Mending & Maintaining

One easy way to help the planet is to make sure things that already exist get as much use and care as possible so we can reduce the amount of raw materials we need to make new things. We may as well get used to mending and making do now as it’s going to be the only option as resources … Read More


So, we’ve already mentioned that during cold and flu season  you need to take good care of yourself, one way is to make sure you have a supply of tissues to keep you going. Last year we attempted to become a paper free family… it’s been mostly successful but the tissue thing becomes more obvious at this time of year … Read More

Get Ready for Spring

One of my favourite Winter tasks is to prepare the way for a cheerful Spring by planting bulbs (page 29 of our Eco Autumn book!). These make lovely gifts too and don’t have to cost a lot of money, I bought a mix of 50 daffodils today for £5.00, it was for Eco Club at school and the kids are … Read More

Conker Crazy!

This week Lisa and I are both taking a leaf out of the Eco Friendly Autumn book, but as a special treat we are sharing it right here too! It’s the same post from us both today – how to use conkers from the woods to make laundry soap – YES REALLY!! We’d love to know how to you get … Read More

Traditional Cold Cures…

Well it’s that time of year when it’s quite likely someone at work, school etc will get a cold and it will do the rounds. Stocking up on ways to take care of  yourself when you feel poorly is a good idea at any time, and especially in Winter. We have some more posts coming about vitamins and hankies, so … Read More

Preserve the Summer

One excellent way to preserve elements of the Summer to enjoy on a grey day is to make jam or chutney and in the modern era it’s a much work as you may think. You can even make jam in the microwave in small batches, or if you have a bread maker most of them have a jam setting.  Our … Read More

Swap It!

Today we are all about embracing change, which frankly isn’t an easy thing. I rather like living in a country that has changing seasons, there is a beautiful cycle of preparation and change as each temperature and tree slowly moves along… or maybe I’m just in a philosophical mood? In our Eco-Friendly Autumn Book we have a whole section dedicated … Read More

Read That Thing

Over on today the focus is on how to declutter all those books and magazines you may have been collecting for that ‘interesting’ piece you want to keep, or in case you get the chance to read that story again. I came to a decision a few years ago that there are so many amazing new books in the … Read More

Find That Draft!

Welcome to our Countdown to Cosy month in collaboration with –  you can link up with their posts here too, as we have different views and experiences we’ll have different takes on the ideas we are sharing.  The aim of this month of ideas and inspiration is to get us ready for a healthy, frugal, sustainable and mindful Winter. … Read More

Endings and Beginnings

Our website has always been about our family and the changes and choices we’ve been making to help keep us on budget and to live sustainably. It’s been a real adventure and we were floating along with all the usual ups and downs of family life, we had the most amazing holiday this Summer and when we got home our … Read More