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.


A couple of months ago, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The nurse I’ve been seeing asked if I would like to see a nutritionist to help get my head round dietary changes and I jumped at the chance. Combining diabetes-friendly food with gluten free food can […]


Organisation. I’d like to think it’s my strong point, but I know it isn’t. I can carry off the organised look sometimes, when it counts, even though I’m kicking frantically under the water. I’m often disorganised though, and that stems from my inability to remember things.   I […]

The simplest conversations can lead to all kinds of learning

If you speak to (almost all) home educating parents, they will almost certainly tell you that they have had a wobble at some time or other about their decision to home educate. Some will tell you they have them regularly. For most I suspect it’s not actually about […]


Grrrrrr. I buy many of my headscarves from the US. The company I buy them from sources them from all over the world and they choose ones that can be wrapped in the way needed for headscarves. I can buy patterned scarves easily in the UK, and so […]


It’s that time of year again and my anxiety rears its head like clockwork. That might seem strange since I don’t have to get any children sorted for the new term, and I’m no longer getting myself sorted for a new term. If only it were that easy. It’s […]

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When the girls arrived, we thought we knew what the pecking order would be. Ethel, who looked the healthiest would take the top spot and poor Doris with her pale floppy comb and bald head would be at the bottom, everyone’s whipping boy.. errr…girl. For the first week, […]

Plum, ready for her lesson

Each week, my children have swimming lessons. They are all at separate times on different days, so I get to watch lots of children swimming. And lots of parents watching their children swimming. By and large, the parents show interest in their child’s efforts and offer support and encouragement. Not […]


I’ve just read the bedtime story; it was a book called Who’s Not in School?, about Little Harry and his siblings who are home educated. I bought it on a whim a couple of days ago, because Plum has said a couple of times that she doesn’t know […]


“What’s a nectar list”, I hear you ask? Well, it’s like a bucket list, in reverse. Not a list of things you want to do, but a list of things you have done that have added happiness, soul, purpose …. life to your life. I didn’t make it up, […]


It’s twelve years since I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and had to start navigating the murky waters of gluten free shopping and eating.  In that time, gluten free provision and recipes have improved massively. It’s not nearly as hard to find gluten free options if you eat […]