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10 Simple Switch Ups on your Journey to Zero Waste

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10 Simple Switch Ups on your Journey to Zero Waste

Last week I talked about making Straight Swaps to more eco versions of your regular products, that require no change to our routine or our convenience (6 Straight Swaps on your Journey to Zero Waste). This week I want to talk about making 10 Simple Switch Ups on your Journey to Zero Waste. As you may remember, I have identified three 'levels' of change on a zero waste journey: Straight Swap - A change that really requires no change to our routine or our convenience. It is just a straight swap to a more eco friendly, zero waste version of an everyday...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Apricots

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Apricots

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Tuesday 6th May 2014.) As well as tasting great, Apricots are friends of breastfeeding mums. They are one of our top ten lactogenic foods and can aid with breast milk production, so let’s find out a bit more about them. Usually referring to the species Prunus armeniaca, an apricot is a small, golden orange fruit, with velvety skin and flesh, or the tree that bears the fruit. However, Prunus brigantina, Prunus mandshurica, Prunus mume, and Prunus sibirica are closely related and have similar fruit also called apricots[i] & [ii]. They are relatives of the...

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6 Straight Swaps on your Journey to Zero Waste

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6 Straight Swaps on your Journey to Zero Waste

No sustainable change can be made instantly and wholly. It is a process that takes time and effort. This is something we need to remember on our own journeys to zero waste. We need to take one change at a time and make it a habit. Then we move on to the next. As I wrote in my blog, The Easiest Way You Can Start Your Eco Journey To Zero Waste, don't be Sisyphus. Don't choose a whole (zero waste) boulder. Pick up one 'pebble' and slowly, but surely walk up that hill to the top and put that pebble...

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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: Totally Potty?

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#tbt One from the Archive: Totally Potty?

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Sunday 24th July 2011.) So are you all dying to find out how our four days of Potty Training went (The best laid plans of mice and mummies)? What was our call yesterday as to whether we’d send BF to nursery in pants or nappies? Were we ‘totally potty’ to attempt Potty Training....?   Well, here’s my mummy report:   Day One, Thursday (aka D-Day!) To be honest, it was a bit of a mixed bag.  It started off well with BF being very enthusiastic about wearing her ‘big girl pants’. In the...

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