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5 Hints & Tips to reduce the Plastic-Footprint of your Party.

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5 Hints & Tips to reduce the Plastic-Footprint of your Party.

In my opinion, small plastic toys are definitely up there, along with single-use plastics as 'pointless plastic'. Despite the protests of love by the kids, there is no long-term use for or use of this plastic. It's literally production of waste. But kids' parties are often FULL of it, and it's SO HARD (almost impossible) to get away from. It takes fore-thought and effort. We're by no means perfect. At all. I'll start by being up front and say that whilst I say no to the shiny plastic helium balloons, I did say yes to latex helium balloons, which whilst better,...

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#tbt One from the Archive: “Sometimes you just have to know when to take a cab”

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#tbt One from the Archive: “Sometimes you just have to know when to take a cab”

(First published on the Contented Calf website on Tuesday 7th June 2011.) My good friend Leonard and I caught up on the phone the other weekend for what turned out to be one of our ‘Power-Chats’. Ladies, you’ll know what I mean: We talked about literally everything in our lives We analysed said everything to the nth degree Leonard’s OH came to the phone a few times asking if she’d forgotten about his existence (the call lasted 1hr 59 mins!!!!) We both finished the call feeling revitalised and happy. Topic number 834 of the Power-Chat was my work-life balance. As you’ll...

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#tbt One from the Archives: Home Alone

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#tbt One from the Archives: Home Alone

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Monday 6th June 2011.) It was with an immense sense of trepidation that I approached this weekend just gone. With Hubby working away during the weeks, I’m a pseudo single mum on weekdays and used to it, but it does means BF and I relish the weekends even more, when there’s the three of us. This weekend Hubby was away on a stag do, going straight there and straight back, so we wouldn’t see him for two whole weeks. As I work Monday to Wednesday, it was the four day stretch from Thursday...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Politics of the Playground

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#tbt One from the Archive: Politics of the Playground

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Wednesday 11th May 2011.)

We all remember how difficult it was to navigate our way around the social “do’s and don’ts” of the playground when we were young, don't we? The playground was a tough place to be. You were judged on a daily basis as to whether you fitted in, what kind of girl/boy you were, were you cool enough to play with? And many of judgements were made on the basis of what kind of a person you looked like. 

But I’m slowly realising that re-entering the playground as a parent, these judgements are being made all over again. Indeed, this happened to us just last weekend!

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7 Top Ideas & Gifts For a More Eco Christmas

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7 Top Ideas & Gifts For a More Eco Christmas

Finished your Christmas shopping, and just looking for stocking fillers? Mid-way through and searching for inspiration? Not yet started? It doesn't matter where you are in terms of Christmas preparation. We have got seven top ideas & gifts for a more Eco Christmas this year, which will make a positive impact - both on the recipient, and on our planet.  ✨ One ✨ These beautiful decorative reusable Strawsome glass straws (with a life-time guarantee) makes= the perfect Christmas gift for the eco-conscious recipient.  And why not create a lovely bundle of a straw, a recycled plastic carrying case and a cleaning brush?...

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