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 can be a challenging sustainability topic in 2015.  Many people have watched in horror as net fulls of fish are thrown back dead on Hugh’s fish fight. Moshi Moshi, the UK’s first sushi train restaurant, has been at the forefront of the sustainable fish and slow food revolution for over 20 years.  Hidden at […]

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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, a nice coffee, to big things like your health, friends or partner. Why do this? It makes you feel […]

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Hot drinks on the go

We do quite a bit of commuting / travelling around London and the UK.  As our friends know we can usually be found rummaging in our bags for a reusable coffee cup and confusing baristas.  It is interesting to see the coffee shops that cope fine, and worryingly the ones that seem to have never […]

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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 tablet 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

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 Waterloo station […]

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