Life Lately – May 2016

pink plant

Here’s what we’ve been to lately.

Baby Things

cradle cap coconut oil

This sweet little whorl.  Also, can I just say it’s taken me until my second baby to learn that you can remove cradle cap by rubbing your baby’s head in coconut oil, leaving it in for a few hours, then combing it all out with a nit comb.  This method takes it all off and is strangely satisfying.  If only someone had told me that first time round!  Bonus – your baby smells of coconut!  Cons – everything might get a bit oily for a couple of hours.  Pop muslins down.

Green Gardening

pink plant

Getting busy in our yard.  Our tiny yard is 100% concrete and a bit neglected.  Last year, when we moved in we erected a bike shed and potted a few plants, and called it a day.  I’ve been trying to spruce it up a little with zero budget.  It’s going slowly.  This is one of the brighter, neater corners.


Allotment Tending

Allotmenting.  My partner and daughter have planted a lot of seeds over the last little while, and then we transferred a load of them over to the allotment once they reached a decent size and the weather was fairly consistent.  But, as our allotment is some kind of slug paradise we basically just grew a load of slug food.  We’ve planted some more seeds in the hope that something (anything!) might grow.  If we get one courgette or cucumber out of this year’s crop then we’ll call it a success.  We’ve tried all sorts of natural slug control over the years to not much avail, so this year we’re bringing out the big guns.  My other half has just ordered some natural slug predators – nematodes – and we’ll see how that goes with the slimy critters.  I’ll write a blog post on it to let you know!


Observing The Seasons

On our walk back and forth to nursery each day my eldest daughter and I have been observing the changing of the seasons.  We’ve been watching the buds appearing on the trees, then slowly unfurling, and now, enjoying them in full bloom.  Seventy percent of the time I’m glad we don’t have a car to take in these little things you only notice on foot (the 30% I don’t is for when the bus is very late, or it’s pouring with rain or one of my children is a bit cranky).

Green Cleaning

pink grapefruit

 Experimenting with citrus fruit.  If successful expect a blog post soon! ;)

Not pictured: measuring.  We’re adding a small extension to our home so that we can have the absolute luxury of having a bathroom upstairs. We’re also getting rid of the cupboard under our stairs to create a dining area (we live in a really small house).  We’re consequently decluttering like there is no tomorrow.  We’re not people that have a lot of stuff, but somehow it feels like we own all the stuff.

Other things: I recently joined Snapchat.  I’m not really sure what I’m doing on there or how it works (somehow, because I’m over thirty it’s absolutely unfathomable to me!) but I’ll give it a go.  My username is moralfibres on there if you want to come and find me.  I’m not sure what you should expect yet!

PS: catch up on last month’s roundup here.


Life Lately – March 2016

newborn baby clothes
hand knitted baby cardigan

Teeny tiny hand-knitted cardigans (and a teeny tiny sleeping baby).

moses basket

A teeny tiny bed that has slept three babies now.

newborn baby clothes

Teeny tiny newborn baby clothes, that, rather heartbreakingly, are already outgrown and packaged up, ready to be worn by a little baby that’s due very soon.

washable nappies

A stack of washable nappies.

muslin cloths

A stack of muslin cloths.  Because you can never have too many.

big sister

Kisses from a big sister.  Because you can never have too many of those either.

The last 8 weeks have been all the emotions, all at the same time.  Life with a newborn is at times overwhelming, exhausting, frustrating, but also so very full of love.  Sometimes it’s just sitting marveling at the tiny sleeping human you created when really you should be doing something productive like having a shower, loading the washing machine, or putting some food in your mouth.

Life with a newborn and a pre-schooler is telling the pre-schooler to be gentle with their over-exuberant kisses or cuddles or telling the pre-schooler to stop shouting because the baby is sleeping, both about 100 times a day.  Sometimes it’s wondering when your oldest baby got so grown up, and wondering just where the time has gone.

Life right now is fulfilling and at times monotonous – but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

Not pictured: sciatica.  Urgh.  Any advice gratefully received!  I’ve been laid up for a week now, and walking is near impossible.  As it’s been brought on by pregnancy, I’ve been referred to a physiotherapist, so hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long. 

I will get back into regular blogging soon, but in the meantime, I have a load of posts in my archives that you might enjoy.  Some ethical clothing inspiration for autumn, a guide to ethical jumpers, and some ethical bedroom inspiration.  It’s a varied bunch.  Don’t say I’m not good to you!