moment we’re reading Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon. Have you read it? A fellow NCT mama (who also happened to be an Oxford University librarian) gifted it to Henry for his first Christmas, and...
natural beauty | lemon & rosemary salt scrub

natural beauty | lemon & rosemary salt scrub

Henry and I made this moisturising, exfoliating lemon and rosemary salt scrub as a fin de l’ecole gift for his maitresse. I wanted something that was easy to make with Henry, and relatively inexpensive. We had all the ingredients to hand, and it only took around...
weekend wishlist

weekend wishlist

What are your plans this weekend? Our damson plums are ready, so we’ll be picking a ton before roasting them with a little sugar and vanilla, sieving, then churning the puree to make a refreshing summer sorbet. The recipe is from River Cottage Every Day, if...
the wonder of coconut oil

the wonder of coconut oil

Way before I had Henry, and back when I had time to do things like cook elaborate recipes, my OH bought me a brilliant Indian cookery book (Rick Stein’s India, if you’re interested). One of the recipes called for coconut oil, a product I’d never...
weekend wishlist

weekend wishlist

What are your plans this weekend? Tonight, I’m making a roasted squash and pot barley risotto with goats cheese (for Henry) and crispy sage. Its a mash-up of two recipes from a book I’m currently reading, James Wong’s How to Eat Better. I’m...
lactation bircher muesli (gluten free, dairy free)

lactation bircher muesli (gluten free, dairy free)

We’re big on oats in this family. Surprisingly high in protein (17g per 100g of oats), they’re also a source of fibre, iron, magnesium and B vitamins. Oats are said to increase milk supply in breastfeeding women, they stimulate serotonin production which...

a guide to safe co-sleeping

When I was pregnant with Henry I read Gina Ford’s The New Contented Little Baby Book, and thought her ideas, including establishing a strict routine with very young babies and practicing controlled crying, were sensible, rational and logical, and we planned to...
welcome to the world, noah gabriel!

welcome to the world, noah gabriel!

Noah Gabriel Smith joined us on Wednesday morning, 12 April, at 9.21am by planned caesarean section, weighing a chunky 3.91kg. He’s calm, content, and feeding and sleeping like a dream. We feel incredibly blessed. We were discharged from hospital on Easter...

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