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Sushmita Targett 'Sush'

Expat Mama👶, stepmom, doggymom. Intersectional feminist, ayurveda, vegan, homeschool, gentle parenting, slow living nature ❤ @officialhumansofmargate

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How to wake up gently and our morning ritual is up on my blog. . . "Good Morning dear earth Good mornig dear sun Good morning dear flowers And fairies everyone Good morning dear beasts And birds in the trees Good morning to you Good morning to me" . . For those who follow my stories will know that we start our day with lighting a candle or an incense. A lot of you ask why? Also despite school rush, how do we practice slow living? Read my blog. . . Let me know what you think and how does your morning look like... . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #thebestineveryday # #magicofchildhood #instakids #indianmom #expatmom #expatindian #montessorimom #waldorfmom

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Monday is baking day in our home! . . We love mondays, for it is slow in our household. We consciously plan to keep our day free because we find weekends are actually pretty full on and disorganised. . . Monday helps us fall back into our weekly rhythm. We are all affected by the rhythm of the nature and so adding a weekly and daily rhythm helps children especially, to feel grounded and confident within themselves which brings out the best in them. More on rhythms and routines another time. . . Hope you all have a brilliant week ahead. Anyone following rhythms like us? . . . #homeschooling #preschoolers #waldorfhomeschool #waldorfeducation #charlottemasoneducation #rhythmandroots #livingislearning #homeschoolcollective #baking #secularhomeschool #kindergarten #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #homeschoolingpreschool #lafamilia #freerangekids #slowliving #abeautifulchildhood #slowchildhood

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DIY Birthday Gift. . Amidst Reuben flattenig a piece of metal with a torch light, Irene working on the essay that was due to finish two weeks ago, RoRo and I managed to make a DIY birthday present for his friend. . . We made a cute little treasure jar. We filled it up with conkers, acorns and homemade biscuits. We also added a little clay elephant wall hanging, also made by RoRo. . . I make diy presents mainly because I am super disorganised but I like the love, effort and thought that goes behind making a present. Everything in this jar is reuseable, natural, edible and full of fun. It is so pretty, I didn't bother wrapping it either. . . Do you make homemade presents? Pop in your ideas in the comment below. . . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #veganfood #foodporn #indianmom #expatmom #homeschool #homeeducation #livingislearning #earlyyears

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"Kids won't remember the best day of TV.", anonymous but so true. . . We had a great start to our weekend. I spend three solid hours on the beach with all my three kids and dogs. . . It was blustery but not cold. Perfectly warm yet windy. Kids and dogs all managed to get wet, my house is full of sand but bedsheets have just come out of the dryer. So a good sleep is guranteed! . . Have a good weekend! . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #wildchild #mysimplemoments #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #thebestineveryday # #magicofchildhood #instakids #instamum #beachlife #seaside

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Today on #worldmentalhealthday while all mothers talk about post natal depression let me introduce to you something new, something not spoken about at all and something that is so uncommon that speaking about it brings the fear of looking absolutely ridiculous and therefore be shamed for it. . Let me introduce to you what I call, 'post adoption depression'. . Becoming a parent is bloody hard and adopting a child that you didn't even grow in your own womb is much harder.It is especially hard when those kids were strongly bonded and close to their biological mother. Oh and when you are the girlfriend of their dad, who is dealing with a lot of emotions himself after a broken marriage is just the cherry on top. . Whilst, I drank my sorrows in to a bottle of rum, I tortured myself by secretly reading all of my husbands personal diaries, I even tried to cut myself....and guess what? No one, not even my loving husband knew about any of that. Everybody including my in laws would call and check in on my husband and their grandchildren. No body ever asked how was I holding up? . They all labeled me , 'brave', 'god sent' 'angel', thereby closing all doors to communication and it took away my freedom to speak up and ask for help. . Today I speak about it because like me there must be a lot of step mothers or adoptive parents who may struggle but wouldn't know what it is ...they may think something is wrong with them....I don't know if like PND there is a chemical reaction in our body, if hormones act out. There is not much information out there about this, but all I know is, it is possible and everybody who knows a new parent biological or not, must check on them and offer support just like you would to a new biological parent.  Continued in comment 👇👇 . #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #mentalhealth #postnataldepression #pnd #itsoktonotbeok

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Slow Living is my thing and so, I love Mondays. . . We have no play dates, no homeschooling or play groups, no coffee dates, no trips planned. The house is still tidy from Sunday's massive clean up. . . It is a day of log fires, cups of tea, reading magazines, day dreaming, playing with toys, journaling, spontaneous walks to the beach or the woods or the playground and a lot of room for impulsive decisions. But generally a day to be home and savour every bit of brick we work so hard to pay for. . . Have a brilliant week ahead people. . . #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #wildchild #mysimplemoments #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #thebestineveryday # #magicofchildhood #instakids #homeschooling #homeeducation #unschooling

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Listen, Maneuver and Embrace! . As much as I hate the term 'terrible twos', the tantrums are real. The more independent they become, the more boundaries they test. . One of the best ways to rebel is to say No. They want to make a decision on their own but don't necessarily have the capacity to make a reasonable choice. .This can cause a lot of frustration and stress especially when we as parents try to enforce something very rigidly. . I have started to approach this by 'listening' to what they have to say, and if there is no danger trying it out. For instance, RoRo doesnt like to wear a jumper. So instead of saying, "you have to it is cold outside" or " we won't go out unless you wear the junper" I would say, " It is very cold outside so I will bring the jumper along, if you get cold we will pop it on you." Lo behold within minutes he will ask for a jumper and if not you know he is not that cold. They are runnig around so maybe they are warm. . I also 'Maneuver' I have been doing this with the big two as well. When we go shopping, I pick a few options all of which is ok with me and they pick one. That way both parties win! . Embrace - sometimes none of the above works and sometimes they just have to go through the motions of rebelling.And sometimes as parents we have to say No. For example, when I have to walk boh my dogs on my own with RoRo. I need RoRo to either go in the sling or walk. But if he wants to bring his bike it is a 'NO'. Roro will not manage to ride the bike all the way and I won't manage two dogs and a bike whilst carrying RoRo. Roro will have a legit meltdown. I would explain him why not and just sit there and tell him, " I know you want to ride the bike and it is upsetting that you can't. I will take you on your bike later just mummy and baby. But not on dog walks. So when you are ready mummy will give you a big cuddle and we can go for a dog walk." Last time it took about a good 25 minutes but we got there. 👇👇👇👇 Continued in comments

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Autumn Delight - Vegan Apple & Cinnamon Cake! Recipe in bio. . . Seriously, I have only ever made stodgy and dense apple cakes since going vegan. But not this time! It is soft, spongy, juicy with chopped apples and just the right amount of stickiness on the caramalised apples on top. . . Please try it and comment below! Tag someone who might enjoy baking this. . . . #dairyfree #noeggs #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #feedfeed #veganrecipes #veganfood #foodporn #indianmom #expatmom

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First apples of the season have been picked. . . I love this poem that encaspulates autumn so beautifully.... "Yellow the bracken, golden the sheaves. Rosy the apples, crimson the leaves. Mist on the hillside, clouds grey and white. Autumn good morning, summer good night." . . . #autumn #applepicking #motherhoodrising #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #wildchild #mysimplemoments #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #thebestineveryday # #magicofchildhood #instamum #indianmoms #expatindianmoms #expatmoms

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We struggled a lot yesterday. So much so that I did not want Roshan around me. . . Night before, he suckled all night. Not just that, he twiddled all night. So in the morning I did not want to even hug him. Any touch from him was giving me the creeps. I feel sad as I say all this but lack of sleep on my part led to frustration. RoRo, my marvellously reasonable toddler, was not having any of it. Tears after tears. I just wanted someone to take him off my hands. The feeling of a lack of community was strong. . . Anyhow, when he went down for a nap, I realised that eventhough some days feel so long, time is always ticking. Life is always going to feel short towards the end and as children grow into independent adults, their childhood would feel as though that time just flew. . . And when that time comes, do I want to remember taking him out to the beach anyway or plonking him in front of the tv out of my frustration, do I want to remember our lunch dates together where we pointed out at the sailing boats or think of the time I wanted him to not be in my sole care, or do I want to remember how we always turned the day around? . . So all I am saying is, when the days feel like they are too long, and everytime you wish it was tomorrow already, remember tomorrow may never come and Today is here and we must make the most of it. . . . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #wildchild #mysimplemoments #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #thebestineveryday # #magicofchildhood #instakids #instamum #beachlife #seaside

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On a date with this one @broadstairsfoodfest . . Took us a while to find a vegan stall but we found one eventually and had a burger called 'Bangkok Bad Boy'... . . The festival was heaving so we decided to take our food and go down to the beach. The Sun was shining, RoRo was feeling content and I was simply day dreaming a little. Day spent well! (Despite the lack of sleep and so many meltdowns this morning) . . . How was your saturday guys? . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #wildchild #mysimplemoments #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #thebestineveryday # #magicofchildhood #instakids #instamum #beachlife #seaside

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This week has been, by far, the most gratifying and grounding for us. We followed a routine and enjoyed the autumn sun to the fullest. . . I have been reflecting on it in my journal and I feel like I owe one big fat 'thank you' to the universe. . . It is so so important to show and feel reverence to maintain sanity. . . Happy Weekend Guys! . . . #friyay #friyayvibes #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #wildchild #mysimplemoments #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #thebestineveryday # #magicofchildhood #instakids #instamum #indianmoms

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Stir - fry, my " I don't know what to cook" food. (Scroll down for recipe) . . This stir-fry is full of veggies, lots of garlic to beat the cold and so so salty with the soy sauce. . . Now, I am really tired of answering the good old, "but how do you make RoRo eat all these veg?" He is vegan. This is all he knows. Maybe if he had a taste of meat he will fuss, I don't know. But I am sure the salt helps too. . . What is your "I don't know what to cook" food? . . Ingredients: Veg of choice (aubergine, courgette, brocolli, mongetout, babycorn) Tofu (optional) Garlic Dark and light soy sauce (to taste) Pinch of sugar or maple syrup Black pepper Oil to cook Cornflour . . Method: Heat up wok. Cook minced garlic for a few seconds. Add all the veg (I cut veg that take longer to cook into smaller sizes so it all cooks at the same time, evenly). Add all other ingredients (not the corstarch). Now I put a lid on to cook faster. But you don't have to. Add splash of water if you want a bit of sauce. When the vegetables are cooked, dilute cornstarch in water and add that to the stir-fry. Done! . . . #recipes #veganfood #veganstirfry #veganrecipes #foodporn #foodphotography #feedfeedvegan #feedfeed #vegetarianrecipes #chinesefood

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Soaking up the autumn sunshine. . . Thursdays mean allotment group and RoRo absolutely loves it. He has a new found love for this group. He associates it with seeing Quinn (@ashleighjmoir ) and Idris (@doulaflo ). He lovingly helps me pack his picnic whilst saying, " share with Quinn? Share with Idris" . . He made some new friends last week. Let's see if he remembers them. . . #motherhoodrising #motherhood #motherhoodplugged #motherhoodtgroughinstagram #honestmotherhood #unitedinmotherhood #childhood #childhoodunplugged #childofig #wildchild #mysimplemoments #dearestviewfinder #pixel_kids #mumbaimoms #desimom #mummyblogger #veganparenting #dailyparenting #gooutsideandplay #letthembelittle #letchildrenbechildren #adventure #lafamilia #freerangekids #thebestineveryday # #magicofchildhood #instamum #indianmoms #expatindianmoms #expatmoms

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