I'm writing this in 2020. Although lockdown has just ended where we are, there are still huge restrictions on what we're able to do during Advent, and I know people are concerned they won't be able to take part in their usual Advent traditions this year. Live church services, Christingles, … [Read more...] about HOW TO CELEBRATE ADVENT AT HOME
The following articles are all based around our homes: making them more organised or efficient, tips or hacks, ideas for how they can work best for us and our families. Enjoy!
Recently, a Hope Tribe member got in touch to share her concerns about the environment, and her guilt that, in the busyness and intensity of having young kids, she didn't feel like she was doing very much. I find it hard to be an environmentally friendly mum and meet the expectations that are … [Read more...] about I WANT TO SAVE THE PLANET…BUT I’M LATE FOR THE SCHOOL RUN
As the war on plastic gains momentum, many more of us are searching for ways we can cut down on single-use plastic. I've written about 20 Zero-Waste Snacks for Children, and more widely about ethical decision-making as a family in I Want to Save the Planet...But I'm Late for the School Run. … [Read more...] about 50 ALTERNATIVE PARTY BAG IDEAS (WHICH AREN’T MADE OF PLASTIC!)
Ever feel stuck for ideas on how to make cleaning fun? Whether you have one child or eight, whether you work in the home or out, whether you home educate or send your kids to school, I can pretty much guarantee one thing. Your home is harder to keep tidy now than it was pre-kids. (The Ministry … [Read more...] about 5 FUN CLEAN-UP ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Now I'm no agony aunt, but every now and again I get a question from a reader which I think is really pertinent, so I've decided to expand these into blog posts every so often. Don't expect a solution, but I hope that my thoughts about these topics will set you off on your own thinking and … [Read more...] about IS IT POSSIBLE TO BALANCE FINANCES, MENTAL HEALTH AND RAISING A FAMILY?
I'll spare you the details, but this December has been a particularly busy one. Now December is always busy - who am I kidding, thinking there might be some actual rest involved - but various circumstances outside my control have meant that this year's festive season has been just a little more … [Read more...] about 7 EASY STEPS TO MAKING A FAMILY MEAL PLAN
If you've been reading this blog for a while, I think you can probably imagine the state of our house. Let me recap: we have four kids, each of whom likes being creative and messy. I enjoy starting (and not necessarily finishing) craft projects. My husband works from home. I'm Chair of our … [Read more...] about 6 THINGS I GOT WRONG ABOUT DECLUTTERING
Yep, I'll admit it, we have a cleaner. Although - you do, too, don't you? Or else you know lots of people who do. It used to be this big, slightly embarrassing luxury - as if by admitting you employed someone to do your dirty work, you were effectively saying that housework was 'beneath' you. But … [Read more...] about 5 THINGS TO ASK BEFORE YOU GET A CLEANER
The adoption process involves several home visits. Your social worker doesn't need to see a show home (thank flippin' goodness for that) – but they do need to see that you have the space for a new child/ren, that you're able to keep the home clean and tidy enough to nurture human life, and that … [Read more...] about ADOPTION AND VICARAGES: HOW DO I KEEP CHILDREN SAFE IN A ‘PUBLIC’ FAMILY SPACE?