We have a lot of fun family events planned over the next couple of months, and as every mother knows, a comfy pair of shoes is essential when you’re on your feet for a long time! I know these @birdies will be my go-to pair of shoes this season 🍁 Swipe across to take a look at the inside of the shoe... 7 layers of quilted comfort; it’s like walking on a cloud! #mybirdiesmyway #birdiespartner
It’s that time of year again, when the days feel heavy in anticipation of the anniversary of our twin sons deaths. Allowing space for my grief whilst also finding joy in the everyday moments, like the beautiful relationship my living children have with each other. It is such a blessing to witness their love 💕 📸: @maljackphotography
Who else has heard of FIRE (financial independence, retiring early)? A few posts back I mentioned wanting to break away from the mainstream lifestyle, but not quite knowing how. Since discovering this movement and reading around the topic of finance and freedom, we’ve found so much clarity in the direction we want to go, and we now have a goal that will allow us to attain that simple and minimalistic lifestyle we desire. The first step is becoming mortgage free. It will mean downsizing significantly. Trading in our car. Cutting back on all unnecessary purchases. But we’ll be trading all of this for our freedom, and that is priceless. Feeling thankful that we’re in an era where these opportunities to live a radically different lifestyle to those we’ve known are possible. People are already out there living and loving their free lives and it’s so inspiring.
I started using clean products a couple of years ago and one of the brands I always return to is @tomsofmaine. #sponsored We already love their fluoride-free toothpaste and I recently discovered their aluminium-free deodorant (who else has struggled to find a natural one that actually works?!) They’ve now partnered with @wholekidsfoundation to help provide schools with learning gardens, educational beehives and salad bars. Head over to my stories for a swipe up link to learn more about the program and how you can help support students and teachers through this initiative. #GrowingHealthyKids
The end of summer always bring me a sense of melancholic nostalgia. As hard as those long summer days can be with three little ones and no support system to provide respite, they are the days I know I’ll miss; when I am the centre of their world, as they are mine. Those hazy summer days, where the children’s growth always astounds me. Not just physically, with their ever lengthening limbs, and the morphing of a baby into a toddler, but watching their personalities develop, the nuances and foibles subtly changing month by month. Witnessing the relationships they have with each other deepen. And in the midst of it all, myself; a mother, growing and evolving as they are, too. It always feels like the close of such a large chapter. The summers that that encompass so much change and come to define periods of our memory; mine as a mother, and theirs as their childhood.
Our family is at an important turning point in our lives. We know we don’t want a conventional life. We don’t want work to be the all-consuming center of our lives. We don’t want our children going to school. We don’t want a big house and a nice car and an overscheduled busy life. We don’t want to follow the path that society has programmed people to follow. We want freedom, control, choices. We want our lives to be varied and exciting and filled with wonder. But making the alternative a reality is hard. Breaking those chains and forging a new path takes time and energy that is often difficult to come by. But we’re so lucky that we have options, that we can make this vision a reality. It’s just a matter of working it all out.
Henry’s first day of kindergarten. I barely managed to see him onto the school bus before my tears came. When did our baby get so old? A deep sense of sadness settled on my soul as we walked back without him. This wasn’t a milestone we wanted - him starting school - and that unease in sending him to a place we would rather he wouldn’t be has stayed with me. Traditional schooling is not the path we want for our children, but with the lack of alternatives and our current circumstances, this is something we have to do in the short term. A temporary situation until we can build the life we’re dreaming of, and lifelong learning will be done out in the world, instead of the same four walls. I look forward to the day when we are no longer separated by school 💕
I didn’t drink coffee before I had kids, but it didn’t take me long to realise it was essential to get me through the day. #ad Those sleepless nights, the clinginess of a teething baby who just wants the comfort of his mama, and the chaos of three little ones running around. Each morning I take a moment to enjoy my @gevaliakaffe House Blend with caramel creamer which sets me up for the day! Perfect for a cafe experience in the comfort of my own home. #QueenMode #Gevalia