Baby is here – hurrah! Here’s a few ideas for a slightly different type of gift for a new mama…

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I finally got around to filming my birth story with little Abe Forrest…In short, it was the most incredible, empowering experience and I remember every moment!

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It’s exciting times because Zero Waste Week, a week-long awareness campaign to encourage individuals, businesses and organisations around the world to reduce their landfill waste, save money and preserve resources, runs this week (2-6 September 2019) and I am so ready. The campaign has been running every year September since 2008 – this is it’s twelfth year! – and is an awesome prompt to make some small lifestyle changes and further reduce our waste.

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Every Summer I vow to properly write this list up (currently scrawled in the back of my diary) and finally, this Summer I’ve done it! So here goes – a list of my camping essentials, with two kids aged 3 and 5. This list will of course differ for everybody, depending on where you’re camping and the ages of any kids but I do hope it’s helpful. In no particular order….

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There are businesses that plod on as normal, adding to the plastic crap that fills our everyday lives. Then there are businesses like Who Gives A Crap who actively do good in the world and, crucially, are still looking for ways to improve (keep reading for more on that).

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Ethical Superstore – one of hundreds of businesses on CoGo

I don’t like shopping and spending my money – there I said it! It’s not because I’m stingy, it’s just that often times there’s such a sense of unknown behind a high street or online shop, that sometimes it all just feels a little overwhelming and I’d rather buy nothing, provide for myself or make something for someone if I am after a gift. Shops are increasingly being held to account , but I still find it hard to really trust where I spend my money…

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This is one meal the kids and I seem to be able to eat again and again. Which is a lucky thing given it’s so easy to make, and versatile. The dough will also freeze well, and essentially you can pretty much thrown anything on top – a fair bit of cheese will help! – and it’ll taste great.

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I’ve been mulling this post over in my head for a few months but its only now since I’ve been implementing my #6pmswitchoff that I’ve actually been able to properly formulate my thoughts, with some silence from social media and real life thinking and being. 

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