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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Changes I've made for a greener lifestyle

Monday, October 29, 2018

Photo by Sylvie Tittel on Unsplash

All we can do when it comes to looking after the planet and ourselves is to do our best. These are the changes I have managed to make and I'm constantly trying to do more, but at the moment this is my best. No-one can do everything, and no-one is perfect at it all, so whatever changes you've made, no matter how big or small, are better than making no changes at all. Keep going, keep doing your bit, keep learning, keep growing, keep improving.

Reusable facial pads. 🧽
I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I'd purchased some reusable face pads/rounds/wipes from Etsy in an effort to use fewer disposable cotton rounds. I still have loads of cotton rounds to get through (and I might as well get them used since I've bought them) but I have also started using these for running micellar water, glycolic acid, and toner over my face. I like them because they have a bigger surface space and are also exfoliating. I got these cute penguin ones from LittleGreenCraft.

Refillable water bottle (with filter!) 🚰
The water bottle I use daily and take everywhere with me is made of BPA free plastic - in an ideal world I would use a stainless steel or ceramic bottle but it didn't work out that way (I needed a bottle with a filter, didn't have the cash to splash etc). Despite that it is an excellent bottle; it doesn't leak, it has a freezer stick so you can keep your drinks colder for longer, and a carbon filter to filter through any gross tasting water. You can buy it here on Amazon in blue or green (I have a purple one I got from eBay but they don't sell it anymore). This one looks like it'd be a great plastic-free alternative (it uses charcoal to filter the water!).

Reusable shopping bags. πŸ›
Something I've very recently spoken about on my blog, reusable shopping bags are a must and are widely available to purchase. Swapping plastic carrier bags for tote bags is so easy, plus tote bags are cuter to carry around and they don't snap or tear.

Razor with replacable heads. πŸ™ƒ
My new Bulldog razor isn't 100% plastic free, but it is very, very close (the only part that is plastic is the button you press to unclip the blades from the handle). Its handle is made from natural bamboo, its blades are tempered steel, and the packaging it comes in is made from fully recycled stock and printed using environmentally friendly inks. This seemed like a better option than the disposable razors I was using. You can buy this razor (and the replaceable blades) from Boots.

Cotton produce bags. πŸ₯•
I managed to sway my mum to buy some of these after I explained how much unnecessary plastic surrounds fruits and veggies in the supermarket. The ones she bought were from eBay and were very inexpensive but do the job perfectly. They save us using so many of those ugly clear plastic bags to put loose food in. However, Morrisons have started using brown paper bags again so if you shop there and don't have reusable bags or have forgotten them (happens to us all), you won't feel so bad using their paper bags that can be easily recycled.

Bar soap. 🧼
Bar soap is a great alternative to plastic bottled shower gel. I still have shower gel to use up, but I alternate between them and a bar of beautifully refreshing organic peppermint soap I picked up from TK Maxx. I keep it in a soap box in the bathroom and despite using it probably hundreds of times already, it's hardly made a dint, meaning it will last me loads longer than shower gel. It's also generally cheaper. TK Maxx has the best affordable bath and body products; their soap selection is incredible and worth checking out. Plus they stock a lot of natural, organic, and cruelty free products. 

Reusable steel straws. πŸ₯€
We swapped to stainless steel straws last year. They're easy to use, easy to clean, and save us buying plastic or paper ones. It's just something else we don't have to restock ever again, so that's money saved. We got these Joie ones from Lakeland.

Paperless bank statements. πŸ“„
This is an easy-peasy one, and one everyone can do. I changed to paperless because I was getting swamped by paper statements and they took up too much space in my file. If I need a specific statement, I can log into online banking and print it off.

Showcase: tote bags

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

For me, tote bags are a necessity to have when I leave the house, just like my purse and phone. Like your parents used to with carrier bags, I now have a big tote bag in the spare bedroom filled with other smaller tote bags. I've become that person. I have them in varying colours, sizes, and fabrics. I have become somewhat of a tote bag hoarder, but I would rather hoard reusable canvas bags than plastic ones. I use them for pretty much everything and anything - I even use one as a recycling 'bin' in my bedroom as it hangs on my wardrobe door and doesn't get in the way.

I thought today I would showcase some of my favourite tote bags I've found on the web. If you're on the hunt for a pretty one to carry around with you on the daily, I hope you find something you love here.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Not that anyone's noticed, but I haven't blogged in almost two weeks. Not felt very motivated, but what's new?

Shopping has officially tired me out.

I am over the high street, I am over cheap clothes that don't last a season, I am over throwing money at things I don't need, and I am over the need to buy things when I feel down. I want to stop this, but I know it'll take time. I have been more sensible when shopping in the last couple of years, but there's still a lot of improvements to be made. I'm not perfect and sometimes I still buy things I don't need or that aren't the best quality, but I have also made some great investments and my wardrobe is looking the best it's looked in years. But I can definitely do better.

Yesterday I got my hands on a bamboo razor by Bulldog. It has a bamboo handle and a head with five stainless steel blades. It's really weighty and gorgeous to hold. It also comes in fully recycled packaging which I adore. I'm trying this out as a replacement for my usual disposable razors.

I also ordered some reusable cotton rounds from LittleGreenCraft on Etsy in an effort to use fewer cotton wool pads. I still have loads of cotton wool ones to use but I will just alternate between those and the reusable ones 'til I run out. I wish I could do more but making these small changes is better than making no changes at all.

Aside from that I'm now starting my Christmas shopping but I have no idea what to buy for people. I don't want to buy them things they won't truly love and use so I'm going to have to do a lot of research.

Oh, and I've started my diploma! It's been a week and so far I've completed two assignments out of four. I'm getting there, slowly but surely. I still have just under two weeks to go before it's all due so I'm not too worried. It's been a while since I was in education (only two and a half years, but still...) so getting back into the swing of things has been tough but I'm doing alright.

Hope you guys have a fun weekend. I'm working today but I have two days off after this where I'm planning to relax, read, and eat delicious food after not being able to smell or taste anything from a cold.

Spending too much money in York

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

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My ma and I are currently in York in our little holiday apartment with a rather special view.

Tiny Minster!

We've done enough shopping to last us a lifetime. I am... a bit skint now, to put it bluntly. It's about time I put the bank card away, let it rest, and enjoy my new purchases.

We arrived Sunday and moseyed around the York Designer Outlet and the Coppergate Shopping Centre for a few hours before the apartment was ready. At 4 we got cosy in our pyjamas, ate dinner, and settled down for Doctor Who.

Monday we spent half the day shopping but kept mostly to the Coney Street/Parliament Street area.

I picked up a pair of Reebok Classics from Office, the Rose Breton from Fat Face, Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes (signed! Also half price in store!), The Skincare Bible by Dr Anjali Mahto, this t-shirt from the Morris & Co x H&M collection, the small Autumn Pearl candle jar from Yankee Candle, and a MAC Mineralize Blush in the shade Sweet Enough (discounted at The Cosmetics Company Store) among other things that have already been packed away ready to take home, so unpacking it tomorrow afternoon should be a treat.

I think I'm going to put a lot of the things I got on my Instagram Stories when I get home, so if you want to see that feel free to follow me @marchninetyfour.

Today we continued shopping but ventured more towards Stonegate, Goodramgate, and The Shambles.

I picked up a lilac tote bag from the Cath Kidston sale (not online! pic here), a chenille jumper from Primark, this gorgeous striped blouse from H&M, the Hydro Boost Eye Awakening Gel by Neutrogena, and a cute Golden Snitch pin from The Shop That Must Not Be Named.

I also ordered a few toiletries/makeup bits online that I couldn't find in town or weren't in stock, such as the OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo, the Vichy PuretΓ© Thermale Cleansing Foam, and the new Revolution Conceal & Define Supersize in the shade C1. Love all three a lot.

Once we got home we ordered GBK (never used Deliveroo before! Feels cool and futuristic) and had biscuits from Betty's for dessert. We're living the dream, and I don't want to go home and get back to reality.

Oh, there I am(!) posing as awkwardly as possible but wearing my slammin' new Fat Face breton and Reeboks.

We did have plans to go to Castle Howard but shopping is so tiring and we couldn't find the time or energy to go further afield. Maybe next time.

When I get paid on Monday it will officially be time to go Christmas shopping!!! Not given it any thought this year, I'm way behind schedule...
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