Author: A ReUsable Life

Camping with Kids: Why we love Wowo

Rob and I discovered our love for camping not long after we met. It was a natural progression to  take the boys and it has now become part of family life. We love campsites that offer freedom and adventure. We first came across Wapsbourne Manor Farm or Wowo (as it is affectionally known) about six years  years ago before we were married. It is a very family orientated site it but certainly isn’t exclusive to families and we felt very comfortable. In fact, I think everyone feels welcome at Wowo. They have created a culture or micro community that feels like home the moment you arrive. It is a place for proper old school fun with an emphasis on allowing your kids to be ‘free range’ in their 150 acres of natural playground. So if mud pies, rope swings, camp fires and den building send you into a panic, it’s probably not going to be your thing. Camping is split into five fields which all have a slightly different feel and aspect. Best thing to do is …

In Focus: Baba + Boo

The Brand Baba + Boo are are the creation of ‘accidental business woman’ Eve who started out in 2009 on a mission to make the planet a fluffier place. She is an absolute delight to deal with. You will know if you have spoken to her for any reason, that she really cares about the planet, her customers and your babies. Eve made the decision not to go back to work after having her two babies, so with her passion for cloth nappies and living a greener life this company was born. Personally, I am totally inspired by women like Eve. There is many a day when I think of alternative careers that would fit in better with family life but I’m not sure i’d ever have the guts to do it! So high five to you lovely mama. Features Pocket nappy (outer shell that requires inserts) One size (from 10lb to potty) Popper closure Bamboo + cotton inserts Microfleece lining next to babies skin which wicks away moisture direct to inserts Inserts made with …

Easter Craft: Okonorm Egg Dye & Watercolours

When I was planning this activity with Arthur, he kept asking me “are the eggs dead Mummy”. We had long discussions around how the egg wasn’t alive etc etc. He kept asking, and asking…and asking. Then I suddenly realised, I had told him we were going to ‘dye’ the eggs and therefore assumed that they would then be ‘dead’! Anyway, if you are looking for nice quick and easy craft that children of almost any age (under supervision) can enjoy, then this may be it. I discovered Okonorm when I bought some of their modelling clay from Babi Pur for a stocking filler for Arthur for Christmas. If you hate play dough as much as me, then you will love this. I hate that play dough gets everywhere, tiny little bits all over the carpet and it just drys out rendering it completely useless. Okonorm make an eco clay made with waxes, paraffin, purified natural chalk and eco dyes. Although the colours are bound to get mixed together, you can still use it time and time again. All …

Mother’s Day Eco Craft: Daffodil Bunting

If your child is anything like Arthur, their attention span for crafting will be similar to that of a small fish. I used to find this incredibly frustrating, but now I try to find activities that either hold his interest, or are broken down in bite sized messy chunks. If I try to provide too much (well actually, any) structure the whole thing quickly dissolves lots of stropping (mostly me) and then quickly, boom, it’s all over. I try to allow him as much freedom to explore the activity and make it his own as possible, but I will admit, this doesn’t always come naturally to me. Count to ten…repeat. I hear you say ‘why bother’? Selfishly, because I love craft and I want to share that with him and if it’s on his ‘terms’ we all get along fine. Craft is also a perfect opportunity to use up old bits and bobs, like the card and egg boxes in this project. This is the perfect craft activity for a boy (or girl) like Arthur. You can …

New Name: Same Old Me!

First of all, I’m a scatty, indecisive person so this was bound to happen at some point! Since starting my Instagram and little blog I had a niggling feeling that the name wasn’t right for me. Initially I was using the tag line ‘A Reusable Life’, but as time went on I really felt that actually this would be a more appropriate name for my blog. Cloth nappies have been, and will continue to be a main interest for me, but over time I’ve been thinking more about the other reusable and sustainable aspects of our lives that have evolved in the last year or so. I really enjoy sharing ideas that I have come across to cut down on waste and plastics, not just reusable nappies. I feel really excited that I finally made the decision to do this and I hope you continue to follow along with me on this journey of ‘My ReUsable Life’! Love Heather xx    

Lanco Toys

I discovered Lanco relatively recently and have since acquired quite a few of their lovely things, so thought I’d share with you a bit about them. I am always interested to know something about how toys (or any other products) are produced before they reach our home to be loved. Lanco are a family run business from Barcelona, making latex toys since 1951. They make eco-friendly toys from 100% natural rubber produced from sustainable common rubber trees (Hevea Brasiliensis) which is both natural and biodegradable. They ‘tap’ the sap from slits in the bark and collect it in cups – how cool is that?! Amazingly this process is carried out by hand, in fact the entire production process is by hand, from making moulds to decoration. Once moulded the latex is hand-painted with non-toxic lead free paint safe for our little ones to chew and mouth. Free from PVC, BPA, Nitrosamines, and Phthalates. I think my favourite ‘fact’ about the company is that 83% of their employees have been working with them for more than 20 …

Playtime From Tots Bots Is Here!

I am super excited about the release of the Playtime Prints from Tots Bots! Today I’m sharing with you three of the new prints; Kaleidoscope, Parumpapum and Rattle & Roll in Easyfit Star. If you follow my Instagram page you will know only too well my love for cloth nappies and especially all the gorgeous prints. In the last few years nappies have not only improved in functionality dramatically but become a really fashion item. Practical and beautiful, what more could you want for your baby’s bum?! I love all the Tots Bots prints from over the years, but the new Playtime collection brings something totally different. I have to say, they have surpassed themselves and they might be my favourite yet. Their fun and funky themes of play have a really retro feel which is right up my street and gives a real sense of nostalgia. They really are prints that you have to see in real life because they are just so gorgeous. Want to know more about what I think of the Easy …

Having a baby is the most natural thing in the world: or is it?

I always knew I wanted to share my birth story, I guess in an almost cathartic kind of way, but just kept putting it off. Then I saw the new Bumgenius print ‘Strong‘, and in a strange way it was like a little nudge telling me to just get on with it! This nappy print is the first in the new ‘Gift’ series, designed to inspire strength, beauty, and hope. They are designed to support Postpartum Progress, an organisation that is dedicated to supporting women who are battling postpartum depression. So this is my birth story, my experience. Before my first son was born we did every class under the sun: NCT, hypnobirthing, active birthing. You name it, we did it! We practiced the techniques religiously and both felt prepared to welcome our baby into the world. I had a 93 hour labour, ending up with an epidural and vontousse delivery. I had no regrets, although was disappointed that I was not able to have the home birth we had so hoped for. Our baby was here …

In Focus: Tickle Tots 2’s

The Brand Tickle Tots nappies are the inspired creation of the lovely Sophia from Little Fox Designs. She is a mother of two in cloth, committed to producing quality products that are environmentally sustainable whilst ensuring sound ethical standards. They believe in the principles of reducing carbon footprints, so you notice their packaging is simple yet stylish and recycled too. They are committed to sustainability and for every 1000 nappies sold a native UK tree is planted. These principles fit nicely with our mission to becoming a more environmentally friendly household. Features Two part system Breathable PUL outer layer Pop in boosters Up to seven layers of bamboo fleece (when boosted) Rise adjusted by poppers Hook and loop closure Double gusset *Image taken from Tickle Tots The Nappy I’m a big fan of the Tickle Tots Original (an all in one) and have been using them for some time. I was really keen to try out the new Tickle Tot 2 when it was released as I quickly started hearing how great they were for absorbency, fit and also …

Tots Bots EasyFit Star: Elements 2016

The Tots Bots Easyfit Star nappy is the latest 2016 version of the incredibly popular easyfit nappy. Previously, we’ve seen V1-4 with various changes and adaptations along the way. I’m going to talk a bit about the features and benefits and also introduce you (if you missed them) to the awesome new prints; Soar, Bumbrella and Dazzle. If you follow my Instagram I make no secret of my love for Tots Bots. They are based in Scotland and their nappies are produced ethically within the UK. They are well known for their beautiful prints and I have collected quite a few (okay, nearly all of them) along the way. However, the first time I got the new ‘Star’ nappy I was in fluffy love. This version is so very different to all the others in design, feel, comfort and efficacy. Not surprisingly, its an award winner, and recently won ‘Gold’ in the Mother & Baby Awards in the ‘best reusable nappy’ category (again). So what’s so good about it?  It’s simple for starters. A nice easy all in one, perfect …