Easy autumn craft activity for kids

Easy autumn craft activity for kids

As a parent, the very mention of the word "CRAFT" can bring on a bit of a sweat. It conjures up images of paint-splattered toddlers, pipe cleaners glued to walls, and a light dusting of glitter over everything except the "masterpiece" for which it was intended! A crafty chaos if you will. As for kicking back and enjoying a cuppa while the kids get creative, well forget it!

You can imagine my glee then when a couple of Saturdays ago, I put together a little "free from" (*free from glitter and paint and pipe cleaners) craft idea for my daughters that they both absolutely loved!  If I'm honest, it looked like so much fun that in the end I couldn't help but join in too. 

MONTHLY STYLE FEATURE: THE NEW SEASON EDIT

MONTHLY STYLE FEATURE: THE NEW SEASON EDIT

New season = new wardrobe! With the kids back at school and a definite chill in the air, it’s time to hunt down the key pieces you’ll need for the autumn months ahead. It’s all about finding the perfect items to suit both you and your lifestyle, but with where to start?! With stores packed with new season stuff, the search for the perfect autumn purchases could be overwhelming. But have no fear! We've asked our fashion contributor, Jo Sawkins, to give us a low-down on the latest wearable trends, including her new season must-haves, which are guaranteed to keep you ahead of the style game this autumn.

The Mother Hub Meets: The Flower Arranger

The Mother Hub Meets: The Flower Arranger

The Mother Hub Meets: "Queen of Flowers", Sapphire Bates, aka The Flower Arranger. We first met Sapphire at The Mother Hub launch event last December and were immediately struck by her passion, drive and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship. It's hard to believe that Sapphire was just 21 when she launched her own floristry business, The Flower Arranger. And now, just a year and a half later, she has built a stunning brand, an impressive social media following and some of the most insanely beautiful floral arrangements we've ever seen!

The Mother Hub Meets: Hannah Sharman-Cox

The Mother Hub Meets: Hannah Sharman-Cox

Recently we were lucky enough to be introduced to Hannah Sharman-Cox, founder and MD of DrinkUp.London; the definitive list of the best bars and events in London and the online home of London Cocktail Week, London Wine Week and London Beer Week. We connected with a good friend of Hannah's via the #IAmAnEssexGirl campaign, and when we chatted about our plans (and passion for a good cocktail), she was really keen for us to meet Hannah - a born and bred Essex girl herself... and now we know why! Hannah is achieving awesome things in the drinks industry and smashing stereotypes in so many ways. Read on for a healthy dose of career (and cocktail!) inspiration.

The Mother Hub Mingle: No Nonsense Nutrition

The Mother Hub Mingle: No Nonsense Nutrition

On Wednesday 26th April, we hosted another Mother Hub Mingle at The Brentwood Kitchen, and this time we were talking about the mind-boggling world of NUTRITION!

Our mission was to bust the myths and uncover the cold hard FACTS, and boy did we manage to cover a lot of ground! We were joined by a brilliant panel of experts, including Jemma Sedgwick (Personal trainer, health food fanatic and author of the Truly Madly Healthy Cookbooks), Nicola Ragon-Paxton (Nutritional Therapist, founder of I Love Greens and Co-founder of Happy Tums), Johanna O'Reilly (NHS Dietitian, HCPC registered since 2008) and Emily Norris (YouTuber and busy mum of three).

Monthly Style Feature: The Occasion Edit

Monthly Style Feature: The Occasion Edit

It’s that time of year again, when the invites start rolling in and the same question arises, “what am I going to wear?” Whether it's a friend’s wedding, a day at the races or the annual work summer ball; these are all perfect excuses to buy a new frock. And with the weather finally spring-like, our brilliant fashion editor Jo Sawkins from She Who Shops, has rounded up the best dresses, shoes and bags for a complete head to toe look! All that's left for you to do is click "buy", book your blow dry and RSVP with a 'yes'!

A recipe to celebrate Spring: Fennel and orange salad

A recipe to celebrate Spring: Fennel and orange salad

There is always that special recipe that embodies a season. For me it can be a hearty beef stew in autumn, or maybe a berry dessert in summer.  With Spring now most definitely here I though I'd share one of my very favourite Spring salads. It's so easy to make (perfect when catering for last minute guests) and it just seems to bring together all the best elements of the season; fresh, crisp, delicate flavours. It's absolutely delicious! 

The Mother Hub Meets: Digital Mums' Nikki Cochrane

The Mother Hub Meets: Digital Mums' Nikki Cochrane

Nikki Cochrane, co-founder of Digital Mums; an innovative startup providing social media training for mums. Nikki and fellow Digital Mums co-founder, Kathryn Tyler, are passionate about proving that flexible working can produce amazing results. They are the driving force behind the #WorkThatWorks campaign, which calls on businesses everywhere to show their support for flexible working. We're big fans of their mission to help mothers create stimulating, flexible careers that fit around family life.