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Interests: I wanted somewhere to write about working towards a Waldorf inspired homelife. This is it.
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MelD that is so nice of you to say! I will be definitely writing/showing pictures of our renovations here! All very exciting but it's a lot of work deciding what order to do everything in.
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Allison, we're waking up to frosts quite regularly now, I'm definitely feeling the cold now!
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Thank you!
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Thank you Nichole! Things have been so busy here with our new place!
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Thank you Morag!
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(Autumn days) Renovations have started on our little cottage! Our old staircase has been taken down and we have had a bespoke staircase built, fitted and 'reversed' in the original spot so they now run upstairs in the opposite direction. We had to put a building notice into our local council before it was started and had plans drawn up. The old original lime plaster has also been taken off our stairwell and several walls in the living room where it was crumbling away so these walls are back to brick at the moment! After doing lots of research about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at mamaUK
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Looking back at these photos makes me wistful for the summertime even though it's November now, the sparkle of the sea in the sunlight, the colours glowing bright. It seems like it was only moments ago. How quickly the seasons change. We're deep into Autumn now. We woke up this morning to a shimmering frost glinting from the rooftops against the blue sky. Shortly Winter will be here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at mamaUK
Thank you Mo! We had a lovely summer, the weather was beautiful so we were able to spend lots of time outdoors. I hope you had a lovely summer!
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Meg, the buckets are great! They can be squished into a pocket! Thank you for the talc tip, I have never heard of that before!
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2013 on Summertime activities - Nature Play Kit at mamaUK
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Hello summer! I'm making sure we have everything collected together for our Nature Play Kit ready for the summer break. Sun bleached days, swifts calling in the sky, freedom. Let the summertime fun begin! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at mamaUK
Hi Elizabeth! I use the Panasonic bread maker to make my dough and give it it's first rising before I shape and bake it. Here's the recipe: 1 1/4 tsp dried Yeast 550g strong granary flour 2 tsp sugar 2 tbsp oil 1 1/2 tsp salt 320 ml water This goes on my Whole Wheat - Dough setting which takes 3 hrs 15 minutes. Then I shape my rolls and leave to rise until doubled in size on a greased baking tray and then bake at 220 degrees C for 15 to 20 minutes. We love the Klean Kanteens, they are great and they don't leak with the screw top lids which was my main concern. They are knocked around now but still have years of use left in them. I just hope the children don't lose them at school!
Caroline, I also find I don't have the energy in the evenings to think about next days packed lunch to keep in fridge overnight so this is a great solution for me. I get the rolls out of the icebox at 7 am in the morning, by the time we leave at 8.30 pm they have defrosted. To keep them fresh until lunch time I pop an iceblock cooler in their insulated lunch bag.
Meg, I've never ever heard of a school taking away the option of a packed lunch! My children are forced to have packed lunches as the state school they attend only have a vegetarian meal once every three weeks! Even if vegetarian lunches were available, financially it is far less expensive for us to send both the girls with packed lunches.
Hi Laura, it's certainly helped our mornings around here! I'd read in the past that its possible to freeze rolls/sandwiches successfully for packed lunches but have never put it into practice until now. It's made for pleasant breakfast times knowing the packed lunches are stress free to put together and ready to pop into school bags!
Brandy, Simplicity Parenting is great! It's one of my favourite parenting books. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2013 on Children's books and the power of less. at mamaUK
You're welcome! It's made such a positive change here, it's so nice to be able to walk into the children's bedroom and not see their books crammed everywhere, not being treated very nicely. We all adore books here, but I've come to realise that we don't need millions out all at one time! I just wish I'd put rotating/simplifying books into action years ago!
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Elizabeth, books were so tough for us to store, they always seemed to be everywhere! Reducing the number that are out at any one time has really worked for us. Good news on the kindle! It must be great to be able to read what you want without taking up valuable space in your home. I use the library a lot and I order in books that I want to read, at 80 pence a time it seems great value and I don't need to store it after I've read it.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2013 on Children's books and the power of less. at mamaUK
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I'm always working towards a more simple way of living, making things as simple and as easy as possible. I suffer from fatigue, here's why. I need things to be simple. My morning routine was anything from that. I'd wake up, fix breakfast for Miss K and Little L and then set about the task of packed lunches. This is the bit that would always get me down, slicing homemade bread, crumbs flying all over the work surface from the electric knife, grating cheese, figuring out separate fillings for both the girls and then moving on to chopping fruit or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at mamaUK
Apple, that is what Miss K appeared to be doing, reading at least two, if not three at once. And then dipping in and out of books on top of this! I have never been able to do this when reading novels. I get deeply engrossed and would not be able to read to more than one fictional story at once. I am able to cross between a parenting book and a novel though. Since she started the Famous Five, they've been such page turners, she is reading one at a time now as they seem to be keeping her attention and she's desperate to see how the mystery is solved!
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2013 on Children's books and the power of less. at mamaUK
Claudine, simplifying like this is going to really help around here now we are in a smaller space. I realised when I moved books can multiply at such a rate and I feel we've been quite restrained in the past too! Pretty much all the books for me and my husband went apart from a handful. I kept my favourite parenting books and my husband kept hold of his butterfly identification guides as that's his passion. I love reading as a pastime, so I use my library a lot and simply order in the books I would like to read.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2013 on Children's books and the power of less. at mamaUK
Mindy, I think the key for you is simply rotation.If you're planning the schooling topics yourself, only keep out on display what your currently using, hide the rest completely away. If you're being led by your children in a more un-schooling fashion, let them choose what topic they want to study over a set number of weeks and again, hide away what is not used. Books can be bought back in from rotation when you need them again and the books you've finished using hidden/ stored away in the loft or basement. Good luck with homeschooling!
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2013 on Children's books and the power of less. at mamaUK
Mindy! So good to see you here! Have fun debooking! Just re-read his chapter and see what resonates with you...if there are books that aren't really picked up then there is a reason for that...have fun! Congratulations on simplifying your toys last year, it sounds like you did an amazing job.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2013 on Children's books and the power of less. at mamaUK