Hello, thanks for visiting my blog, today I’m posting about healthy eating habbits, something we all probably try to incorporate into our daily routine but sometimes find tricky if it’s just not on our radar, haven’t shopped, kids are being difficult, rushing around…well, there are lots of excuses but really, it’s up to us to make it happen.
My kids are not great at eating veggies, however hard I try to disguise them, soups, wonder mash (you wonder what’s in it!), casserole, omlettes…it’s basically a cooks (parents) nightmare trying to make a healthy meal that all the family will eat.
But…secret weapon…SMOOTHIES…fruit is a big thumbs up and I sneak in a few added extras unbeknowingly to boost their systems. At least I know they are getting some goodness, just time it well or they’ll be too full at meal time.
Here’s an example we made yesterday, recipe below. I do occasionaly pop in a veggie, but to be honest it is difficult to get the flavour balance right (too much and they wont go near it!), a little steamed cauliflower with coconut and honey works 🙂 Just add some frozen pineapple to help with the cunning disguise – and for gawds sake don’t tell them it’s in there!
I keep a few basic ingredients in the cupboard / freezer so a smoothie can be quickly made as a mid morning filler, after school energy boost or I make an ice cream or thicker version (more yogurt, less milk) as a desert after dinner.
To keep in your kitchen…
Frozen berries and/or other fruit such as pineapple and mango (these are much less expensive than fresh, great out of season and keep in the freezer…sometimes just a few frozen berries with a drizzle of honey is enough of a pudding to keep my littles smiling).
Chai seeds (optional), they release energy slowly and just a teaspoon full expands in your tummy making you feel fuller and less likely to snack.
Powders such as: Wheatgrass, Maca, Cacao (great for trace minerals such as copper and magnesium), these add protein and minerals.
Natural yogurt (organic if possible).
Fair Trade Bananas.
Organic Milk – whatever is your thing. We have semi-skimmed cows milk, unsweetened almond or coconut (some of these are longlife so really good to keep in the pantry).
Recipe for this smoothie…makes about 2 mugs full.
1 cup of frozen raspberries
1 teaspoon of chai seeds
2 big tablespoons of yogurt (I used natural Greek style)
1 pint of skimmed milk
1 teaspoon maca powder (or Wheatgrass, or Arrowroot)
Drizzle of orgainic honey
3 ice cubes
I just whizz all of these together in a big jug with my electric hand blender…add more or less of the milk to get the consistency you like.
I bought the powder supplements from Aldi in the UK, good value and seem like good quality ingredients.
Eat with a spoon or with re-usable ‘fun’ straws – big fat ones are great as they can handle the thickness….but PLEASE PLEASE no disposable plastic ‘one use only’ straws!!! Those suckers (see what I did there) are bad news for our lovely planet.
Hello and welcome to Kids Teepee Tents, a blog about children’s design and mindful living…and of course teepee tents (where better to sit and reflect, read, dream and relax) thank you for stopping by, my name is Kate and I’m the designer behind the Moozle brand of kids teepee tents.
I started this blog as a place to feature and document my teepee designs but it’s become more than that to me now, I want to share my passion for interior design and styling, particularly children’s and family spaces, it’s not about spending lots of money but about choosing things, making things, styling things and organising your space to make you and your family feel good. Our environment effects our mood, create a calm and uplifting space around you and you will feel calm and inspired – try it and see for your self. There is something very therapeutic about clearing away the clutter, arranging your favourite things where you can appreciate them, adding colour (or taking some away) that will feed your soul and make space in your head for clear thinking.
For the first part in my series of Moozle Spotlight I have interviewed children’s interior designer Ursula Wesselingh from Room To Bloom. I first met Ursula (online!) several years ago and have long since admired her work which is showcased brilliantly in her beautiful website. I’m proud to say that Ursula recently featured a Moozle teepee in one of her room designs, more of that later.
I asked Ursula about her design process and tips when designing and planning the perfect space for a child…
What would you say is your personal design style?
It’s contemporary but quite eclectic – I like mixing Scandinavian simplicity with period pieces, veering to modern rustic at times.
Is there a reoccurring theme that clients ask for and (how) do you try to push them out if their comfort zone?
Many clients believe that lots of colour is what makes kids’ rooms fun. I try to show them that by keeping the base of the room calm and simple, the rest of the inherent colourfulness of kids’ belongings has more room to shine and doesn’t fight the surroundings. That doesn’t mean all white walls perse, but unity in the colours used for the room’s basics – walls, floor and window treatment. The “fun” comes from special little styling touches that create a sweet, cosy atmosphere, such as unexpected storage solutions, prints and other décor, which makes it easier to update the room too.
What is your favorite type of brief to work with?
A clear brief from clients who love what I do, trust my judgment and are open to ideas.
Do you ever work remotely or do you install each room yourself?
I regularly work with remote clients but do my best work when I’m involved in the installation too. Nothing beats seeing the transformation up close, and often it leads to changes in the originally envisaged design – good design grows organically and over time, which is harder to achieve when working at distance.
Any tips or advice for people looking to hire a professional interior designer, some people may be afraid they would end up with a scheme they aren’t completely happy with or be intimidated by the design process, what would you say to these people?
Choose someone whose style you admire to start off with – chances are that working with this designer will be easier than with someone who has very different tastes to yours. Ask them to explain how they work with clients, to explain the process, to see if this would suit you. Some of my clients are very hands-on and enjoy the collaborative approach I take – others are more hands-off due to a lack of time or headspace and just trust me to get on with things once we’ve established a clear brief. Whatever degree of involvement they prefer, I always take time to get to know my clients and get the brief right, so that we are both working from the same sheet. I often hear that clients value my expertise and eye, yet always feel the decisions are ultimately with them – and that’s how it should be.
Thank you so much Ursula for taking the time to give us this insight into your design ethos and process. To contact Ursula to discuss your own client needs you can do so here.
Below are a few examples of the Room To Bloom style but you can view the whole portfolio here.
Lola’s room is composed of soft tonal greys with a floral storage wall and blush accents. A vintage wardrobe and retro style desk give the room an eclectic feel, complemented by a four-poster bed.
Featured above, is a MIDI size Moozle teepee, it is available to purchase here.
To ensure longevity we chose not to theme the room too strongly. Instead its simple design forms a versatile background that is easily adapted with age appropriate accessories.
I designed a cabin bed to hide the stair and incorporated lots of storage and a fold-down desk to leave as much space as possible for play and sleepovers.