elderflower kombucha
Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

How to Make Elderflower Kombucha, Drying Elderflower, Basic Booch (Failsafe Recipe) & Lots of Secondary Fermentation Ideas

I adore the scent and sight of elderflower – it always fills me with the exciting notion that summer is well and truly on its way. I’ve been making probiotic rich drinks for five years now, and have been doing lots of secondary ferment experiments this past year. My elderflower kombucha is absolutely delicious, very palatable and of course loaded with gut goodness. What is kombucha and where did it come from? Kombucha is an ancient beverage, which originated in China over two thousand years ago, and was introduced to Europe in the 1950s. It is made from brewed tea …

30 days sober
Mental Health

30 Days Sober: Why I Don’t Say “One Day at a Time”

I’m exceptionally proud to be able to say I’ve passed the first big milestone on my newest journey: 30 days sober today! Not wanting to underplay this monumental achievement, for in the past it has been an unclimbable mountain, it’s actually not been very difficult. Why, you might be wondering? Well, in the simplest of terms, I’m fully ready to embrace sobriety. Although I’ve had dry stints – between three pregnancies and GAPS Intro (during the years 2008-2014) the booze and I temporarily parted ways for over three years. I have also had a few forays into teetotalism but they were doomed to …

Autism Parenting

Are You Guilty of these Negative Parenting Traits?

A few years ago, before autism diagnoses and home education and understanding our family dynamic better, my husband and I started following the advice in a book called 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child. The title gives the game away and pretty much sums up what you can expect. Follow the ten day programme by the author – who happens to be a leading child and family psychotherapist – and within ten days you will have a less defiant child on your hands. Day One is all about taking a step back and recognising your own negative parenting traits.  Reading …

being judged
Unsugar Coated Motherhood

Am I Being Judged or Am I Judging Myself?

All too often people (mainly mums) tell me they are being judged, mostly by other mums. No less than five times in the last week, different people have said: “don’t judge me” usually followed up with “I know you wouldn’t”. Two things here: firstly, why say something you don’t mean? Secondly, anyone who properly knows me, knows that I am the LEAST judgemental person you are likely to meet. Yes, I speak my mind, often without a filter, but that is not the same as being judgemental. Plus, with my background, I have no right to judge anyone. There is …

Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

I Care Deeply about the Climate Crisis, but I am Not a Vegan. Here’s Why

As I might have mentioned a few thousand times already, I am fully on board with the Extinction Rebellion and support their efforts to bring the climate crisis to the public’s attention. I applaud them for doing everything they can to bring about vital changes to prevent catastrophe. My reasons are simple: I have three children and (call me old fashioned) would like to see them growing up in a world where we have enough food to eat, water to drink and aren’t in danger of being wiped out by extreme weather. Not a big ask, really. Surely going vegan …