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  • 21 Aug 2015

    Create a rainy day box

    You had a day playing outdoors on the cards and now heavy rain has put paid to your plans. Most of the time, you can muddle through with some good waterproofs and wellies, but sometimes the weather is so off-putting it looks like the day will be spent indoors. And you have a houseful of excitable kids all raring to go! In case of rainy day eventualities, it pays to have a list of activities ranging from stimulating to calming, and boxes of materials – from crafting bits to dressing up clothes – all ready to go. Create a rainy day box! […] more

  • 30 Jun 2015

    Homemade mascara, lipstick and more

    Katie at Wellness Mama shares her recipes for homemade natural make up. 'I get a lot of questions about natural makeup options, and this was definitely one of the tougher things for me to find natural alternatives for. In college, I practically collected makeup, and had endless tubes and compacts that never even got half used. While there are some good natural alternatives that you can buy (see list below), the cheapest, easiest and most natural way is to just make your own, and you might have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already!' […] more

  • 26 May 2015

    Make your own Calendula healing salve

    Known as Herb of the Sun, the vibrant orange and yellow flowers of Calendula are said to lift the spirits and encourage cheerfulness. This colourful flowering plant is best known for its skin healing properties. It can be used to treat wounds, burns, insect bites, eczema, skin ulcers and rashes. An infusion of the petals can be used for treatment of flu and fevers as it helps to induce perspiration. And for ear infections, a drop of calendula oil on a cotton ball can be effective. The soothing properties of calendula in treating sore nipples and nappy rash is useful knowledge. […] more

  • 25 May 2015

    Make Your Own Finger Paint

    With a few basic kitchen ingredients you can make great finger paints for your children that don't contain any dubious substances. Then, with a little foraging and creativity, you can colour them with wild flowers and leaves to create a truly natural painting experience. […] more

  • 8 May 2015

    New magazine out today!

    The theme for our latest edition is happiness. Find out how to take steps towards a happier family every week. Find out the five best ways to create a happier home and how to be happy and live more simply. One mother learns how to feed her brood on just £100 a month and we meet the family who live in a tiny home (and best of all, they share their decluttering tips!). Of course, it’s all about summer too - find our favourite festivals and win a summer’s worth of tickets to the very best. Discover the best slings for summer, celebrate the solstice and discover hidden Italy with your kids. […] more

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