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10 green lifestyle changes we should all be making for our family

A quick win of plastic free and green changes for busy families: Switch to a renewable energy power supplier - it’s really straight forward to switch now and you’ll probably get cash back and a better deal too Once your washing powder is finished buy an Eco Egg - far less chemicals and less irritating for sensitive young skin and you’ll get up to 720 washes for £20 Sign up for a weekly veg box from a local greengrocers or farm - there are some lovely options around, you’ll get sessional veg, support a local business and cut down on a lot of single-use plastic Buy stainless steel water bottles - they’re virtually unbreakable so ideal for children, toxin free,...

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My day (A tale with chickens, foxes and a happy ending)

The day started well enough. When Granny arrived, everyone was fed, watered and dressed, my middle child, Hamish, clutching his inseparable companion, Foxy. There was a brief moment when I couldn't find the two older children but they were soon located outside, blocking the drain with pebbles, a favourite pursuit, and Foxy was helping.  We loaded everyone into the car and set off to a smallholding where we were buying some new friends for my mum's lonely bantam "Pearlsie Mittens". As I parked at the gate Rebecca shouted "I can see the farmer" and Hamish burst into an enthusiastic rendition of "Eee iii eee iii oh" and continued singing parts of Old Macdonald for the next twenty minutes. While Granny...

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It's nearly time for autumn and we can't wait

It's been a long, albeit not particularly warm summer up here in Scotland and definitely starting to feel ready for autumn. Here's a few of our favourite things about autumn:  1. Crunchy, colourful, beautiful leaves hanging onto the trees and carpeting the ground. Great for jumping in, kicking, throwing, collecting, sorting and especially painting with. 2. Conkers! Even as an adult it's pretty magical to find and open a big shiny conker. With children, it's fun all over again. There is a myriad of crafts you can do with conkers too if you’re feeling creative. 3. The smell of wood smoke from stoves and fires and garden clearances. And coming home and lighting our own fire of course. 4. Geese!...

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Christening keepsakes

What do you still have from your christening day? I have these pretty candles, a napkin ring and a bracelet, which of course no longer fits me. We're off to a christening soon and hoping that the little girl will still have her christening gifts in years to come, but also be able to play with them now. Yummikeys make a perfect gift for such an occasion. They're unique and can also be personalised with engraving on both sides of the crocodile key, and they're fun from the day you're given them.

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