Friday Feature #13: Eighteen Rabbit Fair Trade

Ethical purchasing is an issue really close to my heart because I hate the idea of my purchasing decisions having a detrimental effect, whether that be on the people that made the item or on the surrounding environment. Sadly, one of the main offenders when it comes to unethical production practices is the fashion and style industry. Eighteen Rabbit sell gifts, art and craft pieces that are ethical and fair trade. Their focus is on design and style, so as well as being ethically sound, many of their products are unique and all are fabulous. They are also based locally to me in…

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Thursday Photo #103

This week has been largely focussed around birthdays. My husband’s birthday was over the weekend and nobody was more excited about this than Libby, not least because she was allowed to choose his birthday presents. My husband and I have never been particularly materialistic. If he thought a boat was an option for his birthday present, I’m sure he would have been happy to tell me exactly what he wanted. But with circumstances as they are, he couldn’t come up with anything for us to buy, and quite frankly neither could I. So, it was over to Libby. She decided…

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Having the confidence to be alone

Yesterday, I took my girls to soft play. It’s something we’ve started to do quite regularly, because I really see the benefit to their development in terms of climbing and running. I believe it is also good for them socially, since every time we go there are different children there, who they will make friends with and play with although they’re only together for an hour. So I found it a little odd when I walked into the soft play centre and realised that I was the only adult there on my own. It seems that everyone else views this…

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Palm Oil Free Product Recommendations #3

This month, I haven’t discovered quite so many palm oil free products as usual. This may seem odd, but I see it as a bit of a victory. Because I’m finally starting to settle on the products I love and use regularly, and they have become a staple part of our monthly shop. That said, since my last palm oil free product recommendations post, there have been four products that have really stood out to me as being fantastic and I wanted to share them with you. Candles Until recently, I had no idea that candles generally contained palm oil derivatives,…

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Zoocchini hooded towels: review

Both of my children have been swimming since they were tiny, building water confidence is really important to us, so we try to swim every week. This has been really successful and it’s one of the activities we all enjoy doing as a family. The only rubbish thing about swimming is getting changed afterwards. When the girls were tiny, it was easy to just wrap them straight up in a hooded baby towel and get them warm. As they’ve got older though, it is one of the few things that has got more difficult. The girls just don’t seem to be…

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Life is short, live harder

Every now and then, life throws you a curve ball. A timely reminder that life is short, life is precious and we need to make the most of every single moment. Since having children, I’ve been finding it really difficult to get any time for me. Time to do the things I enjoy; keep fit, go travelling and even go out with friends. Money has been a bit of an issue because I have been so determined to spend all the time I can with the children, that work had to happen when they were either out or asleep. This…

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KidzInMind App for Android and iOS: Review

I have never been keen on my children having too much screen time, whether that be the television, my phone or the computer. But as her school starting date approaches, I have been more keen to teach her to use a tablet. I often think back to my own school days, when IT lessons were nothing short of traumatic. I remember sitting in lessons where everyone else knew what they were doing, and I had no idea how to turn the thing on. I really didn’t want this for Libby. So, a few months ago we bought an iPad. It has…

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