Custard Creams {Vegan}

Custard creams are a biscuit of nostalgia, they remind me of when I was a little girl and would ask the grown ups around me if they would mind me dunking mine in their hot tea.  Today with my eldest daughter, Honey, I made the most darling heart shaped custard cream biscuits. We were totally inspired by Nigella Lawson's recipe but we put our own vegan twist on it.  Who knew custard powder is actually vegan?!

Your world revolves around you!

I'm sure you must have heard the expression "the world doesn't revolve around you", well actually it does!  Each way you look, your eyes are at the centre of that perspective.  Everything you see, feel, hear, smell is processed in your brain.  You are at the centre of everything, only your perspective matters to you.

It seems like a lot of people live in fear due to the continuous bombardment of terror from various media sources.  I don't just mean in the news but also in films, television programmes, music and so on.  You may not even realise how much that anxiety has crept up on you, it gradually builds an underlying tension and, in some, depression.

Taking control

A few years ago I had enough, I used to get upset about horrific stories I heard in the news, I used to worry about what the governments around the world were up to, I used to worry about whether or not humans really were destroying the planet or if it was just a con to make us pay more taxes, I used to worry about whether it was best for me to vaccinate my children or not.  You get the general idea.  I used to worry...a lot!

Then I decided enough was enough.  I didn't want to be like everyone else following the same pattern of behaviour.  I didn't want to be told I had to believe in certain ideas just so I could be normal and fit in.  Who wants to be normal anyway?  So overrated!  I wanted to go back to basics.  I wanted to only believe in those things that I truly saw as fact, things that I could use my own eyes, ears, smell and touch to perceive.

5 ways you can be a less lonely work-at-home mama

Working from home and having kids can be a very lonely experience especially if your partner works long hours or you're a single parent but fear not, there are still ways you can have a social life.

Take an online course

There are many mothers that don't have an opportunity to get out of the house at all while their children are still at preschool age, not all of us are trusting enough to use a babysitter.  A great way to meet like-minded people is to take an online course.  Many online courses have exclusive group forums so only other members enrolled on the course will be able to chat in the FB group or whatever other forum has been set up.  It's worth checking before you sign up that this is an option for the course you want to take.  

Also, there are tons of online courses that are totally free so it's worth having a good look for the right course for you.  This is actually my favourite way to meet people, I love taking courses, there are so many things I want to learn.  There are loads of free webinars all the time too, these are live lessons and there's usually a chat room so you can meet other people interested in the same thing as you.  There are courses available for pretty much anything you can imagine, whatever you're interested in I'm sure you can find the perfect course for you.

How To Make Glue

How much money have you spent on gallons of glue for your children to use with wild abandon in their creativeness?!  Well guess what, there's no need to any more. Making glue that's safe and inexpensive is ridiculously easy.  Here's how:

9 Potty Training Tips | By Mama of 7

Henry will be the sixth child I will have potty trained so I just thought I'd share with you how I do it.

Firstly I think it's important to stress that everybody will develop their own method of potty training, there's no right or wrong way, only what works for you and your child.

Autumn Outfits | 6-9 Months

I love everything about this adventurous faded red top, from the heart-shaped pocket to the little wooden button on the back.  I also love the print with bears, mountains, deer and foxes, what's not to love?!

The top goes really nicely with the blue dungarees.  The dungarees are quite a textured material and the triangles keep them looking ultra modern and again I love the wooden buttons, such a nice touch.

I like to put these cute little hand knitted, navy blue bootees with this outfit, they're made from merino wool so keep Scarlett's feet nice and toasty.  This is such a great little outfit for little ones when they're crawling around and exploring.

How to Have Better Family Breakfast Times

Breakfast times have changed dramatically in my house.  About six months ago I banned all boxes of cereal, not only are they unhealthy, expensive, cold and boring but also I just felt like breakfast times could be such a special moment in the day, a family-rich time.  Boy was I right!

My husband and eldest son leave really early for work, so weekday breakfasts are just me and my six youngest children.  Since I've banned boxes of cereal we've been having the most amazing breakfasts and I've noticed the children have been so much more calm in the mornings.  Instead of the usual fight for the cereal box, the fight for the bowls, the fight for the spoons and the fight for the milk, now the children just get themselves ready, with the older ones helping to get the younger ones ready too while I create a nice warm, tasty breakfast and call the children once it's ready.  It's amazing, such a difference.  There's no more cereal spilt all over the floor getting trampled!