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My Goals For 2019

As 2018 draws to a close I've been having a think small about  goals I would like to achieve next year. Am not one for making resolutions as let's face it not many people actually stuck them out but small goals seem more achievable. Am not aiming for any major lifestyle changes but rather small steps that I think would make me feel happier and more for filled.

I've also added a note at the bottom talking about another goal I would love to make happen in the future but simply isn't feasible at this time.

Learn How To Use My New Camera My husband kindly gifted me a shiny new bridge camera for Christmas. It was completely unexpected and am delighted with it. To get the most out of it I have booked myself onto a a day coarse to learn how to use all the different settings correctly, as to be honest I haven't got a clue! I current do all my photography on my phone so am really excited to learn some real photography skills. I recieved some money at Christmas so I think t…

One For Coffee Loves

I've made no secret of the fact that am a bit of a coffee addict and to be honest am rather snobbish about which coffee I drink.
One of my most favourite indulgences is waking up first when the kids are still sleeping and sneaking down stairs for a coffee in peace before the chaos begins.

This Christmas CoffeeBewer kidly gifted me one of thier Growers Cup 10pcs Gift Sets to try.

The gift set arrived beautifully  packaged, inside the box was an assortment of different  speciality coffee pouches. My set included organic & hand roasted coffee from Columbia and Brazil to name a few.

Whats different about these coffees is that you brew them in the pouch rather than a cafetiere but you still get the same great taste. Simply open the pouch and pour in the boiled water then leave it to brew for a few minutes. It's then ready to serve straight from the pouch using the spout. Each pouch makes two cups.

The packaging is made from kraft paper that can be recycled and a thin layer of …

A Touch Of Santa Magic With Lapland Letters

There is nothing more magical than Christmas through a child's eyes. This year Oliver is 5 so he is fully embracing all the Christmas traditions and is amazed by all the festive magic. For the first time he was able to sit down and write his letter to Santa all by himself, he carefully wrote every letter and included a beautiful drawing. He excitedly skipped down to the post office with me, asked for the stamp and paid for it himself then popped it into the postbox .

Since he had taken  so much pride and care with his letter I wanted to make sure he received a very special reply from the Big Man himself! I was delighted when Lapland Letters got in touch and asked if we would like to receive one of their special replies from Santa!

The letter arrived addressed to Oliver in a very official looking bespoke Lapland stamped envelope. Inside there was a whole pack of goodies including a personalised letter, a good list certificate, riendeer food, Santa map and colouring activities.


Surviving Winter Skin With Aquaphor

As much as I love all the cosyness of winter the cold doesnt do my skin any good. Every year I end up dry, tight skin, flaky hands and chapped lips. Over the years I've tried a combination of different moisturisers, masks and creams. My vanity table is usually bulging with different products all promising to be heal my winter skin. But this year I've replaced all my potions and lotions with one multifunctional product! I was given the opportunity to take part in the My Aquaphor Challenge and try out their Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm and I've been delighted with the results.

Eucerin Aquaphor Smoothing Skin Balm has been a household favourite for repairing skin since 1925.  This multifunctional balm is made up of only 7 ingredients that's gental on skin. It creates a protective barrier whilst still allowing the skin to breath making it suitable for not only my skin but my boys too.

Over the past couple of weeks I've stored a tube of Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm in my…

Green Christmas Guide

Welcome to my Green Christmas Guide where you will find my favourite eco friendly toys and gifts for babies & children, from big name brands and small buisness. All the products featured are kinder to our planet and substantially made. Best of all everything is under £50! I've also included my favourite stocking filler (no tat I promise!).

The term eco friendly is sometimes associated with boaring but I promise the products featured are far from that. They will spark imagination, inspire curiosity and keep little hands busy.
If everyone switched to buying just one eco friendly gift this Christmas it could make a big difference to our planet. Happy shopping!
Sarah & BendrixSarah & Bendrix design and source quality items for both children and adults. Their range of beautiful wooden toys are handmade and designed to last. These traditional toys  will be passed down to other children and loved for many years to come. The collection includes wheeled, stacking and pull along…

Alternative Christmas Gifts For Kids

Before sharing my Green Christmas Guide I thought it was worth sharing some alternative Christmas gift ideas. After all consumerism is having a major impact on out planet. I was shocked to learn that every year in the UK alone over 8 million brand new toys are thrown away! Yes not donated, regifted or sold on but throw away into landfill! When you think that there are some children in our country who would be very grateful for those toys it's a very sad state of affairs.

We all like to (or in some cases feel we should) gives gifts to our own children, nephews, nieces and children of friends but they don't have to yet another toy, there are many alternatives you can gift a child that will still bring joy. Or you maybe you are a parent yourself who is constantly asked "What should I get them?" and thinking the last thing they need is yet more toys! So I've put together a list of alternatives that you can buy for babies, toddlers and bigger kids. I've included …

Becoming A Mum Of Two

Before Tommy was born I must say I didn't think much about the practicalities of going from having one child too two. We have a 4 year age gap between him and Oliver therefore I didn't have to think about buying a double pushchair or having to mange two children in nappies. Tommy seemed to just fit into our lifes without to much upheaval. Of coarse there can be difficult days and it takes twice as long to get anywhere but in general going from one child too two  was quite a smooth transition.

There is a few things I've noticed about how my parenting style changed the second time round and little things that helped the transition.

More Relaxed  My parenting attitude has definitely been much more relaxed this time round. I've stressed less about routine, milestones and the what the health visitor had to say.  I've never read any parenting books and been much more confident in trusting my own instincts as a mother. Being more relaxed had definitely been the biggest c…

Five Simple Swaps For Eco Friendly Parenting

Over the past couple of months I have been making small changes to live a more eco friendly lifestyle especially from a parenting aspect. It's scary hearing about the effects our living habits is having on our planet. I know there is still more I could be doing and I am working in it. 
Below I have listed five simple everyday parenting  swaps you can make that is kinder to the environment and in some cases kinder on your purse too. 
Reusable Hand & Face Cloths Shortly after Tommy started weaning I invested in these reusable hand and face wipes. I bought the starter kit but to be honest you don't really need it all. I tend to just rise one in water as I go rather than do the whole soaking process. The micro fiber cloths work really well at removing food from mucky hands and faces. I had got into a really bad habit of using baby wipes to clean not only faces and hands but wipe down the high chair and table ect too. I now try not to keep any baby wipes in my kitchen so am no…

Eco Friendly Play With Green Toys

Recently I've been taking small steps towards more eco friendly parenting, you can read my post on testing out planet friendlier nappies here. This weeks post is looking at eco friendly play.
Did you know that 90% of the toy market is made up of plastic toys? These toys often have a short lifespan and  mostly can not be recycled . They often come packed in endless cardboard, ties and plastics which add to our landfill.
I was determined to find an eco friendly toy brand and was delighted to discover Bigjigs Toys do an amazing range called Green Toys.

About Green Toys The Green Toy range is made from 100% recycled materials! The toys are primarily created from recycled milk cartons, which I love as my boys drink gallons of milk. The plastic is collected, cleaned, shredded then reprocessed to create a fantastic range of toys that are built to last and inspire play with no batteries in site! 
All the toys are packaged in 100% recycled cardboard with no unnecessary waste . The natural…

Putting Kin & Kin Eco Friendly Nappies To The Test

Over the forth coming weeks I will be writting a series of posts on small changes you can make towards eco friendly parenting. This week am putting Kit & Kin eco friendly nappies to the test.
Did you know that the average nappy takes up to 400 years to biodegrade? Considering in the UK alone we use approximately 8 million nappies each day then that is a heck of alot if waste going into landfill! After much consideration I've decided reuseable cloth nappies are not for us but I do want to do my bit to help our environment so I wanted to try out some a more eco friendly alternative.

About Kit & Kin Kit & Kin use plant based and sustainable materials that is gental on babies skin to make their nappies. The big selling point for me was that their nappy will biodegrade with in 3 to 6 years. That's a huge difference! Kit & Kin also gives back a percentage of their profits to the World Land Trust who help build rainforests. The nappies come in four animal face design…