Peace & Light ~ Memories of May

May is a beautiful month and this May has been no exception with plenty of time spent outside in the fresh air and sunshine. However, I can not post this month’s memories without mentioning the sadness has touched the hearts of so many after the awful attack in Manchester leaving many families grieving the loss of loved ones. As a mother, I can not help but want to bundle my boy up and keep him safe forever, but a big part of parenthood is to learn to let go of those little hands and let them explore their own little world. I have been reminded that the most important thing we can teach our children above all else is love – to love and be loved wholeheartedly – and to remind them that gratitude and kindness can make this broken world a better place.

My lovely friend bought me a peace lily earlier this month to bring me peace throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, which is such a lovely and thoughtful gift idea for expectant mamas in the final weeks before birth. I have put it on the fireplace in the living room and I must say it really has a calming effect. We have just a mere few weeks to go before welcoming our baby into the world and I have begun to gather things together in preparation for his arrival. I know newborns don’t need an awful lot, but it does make me feel happy to fold tiny vests and to get organised. I have also hung a sweet cloud mobile above our bed which a friend made for us after Arthur was born.

The weather here has been super this month and we’ve not been governed too much by the pressures of time, allowing for a slower pace in which to enjoy just being together. We have been out for lots of walks, planted up an old sink with herbs, we made a (pretend) campfire at the bottom of the garden under the big tree and I have even surrendered to taking daytime naps whilst my boy sleeps next to me. Sleeping in the day is not something I usually like to do but I’m beginning to feel the need to rest up whilst I can.

Hope you had a good month.
Laura

Waiting for a rainbow

Awaiting the arrival of our little one has been met with so many different emotions over the past few months, pregnancy after loss is a tough journey but one I knew I needed to take, to be a mother and to nurture my growing children is rooted at my very core. I’m so grateful to have transitioned from what was a very anxious beginning, to one that has seen my heart blossom with excitement and sweet anticipation of what’s to come for us as our little family expands. Each and every day I feel blessed and I have found myself embracing the present, allowing a slower pace in which to enjoy each moment for what it is. Growing a human is an awesome thing, scary, but awesome and I am hugely thankful for this experience. 

My faith has helped me immensely this time around, I have learnt to pass my worries to God and accept that this is all part of His plan whatever that might be, my prayers have been answered and where the fear of loss took hold of my every thought, I have found a way to let joy fill me right up. After all, happiness is found in the present moment, right? It’s in the here and now, it’s feeling each little kick and sweet movement and it’s seeing my tummy stretch out before me, hoping and praying that soon my arms will be as full as my heart.

I have also found myself relishing in the sweet days that I get to spend with Arthur, just the two of us doing as we please, close and content without wanting to rush this time away, I know this is a really special time for me as a mother before bringing a new life into the world. In my quiet moments, I reflect on how poignant this season of motherhood is, especially when I feel the weight of my toddler nestled in my arms whilst he takes his afternoon nap. His breath hot on the nape of my neck reminds me of just how far we have come. Out of our darkness, he brought a light and life richer than I could have ever anticipated, in recent weeks I’ve seen the roots of empathy begin to emerge in his play, and I know he is going to make such a good big brother.

And so we wait and see. And we hope and pray for our little rainbow.

Our Memories of April

April has been a month of birthdays, Easter and our 6th wedding anniversary, there has been lots of celebrating, lots of making and some floral faffing of the best possible kind too. It’s been a good month.

We have seen our tulips bud and bloom throughout April. I am so pleased we went spent a very cold November afternoon digging the hard soil and planting the bulbs in anticipation of the spring, it was so worth it for the blooms we have had in the garden this month. We have also been so lucky to have a pair of goldfinch visit the garden too, it’s so lovely to watch them, months back I added a Niger seed feeder to our bird table in the hope that we would attract them and sure enough they found their way to us eventually.

As you may already know, I’ve been busy growing a tiny human, seeing my tummy stretch out before me is such a joy and I am so thankful that the anxiety I suffered earlier on in the pregnancy is still at bay allowing me to cherish the moment. Although I cant wait to meet this little one, I am relishing in this very special time as a family of three and dreaming about what lies ahead of us as our family expands. In my quiet moments, I have been knitting a baby bonnet in the softest wool, seeing it take shape is getting me all excited – not long to go now that I have reached the third trimester.

Last week I ordered some natural beeswax and made these, beeswax food wraps in an attempt to reduce our household waste and to live a little more with good intention. They were really simple to make and I am really enjoying using them. (Read the blog post here.)

We have been sleeping under linen sheets from Piglet and boy does it feel like a real treat to sink down into the covers at the end of the day. Piglet offers a range of simple, high quality, stonewashed, french linen which gets softer and softer with wear, it feels really lovely and looks great for an effortless rustic style. I loved how it arrived too, all bundled up with twine and brown paper, which, for me, its the best kind of packaging. Pop over to their Instagram gallery to see their gorgeous images.

And last but not least, the last few days of April have been filled with the best kind of floral faffing thanks to Pod and Pip a gorgeous online florist who I have been lucky enough to collaborate with. A few weeks ago I stumbled across Sarah’s Instagram gallery, full of beautiful floral images and I had to follow along right away. Her business is built on the simple idea of offering a different bunch of seasonal flowers each week, delivered to your door on a Friday – just in time for a little weekend treat. It is no secret that I love to play with blooms and I have a blog post in mind to share some floral inspiration with you soon. But in the meantime I wanted to leave you with this very special offer from Pod & Pip:

Get 10% off when you order a Rose Box with the code: RoseBox between now and 31 July. 

Happy May Day friends,
Laura

Natural Beeswax Food Wraps

In a bid to live a little more with good intentions and be a little more mindful of the things I buy and consume I have been looking into natural and homemade things for our home to help make the “everyday” chores and necessities a little more joyful. Reusable, natural beeswax food wraps are the perfect alternative to using clingfilm and tin foil to keep food fresh, not only do they look and feel more beautiful to use they are also a good choice to make when thinking about cutting down on waste and making an intentional decision to do our bit for the environment.

I find making things for our home to be both joyful and satisfying, even more so when the finished result serves a good purpose and is something really useful. These beeswax food wraps are really simple to make, just sprinkle a few natural beeswax pellets onto a piece of clean, natural, unbleached cotton and pop in the oven* on a low heat for five to ten minutes. Once the wax has melted into the cotton it is time to take them out and allow to cool.

The wraps can be used over and over again for months providing they are kept clean between use. Use a little soap, rinse with cold water and leave to air dry. The warmth of your hands is enough to make them malleable enough to wrap.

Here are some great reasons to give them ago:

  • Natural beeswax has antibacterial properties and is safe to use with food.
  • The wraps can be used again and again eliminating waste
  • Eco-friendly
  • The process of making something useful for your home is highly satisfying
  • A beautiful alternative and it won’t get all tangled up like clingfilm tends to do

Do you like to make things for your home that are both beautiful and useful? Please do share your makes with me I would love to hear them.

Laura xxx

*use an old baking tray