What we got Freya for her birthday

Just over 2 years ago, we became parents for the first time. Yesterday we celebrated Freya’s second birthday with family and friends and had an incredible day.

I know I’m always curious about what others are buying there little ones for birthday/Christmases etc as it usually gives me inspiration so I wanted to share what we gave Freya for her birthday this year.

Freya’s main present we purchased from Hobbycraft and it is a 3-in-1 Easel and accessory set.

Freya has loved this present and has been using it loads already. It’s very light and easy to move so we have already done some painting outside in the sunshine to avoid getting paint on the carpets. The accessory kit is fab and comes with a sheet and painting overall as well as paints, brushes and other art supplies.

Next up we purchased a Princess Anna dress up costume that I managed to get from Tu during their 25% off event. She wore this not long after getting it and kept saying she wanted to keep it on. Freya’s uncle has also purchased a couple of princess dresses for her so that we can turn a corner of her room into a dress up area.

She wasn’t in pain, just trying to say Cheese!

Next up we gave Freya a Peppa Pig Bamboo dinner set and apron that was kindly gifted to us from Gift Giving All Wrapped Up. Freya has loved using this every day since and now asks for the Peppa Pig plate and cup when having meals/snacks.

Lastly we gave Freya a ride on electric Ferrari car. This was actually something I won in a competition while I was pregnant so we didn’t actually purchase it. We knew at the time we would love to give our future child something like this but wouldn’t be able to spend that kind of money. We held onto it and kept it boxed up until Freya’s birthday when we got it out for her. Needless to say she loves it and all her friends had a go in it at the party yesterday as well.

Overall we spent around £40 on her birthday presents and she’s loved them all. I don’t want to spoil her for birthday’s/Christmases and she always is lucky with gifts from others anyway. My plan for Christmas this year is to purchase 1 main present then a few smaller things and am already keeping an eye out for sales/events to get the best deals.

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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8 Key Moving Tips For First Time Home Buyers

You finally did it – you finally have your first house! This is quite a feat in terms of financial independence, as this proves you can really achieve your financial goals given the right habits and strategies. So, what’s next? What exactly do you do now, and how exactly do you conduct a successful house move? Here are some tips you can follow:

It’s all about location. Take note of your new home’s location very early on into the house move, so you can identify the locations of interest that might benefit you during your move. These include relevant government offices, recreational establishments, and places to go to in times of emergency.

  1. Identify where relevant places and infrastructure are early on in the moving process. Where’s the nearest hospital and police station? Where can you stay while waiting for movers to go to your location? Knowing these early on can help you save time during move day.
  2. Check permits you might need for a move in your new home. This is especially if you’re hiring professionals like long distance movers, as they might not be allowed to move and transport things in your new area.
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Remember your home design. While you plan, take into consideration the kind of home design you want your new house to have. This pretty much helps dictate the kind of stuff you need to move, and stuff you have to potentially buy.

  1. Remember to clarify the design motif the new house will be having, so everyone in the household is aware of the kind of things to watch out for. For instance, if you’re going for a nature-inspired design, a decorative plant that can be thrown out may be salvaged. 
  2. Try to check your belongings if you have items of the sort that fit your design tastes. If not, try to list and specify what sorts of items you still need to buy.

Make an inventory of everything you own. Regardless if you’re moving alone, with a partner, or with family, make sure you have an inventory of everything you own. This can be a physical or digital inventory that has everything you own. Having an inventory can help you keep track of what you want to move, if they’ve moved, and if they’ve been unpacked properly in your new home.

  1. In this inventory, take note of the belongings you want to be transferred, the quantities of these belongings, the make and materials, as well as relevant notes. Take note of things such as a category, the destination room, and other things you want to find out during the move. Make sure this is updated all the time.
  2. If you’re hiring long distance movers, this inventory can be very helpful especially during the initial quotation. Moving companies tend to estimate moving costs depending on what you want to bring, so this inventory can be very handy in the process.

Check your belongings. Assess your belongings in the inventory, and take note of things you want to throw away and sell. Not only can this help you save money, but it also lets you sort out things you want and not want prior to the move. This can save a lot of space on your end as well.

  1. If you’ve sorted out the items you want to throw out, consider donating them to relatives or institutions instead. This not only helps you save perfectly good pieces of furniture or accessories, but this also helps you help out others.
  2. If you plan on selling items, consider selling them in buy-and-sell groups, or even a garage sale. Try seeking out home buyers as well, as they’re very likely to be looking for good furniture at the same time they’re looking for a new home.

Buy your equipment and materials early on. Once you’ve checked the sorts of packing things you need, consider buying them immediately. This saves you time and money when going to the store, as hopefully, this step helps you avoid going there for a second time.

  1. List the kind of materials you need. Try to base this on the materials you have. If you have fragile materials, check what sort of packaging would best suit these.
  2. Buy these materials in one go as much as possible. If you have an extra budget, try buying twice as many materials, so you don’t have to go back to the store for another trip.

Involve the family. If you’re moving with a family, it can save you time and resources if you involve them in the process as well. This not only gives them a sense of responsibility and ownership over their things, but this can be a good bonding time as well.

  1. Try to have a family meeting to discuss the sort of things you have to do during the move. Clear out your schedules as much as possible, and instead of going to the mall during family time, try allocating this to packing.
  2. Teach everyone the preferred way of packing objects and belongings. This ensures everyone knows how to pack without supervision.
  3. Assign and delegate tasks across the household. Try to assign rooms to their respective owners, so they can have a sense of ownership to the room they’re staying in.

Make a schedule consistent with your routine. Just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your work-life balance. While, yes, you need to allot time to pack and move stuff around, try to make sure your schedule still works with the way your life goes so far. Don’t sacrifice your job for a move, and don’t sacrifice your rest days for the move as well.

  1. Take note of “free time” during your current schedule, which includes off days, the time you spend commuting, or time you spend hanging out with friends. If possible, try to replace these with “packing hours,” so you can focus on packing stuff for your move.
  2. If you still have leaves, use them wisely. Another option to do when preparing for a move is to use your leave days – but make sure you use them properly. Try to allot a day or two (2) for packing, and make sure you focus on packing your things. Maybe you can ask your boss or supervisor for extra tasks in exchange for a paid leave, so you can have a leave that won’t compromise your salary.

Hire professionals to help. Just because you’re young doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t need help. If you’re having a bit of trouble in any step of the moving, perhaps moving companies can aid you in the moving process. They’re professionally trained and skilled in packing, transporting, and unpacking equipment, so they can guarantee the safety of your belongings.

  1. A mover in your area, or a moving company (if you’re in the US) can also help you find materials you can use to pack your belongings, especially if you want fragile things like glass furniture and accessories transported.
  2. When communicating with these companies, make sure you’re clear with the costs of their service, as well as what their service packages contain. During your negotiating process, try to ask if there are “surprise” costs like food and gasoline allowance, or if you already have these paid in your payment. 

Moving Requires A Good Plan

Just like how you’ve followed a game plan when saving up for your first house, you also have to formulate a plan in order to conduct a successful move. The tips above would hopefully be able to help you fix a schedule, arrange your inventory, and manage all the elements you need for a successful house move.

Laura 🙂

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