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FABELS/OUT OF VINTAGE

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Great animal heads for the wall, made from old materials.  These are all about upcycling/recycling. All handmade, which makes them all the more special as a gift to you or someone.

The designer of Fabels /out of vintage\ is Lauri Tjallinks. Lauri graduated 4 years ago from the Willem de Kooning Academie (artschool) in the Netherlands, majoring in Lifestyle and Design.

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Beautiful Linen from Dazed But Amazed

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This linen from Dazed BUT Amazed is beautiful.  Custom woven, vintage washed, 100% pure linen, which is soft to the touch for your littles.

The company has collaborated with 3 artists, 1 being the very talented Emma of Pax and Hart.

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Rock My Bowl Recipe

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I’ve recently come across Rock My Bowl, and tried the cacao sea salt granola this week.  Which is amazing and I really don’t think the bag is going to last very long unless someone hides it from me!

Founder Rebecca, only started the company in January of this year and has kindly given us a recipe to share with you and answered a few of our guest blog post questions.  If you try the delicious smoothie bowl, please share and tag on instagram so we can see.

Where do you live and with whom?
I live in Brockley with my partner Robbie he owns more clothes and shoes than any one I have ever met before!  and our 3 year son Jude.

How was Rock My Bowl born?  Where can we find you now/over the summer?
I started Rock my bowl because when I had my son I realised that having a substantial and delicious start to the day was so important but yet many people don’t eat breakfast or just shove a piece of cold toast in they’re mouth. I began experimenting and spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I never intended to make it a business but I had been making my granola ,porridge and elaborate salads for friends and family for years and everyone kept saying to me you should have a cafe/food business. After turning 40 last year I just decided to go for it … I have been amazed at the response.
Rock my bowl is at druid street market every other Saturday but also we have so much great stuff going on. A new 6 week brunch market in Hackney from 24th July. a pop up in Old street underground station for 2 weeks in September. Everything we do is usually on IG or our website.

What is the favourite bowl to eat in your house at the moment?
We eat a LOT of my porridge at home,I always have it for lunch when i’m doing events. My partner who used to eat crumpets for breakfast is the one who tends to get a pretty incredible bowl every morning (That’s usually the first image I post) For me I have a power bowl every day.. it’s basically a small bowl of fruit. yoghurt,  sometimes grains and lots of superfoods and boosters and a generous sprinkle of granola.

What/who inspires you?  Are you very health conscious?
My biggest inspirations are the chef Anna jones. Her books are my absolute favourites and the authors of the blogs www.greenkitchenstories.com and www.mynewroots.org
Incredible recipes and images and i use them both in my everyday cooking.

I’m pretty health conscious.. I have always made exercise a huge part off my life and i’m not particularly nice when i don’t work out. At the moment it’s a class at Frame or a workout from Youtube. Healthy eating tends to come hand in hand with that. That said I believe in balance.. I eat out a lot and I certainly don’t skip the desert. I have attempted to give up coffee and Gin but it’s just not any fun.  My weakness is an almond croissant from Little bread pedlar. I probably have one once a month although i think about them most days!!!!

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Remember to share if you try, have a lovely long weekend x

Coral from 42 Juice

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Excited to have this guest post from Coral, one half of 42Juice.  The Brighton based company aim to make juicing accessible for everyone and to cleanse and heal people in a beneficial and natural way.  Coral is pregnant with her second child and gives a little insight into her daily diet during pregnancy.

Where 42 Juice began:

We started 42 Juice in 2013 and our shop opened in September 2014. We started the company after my brother fell seriously ill a few years earlier, we saw first hand that through diet and nutrition he managed to heal himself and come off a lot of medication. We wanted to be able to share this with other people and make organic juices more easily accessible after we had seen what a positive impact they had on our lives.

Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my daughter and her father in Brighton, just by the lovely seaside.

What is your favourite juice at the moment?  Does Ava like them?
My favourite juice has to be our Healing Green juice, its packed full of dark green leafy veg like spinach and Kale – but also has an apple to sweeten slightly, The balance is just perfect and you know you are getting some goodness into your bod. Ava surprisingly loves all our juices… She says that she’s grown a little bit bigger and stronger after every juice!

Where is your favourite place to eat and thing to do as a family at the moment?
I have 2 favourite places to eat in Brighton, one is the restaurant where one of our juice bars is based called ‘SIX’ in Hove, it has the yummiest selection of Organic food. Another is a place called Silo where they source all their food as locally as possible and make everything on site, they aim to have no waste and have such positive ethics and values.

Our favourite thing to do at the moment is going to visit my dad, who lives in a log cabin – completely off grid in the forest. as spring is starting to appear its just becoming so beautiful, to watch it all come to life. I feel like Ava learns so much being surrounded by nature and I love watching her confidence grow.

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Coral:

With regards to my daily routine when it comes to pregnancy and diet, It has gone up and down so much within the last few months. You may think that owning a juice bar means that I’m constantly guzzling the green stuff. Well… Sorry to say it, but during the first trimester of this pregnancy the smell of Kale kinda sent me sideways! I was really confused and a bit upset as I felt guilty that my little baby might not be getting all the nutrients he/she deserves, was I just being a wuss?!
Luckily, week by week my healthy appetite came back and that feeling has now passed and I’m actually loving my fresh green juices again! I’ve found that juicing has really helped with my energy levels and are a really easy way to make sure you are getting a load of raw vitamins and minerals to me and the baby.

I’m 18 weeks pregnant at the moment and my daily diet looks a bit like this:
(obviously changes a lot from day to day depending on where we are and what food I can get my hands on…)

7am
Green Juice (made with Ava’s help – I find that if she helps to make it then she’s more likely to drink it.)
Handful of spinach and Kale, a cucumber, 1/2 an avocado, a slice of fennel, a stick of celery, 1/2 a lemon, a handful of alfalfa sprouts, a thumb of a broccoli stalk and an apple.

9am
If I’m at work then I’ll often make a smoothie packed with berries and banana, throw in loads of hemp seeds and spirulina for protein, add some coconut oil then blend with our home made almond milk.

We also sell the best shots of tumeric, ginger, lemon and orange. These are Amaaaazing as tumeric is a fantastic superfood and has SO many healing properties. So I’ll often have one of these mid morning too.

11am
If i’m peckish then and apple and a handful of nuts normally keep me going until lunch.

1pm – Lunch
Roast vegetables are my calling at the moment, with some lentils or aduki beans a dollop of hummus and toasted tamari seeds… Works so well! I’m loving sweet potatoes, aubergine and cauliflower with loads of garlic at the moment. I also try and add some kind of fermented food into the mix, like sauerkraut so that I know we are getting some raw, live probiotics, which are really important for anyone, especially when you pregnant.

3pm – afternoon slump
Beetroot juice is great at giving you energy and I love our ‘Unbeetable’ juice at 42. Its cold-pressed carrot, beetroot, apple and lemon.
I’m pretty addicted to hummus at the moment so as an afternoon snack I love cucumber and carrot sticks dipped in organic hummus.

6pm – dinner
Okay, raw broccoli and kale salad might not sound appealing, but if you marinate it right – this really works and is SO good for you, Kale is high in iron which is super important when pregnant.
This is nice with avocado, sprouts and sprinkled with hemp seeds with falafel or almond cakes lightly cooked in coconut oil – adds a bit of density to the salad.

Evening – If I get that late night urge ( which is more often than not) I LOVE booja booja cacao dairy free, organic ice cream. Or a coconut based yoghurt, fruit and granola.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t my diet every day and as I said, I’ve only just got back into my healthy self.

Its really important to try and remember to take a good quality pregnancy mulitvitamin throughout pregancy, to make sure you aren’t missing any nutrients that are vital for the growth of your growing baby. And don;t hold back on healthy fats… ‘low fat’ diets are complete B.S and aren’t good for anybody, especially not pregnant mamas.

Its all about balance and trying to feel comfortable and healthy in your body, it will make your pregnancy a whole lot easier. Gentle yoga classes are a great thing to incorporate. Just try not to worry about whatever you are doing, you are growing a human being inside of you and that can be EXHAUSTING. Don’t give yourself a hard time about any of it, the baby can sense your happiness… And we all want a happy baby!!

Follow 42Juice on instagram here.

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Visit 42Juice here.

Love Food Recipe Week – Lizzie Loves Healthy

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Our next recipe this week for Valentine’s, comes from the very talented mum of three Lizzie King.  Founder of Vitalove frozen baby food and the lady behind Lizze Loves Healthy.  You must visit her site. It’s full of great recipes, lots of gluten and sugar free goodness you and the kids will love.  Also follow @lizzieloveshealthy on instagram for daily tips and recipes.

Vanilla Berry Cream Cake

A delcious, totally healthy revamp of a classic Victoria sponge.

This is a fabulous celebration cake and looks the part for any occasion, as well as dinner parties and afternoon tea! It was invented for a girl who doesn’t like cake – but is wild about berries and cream – this was a breakthrough!

Honey is a delicate and delicious addition in sponge and with some vanilla cream, and tons of fresh fruit is way sweet enough.

INGREDIENTS

4 Eggs
250g (GF) Self-Raising Flour
250g Butter (Coconut Oil)
1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
Sea Salt
1 tbsp Vanilla
4 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

TOPPING INGREDIENTS

1 pot 285ml Double Cream (coconut Cream)
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp vanilla bean paste/powder
350g assorted seasonal berries
250g redcurrants

Oven at 180

Melt the butter with the honey, and leave off the heat to cool slightly. Whisk eggs with an electric whisk til smooth and pale, slowly add the butter mixture. Sift flour, baking powder and pinch of sea salt slowly into wet mixture, don’t over mix as it will become dense.

Pour into lined 8/9inch cake tin. Cook for 20-30 minute in the centre of the oven until golden brown on top and skewer comes out clean.

For the topping, whip the cream until fluffy, add vanilla and honey gradually, and keep whipping until firm enough to spread. Leave in fridge until cake has cooled.

Slice cake through the middle and spread with 1/3 of the cream and dot with chopped berries. Put the top half on and spread thickly with the remaining cream and decorate with berries. Enjoy!

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A little Q&A with Lizzie:

Where do you live and with whom?
I live off Ladbroke Grove, West London. With my husband and 3 children, Jethro, Calypso and Phoenix.

What did you do before you started your blog, courses and Vitalove range?  What plans do you have for your business this year?
I worked on films as a script editor before having children. I have lots of exciting plans starting with writing my first cook book to other things I can’t talk about yet!

Where are your favourite child friendly places to eat in London?
We don’t eat out in London a lot – mainly because I always have so much food at home that needs eating! But we love The Wolseley for birthday breakfasts. Pizza East right next door to us. And there’s a great Sushi place called Kulu Kulu Sushi that we meet my husband from work at sometimes.

What’s the favourite meal of the moment in your house?
My Buckwheat Pancakes have been a family obsession for a few years now, but the dish of the moment seems to be Crispy Duck Pancakes and avocado on toast for breakfast is having a moment after they kept stealing mine!

The boy that changed my world.

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16years (and 9months) this boy has been in my life.  It’s been said so often, but I remember it so clearly, like it was yesterday.  I can feel all the emotions, and smell the smells of the day I met him.  Maybe because he was my first, maybe because it didn’t go as I wanted and ended up being a bit of a trauma and comedy scene at the same time.  To contradict that though, so much has happened in these 16years.  Changes I would never have wanted or planned but it has made us, us.

I have so many worries and fears about the next year (GCSE’s) that it’s made me a bit ill, but I should maybe take a breath and put it in to perspective.  Yes, qualifications are important but if you don’t make the grades for reasons other than being lazy it doesn’t mean your future will be terrible.  Some people can’t perform in exams, maybe that day turns out to be a bad day for you.  You still matter, and have something to offer and can make something amazing for yourself.

Oscar is one of a kind,  parenthood is life changing.  Having a child that is classed as ‘different’ is challenging, frustrating, exhausting and rewarding.

He makes me laugh, he makes me cry, I think it’s been harder for him than he’s let on,  and I will always fight for him.

He is a pretty special bean, happy birthday O and thank you for being you x

*Birthday celebration code is running on the shop until Sunday midnight.  Enter code OSCAR16 at checkout to receive 25% off your order.

Minnetonka x Hello Kitty

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Here’s an opportunity for you to be twinsies with your little ones.  Minnetonka (which I LOVE and are so comfy) have teamed with Hello Kitty for a limited edition collection.

There are a few colours and two style of shoe to choose from, a shoe and the boot.  The fringing on the boots have cute Hello Kitty faces printed on them.

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It’s for Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary, who knew she was that old!

Happy weekend x

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