MONTHLY VOICE: SEPTEMBER

The Monthly Voice for September; what's been inspiring me, why moments of slow are as important as ever and how we make bedtime silly in order to help our daughter who has a habit of worrying.September has been and gone and brought with it all the wonderful golden hues of autumn. Fall is quite possibly my favourite season. The sunlight is particularly beautiful in September and October, as the sun gradually gets lower in the sky and seems to soften and glow as it goes.

As the days shorten and the nights get longer, there is a moment of equilibrium with the autumn equinox, followed a few weeks later by the harvest moon, which was particularly spectacular this year in the UK. I was in the car heading east, and as the moon rose and hovered just above the horizon it seemed so perfectly round and luminous.

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A PEACEFUL AND NATURAL NIGHTS SLEEP WITH WOOLROOM

A peaceful and natural nights sleep with Woolroom - how changing our bedding to natural fibres and switching to a wool filled duvet and pillows has affected our sleep patterns and ultimately our wellbeing.Last Sunday afternoon, Bailey, my husband and myself all snuck back to bed. It was pretty blissful to climb under the covers for a secret hour of slumber. We made ourselves a nest and just hung out there for a bit, reading and having cups of tea.

Up until recently though, our bedroom wasn’t such a great space for relaxing in. It always seems to be where anything that hasn’t found a home yet gets dumped, and even though we have a good mattress on our bed we haven’t previously put much thought or consideration into our bedding.

Over the last month though, I have made some conscious changes to our bedroom in order to help us get a peaceful and natural nights sleep. One of the biggest being that we have upgraded all our bedding to natural fibres. We have invested in some linen sheets, covers and cases, plus we have also switched our duvet, pillows and mattress protector for ones filled with wool from ‘Woolroom’.

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ROOM REVEAL: SLOW AND SIMPLE KITCHEN

How we created a slow and simple kitchen on Geoffrey and Grace... Nearly everything is restored and renovated, and we completed most of the work ourselves.

Hooray, our slow and simple kitchen is finished! And it feels so good to have it done.

It has taken us a little while to get to this point, but that is the reality when you are renovating your victorian house yourself whilst raising a family, working and making space to enjoy life a little too.

We wanted to create a really simple and natural space that would be easy to cook in. The kitchen is small, so everything needs to be organised well. Luckily we have a big larder and the kitchen joins on to a breakfast room where we are able to keep most of our serving dishes.

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ANYONE CAN BE A GARDENING GURU WITH FISKARS

How any one can be a gardening guru with Fiskars... if you love plants but don't feel super confident about what you are doing, read on and learn how to make a terrarium with botanist and broadcaster James Wong.

An afternoon being creative and playing with plants, is pretty much my idea of perfection. A few weeks ago I was thrilled to be invited to an event in London to learn how to make a terrarium with botanist and broadcaster James Wong.

The event was organised by Fiskars, a leading global supplier of products for the home, garden and outdoors. Renowned for their famous orange handled scissors, Fiskars products are known for their brilliant design and functionality.

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THE MAGIC OF THE JUST SO FESTIVAL

What a wonderful weekend we had at the Just so Festival in Cheshire. As soon as you walk under the Just So Sign and enter the festival site you feel like you are stepping into a magical world. A chance to forget about all the ‘normal’ day-to-day stuff and get lost in the most creative and imaginative place. Where you can dress up and where pockets of theatre and performance pop up from time to time. Where there are drawing workshops and you can try your hand (or should I say foot) at learning the Charleston or enjoying a silent disco. Everyone seems to be there for the same reasons; to kick back, connect with their loved ones and spread a little bit of love and laughter. I think they are some pretty good intentions to have for a weekend.

What a wonderful weekend we had at the Just So Festival in Cheshire. It was packed full of family fun. We made lots of great memories that there are almost too many to share with you in one blog post.

As soon as you walk under the Just So sign and enter the festival site you feel like you are stepping into a magical world.

A chance to forget about all the ‘normal’ day-to-day stuff and get lost in the most creative and imaginative place. Where you can dress up and where pockets of theatre and performance pop up from time to time. Where there are drawing workshops and you can try your hand (or should I say foot) at learning the Charleston or enjoying a silent disco. Where there are sing-alongs and stories being told by the campfire. Where you are allowed to do things that you might not usually be allowed to do at home; have a pillow or jelly fight, have a midnight feast, build a structure with jelly beans.

Everyone seems to be there for the same reasons; to kick back, connect with their loved ones and spread a little bit of love and laughter. I think those are some pretty good intentions to have for a weekend.

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