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Jessica ↟ Slow Living  Inspired by family, wild nature & simplicity. ↟ Ethical & Mindful Living ↟ Writer ⌕ Kent, UK For thoughtful & sustainable living visit my blog ↓

Once again, another weekend over too soon; I spent most of it foraging for sweet chestnuts with this one.

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” - John Burroughs

This #WorldMentalHealthDay it is worth remembering that sometimes these young minds overflow too, it is therefore up to us (the adults) to open up a conversation to support, listen and reassure them that everything they are feeling is OK and that we are there for them.
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Today she wears her yellow @ditsydotshop bows with her uniform in support of @youngmindsuk. More about how she’s been supporting #YoungMinds over on the blog.
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#HelloYellow #YoungMindsMatter

There are days as a parent when you realise that the core values and principles that you pride yourself on are being absorbed and reinforced by your own child. One of those occasions was the weekend before last when Birdie decided totally off her own bat to raise money for @youngmindsuk with a sunflower seed sale.
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You can read more about her sale and how much she raised to donate via her school over on the blog this evening. Link in stories. This isn’t a sponsored post, I am simply sharing my own experience #FightingFor my younger self and our daughter’s emotional and mental well-being in the run up to World Mental Health Day on 10th October.
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Again, not a sponsored post, but do take a look at #YoungMinds as there are lots of resources, as well as valuable advice and support for young people and for parents who like us, who want to make sure that we are supporting our ‘Young Mind’ as well as we possibly can in these early formative years.
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“As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.” - John Steinbeck
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Autumn mornings; can’t beat ‘em ✨

Rather tentatively stepping back into this app after a short break, but I have been taking huge leaps into Autumn... hasn’t it been utterly gorgeous so far?
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Lots of crisp, sunny mornings here in the woods, the kind where all the colours look incredible and cobwebs look like fairy-lights with the drops of dew caught in the morning sun.
I love the warmth of Summer, but nothing beats Autumn for me.
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So, what have I missed? Catching up on DMs and feeds shortly... thanks to everyone who’s been in touch!
Jx

“Sometimes you gotta take a break from all the noise to appreciate the beauty of silence.”
~ Robert Tew
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...and that is just what I intend to do for now with this app; putting it to bed for a little while. Not because I can’t handle criticism, but simply because the torrent of abuse I have faced on my DMs just isn’t worth the stress.
I truly value feedback, and some of those who have commented and sent me a DM, I TOTALLY understand how you were confused or disappointed in my choice of sponsored post, however to others, I really don’t deserve what has been thrown at me.
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Clearly to some, I made an awful call with my last post, but I am simply doing the very best I can and try hard to look for positives in certain situations.
Perhaps I am incredibly stupid and am having the wool pulled over my eyes by a large corporation, but I actually think more of myself than that.
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Slow, ethical and mindful living IS what I am all about, but I would be lying to you all if I said I was absolutely ‘perfect’ and didn’t drive around in a clapped out diesel 4x4, spend a silly amount of time on my phone, occasionally have fast food and enjoy a good old veg out in-front of the TV when I should be outside.
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I am only human and try my very best and really don’t think I deserve the abuse of the last 24 hours.
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I will be over on my blog and emails, but for now, I plan to stay off here for a while as it’s all become a little too unsavoury for my liking.
Jx

Our birdie has always loved books and gets completely lost in illustrations, often making up her own stories instead of reading the words. Since her reading skills are becoming more developed she is often seen around the house with her nose in a book.
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Reading for us has always been something we love to do independently and as a family; we see it as an opportunity to wind down of an evening and bond over a good book. Apparently I am not alone in this particular feeling, as 58% of the population believe that reading is their bonding time too.
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#McDonaldsUK have recently launched their latest #HappyReaders collection of books, and Roald Dahl’s work being a particular favourite in this house we’ve all been enjoying the miniature book collection.
Created by Penguin Random House Children’s and Roald Dahl’s Story Company, with Quentin Blake’s wonderful illustrations each book has extracts from some children’s classics, colouring in, stickers and puzzles, so there is plenty to keep young bookworms engrossed in their books.
Available with Happy Meals until 2nd October. #ad

First post in a while is up over on the blog; I have shared my thoughts on supporting our daughter’s school learning at home.
It’s more of a ramble really due to daily thoughts rumbling around in our heads and conversations we are having as parents in how best to support our birdie’s continued journey in the education system.
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Head over and take a look, I have popped a link in my stories. I’m keen to hear thoughts from other parents, especially on how they support their young one’s learning as well has their emotional well-being at such a tender age entering into what I often see as a pressure cooker.
Equally, I am always happy to hear differing opinions, so please do get in touch.

Goodbye Summer, Welcome Autumn.
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Yesterday’s wild wind has left the woodland with a dusting of leaves under foot and the leaves above are rapidly turning from greens to varying shades of gold.
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My sore, aching body may love the warmer days of Summer, but my soul always longs for the beautiful rich tones, crisp sounds, woody perfume and the pure magic of Autumn.

Here’s to the weekend! I am SO pleased it is here at long last... a week with my head in accounts has left me in desperate need of a serious unwind.
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Thankfully, we have a weekend ahead with family, friends and even some fun countryside festivities; how about you?

May your weekend be a restful one and full of magic, even if you have to look a little deeper to find it 🙏🏻
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Advice please: Our birdie is up at 6am every single morning; it doesn’t matter how late she goes to bed or how much she’s done the previous day, once she’s up, she’s up, the dogs are up, as am I. So holidays, weekends and school days she’s up and on the go from 6am.
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Does anyone have any tips for encouraging lie ins?
This morning in complete desperation I even used the awful line “but darling, if you keep getting up this early come Christmas time, what happens if Father Christmas is running behind and plans to deliver at 7 and you’ve been up since 6?”... her face sank, so perhaps I need to think of another way to encourage her, OR is this just something that happens and going back to sleep as a child just doesn’t work for some little ones?
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I would be hugely grateful for any tips because this mummy is desperate for sleep!

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