Giveaway – Unicorns and Fairytales

Thank you to all of you lovely people who’ve entered the Moozle Teepee Giveaway hosted by Nathalie on the Unicorns and Fairytales blog and Instagram account x

The competition has now closed and the lucky WINNER will be announced this evening (24th Feb 2017) on the Unicorns and Fairytales blog here. Good luck all.

Thank you so much to Nathalie for organizing the giveaway x

Nathalie has had her MIDI size Moozle teepee for nearly a year now and has restyled it for these pictures in her new baby boys nursery.  You can find the teepee in the Moozle webshop here.

You may remember when she styled it differently for her other son Vince…

How would you style yours?

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Overnight Oats

Hello, thanks for stopping by, to make a change from my usual posts about all things related to children’s interior design, Moozle teepee tents and kids craft projects, I want to share ways I find for a more mindful way of living, little tips for cutting down on things we don’t need in our lives (using less plastic for instance, a post about cutting back on plastic packaging coming soon) and just appreciating what we have, buying well with sustainability in mind to make us happier and more content generally.

Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, focusing on yourself, your environment and how this in turn makes you a feel more fulfilled.

Where better to start than breakfast? Set yourself and your family up for the day with wholesome, pure comfort-in-a-bowl.

Take a few minutes (literally takes minutes, I made up a mix whilst the dinner was in the oven) in the evening to prepare whatever version of the following you can with ingredients from your cupboard:

1 cup of oats (I used spelt oats as that’s what I had).

2 large spoonfuls of yogurt (I had natural Greek style, for a vegan version use coconut yogurt).

Approx half a cup of milk (I used coconut milk).

1 grated apple (I peeled my apple first).

Zest and juice of an orange (I only had mandarins in so used one of those).

A tablespoon of honey (use date syrup for a vegan version).

A sprinkle of cinnamon.

Some ground nutmeg if you like.

Mix it all together to coat the oats in the yogurt, cover the bowl and leave in the fridge until the morning.

Serve in a bowl with what ever you like/have, berries, apple slices, nuts, seeds, banana… I used toasted pecan nuts, dried apricots I had soaked overnight in a little water, date syrup and a spoonful of mashed avocado and cacao (this was just a happy after thought as I had some left over from a vegan chocolate cake I’d made and was frankly happy to find a use for it!) and little more cinnamon.

This was so delicious I had it for breakfast AND lunch!

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Book Review – The Fox And The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

We are fox fans in this house, especially since my son Dexter was born, I just kept thinking of him as my fox cub and so he has grown-up having a strong connection with foxes. The Christmas before last he asked his Ma (Grandma) to make him a fox as her gift to him, which of course she lovingly did as all good crafty grandma’s would, and he has treasured it ever since, often telling me of his love for Ma’s fox nightly as he hugs it (more gently now, since he made the neck floppy and had to ask for a stuffing re-fill).

Last Autumn when I first saw the beautiful cover of illustrator Coralie Bickford-Smith’s new book The Fox And the Star, I knew just what my mum should give Dexie for Christmas.

When he opened it he got it instantly…a book about my fox! he exclaimed in wonder and joy.

Even without the fox fever that seems to have gripped our family you can’t help but appreciate the stunning design and illustrations of this delightful book. It is a tactile and visual feast for your senses. From the pleasing feel of the cloth bound book with the striking white print and text on the cover, with its details of spider’s web and beetle, the gorgeous illustrations within down to the lovely end papers.

When a book is by an award-winning illustrator such as this one is, there’s a concern that the story might be secondary to the visuals and whilst the story here is possibly not a childhood classic it is perfectly charming in its gentle telling of the lonely fox whose friend the star guides him though his nightly forest exploration, until it disappears one night leaving the fox scared and alone until he comes back into his life.

The message in the story is positive and uplifting, about facing your fears, about trusting your instincts and going beyond your comfort zone to seek the wonder in the world.

A message I am more than happy to tell my children.

Rating out of 5 ♥ :

Design: ♥♥♥♥♥

Story: ♥♥♥♥

Total: 4.5 ♥

My own fox homage in applique form. Available on a MIDI size teepee, the perfect little reading nook and calm space to dream and imagine in.

 

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