&Breathe's Little Black Book

You've been on a retreat, now here's your access to our very best secrets and not-so-secret experts, tips, reading lists, places, resources, videos and gadgets to help you through every stage of baby and toddlerhood, whether travelling or at home.  They've all got one thing in common, they're here to make your life as a parent a little bit easier.  Whether that's self-care for you, a life-changing solution for your bubba or a moment's mindfulness, or a much-needed belly-laugh, we're here to help you come up for air.

These contacts and suggestions are curated from Founder &Breathe's experience as a mother and from the suggestions and experiences of the experts &Breathe works with, as well as from retreaters and other mothers.  Let us know if there's anything you think should be on here!


Reading List (for support and laughs)

Recipes (coming soon)


Travel Tips and Tricks

Parenting Experts and Health

Cool Baby Brands

Cool Mama & Papa Brands


reading list

Not as boring as it sounds.  These books, blogs and sites are great for support and a good few laughs.  When you're up, when you're down, these gals and boys have been there.

Mother PUkka

Anna Whitehouse was one of the first to talk normally about parenting and parent life. She tells is like it is and campaigns for flexible working right for mums and dads. 


Hurrah for Gin

Because sometimes you need a glass of wine to get through it. Good for laughs.



How not to hate your husband after kids

by Jancee Dunn.  Sage advice - you're not alone!

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Selfish Mother & Father Inc

Inconvenient truths and unparalleled support.  Mamas and papas just like you tell it like it is, straight from the from the coal face.  Word.

Selfish Mother / Father Inc


The Pool

No time to peruse the Sunday papers like you used to?  The Pool is all about bite-sized great journalism, relevant and thought-provoking, supportive and good for a laugh.  You can even search for features based on the time you have available, which is a definite win.

The Pool


Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification is the world’s first Slow Journalism magazine. It’s a beautiful printed quarterly publication which revisits the events of the previous three months to see what happened after the dust settled and the news agenda moved on. It is proud to be ‘Last to Breaking News’.  So you can finally catch up on what's happened!



Otis & Thea Lemon

Disillusioned with the lack of diversity in children’s books, Mark Lemon (with two mixed-race children of his own) decided to create a series of exciting story books with non-white characters. With thrilling tales and beautiful adventures, the Otis & Thea Lemon series is fast becoming a firm favourite in family households.

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Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world. Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live in.

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'White Chocolate' Ice Cream

  • 750g mascarpone
  • 1 tin (c 454g) condensed milk
  • 2tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  1. decant all the mascarpone into a large bowl, gradually add the condensed milk folding in bit by bit as you go.  You should end up with a smooth mixture at the end;
  2. freeze in tupperware for 5hours or overnight;
  3. remove from freezer 2-3hours before serving to soften.


Oat and Almond Loaf Cake

Perfect for making on a sunday and keeping in the fridge for those mid-afternoon sugar lows.  Or a pretty good pudding to round off supper!

Recipe here!

Spinach and Chick Pea Curry

One of our perennial favourites - our guests on our retreats absolutely love it, it's great for you and so easy to throw together too.

Recipe here!


Chicken and Preserved Lemon Tagine

I use this amazing Hairy Bikers recipe with slight variations.  So much flavour but not too heavy. Serve with brown rice and a green salad.  The best thing is you can make in advance and serve throughout the week, the flavours will just get better!

Recipe here.


Cavolo Nero Ceviche

No cooking required, just mash for a few minutes with your hands, and who can get that wrong?  If you've got a toddler who likes to cook, it's a great one to get them involved in too.

Recipe here.


Everyone loves a bit of music - it makes the burpees go down better.  Here's the wonderful Caroline (our Head PT)'s music on spotify.

Or rock out to our &Breathe Soundcloud sets here!  Choose from ANTHEMS, CARDIO, WARMUP or WARMDOWN.  

Mindfulness - be your best you

Our Resident Happiness Coach, Olivia Horne is an absolute star and is perfect for bringing the calm out in you; especially when it feels harder than it should be.  Below is a series of videos that she has created for &Breathe to help guide you to calm through the chaos, whether your're a newbie to meditation or a zen master.  They're packed with guided meditation, encouraging snippets and short exercises to help you find quiet moments during the day and be your best you.


Work it

A large proportion of you lovely retreaters have visited us during mat leave.  Some of you are excited about going back to work, others less so.  Whether you're planning on going back to your office job, negotiating a flexible option, or jacking it all in for a new direction, it can be nerve-wracking considering the next stage.  The Step Up Club has shared with us a little bit of insight into the whole 'working it' question.  

Download their Whistle Stop Guide to Maternity Leave here.
Find out more about the Step Up Club here.