Zero Waste Week – Day 1

It’s here! Zero Waste week started today and will be running all week. Here was my pledge in case anyone missed it.

We actually started preparations for this week about 3 weeks ago. We decided, due to D’s age (2yrs 9 months) we would start potty training rather than go down the reusable nappy route. I went out and bought big boy pants (only cheap ones mind as I was sure I’d be consatntly washing them!) and dug out the potty. We tried for almost 2 weeks and although we had progressed from just weeing in his pants to him actually telling us he needed to go (albeit seconds before he started weeing) it was hard work.

First off, D seemed quite frightened of actually “letting go” while sat on the potty. We did, eventually ditch the potty and go with a step and a child’s toilet seat to use the toilet instead. He was happier to go on the toilet as he has seen the rest of us use the toilet (is it a normal thing with children that they want to be in with you?) and we did get some results.

It was, however, very hit and miss. To put it another way, my floor hasn’t been so clean since we moved in ;) I was starting to stress and he was hating being in wet pants. I had hoped that the feeling of wet pants would spur him to tell us when he needed to go, but I don’t think he was realising he needed to go until he was actually going. Then he would get upset that his pants were wet.

Nursery didn’t help either. They obviously have a lot of children to look after and can’t dedicate their time to just one child. The first day he just came home in a nappy and the following week he refused to use the toilet all day. Now surely it can’t be good for him to hold it in all day?

Everything came to a head last week when we were packing to go on holiday. A friend had very kindly offered us their house to stay in. They haven’t lived there long; it was going to be a 2 day drive to get there; they didn’t have a washing machine.

After almost 2 weeks, I finally admitted defeat and put a nappy back on D. And as much as I hate to admit it, I was less stressed on holiday, without having to worry about where he will have an accident next, and D was a lot more relaxed too. He continued to tell us when he was doing a wee and we changed his nappy and offered a sit on the toilet each time.

I am currently washing all his pants ready for a second try. He is in nursery today so was sent with nappies. Tomorrow, while at home, he will be put in pants and then after his last day in nursery this week (wednesday) we will try again.

I did feel like a failure putting him back in nappies but I must remember that the theme for this year’s Zero Waste Week is “One More Thing”. I have already saved almost 2 weeks’ worth of nappies from landfill, and each time I replace with his nappy with pants, that’s another one saved from landfill.

One step at a time.

Made it Monday #10

We have had a very busy two weeks here. First hubby and I ran a very successful holiday club then we ran away to Scotland to recuperate ;) We haven’t long got back but I am planning a holiday post as we had such a lovely time and I’d love to tell you all about it.

This isn’t actually the post I was planing to write. I actually made a lovely dress to wear to church for the holiday club presentation service last week, but I didn’t get any photos of me wearing it and now I am covered in midgy bites so don’t want to subject you can’t re do photos at the moment.

Instead I will show you a present recently made for a friend. I do hope they don’t mind me showing you. Fay and her lovely husband Dave recently moved into a new home and I wanted to give them something that reflected both of them. Took me a bit of thinking but I eventually decided on these.

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Cushion covers with guitars on one side for when the man of the house is home

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And flowers on the other side for when the lady of the house is home

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The recipients seemed happy with them. I do hope they were.

What do you think? Are multi tasking cushion covers the way forward?

Made it Monday #9

Wow. Two posts in as many weeks. This scheduling lark might actually be working (now I’ve said that, I’m bound to mess it up aren’t I?)

Last week was my lovely mum’s birthday. Little lady had announced about 2 months ago that she and I would make a cake. So my mum started looking around for cake ideas! About 3 weeks ago she showed me a magazine with the cake she wanted. I was oblivious to the fact that little lady had volunteered us to make a cake so was a little surprised by being handed a picture and being told “that’s the cake I want for my birthday” :/

To be fair, this cake wasn’t hard to do but looks quite impressive. I made 4 sponge cakes and cut holes in 3 of them.

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I filled the hole with sweets – haribo and Aero bubbles at mam’s request! The 4th cake then acted like a lid.

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I am rubbish at icing a cake so I looked up tutorials on YouTube. They really helped! I did a crumb coat which I never do and really took my time kneading and rolling the icing.

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I have to be honest, I was pretty impressed by this attempt. It was my best attempt ever. Okay there were a few issues on the side where I hadn’t rolled the icing equal enough so had to add an extra bit to cover the gap 😕. Little lady then stuck little cupcake shaped chocolates around the edge

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With this cake, it’s the cutting that makes it special.

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This was the bit I was most disappointed with. The magazine picture showed the sweets tumbling out of the cake once cut, but in reality I found that they stuck to the inside of the cake and needed a bit of coaxing out. Hubby claims that the magazine probably added extra sweets for the photoshoot to give the “tumbling out” effect but I suppose we’ll never know.

Have you ever made a cake similar? Did your sweets stick or tumble out artistically? I’d love to know the secret

Made it Monday #8

It’s half way through August and we are only at number 8! Wow! That’s seriously lacking on my behalf isn’t it? To be honest I tend to forget it’s Monday until it’s too late. I think the best way to keep on top of these is to write them and then schedule them to publish on a Monday. That way I don’t have to rely on me remembering what day it is! 😕

Anyway this week I have made 2 lampshades. First off, I made this one for D’s bedroom, with fabric he chose himself

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Then after seeing the finished lampshade, Little Lady decided she wanted me to make her one too. So she chose her fabric and I made her this one

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I love them both and after posting them on my facebook craft page I’ve had quite a few enquiries about making more. How exciting! 😀

What have you made this week?

Zero Waste Week

Zero waste week is fast approaching. Now in it’s 7th year it is running from 1-7th September. In previous years, the concept of going completely zero waste was insurmountable for me. With 2 small children and a full time job, I just couldn’t see how I would do it. This year’s theme, however, is “One More Thing” so one more thing you can save from landfill. That is something I can do. By cutting down on one thing I can make a difference. And it’s not just me. If all of us stop one thing from going to landfill then we can make a huge collective difference.

When I signed up for zero waste week I was asked to make a pledge and submit a selfie. Haha! You won’t believe how many pictures I made hubby take of me and I’m still not happy with the photo!! I am on my way to run club and standing by the kitchen door! I wonder if there are any tips online on how not to look like an idiot in a selfie?? Anyway…..here’s my pledge

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I think I look a lot like my dad in this photo!

To my shame we have always used disposable nappies with both little lady and D. It’s the main reason zero waste has been such a foreign concept to me. We probably put out a green (waste) bin that is only half to 3/4 full every fortnight so I don’t think we do too badly. But nappies are our downfall.

D is 2yrs 9months old now so is plenty old enough for potty training. Maybe a bit too old, I’m not sure. Little lady was definitely potty trained by this age but we have been concentrating so much on his speech problems that to be honest, I hadn’t realised that we should start potty training 😕

So, pants and floor cloths at the ready. We start potty training now.

Please check out the Zero Waste website for more details on zero waste week. What would your pledge be?

Making, Making Do and Mending August

This month I’m joining in with Jen’s monthly linky. What have I been doing this last month?

Making

    • I made D a lampshade to go in his bedroom

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  • Family photo collages ready to go up in the dining room

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Making Do With

  • I have been making do with a half finished kitchen and dining room as documented in this post

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Mending

    • I seem to be constantly mending jeans at the moment.

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I saw this fantastic picture on Pinterest I think that explains why I spend so much time mending the inside leg of jeans ;)
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Contact me for credit

Have you done any mending, making or making do recently? Why not join in the August linky

Charity Shopping

I do like a good rummage in a charity shop I have to admit. If I’m in town I tend to pop in at least 2 of the many charity shops there. Yesterday while in town with hubby, who is currently off work with a torn bicep (ouch), we wandered into my favourite shop for bric a brac.

We were actually looking for a board game. While visiting the in-laws, little Lady was really taken by their version of Connect 4, so I thought I’d keep my eye out for a second hand one for her. They didn’t have the board game but I did find 2 side plates that match 2 dinner plates I already have.

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I love my dinner plates and was so chuffed when I saw these at 30p each.

I also treated myself to this rather lovely tea cup and saucer for the grand sum of £1

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Isn’t it pretty? The bottom says Harpers of Staffordshire which seem to be a china wholesalers. But I love it anyway.

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Have you bought anything lovely from a charity shop lately?