Returning to work after having Ettie was a huge hurdle I wasn’t expecting to climb. The impact of trying to juggle running a home, maintaining focus at work and having enough time to spend quality time with Ettie really knocked me off my feet and it was something I wasn’t expecting. Pre-Ettie I loved my job, worked hard, stayed late when I needed to and was 100% involved in projects.  Because of that I fully expected to be the same when I returned, however a few months in I discovered I’d actually returned to work a different person and my main focus is now the 3ft tall little bundle of cheekiness I leave at home every morning. I decided to set up this series as I’m interested to hear from…

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When I first started this blog, the idea was that I’d use it to share with you some of the beautiful handcrafted items I’d been lucky enough to find since having Ettie. I wanted to bring them to your attention so you would be able to have the pleasure of their beautifulness too! Unfortunately life got in the way and I’ve been a bit slack in getting the message out… but with Christmas hurtling its way towards us, I promise to do better and I’m going to kick things off with a quick little post about a lovely company called This Paper Book. I discovered This Paper Book about a year ago when I was looking for little trinkets to add to the shelves in Ettie’s room. A few of…

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For the past few months I’ve been posting a roundup of my top five Instagram photos and its proven to be so popular that I’ve decided to make it into a monthly IG hashtag. If you’d like to take part then please tag your top five Instagram photos from the previous month with the hashtag #magicmonthlysquares and tag me @Emmskifaith on Instagram. At the end of each month I’ll pick a few favourites and share them here on my blog, then hopefully we can build up a little community and share the monthly love. But why…? Well taking the time do to a monthly roundup can be really rewarding. A lot can happen over the course of a month and I’ve found that when I look back over the images…

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If you like me suffer from the invasion of dry skin in the winter months, then this post is for you. I’ve spent years searching for a moisturiser that would be effective in sorting out my combination skin, applying thick dollops of lotions and potions, trying to achieve a natural dewy glow that even Gwyneth Paltrow would be proud of. Unfortunately nothing seemed to work until around 18 months ago, when I discovered the facial oil. This little wonder product has revolutionised my skin care regime so I’ve popped a little summary of my four favourite products below. * I realise that the Advanced Night Repair is actually a serum rather than an oil, but I thought it would be useful to include it here for comparison reasons. Emma Hardie…

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Hello my gorgeous girl The time is here again for me to write to you your monthly letter and what a month it’s been. I know I say the same each time – that I can’t believe how much you have developed and grown, but honestly it’s the truth, you are growing and transforming into a fun loving, sassy, independent little girl right before my very eyes! Sometimes I swear you’ve grown a couple of inches through the day when I collect you from nursery… and you have four new teeth! Including two big molars at the back. When I look back at last month’s letter, at how I was shocked by the number of words you’d been picking up, it seems small fry compared to this month! This month…

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Good morning and welcome to a new and very special feature which I hope to be running once a month. I’ve spoken previously about my love for small brands and the fact that I like nothing more than finding products that are unique and different from anything you’d find on the high street. What makes this passion even greater, is that many of these companies are established by Mothers, just like me – albeit a lot more talented than me – who have taken the bull by the horns and chosen to make a living out of doing something they are passionate about and love. In order to celebrate these truly amazing women, I’ve decided to run a monthly feature called ‘Small Brand Spotlight’, where I’ll be showcasing one of…

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