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...
an exclusive offer from henry & bear

an exclusive offer from henry & bear

So, while I’ve been mainly concentrating on being massively pregnant (7 weeks to go!) and settling Henry into the local ecole maternelle, my super-talented OH has been busy launching our new business, Henry & Bear. We’re specialising in what we think...
making the decision to have a child is momentous…

making the decision to have a child is momentous…

This beautiful Elizabeth Stone quote has always resonated deeply with me, and has even more meaning now my little one has started pre-school and he’s away from us for chunks of time during the day, for the first time. We knew it meant a big adjustment for him,...
a new way of getting children to sleep

a new way of getting children to sleep

Henry has never been a great sleeper. He didn’t sleep through the night until he was 18 months, and even now, at almost 3 1/2, even a small change to his routine can make it difficult for him to drift off peacefully. We stopped extended breastfeeding just before...
it’s a boy!

it’s a boy!

We feel so blessed to be adding another little boy to our growing family! Funnily enough, Henry has always been adamant that we had a little boy in there, and the gynacologue confirmed this during my first scan. Henry came with us and was so cool about the environment...

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