We Couldn’t Believe It!

Today we visited the woods. As most of you know it’s our favourite place to explore, play and unwind. We never get bored with the woods as there is always something new to discover. Each time we go, there are little changes that make it a whole new playground. Nature is always renovating its landscape.

We spent extra time in the woods today at Ava’s request for her birthday. We got up to lots! We played with our new go find it cards (post reviewing the cards can be seen by clicking here).

We also managed to feed the squirrels! This is by far one of our favourite things to do when visiting the woods. It’s not always possible as they only tend to come out in the early morning. It was about eleven so we were really surprised to see them.

How adorable is this little squirrel!? I feel so grateful to have been able to get so close to these beautiful animals.

We were also lucky enough to spot some more exotic wildlife… Wild parakeets high in the trees! We couldn’t believe it! We live in London so we were really surprised to see a such brightly coloured birds! It turns out that there’s quite a few of them in the UK as they’re the only parrot to be naturalised in this country! So keep your eyes peeled next time you’re out as you may be lucky enough to see one of these beautiful birds! What’s the most colourful or exotic animal you’ve seen in the wild?

And look what is almost fully formed on the trees! We’re super excited that autumn is just around the corner! It’s our favourite season! The season to cosy up with hot drinks and craft lots. We can’t tell you how excited we are!

What’s your favourite season? Are you looking forward to Autumn? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to share your photos of what you have been getting up to this weekend over on our facebook page too! Once again, we hope you’re enjoying this wonderful bank holiday weekend!

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Elliot

As a lot of you know, last year was a very quiet year for us on the blog. I was expecting a beautiful little boy and pregancy wasn’t easy. I suffered from a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, (also referred to as HG by many sufferers) you can get more information on the condition by clicking here.

Despite it being the toughest pregnancy I have ever experienced, he was worth every second of suffering!

Anyway, I’ve been waiting to share these photos with you all for a while now.

Here is our beautiful baby. Elliot.

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My little ‘Elliot Bear’ – looking forward to all of the fun years ahead of us, beautiful boy.

The photos were taken by a fantastic woman and photographer called Ruth Bloch.¬† Please head over to her page and give her a thumbs up as she is just such an amazing photographer and wonderful human being! I’m not affiliated with her at all, I am just one genuinely happy customer. She managed to squeeze us in despite her busy schedule and for that, I will be forever grateful.

Kindness: a priceless commodity

This week we have been busy making a beautiful lantern to compliment our kindness pot.

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Every time somebody does something kind, whether that is us or someone outside of our family who may do something kind for us, we write it on a small piece of paper and then fold it up into the pot.

Each week we will light the kindness lantern and empty the pot and go through all the kind things that happened that week. It gives us all an opportunity to reflect on something that is so important but sadly forgotten in this day and age due to our busy, stressful lives taking over.

Why not have a go at making your own kindness lantern? All you will need is an old jar, coloured tissue paper, watered down craft glue and a paintbrush. It’s great messy fun!

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Kindness doesn’t have to cost a penny. It is a precious, priceless commodity that we should all instill into our little people. It can be something as simple as holding a door open for someone or leaving a loving message in your child’s packed lunch for them to discover as a surprise. Why not try it? Sit down and have a think of all the priceless acts of kindness you can achieve, then go ahead and put them into action.

Below are some ideas to get you started:

  • Help an elderly neighbour carry shopping home.
  • Leave a kind uplifting message in a library book for a stranger to discover.
  • Leave out some water in your garden on a hot day for thirsty animals.
  • Offer a friend help with their housework.
  • Donate unwanted belongings to people in need.
  • Make a packed lunch for a homeless person.

Sit back afterwards and watch what happens. There’s nothing more magical and rewarding than seeing what kindness can do for a fellow being.

Happy Halloween!

I didn’t manage to get many snaps today (we’ve been so busy) but we’ve had a fun day!

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We didn’t do any baking this year as Emily has needed me a lot more this past week; she doesn’t cope very well with teething.

We still managed to carve pumpkins and make a delicious pumpkin stew.

We got all dressed up and went trick-or-treating and then came home to be the barer of treats. Ava loved rushing to the door to hand out sweets to all the children.

Once sweet Emily was tucked up in bed, I was able to help Ava with her Halloween Toucan Box – I’ll be writing a separate blog soon, reviewing how wonderful these little boxes are!

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Merry Mabon!

Just a quick post, to wish you all a Merry Mabon! Today is officially the first day of autumn.

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I love spending my days with this crazy pair. I am so grateful to know such amazing little people; it astounds me everyday that they came from my body!

Cornwall

It’s been a while since I last posted as we have spent the last week in Cornwall.

I really love Cornwall, it’s my favourite place. It is so magical. There is so much diversity – from white sandy beaches, to fertile green forests!

We took this holiday to celebrate Ava’s first official year of home education.

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We had fun on the beach. We went in search of shells, rocks and of course… Crabs!

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We visited St. Ives, where they have the tastiest Cornish pasties!

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We visited St. Nectans Glen. If you are ever in Cornwall then this little treasure is bucket list worthy! It is the most magical place I have ever been to.

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We had such a wonderful week together. I don’t know many children that build sandcastles and play in waterfalls during their first week of school.

I feel so grateful to be able to home educate. I’m looking forward to many more magical moments with my beautiful children.

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Happy birthday!

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Wishing my big girl a happy birthday today. I can’t believe she is 4 already!

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She had a wonderful day. She had some of her friends round, to join her in her birthday celebrations. We all had sandwiches, cake and lemonade. We played games, danced, looked after baby dolls and ran around outside.

She finished her birthday off with our tradition of lighting the birthday ring and reading a bedtime story in candlelight – snuggled together in cozy corner.

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Magical Morning

I love our woodland walks. It’s our natural playground – Ava loves to run free.

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We looked for elves and fairies.

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We fed the friends of the forest.

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This morning was a magical morning.

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How was your morning? Do you have a special place you like to visit?
We would love to see your special places – you can share them over on our Facebook page, if you like.

Bright blessings everyone.