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12 Awesome Valentine Craft Ideas

12 Awesome Valentine Craft Ideas

An awesome round-up of tutorials from some of our favourite creatives related to sharing the love on Valentine’s Day. Feel free to add your own romantic recipes, heart shaped banners, craft ideas for kids etc. in the comments box below! Pallet Love -The ultimate in up cycled gift ideas, this Valentine craft is for someone who […]

Early Breast Development in Girls-Should we be Concerned?

Early Breast Development in Girls-Should we be Concerned?

  Increasingly, we are reading reports of girls as young as seven or eight experiencing early breast development. It’s bound to cause feelings of confusion, embarrassment and even isolation in young children. So why is this happening, and what can you do, to prevent this from happening to your daughter? An interesting point to note, […]

10 Inspirational DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

10 Inspirational DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

With Halloween fast approaching, I have plucked out some of the best baby and kid’s DIY Halloween costumes currently out there in blog land! Whether or not you can sew, there is a costume below for your little sweetheart! Here are my 10 favourites: Moose Suit: This super-cute baby suit is cleverly re-purposed from a […]

Rainy Day Activities for Families-Things to do Indoors

Rainy Day Activities for Families-Things to do Indoors

Rainy Day Activities.. ..that make staying indoors memorable and fun! It’s howling a gale outside, the rain is lashing against the window panes and the weather is just too awful to even contemplate dancing in the rain! It’s got me thinking what is a family to do faced with bored teens and restless parents. The […]

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10 Ingenious Recycled Gift Wrapping Ideas

10 Ingenious Recycled Gift Wrapping Ideas

There’s a way to feel better about the large pile of wrapping paper strewn across the floor on Christmas morning and that’s to try using upcycled, reusable and recycled wrapping papers, toppers and gift tags. These gift wrapping ideas offer a guilt-free, inventive and creative solution to wrapping your Birthday, Anniversary and Christmas presents. Go […]

12 Irresistible Homemade Advent Calendar Ideas

12 Irresistible Homemade Advent Calendar Ideas

The celebration of Advent has always been one of my personal favourites. As a child, it was the run up to Christmas that I loved, as I knew that December was a time of family, warmth and friendship. With Advent just around the corner, we take a look at some really beautiful ways to make a homemade […]

How to Make an Advent Wreath

How to Make an Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks running up to Christmas Eve. However, the circle of evergreens we now call the Advent wreath, was in fact used symbolically well before Christianity arrived in northern Europe. Symbolising the eternal cycle of the seasons with four candles signifying the […]

Easter Craft

Easter Craft

An Easter craft to do with your children Create an Easter tree, and hang some blown and decorated Easter eggs on its branches   How to make an Easter Tree Find and cut a nice branch of catkins, pussy-willow or even some flowering cherry. Root it firmly in a pot filled with soil. The more […]

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Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe- A Sophisticated Alternative to Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe- A Sophisticated Alternative to Pumpkin Pie

This sophisticated thanksgiving dessert recipe brings together two autumn favourites of mine: pumpkin and apple! With the divinely inspired addition of fresh ginger, black pepper and allspice; this tart offers a spectacular twist to the traditional pumpkin pie and I promise you it tastes as good as it looks! Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe- Tarte aux Pommes […]

12 Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Pumpkin Pureé

12 Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Pumpkin Pureé

The pumpkin is an incredibly versatile vegetable, epitomising autumn with its gorgeous orange colour and sweet taste. So it’s all the more surprising that we so often relegate pumpkin purée to breads and pies alone, when there are so many creative ways to bring the pumpkin love into your life.  From hummus to hot chocolate, body […]

Celebrate Autumn with 12 Irresistible Pumpkin Recipes

Celebrate Autumn with 12 Irresistible Pumpkin Recipes

The voluptuous pumpkin epitomises the autumn season and is a harvest crop bursting with the goodness of warm summer sunshine. So as the nights draw in and the temperature drops, what better way to celebrate our pumpkin harvest, than with a potpourri of pumpkin recipes to help you put the pumpkin love back in your […]

Homemade Gourmet Pizza Recipe for Grownups

Homemade Gourmet Pizza Recipe for Grownups

Fig, Prosciutto and Goat’s Cheese Pizza Recipe    “To eat figs off the tree in the very early morning, when they have been barely touched by the sun, is one of the exquisite pleasures of the Mediterranean.” ― Elizabeth David “Yipee”- figs are in season and it’s time to make the best tasting sweet and tangy pizza ever […]

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Homemade Makeup Remover Recipe

Homemade Makeup Remover Recipe

If you are fed up with slapping a cocktail of questionable chemicals on your face, then you’ve come to the right  place. At Natural Mothers we feel passionately about helping you to make your own chemical-free products. This homemade makeup remover is completely natural, is kind to the skin and will take off the most […]

Natural Antibiotics

Natural Antibiotics

Natural antibiotics for your family first aid kit Your family physician may have very good reason for prescribing a round of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill off all bacteria in the body, so when you take them for a serious infection they should, rid your body of the illness. If we misuse or overuse prescription antibiotics, it […]

Best Lotion Bar Recipe: A Variation to Suit All Skin Types

Best Lotion Bar Recipe: A Variation to Suit All Skin Types

Natural Mothers Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe Tutorial This lotion bar recipe acts a s a perfect base from which you can design your own variation according to skin type -these lotion bars make a great gift too! Base Lotion Bar Recipe What you need 1 part coconut oil 1 part beeswax 1 part sweet almond […]

Allergy-proof your Home: Expert Tips to get you Breathing Easily

Allergy-proof your Home: Expert Tips to get you Breathing Easily

Allergy-proof your home: Expert tips to get you breathing easily   Asthma, a serious condition that can restrict your ability to breathe, or hay fever associated with itchy eyes and congestion, are the reality for many millions of people who suffer the misery of allergies, both in the UK and the US. Whether it’s the […]

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Best Herbs to Grow in your Medicinal Garden- Part 4: Lavender officinalis

Best Herbs to Grow in your Medicinal Garden- Part 4: Lavender officinalis

Best Herbs to Grow Series: How to Grow: Lavender officinalis Even if your not a herbalist, planting, nurturing and harvesting your own herbs and using them for medicinal purposes is one of the most satisfying things you can do! We have been growing our own herbs for over 20 years and some of the best herbs […]

A-Z Guide to Stain Removal-part 2

A-Z Guide to Stain Removal-part 2

A-Z Guide to Stain Removal-part 2 Stain removal is an ongoing battle for all mothers! Children attract stains like magnets, whether they are mud stains, ketchup stains, grass stains or egg stains. Fighting stains can get a little tiresome, but it’s an inevitability that comes with the territory of motherhood. Thankfully, there are plenty of […]

May in Natural Mothers Garden

May in Natural Mothers Garden

Sustainable Gardening: organic vegetable garden planner May May is one of the craziest months in a kitchen garden. The soil has warmed up, there is ample rainfall and warm sunshine to help the plants grow well. Of course that includes the plants you don’t want in your garden too, and weeding is high on this […]

Square Foot Gardening on a Shoestring!

Square Foot Gardening on a Shoestring!

Square foot gardening: a frugal, space-saving alternative Square foot gardening is the easy way to grow a cheap, compact and productive garden that meets your needs and is enormous fun to put together. Start your frugal, gardening plan with this great step-by-step graphic guide from Frugal Dad! Have you got a valuable tip to share […]

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Thought for Sunday- Being a Mother

Thought for Sunday- Being a Mother

 A thought, quote or poem that inspires, motivates and gives us strength Being a Mother We are sitting at lunch when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of  starting a family. “It will change your life” I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral. “I know,” she says, “no more sleeping […]

Thought for Sunday: Resurrection

Thought for Sunday: Resurrection

A thought, quote or poem that inspires, motivates and gives us strength     The Wild Cherry Tree Why does the wild cherry tree blooming on the Hudson make everything more so more itself? So the green of the elm is greener than when it stands alone, the sky bluer. So you are one of […]

What is Friendship and what do You Want from Yours?

What is Friendship and what do You Want from Yours?

 What is Friendship? by Michele Willmott   Friends generally come in all shapes and sizes. They fulfil different purposes and take on different roles in our lives. Some friends make us laugh until the tears role down our faces, some are a shoulder to cry on and great in a crisis. Others encourage and motivate […]

Thought for Sunday: Mother

Thought for Sunday: Mother

A thought, quote or poem that inspires, motivates and gives us strength Mother’s Smile There never was a fonder smile than mother’s smile, no softer touch than mother’s touch. So sleep awhile and know she loves you more than “much.” So more than “much,” much more than “all.” Though tender words, these do not speak […]

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The Amazing Health Benefits and Uses for Coconut Oil

The Amazing Health Benefits and Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil Several of NMN’s readers have wondered about coconut oil for cooking, and I was curious, too. After several months experimenting with coconut oil, I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the results. As coconut oil is stable at high temperatures, it’s my first choice for  using with stir-fries and oven-roasted vegetables. However, […]

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Discipline: A Loving Parent’s Guide

Discipline: A Loving Parent’s Guide

Discipline Discipline is the art of doing something in the short term that you don’t really want to do, but know that you need to do, for long-term benefit. Becoming a responsible person requires denying impulses and stopping behaviours that don’t lead to the goal you hope, or want to achieve. In our society discipline […]

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Keep Calm and Cast on: A Mother’s Guide

Keep Calm and Cast on: A Mother’s Guide

Keep Calm and Cast On… When we are mindful and in control of our emotions, we are able to get more done, communicate more effectively with our families and lead more purposeful and productive lives. Sounds so simple doesn’t it? It’s quite a tall-order to get through a typical family day with focused calm attention, […]

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Developing Self Esteem in Children

Developing Self Esteem in Children

Boost confidence and build high self esteem in your children   Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson How do we encourage self esteem in our children? We understand that enjoying high self esteem is what equips us to deal with the challenges of […]

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Healthy Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Dark, rich and divinely moist, this chocolate brownie recipe is healthy too! You are probably wondering just how a chocolate brownie recipe could be healthy- given that brownies are synonymous with all that is unhealthy, and loaded with the wrong kind of fat and far too much sugar. This brownie recipe gets its healthy credentials from […]

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Baby Massage-reduces crying, relieves colic and promotes sleep.

Baby Massage-reduces crying, relieves colic and promotes sleep.

Baby massage, it’s easier than you think   Baby Massage.. relieves colic and helps reduce crying  encourages an atmosphere of calm and promotes sleep is thought to boost baby’s immune system   Baby massage – start Ensure the room is warm, and you have chosen a draft-free place to place baby on a nice, soft towel […]

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A-Z Guide to Stain Removal-part 1

A-Z Guide to Stain Removal-part 1

A-Z Guide to Stain Removal-part 1 Stain removal is the bane of every natural mother’s life! Whether they are grass stains, blood stains or grease stains, here are some home solutions to make those  stains vanish without a trace! Berry stains-Place fabric under running water to remove any excess berry juice, then launder as usual. […]

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Best Herbs to Grow in your Medicinal Garden-Part 3: Chamomile officinalis

Best Herbs to Grow in your Medicinal Garden-Part 3: Chamomile officinalis

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Homemade Protein Energy Balls Recipe

Homemade Protein Energy Balls Recipe

These healthy homemade protein energy balls are ideal as a workout snack, a treat to pop into kid’s lunch boxes or for taking on a hike! Homemade protein energy balls are simple to make and are ready as an on-the-go nibble to enjoy before or after your gym work-out, or as a treat to pop […]

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Best Herbs to Grow in your Medicinal Garden-Part 1:Calendula officinalis

Best Herbs to Grow in your Medicinal Garden-Part 1:Calendula officinalis

Best Herbs to Grow Series: How to Grow Calendula officinalis   Even if you are not a herbalist, planting, nurturing and harvesting your own herbs and using them for medicinal purposes is one of the most satisfying things you can do! We have been growing our own herbs for over 20 years and some of […]

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Best Herbs to Grow in your Medicinal Garden-Part 2: Stevia rebaudiana

Best Herbs to Grow in your Medicinal Garden-Part 2: Stevia rebaudiana

Best Herbs to Grow Series: How to Grow Stevia – Mother Nature’s Herbal Sweetener The second in our best herbs to grow series has got to be one of the hardest to cultivate, but one of the most rewarding if you can get it right, so to ensure success with this extremely useful herb, follow the […]

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Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Simple home remedies, proven to offer effective relief to many seasonal allergy sufferers The eye-watering misery of seasonal allergies affect millions of people worldwide, with symptoms felt anywhere during the period from early spring through to the end of  the Autumn/Fall. If you’re a sufferer, you may well find that while you get some relief […]

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40 Ingenious Uses for Salt Around the Home

40 Ingenious Uses for Salt Around the Home

How many uses for salt are there? Well, according to the Salt Institute there are about 14,000!  This salty website has so many useful tips for using salt around the home and I have picked out some of the best and added some of my own. Salt, this most versatile of minerals, is the most abundant non-metallic mineral […]

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Make Your Own Toothpaste

Make Your Own Toothpaste

Make your own natural toothpaste for sensitive teeth, healthy gums and fresh breath Are you appalled at just what’s in your shop-bought toothpaste?  Do you want to avoid ingredients such as foaming agents, peroxides and saccharin? I am increasingly fed up with paying over the odds for organic toothpaste at my local health store. Determined […]

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Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

 Lunch ideas and tips for encouraging your petits gourmands Getting your children to actually eat and enjoy a healthy homemade lunch can be as frustrating and difficult as getting them to log off and unplug. It doesn’t appear to be high on their list of priorities. They’re hungry, so their brains tell them to eat junk […]

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5  Natural Hair Recipes

5 Natural Hair Recipes

Pamper yourself  with one of our 5 natural hair recipes If you are as keen on living frugally as we are, then you’ll be delighted to know that most of what you have in your kitchen larder will give you, and your family the kind of tumbling locks you’ve always wanted for virtually free! The […]

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Metabolic Syndrome-2 minute’s exercise a week reverses the condition

Metabolic Syndrome-2 minute’s exercise a week reverses the condition

Less than a minute’s exercise three times a week reverses Metabolic Syndrome and helps prevent the onset of diabetes, say scientists Two sets of 20 second sprints on an exercise bicycle is now thought to be sufficient to treat the Type 2 form of the disease, they have discovered. Following a diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome […]

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Intentional Living: A Gloriously Imperfect Woman’s Guide

Intentional Living: A Gloriously Imperfect Woman’s Guide

Intentional Living- a gloriously imperfect woman’s guide to living mindfully      A mindful woman will   take care of her own needs before taking care of others.  A mindful woman is quietly attuned to her own needs, so that she remain strong and centred. She takes decisive action to nourish herself and ensure her […]

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Living on Less: How to achieve happiness by focusing on less.

Living on Less: How to achieve happiness by focusing on less.

How to be content living on less I must admit a weakness: I am a classic ‘Internet girl’,  a phrase coined by Sara Tetreault at Go Gingham.” Internet girl is fun, she likes shiny objects, and she’s easily distracted. When not blogging,  she skips around the web while trying to be clever in 140 characters […]

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Natural (Nappy) Diaper Rash Remedies

Natural (Nappy) Diaper Rash Remedies

Natural diaper rash remedies for baby Natural Mothers Daily Coconut Nappy (Diaper) Cream Coconut has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and therefore better at combatting against both yeast infections-in combination with shea butter-and regular nappy ( diaper) rashes. I simply rubbed some on my daughter’s bottoms after each nappy (diaper) change to keep it from returning. […]

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Homemade Facial: Fabulous and Frugal

Homemade Facial: Fabulous and Frugal

Look good, feel good and save money with our frugal homemade facial. Using ingredients from your kitchen you’ll soon feel a million dollars! 10 fabulously frugal homemade facial tips A good facial needn’t be expensive- an egg white whipped up nice and frothy will work wonders. Leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse with cool […]

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Healing Salve Recipe for Your Family

Healing Salve Recipe for Your Family

Natural Mothers Herbal Healing Salve Tutorial If you would like to make a really excellent multi purpose healing salve then this really hits the mark and has formed a staple in our medicinal cabinet for many years. We use this on burns, sunburn, light cuts and abrasions, bruises, chapped lips and cheeks and even on […]

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Easy Homemade Bubble Bath Recipes

Easy Homemade Bubble Bath Recipes

Three simply divine homemade bubble bath recipes Bubble baths are quite simply one of life’s divine luxuries. Nothing quite beats a soak in the bath tub, whether you are 9 months or 99 years old- it appeals to us all. Our family have created homemade bubble bath soaps for some time, and although we mostly […]

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Homemade Lip Balm

Homemade Lip Balm

Natural Mothers Homemade Lip Balm Tutorial At this time of year your lips can become dry and chapped, the cold, damp winds only making them worse. I hate to use products that contain parabens, petroleum jelly, mineral oils or chemical additives, so if like me you like to know what’s in your beauty products then […]

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Frozen vs Fresh and How Fresh is Fresh?

Frozen vs Fresh and How Fresh is Fresh?

Frozen vs fresh- which is healthier and is fresh really fresh?   This week I set out to examine the frozen vs fresh issue and find out whether fresh or frozen vegetables and fruit are better for your health and what’s involved in the production processes of each. The discoveries made were enlightening. Frozen vegetables are […]

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Understanding the Grieving Process in Children

Understanding the Grieving Process in Children

 Understanding the grieving process, what to watch for and how you can help  When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Kahlil Gibran When we experience loss, we feel grief and a depth of emotion that seems […]

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Kill Mold Naturally Now!

Kill Mold Naturally Now!

How to kill mold naturally and prevent it from reappearing in the future Mold (or ‘mould’ as it’s spelt in the UK) is a microscopic life-form. Molds aren’t always bad, after all they are found in some of the world’s best cheeses. Imagine French Rocquefort without mold, it’s unthinkable! Mold is of course present in […]

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Frugal Living: 6 Frugal Family Tips For Success

Frugal Living: 6 Frugal Family Tips For Success

There’s more to frugal living than living on a budget, or living on less. Frugality is about choosing an alternative, simple and more mindful way of being. Frugal living: an interest in living on less and simplifying life is quickly gaining in popularity. For most of us it’s a matter of economic necessity as the […]

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Smoothie that Increases Brainpower and Improves Memory

Smoothie that Increases Brainpower and Improves Memory

Increase brainpower and improve your memory and concentration with our Super Brainpower Breakfast Smoothie Drink this smoothie in the morning  and enhance your brain’s performance in the afternoon.  This nutrient powerhouse of a smoothie has been proven to optimize your ability to think clearly and quickly all day. Keen to help my eldest daughter maximise her […]

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What Does it Take to Burn Off That Chocolate Cake?

What Does it Take to Burn Off That Chocolate Cake?

How do you burn off those extra calories before they turn into extra pounds? The good news is, you don’t need to go the gym! If you are currently spending around 2 hours tidying up and cleaning each day, there’s plenty of opportunity to get a great workout and burn calories without  leaving your home […]

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5 Natural Hangover Remedies

5 Natural Hangover Remedies

Sometimes and without intending to, we overdo it. We drink too much and we feel really, really bad. Champagne is a serious hangover offender as carbonated drinks release alcohol quickly into the bloodstream. Before we know it our sensible head has been replaced with a party-loving one, and we’re off gulping down those gorgeous bubbles […]

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Clear Your Mind and Simplify Your Life

Clear Your Mind and Simplify Your Life

The guide to decluttering and simplifying family life Part 2: Tidy mind, tidy home There’s much discussion in the blogosphere at this time of year about decluttering and simplifying our lives and correctly so, if we truly desire to achieve more this year than we did last, then simplifying our lives is the only answer. […]

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Simplify Your Way to a Happy Home

Simplify Your Way to a Happy Home

  The guide to decluttering and simplifying family life     Part 1: How to find peace with your clutter-bugs Most people who attempt to simplify their lives find that the hardest obstacle in their quest for a simplified life isn’t the mess itself, but members of their family that seem reluctant to jump on […]

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Gluten Free Christmas Pudding Recipe

Gluten Free Christmas Pudding Recipe

Gluten Free Christmas Pudding Recipe (dairy and egg free too) This Gluten Free Christmas Pudding recipe may be free of several ingredients, but there’s no compromise in taste and it compares favourably with our traditional Christmas plum pudding recipe. Stir Sunday occurs a month before Christmas, and the traditional day families stir the Christmas Pudding. This […]

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Christmas Pudding Recipe

Christmas Pudding Recipe

Traditional Christmas Plum Pudding What better way to round off a beautiful Christmas meal, than to tuck into the queen of all comfort foods, the traditional Christmas Plum Pudding! Stir Sunday occurs a month before Christmas, and the traditional day families stir the Christmas Pudding. This is a simple xmas pudding recipe best made well […]

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Homemade Boot Peg Gnomes

Homemade Boot Peg Gnomes

Waldorf inspired dolly peg boot clips These little boot peg gnomes are the perfect solution to tidying up your boot room. Each little gnome can have his own distinct character and holds your child’s shoes together beautifully so they are easy to find. Gather together some old fashioned dolly pegs, coloured felt, scissors, needle and […]

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Homemade Fabric Gift Bags

Homemade Fabric Gift Bags

Re-usable cloth gift bags are the ultimate green solution to gift wrapping Last year, sick of throwing out rubbish bags full of brightly-patterned, highly-processed wrapping paper, I bought some very inexpensive green and red gingham fabric, with the idea of using it to make reusable Christmas gift bags. We had hardly used any wrapping paper […]

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Homeschooling: Studying History

Homeschooling: Studying History

A Parade of Days History is a succession of the dawning of days, billions of days. It is no less than the tale of our awakening. It is the parade of wonders. History shows mankind to itself with all our glories and flaws, a mirror made not of glass, but rather of experience and life, […]

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Homemade Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts

This homemade bath salts recipe with relaxing jasmine and rose essential oils and deep cleansing salts, makes a truly special gift These pretty layered bath salts make the perfect gift for teenagers, grandmothers, mothers and teachers. This inexpensive gift-in-a-jar offers the fresh scent of jasmine combined with rose and soothing body salts in a beautiful, […]

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Easy Natural Lavender Soap Recipe

Easy Natural Lavender Soap Recipe

Soft lavender scented castille soap recipe This soap recipe is about the easiest there is, it’s natural and smells great. You can substitute the essential oil of lavender for whichever oil takes your fancy, or even a combination of scents- it’s your choice.   Easy Soap Recipe What you need  500g Extra Virgin Olive Oil […]

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Left Handed Facts and Some Rather Surprising Benefits

Left Handed Facts and Some Rather Surprising Benefits

Left handed facts: whoever said there weren’t advantages to being a leftie? The life of the left-handed is not always very straightforward. Social stigmas still prevail, and many everyday tasks that are easily performed by a right-handed person are difficult for a leftie. With only 7-10 % of the population on their side, left-handed people […]

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Really Useful DIY Tips

Really Useful DIY Tips

Home decorating made easy with these really useful DIY tips Mothership Magazine shares these good old fashioned DIY tips for some of the more common household jobs. Just print this off, using our print friendly tab and leave it with your toolbox. That way, the next time you go to hang a picture up or struggle […]

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Natural Cleaning Recipes and Tips for the Kitchen

Natural Cleaning Recipes and Tips for the Kitchen

Here are some non-toxic, natural cleaning recipes and tips for the kitchen! Ever found yourself wondering whether your microwave is leaking nasties, or how to unclog the kitchen sink, or  banish stains from a thermos flask? We have the answers to these questions and more, as we give you the low down on the whole […]

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Babywearing and How to Make a Sling

Babywearing and How to Make a Sling

Babywearing Here at Natural Mothers Network, we are passionate advocates of babywearing. Carrie and I between us, have spent nearly 15 years carrying our children. Both of us found it to be a vital part of the bonding process with our offspring. For most women in the developing world, babywearing is a necessity, as it frees […]

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Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

In the frenzy of feasting, fun and frolics, it can be surprisingly easy to forget some of our green principles.Here’s a guide to show you how to enjoy every moment of Christmas and still be green at heart. Christmas Gifts: The greenest solution of all is to buy less. We suggest you agree with family and friends […]

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Homemade Christmas Decorations: Conker Web

Homemade Christmas Decorations: Conker Web

This autumnal conker spider’s web makes a perfect Christmas decoration. This a simple, fun activity to share with your children when it’s raining outside, and your older children have said “I’m bored!” more times than your nerves can handle! What you need conker or a large chestnut BBQ skewers or cocktail sticks pretty wool, raffia or ribbon bradawl […]

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Handmade Wooden Felt Gnomes

Handmade Wooden Felt Gnomes

Once you allow a Waldorf gnome into your life, you’ll never be without one again!  When the children were younger, every nook and cranny in our home  had a little gnome living in it. We had shy gnomes and loud boisterous gnomes. We had gnomes that loved to share stories and quiet ones that prefered to […]

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The Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic: Sunlight Exposure Linked to Health

The Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic: Sunlight Exposure Linked to Health

Vitamin D Deficiency: why do we feel so S.A.D.? Are we suffering a silent but deadly epidemic that puts us all at risk of serious ill-health? Have you ever wondered why you feel happier when you sit outside or go for a walk in the afternoon sun? Does going out on a beautiful day lift […]

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Hard Questions About Homeschooling: – I Can’t Control My Child!

Hard Questions About Homeschooling: – I Can’t Control My Child!

Homeschooling and the difficult child-or is he? Some children may be a handful for the family to ‘handle’. This is not a simple problem. In fact, it probably ranks as the most difficult problem a parent can have with a child. There are some essential truths to be confronted regarding our children. I feel reasonably […]

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Is Peer Support the Best Way to Raise Breastfeeding Rates?

Is Peer Support the Best Way to Raise Breastfeeding Rates?

England’s breastfeeding statistics compare unfavourably with many other nations’. In Sweden, 98% of mothers initiate breastfeeding, and 53% nurse their babies for six months or longer. Eighty percent of Canadian mothers start off breastfeeding, with 24% continuing for six months or more and in the Netherlands the percentages are 68% and 25% (source: Baby Milk […]

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How to Save a Baby Hedgehog

How to Save a Baby Hedgehog

If  you find a young baby hedgehog weighing less than 1lb or 450g in your garden from mid-October onwards, it will need your help to ensure its survival through the winter season. One of Britain’s favourite mammals is suffering a serious decline in numbers. As our roads become increasingly busy and intensive farming practices destroy […]

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Homemade Walnut Candles Tutorial

Homemade Walnut Candles Tutorial

In winter, our girls and I make walnut candles as part of our handmade Christmas preparations. Many of these little treasures will become gifts, and yet more will light our home through the darkest nights of December. This is an easy craft that little ones can help with (although most of the tasks will need […]

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Are you Hyper Parenting?

Are you Hyper Parenting?

Are we hyper parenting and creating a generation of over scheduled children? School. Ballet. Swimming lesson. Taekwon Do. Piano lesson. Playdate. Sunday school. Shopping trip. Visit Grandma. Sleep.. You may feel tired just reading that list, but for more and more children that list could represent an average week. Parents are under increasing pressure to provide their […]

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A Pirate’s Tale

A Pirate’s Tale

Th’ Salty Tayle o’ th’ Pryvateer Parent In honour of International Speak Like a Pirate Day, we have a guest post from our friend, Christopher John Sparrow Esq. Captain Kit (as he is affectionately known by his friends and colleagues), recently welcomed a new deckhand into the family, and today he shares with NMN, what it means […]

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10 Home Remedies for Eczema

10 Home Remedies for Eczema

Simple and easy home remedies for eczema The very latest research into Eczema suggests an association with the immune system. The fact that Eczema is more common in the very young indicates that the immune system plays a key role in the condition. Eczema can be painful, uncomfortable and debilitating. And for many, there is […]

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Waldorf Education: What’s it all about?

Waldorf Education: What’s it all about?

Steiner or Waldorf education, is a pedagogic approach many of us have heard of, but what is it, and why is it so popular? The Steiner Fellowship offers an insight into the principles and background behind Waldorf education: Waldorf education Works for all children irrespective of academic ability, class, ethnicity or religion; Takes account of […]

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Stop Using Plastic: 21 Ways to Quit

Stop Using Plastic: 21 Ways to Quit

Natural Mothers Green Living Series: Stop Using Plastic Three million tonnes (tons) of plastic are produced around the world every year and this number is increasing by 9% per annum.  We are literally drowning in plastic. Every piece of plastic that has ever been made still exists on the planet or orbits around it- today!The short-term effects […]

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The Horrific Truth Behind Our Dependancy on Plastic

The Horrific Truth Behind Our Dependancy on Plastic

Natural Mothers Green Living Series Every year it’s estimated that between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are manufactured around the globe which roughly equates to 1 million a minute! Much of this plastic waste ends up in landfills along with nearly 3 million tonnes of plastic, used to bottle water. Recent studies reveal […]

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Healthy Homes: 10 Plants that Purify the Air

Healthy Homes: 10 Plants that Purify the Air

Natural Mothers Green Living Series As natural families we want our families to be healthy, as well as happy. We work hard to ensure our homes are as pure and chemical free as possible. But how realistic is this? Can we really hope to achieve a truly healthy home? Many pollutants lurk  in a whole host […]

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Thrifty, Green and Re-use

Thrifty, Green and Re-use

Natural Mothers Green Living Series Think before you buy: be thrifty, green- and re-use! Most of us feel much better when we have made the effort to recycle our waste. However we should realise that recycling is the least important action we can take in reducing our rubbish. The most important action we can take as individuals […]

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Prepare Your Home for Winter- Part 1

Prepare Your Home for Winter- Part 1

Natural Mothers Green Living Series As the days grow shorter and cold nights draw in, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare your home for the cold months ahead. By simply following this check list  (which you can print off using our print friendly tab) around daylight-saving time, you’ll reduce both your bills and […]

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Prepare Your Home for Winter: Part 2

Prepare Your Home for Winter: Part 2

Natural Mothers Green Living Series Last week, we looked at the sensible steps you can take to keep cosy inside as the temperatures drop. Now that Jack Frost is leaving his abstract marks across our windscreens and whitening the morning landscape. We look at the simple measures you can take, to protect the outside of your home […]

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Tincture Recipe: Elderberry

Tincture Recipe: Elderberry

Homemade Elderberry Tincture Recipe Ever wondered whether there was a herbal remedy you could make yourself, which might help prevent winter viruses like ‘flu taking hold? This elderberry tincture recipe has been used for generations, and it does just that! These beautiful berries are in season right now. What better way to prepare for the […]

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Traditional English Lemon Curd Recipe

Traditional English Lemon Curd Recipe

Want to know how to make lemon curd? Then look no further- this is the best, most flavoursome traditional English recipe for lemon curd there is.. Transport yourself to a traditional English cottage garden.The herbaceous border is humming with bees, the sparrows chatter merrily in the hedgerow and the wood pigeon repeats its mellow call. Beneath the […]

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20 Things to Do With Lemons

20 Things to Do With Lemons

Things to do with lemons and counting.. This humble, sun-yellow fruit is extraordinarily versatile, and to persuade you of its usefulness in the family home, here is a taste of  just what it can do from polishing your favourite ornament, to exfoliating your feet and cleaning the dishwasher. Got a sore throat? Add lemon juice […]

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The Best Natural Cold Remedy: 7 Foods to Boost your Immune System

The Best Natural Cold Remedy: 7 Foods to Boost your Immune System

Chicken Soup The perfect all-round cold remedy: Add a selection of in-season veges and be sure to add garlic, onions and plenty of broth. Loaded with goodness, this soup is a great alternative to a traditional meal, when you’re feeling decidedly groggy! Fresh Fruits  Oranges, tangerines, strawberries, blueberries, to name but a few. These fruits […]

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5 Foods Proven to Lower risk of Breast Cancer

5 Foods Proven to Lower risk of Breast Cancer

Reduce your risk of breast cancer by including these foods in your daily diet There are many factors that raise the risk of getting breast cancer that you are unable to control, such as age, family history and being a woman of course! But there are believed to be just as many influencing factors you can […]

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3 Frugal Family Recipes Using 5 Ingredients or Less

3 Frugal Family Recipes Using 5 Ingredients or Less

Three super-quick, frugal recipes using only five ingredients. Makes an easy job of cooking for your family this weekend, so you can get outside and have some fun! Sausages, sweet onion gravy and sweet potato chips The ultimate in comfort food, this is a good one to rustle up for the family (serves 4)     […]

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Dark Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Dark Chocolate Fudge Recipe

This dark chocolate fudge recipe makes a great gift for loved ones on Valentines Day, birthdays or at Christmas! Dark chocolate fudge is so much fun to make at home together with your children, who like nothing better than to clean out the bowl afterwards!  Below is a video link on how to make a […]

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Homemade Protein Bar Recipe

Homemade Protein Bar Recipe

This super-flexible homemade protein bar recipe is healthy and easy to make This homemade protein bar is a staple snack in our household. No-bake energy protein bars are much cheaper and more nutritious than the glucose-loaded bars you find in most supermarkets and health food stores. This homemade protein bar recipe is simple to make […]

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Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Welcome everyone to our seasonal celebration! We invite you to share your crafts, recipes, tutorials and thought provoking posts, with us and the readership here at Natural Mothers Network. This week I am choosing the most clicked, followed by my personal favourite! Here are our featured posts this week: How to Turn any Juice into […]

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Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Welcome everyone to our seasonal celebration! As we enter into the season of spring we are able to share our crafts, recipes, tutorials and thought provoking posts, with one another and the readership here at Natural Mothers Network. This week I am choosing the most clicked, followed by my personal favourite! If there is anyone […]

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Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Welcome everyone to our seasonal celebration! As we enter into the season of spring we are able to share our crafts, recipes, tutorials and thought provoking posts, with one another and the readership here at Natural Mothers Network. This week I am choosing the most clicked, followed by my personal favourite! Here are our featured […]

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Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Welcome to Seasonal Celebration! Welcome everyone to our seasonal celebration! As we enter into the season of spring we are able to share our crafts, recipes, tutorials and thought provoking posts, with one another and the readership here at Natural Mothers Network. This week I am choosing the most clicked, followed by my personal favourite! […]

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Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Welcome to Seasonal Celebration! Welcome everyone to our seasonal celebration! As we enter into the season of spring we are able to share our crafts, recipes, tutorials and thought provoking posts, with one another and the readership here at Natural Mothers Network. This week I am choosing the most clicked, followed by my personal favourite! […]

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Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Welcome to Seasonal Celebration! Welcome everyone to our seasonal celebration, here as we enter into the season of spring and celebrate Easter or Passover, we can share our crafts, recipes, tutorials and thought provoking posts, with one another and the readership here at Natural Mothers Network. This week I am choosing the most clicked, followed […]

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Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Welcome to Seasonal Celebration! Welcome everyone to our seasonal celebration, today on the first day of spring, we can share our crafts, recipes, tutorials and thought provoking posts, with one another and the readership here at Natural Mothers Network. This week I am choosing the most clicked, followed by my personal favourite! Here are our […]

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Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Seasonal Celebration Wednesday

Welcome to Seasonal Celebration! Welcome everyone to our seasonal celebration, where together we share our crafts, recipes, tutorials and thought provoking posts, with one another and the readership here at Natural Mothers Network. Once again, there was such an amazing collection of posts to choose from last week, I could have quite easily chosen ten to […]

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