Author: areusablelife

Be Proud Right Now

I can’t really remember when it all began. All I know is that for as long as I can remember I have felt self conscious in front of the camera and if anyone ever managed to snap a picture of me, I was bound to feel unhappy with the result. It’s kind of the same with receiving compliments, i’ve never been good at that to be honest! I remember at college a friend said I looked nice that day, to which I laughed and scoffed, as if it were some sort of backhanded compliment. He remarked how strange it was that I was unable to accept a well intentioned compliment. Twenty years has gone by, and to be honest, not much has changed. Living in a digital age, surrounded by images of stereotyped ‘perfection’ and ‘beauty’, makes the struggle to accept yourself even more challenging than ever before. All around us, are messages telling us who to be and what to buy. Sometimes it becomes difficult to know who you are, and what you want. …

A More Eco Kids Party

A little while ago, my oldest boy, Arthur turned five. All he wanted was to have a party at our house. In years gone by, I would be searching for appropriately ‘themed’ paraphernalia, all destined for landfill immediately on finishing said event. This year I wanted to do things differently. So i’m going to share with you how we went about making positive changes and some of the (probably irrational) emotions I felt along the way. What were they all going to do? I’m not gonna lie, the notion of 20 pumped up five year olds going crazy in our front room, did slightly fill me with dread. I am many things to many people, but I am definitely no children’s entertainer.  In the lead up to Arthur’s birthday we have been to several amazing parties with entertainment of some kind or another. Each one brilliant for its own individual reason. Each time, me feeling a little pang of angst wondering how I was going to cope with all these small humans going wild in …

Vegan Christmas Treats

Christmas is just around the corner. Supermarkets will be stacked to the rafters with plastic tubs brimming with chocolate at what seems to be a total bargain. Is it too good to be true, or is someone, somewhere paying the price? Firstly, in the name of transparency, I am not a vegan. I became vegetarian at the beginning of this year as a result of my concerns around the impact of intensive farming on the environment. Since making that decision, day by day, week by week I become increasingly aware of the food products I choose to bring into my home. I am not perfect by any stretch, I will never claim to be but I am learning a little bit each day. What’s the alternative? With supermarkets abundant in over packaged chocolate that has questionable ethics, I decided to go on the search for a better option. I decided to bring to you a small selection of the most amazing treats I could find.  I have hand selected each and every product for either …

Christmas Gifts: Bloom & Nora

The Gift of fluff this Christmas If you are anything like me, then the thought of someone giving you some muff fluff for Christmas will fill you with joy! I really don’t need more ‘stuff’ in my life (or my house) so something practical, and most importantly, a reusable is the gift that keeps on giving. Perhaps you have a friend relative who has thought about giving cloth menstrual pads a try, but yet to take the leap. Perfect gift I hear you say?! Make the switch A while back, I had never really heard of reusable menstrual products), until I saw a post about them in the Babipur Hangout. I was already very passionate about cloth nappies and to me it seemed like a natural move to start using cloth for myself. Well, I can honestly say it was one of the best things I’ve changed towards being a greener household. They are comfortable, absorbent and of course super pretty too! It is becoming much more widely recognised, that disposable pads and tampons are …

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 …