As you may know, last year I rebranded, moving from Em Makes and Bakes to Nurture and Cheer. Six months on, and I thought it was about time I explained a little more behind my decision to rebrand, and the process I went through. I’ll be doing a short series of blog posts over the coming weeks, as there’s simply too much to include in one. In this first post, I’ll be talking through the decision to change my business name.
Part 1: What’s in a Name?
I can still vividly remember the afternoon back in 2015 that I set up Em Makes and Bakes. I’d decided to take the afternoon off work as the next day was the Easter weekend. With a couple of hours at home on my own, I sat at Mr Makes’ (we’d only got married a few months earlier) computer and set about starting my own blog. Over the course of an afternoon, I chose a WordPress theme, shot a background image, and got myself set up. I also decided on a name, and I’m happy to admit that I thought about it for all of ten minutes. I hit publish and the blog was born.
Continue reading “Becoming Nurture and Cheer: The Story Behind the Rebrand”
Throughout pregnancy, I came up with a list in my head of all the things that I wanted to make for H. Some of them never happened (the personalised birthday t-shirt was a good intention, but there was also a cake to be made), others actually turned out to be quite successful (the handmade baby book), and there’s others that I mulled over for far too long, the Ikea Latt table hack definitely falls into this last category. It probably doesn’t help that it’s then taken me over 9 months to actually write up this post too!
Continue reading “Ikea Latt Table Hack: Geometric Makeover”
Disclosure: This blog post features gifted fabric from Crafty Sew and So. All words are my own and based on my personal experience of using the product.
Autumn is my favourite time of year; the weather turning cooler, pumpkin spice lattes, and an excuse to wrap up warm in lots of cosy jumpers and pyjamas. Each year I like to treat myself to some new loungewear ready for snuggling up on the sofa as the nights get colder. Pyjama bottoms with a big jumper and slippers are essential autumn and winter wear for me! Continue reading “Tilly and the Buttons Stella Pyjama Bottoms”
I’d been eyeing up an Olli Ella wicker toy pram for ages for H before I managed to find one in the sale. So many toy prams are pink and flowery, which really isn’t my style, and so I love how gender-neutral the Olli Ella ones are. After the pram arrived, I thought back to my own toy pram that I’d had as a little girl, and the cute bedding that my own Mum made for it, and instantly decided that I’d carry on the tradition.
This make uses leftover monochrome fabrics from the crafting I did for H’s nursery two years ago. I really love how they pop against the white wicker. This is also a really quick make, it took me just over an hour to make all of these items, meaning it’s the perfect nap-time craft! Continue reading “Toy Pram Bedding DIY”
I couldn’t let Real Nappy Week pass without a blog post dedicated to cloth bums. It was about this time last year (probably Real Nappy Week 2018!) that I began to look into using reusable nappies for H. I’d first considered them when I was pregnant but (wrongly) assumed that I’d struggle as I didn’t have a tumble drier.
For the first 7 months or so of H’s life, she was in disposables. I started off with a well-known brand of nappies, and then made the switch to eco-disposables when she was around three months old. I know there are a lot of mixed views on eco-disposables, but for me the fact that they were plastic-free and didn’t contain any nasty chemicals was a big selling point. I’m not sure what prompted me to look into cloth nappies again a few months later, but I was instantly intrigued (and admittedly taken with all the pretty prints available!). Continue reading “Ditching the Disposables: An Honest Guide to Cloth Nappies”
This month marks a full year since I returned to work after my Maternity Leave. I don’t know what’s scarier, how quickly that year has gone, or the realization that I’ve been back for twice as long as I was actually off work?
I returned to my day job when H was six months old. Looking back, I don’t know if I was ready to leave her, but right from the moment I discovered I was pregnant, the plan was always to do Shared Parental Leave with Mr Makes. However hard it would be, I consoled myself with the fact that by returning to work, I was giving H the opportunity to have some bonding time with her Daddy.
I get so many messages on social media about how well I’m balancing everything. It means the world to be so supported and know that there are people cheering you on. However, I fear that sometimes I make it all look too straightforward, and that’s not the reality. There are admittedly some perks to going back to work; hot cups of tea, the ability to go to the loo whenever you want, and being referred to by your actual name (and not just ‘H’s Mummy’). But in general, being a working mum requires a lot of juggling! Continue reading “The Juggle is Real: 12 Months as a Working Mum”
The nights are getting lighter, the shops are full of chocolate eggs, and I’m in definite need of a long weekend; it must be Easter! Although it’s not H’s first Easter, this year she’ll actually be able to have a little bit of chocolate.
I wanted to make something to make her first Easter egg even more special, and this treat bag is the perfect size. The DIY is super simple, and could easily be tweaked for a birthday gift bag too! Continue reading “Easter Treat Bag DIY”