Going Green: Part Two – Going Online

GoingGreenLast month, as part of my plan to live a simpler life that reduced the harm I do to the planet as much as possible, I set myself a green goal – to start using natural household cleaners.  You can read how it went here.

Goals work well for me, they help me develop good habits and that’s what I need if I’m going to make my life greener.  Otherwise, I have a tendency to start off with good intentions and then fail at the first hurdle because life gets in the way.

So, with this last month being a success, I’m going continue, looking at how apps and websites can help me do my bit for the planet.  I’ve been using different sites and apps for the last few weeks and these seem to be the easiest and most effective (at least for me!). Continue reading

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Getting Organised: Keeping Paperwork Under Control

1647.jpgWhen I was doing the #minsgame challenge last month, I found myself shredding for days, getting rid of paperwork that went back to my first job offer over 30 years ago.  It’s paperwork I will never need again but which I was afraid to throw out, just in case.

It was pretty obvious I wouldn’t need a 30 year old job offer but with other documents, credit card statements for example, I just wasn’t so sure. So, I headed to the internet to figure out just what I needed to keep and how long I needed to keep it for.

By the end, I had a great list that now has pride of place on my office noticeboard and, since then, I’ve found myself referring to it often.  My inbox has never been so empty.  Because it was helpful for me, I thought others might find it useful too (at least others in the UK at least). Continue reading

June in a Sentence a Day

sentence a day.jpgI first came across this post on Natalie the Explorer’s blog and thought it was great. She, and some other bloggers, share their month in a sentence a day. I thought it would be fun to join in, though I’m not that good at limiting my days to just one sentence. It’s good to look back at what I’ve been up to and makes me feel grateful for the good in my life. So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to. Continue reading

My Summer Fun List

Summer Fun ListIn four weeks, school will be breaking up and my daughter and I will have six weeks to fill because, while my poor husband has to work, I don’t (yay!) – well not much.  We’re already talking about what we’ll do and praying for good weather.  Over on Natalie the Explorer, I saw a Summer Fun List and thought it sounded like a great idea.  It means we can have a plan of sorts and won’t get to September thinking “why didn’t we do xyz?”

So, yesterday, we sat down in between watching England play football and decided what we wanted to do.  We’ve come up with eight things, which I’ll write about as we do them (if I find the time).  I’ll be honest, some of them are already planned, but are still things that we’re looking forward to… Continue reading

Going Green: Part One – Natural Household Cleaners (updated)

Scroll down to my goals to see how I did…

One of the things I’ve been trying really hard to do this year is live in a more environmentally friendly way.  It’s something I’ve written about already in how to I’ve cut my energy bill and my food waste but something I haven’t really got a plan of action for if that makes sense?  I tend to do things that are better for the planet as the mood strikes me, though once I start I also tend to stick at it and an idea becomes a habit.  Continue reading

May in a Sentence a Day

sentence a day.jpgI first came across this post on Natalie the Explorer’s blog and thought it was great. She, and some other bloggers, share their month in a sentence a day. I thought it would be fun to join in, though I’m not that good at limiting my days to just one sentence.  It’s good to look back at what I’ve been up to and makes me feel grateful for the good in my life.  So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to. Continue reading

Dreaming of my dream kitchen and a roof that will let me see the stars…

Since moving into our house a couple of years ago, my husband and I have been planning on having our garage converted and kitchen extended.  Both are desperately needed, mainly because we both work from home. Right now, the garden shed, and spare bedroom are used as office space, meaning there’s nowhere to put the lawnmower or any guests that want to come and stay.

We feel like we are drowning in stuff and constantly tripping over each other and the garage conversion and kitchen extension could be the answer to our prayers – that is, if we can decide what to do with the space.

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Finding friends after forty

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This weekend, my husband and I went for a few drinks in town. Sitting in the pub, I saw a familiar face, someone called Mike who I knew from my volunteering. Mike joined us at our table and the next few hours were spent chatting and laughing. Before we knew it, the bell for last orders was being rung and Mike and my husband, who had found common ground over music, were making plans to meet the following week to see a band.

In a lot of ways, this doesn’t probably seem like a big deal, but for us it was because – since moving to a new area two years ago and being more than a little over 40 – making new friends has felt like a hard slog at times. Meeting someone I knew and making plans to see them again felt like we had turned a corner and were on the upswing, especially as a few days earlier I had met someone else I hadn’t known for long for coffee and we talked about future plans. Continue reading