This season is all about galaxies, constellations and planets. Here is a little of our selection we have on the shop.
1. Nico Nico Clothing
2. Beau LOves galaxy jumper
3. Beau LOves constellation skirt
4. Beau LOves moon sweat top
5. Baggu constellation tote bag
6. Planet cube game
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!!!!
Remember to share if you try, have a lovely long weekend x
So the beautiful Carrie, founder of Mère. Soeur, lover of a bit of pink, launches her new project next week. It’s an adult colouring book curated by Carrie, and drawn by some very talented female artists. The theme is motherhood, sisterhood and girl power. All proceeds go to families in need.
Carrie has answered a few questions about the book, new Mère. Soeur products and her lovely fam.
Had you wanted to do something for charity for a while? How did the idea come about? Why this theme?
Absolutely, I hadn’t realised it had been almost a year since I held the #nepalquakeauction (we raised $1525 for a Circle of Health, a charity who get aid out to pregnant women and new mums and babies in areas of crisis) on my IG page and thought it was about time I did something else to give back. I wanted to do something different this time. A collection of all-female art inspired by motherhood and sisterhood seemed like the perfect way to do it. The illustrators have all been so generous with their time and talent. It really was a team effort. All profit will go to Home Start, a family support charity whose volunteers are all parents themselves (perfect, no?!). They help vulnerable families all over the UK through various problems and work together to create stable family environments in which to nurture children.
What has inspired you for it, you’re journey in motherhood?
Everything I do is inspired by my journey through motherhood but I’d say the idea for this definitely came from the riot grrrl zines I read as a teenager and always dreamed of recreating. I thought there was nothing cooler.
Feminist art, a DIY ethos and and the idea of parents helping parents were the driving force behind creating this book.
What new products do you have for the shop, where do you want to go with it?
I have a few new tees, a limited edition PINK Mama Gang tee, I’ll be releasing some patches as well as a the first Mère Soeur sweatshirt this summer too!
3 quickies about Carrie:
What did you do before motherhood? How has it changed you? Has anything surprised you good or bad?
I worked for Lush and I loved it. I just couldn’t face leaving River once mat leave was over. I had the fear big time! Becoming a mama has done wonders for my work ethic and given me the motivation I needed to become self employed and really give this thing a go.
What is your favourite time of day, what is your favourite thing to with River?
Bathtime is my absolute favourite part of the day. It always has been. That stage that comes after excited and playful but just before tired and cuddly is the sweetest.
Our new favourite thing to do is run around the field next to my house (we’re in the valleys so there’s a LOT of space), at least twice a day Riv will bring his shoes and hat to me to let me know it’s time to go play. Watching the birds makes him so happy!
Book will be available from the 17th May from Mère Soeur
We went to see the TOMS and Oceana Sea Turtle collection at Selfridges this week. The kids range is exclusive to Selfridges and for every pair of TOMS x Oceana Sea Turtle shoes sold, TOMS will donate £5 to Oceana to help save the sea turtles.
The kids loved the fun games and marine life mask making and the turtle shoes are really cute.
The weather is starting to brighten up so get involved and help protect these turtles and get your littles a pair of these TOMS.
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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!!
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Made my first jar of chocolate nut spread today. It might not look too pretty, but it tastes amazing. There are quite a few sugar free nutella recipes out there, but I used this one from Deliciously Ella. Mainly because it contains 3 ingredients and I had them in the cupboard.
Mine isn’t as smooth as it should be, as I was impatient so didn’t blend the nuts for 10minutes like the recipe says. Also because I used my nutribullet to blend and you can’t keep that on for that length of time.
2 cups of hazelnuts1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp raw cacao
1/2 cup water
Bake the hazelnuts at 180C/gas mark 4 for about 10 minutes, then take them out of the oven and allow them to cool.
Once the hazelnuts are cool place them in a food processor and blend for about 10 minutes, until they totally break down.
Then add the maple syrup and cacao and blend again, before gradually pouring in half a cup of water – it is important to make sure that the first three ingredients are properly mixed before you add the water.
We have a lovely selection of baby basics from Gro Company in the shop now. This collection makes perfect gifts for new babies, the quality is extremely good and the price is amazing for the quality of the product. The muslins are bigger than on the high street, big enough to use as a cover up for breast feeding when you’re out.
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