• Why we are more low-waste than zero-waste

    I am all for saving the planet and it is very important to waste less and send less to landfill. However, I very much doubt that our family’s waste will fit in one jar anytime soon – well, unless it’s a bin-sized jar! So what are the hurdles? Availability of Shops As far as I know, there’s only one zero-waste shop within walking distance of our home. They only sell beauty products like soap and shampoo bars. Travelling quite a few miles with bulky plastic containers and heavy glass jars doesn’t appeal. Then there’s the sustainability of driving because lugging all that on and off public transport, with a pram,…

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    Worries about working with my significant other

    We are about to embark on a joint venture! It is very exciting but it is also making me slightly nervous as it’s uncharted territory. Remarkably, we have never worked together professionally eventhough we met the good old clichéd way – at work! My main concern is not being able to switch off from work. It’s a side project we’ll be doing in our spare time. He has a full time job so this will actually help him switch off from that – like a hobby. However I’m currently on maternity leave so it’ll take up the “work” space in my head and be all I think about, well after…

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    Father’s day last minute Yoda card craft & present

    I love a good craft project though what I lack in skill, I make up for in enthusiasm! My kids now give me the perfect excuse to indulge in various “holiday” crafts. Father’s day is no different. Yes, I know it’s made up. Yes, daddies should be celebrated all year round not just on one day. However, I’m not feeling it this year. Last year I, I mean we, made a card and got cute family photo magnets. I love looking at those on fridge. The good news is that I decided to make a card this year. But it’s the day before Father’s Day (a Saturday) and my husband…

  • #beatplasticpollution for World Environment Day 2018

    The use of plastics has dominated the news recently with plenty of pleas to replace disposables with reusables. Just one change could make a massive difference to the planet! So share your switch photo(s) using #BeatPlasticPollution for #WorldEnvironmentDay to raise awareness and maybe inspire a person or two. My Switch Photos for World Environment Day 2018 Water Bottle I carry one everywhere for me and the toddler. I also save money by not buying expensive water when out and about. Reusable Nappies Probably not everyone’s cup of tea but I’m now using mine for baby number 2. The design has moved on quite a lot from what some people remember…

  • Baby J’s Due Date – May the Fourth Be With You

    Baby J’s due date at the 12 week scan was 04 May, which to us, was just a date. It wasn’t until we got a few bemused, almost doubting responses, that we tweaked the significance. Not sure how my husband, who really loves Star Wars, managed to miss it! He can’t even blame the hormones haha. I quickly put together the below to share the news with the remaining friends and family. Could have done so much more if we’d realised sooner. And before we knew it, baby’s due date had come round. What better way to mark it than to dress my babies up in star wars vests and…

  • Weekly meal plan and shopping list from The Growing Mum

    Meal Plan, Shopping List and Lots of Pancakes – Week 6

    We’ve just got back from holiday where I ate a lot more than I should have, especially pudding. It would have been rude not to as we were surrounded by such goooood food. We took it in turns to cook every night (it was a group holiday) and amazingly each dish came from a different country. It’s Pancake Day next week! I don’t need an excuse to eat pancakes but we love marking the occasion by hosting a few friends and eating as many as I can make. That’s how I stumbled across my favourite – banana and bacon. So what else is on the menu this week? What Drives…

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    Do I Show More Affection To My Child Than My Husband?

    I recently met up with my husband for lunch and as we parted ways, we exchanged a quick goodbye peck. That’s when I realised that I definitely show more affection to my 17-month old than to my husband. Not consciously I might add, but it’s seems to be a gradual change that has gone unnoticed or I’ve refused to acknowledge until now. How Did This Happen? Don’t worry, I won’t make you cringe with intimate details of our relationship but suffice to say that becoming a parent has changed both of us in more ways than I ever imagined. Sleep deprivation, exhaustion, co-sleeping, to name but a few, are huge…

  • How to shop for a new (or used car): research, test drives, the purchase and the drive home.

    The Joys of Car Shopping

    Sponsored post My first car, a small 3-door Corsa, was a bought from the in-laws for a princely sum of £1. I loved that car and it served me right until the carpark of the dealership to be part-exchanged after a quick jump-start. The thought of choosing my car this time around was exciting. How hard can it be? Do some initial research to help set a budget, decide what I want, do some more research and go buy myself a car. Turns out car shopping is a different ball game altogether. Must-Haves Compact Isofix for a car seat Boot space for a pram Cheap to run Within my budget…

  • Downright Untruths - The cringe-worthy and funny lies we are gullible enough to believe

    What Downright Untruths Have You Fallen For?

    My exploration into Burns Night (read here if you have no idea what I am talking about) reminded me of the haggis story I fell for a few years ago. Having never had haggis before or even heard of it, I was the perfect gullible candidate for this downright untruth. However, it was slightly comforting to find out that my much wiser mother-in-law was also a victim of the same prank. It got me thinking about what others might have been led to believe apart from the usual ones from parents, like these courtesy of mine: If you eat the seeds in a fruit, a tree will grow from your…

  • Find out about Burns Night and why Haggis has a special place in my memory bank

    Burns Night – My Haggis Anecdote

    Burns Night crops up every January and I have no idea what it represents. You wouldn’t believe that my husband is half Scottish! So I decided to find out a bit more about it this year. I was very surprised to learn that he wrote a poem titled “Address to a Haggis”. Now, haggis has a special anecdotal place in my heart as you will find out below. A few years ago, we were at my boyfriend’s parents for a celebratory dinner of some sort and Haggis-on-a-stick was served as an amuse-bouche (never thought I’d get the chance to use this phrase legitimately). Anyways, my boyfriend proceeds to tell me…