I am Miri, joyfully Jewish Mama to Memi, Boo and Caillou, and wife to Anthony.
We live a happy life full of fun and love on the south coast of England.
We homeschool, so our days are so full of laughter , play and a lot of mess.
We love to craft, sew & knit & we spend most weekends snuggled up together reading books.
Our home life is mostly Waldorf inspired and we try to live as fully as possible, enjoying every season, celebrating each day. We love being outdoors and finding ways to be creative every day!
I started this blog back in 2008 , it was just a little place to share our adventure with our family, but it has since grown into this space through which we have met many new friends, discovered a lot and been able to share our story.
Emily , known as Memi to most, is a seven year old, book-loving tomboy with a passion for pink. Memi loves to climb trees, do crafts, read stories or play with her dolls. Her hobbies include swimming, drawing, Kung-fu, baking, cooking and eating pumpkin pie. When she is a grown-up she wants to be a chef.
Georgie, or Boo, is five years old. He is a gentle little soul and likes cars, trains, crayons and playing outside. His favourite things to do include bowling, playing with his toy cars or cooking a delicious meal with playfood.
Georgie is currently non-verbal, but that certainly does not mean he is quiet! Georgie wants to grow up to be a race-car driver.
Arthur prefers to be called Caillou. He is a sweet, squishy and adorable three year old who loves dogs, robots, space and dolls. Caillou loves to go to the shop with Daddy, cook up a pretend meal to serve to his dolls or build enormous and fierce robots out of Duplo! When he grows up he is going to be an astronaut.
I would absolutely love to hear from you and I will do my best to reply to your comments & emails, though it does sometimes take a little bit of time for me to get in touch.
Your words and advice inspire me and very often really lift me up after one of those days;
I am so grateful for all of you.
Please understand that sometimes I simply can not find the time to reply to every email immediately, so here are some of the “frequently asked questions” that find their way to my inbox these days.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is homeschooling / unschooling?
We chose to homeschool our children, this means that we do not and will not ever send them to school, instead we teach them at home.
From taking a bird-watching book to the garden to searching for fossils at the beach; the way we learn is fun and effective.
Is it legal?
Yes, home education is legal in the United Kingdom.
You do a lot of crafts with your children, what is a good way to get started?
The best way to do this is to just ..well.. do it!
There are some very basic craft supplies from which you can make lots of different things, I suggest to get some glue, glitter,goggly eyes and crayons. You really can’t go wrong with crafts, the crafting itself is usually far more meaningful than the finished product.
We have a craft basket around here where we collect things we might like to use for crafting. There are no limits to what you can collect. Start collecting glass jars with lids, bottle caps, cardboard tubes and used wrapping paper. All those thing can be really useful.
A good place for ideas are our Kids Crafts Category.
One last little word of advice, it really doesn’t matter what the finished project looks like, enjoy the journey, get messy, get sticky, spread glue and glitter around, just make sure you and your little ones have fun!
I want to learn to sew / knit!
While I am always happy to hear from you, it would be quite difficult to teach you to knit / sew via email.
When it comes to sewing, the best thing to do is just trial and error, you will learn a lot that way. There are some great beginner sewing books out there, and I suggest you start out with a little bit of hand-sewing so that you understand the very basics.
There are literally millions of knitting tutorials out there, I like How To Knit and of course the fantastic community over at Ravelry , where you can not only find support and help but also thousands of free patterns! Yay!
I hope this answered some of your questions, but, as always, feel free to contact me, I love hearing from you!