All posts filed under: Eco Family

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 …

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 …

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 …

Indie Project Store: Mindful Consumerism

Have you heard about the Indie Project Store? When I linked up with Shilpi on Instagram we hit it off immediately. The Indie Project aims to ‘bring unusual choices of products to thoughtful consumers’. So, what does that mean? Basically it’s a small idea with a massive conscience. They work with small businesses, independent artisans, work to reduce plastic consumption, promote fair trade and sustainability whilst creating a greener footprint. They give opportunity where perhaps otherwise it may not be possible. They believe that by being more mindful about how we ‘consume’ can impact on our surroundings, community and ecosystem which is something I have been giving a lot of thought to lately. If you connect with Shilpi and The Indie Project via Facebook or Instagram you will immediately recognise what a huge contribution she makes. Her posts are incredibly positive and inspiring. So when you engage with this project, you not only make steps toward the ‘mindful consumerism’ they refer to, but it will make your day feel a bit more positive. I love seeing her posts and …