Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Life lately looks a lot like this. I feel a real sense of adjusting at the moment. Life feels different to how it did this time last year and indeed how it felt in the warmer months. I feel we are finding our feet at the moment before we settle down into a rhythm for the colder darker months. Lately Frieda wants to stay close at home preferring to visit the same park near our house and the same woods at the bottom of our road. She is enjoying spending time at home and finds toddler groups stressful. This is very different to this time last year when I had a manic excitable baby who never wanted to spend a moment in the house. We would spend ours days going from baby group to baby group, drinking tea in cafes, visiting the library, going on trains and buses and visiting anyone who would have us.
A new addition to our house hold is Peppa Pig. I had slightly rose tinted specs before I had Frieda and assumed that t.v would not feature in her early years. We don't have a t.v and I didn't see how t.v would fit into her early life. Frieda has discovered Peppa Pig, she loves it and can sit for a couple of hours as happy as anything watching this little pig and her friends. For the first time ever us adults have spare time in the day. On Sunday we were in town and my partner said fancy getting the paper? And we looked at each other 'oh my gosh we actually could couldn't we?' Frieda could watch her cartoons, and for the first time since her arrival we could spread the Sunday supplements all over the house. We are still working out Frieda's relationship with the telly, it's a new issue, neither of us are sure what feels right; but as the three of us sat there on a rainy Sunday playing in parallel, Mummy with her wool, Dadday with his organs and Frieda with her cartoons, we knew that we are very pleased that this little pig has found her way into our lives.
Monday, 13 October 2014
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Skirt: Clothes swap REISS
Jumper: Charity shop M&S
Coat: Charity shop: Laura Ashley
Shoes and tights: New
Excluding shoes and underwear, at least 85% of my wardrobe is second hand. I'm a self confessed charity shop addict. A limited budget and desire to have slightly more clothes than I need has meant that I have been seeking out the thrill of the hunt for more years than I can remember. I like clothes and experimenting with colours and patterns but fashion has never been a big interest of mine, I have never bought fashion magazines or followed trends in a major way. I NEVER EVER thought I would do a 'what I wore' blog post as I think I often look quite unfashionable and a bit clashing. For a long time now I have been concerned about where my clothes come from and the impact that my purchases have on the individuals who make my clothes and the planet. This is another big reason why I chose to buy so many clothes second hand. My aim is to always buy the majority of my clothes second hand and then the rest from more ethical companies. In reality this does not always happen. I slip up sometimes particularly with the lure of internet shopping. I used to try and keep an eye ethical shopping index ratings but I found that these changed and it was sometimes hard to keep up.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Last Summer, inspired by this post on the Lulastic blog, I decided to give up shampoo. The picture above was taken in the height of my no poo adventure I think we can all agree that my hair looks ok....nice even?? And importantly not greasy. After I had a baby I barley had time to clean my teeth.....in fact some days I didn't. I completely stopped wearing make up, if there was the slightest chance I may have had time to put it on in the morning I knew I would never have chance to take it off at night. All I had time to do with my hair was shove it up in a bun.
Hair wise I have often found my curly hair a little hard to manage. I relied on using a few products to tame it/liven it up, depending on what sort of hair day it was. People who know me would probably view me as someone pretty unlikely to use hair products. I think I have an air of the dishevelled about me, I don't wear make up very often and my partner sometimes says I look like a child who has been through the dressing up box. For many years I have never felt at peace with myself with regards to my hair product usage.
Like many women when I was pregnant I had the hair I thought I deserved. I didn't need to use hair products and I had what I describe as 'public school girl hair'. In my eyes it was a glossy, flowing, wavy mane. I was brought back down to earth after Frieda arrived and my hair returned to it's sometimes limp sometimes frizzy, in need of taming, mane. Like many women after they have had a baby I began think more about the chemicals that were coming in to our house and near my baby and I wanted to cut back.
No poo seemed like the perfect solution. I dived in, my hair looked better and I didn't have to use products. I was however never able to leave the bicarb and cider vinegar solution, these no poo staples are the arm bands of the project. I was using the bicarb solution every other day and it was feeling like a faff and if I got the cider vinegar solution wrong I found my hair went greasy. I then got a fringe cut and it didn't seem to like the no poo and well you dear readers can guess the ending, I gave up. I managed five months.
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