Saturday, 23 March 2019

Five Ways to Cut Out Plastic in the Bathroom

Plastic is so convenient that it is easy to overlook the problems associated with it and the fact it doesn't break down and needs to end up somewhere (usually in a landfill site). I am so conscious now of my plastic usage and am trying to make changes where I can to use either reusable products or products in recyclable or little packaging.  The bathroom was one of the easiest places to make cuts and I wanted to share 5 ways I have cut down on plastic in our bathroom ( and a few ways I still need to).

Solid Shampoo

We are so used to liquid shampoo in bottles but there is another option.  shampoo bars can look like bars of soap but my favourite is Beauty Kubes, a cardboard box with 27 individual cubes that can be crumbled in my palm and mixed with a little water to create something that resembles the common shampoo.  Not only are they zero waste but they also contain fewer chemicals and leave my hair feeling softer and cleaner for longer.  

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Soap Bars

Liquid hand soap is so easy but it comes completely packaged in plastic and little hands get a bit pump happy and we get through it so fast! In our bathroom we now have bars of soap that come unpackaged (or in brown paper as I like Lush soaps the best and we currently have 'respect your elders'). They are easy to use, leave our hands clean and last for so much longer!

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Bamboo Toothbrushes

I have changed over to a Humble Bamboo Toothbrush and haven't looked back. It feels as easy in my hands and as nice on my teeth and I know that it isn't harming the environment either with the materials or the packaging.  Humble is socially responsible, helping the humble foundation provide oral care and education in many developing countries.  When it comes to throwing it away, the bamboo can be popped in the composting bin!

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Who Gives a Crap

I heard about Who Gives a Crap toilet paper at least a year ago but it took me a long time to get round to ordering.  I wasn't sure I wanted to store all that tissue in the house and there is obviously a bigger outlay than picking up a small pack every time you are in the local supermarket.  I love how each roll is wrapped in paper rather than plastic though and having it delivered to the door is so easy! Half of the profits are donated to charities that help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

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Flannels instead of make up wipes

Make up wipes, just like baby wipes are so easy and disposable that sometimes I could forget that each wipe was made up of plastic and was sat in a landfill breaking down slowly into microplastics.  Now I use a flannel or reusable wipe to clean my face and I can pop it in the wash with the towels once I have used it.  There are no extra washes, no extra effort and no extra costs.  In fact, as I started using the flannels more, in an effort to not spend any more money, I cut up an old baby towel that is no longer big enough to wrap around my growing babies and made my own flannels.

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Whilst there is significantly less plastic in our bathroom now, there are still areas I need to improve and I am always looking for ways to do that.

I have tried a toothpaste that comes in a glass jar but despite my best efforts I couldn't get used to it.  If you have any ideas for plastic free toothpaste I would love to hear! In the meantime, I recycle our empty toothpaste tubes through a local Terracycle program.

I have swapped over the reusable shampoo but I haven't yet found a hair conditioner that leaves my fine knotty hair tangle free.  I am still looking for new products to try that might eliminate the conditioner bottle from my shower.

There is a metal Muhle razor that I am intending to try once my current plastic based razor is finished but I am making sure I get any last uses from the one I own first as I don't want to throw it away until it is done! I am a little nervous about getting a metal one but it will be fantastic to get rid of another piece of plastic from the bathroom.

Do you have any tips for cutting down plastic further in the bathroom or any waste free products that you love?

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

What the Kids Wore - Raspberry Republic

Although it is still very much jumper weather, I am getting excited for summer and starting to buy bright clothes ready for the beach.  The new Raspberry Republic collection is full of colour and I love the funky designs, as do the children.  As soon as Dylan spotted Finn's t-shirt with rollerskating papayas he asked if I could get him one the same and Cora and I had great fun spotting the pink dolphins on her Samba skirt.  The collection is called Viva Brasil and is available at Little Footprint .


We had a little trying on session followed by a balloon game and I took a few photos of the clothes in action - full on bouncing, spinning, falling over, mid giggle action.  The t-shirt has plenty of growing room (this is age 5-7 on Finn who is 4) and the samba set is age 2-3 on a petite nearly 3 year old.  I love the outfit for the beach but the skirt is great for now with a long sleeved top and tights as well (see the last couple of pictures).  We were sent these items from Raspberry Republic but I have already bought some of the new collection as I love these bright colours on Finn especially and they are so much fun for the summer.  Everything is made from organic cotton and is super soft as well as holding the colour well (we have bought past season bits that we love too).  If you want outrageously fun designs which are like nothing you have seen before then check out Raspberry Republic!






















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Monday, 11 March 2019

Archie's Style - Nununu

Archie's outfit was gifted in exchange for a review

He knows what he likes and he knows what he doesn't.  He makes his own choices and sometimes they are the same as his friends and sometimes they aren't.  He isn't afraid to be different and I love that about him.  He is confident but not in an obvious way, he is thoughtful and loving and he makes me so proud.  He is possibly the easiest of the four children and I feel bad that he doesn't always get as much attention as they might but he is hilarious when you spend time with him one on one, even if he doesn't stop talking.

When Nununu asked if I wanted to pick a few bits off of the website, I knew straight away it would be for Archie, not just because it is often the little two that get sent clothing but because it is just his style.  Nununu is edgy and cool but still playful and comfy.  The shapes are built for movement and play and Archie will always pick his Nununu clothing out his drawers given the choice.  I let him pick his outfit and he went for these red and pink trousers with numbers on them (current favourite colour is pink) along with a short sleeved t-shirt (which we have layered over a long sleeved one for warmth) and a baseball cap which he hasn't taken off since it arrived.



We recently discovered a deserted skate park behind the fire station and it is favourite place to play, running inside the bowl, scooting round the edges and down the sides and trying to read the graffiti (which all seems to be clean words thankfully!) so I took a few photos of him wearing his new favourite outfit here.

I hope this amazing boy of mine continues to be who he is and proud of it.  I know peer pressure will kick in more and more and at 6 he is still so little but I love the person he is becoming.  





Archie is an average sized slim six year old wearing the 6-7 here.  The clothes have plenty of growing room and he will get plenty of wear from them.  The trousers have working drawstrings so work well for different shaped children.






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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Five Reasons We Love Camping as a Family

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The way we travel has changed since we had children and now camping is one of our favourite ways to get away.  We have stayed in tents, caravans, mobile homes and everything in between and there are so many reasons why this makes seeing the world as a family more fun.  These are the top 5 reasons why we love camping as a family


1) Camping is usually the cheapest accommodation which means that we have more money to spend on treats whilst we are away (and we can justify more trips!).  Pitching our own tent is the cheapest, but staying in a mobile home usually costs a fraction of the amount of a hotel and we mix it up between these two.

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2) All the campsites we have stayed at have great outdoor spaces and the children love throwing on some clothes and being outside straight away.  They love exploring the area, swimming in the pools and playing in the playgrounds.  I love the fresh air, the detox we naturally get from screen time and how exhausted the children are from it all every evening!

3) Everything we need is in one place.  Most campsites tend to have a shop, a restaurant, a swimming pool and some entertainment which means everything is accessible and we never have far to go.  It meant we could stop taking a stroller much earlier as the children can manage everything on foot.

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4) Having four children means we can never fit in a single hotel room and we don't always want to be split up.  Camping is perfect for bigger families as we can arrange a bigger tent or caravan to accommodate all of us and we can put the children to bed in their rooms and still have some adult space to stay up late if we want to.

5) When we are planning our holidays, top of the children's list of priorities is the chance to make friends.  They are such sociable beings and they want the opportunity to meet other children to play with, either in kids clubs, at the playground or just running around and we always find campsites to be really sociable for both adults and children. 

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We have been looking at Yelloh Village for a camping holiday as they have 84 luxury campsites across France, Spain and Portugal including some that are perfect for winter ski holidays!  Their sites have something for every type of camper and great facilities and I love the term 'open air hotels'. These photos from some of our camping adventures last year are making me really desperate to go again!

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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Our Family in February

February is coming to an end and two of the boys have celebrated a birthday this month.  With that and a week off for half term, I am pretty sure February has sped by at double the speed of January and March is arriving with daffodils, the lovely/dreaded world book day and the promise of Spring (although the last few days have tricked me into thinking it has already arrived).  February was tiring, if you can describe a month in that way and I am ready for something new.

This month's photo is a classic last minute one taken in our garden which is still very much a work in progress.  The children were bribed with a 'sweetie' (otherwise known as a chewy multivitamin) but they still were not in a particularly co-operative mood and this was the best I could hope for. 


This month I have loved a child free lie in thanks to my amazing mum, walking outside without a coat on, planning fun things for the rest of the year and eating all the Easter eggs!

Ed has loved his first trip to Ikea, being outside in the sunshine, using his chainsaw gardening and having a child free evening.

Dylan has loved starting Karate club at school, lots of playdates with his friends in the half term, watching the The Kid Who Would Be King at the cinema in London and having a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

Archie has loved having a big party with all his friends, his new Mini SNES game console, going to the park after school and going to the beach.

Finn has loved telling everyone he is four, opening presents, playing with his new water toys in the garden and seeing his best friend at nursery.

Cora has loved getting new puffin wellies, going for walks in the wagon, playing in the swings until Mummy's arms ache and morning cuddles in bed.
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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

A Beach Clean with Frugi

I am trying my hardest to teach my children about how to look after their world.  We talk about reusing and recycling and they know about the problems with single use plastics and why we use alternatives when we can.  I think one of the most important things I can do is to give them the knowledge they need to do better and to lead by example.  

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We spend a lot of time at the beach, especially in the summer and we are always disgusted at the amount of waste we find left by other people so a beach clean at the end of every trip has become part of our routine. Dylan worries about the turtles confusing plastic bags for jellyfish and Archie gets very cross that people can't put rubbish in the many bins and leave things next to them instead.  Finn and Cora aren't particular vocal about it yet but I always discuss why we are doing what we do and they love taking part.  We use our buckets to collect up little bits of rubbish that we find and empty them into the nearest bin.  

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We headed down to the beach over half term with our friend Becky and her two small people and as always, the fun in the sand was followed by a walk around the local area looking for things that shouldn't have been left on the ground.  It wasn't as easy as usual thanks to the crazy fog but we made enough to make a picture with (before it was deposited in the bin) and the boys loved making a plastic crab. 

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All six children wore Frugi puddlebusters or coats which as well as being 100% waterproof, are also made of recycled plastic bottles.  I made sure the boys knew this when we first put them on and they were really amazed that the coats were so soft when they were made from plastic!  The coats had handy reflective prints on the front and back which we really noticed in the fog and they kept the little ones protected and dry all day. The wellies are all PVC free and flexible for growing feet. We love how something so bright and practical can be made from waste and Frugi are all about sustainable fashion.  Finn's coat is age 4-5 and would have used roughly 10 plastic bottles to make which would otherwise be clogging up a landfill.  The unisex nature of this design means Dylan's coat will hopefully see us through all 4 children too! (we have some Frugi items that have been worn by three children already!).  

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I am hoping that over the summer as the beach gets busier that our actions will inspire others to do the same and of course remind people that their rubbish needs to be taken with them! I won't pretend that we are perfect with our actions but we are constantly trying to do better and I love how involved the children are and how educated they are becoming about environmental issues.

There are so many pictures from our day at the beach that I wanted to share, partly because the kids look amazing in their bright blues and yellows!

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