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How To Effectively Disinfect With Green Cleaning

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How To Effectively Disinfect With Green Cleaning

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a detailed blog, giving 6 Reasons to Green Clean.  But as our lives continue to focus on cleaning, and disinfecting and trying to make our homes as clean and virus-free as possible, I wanted to focus in on how we can do that, but without sacrificing our desire to do so in a green way. So let's look at ways in which we can disinfect our houses effectively, but in an environmentally friendly way. 1. White Vinegar The primary ingredient of many natural cleaning products is white vinegar. Vinegar is acetic acid, which...

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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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Back to School... Tidy Silence

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Back to School... Tidy Silence

Today marks the start of the first full week back to school for our two. The eldest is in Year Six (the emotions I have about this are for another post); and the youngest has just started Year Three, so I have TWO kids in Juniors....!! The start of term always seems like a bit of a whirlwind: last minute shoe shopping; trying on uniform to see what fits and what we need more of; getting hair cuts; squeezing in last minute play dates; and then bundling out of the door on the first day, hoping that we've at least...

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#tbt One from the Archive: What did you do today? I was ‘busy doing nothing, working the whole day through’

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#tbt One from the Archive: What did you do today? I was ‘busy doing nothing, working the whole day through’

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Tuesday 25th October 2011.)  One Thursday morning a couple of months ago, I suddenly realised it was approaching 11am and BF and I had not really done anything. I wasn’t really that bothered as it was half-term from her usual Thursday morning swimming lessons and so we didn’t have to rush anywhere. And to be honest, I was quite enjoying just pottering around. However, it did spark off me hearing this song on my internal jukebox. I’m not sure the words are entirely correct, but these are the ones that came to me,...

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Working From Home: Is the grass greener....?

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Working From Home: Is the grass greener....?

This summer it will be ten years since I worked full-time in a corporate office. TEN YEARS!!?! HOW did that happen....?? Well.... I know how that happened. I had a baby. And then another. And then we moved to America. And then back. (You can 'read all about it' ;-) here...) And here I am, fast approaching ten years since I first left my job, and nine years since starting down this road as a 'mumpreneur'. And with that has come a lot more of working from home. I was very lucky when I was working full time that I...

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