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It seems a little silly to write a post on ‘buying’ when we’re not doing any buying at all. But I guess it’s sort of like dieting and chocolate, if you can’t have something you talk about it, think about it, and dream about it. Or in this case write about it. I’ve been thinking of writing a post about this gorgeous dress I bought Little Eco a few weeks ago from Foxs Lane. Then today, after reading Kate’s expression of appreciation for her own little online shop, I couldn’t help but share my love for her sweet handmade dresses.... Read more →

I’m finding it relatively easy to be green when it comes to clothing. I’ve (more or less) stuck to the ethical clothing pledge for the past year and a half; buy mostly pre-loved; and have managed to whittle my wardrobe down to no more than eight of anything. No more than eight shirts, eight t-shirts, and so on (I know, I said I’d do six, but I’m not quiet there, yet). But there’s one annual purchase of ‘new’ that I can’t live without. I have to have at least one new t-shirt each Summer. Thankfully, I don’t have to break... Read more →

I’m over at Childhood 101 today sharing my latest strategy for decreasing television viewing in our household. If you're wondering what speed bumps and a tea party have to do with watching television, head on over and check it out. Housekeeping Apologies to my email subscribers who received my last five blog posts for the second time today. It was an unexpected consequence of me setting up the domain name Hopefully today's email was the last of the duplicate emails. The old address still works, so you don’t need to change your links, bookmarks, rss feed or email... Read more →

There's been loads of playing with bits of nature around here recently. A banana leaf tent was hugely popular. I simply tied banana leaves onto a sawhorse. The bark that recently fell from Little Eco's fairy seats became a canvas for chalk drawing. A paint pen turned a quick beach trip into a crafting activity, with Little Eco creating her own story stones (can you tell she's drawn our dog?). Have a look around. What bits of nature could your children play with? For more play inspiration head on over to Childhood 101's We Play. Read more →