Getting the Kids to go Green

How easy is it to get children to go green? As a mother of 3, I know that setting a good example is often the way to encourage children to start to do the right thing. I also know, that there are lots of hurdles along the way, peer pressure being a big one!


Start small and keep it fun

My 8-year-old is responsible for the recycling. It might sound dull, but he started sorting and popping it into the bin with me when he was small and we made it into a sorting and counting game. He’s now 8 and far better at recycling than his father!

Grow your own!

My 5-year-old is eagerly waiting for his  strawberry plants grown from seeds to provide their first fruits. You don’t need to have a garden to grow your own, your can grow some things just on your window sill. The special thing about growing your own, is children learn that food isn’t grown looking “perfect” and doesn’t grow in plastic!

Lego  love


Continue reading →

Miele Dishwasher Review & Video

I’ve pondered for years, which is the greenest way to wash up? A sink or a dishwasher? I’ve actually been so torn that I’ve refused to allow us to own a dishwasher while I overcame my own objections. But, then our family has grown and my objections seemed weaker.  No longer would a single sink of water cope with the mountains of washing up we create daily. I investigated, and discovered that some dishwashers use on average less water than it takes to fill my sink once..! So the decision was made to get a dishwasher! Continue reading →

Coffee Cups – What a waste!

The coffee shop culture seems to be booming in the UK. Most of my friends seem to have a favourite coffee shop, they buy from a specific chain as it suits their needs. I guess it’s no different to selecting the supermarket you shop at, you get used to what’s on offer, the prices, the appearance. But, there’s something which really puzzles me. The excitement when a “Limited edition” takeaway cup comes out.


Continue reading →

Revision tips with BIC

It’s that time of year, exams are on many families minds. But it’s not just the exams which can prove stressful, the revision can be more stressful than the exams themselves! Lots of questions like how much revision is enough? Where should revision take place? Does revising with friends help? Run through the minds of parents and students.

I remember well my own experience of revising, and having to work out what worked best for me. I always worked better on my own with the radio on. I used to plan revision into 45 minute chunks per topic. Between topics I’d take 15 minutes to get a drink and walk about -outside where possible!

Revision tips

BIC have put together a series of exam survival tips, put together by the BIC team. Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Reviews.

Bidvine – get bids on the work you need doing!

Collaborative Post

Is it just me who finds myself with a serious lack of time when I’m searching for a plumber or a piano tuner? It’s easy enough to find the phone numbers I’ll admit. But making time to ring around and get estimates. Or waiting in for in for them to come and look at what needs doing to then discover I can’t afford their rates anyway! It’s frustrating. Well, life seems to have just been made easier thanks to a new site called Bidvine.

Image: BidVine

Image: Bidvine

Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Reviews.

Why Choose Ethical Fashion?

I was amazed to learn that the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. This is not just terrible for the environment, it is dire for the workers who are exposed to dangerous chemicals or poor working conditions in order to mass produce fashion. In the UK we throw away a terrible amount of textiles each year. While many feel that their conscience is clear as they’ve taken it to be recycled, be aware that many fabrics can’t be recycled, and much of our unwanted textiles end up in African countries sitting in large bales. We have simply transferred a problem.

Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Fashion.