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Guest post: Why to use more eco friendly products

Today more and more people decide to take up actions which are beneficial for our environment or at least to use products which will cause none or minimum damage to the nature. Actually it is something great that people become more conscious about their well-being and about the living world. We have only one planet to live on, right? We have to preserve it for as long period as possible. For this purpose, nowadays many manufacturers take advantage of the whole situation and try to promote their eco products convincing us that it is all about the environment. The truth is that everybody take care of their own interest but indeed going green can make a large impact- on our own lives and nature itself.

Living a green and healthy life is actually not something hard to achieve. You can simply start with changing what you eat or to run more frequently, for example. However, the easiest way to start changing your life and at the same time contributing to our environment is to change the products you use in your household. Fortunately, people have already realised that that the products they use are dangerous not only for the environment, but for themselves as well. When one’s health on the line, then change is possible and necessary.

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Your home is your temple, in order to keep it clean and safe for you and your family, there are a few steps you can take. Unfortunately, there are various materials and tools common to many households that can simply put your health in danger. Great majority of the products we use in our every day life contain harsh chemicals, artificial ingredients and many more bad-for-our-health compositions. You probably did not know but the laundry detergent, for instance, which is one of the most toxic products we use.

Even though the nature responsible products has positive impact on the nature and our health, it is still not enough to change the mind of the rest of the people. One of the main reasons because of which people avoid using eco friendly products is their price. Yes, if you want to use such products you have to overpay a little bit more but you will surely preserve your health so we think it is worth the price.

In order to protect yourself and your family, Flat Cleaning Services advise you to use organic cleaning products. They do not contain artificial additives which put our health at risk, they do not contain harsh chemicals as well. What is even more, they do not contain perfumes and synthetic dyes which as you know can lead to serious health problems, allergic reactions or outbreaks. Inhaling these chemicals while cleaning may lead to serious damages on our well-being. Every time you use organic and eco friendly cleaning products, you, your family and the environment are safe and well-preserved.

natural products

The environment has been seriously damaged over the last few decades due to the usage of detergents containing various dangerous chemicals. The use of such has been inspected in details because of their toxic effects on the nature and its fauna. Save our planet and choose the green life- start choosing environmentally products which can help reduce the toxins and poisons that harm our environmental world.

The good news is that many manufacturers are willing to go green and keep on promoting their natural products aiming to protect Mother Earth and at the same time to satisfy people. The best option is to start using organic products that contain only natural toxin-free ingredients. They are safe for you and for our nature.

Guest post by Margaret Ellis

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A Bright Future for the Next Generation

Britmums have challenged bloggers to take part in the #brightFuture Challenge. I received a free Unilever bag including a bottle of Persil Non-Bio Small & Mighty Liquid, Dove DermaSpa body lotion and a body wash and a bottle of Domestos Bleach, all brands that I know well and trust.

Unilever products

I certainly want my children to have a bright future, so I try to teach them a mantra I learnt from my parents to reduce, reuse, recycle. Some of it falls on deaf ears, particularly with regards to the huge number of toys we possess.

However they do like to join in with planting seeds, although unfortunately none of us seem to have green fingers, so we certainly couldn’t become self-sufficient, but we did have plenty of raspberries this summer plus some tomatoes and I just picked the last few alpine strawberries of the season. Alongside our gardening efforts, of course we have a compost bin.

growing strawberries

We sometimes enjoy a crafting session together, for which I’ve added lots of bits and pieces to my crafting stash via reuse. So magazines, wrapping paper, ribbon, bubble wrap, boxes all end up there.

And we’ve been using cloth shopping bags for years, long before the plastic bag tariff was introduced. My favourites are personalised with the boys’ artwork. And with shoulder straps, it makes it easier for the boys to help carry shopping home when we walk 10 minutes to our local small supermarket rather jumping in the car.

Unilever bag for life

Talking of bags, I rarely need to buy bin bags, as there always seems to be a constant supply of plastic bags arriving in the house, either from food or packaging on review products. Okay the bags may be a lot smaller, so I’m taking them out to the wheelie bin much more frequently.

And of course we try to follow all the easy energy saving tips like washing clothes at a lower temperature and on a short cycle, turning lights off in unoccupied rooms, closing the curtains, turning the tap off whilst brushing teeth.

Right now, I’m wearing a jumper to avoid putting the heat on for a few more weeks.

Fact File:
Unilever’s brightFuture initiative focuses on small changes that can make big differences and how we can build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably. Since the launch of the Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever has helped 482 million people to improve their health and hygiene, including through hand washing, improving self-esteem and oral hygiene.
This is exemplified in the work undertaken by Domestos that has committed to helping 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020. Access to clean sanitation can protect people from preventable diseases, reduce mortality rates, help reduce school dropout rates and improve quality of life.
Furthermore, Persil has backed a global initiative ‘Learning for Tomorrow’ partnering with UNICEF to help give children in some of the world’s toughest areas the opportunity of a quality education.
Building on the aim to improve lives through small steps, the Dove Self-Esteem Project has worked closely with leading psychologists, academics and experts to create materials and resources that help young people develop a positive relationship with their appearance. The project has now reached over 19 million young lives.

Some interesting figures:
Six out of ten parents saying that they have started to live in a ‘greener’ way at home at the suggestion of their children.
83% of children continue to feel optimistic about their own future and 59% feel optimistic about the future of the environment.
Most parents (between 70-80%) believe that, compared with themselves, their children will live longer, have a better education and better job prospects, and will enjoy life more, even if they will have to work harder to reap the rewards of the greater benefits ahead.

I’d love to hear what you do towards achieving a better future for the next generation.

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Disclosure. This post is an entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever. This post mentions products I received for free. All opinions are my own.

Help! Too many toys – more storage needed

Recently I re-read my blog post on decluttering from over a year ago and had a wake-up call. I haven’t really made much progress. More action required, especially with regards to the ever-growing number of cuddly toys residing here. I’m sure we have enough to populate a small country. And the boys won’t hear of reducing their ranks even by one.

Qwerkity jumbo storage bag

So I was very pleased to be offered the chance to review a large storage bag from Qwerkity for free. This is a jumbo sized bag which will be ideal to house some of the bears. And luckily son2 has agreed with me sort of. Bless him, he said “Yes Mummy we can move them into there from the bed when you’re washing the duvet.” I do admit it does take me ages evicting the large number he fills his bed with, but that wasn’t quite what I had in mind. I was thinking of more permanent storage for some of the other bears scattered around his room.

Qwerkity jumbo storage bag

Jumbo storage bag – big enough to hide behind

The bag measures approximately 60cm wide by 30cm deep by 45cm high and is very eco, being 90% made from recycled plastic bottles. Surprisingly it doesn’t actually mention this point on the website, which I would have thought worth promoting. It can be zipped shut, very useful if you’re using it for storing bedding. And it can be folded flat when not in use. It currently retails for £5.99, so very good value. It also comes in 3 other designs. I definitely recommend this bag.

Qwerkity is not a brand I had come across previously. But looking at their website, I discovered that it is in fact an umbrella name for four brands, namely Presents for Men, Gifts for the Girls, Essentials and Travel Paraphernalia. They offer unusual, practical and fun gifts for people of all ages from children to grandparents. Do take a look.

Qwerkity jumbo storage bag

They also sent me a voucher for £5 off a £40 spend.

I’d love to hear what product you like best on the Qwerkity website?

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own. 

From bouncy castle or deckchair to a new bag!

wyatt & jack are a company who create sustainable bags and accessories from re-purposed beach deckchair canvas and retired bouncy castle vinyl pvc. What a fabulous eco upcycling idea. Take a look at their website, they have a great range of products and they have sent me a free mini pouch to review.

recycled Wyatt and Jack mini pouch
It was carefully packaged in tissue paper, sealed with stickers rather than sellotape. Easy to peel off, so that the wrapping could be saved for a future crafting project with the kids. Another eco plus mark. And it even came with a stick of rock, which I found hidden inside when I unzipped the pouch. What a nice touch and in theme with its seaside history.

recycled Wyatt and Jack mini pouch
I could immediately see that my mini pouch had been fashioned from deckchair canvas rather than bouncy castle vinyl. And it is of a size (22cm x 13cm) whereby the pouch could have so many different uses, for instance make-up bag or kids wash bag. And I loved the little story on the label.

recycled Wyatt and Jack mini pouch

However the use has already been decided for this particular mini pouch. Son2 wanted it as soon as he saw it. So it is now a pencil case for son2.
recycled Wyatt and Jack mini pouch

The mini pouch has now been replaced this season by the new slightly larger Starsky Clutch which looks just as fab. I love how each of these items is unique. No two are ever quite the same. And their tagline is great, that they are all made in Britain by the sea! Also if you live near Bembridge, there is the opportunity to have a bespoke item made by booking an appointment at their shop.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway an Anton Everything Purse to five lucky winners. This is an exclusive promotional item which is not currently available via their online shop, but to give you an idea of how much it can hold, I have been told that it is fairly similar in size to the Starsky Clutch. And since each item is unique, it will be a surprise as to what colour and design you might win.

Plus the rafflecopter option to subscribe to the wyatt & jack newsletter also gives you the opportunity to get a free product, because for a limited time only, wyatt & jack are offering a free Starsky Clutch (current price £22.95) when you sign up to their newsletter. I don’t know how long the offer is open, so be quick!

anton everything purse

The anton everything purse

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

I’d love to hear of any repurposed items you either own or have seen.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Yumbox review and giveaway

What is a Yumbox I hear you ask? It is a new style of lunch box, specifically designed to be leak-proof and to assist with portion control. And I have received a free Yumbox to review in a colour and style of my choice. So I chose the Panino style with 4 compartments in Tutti Frutti blue, because I knew blue would appeal best to the boys.

Yumbox lunchbox

Yumbox lunchbox

The Yumbox comprises an exterior latched box and a removeable inner tray. The Panino style tray is divided into a large compartment (for a sandwich or salad say), 2 smaller compartments and a dip well. It is designed so that the silicone lid seals all compartments individually, so no need for plastic bags or clingfilm. I like that as I’m all for anything green. And I loved the Eat Well design on the tray.

The boys have school lunches and as it is too cold for a picnic at this time of year, I tested it out on son2 with a packed lunch at home. He was delighted to try it out, but he did need help to open it. I did find it a bit of a squeeze to fit his sandwich into the largest compartment. But I put that down to my slices of homemade bread being both larger and thicker than most shop-bought bread. There was still space at the edge of that compartment to add 2 baby corns, a tomato and babybel cheese, so it wasn’t due to the compartment size. Then I filled one of the smaller compartments with sliced cucumber and grapes. I put crisps in the other smaller compartment and some houmous in the dip well.

Yumbox lunchbox

After closing the box, I gave it a good shake to simulate being carried in a school bag and it certainly lived up to expectation of being leak-proof. No soggy crisps covered in houmous.

I did note that you wouldn’t be able to include bulky items like an apple without chopping it up, which is a shame as an apple obviously stays freshest whole.

Yumbox lunchbox

Yumbox lunchbox

Son2 really enjoyed having his lunch in the Yumbox at home, even if I didn’t make it like a bento style picture. There I’ve thrown another word into this post, which you may not all be familiar with. Bento is a Japanese packed lunch arranged to look like a picture, which is now becoming increasingly popular over here. And as I wouldn’t have time to make a packed lunch like that normally, I chose not to do so this time either, although there are some fab Bento lunches from other bloggers over on the Yumbox website.

So to summarise, both son2 and I love this lunch box.

The Yumbox retails at £24.95 each. This is quite pricey compared to other lunchboxes, but it does have some great unique features. As well as the Panino style, there is also the Classic style with 6 compartments. And you can even buy a spare tray at £12.50 although that does seem rather superfluous in my opinion. It measures approx. 22 x 15 x 5 cms and weighs 490g and is BPA-free and phthalates-free. It is not thermal, but it is designed to fit in a standard size thermal lunch bag if you are including foods which you wish to keep cold. It is dishwasher safe, but hand washing the outer box is recommended to preserve the seal.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a Yumbox in your choice of design and colour to one lucky winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Klik Klak Blocks giveaway – open worldwide

Klik Klak Blocks are a new company who make natural wood blocks for babies and young children. Their blocks are made from natural pine wood, are eco friendly, non-toxic and good for little fingers. Some of their wood block designs may be personalised with your child’s name.

They don’t have a budget to send out products for review, so this post is based on the information they have published on their website. I haven’t received any of their products.

Klik Klak Blocks

Liga from Klik Klak Blocks has written a lovely blog post about why wooden toy building blocks are good for children.

You may purchase their products online via their own website or via Etsy. They also sell other wood products and wood supplies.

Klik Klak Blocks

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a set of natural wood baby age blocks to one lucky winner. This giveaway is open worldwide.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you can’t see the Rafflecopter box, then please click the Rafflecopter link above.

Disclosure.  Although I am hosting this giveaway, I have not received this product.  All opinions are my own.

Belo & Me Lunch Bag review and giveaway

Do you take a packed lunch to work? If so, what do you carry your packed lunch in? Currently I just grab a plastic bag from my bag holder, so a Lunch Bag sounded a great idea to me. I received a free Lunch Bag to review from Belo & Me, in a design and colour of my choice. Amazingly fast dispatch, as I received it via Royal Mail, only a day and a half after choosing it.

I’m a big fan of reusable shopping bags. My favourites are the ones purchased as a school fundraiser with my sons’ artwork on them. However I hadn’t heard of lunch bags as a similar concept.

The Belo & Me Lunch Bag is made of jute fibre and is a sturdy conveniently sized design which won’t fall over, as you drive over speed bumps. No more bruised fruit rolling around in the passenger foot-well. Although if you plan to use it for kids lunch, be warned that it doesn’t have a fastening. A press-stud might have been preferable to keep it closed for kids.

I tested it out with a bottle of water, a sandwich box, crisps and an apple. There was plenty of space left if you prefer a larger lunch. I don’t know if it is washable, but the lining can be easily wiped clean. And it folds flat for easy storage when not in use.

Jute fibre is 100% bio-degradable and recyclable and so environmentally friendly. In comparison, the average plastic carrier bag is used for five minutes, but takes 500 years to decompose. In the UK alone billions of plastic bags are thrown away each year. Disposable plastic is the greatest source of plastic pollution, on land and in the ocean.

The lunch bags are priced at a very reasonable £3.75 each. You may see the range of colours and designs available in the Belo & Me online shop. Lots of lovely designs. I chose the cupcake one in blue, so that it would also appeal to my sons. And they also sell shopping bags.

The Belo & Me website also suggests that the bags could alternatively be used as gift bags, party bags or mini shopping bags. And my idea is that they would be great for somewhere to put all those tiny toys that get lost in the bottom of big toy boxes.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a lunch bag in your choice of design and colour to two lucky winners, courtesy of Belo & Me.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you can’t see the Rafflecopter box above, either click the Rafflecopter link or you may alternatively enter via my Facebook page.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Win with The Watch Hut

The Watch Hut are sponsors of the Best Writer category in the 2014 MAD Blog Awards. And they are running a competition for bloggers to write a post about their favourite watch or accessory on The Watch Hut website upto £100.

The Watch Hut is the UK’s largest online retailer of watches, offering a wide selection of timepieces. I have had a browse around it previously for a Valentine’s Day Blogging Assignment, but chose higher priced watches that time. So back to the drawing board this time.

Whilst browsing I came across Eco-Drive watches. I’m always interested in anything eco. I hadn’t heard of Eco-Drive so I googled it and found out that these watches operate by converting light into energy. No battery needed. I have purchased wind-up watches in the past, but I have a tendency to either forget to wind-up or damage them by over-winding. The idea of Eco-Drive took my fancy.

I decided to choose the Citizen Ladies Eco-Drive 180 Watch EW1270-06A, as my favourite watch. The black leather strap will compliment all my outfits. This watch is currently retailing at £71, 21% off the RRP.

This post is my entry into the The Watch Hut competition.