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Reflections on 2022, and an Update for 2023

Reflections on 2022, and an Update for 2023

It feels like I've been saying this for the past 5 years, but what a year that was! 2022 felt like a huge rollercoaster, both personally and for Nurture and Cheer. Selling online last year was incredibly tough. Supply chain issues, raising prices, a cost of living crisis, and then a whole load of postal strikes during what is traditionally my busiest period. There were some good points, I launched new items and returned to my first in-person markets in over 2 and a half years, but overall I ended the year feeling pretty flat. I launched my first solo...

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Becoming Nurture and Cheer: What's in a Name?

Becoming Nurture and Cheer: What's in a Name?

In November 2019 I rebranded my business, moving from Em Makes and Bakes to Nurture and Cheer. Seven months on, and I thought it was about time I explained a little more behind my decision to rename!

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Ikea Latt Table Hack: Geometric Makeover

Ikea Latt Table Hack: Geometric Makeover

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! Along with the...

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Ditching the Disposables: An Honest Guide to Cloth Nappies

Ditching the Disposables: An Honest Guide to Cloth Nappies

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...

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The Juggle is Real: 12 Months as a Working Mum

The Juggle is Real: 12 Months as a Working Mum

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...

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