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Easy Ways To Keep Your House Warm In Winter

As we are approaching the end of summer and the winter months are on the horizon, the temperature will start to fall and keeping your house warm (and ourselves) starts to become challenging. 

We will start researching with one question in mind – What is the best way to keep your house warm in winter?

Keeping our energy costs down during the winter period is something many households will be concerned with and some of use probably don’t know how we are going to manage it. The cost of energy has increased in such a short space of time that households are looking for ways to keep our heating bill down where we can.

Although, there seems to be ‘help’ from energy companies when in comes to insulating our walls and lofts, I found that trying to access this help is often elusive. 

Some of us live in homes with without proper insulation and, in an ideal world, we’d all have the money to fix that. For majority of us, that’s not a possibility, and the question of ‘how to keep a poorly insulated house warm’ is a genuine concern

Here are some tips I’ve tried if you’re stuck on how to keep your house warm and reduce heat loss.

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Easy Ways To Keep Your House Warm In Winter

Curtains

There are a few areas where your curtains can help to trap some head in your home. 

Depending on the position of your home, the sun will enter the home and heat up the room(s), which is what you want, make sure your curtains are open to allow the heat in on sunny days. Once it gets to about 3ish, close your curtains which will help trap the heat in the room.

Having thick curtains can help with retaining heat in the room. However, not all of us have the money to go out and buy fancy curtains with thick linings so a friend of mind found a pair of second-hand curtains with thick lining in a charity shop (I think they were about £10), removed the lining, and stitched them to her own thermal curtains. This is much more cost effective than buying new ones and can help to reduce your heating costs. 

Foil behind the radiator/radiator reflector panels

For years, I’ve been told about putting foil behind the radiator (the foil used in the kitchen), especially on external walls. However, I personally haven’t found them to be as effective so we bought some Radiator Heat Reflective Insulating Foil. It was quite cheap and came in a roll allowing us to cut to size based on each radiator size. Once done, we placed them at the back of the radiator so the heat wasn’t lost through the wall and keeps the hot air in. This is beneficial for a living space you use regularly. 

Heat from the oven to warm your house

When it’s cold, I find that I tend to use my over a lot more. Once you’re done with the oven, keep the oven door open which will help to heat the kitchen. 

Please make sure that you (or anyone else) are not close to it, last thing you want is someone burning themselves!

Make your own draught excluders

I had a go at making my own draught excluder with things I already had at home. If you’re looking for a DIY project and would like to know How to make your down draught excluders, here’s the link

Striped draught excluder at the base of an internal door to keep my house warm

Not too shabby for my first attempt!

Get warm with a hot water bottle

women with hot water bottle
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Hot water bottles come in all shapes and sizes. Get yourself a hot water bottle and keep yourself warm. I suffer with  cold feet so I put it at the bottom of my bed about 10 minutes before bedtime. You’ll stay warm for hours. 

Layer up

You’ve heard this before and I will say it again, put on a jumper, fuzzy socks, slippers. Wearing more clothes will stop you from turning up the programmable thermostat. 

Don’t worry if you look silly, it’s about keeping warm rather than making a fashion statement. An extra layer can make a difference. 

Feet warmer

I was given a foot warmer which is powered via a USB port. As someone who works from home so I try to avoid situations where I need to put the central heating on. I plug it into my USB port on my laptop and keep my feet toasty and warm.

Close doors and keep your house warm

I will always remember my parents saying ‘were you born in a barn’ when I was little. Funnily enough, I say the same thing to my family. Keep internal doors closed as this will trap the heat in that room and will help to keep your house warm.

Lower your thermostat by a degree

Lowering your smart thermostat by one degree can help with energy bills and there’s a chance you won’t even feel it. Also, make sure your timers are set to exactly when you need the heating system to come on. There’s no point in setting the timer for when no one is at home. 

Keep radiators free from furniture

Radiators work by emitting heat into the room. However, they can’t do this is if it’s behind a sofa or any furniture from blocking the heat, the furniture will get warm but you won’t. A top tip is to look at the heat sources for each room and keep your radiators clear of furniture and the heat flow into the room and keep a warm house. 

Move your bed away from the window

If your windows aren’t well insulated, a good idea is to try to move your bed way from the window frame to avoid feeling a draughts. 

Add foam tape around windows and doors

If the insulation around your doors and windows are poor, you can purchase foam tape and install them around any gaps. This will help reduce cold air entering and help keep a warm house. 

Get an extra duvet/blanket 

If you’re a little chilly at night, grab an extra duvet or use a fleece blanket. The thing I like about fleece blankets is that they don’t need to warm up, unlike a bed where you get in and takes a while for your body heat to warm up the bed. 

Put a rug on wooden floors

The great thing about carpets is that they trap heat, to a certain extent and do a better job than hard flooring. A great way to help keep your house warm is to invest in some rugs. We’ve got hard flooring downstairs so this on my to-do list. You’ll find some good deals on Facebook marketplace.

Chimney Balloon/draught stopper

Some of us will have an older fireplace – maybe decorative than functional –  that will include a small door. This will likely be a wind tunnel where heat escapes. A friend of mind bought an inflatable chimney balloon which sealed the gap in the chimney drastically reducing the amount of cold air travelling down the chimney. Although, the balloon is a short term fix during the code weather, it may be worth investing in a Chimney Draught Stopper longer term. 

Cover keyholes for a warm house

This was one that never occurred to me until recently. Although, keyholes are small gaps, they are still gaps nonetheless and heat can escape through these gaps. This is specific to older external doors. A great way to tell (that I’ve tried myself) is put some water on the tip of your finger and place the finger by the keyhole. You will be able to tell if your finger is getting cold. If it does, you’re losing heat (and cold air in entering your home). You can use keyhole covers to reduce the draft. Or if it’s a door you don’t use that often, put some clear tape on it and keep the cool air out.     

Cuddle under blankets

Why not snuggle up with your partner, little ones or pets and watch some TV in the living room. It’s cozy and, by sharing body heat, you’l keep each other warm.

Increasing the energy efficiency in your home can be tricky, some other options are investing in an electric blanket, a good option is to update your loft insulation as heat rises you don’t want to lose any through the ceiling, thick rugs is great for uninsulated floors especially if you have a hard floor, this can help reduce air leaks, so if you can, use rugs. The key is always going to be good insulation which will help to reduce your utility bills in the long run, especially during the colder months. 

If you’re looking for more ways, Martin Lewis’ website has a wealth of information. 

How To Make Your Own Draught Excluder – DIY Project

We will soon be entering the winter season, and will all be looking at ways to keep ourselves and our homes warm in the winter. Making your own draught excluder is a great (and cheap!) way of stopping heat from escaping through gaps under doors.

I do love a DIY project and, although I’m a beginner when using a sewing machine, I wanted to have a go at making my own with things I already have at home.

If you’re looking for draught excluder ideas, I’ve got you!

Where should you put draught excluders?

The great thing about making your own is that you can make them to the size that fits your doors or windows. Maybe you have a double-patio door, or maybe sash windows, or your door frame is wider than the average door.

Identifying areas that have a draught and creating a solution will help reduce heat from escaping from your home and could save you money on your heating bills.

What can I use to make a draught excluder?

To be honest, there are so many things you probably already have at home. Old pair of jeans, curtains you no longer need, I’ve even seen one made from a woolly jumper sleeve.

For the stuffing you could use clothing that can’t be donated – socks with holes , clothes with stains (if you have kids, you’ll know what I mean), clothes that are ripped, old pillow padding, bubble wrap, decorative glass beads, plastic packaging.

The idea of a draught excluder is for it to be weighted down. Some use rice or beans for this but I personally am not a fan of using food. However, I prefer to utilise things that I’ve already got lying around the house.

Whatever you use, make sure it’s completely dry.

Can I make an extra long draught excluder for french doors

Of course! You can absolutely make a draught excluder for doors. The great thing about making something yourself is that you can make it any size you want, you don’t have to rely on what you see in the shops.

You’re going to learn how to make a draught excluder.

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How To Make Your Own Draught Excluder – DIY Project

Things you will need

Fabric of your choice

Sewing machine

Scissors

Measuring tape

Stuffing – whatever you choose, make sure it’s dry.

In addition to this, and if you’re feeling brave you could add your own embellishments at the end.

How to make your draught excluder

  • Measure the width of your door and add an extra inch to each end (e.g. if the width of your door is thirty-three inches add two extra inches – total will be thirty-five inches)
  • Cut three strips in the same with (as the door). One strip will be seven inches wide (five inches plus and extra inch either side. The other two strips will be six inches wide (four inches plus and inch on either side). You should, therefore, have something that looks like this.
three pieces of striped fabric
  • Take two of the smaller pieces, place them face to face and pin along one edge and sew
  • Start pinning everything together and sew and you should end up with a sleeve
  • Sew up one side and cut the corners off. Although, this may be a little fiddly, take your time.
  • Do the same along the opposite end but leave a gap wide enough for your hand.
  • Gather everything you’re going to use for the filling – I got old clothes than can’t be repaired and I wouldn’t donate, bubble wrap, ornamental stones (they were given to me three years ago that I never used), rocks. I’ve also go some old pants (I’m not showing my pants!). Have a root around your home, I’m sure you’ll find loads of things you can use.
  • Start stuffing the draught excluder until it’s full. Top tip – when you start filling, make sure you filled the corners first so they’re not flimsy.
  • You should end up with this. Get a needle and thread and sew up the gap

Ta-da!

striped draught excluder at the base of a door

Rather than buying one, you used what you already had in the house, it didn’t cost you anything!

If you’re looking for more easy ways to go green without going broke, you really need to check out this fabulous blog.

5 Environmental Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You

If you’re looking for Environmental Instagram Accounts to follow? I’ve got you!

Social media has been transformed from its initial role as a mere platform for sharing selfies and images of our furry friends. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok, which were primarily linked to casual interactions for our daily lives, have undergone a substantial evolution becoming a way for so many of us to access and share information.

This transformative shift has led to the rise of social media influencers where we can access news, information, opinions, and knowledge, totally transforming the way information flows.

These platforms have become key in local, national and international movements, sharing news and stories from social injustices, fashion trends, and environmental issues. Gone are the days where our information was solely obtained by newspapers, where information was controlled, to uncensored information at your fingertips.

If you’re looking for like-minded environmental accounts, this is the place for you. I follow these accounts myself and I love their content, they’re my kind of people.

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5 Environmental Instagram Accounts to Follow

Emma Reed – @emmareed_writes

Emma is an eco blogger who writes about parenting, travel and lifestyle who had a great following on Instagram.

It started back in 2018 where she made the swap to cloth nappies which led Emma becoming more environmentally conscious. Since then, she’s explored different ways to become environmentally friendly and promotes the benefits of reusable, sharing what she has learned on Instagram.

I highly recommend you check out Emma’s website here


Amber @ecoanxiousmum

Amber is based in Bristol and her Instagram bio reads ‘Trying to live and parent sustainably. Living low waste/ low plastic since Jan ‘23
Vegetarian but also post some vegan recipes 🌱 organic gardening 🍅’

Amber shares about the changes she’s making, easy eco swaps, greenwashing, fashion and how to reduce food waste.


Anne-Marie Bonneau – @Zerowastechef

Anne-Marie is an Award-winning cookbook author and speaker and she’s incredibly passionate about zero-waste. Her feed is filled with how to use leftovers, DIY recipes and up-cycling, ways to reduce waste, and great recipes.

She recently posted a reel on how to turn a newspaper into a compost bin liner, something I have now started doing myself.

Anne-Marie’s website is packed with so much information, have a look


Rada – @ecowithrada

Rada regularly promotes eco-friendly tips and DIY on a budget, which is so important as many of us are living through a cost of living crisis.

You’ll also get a dose of happy eco news which is something we all really need along with low-waste gift ideas, reminders of garden jobs and swaps she has made.


Sam Bentley – @sambentley

Sam lives in Birmingham and regularly posts about happy eco news that you won’t necessarily see on mainstream news.

There is so much negative news about the planet and the good things are often overlooked. Sam also includes sources in his videos so you can look it up if you want to know more.

He’s up to one million followers on Instagram so there’s a real thirst for good news. If you watch his reels, you can feel the passion!


There are so many other accounts to follow on Instagram and it’s easy to find like-minded Environmental Instagram Accounts to connect and learn from. If you’re on Instagram, give me a follow too @easypeasygreeny

Can You Recycle Receipts? Find Out Why You Shouldn’t

Can you recycle receipts? The quickest answer is no. I’ll tell you why and what to do with them instead?

I’ve often been asked “Can you put paper receipts in recycling?”. As they look like paper, it would make sense. But receipts are made from thermal paper which means there’s a chemical in the paper and, therefore, cannot be recycled.

Can You Recycle Receipts? Find Out Why You Shouldn’t

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What can you do with old receipts?

A lot of receipts we receive will have some personal information on it; part of your debit/credit card, loyalty card number etc. I’m always conscious of identity theft, and always make an effect to protect my information.

In the reel below, I used my hair straighteners to cover up my card details, you could also use an iron instead. Please ensure none of these equipments are left unattended. No one wants to burn their house down!

How do I get rid of paper receipts?

Sadly, the only thing you can do with them is put them in the general waste bin. As an imperfect environmentalist, it pains me to write this but there is no facility where we can recycle receipts.

I’m afraid, they’ll end up in landfill.

Are receipts compostable?

No, they are not compostable. Thermal receipts are coated in BPA; bisphenol A. It’s a chemical used in plastics manufacturing and there is ongoing research into the health implications of BPA. Composting thermal paper will contaminate your soil. Nobody wants that.

How can I tell if a receipt is printed on thermal paper?

The best way to tell if your receipt is thermal paper is that they’re usually shiny. You’ll be able to tell for sure if you use a hair straightener or iron as it will turn black.

What are the alternatives to receipts?

A lot of places allow you to choose whether you want a receipt or not. If you’re buying an electrical item or clothes, usually your receipt will be act as a guarantee so you will need it. However, if you’re buying bread or eggs, you probably don’t really need a receipt.

Additionally, you can ask for a receipt to be emailed to you (if the store offers this). The only issue I find with this is that you end up on their mailing list, make sure you unsubscribe to their emails, you don’t want emails unnecessarily.

Something I wanted to touch on, from my own experience, is the issue of racial profiling in the UK, particularly in shops. It is a reality and it does happen, whether people want to admit it or not. If this is of concern to you, always take a receipt, even if you’re just buying eggs.

Why are shops printing receipts if they can’t be recycled?

I suspect, it’s to do with cost (like most things in life!) and it’s more convenient. If you think about your printer at home, you need to load it up with paper and ink. For thermal printing, it’s only the rolls that need to be replaced. Thermal printing do not require ink. Therefore, keeps costs low.

I did a reel on Instagram with a visual demonstration of why they can’t be recycled. Hope you find it useful.

The Ridiculous Cost of Train Travel in the UK

In our pursuit of sustainable living, many of us are exploring train travel as a viable option for travelling between destinations. As we strive to adopt more eco-friendly habits, we are encouraged to leave our cars at home and embrace sustainable modes of transportation, including walking, cycling, or utilising public transport.

The logic behind this choice is quite sound. While cars offer convenience, they contribute significantly to pollution levels, which can have adverse effects on individuals with Asthma or respiratory problems. Moreover, their operational expenses can be quite high, and the unpleasant experience of being stuck in a traffic jam on a sweltering summer day hardly adds to the enjoyment.

When embarking on longer journeys, opting for train travel appears logical; however, in my experience, the cost of train tickets, forces me to reconsider this choice as a viable option.

The cost of train travel in the UK is eye-wateringly expensive. For many, it isn’t a cost effective option, regardless of the environmental benefits.

When I Was Commuter

Having commuted from Kent to Central London for nearly six years. The moment arrived for me to retire my season ticket for train travel as I ventured into self-employment. Throughout my time as a commuter, the expense of my season ticket consistently escalated each year. Culminating in a staggering £6,776 for my final annual pass. This ticket not only covered my travel on the High Speed service, with a duration of 40 minutes each way, but also included a travel card for the underground network.

Shallow Focus Photography of Railway during Sunset
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Although I loved my job, the annual increases were not something I was able to sustain in the following years. The cost of train travel was one of the factors of why I became self-employed. Today’s cost (Aug 2023) for the same ticket would be £8,552.

For many commuters, public transport is the method of travel people opt for, despite the astronomical cost. We have to get to our workplaces to earn money.

Train travel for Leisure

A great way to save money for train tickets is by booking far in advance. Although, this is great in principal, it reality, life doesn’t always work that way.

I moved to Leicester at the end of 2022. I was looking at train tickets for myself, my partner and my 8-year-old daughter to travel to London for the day. For three of us to travel costs £134.85 for an open return and £150.15 to return on the day. That’s before you even think about grabbing lunch, venue entrance fees. It’s cheaper for us to drive from Leicester to Borehamwood, Barnet or even Cockfosters and travel on the underground.

Train travel ticket cost - 2 adults, 1 youth return £134.85 open return. 2 adults, 1 youth return £150.15 returning on the same day

With costs like this, what incentive is there to encourage people to use public transport?

Train Travel in Europe

Germany recently relaunched (yes! relaunched) their scheme where travellers pay €49 per month for unlimited train travel. The point of this? to promote sustainable travel!

In Spain, a train ticket from Valencia to Alicante, a 3-hour journey, is just €9 (£7.80).

France have banned internal flights where rail journeys are available and less than two and a half hours.

What’s the solution

Sadly, the rail in the UK was privatised a long while ago. Everyone’s financial situation is unique and, ultimately, you have to do what is affordable for you. If you’re in a position to book far in advance, you can really make a saving on your train travel.

There are many railcard discounts available – network rail card, disabled persons railcard. If you’r eligible for these railcards, they can go some way to making train travel a little cheaper.

If the UK want to encourage us to use public transport, the cost of train travel needs to be a lot cheaper than it currently is. The networks needs to be improved so people who live in small towns and villages are able to access them.

Eco-Judgment – Time to Ditch It & Shape a Better Planet

Let’s talk about Eco-Judgment. I’ve noticed it quite a bit since I started talking about sustainable living. Some can be quite loud about what they do and why others ‘should do it my way’.

In my opinion, judging someone who doesn’t make the same environmental changes as others is incredibly counter-productive and feel this level of eco-judgment is really unnecessary.

I consider myself as an imperfect environmentalist, I try to do what I can when I can. I care about the environment and I always say – start small, do what you can, build from there.

You’ll look at something and wonder ‘Is it eco conscious’ or ‘What is an eco-conscious lifestyle?’ This looks different for everyone, there is no right or wrong. For many, it is linked to finances but there are other barriers to sustainable living.

We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly – Anne Marie Bonneau

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Let’s Ditch The Eco-Judgment & Work Together For A Better Planet

Breaking Habits

When you’ve been doing something one way for a very long time, it’s learned behaviour and to change this, your brain needs to re-learn and adopt the new way. There are some who can wake up in the morning and say to themselves ‘I don’t want to do this anymore’ and they don’t. I really admire anyone who has the ability to do this, but for a lot of people, this isn’t that easy.

I’ve read somewhere that it could take about a month to break an old habit and learn a new one. A month is a long time.

Finances

I mentioned this at the start. There are many sustainable products on the market but they come with a price tag, which can really take a chunk out of your monthly finances. Judgement needs to be left at the door.

I’ve seen myself that a glass jar of mayonnaise will likely be more expensive than the single-use plastic bottle or a tube of toothpaste will be cheaper than toothpaste tabs. There’s no need for any eco-judgement here. You can only do what you can do.

Availability

There are going to be some areas that don’t offer the products / facilities as other areas.

At the end of last year, my family and I moved from the South East of England to the East Midlands. Where we used to live, all residents were provided with a food caddy where food waste could be stored and taken away on a weekly basis. My new district council do not offer this facility. I assumed this collection would have been the same up and down the country, that’s not the case. Because of this, I have started to compost some food (there are things you can’t put in your compost) and the rest of the food waste ends up in the refuse bin.

I’m doing what I can, that’s the point. Eco-Judgment shouldn’t be a factor when it’s out of your control.

Ignore the Eco-Judgment and do things your way

I like being different and it’s something I embrace. I’ve had friends and family look at me at times and wonder whether I’m a few sandwiches short of a picnic and it makes me laugh.

Baskets on Picnic Blanket
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Let’s look at some examples.

I have worn the same dress to three different weddings. It didn’t matter to me that people have seen it before. It’s a lovely dress and I love wearing it. I’m going to another wedding next year and many of the same people at previous weddings will be there too. I’ve seen trends where people are now re-wearing an outfit to a wedding more than once. There tends to be quite a bit of judgement around this and I don’t understand why; it’s cheaper, it’s better for the environment (less consumption) and you get to wear a dress you love over and over again. Even celebrities re-wear outfits.

Another thing I do that makes people raise their eyebrows is wearing odd socks. The reason is that if one sock has a hole in it and can’t be repaired, the other one is discarded even though it still does its job – which is a waste. Does it really matter if you’re wearing matching socks?

Some people think wearing odd socks is good luck (I haven’t found this) but something that is important is that International Down Syndrome Day is celebrated by wearing odd socks.

Maybe you could wear odd socks for Down Syndrome Day 2024 and show your support.

Start somewhere and ignore the eco-judgement

There is something we can do all and you need to find what works for your situation.

Start with something small, I’ve got loads of tips to help you get started.

You can also have conversations with friends and family to see what they do, that could give you some inspiration and potentially adopting that practice into your lifestyle. You may be surprised at how many people buy second-hand.

If you’d like to practise self-care the eco way, check out this download.

It feels that we just need to be kinder to each other and forget about the eco-judgment. After all, we are all working towards the same goal, just in different ways.

Breaking Down Climate Change for Kids: Easy and Effective Tips

Climate change has come up in many of our family conversations and it’s a tricky subject to navigate.

As a parent, my desire is to provide my child with a joyful and care-free upbringing while also imparting essential knowledge about potential world hazards, all without causing unnecessary fear.

Throughout her early schooling, she’s learned about Stranger Danger and other. We had meaningful conversations about it and I’m really really relived that she didn’t seem frightened by it. Surprisingly, she seemed to embrace the awareness I and the school were trying to achieve.

Mother and Daughter Talking at Home
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Nevertheless, there exist other perils, including the concerning issue of climate change.

Parenting doesn’t come with a comprehensive guidebook. Most of us are trying to navigate it the best way we can.

Personally, I strive to draw insights from fellow parents and carefully consider my words and actions, recognising that young minds are highly impressionable and a lot of what adults say, children will soak like a sponge. We’re all navigating this journey to the best of our abilities, hoping to raise them well without causing harm.

So, when it comes to climate change, how do we navigate this subject without scaring them? Here’s what I did, maybe some of these tips will help you.

What Can We Do About Climate Change?

  • Begin by laying the foundation: start with the basics about climate change. Explain to them what climate change is, what causes it and why it’s happening. Be sure to use simple language
  • Incorporate visual aids: When educators teach, they tend to use visual aids to help children understand. Pictures and videos can be really helpful and helps them visualise what you care trying to explain. As adults, sometimes it can be difficult to find the right words. Workbooks can be really helpful.
  • Question time: Children are incredibly curious and they will have questions, and it could be at random times. Don’t dismiss their questions. They’ll probably think of questions on the way to a swimming lesson or at the dinner table. These questions are usually their own way to process what has been discussed.
  • Action time: Children want to be helpful, make sure they know there is something they can do and encourage them to create habits to help them. Don’t forget to lead by example.

What Can Children Do About Climate Change?

  • Reuse items: Encouraging children to embrace reusing items is a great place to start. Using sandwich boxes instead of cling film, having water bottles instead of drinking out of drinks cartons.
  • Repurpose items: There are so many resources online to help children to repurpose things we no longer need. Turning a drinks carton into a birdhouse, using toilet rolls into a pair of binoculars, creating a house or rocket ship from a large unwanted cardboard box. This is a great way to harness their creativity.
  • Recycle: Show them the importance of recycling and how it works. Many councils have different rules on recycling and teach them what is required in your area
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  • Use their voices: Encourage them to use their voices when they want to make a change. Let them spread awareness, take part in local protests (peaceful ones), write to their local MP.
  • Reduce consumption: Turning off electronics when they are not needed, turning off lights when no on is in the room, turning off the taps, showers instead of baths, projects where they can reuse waste.
  • Reduce waste: When it comes to food, only put on their plate what they will eat, look at the packaging that comes with toys, encourage them to play with second-hand toys. When something is thrown out, it’s got to go somewhere.

Conclusion

Facilitating children’s comprehension of climate change constitutes a crucial stride toward forging a sustainable future. Through elucidating the foundational concepts, establishing relevance to their daily experiences, and underscoring the significance of proactive measures, we empower children to engage as dynamic contributors in the battle against climate change. By embracing minor actions to diminish their carbon impact and championing transformative shifts, children possess the potential to effect change and motivate others to follow suit.

Baby Shower Games and Tips for Hosting an Eco-Friendly Shower

Baby showers are special occasions that celebrate the impending arrival of a new life, surrounded by friends and family. To make the event even more memorable, consider incorporating simple baby shower games while also embracing an eco-friendly approach. This fusion of joy and sustainability can create a unique and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.

Pink Juice in Glasses for baby shower
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Eco-friendly baby showers don’t have to be expensive and may require a little imagination. Look at things that can be recycled and decorations that are natural. Try to avoid plastic where you can. Some things will probably involve making things instead of buying them, if you’re not a crafty person, that’s cool, enlist the help of someone who is.

Baby Shower Games and Tips for Hosting an Eco-Friendly Shower

Choosing a theme

Baby Shower Gifts

Food

Baby Shower Games

Choosing the theme

When planning an eco-friendly baby shower, the first step is to choose a theme that aligns with yours or mum-to-be’s values. A great idea would be to opt for natural and earthy decorations, avoiding single-use plastics and opting for biodegradable or reusable options. There are often places where you can buy second-hand decorations; Facebook Marketplace, Ebay etc. Invitations can be sent electronically to reduce paper waste or, if physical invitations are preferred, use recycled paper as well as any baby shower games.

Instead of buying plastic confetti (which get everywhere!), you can get a shaped hole-punch and punch out some of your shapes in your own colours, this will be in keeping with the theme/colour of the shower.

Here’s a great little tip – you can make the paper invitations a keepsake by printing a picture of the mum-to-be and the recipient of that invitation.

Baby Shower Gifts

Apart from Baby Shower Games, you need to think about gifts. Incorporate sustainable practices into the gift-giving aspect of the event as well. Encourage guests to bring gifts wrapped in reusable cloth or other eco-friendly materials. Additionally, you could ask the attendees to look for second-hand gifts. When I was having my daughter, my friends found loads of gifts second-hand that I will need; bottle warmer, bottle steriliser, baby grows.

You could even gift something for mum-to-be too. How about getting a papering session or a foot pedicure. Expectant mums have achy feet so that will go down a treat. Ahead of this, you can speak to others, gather ideas for gifts and baby shower games. Give them an IOU so when they’ve had the baby (and they’re able to), take them out somewhere and spend some time with your friend. Her life will be all about the baby when she becomes a mum and remind her that she’s still a person.

Gifts can be given in gift bags that can be reused again and again. Try not to buy ‘you’re having a baby’ bag or anything too specific, it will allow the mum-to-be to regift it to someone else.

Chocolate for Baby Shower in pink booties
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Food

I’m always a fan of supporting local businesses and buying things like cakes and food from locally sourced businesses is a huge boost to that business. For drinks, avoid plastic glasses or cups unless it’s something you’re going to reuse over and over again. If you want to have a go at making cupcakes yourself, there are options where you can have silicone cupcakes. I’ve got these and they can be reused a multiple of times without causing any plastic waste. Here are some zero waste snack ideas. Next we can look at baby shower games.

Baby Shower Games

What baby shower will be complete without hilarious baby shower games? There’s nothing like having games that will make everyone laugh and giggle. It’s a great way for people to share their own stories (not the scary ones!)

To take the headache out of trawling through the internet looking for games, check out these printable baby shower games where you can print at home on recycled paper. They also include answers. If you’re looking for Baby shower games for large groups, these are perfect for that.

Curious at which simple baby shower games are included? Keep reading…

Games include
– What’s in your phone?
– Baby shower predictions
– Wishes for the baby
– Wishes for Mum-to-be
– Baby Word search
– Baby ABC games
– Guess the film
– Animal gestation
– A-Z – Boy’s Names
– A-Z Girl’s Names
– Who knows Mummy best?
– Name that song
– Charades
– Unscramble the words

There are so many ways we can celebrate a new life coming into this world without using plastic.

How To Practise Self-Care the Eco Way

As our lives have become more hectic and demanding, the idea of self-care can embracing a more sustainable way of life can seen out of reach. With relentless schedules and living in a world that operates at a break-neck speed, any spare time we may have is filled with even more responsibilities.

Keeping up with this momentum leaves us very little time to pause and reflect on our own health and well-being as well as the impacts on the environment around us.

Self-care, once seen as a luxury, has changed into a necessity for maintain our mental, physical and emotional health. It’s so easy to neglect ourselves, especially when we have caring responsibilities; caring for children, parents, loved ones.

Self Care Isn't Selfish Signage
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Of course, the irony is that neglecting our own self-care hinders our ability to carry out the many tasks we are trying to juggle.

If you don’t look after yourself, your body will force you to do so. Don’t get to that point.

Additionally, the pursuit of sustainable living can sometimes feel like a tough battle against the conveniences that surround us.

The convenience of single-use products, the attraction of fast fashion, and the enticement of energy intensive technology add up to a lifestyle that tends to work against the planet’s well-being.

Incorporating sustainable practices requires a shift in mindset, one that values the long-term impact over short-term convenience.

From reducing waste and conserving resources to making eco-conscious consumer choices, each step towards sustainable living is a contribution towards safeguarding our planet for future generations.

What’s the self-care solution?

I recognised so much of this in myself and was the main reason I created the 8 Busy Mum Eco Swaps Self-Care Edition digital download

8 Busy Mum Eco Swaps Self-Care Edition digital download

Many personal care products contain toxic chemicals that can harm your health and the environment. If you have a look a the side of any skincare product, how many of the ingredients do you recognise or even pronounce.

Swapping to eco-friendly options, you can avoid these risks and, with cost comparisons, you can see where you could save money (includes voucher codes too)

Ditch the toxins and look after the planet your children will inherit. With the money you could save, your purse will thank you for it too.

Close-Up Shot of a Woman Putting Clay Mask
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Create moments of serenity just for you.

In a world where instant gratification and immediate results are celebrated, both self-care and sustainable living take time. Self-care is about recognising the value of investing in ourselves while being kinder to the environment.

Yes! You can do both!

Filled with DIY self-care recipes for a face mask, feet scrub, hair removal wax and also incorporates other self-care swaps you could make that could save you money in the long run while still caring about the only home we have.

Woman Sitting in a Bathtub with Flowers and Oranges Floating and Drinking Red Wine
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As we navigate the currents of our fast-paced reality, carving out moments for self-care and embracing sustainable choices not only enriches our own lives but also contributes to a broader shift towards a more balanced and harmonious coexistence with the world around us.

Self-care you deserve

So, in the whirlwind of our busy lives, let us strive to intertwine self-care and sustainable living, creating a tapestry of well-being that withstands the relentless passage of time.

You’re a teacher of self-love. Show your children that self-care isn’t selfish; it’s an act of empowerment and respect. Nurture your well-being, and watch as your self-love inspires a legacy of strength.

In the dance of life, self-care is your partner. It’s the moment you find yourself amidst the steps, embracing your individuality, and celebrating the extraordinary person you are.

Let self-care lead the way and grab your download here

The Best DIY Toilet Bomb Recipe – in my Opinion!

Are you looking for the best DIY toilet bomb recipe? I’ve got you covered!

This toilet bomb recipe can help get your cleaning done in no time and they’re easy to make.

When it comes to cleaning, the toilet isn’t always the favourite place to clean but it does need to be cleaned.

Many household cleaners contain nasty toxins that are no good for your health nor the environment.

It’s something I never realised before. I’m mean, why would I? I’ve never looked at the side of the bottle scanning the list of ingredients. I needed. a products to clean something and I will see what’s available.

I bet if you have a look at the ingredients on some of your cleaning products, there will be words that you may not even be able to pronounce, let alone know what they do.

Just breathing in these chemicals can’t be good for our lungs and no one wants to have to wear a full set of PPE when cleaning.

Since I opted for a more eco-friendly way to live, I’ve been looking into ways I can ditch harmful cleaning products in favour of ones that are more sustainable and kinder to the environment (and they could work out cheaper too)

Glass jar with DIY Toilet Bomb Recipe along the top

One of the ways I have achieved this is to create my own toilet bomb recipe.

I even got my happy helper (my daughter) to help me.

Wanna know more? Keep reading

DIY Toilet Bomb Recipe

Here’s what you need for your Toilet Bomb Recipe…

  • 1 cup of Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 cup of Citric Acid
  • Silicone molds ice cube trays (we’ve got various shapes)
  • 30 (ish) drops of essential oil (I chose lavender)
  • Small spray bottle filled with tap water
Two glass cups with Bicarbonate of soda and citric acid and four brown silicone molds for toilet bomb recipe

Method

  • Firstly, mix the bicarb soda and citric acid together in a bowl.
  • Once mixed well, add drops of essential oil and mix well.
  • Spray every so often and keep mixing. You want it to see some of it sticking together but not too much as it will start fizzing.
  • Carefully, spoon the mixture into the molds and ensure you firmly press down so the mixture can compact, if it’s not compacted, it will fall apart.
Brown mold showing two spaces filled
child filling in the molds
brown molds filled with toilet bomb recipe mixture

Once you’ve used up all the mixture, leave them in a dry place to let the set.

I tend to leave it for 24 hours to ensure they are fully set.

mold showing two toilet bombs removed

Place them in an airtight jar.

Here’s a video I made earlier with some happy music

How to use the toilet bombs

When it’s time to clean your toilet, all you have to do is drop one or two of these into your toilet and let them fizz away.

Leave for about five minutes or so and, using your toilet brush, clean your toilet as usual.

Ta da! A clean toilet !

I’d love to know how you get on. If you’re looking for another DIY project, check this one out – How to Make Your Own Draught Excluder.

This is something that works for me but may not work for everyone. Here are my terms & conditions for further reading