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  • Get writing for NaNoWriMo

    23 Oct 2014 ~ Learning, Living

    Yay and hooray, it’s that time of year again! November sees the beginning of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. It’s a time of chewed pencils and worn out keyboards, endless pots of coffee and burning the midnight oil. And what fun if at the end of November you can say I AM A NOVELIST! NaNoWriMo encourages you to throw out all those time constraint excuses and just get on with writing. The aim is to write 50,000 words over the course of thirty days, tracking your progress online and accessing support from other mad writers engaged in the challenge. more

  • Carrot and courgette cake

    22 Oct 2014 ~ Food, Living

    I recently stumbled across my old, once adored, Hummingbird bakery recipe book. I feel a little sad every time I see it since I made the decision to go paleo. Flicking through the recipes I was reminded that I’d managed to replicate their amazing brownies with surprising success. Mostly I try to innovate when it comes to paleo alternatives, however, so I thought I’d take their carrot and courgette muffins and make a delicious real food alterative. Again, the results have been very pleasing so you can expect to see a few more of these over the coming months. Even my veggie hating children loved this, making it a sneaky success. more

  • Five ways to cope with clocks going back

    21 Oct 2014 ~ Health, Living

    It’s a time of year a lot of us dread. Suddenly, on the 26th October at 2am, the clocks go back and we find ourselves entering the darker evenings of winter. Even the brightest of souls can feel affected by the clock shift, and those with a tendency towards Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD may dread the onset of symptoms. Research shows that clock shifts can have a real impact on our health, with the governments of Kazakhstan and Russia abolishing them because of the increase in suicides around this time. Clock shifts impact our circadian rhythms, our individual internal ‘body clock’ that dictates when we feel sleepy and when we wake up. There are several ways to manage this. […] more

  • Pumpkin brownies

    21 Oct 2014 ~ Food, Living

    Want something a little different to do with your pumpkin flesh this year? Look no further, these delicious pumpkin brownies will go down a treat with family and friends so whether you’re planning a quiet family evening in or having a big celebration be sure to add these to your recipes list! These sweet treats have the added benefit of being both gluten and dairy free! […] more

  • What baking a cake teaches a child

    20 Oct 2014 ~ Food, Learning

    As every home educator knows, children learn best when they’re having fun. Most parents, whether they home educate or not, soon become aware of this fact through watching a child’s face light up in recognition when a dull text book fact comes to life through play. It could, and has, been argued that real learning doesn’t take place in an artificial classroom environment, but through a child’s engagement with the world around them. The joy of sharing that learning with our children is unbounded, and a lot of the time we are re-learning forgotten things or discovering concepts anew. […] more

  • 20 books for kids - Black History Month

    3 Oct 2014 ~ Learning, Parenting

    October is Black History Month and there are plenty of events taking place across the UK. The perfect place to start an education about black history is at home, and we’ve rounded up some of the best children’s books to get you started. Here are our twenty top picks for inspiring you and your children during Black History Month. […] more

Popular Articles

  • Extraordinary Breastfeeding

    17 Sep 2009 ~ Babies, Parenting

    Extended breastfeeding is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children. Here, one mother shares her story of breastfeeding her toddler and how it helped to heal emotional wounds. more

  • Save our Planet

    25 Mar 2010 ~ Environment, Living

    Eight year old Verona Strauss writes about how we are damaging the planet with our actions and shows us ways in which we can work towards a better future. more

  • Win festival tickets

    21 May 2012 ~ Environment, Living

    To celebrate the launch of our gorgeous jam-packed festival guide we have loads of festival tickets to give away. Take your pick of these brilliant events across the UK this summer. […] more

  • Wear your baby

    14 Jan 2010 ~ Parenting

    In this taster from the February/March issue of The Green Parent magazine, Jessica Richards looks at the history of babywearing and how it is growing in popularity today. […] more

  • A Green Birthday Party

    18 Jan 2009 ~ Learning, Parenting

    Any birthday should be a joyous celebration and your child's birthday must rate amongst the very best days of the year. So why do so many of us find birthday parties stressful? Dawn Francis-Pester debunks some myths. […] more

  • Five gross habits that are healthy!

    9 Jul 2013 ~ Health, Parenting

    They may not be socially acceptable, but science has shown these 5 gross habits to be beneficial to our health. While you might not be encouraging your children to engage in these offputting activities, the evidence suggests that it might just be worth leaving them to it now and then… […] more

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