• mahabis stories // mothers, on downtime

 

In light of Mother's Day, we spoke to some of our favourite mums about their downtime. 

Not just a luxury, downtime should be a necessity. But amidst the chaos of work and family life, finding an oasis of calm can be rare. Whether it's the small rituals of relaxing with a cup of coffee, reading bedtime stories to the kids, or taking time out for a yoga session, downtime is personal, and precious. 

Read on to discover these mums' thoughts on downtime. 

 

 

tiffany grant riley // mahabis // curate and display

Tiffany Grant-Riley 

Interior stylist, minimalist and mother, the lovely Tiffany Grant-Riley from Curate and Display is a proponent for simple design and slow living. From her workspace in Rochester, she writes about Scandinavian style, independent designers, and inspiring spaces. Take a read, it'll make you feel at home. Also an early ambassador of mahabis, you can also check out how Tiffany spend her weekends in her slippers, and take a look at her favourite classic and summer editions. 

 

 

mahabis stories // downtime this mother's day // tiffany grant riley // curate and display

 

"With such a full-on family/work life, learning to embrace slow living is more important than ever to me and it’s something I have to actively make time for. It’s the small things, like taking time to enjoy the ritual of making and enjoying a coffee, or switching off from the online world and taking a walk or spending time preparing a family meal. If I ever get time to myself, a rare treat, then I like to take a walk down to our beautiful old high street in Rochester and see what’s going on, maybe go for pancakes and do a spot of window shopping. Time to clear my head so that I can come home refreshed, be mum, feel inspired to work or whatever else it is I need to tackle.” 

 

 

 

annie kruse // stylejuicer // mahabis

Annie Kruse

Graphic designer by trade, German-born and London-dwelling Annie Kruse blogs at Stylejuicer. She's described her blog as a 'virtual home... a place to escape to when there's chaos'.

Inspired by minimal design, Annie founded the brand Wild Boys & Girls and co-founded the innovative offline community Function + Form, alongside Tiffany. Read about Annie's quest for the perfect slipper here

 

mahabis stories // downtime this mother's day // annie kruse

 

"As a mum of 2 small boys (3 and 5ys) my life is pretty loud and chaotic so I cherish the quiet downtimes I get when they are at school and nursery or asleep. ;-) The most precious gift for me is time to myself with no deadlines looming, laundry or grocery shopping to be done. Time to reflect, time to just be, look out of the window or leaf through a magazine whilst enjoying a nice cuppa. My weekly yoga class is my most enjoyable activity as it gives my body a good stretch and workout as well as a soothing meditation at the end of the class which calms my busy mind and makes me focus on what's really important in life."

 

 

 

ali dover // mahabis //

Ali Dover

Photographer and designer, Ali Dover grew up with a love of styling. After the birth of her second son, she wandered upon the subject of baby slings and babywearing. When her third child was born she combined her love of photography, styling and family, creating her own collection of beautifully designed woven wraps. Check out her collections here.

Also a supporter of downtime and slow living, watch this space for her ambassador interview on the journal -- coming soon. 

 

mahabis // ali dover // instagram

 

"Downtime to me means relaxing and recharging. I love to lay on the bed cuddling my children, each of us quietly reading our books. It’s deliciously peaceful and nurturing to our souls. I try to do this at the end of every day.” 

 

 

 

mahabis // laura pashby

Laura Pashby

Writer, editor, photographer, and mother of three, Laura Pashby blogs at Circle of Pine Trees. Described as a blog for those who notice 'the beauty in life's little moments', Laura seeks out and captures narratives about time, the passing and the changing of the seasons. Head on over to her blog for a relaxing read and stunning photography. 

 

mahabis // laura pashby // circle of pine trees
 

"Downtime is a rare commodity in my world. I have three young sons, and I fit my freelance career around them, largely squeezing work into nap times and evenings. Downtime is far less frequent than I'd like it to be, but when I have a spare hour or so to myself, I always truly appreciate it. If I can, I like to get out into the world without the children- a quiet coffee in a cafe, or a wander around some little shops or a market leaves me refreshed and calm. As a family, our collective downtime is always spent out on a ramble- through the woods, along the river or over the common. The space, the light, the air: wild time is good for all of us, and it gives us the chance to explore, but also to relax and to talk. Finally, on a quiet evening when I'm at home, downtime is cosying up under a blanket on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, a book or my knitting, and ideally my husband too!"

 

 

 

mahabis // emma harris

Emma Harris

Full time Mum, Emma Harris, lives in Brighton and writes A Quiet Style, a blog exploring everything from interiors and fashion to flowers, family and photography. Having amassed a significant following on Instagram, Emma now runs a series of Styling workshops teaching the rules of composition for visual media. You can also check out more of her tips on the blog

 

mahabis // emma harris // a quiet style

 

"Real downtime to me, is having the opportunity to switch off completely.  In an ideal world, I would spend ten minutes each day outside, just sitting, eyes shut, being mindful. Listening to the birdsong and the noises around, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face, quiet, and calm."

 

 

Mother's day or not, she deserves a treat. Give the gift of downtime, and use the code FEETUPMUM for 10% off our full mahabis range. Click here to buy, or to simply give this article a share, click on this ready-to-go tweet



photos: all images are from their respective blogs and instagram accounts, click on the images to follow on instagram. 

 

mahabis stories // mothers, on downtime

 

In light of Mother's Day, we spoke to some of our favourite mums about their downtime. 

Not just a luxury, downtime should be a necessity. But amidst the chaos of work and family life, finding an oasis of calm can be rare. Whether it's the small rituals of relaxing with a cup of coffee, reading bedtime stories to the kids, or taking time out for a yoga session, downtime is personal, and precious. 

Read on to discover these mums' thoughts on downtime. 

 

 

tiffany grant riley // mahabis // curate and display

Tiffany Grant-Riley 

Interior stylist, minimalist and mother, the lovely Tiffany Grant-Riley from Curate and Display is a proponent for simple design and slow living. From her workspace in Rochester, she writes about Scandinavian style, independent designers, and inspiring spaces. Take a read, it'll make you feel at home. Also an early ambassador of mahabis, you can also check out how Tiffany spend her weekends in her slippers, and take a look at her favourite classic and summer editions. 

 

 

mahabis stories // downtime this mother's day // tiffany grant riley // curate and display

 

"With such a full-on family/work life, learning to embrace slow living is more important than ever to me and it’s something I have to actively make time for. It’s the small things, like taking time to enjoy the ritual of making and enjoying a coffee, or switching off from the online world and taking a walk or spending time preparing a family meal. If I ever get time to myself, a rare treat, then I like to take a walk down to our beautiful old high street in Rochester and see what’s going on, maybe go for pancakes and do a spot of window shopping. Time to clear my head so that I can come home refreshed, be mum, feel inspired to work or whatever else it is I need to tackle.” 

 

 

 

annie kruse // stylejuicer // mahabis

Annie Kruse

Graphic designer by trade, German-born and London-dwelling Annie Kruse blogs at Stylejuicer. She's described her blog as a 'virtual home... a place to escape to when there's chaos'.

Inspired by minimal design, Annie founded the brand Wild Boys & Girls and co-founded the innovative offline community Function + Form, alongside Tiffany. Read about Annie's quest for the perfect slipper here

 

mahabis stories // downtime this mother's day // annie kruse

 

"As a mum of 2 small boys (3 and 5ys) my life is pretty loud and chaotic so I cherish the quiet downtimes I get when they are at school and nursery or asleep. ;-) The most precious gift for me is time to myself with no deadlines looming, laundry or grocery shopping to be done. Time to reflect, time to just be, look out of the window or leaf through a magazine whilst enjoying a nice cuppa. My weekly yoga class is my most enjoyable activity as it gives my body a good stretch and workout as well as a soothing meditation at the end of the class which calms my busy mind and makes me focus on what's really important in life."

 

 

 

ali dover // mahabis //

Ali Dover

Photographer and designer, Ali Dover grew up with a love of styling. After the birth of her second son, she wandered upon the subject of baby slings and babywearing. When her third child was born she combined her love of photography, styling and family, creating her own collection of beautifully designed woven wraps. Check out her collections here.

Also a supporter of downtime and slow living, watch this space for her ambassador interview on the journal -- coming soon. 

 

mahabis // ali dover // instagram

 

"Downtime to me means relaxing and recharging. I love to lay on the bed cuddling my children, each of us quietly reading our books. It’s deliciously peaceful and nurturing to our souls. I try to do this at the end of every day.” 

 

 

 

mahabis // laura pashby

Laura Pashby

Writer, editor, photographer, and mother of three, Laura Pashby blogs at Circle of Pine Trees. Described as a blog for those who notice 'the beauty in life's little moments', Laura seeks out and captures narratives about time, the passing and the changing of the seasons. Head on over to her blog for a relaxing read and stunning photography. 

 

mahabis // laura pashby // circle of pine trees
 

"Downtime is a rare commodity in my world. I have three young sons, and I fit my freelance career around them, largely squeezing work into nap times and evenings. Downtime is far less frequent than I'd like it to be, but when I have a spare hour or so to myself, I always truly appreciate it. If I can, I like to get out into the world without the children- a quiet coffee in a cafe, or a wander around some little shops or a market leaves me refreshed and calm. As a family, our collective downtime is always spent out on a ramble- through the woods, along the river or over the common. The space, the light, the air: wild time is good for all of us, and it gives us the chance to explore, but also to relax and to talk. Finally, on a quiet evening when I'm at home, downtime is cosying up under a blanket on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, a book or my knitting, and ideally my husband too!"

 

 

 

mahabis // emma harris

Emma Harris

Full time Mum, Emma Harris, lives in Brighton and writes A Quiet Style, a blog exploring everything from interiors and fashion to flowers, family and photography. Having amassed a significant following on Instagram, Emma now runs a series of Styling workshops teaching the rules of composition for visual media. You can also check out more of her tips on the blog

 

mahabis // emma harris // a quiet style

 

"Real downtime to me, is having the opportunity to switch off completely.  In an ideal world, I would spend ten minutes each day outside, just sitting, eyes shut, being mindful. Listening to the birdsong and the noises around, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face, quiet, and calm."

 

 

Mother's day or not, she deserves a treat. Give the gift of downtime, and use the code FEETUPMUM for 10% off our full mahabis range. Click here to buy, or to simply give this article a share, click on this ready-to-go tweet



photos: all images are from their respective blogs and instagram accounts, click on the images to follow on instagram. 

 

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