All posts tagged: sustainable

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 …

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 …

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 …

Ten Reasons Why I Use Cloth Nappies

There are heaps of reasons why people choose reusable nappies, but I’m going to tell you a little bit about my own personal reasons. If you asked me four years ago why I chose cloth, my answers would be very different to now. I initially got interested purely for the two top reasons; saving money and saving the planet, but four years is a long time, especially for the fickle minded like me! First time around with Arthur (who is long out of nappies!) me and my hubby were at the baby show and we stumbled across the Tots Bots stand, who were offering great prices on bundles of factory seconds. I hadn’t even considered cloth before that day. We didn’t know anyone that used cloth so it was completely new to us. We immediately fell in love with the idea and the gorgeous prints from Tots Bots had us sold. A combination of being new parents, lack of support and poor wash routine (who knew about the cardinal sin of fabric conditioner?) was a combination …