The anti-shopping day?

The allure of Black Friday seems to be waining, and it’s only been over here in a big way for a few years.  The majority of the UK watched in utter horror last year as normal people actually fought over material goods they probably didn’t need.  Those living in London remembered the north Cirular IKEA […]

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Digital downtime

Over the weekend we were part of a cottage birthday event in the Cotswolds (UK).  I had been thinking this would be a good time to fully live in the moment and use my technology as little as possible.  As we have been trying to have 20-30 mins a night of pre-bed digital downtime, this […]

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Action for Happiness

I heard about Action for Happiness through my former workplace, and a friend speaking about her volunteering.  This seemed worth looking into.   Essentially Action for Happiness helps people take practical action for a happier and more caring world.  Their patron is The Dalai Lama and they have thousands of members taking action to increase wellbeing in their […]

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The bed time story from 10,400 miles away

This is one especially for all the aunties and uncles who have nieces / nephews in other countries.  Of course this can also work for those closer to home. I have two nieces in the small city of Armidale (NSW) Australia, aged three and a half and four months.  Since the eldest, Eliza, was two […]

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Sustainable sushi – fast slow food

Fish and sushi can be a challenging sustainability topic. People watched in horror as net fulls of fish were thrown back dead on the TV show Hugh’s fish fight. Whilst John West are being boycotted for not even attempting to meet their own sustainability improvement targets. Should we even be eating fish? Meet Moshi Moshi The […]

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Saying thank you, the power of a gratitude list

If you are familiar with mindfulness, or meditation practice, you may know about gratitude lists. These are lists of things that you are grateful for. From tiny things like the weather, the tube being on time or a tasty coffee. To big things like your health, friends or partner. Why do this? It makes you […]

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Hot drinks on the go

As my friends know I can usually be found rummaging in my bag for a reusable coffee cup. It is interesting to see the coffee shops that cope fine, and worryingly the ones that seem to have never seen one. But why bother? In the UK alone we get through an estimated 2.5 BILLION single […]

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The joy of using stuff up

Inspired by Love Food Hate Waste, the organisation helping individuals and organisations reduce their food waste, I made a spreadsheet list of all the cupboard items that are a bit out of date (but aren’t going to kill us) and all the things that will go out of date in the next 6 months. A […]

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The art of engaging commuters

Collecting coats Its 7am on a cold and still dark Tuesday morning at the jubilee gate line of Waterloo station and I am wearing an oversized t-shirt and telling sleepy commuters about the annual Wrap Up London coat collection. I must be nuts, I should be in bed!  I have helped with this event at […]

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