My little guy is nuts for anything to do with transport.
Which presents an interesting challenge for me because apparently a truck is not always just a truck. I’ve also had to increase my knowledge base around construction vehicles.
The things we do for our kids.
As we approached the little guy’s 2nd birthday, it was a no-brainer that we would celebrate with a transport-themed party.
Do you follow Catalina from Red Violet Studio on Instagram? If not, I’ll wait here with my cup of tea whilst you go and check out her feed. It feels as though each time I comment on her posts, I write something like “I wish you lived closer so I could send my kids to your studio.” I obviously need to work on the originality of my Instagram commenting, but Catalina’s feed is always filled with such glorious creativity for little people. She has just set up a home studio that makes me sigh with it’s loveliness.
It is a pleasure to introduce Catalina.
I dream of, one day, going on a huge trip that involves visiting the art studios of some of the amazing ladies I’ve met online. Samara’s studio, Purple Twig, is one of these dreamed-about destinations. Once you’ve read Samara’s words, and seen the images in this post of her creative space, I suspect you’ll understand. Once you’ve read Samara’s words, it’s easy to see how her philosophy permeates all that she does. It’s a pleasure to introduce Samara!
It seemed a bit ironic to be writing a post on what to pack in your labour bag in the lead-up to a planned home birth with Babe #3.
Babe #1 was born in hospital. Babe #2, like #3, was a planned home birth.
With both home births, the midwives strongly recommended having a labour bag packed in case of transfer to hospital. And because I would have made an awesome Girl Guide, I made sure I had a bag packed for “just in case” purposes.
Joanna from The Blue Barn and I have been Instagram friends from way back. I love her love-soaked tales and colourful insights into raising her brood of 4 in the countryside, fostering creativity in the Big Blue Barn on her property. I once asked her why it mentioned in her profile that she was an “occasional rally car driver.” She replied that it was an accurate description of the way she was often tearing around in her car, shuttling kids between activities. That’s when I knew she was my kind of lady. How fun it would be to hang out with her in The Barn, elbow deep in paint. One day.
Until then, it’s a pleasure to introduce this Oh Creative Lady, Joanna.
AKA Preparing for BabyGeddon
We’re entering that uncertain period of pregnancy where the baby could arrive ANY DAY.
If I look back at my 2 previous pregnancies, I have a familiar behavioural pattern.
At about 35 weeks, I’m possessed by this insane nesting instinct to COOK ALL THE THINGS and stock up on freezer-friendly family meals. Read More
This Oh Creative Lady has an incredible way with words. Her purpose behind what she does is powerful and humbling. I strongly suggest you go and make yourself a cuppa and perhaps grab a few biscuits or a sweet treat. Make yourself comfortable, settle in and let the eloquence and thoughtfulness of Rima’s words wash over you. I’ve returned to her words so many times as I’ve put this post together. So many of her thoughts had me exclaiming “YES! EXACTLY!”
It’s a pleasure to introduce Rima.
I love hearing about the adventures that make up the lives of others. Today’s Creative Lady trained as a Chemical Engineer. She then moved into Teaching. Then became a…. well, I’ll let Fynn tell you her story. Fynn is the clever and creative mamma behind the Insta account, @happytotshelf. Each month she explores a different theme based on the interests of her kiddies, and sets up a bookshelf to help them delve into those interests. How fun it must be to be a little at Fynn’s! Introducing Fynn!
Can you remember your first day at Big School?
(I can’t. I hope that means it was non-eventful. I hope it doesn’t mean it was so traumatic that I’ve struck it from memory.)
Is there anybody at your place starting Big School this year?
Over on the Mumtastic site, I’ve shared 21 ways to prepare your child for school. Read More
I have a cracker of a Creative Lady to start the series with for 2017! Julia is a singing art teacher with an infectious enthusiasm and ridiculously rad approach to living creatively with littles. I have read and re-read this interview so many times, radiating in her words and soaking in all of her advice. Just quietly, 2017 looks to be the year that Julia takes the world by storm. She has so many exciting things in the pipeline- I can’t wait to see it all unfold. (Make sure you check out the #kidartlit challenge over in Instagram!) I’m obviously a massive Julia FanGirl… Introducing Julia!