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How to never forget to water the houseplants again!

For a long time I thought our houseplants survived by magic until I realised my husband was watering them. I’m a cactus and orchid kind of person – they don’t like being watered too often which is perfect for me as plant watering was always at the bottom of my list. Things have changed a
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3 alternatives to ladles and scoops you probably already own!

We used to have a plastic ladle but in a drive to rid my kitchen of plastic I replaced it with a metal ladle. I used the ladle for scooping porridge out of our bulk bought sack of porridge to top up a tupperware container and for serving soup, stews and sauces.  Our metal ladle
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A mendathon!

Ages ago I put a whole load of things that needed mending in a large laundry bag, which I then didn’t look at again until yesterday. I tipped everything out of the bag and I was pleasantly surprised to rediscover some clothes, bags and even a pair of sandals that I had forgotten about.  I
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The I Quit Blog Fiesta no. 11

  I’ve made it to the 11th I Quit Blog Fiesta after a little bit of a wobble last month (read more here)! This month it is a party for 3, plus all you lovely readers out there. Westywrites has set herself the challenge of preparing to go single use plastic free for Plastic Free
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TheFIREstarter on his no clothes challenge!

Back in September 2013 I started a Year of Eco Challenges.  I decided to take on one challenge for each month of the year and so far have taken on 5 challenges and am preparing for a 6th one!  They include not using shampoo, avoiding supermarkets, buying nothing new or secondhand for myself, trying to
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Turning old jeans into a skirt…

A few weeks ago I got a massive burst of inspiration and decided to make a long denim skirt out of a pair of jeans. The jeans in question were size 16 jeans from my larger days early last year. Not only that they were going at the seams between the legs so they must
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It suddenly clicked!

I’m still making very little progress with my mending pile and things are still breaking at a good rate in my household (although I have started a bit of what I think is an adventurous project with a couple of pairs of jeans).  Earlier today, the velcro bit on one of the kids bags (one of those free ones that you
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Breakages

Since I decided to go on a mending spree, things have been breaking faster than I can fix them! I have found holes in socks, my weighing scales falling apart, holes in my son’s school p.e. trousers and school bag. Plus after thinking I had solved my sons glove problem I found an even bigger hole in
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The I Quit Blog Fiesta no.9

It’s the 9th edition of the I Quit Blog Fiesta and I’m still just as addicted to quitting as ever. There are the quits that I have been writing about as part of My Year of Eco Challenges shampoo, supermarkets, shopping, going plastic free and then there are the ones I haven’t yet. I actually
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