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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 […]

Back to School Tips for Parents

Back to School Tips for Parents

Make a smooth transition for your children with these back-to-school tips   These simple back to school tips will will make the new school year an easy transition to negotiate for the whole family. As children start back at school, it can be difficult for them to make the transition from holiday time, to a […]

Effective Listening: A Parent’s Guide

Effective Listening: A Parent’s Guide

Effective listening Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The people who listen to us, are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.— Karl Menninger We hear the birds singing, but do we really listen to their song? When we listen […]

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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 […]

T-Shirt Scarf

T-Shirt Scarf

How to make a t-shirt scarf I’m a big fan of upcycling, and when I saw this t-shirt scarf on Pinterest, I had to give it a try.  I had been saving my old t-shirts for crafts that Naomi and I could do together. Jersey fabric is so soft, stretchy and fun to play with. […]

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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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 […]

Mango Salsa Recipe

Mango Salsa Recipe

Mango Salsa This Mango Salsa is based on a recipe from Saint Croix in the USVI, and then adapted to make it even tastier! Mango is best eaten in its most simple form, as its flavours need little meddling with. We have found that mango is just about the best flavour to compliment with any […]

Easy Homemade Ginger Beer

Easy Homemade Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer Ginger beer has to be one of the best summer thirst quenchers ever. I can’t think of anything better than enjoying a pitcher of iced ginger beer and sharing a family BBQ on a warm summer’s eve.  Real ginger beer requires a starter culture and although  it’s equally delicious, it needs some advanced […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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. […]

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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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 […]

Thought For Sunday

Thought For Sunday

A thought, quote or poem that inspires, motivates and gives us strength Phenomenal Woman Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my […]

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 […]