A quick list of the things that have got us intrigued, excited, interested this week, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and around the web. Most of it child or parenting related. Some of it...just because.
This article from Design Taxi drew our attention to the very marvellous Instagram account @AverageParentingProblems. It's the perfect antidote to all the very beautiful but oh-so-tidy nurseries, tasteful monochrome interiors, sleeping babies and immaculate stylish toddlers that seem to fill my Instagram timeline. It makes me laugh on a daily basis, and helps me stop beating myself up over my not so immaculate/tidy/stylish/beautiful family life. It's good for the soul to be reminded that stuff like this happens to other people too, they just don't normally put it on Instagram.
Do you worry sometimes that your child hasn't found his or her 'thing' yet? You know, their great talent, the activity at which they really shine? Stop worrying! This article from the NY Times points out that it can actually be harmful for kids to become too single-minded and single-focused. Variety is actually really good for us, at every age.
I loved this blog post about what sounds to me like an awesome bit of parenting. What would you do if your daughter announced that she wanted to shave her hair off like her dad and brother? Blogger Paige Lucas-Stannard (author of Gender Neutral parenting - Raising kids with the freedom to be themselves) just took it in her stride, of course!
Apparently kids are far more likely to confide in an animal than even a sibling when they are having a rough time. According to this article: "In the U.S. and England pets are more common in families with young children than resident fathers, and yet we don't quantify how important they are to us." The fact that more kids have a pet than a dad who lives at home is staggering. You can read the whole article here.
The lovely M Word Mag had a great blog post featuring the Milk and Biscuits Chevron Raincoat and Grey Linen Mix Bomber Jacket. These are such beautiful quality coats and are the perfect light layer for this Spring weather we've been having. The coats feel like cotton canvas, but have a waterproof treatment to keep out the rain. Which is handy! Ooh, and we also spotted the Chevron coat here, on the Instagram feed of photographer Michelle Marshal. She's taken some amazing pictures for Milk and Biscuits in previous seasons. We can't wait to see the images she's taken for their beautiful AW15 collection, coming soon...
Planning a trip to a museum or gallery over Half Term? You might want to read this first.
Have you ever taken your kids to a family rave? Why-ever not? With incredible DJs, child friendly times and kids snacks and entertainment, you can re-live a little of your pre-children partying days and still be home for an early night! We love the events put on by the fantastic Big Fish Little Fish (book now for their party on June 14th in London with Camp Bestival, or catch them on the 18th July at Whitstable Oyster festival.) If you can't wait that long then check out the awesome Be Bop Baby's event on May 31st in Walthamstow, East London. You can book tickets here for their Nepal Fundraiser party, and if you buy a raffle ticket you might just win a prize from us. Yay!
This weekend I'm going to be trying this tasty looking Avocado Lemon Spaghetti recipe from The Pool. It sounds all fresh and yummy, perfect for a simple nourishing supper, though I shall be temped to add a handful of pine-nuts or a poached egg on top, cos I'm that kinda gal (greedy).
I may have to wait a little longer for my avocado to grow though....