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
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!
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. Kids … [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 be honest: feminism didn't really play a major part in my life until recently. I've been pretty fortunate not to have known any gender-related obstacles at work or at home. I haven't suffered abuse or harassment at the hands of men, nor have I been prevented from doing anything I wanted to do … [Read more...] about CAN I BE A FEMINIST AND A STAY-AT-HOME MUM?
My wonderful cousin Naomi, general fountain of knowledge when it comes to books, especially Christian ones, recently sent me a copy of 'The Ministry of a Messy House' by Amanda Robbie, after reading my blog How does God bless others through our mess? Well, blow my socks off if it didn't just put … [Read more...] about THE MINISTRY OF A MESSY HOUSE – REVIEW
A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to spend no more than £30 on my daughter's 2nd birthday party - a dollies' tea-party. We recently held a robot-themed party for Mister's 4th birthday and, again, I wanted to see if I could do it for less than £30. (A small aside: what a cool theme for a … [Read more...] about HOW TO PLAN A ROBOT PARTY FOR £30
It’s all Kate’s fault. My friend Kate, mum extraordinaire, just happened to drop into conversation one day that she sets each of her oldest three kids a £30 budget for their birthday parties. £30??!! She makes them a cake outside this budget, but everything else (food, entertainment, … [Read more...] about HOW TO PLAN A DOLL-THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR £30
Considering its popularity, I'm amazed that so few people make their own elderflower cordial. It really is incredibly easy to make, and is one of my favourite early summer traditions (check out 100 Free or Cheap Summer Activities for Kids for more ideas!) My guess, though, is that there are a few … [Read more...] about HOW TO MAKE ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL (AN IDIOT’S GUIDE)