#reasonsforbeinghappy – Week 5

It’s been a testing week! Long work days have left me feeling drained and weary, and mornings have seemed as brutal as the uprooting of long-established shrubs, who’s roots are firmly planted in their bed. Winter is a natural hibernation period for many species (Even the birds stop singing in Winter!) and so we must, in order to preserve our health, learn to take it easy and switch off this season. Although there have been lows this week, it is still possible to see the highs and I live for these moments. My goal is to make more of these moments and to savour them!

1. Clear home, clear mind
I have been reading lots lately about breaking free of the mundane, everyday ‘cycle’ we all live. More on that later! For now though, to work towards this freedom we all need to downsize our lives – stop buying ‘things’ and clear cupboards of their ‘stuff’. I have given away two bags of clothing this week – most items had not been worn for several years and the breathing room they leave behind is far more beneficial than saving them for ‘that’ day. Now just to work on Hubby’s side of the wardrobe…

2. Seasonal suppers
The foodie highlights this week have all been seasonal delights; Parsnip gratin, beetroot soup (A staple in our house!) and a gorgeous roast squash and leek risotto. Winter tummies favour the warm and the filling so dig out that slow cooker and stock up on seasonal roots this Winter. Featured image is of a beautiful Crown Prince squash (Fondly known in our house as a ghost pumpkin!) My all-time favourite squash; it’s sweet with firm flesh and delicious roasted whole with a filling of cream, thyme and Parmesan cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

3. A bloggers chat
I finally caught up with my bestie and fellow blogger this week and what began as a quick catch up, turned into an epic chat about everything from world travel to teaching, and everything in between. We talked lots about the blog; she really is my go-to-girl for advice on the technical stuff and I came away from our chat with a new sense of determination and inspiration. I have dusted off my laptop and dug out my notebook – I can’t wait to share lots more posts with you this year!

#reasonsforbeinghappy from around the globe:

 

I love hearing good news! Congratulations @KaraWillow, good luck in your new position! Do you have any good news to cheer up this final cold winter month? Share your happy stories below!

Jaime xx

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Nuts About Laundry?

I moved to Ecover products for my laundry and cleaning a while ago now, to do my bit in reducing the chemicals in the water table (yada yada) and to generally have less harmful substances in my home and on my children’s skin. So when I discovered Indian Soap Nuts or Eco Nuts as they’re also known, I couldn’t have been more excited to give them a try – and I wasn’t disappointed!

These modest brown shells produce natural detergents that provide effective, eco-friendly cleaning for your clothes at a fraction of the cost of traditional chemical-based products. I was given a handful by a very good friend a few weeks ago and I am still getting good results from the same bunch of nuts! I literally couldn’t be more impressed.

The smell is vinegar-esque but is neutralised in the wash, leaving your laundry clean but scent free. I have been using left-over ecover softener up until now but have also tried using none at all and putting the clothes on a cool tumble with a few drops of lavender oil on a muslin. This worked brilliantly and as well as making it smell delicious, the essential oil actually makes the laundry really soft.

Get them here and give nutty laundry a try!

Happy eco living x

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