Living Natural with Norfolk Natural Living

With the ever growing media attention (for good reason) on the Environment, we have been trying to be more mindful about our choices at home and living more sustainably. One of the swaps I have been consciously trying to make is the cleaning products that we use around the home.

Gone are the days where I watch cleaning Instagram stories or videos about the many products people are using to clean their homes. I can count on one hand the amount of products we have in the house for cleaning now as I made a point of using up what we had, and not rushing out to buy products for the sake of products.

Norfolk Natural Living recently reached out to me to review a couple of their wonderful products and without a moment of hesitation, I hopped onboard and offered to write a blog post in exchange for the products.

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Norfolk Natural Living are nestled in a small historic town in Norfolk where the bottle every formulation by hand in their workshop. All of their natural cleaning and garment care products are biodegradable, non-toxic, free from chlorine and bleach, use plant based ingredients and yet, are gentle enough for even a baby’s delicate skin. Even better is that they use PET packaging as it’s 100% recyclable and you can refill your bottles at their store in Holt if you are local.

The two products that I was sent to try out were the Garment Refresher and the Scented Vinegar. The first thing I noticed about the Garment refresher was the lavender scent that came from it. I have been trying to cut down on the number of washing loads we do in a week so this product has allowed me to wear a jumper multiple items without fear of it starting to smell a little worn.

I have successfully managed to reduce our washing machine usage in the last couple of weeks as a result of using this product and have genuinely only been washing clothes that need it. Win, Win!

Next up I tried the Scented Vinegar. I am no stranger to the cleaning powers of white vinegar and usually have a bottle at home to spray down toilet, plugholes to reduce limescale build up. This lovely product has a rose scent meaning it’s far less overpowering that your usual white vinegar smell. Picture me spraying loads into the toilet bowl and having to open windows as wide as possible. Well no longer!

A quick spray of this and it does the job and also leaves the bathrooms smelling great. I also found the best use in our house for this is for cleaning the induction hob and splashback which are both shiny surfaces. I found in the past that wiping them with a cloth still left a residue or marks on the surface which were very apparent in the light. Since using the scented vinegar, I have noticed no streaks or residue as a result and it only requires a small amount which is even better. A little certain goes a long way with this product.

Whilst I know these small changes aren’t the biggest impact right now, I know that we as a household are on the right track and with companies like Norfolk Natural Living putting in such hard work behind the scenes to create these wonderful products, it is even easier. I’ve already spied a few more products on their site that I want to get my hands on and transform the way I wash our clothes as well.

Laura x

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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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