How to Stay Frugal Focused at Christmas.

I made this infographic, just to keep myself focused on the long term goals, and to try and fend off the short term stress that is can become such a part of this time of year…

Why We’re Not Giving Our Kids Presents This Year… and why it’s ok.

So firstly, we LOVE Christmas here – this isn’t a Grinchy post. We love gifts and unwrapping and fun and surprises and wish lists. Over the years I have found, made, given and received some totally awesome and amazing things. One year I did a pregnancy test on Christmas morning, and put the positive test in Mr Frugals stocking – … Read More

5 Fast Fixers

I’m trying not to get swept away in the Black Friday thing, although I have checked my list of things I would be buying anyway to see if there is a deal I don’t feel will be available another time. I have a longer post all about how to manage shopping, deals and impulse buying here if you’d like to … Read More

October Impact Report

For October we found a more global carbon offset calculator, it’s actually aimed at businesses so if you want to find out how much carbon to offset after an event this is really clever. It’s often the case that although we may work inside large organisations we can still have an impact, and as companies feel more pressure and (hopefully) … Read More

Review of Edu Prints Plus

We were offered a choice of any four prints for the kids from an upcoming new company Edu Prints Plus, to review and share. We love inspirational quotes, so we jumped at the chance x The prints were easy to chose from a very wide selection, I was keen to look at the inspirational quotes for kids as it was … Read More

Review of Vintage Apple Crates

We have been sent a Vintage Apple Crate and asked for an honest review. Here’s what we thought…  We are always keen to work with and use products that have been recycled, upcycled and saved from landfill. How exciting to come across this company Vintage Apple Crates – who save wooden crates from the orchards and rebrand them with fun … Read More

5 Alternatives to Plastic Straws

In all the talk about reusable products and particularly the plastic straw debate I thought it might be useful to have a round up of what the options are.  In all things, it’s about finding what will work for your situation and how likely to are to use things. Making an investment in a longer lasting product is worthwhile if … Read More

Help a Small Business

You may not realise that you are a powerful force in the world!   This idea of consumer power has come up several times during our Just One Thing interview series (check it out here if you haven’t been watching) and I do think we have forgotten the supply and demand relationship – we are being given what it’s believed … Read More

Did you know we ran a Challenge for Half Term?

If you follow us on Facebook you may know we have three amazing groups full of freebies and loveliness – for Half Term we had a Challenge to help you create a planned and free week of activities, in the hope of reducing stress! We covered: Planning Finding free things to do and keeping that list Boredom Buster Ideas Cooking … Read More

How Not to Shop

I’m re-posting this, as I think it’s still relevant for the pre-Christmas and Black Friday frenzy we are about to be consumed by – take care out there!   With all the Black Friday chaos around today, it made me realise that so many people (including myself on occasion) feel a compulsion to ‘buy’ to find a bargain, to get … Read More