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Sushmita Targett 'Sush'

Home Educator Conscious Parenting 🐦 Slow living🐢🐌 Vegan🐷 Ayurveda Dogs and Nature Trails🐶🐕 Sustainable living 🌳🍀🍁🌹 Kent, UK

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*Pomanders* . . We have decided to resign from all our weekly groups and meetups until the New Year. . . We are going to indulge in more festive vibes, long winter leisurely walks, warm oven baked food, fire alight, blankets and some christmas books/movies too. . . Today, we made pomanders. Oranges with cloves studded all around it. If done properly, these can last for years and permeate gorgeous aroma all year round. You can hang it on trees as ornaments, put them in a bowl as potpourri or in wadrobes to keep linen fresh. . . Full tutorial is in my stories and I will also put it in the highlights for future reference. . . Is it feeling all festive at your end? . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #veganparenting #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #christmas #gentleparenting #slowchildhood #fatherhoodunplugged #sustainablechristmas #naturestudy #veganchildren #recycle #zerowaste #sustainableliving

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*Not A Festive Post* . . Tired? Why? . It was brought to my attention that when I do a 90 minutes drive with my children to the forest school, then another drive to walk the dogs and another one to take them to their music lessons or spend hours at home planning, guiding and helping them with their learning materials, bake with them, play with them, stay on top of another child's actual school needs, their food, laundry, house cleaning, festivities etc whilst trying to get my writing published and keep my own projects alive (mostly as a solo parent); I am doing it basically as a "RECREATIONAL" activity myself. . Well, I don't mind being outdoors for hours and seeing my children learn. But because I "home" school does not mean I am at home (relaxing) or that I have a choice to STOP. Yes, I can pull a sicky much more easily than a person with a 9-5 job I grant it, but unlike working parents or non parents, I can never just quit my job or get fed up with my colleagues and move on. It is my children's education on the line. Even if I am ill, I still have to be responsible for atleast 5 other living beings in this house, tantrums and all. . This idea of a "housewife or a stay at home parent" being that they can put their feet up anytime and switch off is nothing more than a myth . That myth in itself is unfair and when you are a homeschooling parent, the pressure is ten fold. . Every move I make has a purpose, every act of mine is being watched and imitated, every hour of my day is meticulously spent until kids are asleep. Even after that sometimes I find myself researching for hours and planning study materials for the next day. . What about playdates?! That is suŕely for my own recreation? It can be, but my primary reason is my child's social life. . So all I want to say is when you see a tired or a grumpy homeshooler, and you cannot seem to sympathise, just shut the fu*k up! That is the least you can do! Got it?!! . . Thanks for reading.

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*Homemade Christmas* . . With the festive season comes festive waste. From tree ornaments to presents and wrapping paper everything takes a little away from our planet in one way or the other. . . Getting a tree was not the most sustainable thing to have done but this year I am not putting up any plastic or artificial ornaments. . . I have made some homemade ornaments with dried orange slices, scrap fabrics and cinnamon. They also smell divine! This could be one of our Christmas traditions. . . We also put up clay ornaments made by the kids in their pottery class that we can use year after year. . . I urge everyone to remember that every little helps. Please keep our planet's health in mind this christmas. . . I understand it is time consuming, so get a friend to come and keep you company whilst you do so. Thanks for being that company today @onemotherowl. . . Is your tree up? Are you trying a sustainable alternative this christmas? . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #veganparenting #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #christmas #gentleparenting #slowchildhood #fatherhoodunplugged #sustainablechristmas #naturestudy #veganchildren #recycle #zerowaste #sustainableliving

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*Advent Nature Table* . . The first Light of Advent It is the Light of stones: The Light that shines in seashells In crystals and our bones. . The second Light of Advent It is the Light of plants: Plants that reach up to the sun And in the breezes dance. . The third Light of Advent, It is the light of beasts: The Light of faith that we may see In greatest and in least. . The fourth Light of Advent It is the Light of humankind: The Light of hope, of thoughts and deeds, The Light of hand, heart and mind. . . (For those curious people, RoRo's advent calender led to this. All homemade or from nature treasure) . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #veganparenting #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #christmas #gnomes #gentleparenting #slowchildhood #naturetable #yuletide #tribelove #naturestudy #veganchildren #waldorfinspired #advent

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*Waldorf Window Star* . My big kids have taken ill. So RoRo and I are creating some seasonal magic by making these window stars. They add a touch of festive spirit in the household. . . I have added a step by step tutorial on my blog (link in bio) if you want to try making some. Don't forget to let me know if you make them. I would love to see pictures. . . Have you made these before? . . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #veganparenting #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #christmas #gentleparenting #slowchildhood #fatherhoodunplugged #yule #naturestudy #veganchildren #waldorfinspired #waldorfstar #waldorfwindowstar

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*Train Conversations* . . I don't know about you but I love to talk to people on trains. I know it is neither a popular activity nor adviced but well.. . Anyhow, so I met this lovely woman and she was telling me how she lost her husband when her son was only 12 years old. He did not take it well, ended up in a behavioural school where he found worse company and got into worse habits. She also proudly informed me how her son has come out of the other end and is doing so well. . . I obviously asked what is it that he does? She replied as if she is defending him by saying, he is a builder. He was never the intellectual kinds. He is good with hand work. . . Irene was right there, you know these 10 year olds with a disinterested face but rabbit like ears? I knew she was listening. So I took the opportunity to tell this woman how I do not believe that hand work, skilled jobs or anything that is not bookish is any less intellectual. I'd rather have my children excel in whatever that they are passionate about than spend hours and hours to simply get passing grades in trignometry. But if trignometry is what they like, so be it. . . Somehow as I think of that conversation in retrospect,I feel so humbled to have had such a deep, meaningful and compassionate conversation. And I am glad Irene saw that because she is always amazed as to how unlike her we can simply talk to anyone??!! . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #veganparenting #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #poems #gentleparenting #slowchildhood #fatherhoodunplugged #december #tribelove #naturestudy #veganchildren #waldorfinspired #vegansofig

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Whilst kids across town spent the rainny day indoors, most likely, watching something on the school television, we went out on the train, splashed in puddles, spent 3 hours in a book shop, had some smashing hot churros at the christmas market and surrendered ourselves into the bath tub after. . . Fri'yaaay, yea?! 😉😉 . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #veganparenting #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #poems #gentleparenting #slowchildhood #fatherhoodunplugged #november #tribelove #naturestudy #veganchildren #waldorfinspired #vegansofig

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Someone asked us yesterday, "Is it hard being vegan?" . . I cannot answer for everyone but for us it has not been so far. Big kids make conscious decisions whereas for RoRo it is a way of life. . . Why does daddy eat meat? Now that will be a difficult one to explain. But we will cross that bridge when the time comes. . . Right now the perspective I am taking and trying to impart is that our lifestyle choice comes from love and passion towards other beings that is unconditional. Same goes for other people, we love them just the way they are, no matter their lifestyle choices. There is a bigger value in unconditional love! . . . Anyone in my shoes? . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #veganparenting #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #poems #gentleparenting #slowchildhood #fatherhoodunplugged #november #tribelove #naturestudy #veganchildren #waldorfinspired #vegansofig

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*Rosehips - Nature's Jewels* . . We collect rosehips and make tea. Rich in vitamin c, it helps fight cold and flu. It is a perfect immune boosting food for winter. . . But the furry seed inside can cause itching so best to squish them out. . . Rosehips are also a natural food source for a lot of birds in winter. So don't pick them all!! . . Have you tried rosehips before? . . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #veganparenting #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #poems #gentleparenting #slowchildhood #fatherhoodunplugged #november #tribelove #naturestudy #waldorfhomeschool #waldorfinspired #rosehip #forage

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*Book Recommendation* . . Fletcher and the falling leaves is about a fox cub and his favourite oak tree. Fletcher is confused as to why are the leaves on his beloved tree going brown and why is the wind stealing the leaves. He tries very hard to save the one last leaf, in vain. But there is a surprise waiting for him. What makes it all better in the end? No..not spring!! . . This book is a perfect Autumn/Winter themed book. It is wordy, by which I mean this book doesn't infantalise little minds. The pictures are so so dreamy and beautiful, creating a natural autumn/winter scene. . . We have perfect little props too to bring the book alive which is a bonus. . . Have you read any of Fletcher's books? . . . . #books #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #abeautifulchildhood #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #kidslit #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #livingbooks #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #readaloud #booksforchildren #reggioemiliaapproach #homeschoolinguk #homeeducation #bookrecommendation #slowchildhood #homeed #november #tribelove #playandlearn #waldorfhomeschool #waldorfinspired #learningathome

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*Happy Advent* . . I feel something magical overnight, definitely in RoRo's toy room. . . We made an Advent String Calender for RoRo. Every morning he will open one of the 24 parcels leading up to Christmas. Each parcel has something handmade, something from nature and a few odd useful knick knacks. . . This is a nice way to built up and count days leading up to Christmas especially for toddlers who have no concept of days and dates. It is also a healthy alternative to the chocolate advent calender (I personally don't mind them but RoRo doesn't need more excuses to eat more chocolates). . Each hand made item is going to be a part of the christmas/winter scene on his nature table. . . Happy December!!! . . #christmas #advent #adventcalendar #adventstring #waldorf #waldorfhomeschool #waldorfinspired #charlottemasoneducation #homeed #homeschooling #curiouslittleexplorers #festival #festiveseason #veganparenting #letthembelittle #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #childhoodunplugged #abeautifulchildhood #slowchildhood #ethicalchristmas #mumbaimoms #indianmoms #mombloggers #toddlersofig #playislearning #montessoriathome #magicofchildhood #pixel_kids #childhood

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It is extremely important to me that my children can tell a jackdaw from a rook, an elder flower from a cow parsley, sloes from huckleberries. It is important that they know we do not have to be the passive admirers of nature but maintain an active two way relationship with it. . . Children are born one with nature. They are natural environmentalists. A toddler can tell when it sees a misplaced object in the woods. Yesterday on our walk, RoRo picked up an empty can of beer. He knew it did not belong there. I shoved it in my pocket to chuck it in the bin. We as parents need to help nuture their love of nature. . . Nature world needs our kindness as much as we need its bounty. . . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #montessoriathome #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #homeed #mummyblogger #veganparenting #charlottemasoneducation #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #poems #gentleparenting #slowchildhood #fatherhoodunplugged #november #tribelove #naturestudy #waldorfhomeschool #waldorfinspired

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Today was deliciously wet, muddy and moody!! . . Given the weather, the group was predictably small. Brave heart @kyem_ and us lot made it nonetheless. Something about small and intimate groups, I quite like it. . . We went on a seasonal walk in the nature reserve. We spotted lots of fungi, collected some nuts and pine cones, got our wellies truly and unapoletically muddy. We spotted lots and lots of cow dung , highlight of the walk for RoRo. "Dung is so funny" . . Keeping warm by the fire now and settlig with a mid-week takeaway! Life is good right now!! . . . #curiouslittleexplorers #homeschooling #homeed #charlottemasoneducation #reggio #waldorf #waldorfhomeschool #livingislearning #playandlearn #playislearning ##wildchild #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #mumbaimoms #indianmom

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*Vegan Marble Cake* . . What more could one need when stitching toys and gnomes for advent?! . . I used Bosh's recipe for victoria sponge. Took a portion out, added some cocoa powder and milk. Then layered the cake tin with white batter and topped it with the chocolate batter. Using a skewer I swirled the mixture a little and popped it in the oven. . . The recipe makes a large quantity of batter. I would recommend either cutting the ingredients down by half or making two cakes. In my experience large vegan cakes tend to go dry. . . Also, because I simply copied he recipe and made a one large cake my cooking time was much longer than suggested. Play it by ear! Hope you are inspired to try it. . . Tip: For better swirl, divide the mixture into half white, half cocoa. Then place it in the tin in blobs of white and chocolate rather than my lazy way. You will get a better and more consistent swirls. . . . #dairyfree #noeggs #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #vegansofig #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #veganrecipes #veganparenting #bakeoff #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #reggio #adventure #charlottemasoneducation #vegancake #waldorfhomeschool #veganrecipes #veganfood #foodporn #indianmom #cake

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