Keep in touch

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the value of human connection in life generally, it’s also something I know to be an important part of our basic needs from my professional background, having contact with other people is essential to a healthy life and in the Winter that sometimes gets more difficult if the weather means we go out … Read More

The Healing Power of Tea…

Its sounds so flippant doesn’t it, that tea will help any situation. I’ve asked around and it does seem a uniquely British response to a crisis, and that has flowed across the Commonwealth but not beyond that. Other countries might offer a hug or meet a practical need like adding a blanket or offering a tissue, from a drinks perspective … Read More

Waitrose Unpacked

I was so excited to hear that Waitrose were going to trial having a supermarket with unpackaged goods, encourgaging shoppers to bring their own containers for meat, fish, fruit, veg, salad, cereal, nuts, frozen items, wine and beer! I was even more excited when our good friends at Less-Stuff and I were asked to run some upcycling, recycling and zero … Read More

Schools Update!

Some of you will know that I believe very strongly that we need to educate and inspire CHILDREN to take better care of the planet and all it’s  inhabitants than previous generations have. Last year I wrote a school assembly called ’20 Ways for Kids to Save the World’.   I’m so delighted to say that it’s now available on … 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

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

Simplifying Meal Planning

As part of our Simplify September theme I’m going to run a series of Quick Tips on some of the ways we are moving towards a more frugal and low waste life… I’m going to start with one of my favourite subjects – Food! We have a one week e-course on this topic where you will get all the printables … Read More

Miscarriage…

There isn’t really a fancy or funny title I can put here, and I only want you to be reading this if you want to, and know what it’s going to be about so anything cryptic would have been unfair. It’s not a nice topic, but it is an important one. I was intending to add it to our Bumps … Read More