Author: A ReUsable Life

How to Find Your Pause button: Being a Mindful Mum

Sometimes you just need to let yourself ‘be’ Do you sometimes feel that life is just rushing by in this fast paced, hectic world we live, where we are constantly striving to be ‘the good enough’ parent? I know I certainly do. Life is so full of distractions and worry about what the future might hold for any of us, but in particular our children. Mindfulness has been practiced for many years with roots in Buddhist traditions but has become a popular method modern society to help a person be present in their everyday lives. Mindfulness can be hugely beneficial to parents. It supports them to gain control and perspective on anxieties and fears and results in a healthier, happier you. Mindfulness will enable you to control your thoughts and prevent them from going in a direction you do not wish them to, whilst feeling grounded in the moment. It is a well used resource in mental health, cancer care and for healthcare professionals in general. There is a plethora of knowledge and information available …

Cloth Nappy Myths Busted!

Since starting out with cloth I have heard a plethora of wild and bizarre statements so I thought I would quash a few of the right here, right now.  The one true fact about cloth that can be a bit scary is that there is so much choice but really that’s like one of those ‘positive negatives’ that you have ready to wheel out at an interview, like ‘I’m a perfectionist’! I’ve used cloth for two children now and it’s easy, fun and gives you a sense of community with other cloth users, you wouldn’t hear that said about disposables now would you? If you are thinking of starting out with cloth or old hat, some of these may resonate with you. Cloth nappies are difficult to wash I picked this one first because it is a passion of mine to spread the word about easy wash routines. You will so often hear people talking about strip washing, bleaching, special laundry detergent and buckets full of smelly nappies. Nope. It’s really is super easy. In …

In Focus: Milovia

The Brand Milovia are a Polish company that have an ever rapidly growing fan base in the UK over the past three or so years since they started out in 2013. They sell a range of beautiful and functional fluffy goodness. I have been a fan ever since I came across their brand but in the last six months or so have really fallen in love with them. I have a big range of their pocket nappies and these are a firm favourite with both me and my husband (queue shouting “where are the Milovia honey” in the background). This month we’ve been trying out their wrap system and so thought i’d share a bit about how we got on! Features One Size – birth to potty (9-35lbs) The outer fabric is the waterproof,  PUL fabric with a micro fleece section at each end to protect babies skin Simple to use Can be used 2-3 times with only a change of insert if wrap clean Snap closure and rise setting Can use with a variety …

Tots Bots: Something for everyone…

I’m a massive fan of Tots Bots and have been from the word go. I first discovered cloth nappies when I was pregnant with Arthur. Me and hubby were at the national baby show and stumbled across the Tots Bots stand. They were super helpful and we got so excited by the idea that we made the investment there and then in a birth to potty kit made up of factory seconds so it was an absolute bargain! It’s one of the best decisions we made as expectant parents and its now become part of family life. Earlier in the year, Tots Bots released their new ‘playtime prints‘ which have proven to be real popular especially the Kaleidoscope print. So popular in fact they decided to release a wet bag and happy mat in the same print as limited edition! I love this print. Its bold, stylish and funky. We already have the nappy in the Easyfit Star and it’s gorgeous on the bum. If you are new to cloth or Tots Bots and want to …

Babygrow Veg Bag

This month I’ve been joining in with plastic free July and have been talking about reducing our single use plastic waste. Although the ultimate goal is to live ‘plastic free’, the most important thing is to cut down on plastics that have a life span of a few minutes. Coffee cups, straws, carrier bags and water bottles are four of the main offenders. Something used for a moment then chucked in the bin. I think a lot of people are on board with reusable bags these days, it just takes a little planning ahead. So why not go one step further and think of ways around stopping using those little flimsy veg bags you get in the supermarket? Can I hear you all shouting “count me in”?! Of course, glad you can join me. So i’ve got a super easy hack for you to turn unwanted babygrows into pretty little produce bags! If you’ve got some old babygrows / vests, scissors, cotton and can vaguely navigate a sewing machine (or have a willing friend who …

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