A Land for All Seasons – January

The beginning of the year has a stripped back, stark beauty to it, along with a sense of renewal and sometimes loss, the razzmatazz of Christmas having been and gone. But as you snuggle down in your warm bed, have a care for sheep farmers, most of whom will be hauling themselves out during the night to lamb around now.

January is one of the two wettest and coldest months – ‘as the day lengthens, so the cold strengthens’. Luckily, the age old arsenal of marmalade making, steamed puddings and sumptuous stews comes to our aid. Enjoy a piping hot bowl of mussels, coaxed open with simmering cider and leeks, all squeaky and in season now.

#ChristmasTogether

Like Bing Crosby, most people dream of a white Christmas. Given that snow is actually a relatively rare occurrence, what is it that make us think of the white stuff on Christmas day? Just because Christmas is mid winter, does not mean we are guaranteed snow at Christmas.

Charles Dickens is mainly to blame for this association, when he published his very popular work, “A Christmas Carol”. Mr Dickens was thinking back to his childhood when snow happened on a number of occasions at Christmas, because of a mini ice age, which ended around 1850. Like us he wanted to return to that time, and so he created a master piece. With the invention of Christmas Cards around the same era, playing on the same theme, ever since then we have become obsessed with snow at Christmas.

These days Christmas is also about braving the supermarket rush, to buy the last festive selection of wine, or those nibbles for those cold evenings. Have you ever looked around, and watched those people rushing from aisle to aisle. It’s as though Christmas is a new invention, its rather amusing.

People should really be thinking about their neighbors. As a family, we do the same as everyone else each year. But we will be dropping some food off at the local food bank. This year though, we will also be keeping an eye on our neighbors, and saying hi. It will be a small gesture, but hopefully it helps. I saw the #ChristmasTogether hashtag in a paper, and hopefully its a away of using social media to make people more aware.

HAPPY WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK!

Hi,

Thanks for visiting our blog again! I’m starting to get into the swing of this now! I wanted to put a post up to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week which runs 1 – 7th August this year. Breastfeeding is such a hot topic at the moment and quite a controversial one at that – but I’m not going to go there!

Two weeks ago I celebrated 18 months of breastfeeding my youngest Daughter. I never believed we would still be feeding this long. I had hoped to make it to 6 months, to start weaning her off the breast and onto food and formula, but having overcome so many difficulties and having now found it to be so easy to breastfeed, I’d have been mad not to continue!

Our journey started with a bump – we fed very well in Hospital after birth, but once we came home my milk came in and I became engorged. I really struggled to latch my Daughter. I started to express to relieve the pain and to cup feed my Daughter with milk but more milk came and made it worse. I called the local Breastfeeding Peer Supporter in Sheffield, and she came round and helped me to relieve the engorgement and get my Daughter latched. I’d made so much milk however even a hungry 10lb newborn couldn’t clear the backlog so it was no surprise that at 10 days post partum I had my first round of mastitis.

The first few months were a bit of a blur. I recall only being able to go out wearing a fleece because I leaked so badly that I was always wet despite how many pads I wore! I fed on demand, pumped out the excess and later donated it to a few local Mothers who had requested donor breastmilk.

We endured a further round of mastitis shortly after Annabel was discharged from Hospital having suffered a nasty bout of infected chickenpox when she was 6 months old. She had fed constantly as she was so ill, my body reacted accordingly and once she became better again she didn’t want all the excess milk.

The hardest period of breastfeeding we have experienced was in April this year when I was taken ill with meningitis. Not knowing when I’d be able to feed her again. Knowing that she’d miss the comfort, warmth and closeness that our breastfeeding journey brings us. Having to pump and dump as I was taking so much morphine to relieve the pain. I still remember her little face light up when I returned home from Hospital 5 days later. She latched immediately and had a lovely long feed.

We’ve had quite a few challenges thrown in our way but I’m so proud of myself for having overcome them all. I’m so grateful to my body for nurturing this wonderful little human being for so long. I trusted my body and it hasn’t let me down.

I’m proud and I’m celebrating this week for myself and all Mothers on their breastfeeding journeys of varying durations. We all rock!!

A LOVE FOR BEAUTIFUL VIBRANT CHILDRENSWEAR

Do you see these two little beauties here – they are our world. Without them Nature’s Kids wouldn’t exist. Like most parents say, our children are our inspiration and this really does ring true in our case as individuals and as business owners.

What I really do love about this photograph is how the children’s personalities are really shining through here. They’re playing outdoors with icecream on their faces, laughing and smiling on a Sunday morning up at a local farm.

You might have noticed their beautiful bright matching t-shirts. I really love to twin our girls and its rare to be able to do it as high street shops segregate clothing styles by age and make it difficult. I bought the t-shirts from an independent retailer who stocks Tootsa McGinty. You should have a look – there’s some lovely unisex matching possibilities there and I’ve found that the clothes wash really well. I’ll let you into a little secret too – these were the t-shirts I was looking to purchase the night that Nature’s Kids was born. They’ll always be special to me. I hunted them down due to my youngest Daughter’s love for eating Nice biscuits at playgroup! She’s just like her Father!

Have a lovely Wednesday – roll on the weekend!

OUR FAMILY TRIP TO THE LOCAL DAIRY

If we shop local, and eat local, all of it makes our community thrive. More of us should be shopping local, but the supermarkets have become ingrained in our daily lives.

As well as promoting the benefits of organic children’s clothing, we at Nature’s Kids believe that finding local producers of great tasting food helps our kids learn where food comes from, and they quite enjoy tasting it all.

Several studies have also shown that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

This weekend we ventured out to the east of Sheffield, to a local company which is making a big statement. “Our Cow Molly” launched in 2007. The brand is based on one of their own cows, called Molly. Since they have delivered Milk to the local community, continued to produce some great flavoured ice cream, and become a big success story in Sheffield. Every year they put on some great events, and the kids love it. The ice cream was lovely, and we even saw 2 week old calf’s. We came back with milk, eggs and salted butter, which we will put to good use.

You can find out more about them at their website www.ourcowmolly.co.uk

We hope to showcase more of what Sheffield has to offer, including the local farmers markets. We would love to hear from you about the local places to visit in Sheffield.

NATURE’S KIDS BIRTH STORY

Here we are!

Hi!

I’m Caprice, Managing Director and co-founder of Nature’s Kids LTD! I just wanted to introduce myself and let you get to know me a little better.

I’m 30 years young and live in Sheffield, Yorkshire, up in the north of England for our international readers. I’m Wife to Justin and Mother to Harriet who is 4 and Annabel who is 18 months old. That’s me and Annabel on the photograph. Justin will be along at some point to introduce himself properly too 🙂

Nature’s Kids was primarily my idea back in February 2017 after I returned to my paid employment at the local University, following maternity leave. I remember it like it was yesterday, I was shopping for a few clothes for my girls on an independent retailers website, when it struck me – an idea that I could do this. I could start my own business selling beautiful organic and ethically produced children’s clothing.

I’d spent the whole of my maternity leave thinking about undertaking postgraduate studies. I needed a challenge, I needed something to get my brain fired up again. I wanted to learn and to create a better life for my family. This is it, I knew I’d hit on an idea that could meet all these needs.

I dashed into the bedroom and announced to my startled Husband that I wanted to start my own business, and needed his help. He’s a qualified web designer and I think in some ways he wasn’t expecting to be using his expertise in a full time role; he had an itch to scratch. The idea was completely out of the blue. I’ve never expressed any desire to start my own business, I’ve always thought that I’d need a brand spanking new idea or invention or that my efforts would be lost in an ocean of established traders who are doing what I seek to do.

With the idea now planted firmly in my Husband’s head I couldn’t back out now, I couldn’t not try. I couldn’t let the creeping doubts that I’d fail and let my family down consume me this time. We started on an action plan, we made lists, we talked things through. It consumed us and gave us another dimension to our relationship and to our dynamic. Just a month later our website was live and we were taking orders. I still do a little happy dance with every order that comes through.

The most exciting part is where we could take our business. Where it could take us. Keep supporting us and you’ll see what we can achieve.

 

GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed through collaboration by leading standard setters with the aim of defining requirements that are recognised world-wide and that ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.

Since its introduction in 2006 the Global Organic Textile Standard has already demonstrated its practical feasibility. Supported by the growth in consumption of organic fibres and by the remarkable demand for unified processing criteria from the industry and retail sector, it has gained universal recognition, enabling processors and manufacturers to supply their organic textiles with one certification accepted in all major markets. With the introduction of the logo and labelling system the GOTS is already visible not only on the shelves of natural textile shops but large-scale retailers and brand dealers as well. This is a milestone in consumer recognition and a strong acknowledgement of our reliable quality assurance concept.

www.global-standard.org

WHY CHILDREN’S ORGANIC CLOTHING IS IMPORTANT!

Nature's KidsLike many mums, I often got side tracked in the supermarkets by cute dresses, and gorgeous rompers. I would wander round the food aisles choosing our standard brands, a few supermarket own brands (which we are looking at more and more) along with some organic and fair trade products. I do like to think I’m doing my best.

In the news, and on TV, we always hear about how fertilisers and chemicals can be harmful, and more importantly how they have been harmful by getting into the ground, the water supply and the food chain. I kind of understand how they can affect human health, and wildlife. So, why don’t I buy organic clothing more often?

We have started to grow our own food, such as herbs, fruit and a few vegetables, with all being organic. This is so we know where some of our food comes from, and our kids learn more about food in general.

Clothes shopping has always been a struggle. With their dad at work (and myself working part time), and trying to control two kids. It’s always such a rush, filled with looking and touching things, in coffee shops as they are hungry again, picking up leaves and stones, and not actually getting to half the shops I planned to get too (I like to write a list).

We can’t afford to always buy organic clothes, but everything I’ve ever bought which has been organic has lasted years, washed well and been lovely and soft. In my experience organic has always been a really good buy, a good investment really.

Natures Kids was our way of doing something good for our kids, and also to make a difference to other people in our situation. We try to be accommodating as possible as we understand, that not everyone is in the same situation. If I can be helping a mum via messages, while breast feeding, that’s what we do.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW BLOG

Nature's KidsWe hope to create an engaging and fun Blog, which showcases what we believe, and what is happening in the world of children’s organic fashion.

In the mean time. have a look around our online shop at all the vibrant and fun children’s wear brands we have in stock. We believe in stocking brands which are organic aware, as we feel the clothing is better for kids. Get in touch if you want more information, or cant see what you are looking for. We will do all we can to help. www.natureskids.co.uk