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And just like that, he is 18

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I’ve been quite emotional about this, I can’t lie.  It is SO true that time flies, whether it’s good or bad you can’t slow it down and yes,  hindsight is a wonderful thing.  My first born, first love, turns 18years old. So, as a note to me and maybe him, (he may read it one day), I was going to write 18 things about O…..


But decided that maybe wasn’t enough.  I could also go on about autism, diagnosis, milestones, my mistakes, how big and wide your feet are, how handsome you are, your isms, obsessions, our ups and downs, staying true to yourself, your kind soul, how hard mothering can be, what I have learned.  But the crux of story that is you so far is…

…..I’m proud of you
and you’re pretty awesome.

Happy birthday O, I love you x


Something important to remember, not just for this week

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It’s Mental Health Awareness this week (I’m sure many of you know) and this is something I have experienced since I was 20years old.

The above is so important, kind of obvious, but a struggle when you have children I think.  The guilt sets in, or just finding the time to do something for yourself is a challenge.  But in reality, why should you feel guilty if it means you have that little bit of breathing space to have all those feel good bugs from exercise (or whatever you choose) to keep you from snapping at your children or someone or feeling bad about yourself.

We should all remember this.

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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Love Food Recipe Week – Cookie & Biscuit

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This recipe is from South London, U.S mama Danae.  Founder of Cookie & Biscuit, maker of delicious vegan treats for kids and adults.  These heart shaped treats look like perfect love cookies♡

Vegan Blondies

150g vegan white chocolate
100g coconut oil (or vegan butter)
100g coconut palm sugar **
2 tbsp milled flax seed + 90ml water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
200g flour (I used half white spelt and half buckwheat)
Pinch of salt
*optional add ins
120g shelled nuts or
100g dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 170C
Melt chocolate & coconut oil in a double boiler (do not let base of bowl
touch the water)
In a small bowl mix the flax and water and set aside for at least 5mins
Once melted add the sugar, stir well
Then add flax mixture and vanilla extract, mix well
Next add the flour, salt and any optional add ins

Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish (8inch X 8 inch square pan)
Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown, the centre should be a bit soft
to the touch
Let cool completely then enjoy!

** You can sub granulated sugar for coconut palm sugar, but I have not tried
it so I can not guarantee the results

*** I topped my blondies with almond butter- LUSH!

visit cookie & biscuit here or follow on instagram @cookieandbiscuituk

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.


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


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!

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!

Love Food Recipe Week

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As it’s Valentine’s Day at the weekend (whether you’re a partaker or not), we have some delicious recipes through the week from some great bakers.

First, is a recipe from Alana.  This mama of 2 has gorgeous photos on instagram of her family life in LA.  If you don’t follow her, go and take a look @mamainlalaland.

These donuts look amazing, and great fun to make with your little ones.  Bet they love decorating them and popping a few in their mouths on the way!


Here is Alana’s go to recipe for these mini baked donuts:


A little Q&A with Alana:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live in Los Angeles with my husband Brandon and my two kids, Declan who is 6 and Everly who is 3.

Where do you and the kids like to hang out at the moment?
Los Angeles is full of kid friendly places we love to frequent. On any weekend you can find us at the Los Angeles County Museum, {LACMA}, The Farmer’s Market, Grand Central Market, the beach, or our favorite park!

Where is your favourite place to eat?
Some of our favorite restaurants are Umami Burger, Al Gelato, C&O Trattoria, Home State, and Pieology for a good ol’ pizza.

Love Stuff

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valentinesA tiny selection of love stuff we adore (and secretly wish for) x

Topheart socks (asos), rose gold stud earrings (Matthew Calvin), Love Will Keep Us Together Tee (GoodHood)
MiddleWith You I Breathe necklace (Stephen Webster x Tracey Emin), Breton Stripe Heart Eyes Playsuit (Lil’ Beans)
BottomBilleCart Salmon (Selfridges), My Heart Beats And There Is Time Top (FinchNorwich), Le Labo Candle (Liberty)

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