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Eco Gift Guide 2021 from The Contented Company
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I don't know about you, but I'm never as organised as I want to be for Christmas, ESPECIALLY when I'm trying to buy gifts that have less of an impact on our planet. I need more time and more inspiration. So hopefully this Eco Gift Guide compilation will help you browse through eco gift options on The Contented Company site to give you some inspiration to get you started... 9 Eco Kids Gift Ideas... Wood-backed Robot Stamps, by Jungwiealt £21.00 Plastic Free 'Sloth & Friends Kids' Tea Set, by Sass & Belle £22.00 Cotton Bag of Glass Marbles, by...
My Autumn Reset
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I don't know about you, but September always feels like a perfect time to 'reset'. This year, more than ever, by the end of the school year, my head was so foggy. Our routines were non-existent, as was our family's focus on nutrition, the environment and making sure screen time was limited. Summer Holidays I took the whole Summer 'off'. I mean, being a mum and running your own business, you're never really off, are you? But... I didn't drive the business in the way that I can; I didn't worry about posting regularly on social media; and I just...
3 Quick Tips on Transitioning to Non-Dairy Milk
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1. Try lots of different milks I've settled on oat milk as I find the consistency (and taste) most similar to dairy milk. But others love Soy, Almond, sweetened, unsweetened. Have a play around to find what you taste buds like.🥛 2. Transition your (and your family's) tastebuds slowly. It DOES taste different. What I did was start by using 3:1 parts dairy to non dairy milk - in my coffee, on my cereal, in béchamel sauces, and slowly change the ratio. I'm now at 100% non-dairy most of the time, or at least 1:3 dairy:non-dairy. With this increase of...
Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
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2009 Looking at the picture of me as a brand new mum, with my eldest as a one-day old newborn, emotion floods right back in, like an unexpectedly large wave.My eyes well up because I see that (obviously) inexperienced one day old mum with a teeny tiny brand new baby, and I remember her numbness alongside the love.I’m still not fully reconciled with the state of my mental health post birth. I never really worked out where I fell. I felt empty and robotic much of the time, but similarly I could find happiness and joy in things.I cried...
#tbt One from the Archive: i could have danced all night… and still have begged for more.
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(First published on The Contented Calf website on Wednesday 14th August 2013. I'd just spent a week attending the London Amateur Ballet Summer Intensive, and I was buzzing...) In the words of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady: I could have danced all night!I could have danced all night!And still have begged for more…. I could have spread my (swan) wingsAnd done a thousand thingsI’ve never done before. I’ll never know what made it so exciting.Why all at once my heart took flight. I only know when he (actually, they - the rest of the London Amateur Ballet Summer Intensive Company, that is) Began...