Hand Me Downs – Helping Your Clothes Last Longer

Sooo tired this week (and not just Marls 😴)! Both girls have worn these jammies and they’ve recently been handed down to Marls, I’m so hoping they will survive so Rory can wear them too, then they’ve done all 4 🥰

Here are a few tips to make your clothing last longer / pass on easier to future children or friends:
– buy more unisex / gender neutral clothing – buy good quality where you can – we try and aim for natural fabrics even though we generally only buy secondhand, I find cotton lasts so much nicer than polyester garments.
– buy dark colours where ever you can to minimise staining deeming them unsuable, (essential for us cos our kids get MUCKY – hello mud and blackberry juice 😂)
– wash at lower temperatures
– wash less (spot clean if you can, not possible often with kids and how they spill / get dirty, I know!)
– air / line dry instead of tumble drying – use a gentle detergent (we like EcoLeaf powder) – search google / pinterest and learn some simple stain remover tricks and mending techniques for when things do need a fix up. The sun alone is fab for stains and we keep a debobbler on hand for freshening up old fabrics / jumpers!
Do you have any other tips? L x

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A New Homeschool Year and Train Travelling With Kids

Hope everyone starting / going back to school had a great week last week ❤️ And happy new home education year to anyone following the same path we are.⁣

We’ve had a quiet summer while Rory has been tiny so we’re doing a bit of adventuring over the next month now schools are back and we managed to book a few little trips with the Northern rail 10p sale. ⁣Today we popped to York for the (free) Railway Museum, it was fab and the museum gardens were gorgeous too, the town centre itself was really busy but I suppose it was a Saturday! Love train travelling, and it’s easier than a car ride especially with Rory who isn’t a fan of the car although we did have a hit of a shock when our return train was cancelled but we were soon diverted on an alternative route. Using public transport for longer trips is perfect for us, so I’m hopeful it’ll be something we can get into the habit of holidays etc! Are you a fan of train travel?⁣ Hoping to share some trips for travelling light & low waste with kids later this month! L X ⁣
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Raw Or Cooked Cherry Tomato Sauce

It’s feeling very much like autumn is coming and I am trying to get my preserve on whenever I can squeeze it in (which isn’t quite often enough 😂). Scrounging old passata bottles and filling the freezer with tomato sauce.
We grow a lot of orange sungold tomatoes and they are so sweet I often just blend them up for sauces raw – it’s so quick and they can be almost too sweet for sauces when cooked, especially roasted! Tomatoes & garlic & fresh herbs (basil / parsley / rosemary / oregano) & a tsp of salt and a pinch of sugar is my go to recipe, raw or cooked down, and it’s so lovely to be able to pull out a taste of summer later in the year ♥️ L x


Buying Secondhand: Tips For Buying Used Clothing on eBay

I have a tonne of charity shop and carbooting tips to share for #secondhandseptember.. but I know that kind of shopping requires the privilege of being able to get there and having the time, so I also want to share a host of tips and tricks for buying secondhand online too. ⁣

My favourite places to shop secondhand online are:⁣
Facebook marketplace ⁣
Facebook selling groups⁣ ⁣
I will go into some of these in more detail in future posts but here’s a few eBay tips for today… As well as picking up ace secondhand clobber from folks having a clearout, there’s loads of resellers of vintage and regular clothing (I do this myself – hence the photo!) who being businesses offer detailed listings with measurements and great returns policies so you don’t have to worry about forking out and something not fitting right. On eBay you can filter by ‘used’ only, and also by ‘returns accepted’. ⁣

Searching for lowest price and P&P and items ending soonest can throw up some real bargains, and the buyer protection is amazing! Bundles can also work out amazing value especially for kids clothes. ⁣

If you are looking for specific items setting up a saved search, for example ‘tan saltwater sandals size 5’ with alerts for when it’s listed helps to make sure you can snap it up when things become available.
Share with me your fave eBay buy below and let me know if I can answer any more questions! L x

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Secondhand September

Morning! Today marks the start of #secondhandseptember – a campaign run by @oxfamgb to challenge you to buy no new clothing for a month. And what better place to start than with a Sunday morning car boot sale! ⁣

11 million items of clothing end up in landfill every week, and with the spotlight recently on the environmental crisis now is the time to start making steps to change our consumption habits. And if that is not enough of a motivator, maybe the fact that you can save an absolute tonne of money too might be!

It’s pretty much become a lifestyle (and necessity) for us in recent years to always buy #secondhandfirst so I’m super excited to share a tonne of tips this month of how to get everything you might want or need for free, traded or on the super cheap secondhand (and don’t worry there are loaaads of options for folks who aren’t in to trawling chazza shops or getting up and tramping round a field at 8am on a Sunday – though I can’t imagine why, it’s my fave 😂😍) ⁣

I won’t share everything on here as I know it’s not everyone’s bag but come follow me on Instagram if it’s ya thing 😚❤ L x ⁣

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Homemade 50 / 50 Wraps

Homemade 50/50 wraps – 1.5 cups white and 1.5 cups whoelwheat flour, 1 cup warm water, 1/3rd of a cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Combine to a dough, (by hand or in a stand mixer), knead for a few mins then leave to stand for 15. Cut into 16 equal pieces, and on a floured surface roll out into circles and then fry for a minute or 2 each side in a hot pan. Gorgeous just as wraps or like tonight for a super quick pizza chucked under the grill topped with our homegrown tomatoes and homemade pesto 😍
I really struggle to know what to cook when it’s hot and have a mini tantrum most evenings about it at the moment 😂, but I could eat pizza every day 😍😍 L x


Our Simple Summer Bucket List

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend ❤❤ So this week is the first week of the summer holidays… We spent a bit of time this weekend thinking of what we wanted to do over the summer, I’m all about the simple things over loads of expensive, busy days out, and food naturally always plays a big part in our plans 😂 So here is our simple summer bucket list…⁣
We want to:⁣
— Go berry picking⁣
— Go wild swimming / for a splash in a stream⁣
— Eat chips at the seaside ⁣
— Go on a family bike ride ⁣
— Make ice cream sundaes (with oodles of toppings)⁣
— Have a pizza dinner in the park⁣
— Visit a splash park ⁣
— Camp in the garden⁣
— Make homemade lemonade⁣
— Shop for a few things for our local food bank (school holidays are tough on struggling families)⁣

I would absolutely love to hear what you guys have planned or tag me if you put a #simplesummerbucketlist together yourself! L x ⁣

Slow Living

Lemony Courgette Spaghetti

You ready for 4000 ways to use courgettes now the season has started? 😂 For those who don’t know / grow, courgette plants can produce a new courgette every day or 2 in the height of summer, and if you blink they are the size of marrows, it’s crazy keeping up with picking them, let alone eating them all. Luckily we love them and this is one of our favourite ways to eat them… ⁣

Grate a couple of large courgettes, and fry with a splash of oil, 3 crushed cloves of garlic, the juice of a lemon and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, then stir in a cup of cream / creme fraiche (I use homemade cashew cream). (It’s also gorgeous with some extra oil instead of the cream and a pinch of chilli flakes)⁣.

Stir into cooked spaghetti and sprinkle with fresh herbs. Yummy! Do you have any inspiring courgette recipes for me? L x


Less Waste Life: Repair & Make It Last

A very un-instagram photo, because whilst I talk of swaps a lot, one of the biggest changes in buying, spending and wasting less has been really valuing and taking care of the things we do have. Maintaining, repairing, making it last. We’ve learnt so many new skills in the process too – fixing our clothes, bikes, oven, hob, broken electric cords, washer and dryer when they’ve had issues. You can learn anything on YouTube eh, what a resource!

I’ve had my phone for about 4 years now (we buy used / refurbished phones and have Giffgaff rolling contracts for £10 a month to save £ on contracts) and recently it started overheating and not keeping charge. In the past I would have totally justified an upgrade, but we got a £6 replacement battery kit on eBay, thought we may as well try, and with the help of a YouTube tutorial it’s now good as new, we have the tools now should we need to get phones apart again, and the old battery is off for recycling, yay!👍🏻 Have you repaired anything recently that you could have just chucked? It’s a good feeling hey?! L x

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