The season of slowing down, taking stock and appreciating.
Of wrapping up, snuggling down and enjoying the days we can get outside.
Planning for the year ahead.
Yesterday was a beautiful winter’s day.
With the kids off for half term, it has been a juggle but we’ve tried to make the most of the time I’m not a university.
Spend some quality time with each of my three individually.
My little man and I took a walk across the fields yesterday, slowly, taking the time to see the world through his eyes, spotting the small things; fungi on a log, the rings of a fresh cut tree trunk, the view across the fields.
I walk this way most days and missed most of them.
Slowing down and see things from another perspective opens our eyes to so much more.
I look out of our kitchen window and just beyond the conservatory is our back garden and my heart sinks. There is so much potential to this space but over the past fifteen years that we’ve lived here, it has been overlooked and neglected, mainly down to the fact that we’ve just not had the time or the knowledge to really know what to do with it.
This year, its all going to change.
Since I started helping out at a local nursery last year, my plant knowledge has grown slightly, I’ve got the basics but I need to read more and for me, nothing beats actually getting my hands dirty so this year I am going to literally get them dirty and share with you what I learn along the way.
I’m just starting my planning, I need to sort out what is currently in the garden and sketch out what I want to grow and where. I know I want to create some raised beds, I am also interested in reusing everyday items as growing containers.
I also want attract more wildlife into our garden too, so I will be looking at growing a wildflower area so butterflies and bees will visit, helping the plants that are growing as well as adding new life to the area. Birds do visit and I’ve just brought a new feeding station, so I hope to share some of these visitors on here too.
If any of you green fingered readers have any tips, ideas or suggestions on what has worked best for you, I’d love to hear them by either commenting below or sending an email. Look forward to reading them.
This week has been a week full of illness for me. I have felt that ill that I had to miss two days of university. This did give me time to chill out, something I think my body has been trying to tel me for a couple of weeks.
Even though I am trying to implement slow living, actually accomplishing it is proving harder than I thought. We have things every day that need to be done, especially with three children but I am working really hard on the areas I can control.
This week I have been enjoying finding time again to keep up to date with some of the blogs I enjoy and here are my favourite five.
Adding fragrance to my home is something I seem to enjoy doing more so in the Winter but it does worry me what else has been added to the candles and reed diffusers to create the scents. Bethany at Cloistered Away has a simple natural alternative that I am going to be making in the coming weeks.
I read this post from Fran at The Simplicity Journey just after I published my Conscious Living post and found so many areas we both have similar thoughts on. One area I am keen to keep an eye on is Fran’s gardening as I really wanted to start to grow some of our own food.
Amanda at The Ana Mum Diary wrote about how she has been exploring Nutrition and Mindfulness, areas I am very interested in. Although this is a sponsored post, it has some great information in it.
I am being very conscious of the amount of new clothing I am buying, in fact I haven’t brought myself anything new for myself yet this year and if I do need anything I will have a look in the charity shops before visiting a clothes shop. Emily at Minimal Millennial shares why she has stopped thrifting (but not really!)
Firstly I’d love to congratulate Zoe and Eco Thrifty Living for being named as PromotionalCodes.org.uk Inspirational Saver of the Year. This post was in response to the coverage she has received since many national newspapers have mentioned her blog, it did make me laugh.
This week has been a busy one, and I have to admit, I haven’t really found much time for myself this week. I have started my new book and taken more steps towards achieving a healthier lifestyle for us (more to follow shortly) but I have let my morning reading slip and I only have a couple of posts to share with you.
Part of living slowly is to to stock of what we have and make sure we are using these things to their best ability, not just simply adding new things because everyone else is. This post from The Guardian sums up my feelings perfectly.
Love this beautiful yet very practical storage solution for all of us open fire or log burner owners from one of my favorite blogs at the moment, Homesong.
This ost also really stuck a chord with me. For some reason, although I set out with good intentions to improve and take more photographs, since the start of the new year, I just haven’t felt like it. I love looking at other peoples photos but as for me taking some, its just not there. Julie over at Humphrey and Grace shares some tips I’m going to try out this week to try to re-inspire myself.
I’m loving finding the time each day to read posts from favourite blogs and exploring new sites, it really sets me up for the day ahead. Allowing myself time each day to do something that makes me smile, nourishes my soul and expands my mind. This is the way all days should start and I don’t know why I haven’t done it before.
I am also loving writing here too, I can feel the words pouring from my heart, sharing my passion and exploring ways to allow us the time to truly enjoy those simple small moments that can so easily slip by.
Self care is such an important part of our lives. As women, we tend to put everyone else first and then never have the time to look after ourselves. My morning reading is part of my self care and Hannah over at Seeds and Stitches shares a guest post exploring the Importance of Self Care.
This post is the reason for the title of this weeks Time Out Reads. I love reading Amanda’ posts, initially on It’s the small things but especially now in her new home, Homesong. This post could so easily have been written by me and maybe one day I’ll share my story too.
Finding a hobby or trying something new is a great way to add more variety into your self care routine and Rachel over on The Foraged Life has done just that.
Eating great food is another important aspect of self care, especially when its a tasty treat that is also good for you. Check out this easy, healthy no cook jam from Whole Food Home.
Finally, looking at lovely images is another way I spend some of my me time, Annie shares this weeks #slowlived images over on Fable + Folk.
Since starting my degree I have realised that I am great at procrastinating, especially when I have an assignment due in very soon. Part of this time is taken up reading blog posts, or researching as I tell myself!
This week has been a big procrastinating week but that’s good for you as I’ve found some cracking posts to share.
Could you live without furniture? Jessica shares her decision and experience of doing just this over on Living with Intention. Just think of how much space you’d have in your home!
Lots of people are joining in with the no buy month for January but could you buy nothing new for a year? Fran over on The Simplicity Journey has set out her outline for this for 2016. I take my hat off to her and maybe I’m might take it up next year!
Repetition is a great way to introduce new habits into your routine and Anthony over on Break the Twitch shares the new habits he’s been forming over the past month.
As a parent, guilt seems to go hand in hand with this role, Katherine from Foraged and Collected shares her feelings about this.
I am trying really hard to introduce slower and simpler ways to live and reading Erica’s post on No Sidebar has made me more determined to live a simpler life.