This is Mahala

I’m Mahala. Welcome to my blog. I’m Mama to Bean (10), Plum (5) and PK (3), step-mum to Blue (18) and wife to Stonelaughter. I run my own business- Wide Eyed Owl, which allows me to have a creative outlet. I design and make crocheted art, bags, cards and bohemian accessories and homewares.

I write about things that are important to me, in particular parenting in all its guises; our home education journey; the environment; politics; gluten free cooking.

I threw myself wholeheartedly into being a Mum. A home educating Mum. And it was good.

But lately I have come to realise that it’s not enough. And I feel that I am somehow betraying my children by saying that. But there it is. Being a Mum is not enough anymore. Not on its own.

Sooo, I accidentally took a month off. I didn’t intend to, but January was chaotic to say the least.  It started with us battling the insurance company over our car. Some idiot crashed into my car when it was parked outside my house, and they didn’t bother to stop. We battled […]

I don’t like setting resolutions – I think it’s too much pressure to put on yourself. Instead, I’m setting myself some goals for the coming year. If I don’t complete them, it’s OK, I can always do them later. If I change my mind and it’s no longer […]

I love stationery. Always have done. I don’t mean utility items like hole punches and envelopes, but pens, notebooks, paper …. Notebooks are my big indulgence. I can’t resist a gorgeous notebook, which is why have load of them around the house, each one partly used (and some long […]

My research has started with looking at the Golden Ratio in nature. I first found out about this when I started my training in Sound Therapy and was fascinated by it. It seemed like the perfect place to start researching patterns in nature. In nature the Golden Ratio results in a nesting process which can be repeated into infinity and which is shown as a spiral. It’s best exhibited in sunflower seed heads and the nautilus shell. Pine cones are another great example.

The baby food had been served so hot that it took the skin clean off his foot. It burned my hand as I wiped it away. We immediately summoned a waitress who brought a bowl of cold water, clean jay cloths and the manager. Poor PK was stripped down to his nappy, his foot placed in a bowl of cold water, and cold water from another bowl was constantly applied to his chest while we waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Here we are on a Friday evening, kids playing, adults happily listening to music from my car playlist which has, this evening, decided to play lots of things we haven’t heard for aaaaages. It’s all good. And then PK gets excited about the fact that he doesn’t wear nappies anymore, […]

Wow, today has not gone as I had envisaged. It’s Plum’s 6th birthday today and we had planned a day out to Wheelgate. Instead, we’re going tomorrow and I’ve promised a trip to see Santa as well whilst we’re there to make up for missing it today. I woke up […]

On Mondays, after gymnastics, we go to Subway for lunch with friends. We’ve always driven back from Nottingham to go to our local Subway but recently our friends’ Monday commitments changed and they needed to stay around Nottingham for their afternoon activities. And so, for the last two […]

My kids often say odd, weird, funny, out of the blue things, and I usually forget to make a note of them, which is a shame, because I suspect I could write a book based on the things they say. Today though, I am here, making a note […]