Author Archives: Lulastic Hippyshake

Until they are done (Breastfeeding a four year old & an 18 month old)

Ah, breastfeeding. Just me and my little one… and my big one… and a small pink babushka doll… half a chewed orange… an awkward pair of fairy wings… and a small bunch of wild flowers. I never expected such a … Continue reading

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Urge (allowing our children’s yearnings to bloom)

“I’d love it if you didn’t climb up the side of yurt, Ramona. I’m worried that it isn’t strong enough and that the wood might break.” She looks me in the eye, defiance pulsing out of her, she reaches out … Continue reading

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BEFORE! AFTER! Natural Beauty Experiments and the Beauty Myth

I’m not going to lie to you. It IS a bit weird doing beauty experiments for Cosmo. Everytime I come to write them up I have to check within myself- is this true to what I think and feel about … Continue reading

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In a gentle way, we can shake the whole world

Here I was, sitting at the playground while Juno and Ramona hang off the rusty roundabout, all ready to write about how a one legged Barbie has infiltrated our lives when my husband reads out a BBC headline: Violence kills … Continue reading

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A is for Activist (Raising Radicals)

“Hip hop hooray! Tom and Arthur are getting ready for their wedding!” A classic theme for our doll play; getting married. Everyone is getting married these days for Ramona. It is all about the marriage. (Even the biscuits tie the … Continue reading

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Yurt Life: Step into our bedroom *waggles eyebrows*

Really, it isn’t like that. Despite now looking like a harem our bedroom is pretty much asexual at the moment. It is our family bed, all four of us sleep there. So when it is time to put on our … Continue reading

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DIY Paint Dipped Utensils (reclaiming Wooden Spoons)

I have experimented with painting the handles of cutlery in the past, it was fun, if a little time consuming. When I saw paint-dipped wooden spoons in a fancy shop last week selling for £10 EACH I felt it was time … Continue reading

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Healthy Hair and Baking Soda (How, Why and When to use it- and when to step away)

One of the biggest questions I get asked these days about giving up shampoo is about whether Baking Soda (or Bicarbonate of Soda) will destroy your hair. This is a big deal as it shows me that the world has … Continue reading

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Words every new parent needs to hear

I was once asked by a friend, Catherine, what words I think every new parent needs to hear. I thought I had it down with: Be prepared, for a good few years, to never tear a piece of toilet paper … Continue reading

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Oi, Beetroot Face! Homemade, Natural Blusher

In my latest experiment for Cosmo I’ve tackled something I’ve wanted to do for a while- Beetroot Rouge! Yep, a quick, easy, natural homemade blusher using my absolute FAVE root vegetable. Pin It It was SO MUCH fun and effective. … Continue reading

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