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Book Review: The No Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting

17 Sep

book cover

We were recently sent a copy of a new book which is due to be released in October. The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting is a refreshing change from some of the ‘preachy’ parenting books that we find on the shelves. The book gives ideas and inspiration for raising your child in an eco way.

It is delivered in a fun and practical way, yet is still backed up with research and ideas for further reading. It is humorous, colorful and imaginative and very easy to read. It includes information on natural play, an eco-friendly home and garden, foraging, tips to avoid screen time, making greener choices for your family and many more.

It gives ideas for small or large changes that you can make and recognises that you don’t need to implement all of them to make a difference. There are simple projects such as making bird feeders or designing a bog garden.

This book confirms that you don’t need to be perfect to be a green parent, you just need to get outside, have fun and get muddy!

book spread

Update from Green Mummy

5 Nov

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It’s all been a period of change for me and I’m still adjusting to exactly what it is I do now!

As of a few weeks ago, a lovely lady called Rosie took over my business for me and I am now officially a ‘stay at home mum’. OK, so I’ve been a SAHM since I had my daughter BUT now I do it without trying to run a business from my dining room at the same time.

I’m still adjusting to not having 101 things to do in one morning and I have to say I thought I would now have loads of time on my hands but I haven’t noticed any real difference yet.  I have, however got more quality time to spend with Thomas who is 3 and has spent most of his life having to fit in around my work, nappy demos and customers visiting our home.

I have missed this quality time.  We now have time to sit and read for ages, do puzzles, go for a walk in the woods, bake or just sit and play.  I’m going to make the most of this time while it lasts. Before too long at all he will be at school and everything will change again.

Green Mums Blog will still be here, at least for the near future. I hope you will still continue to follow my posts and enjoy reading about our adventures. It will be a slightly different blog now, there will be no more talk about cloth nappies I’m afraid… there will however, still be plenty of crafting, play, reviews and probably a fair bit of ranting!

Saturday morning at the drive in!

7 Jul

With the weather like it is we thought we would have a day at home! After a huge delivery of nappies this week we had plenty of cardboard boxes to keep the children amused…

We’ve been talking about America lately so decided we would go to a drive-in movie! This caused a great deal of excitement and they had lots of fun with their cars even after the film had finished.

Which way to the drive in?

Snacks delivered by waitress Mummy

Armed Forces Day, Plymouth in pictures

2 Jul

Like any naval town or city, Plymouth sometimes gets a bad press. Recession, unemployment and job losses have made a dent in the city’s reputation.  But the real story is this: Plymouth is a modern, thriving waterside resort. We have recently played host to the Americas Cup and are becoming a true gourmet hotspot. We have some amazing restaurants including the River Cottage Canteen at the Royal William Yard and the Tanner Brothers’ eateries and soon we’ll be welcoming Gary Rhode’s new restaurant at The Dome! The Hoe forms a spectacular amphitheatre above Plymouth Sound and together with the Barbican is a great place to walk, eat and enjoy our great city.

Another thing I love about Plymouth is the sense of community that we have here.  Saturday’s event for Armed Forces Day really put things into perspective for me.  People flocked to Plymouth in their thousands to show their appreciation for our service men and women.  I have NEVER seen so many people in one place, with over 30,000 people it was like being at a big festival.  We had such a good day and it reminded me of why I love living here.

Watching the Parade

First time in a helicopter!

As much as I hate children playing with guns, there was no getting away from it on Saturday!

Thousands of people enjoyed a performance by the Military Wives Choir

The Red Arrows over Plymouth sound

As the sun went down, two sleepy children were very ready for bed!

Homemade, last minute Father’s Day gifts

14 Jun

We don’t really go in for commercial shop-bought gifts on Father’s Day. Lily and Thomas love making  gifts themselves so the tradition has just kind of stayed with us.  Here are some of the cards and gifts that we have been making for Father’s Day, along with a few other ideas that we didn’t quite get around to making but would love to try next year!

Hand print poem

We actually made this at playgroup earlier in the week. What toddler doesn’t love covering their hands in paint?! You can google ‘poems for Dad’ and find loads or perhaps your little one would like to make up their own?

Handprint poem for Daddy.

Another easy activity for pre-schoolers is to decorate a plant pot.  You can either fill it with a lovely plant or for something a little different you could fill it with some packets of sweets or chocolates and then cover the pot with a saucer and wrap in a ribbon.

Father’s Day plant pot for Grandad

Here is a great idea for a card that you can grow! This idea came from Garden Crafts for Children and can be adapted with different pictures or even text on the front of the card.

The card looks really sweet don’t you think?

Instructions for cress card:

Take a sheet of card and fold in half.

On the front of the card draw your cut out design, in the image we have used a heart shape.  You definitely need an adult to cut out the shape.

Stick another piece of card inside your card and staple this so that is sits behind your heart shape.

Make up a ‘glue’ using a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of flour. Add a few drops of water at a time until you get a nice smooth paste.

Apply the glue to your cut out shape (so you are putting the glue onto your backing card)

Sprinkle your seeds onto the ‘glue’ and leave to dry.

When you write your Father’s Day message, you might want to add something like “You can grow these seeds. Just place in a tray and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost. Water regularly and watch them grow”

You could use many types of seed for this. We chose cress because they grow so quickly and we love cress in our sandwiches!

DAD Picture Frame

We love this DAD picture frame. You can get a template for this on Martha Stewart’s site here. We adjusted it slightly by sticking the template onto a larger backing card. This meant we had room to write a message on it. Lily is going to sign her name and put the year on the bottom.  You could attach a little hoop on the back with ribbon so that it can be hung on the wall.

Dad photo card

Just because I love you book

‘Just because I love you’ book

We are DEFINITELY going to be making one of these! They are so adorable and you can find all the instructions over on the Me and My Shadow blog

Gift Vouchers

You can make your own vouchers for Daddy or use a template like this one. You could give a gift voucher for all sorts of things, from breakfast in bed to an hour reading the paper without disruption! Pop your vouchers inside your card for a wonderful surprise on Father’s Day!

What have you been making this week?  Do share your posts here….

Dinosaur garden. Recycled tyre project

11 Jun

This Dinosaur Garden is great for pre-schoolers and older children and is very easy to make.

You will need:

An old car tyre – most garages are more than happy to hand an old one over for nothing

Tin of old paint (outdoor paint is best)

Bag of compost

Some rocks, pebbles or stones

Garden Gravel

Prehistoric looking plants… ferns are great for this!

Some Dinosaurs!

How to make it

First paint your tyre. It is best to use outdoor paint if the tyre is not under-cover. Leave to dry overnight.

Line your tyre with an old compost bag. Make a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Fill with compost or earth.

Add a variety of rocks, pebbles or bark.

Plant your prehistoric looking plants and cover the soil with gravel. You don’t have to use gravel but it will prevent weeds growing too quickly and it does make it look quite authentic I think.

Add dinosaurs and enjoy hours of imaginative play!

I spotted this  project in the amazing book Garden Crafts for Children
by Dawn Issac, which I will be reviewing in full in a week or so.  We are quite excited to have dinosaurs in our garden so I couldn’t wait to share this one with you!

RECALL NOTICE: Amber teething necklaces

31 May

We have today received a recall notice from Wildsheep regarding their Amber Teething Necklaces.  We recently sold these necklaces on our website.  Following recent investigations by Trading Standards into the safety of all teething necklaces, Wildsheep submitted a necklace for safety tests and here are the results.

BS EN 71-1:2011 Mechanical and Physical Properties

  • 8.4.2.1   Tension Test – General (Satisfactory)
  • 8.7          Impact Test (Unsatisfactory)

The following is an extract from the “Opinions and Interpretations” section of the test report.

“The product failed to satisfy BS EN71-1:2011 (Safety of toys – part 1:  mechanical and physical properties) when tested in accordance with paragraph 8.7 (Impact Test), in that several beads shattered and detached. The bead fragments fitted wholly inside the small parts cylinder of dimensions specified in paragraph 8.2. These components pose a potential choking/inhalation hazard to a child under 36 months.”

We would like to point out that there have been no incidents of these necklaces causing harm HOWEVER as a precautionary measure all teething necklaces that fail these tests are being recalled as a precautionary measure.  If you have purchased one of these necklaces from us and wish to return it for a full refund you are of course welcome to do so. Please note that we cannot be liable for any necklaces that are lost in the post so you may wish to send via recorded delivery.

We apologise for any inconvenience or distress this may cause. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Thank you