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#tbt One from the Archive: Dear 11 MO....

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#tbt One from the Archive: Dear 11 MO....

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Tuesday 26th March 2013. Seven years ago, when the world was very different.)  ….very very soon you’re not going to be a ‘MO’ any longer, but a big, grown-up ‘YO’. You’ll be 1YO. Wow. How time flies. I know it’s what every parent says. But it’s true. Over the last week or so I seem to keep having moments when I think “this time last year….” And I know on your actual birthday those thoughts will be even stronger. Your birth wasn’t the totally natural birth I was aiming for (again). My waters...

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Introducing... TWO NEW Eco Partnerships!

Introducing... TWO NEW Eco Partnerships!

As you know, at The Contented Company we care greatly for the environment, trying to consume less plastic; aim for zero waste; opt for biodegradable, compostable and natural materials for products we can't use forever; and reduce our carbon footprint too. I am delighted to announce that we can now do this as a company, in partnership with two amazing organisations.   Carbon Offsetting with Pledgeling We are donating 1% of every sale to Pledgeling's offset fund, which funds organisations working with both individuals and companies to both reduce and offset their carbon emissions. These include: We Are Neutral, Carbonfund.Org & Community Carbon Trees - Costa...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Will Work Have To Wait?

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#tbt One from the Archive: Will Work Have To Wait?

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Wednesday 20th February 2013.)  It’s lunch-time on Wednesday afternoon and I’m frantically typing away as 3YO lies upstairs (sleeping?) in bed due to an enforced post-lunch nap. She’s off nursery. Again. On Monday she projectile vommitted, then was absolutely fine. However, nursery policy and common sense that she could still be contagious with whatever bug caused it, meant that Tuesday was a no-go as far as nursery was concerned. (At least 10MO was well enough for Contented Hubby to take – and collect, thank-you!! – her to nursery for the day, spending much of it...

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6 Reasons to Green Clean

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6 Reasons to Green Clean

You will have seen us talking lots about Green Cleaning online, but what are the reasons to be green cleaning your home? At the highest level, the primary reason to green clean your home is health: both for you and your family, and the environment. An added benefit to green cleaning your home, is that after a little bit of up-front cost, very rapidly it becomes cheaper. We think about pollution at an environmental level, but how many of us have actually questioned the pollution level INSIDE our house, where we can spend up to 90% of our time? And...

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#tbt One from the Archive: “And What’s Your Occupation?”

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#tbt One from the Archive: “And What’s Your Occupation?”

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Wednesday 13th January 2013.)    I’ve noticed recently that I’ve had to answer this question a fair amount recently – various registration forms for either of my girls, a market researcher I spoke to yesterday at the station and notably when Contented Hubby registered 9MO’s birth. He decided for me that if I’d written a book I was an Author, so that’s what I am on 9MO’s birth certificate!! Pre the birth of 3YO, it was easy I was a ‘Marketing Communications Manager’. Simple.  Straight-forward. Now, I tend just to go for...

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