3 ways to slow down when you write

3 ways to slow down when you write

Why slow down? Most days I turn the computer on to a hundred or so emails, despite my control methods to stop junk mail. I check Facebook to be met with a barrage of things that need my attention. Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest all lure me to gather more information and ideas and occasionally the phone rings with more pulls ...
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will being etical make you happier

Will being ethical make you happy?

In 7 months time I'm going back to college to start a MA in design. I did my degree about 25 years ago so I'm a little worried that my brain is rusty. I've been dipping into some research for another book about gentle decluttering over the last year though and one google link after the next led me to ...
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Feel the fear and draw in that nice new sketchbook

Feel the fear and draw in that nice new sketchbook

I don't like or enjoy drawing.  So, although I'm a professional designer in my day job I still feel a deep anxiety when I need to draw something. Despite my hatred of putting pencil to paper, I love new sketchbooks. My gut reaction with a new sketchbook is to hoard it away because it feels too good to use. This ...
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trigg life planner

Writing a personal manifesto instead of making resolutions

The end of the year is nigh. Before the new year I want to reflect on this one, learn from my mistakes and celebrate things that have gone well. Next year brings some exciting changes - I've been accepted on a MA Design postgraduate course starting in September. It will take me 3 years part time and I could ...
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12 ways to make Xmas easier

Making Christmas easier this year and next

Christmas, which is meant to be a time of giving and gratitude can easily end up being really stressful instead. Lovely Dawn from the less-stuff Facebook group came up with the idea of a list of strategies to help cope with this Christmas, while preparing for the next. This post is written with help from Dawn, Anna, Toets, Su, Esther, ...
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food label safety

10 Easy ways to save money on food

Years ago I was teaching craft in an area that had a lot of poverty. We had funding through the Workers Education Authority to deliver classes that would improve mental health. The class before mine was about saving money on food. I didn't go to the class but I was told everyone walked out because the first thing the teacher ...
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plastic free july week 2

Plastic Free July Week 2 – What is in the bin? #pfjuk

Week 2 of Plastic Free July Is it only 2 weeks? It feels like a lifetime of battling to be plastic free already! This week the bag for landfill is bigger than last week. The cats needed worming, they finished a big bag of catfood, I sorted out a kitchen drawer and got rid of some rubbish and my son ...
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bicarbonate of soda

Bicarb the wonder salt – Plastic Free July Day 13 #pfjuk

Bob Roland: Message from the front, sir. Rufus T. Firefly: Oh, I'm sick of messages from the front. Don't we ever get a message from the side? - What is it? Bob Roland: General Smith reports a gas attack. He wants to know what to do. Rufus T. Firefly: Tell him to take a teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda and ...
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citric acid descaler

Citric acid works better than kettle descaler – Plastic Free July Day 12 #pfjuk

This week in Plastic Free July I swapped my sachets of descaler for citric acid, which works better and comes in a cardboard box. If this was a site without ethics the title would be 'she added citric acid to her kettle and you will never guess what happened next." Guess what? The limescale just flaked off and I could ...
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Cloth wipes

5 Things you need to buy to reduce your family’s plastic consumption #pfjuk

Plastic Free July Themed guest post by Arabella from Exeter Baby Activities. Arabella writes about crafts with kids, cooking, growing and other eco-friendly things that are useful to people outside of Exeter too - check out her Mummy Musings. Spending to save money Treading lightly is all about reducing the number of things we buy.  Decluttering gently to minimise ...
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