• Slowly Lived Summer Bucket List
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    Slowly Lived Summer Bucket List

    It’s the final week of school. Summer is here. This means six weeks of no school runs, no time constraints (well except for work) and endless hours to fill. To some that might sound like a nightmare, but to me, it sounds perfect. Summer is the time of year you can really slow down the pace. Lazy mornings, PJ days and late nights in the garden. I love the fact that we all get to spend time together. During the rest of the year, everyone is at school all week. I’ve also been working weekends, leaving only the evenings to spend any time talking or playing. Then that’s cut short…

  • Time moves forward even when we don't want it to - Slowly Lived Magazine
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    Time

    Standing at the bottom of the drive watching my son off to his prom and it hits me. That’s it. He’s finished school. Sixteen years. Where has the time gone? There are times when we are in the throes of parenthood that seem to last forever. Those early days with your first-born, tired and overwhelmed where a day can seem like a week. Then there’s their first day at nursery or preschool and then school. We sit willing the hands on the clock to go that little bit faster so we can hear all about their adventure away from our watchful eyes. Then there are times when those hands seem…

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    Seasonal Kitchen – July

    Wow, what a month June was. Hottest June day on record since 1976  here in the UK. This gave us lots of opportunities for BBQ’s and al fresco eating. Have you been enjoying eating seasonally too? My June favourites include strawberries, jersey royals and salmon. What did you enjoy eating? Lots of lovely new ingredients fresh and full of goodness ready to add to your meal plans for July below. Why eat seasonally? Eating seasonally not only has major health benefits but also has a huge impact on our environment. Most of the seasonal produce you can buy has been grown locally or at least in the same country. If…

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    How to Save 3.5 Hours A Week with Real Plans

    Some people plan everything. When they’re getting married, when they’ll have kids, what activities they are doing each day. I’m afraid I am not a planner. I like to think I am but in reality, I write the plan, put it to one side and then punish myself when I don’t get around to it. You may be wondering why I am writing a post about planning. This post is for all of you people out there who, like me, haven’t found the way to plan that works for you. Plus, as the title says, it will give you 3.5 hours of your week back. Meal Planning If you are…

  • Gifting ethically this father's day
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    Ethical Father’s Day Gift Guide

    Father’s Day, 18th June 2017. Giving a gift to someone you love is a magical experience. Finding that gift can be horrendous. Not simply because they may have everything or they may not know what they want, but also because of the impact these items can have on the environment. This Father’s Day, why not choose a gift that is ethically sourced as well as being unique and thoughtful. Here’s our ethical gift guide to treat the father in your life. Luke Drew This   Luke Drew This is a business that was born from a drawing Julie Cox’s son created for his dad.  This unique, personalised gift ideas are a fun…

  • Eat seasonally. Find out what ingredients are in season in June
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    Seasonal Kitchen – June

    Are you joining me to eat seasonally? June is upon us and hopefully the nice weather with it. If you didn’t see the first post in this series you can catch up here. This month, the seasonal produce that is ripe and in abundance are some of my favorites. Strawberries, new potatoes, and rhubarb. Why eat seasonally? Eating seasonally not only has major health benefits but also has a huge impact on our environment. Most of the seasonal produce you can buy has been grown locally or at least in the same country. If you look at any of the packagings of the fruit, vegetable, and meat you buy from a…