Category Archives: Motherhood

Afternoon Tea For Mum

Where would I be without my mum? I owe everything to her, all that I am and all that I know. I don’t think I truly appreciated just how wonderful the bond between a mother and her child could be until I became a mother myself, all those feelings of unconditional love are pretty amazing. My mum has taught me so much about life and she has been there through the happiest and the saddest times, always encouraging and never judging. Her mothering is inspirational and off cause she is the most wonderful granny to our son too, who totally adores her. I couldn’t wish for anything more from her.

I am very lucky that I get to see my mum on a regular basis, it’s lovely that we can pop in to see each other whenever we fancy, but we don’t often get the chance to sit down and enjoy tea and homemade cake together, so that’s just what we planned to do recently. A simple lunch and get together was the perfect way to treat my mum to let her know how special she is to me.

Steamer Trading recently asked if I would like to take part in their Mother’s Day campaign – Afternoon Tea for Mum, which sounded like such a lovely way to treat my mum I jumped at the chance to get baking a special cake. There really is no excuse for cake! I used a Mary Berry all-in-one sponge cake recipe in my heart shaped baking tin and got Arthur to help me decorate it with fresh fruit and flowers. (OK I decorated it whilst he helped himself to the fruit). We also made some cucumber sandwiches and a pot of tea. Just perfect for celebrating Mother’s day and spending time with my mum.

Thank you to Steamer Trading for inviting me to take part in a little afternoon tea celebration for my mum we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
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Bringing nature into a child’s room

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As Arthur grows, I feel it is really important for him to learn about the seasons and about the nature that surrounds us and our little home. For me, simplicity is key when it comes to imaginative play and I really value the idea that natural and simplistic toys and found objects have a great and positive effect on a child’s development and exploration of self.

After a little walk at the weekend, where we gathered a few leaves, pinecones and seed heads, I decided to set up a little woodland inspired corner in Arthurs room where we played and explored together, talking about the way they felt in our hands and burying little woodland animals under a pile of leaves, sorting them into different containers and reading stories which hopefully made a few connections for him. If nothing else it was a fun little afternoon spent together.

Here are some of the things I have included in our nature corner:

  • Treasures found whilst out and about, such as leaves, pinecones and seed heads
  • Baskets and containers for sorting
  • Simple wooden woodland animals
  • Tactile pompons in various shades of green and blue to make a garland
  • Leaves threaded onto string for bunting, hung above the changing mat
  • Nature inspired prints. These are from Sarah and Bendrix and are so beautifully illustrated.
  • Books about nature. Our current favourites are, How to be a Wildflower by Katie Daisy, Natures Day, Slow Snail by Mary Murphy, Owls and Our Garden Birds by Matt Sewell

A moment in time

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We went for a walk across the fields at the weekend and sat a while amongst the long grass whilst the sun popped in and out of the clouds. I do love adventures like this together as a family, time spent away from the business of the everyday, breathing in fresh air (thank goodness my bout of hayfever is over for another year) and hunting for treasures – we collected leaves to recreate a little woodland scene back at home.

Arthur is still a little wobbly on his feet and kept tripping over and landing on thistles which lead to tears, oh the tears, and his little hands reaching up to me calling ‘mama mama’ I lifted him up onto my hip and carried him awhile. I treasure each and every moment those little hands reach up to me for love and reassurance . When we reached the soft grass he was brave enough to go exploring with daddy close by whilst I captured the moment both in my heart and with my camera.

We are so lucky to have fields to explore right on our doorstep, each time we visit they look and feel different, I love the perspective open space gives you. I was surprised at how faded the landscape looked in comparison to the pictures I shared here just a little while ago, a reminder of time moving ever forward, I think that is why I love to capture little moments and document them so I can look back on in years to come and remember with vivid colour.

Thank you to the lovely people at TRIWA who gifted me the beautiful Falken Rose Gold watch. They are offering readers of We Made This Home 15% off their collection of beautiful watches and sunglasses so do pop over to their site and take a little look. Enter the code WMTH15 at the checkout.

Lavender & oatmeal Bath soak

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Nothing marks the passing of time quite like the simple act of folding away baby clothes and blankets that no longer fit or are used, a sentimental act that left me clinging on to the hope that one day we will use them again. As I was folding away some muslin cloths to add to a bundle of freshly laundered baby grows ready for the loft, I remembered a DIY project I had seen recently in the Cabbages and Roses Natural Housekeeping book to make oatmeal bath soaks which looked and sounded like the perfect mama treat.

I wanted to create a relaxing bath soak so I have included some dried lavender in mine and with a little trial and error, I found that an equal measure of oats and lavender worked well to ensure a perfect fragrance. And oh my goodness the oats really do leave the skin feeling soft!

To make your own bath soak you will need:

  • old muslin cloths (thinner ones with a loose warp and weft work best)
  • organic porridge oats
  • dried lavender and/or a bunch of herbs
  • string and scissors

To make the bath soak cut squares from your old muslin cloths approximately 20cm x 20cm and place a handful of the oats and lavender in the centre of each square, gather in the corners of the cloth and secure it tightly with a piece of string to form a bag. Drop the bag into a nice warm bath at the end of the day and relax.

I am going to try some more versions using a mix of herbs as well as the lavender, what would you mix together to create the ultimate fragrance, perhaps lavender and rosemary?

Have a lovely day
Laura x