Getting Crafty with Viking

This year is Freya’s first proper Halloween. Yes she is 2 and that means she has in fact lived through previous Halloween’s, however she wasn’t old enough to really understand what was happening.

This year we have fully embraced Halloween in our house and got pumpkins to carve and even got a bit crafty on rainy days (which we seem to have had an abundance of lately). Before Freya was born, we put a few decorations in the window to welcome trick or treaters but this year I feel that we can get really into the spooky spirit and enjoy the build up to it as well.

Tomorrow we are attending a fun toddler event which I’m excited to go to with Freya, and all week at nursery, they will be enjoying themed games/arts and crafts. So enough of what’s coming up, it’s time to show you the crafts we have been making at home with Freya in collaboration with Viking who kindly sent us a bag of goodies to get our craft on.

*Craft goodies kindly sent from Viking*

What you can’t see in the above photos is a huge pack of pens that were also included but Freya decided to claim them from the outset and only left me a few for my photo!

A couple of weeks ago we decided to head to our local farm shop The Balloon Tree and get some pumpkins to carve (paint in Freya’s case). It was a pretty miserable day and we didn’t fancy getting caked in mud so we grabbed a couple of pumpkins they had set out in crates at the front of the store. Freya selected a small one for herself and dictated which one daddy should get to carve. Once home, we got out the paints and carving kit an set to work.

As you can see, Freya went a bit abstract with her painting and decided to go for the dark, glittery look. We then sprayed it with an outdoor varnish to ensure it didn’t melt away in bad weather. Freya then turned her hand to helping daddy scoop the pumpkin insides out when it came to carving the larger pumpkin.

Once we completed and mastered the art of pumpkin painting/carving, we then moved onto decorating our mask. Freya unfortunately decided to give up at this point which meant mummy took creative control and made which we can all confirm; a masterpiece…

I have no doubt Freya will continue to develop her Halloween creative skills this week at nursery and if any do make the cut and come home with us, then I will gladly share them with you. For now, we have completed our home crafty efforts for now but I am excited to start working on some Christmas ones next.

Laura x

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How to Reduce Plastic Waste in The Bathroom

Looking to reduce your amount of plastic waste? The bathroom is a great place to start. Read my blog for some tips on how to reduce plastic waste in the bathroom.

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Plastic is becoming more and more of a problem to our planet. Luckily, people around the world are becoming more aware of these issues and doing what they can to help reduce the amount of plastic waste we create. Plastic takes a long time to decompose and can create toxic chemicals that seep into our soil and water. We are overrun with the amount of plastic currently on our planet, and it is more important than ever to start making small changes.

Somewhere I’ve started making changes is in the bathroom. The bathroom is one of the places in our homes where we create the most plastic waste, so it should be one of the places you start. Also, a lot of the switches are pretty easy, so you won’t find it difficult to make these changes. Keep reading for four plastic free alternatives for your bathroom.

4 Plastic Free Alternatives

Bars Over Bottles

When it comes to shampoo and soap, opt for the bar options. Shower gel and hand wash dispensers will always come in a plastic bottle, so switching to a bar will help you reduce your plastic waste greatly. There are many different brands of bars of soap that come in a cardboard packaging, so definitely go for something that can be recycled. 

More brands are not bringing out shampoo bars, a fantastic plastic free alternative to shampoo that typically will come in a plastic bottle. They also tend to last a lot longer than liquid shampoo as you don’t use more than necessary, so it’s a win win!

Plastic Free Shaving

Safety razors are a fantastic plastic free shaving alternative. Although you might not be familiar with this style of razor, it’s an old-school style razor that your grandfather would probably know a bit more about! They’ve made a huge comeback in recent years, one of their perks being that they are completely plastic free. Not only do they help you cut back on plastic, they will also save you a lot of money.


If you are looking to make the switch, The English Shaving Company have a fantastic range of safety razors for you to try. For women who want to use the razor for leg shaving, opt for one with a longer handle. Using a safety razor is a little different from a cartridge, but it doesn’t take long to get used to.

Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups offer an eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. They are made out of plastic, however they will last you a long time and still greatly reduce the amount of plastic waste you will create from alternative products. 

Not only do sanitary pads and tampons come in plastic packaging, they also have plastic within them. These are necessary products so it’s not easy to find an alternative, but luckily we now have menstrual cups as an option. Typically made from silicone, they are inserted similarly to a tampon and collect blood over the course of 10-12 hours. They are they removed and the blood is poured away. These can be tricky to get used to and don’t work for everyone, but it is definitely worth a try.

Makeup Remover

Face wipes and plastic contained makeup remover can create a lot of plastic waste, especially considering how much you go through. Instead of using single use wipes or cotton wool pads, opt for a face cloth and a solid bar makeup remover. This reduces your plastic waste and also will help save you money! The face cloth will last you a long time, just make sure you pop it in the washing machine every so often to keep it hygienic.  

So there are just a few ways you can switch things up in the bathroom to help reduce your plastic waste! What changes will you be making? Let me know in the comments below!

Laura 🙂

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Taking Control of Your Family’s Health

Quite often, it can feel like we have no control over our own and our family’s health, meaning every member of the family is at the mercy of germs, microbes and other airborne agents. Do you care about your health, body, mind and spirit and those of your family? It’s time to pay attention to the wellness trend.

Wellness is about living healthy and making sure you’ve got the strength to enjoy the things you love the most. For your family to achieve its health goals, you all need to make long-term commitments and practice healthy behaviours.

It’s not possible to prevent all injuries or illnesses that could happen, but you can make certain choices in order to protect your whole family’s health.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep should be a top priority for all members of your family. Adults need, on average, seven to eight hour’s of sleep, while children need differing amounts depending on their age.

If you’re not enjoying enough sleep, it increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and depression. For your kids, it’s going to make them irritable and unable to concentrate. If family members aren’t getting enough sleep, any other healthy lifestyle choices you make will lose their effectiveness.

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Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Regular health check-ups are important for preventing disease and detecting problems early. Making sure you all have regular check-ups at the doctor are one of the simplest ways to take control of your family’s health.

The NHS offers regular health checks that are designed to look for risk factors and early signs of diseases, the most common of which are heart disease or cancer. Regular eye and dental checks should also be undertaken for all members of the family.

Protect Your Skin

Sun exposure and sunburn is linked to skin cancer, so it’s important to limit your time in the sun. You might not think it’s an issue living in the UK; after all, the sun doesn’t shine too often. Nevertheless, even on overcast days, the suns UV rays can be harmful.

Try to wear protective clothing, hats and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Polarised sunglasses will protect your eyes from the damaging and harmful rays of the sun. Regularly check family members for signs of skin cancer and visit your GP if you’re worried about anyone in your family.

Improve the Family Lifestyle

If you want to take control of your family’s health, the best way to do it is to choose a healthy lifestyle. That means eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Both of these will help keep everyone’s weight, blood sugar level, blood pressure and cholesterol level within a healthy range.

Aim to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean or low-fat protein sources. Limit the amount of added sugars, sodium and trans-fats. As a family, you should be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.

To ensure your family’s health is protected, taking supplements, such as those offered by swanson.co.uk, is a great way to keep check of the vitamin and minerals everyone is receiving per day. Ginger & Turmeric capsules, for example, are ideal for helping muscles, joints, bones and stomach issues.

Your health and the health of everyone in your family is important. Taking control of it can mean the difference between prevention and treatment.  

Laura x

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