It’s all about the saudade

So unless you are Brazilian, Portuguese or reading the same book as me (which I’m loving, but I’ll come back to that) then you are probably thinking “What the heck is ‘saudade'”? Ask me two weeks ago and I wouldn’t have known either. But a couple of weeks ago I bought myself a copy of ‘The Atlas of Happiness’ by Helen Russell. She wrote a book called ‘The Year of Living Danishly’ a few years ago which I really enjoyed

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What we’ve been doing lately #6

It feels like ages since I’ve done a general update; I suppose because I was focussing on completing my end of year round up which included a general overview of December. In reality though it’s only been just over a month which is actually usual. Time seemed to take on a really different speed through the Christmas period with the whole thing seeming to fly by yet the days feeling long and timeless. For several years we’ve always wondered whether

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The way we eat

Sam and I were watching Mary Portas’ round-up of 2018 shopping habits the other night (What Britain Bought in 2018). One fact that she mentioned was that the average person spent £1000 a year on takeaways – about £83 per month. Some of the interviewees said they bought 2 – 3 every week. We were genuinely surprised that people buy-in food so often. Then the following morning the BBC had a headline article entitled “Children ‘exceed recommended sugar limit by

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That was the year that was 2018 – a summary

Whenever I start writing my end of year summary, I always take a minute to read back over previous years. It is crazy to think that this time last year we were just building up to the arrival of our youngest family member. Fast forward 12 months and she is very much here, present and part of our family. I can obviously remember life before her but I can’t remember what it feels like. The last 12 months have been

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Tales of Little Z – 7, 8 and 9 months

When I realised it was time to write the third installment of your series my Little Z, I was stunned. How are you already the ripe old age of 9 months? You are such a joy of a baby and whilst there are some ups and downs, you generally help ground us all with your happy and curious nature. You love to cuddle us all and you love to try and walk. You hate to miss out on things but

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Thoughts on sleeping babes

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Yesterday afternoon I had to rock Little Z to sleep. I haven’t had to do that for a long time but she was overtired after a trip to town took longer than I intended. I tried to put her down like normal but she flapped around and cried. After repeating that process several times in quick succession, it was pretty darn apparent that she needed a bit of support and fortunately Mummy-Rocking-Cuddles still carry a little bit of power in

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What we’ve been doing lately #5

Time really does fly between these updates. It’s been almost a month since update #4 and now but I can’t really believe it. As always, life has been busy. But it’s been much less hectic in terms of travel. After several long distance trips over the last few months, this month we stayed at home and I was quite happy about that! In fact, when Sam went away for a few nights with work (more on that later), it seemed

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Eco update – Toiletries, cleaning products, ‘personal’ hygiene and other stuff

It feels like we’ve not made much progress in our quest to be a more sustainable household since I wrote my initial blog post on the topic. But I’ve had to remind myself that we’re playing a long game here and bedding in good habits is as big a success as any. Plus, when I really reflect, we have made some good steps forward. This post has turned out longer than I intended but I really want to capture all

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What Little H did – 3.7, 3.8 & 3.9 years

Another three months have gone Little H! Time really does fly and every now and then I look at you and realise how much you’ve changed and grown. It’s easy to forget how much you are still developing when Little Z is next to you growing so rapidly, as babies do. But you feel so far from the toddler you were last summer – when I look back at pictures from our holiday to the Netherlands, you look so small.

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Little Z and the cloth bum conversion

After Little H was born, it shocked me how many nappies we churned through. After a few months my brain started musing over reusable nappies so I did some Google searching. Then I got overwhelmed by where to start and I just carried on with the multi-buy Pampers. My sleep deprived brain could not cope with the research on top of all the other new learning it has to do. But it was a decision which stayed with me and

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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