I’ve pledged to refuse single use plastics for the month of July, read how week 1 went here. Needless to say, there is room for improvement. If you’re interested in challenging yourself to go plastic free you can join in on the Plastic Free July website and get loads of tips and ideas there. You can also take a fun plastic usage quiz.

Plastic Free July

Week 2 has definitely been more of a challenge to keep up with. I still need to buy reusable straws and a coffee cup but have definitely cut down on my cling film usage, opting instead for reusable containers for left over’s in the fridge.

I’m still surprised daily how much throw away plastic is produced. Buying a quick lunch in a supermarket is a struggle. My favourite supermarket sushi comes in a little plastic box and even the sandwiches packets have that piece of plastic film over the front.  I am making more thoughtful choices though when buying from supermarkets which can only be a good thing. I have not used the little plastic bags for fruit and veg for years now, they’re fine in the trolley and fridge in all their naked glory (just give them a good wash before eating) but there are things that seem unavoidable. All kinds of bread come packaged in plastic, even the freshly baked loaves. Yoghurts for the kids are pretty much a non-negotiable unfortunately, and I haven’t got as far as ‘going naked’ for the bin so I am still using the bin liners.

I am on the look-out for any local farmers markets where I can buy fresh berries and fruit in paper bags or cardboard punnets instead of plastic. If you are local and know of one do let me know in the comments below.

This week I have succeeded in:

  1. Opting out of plastic bags for my home shopping delivery and recycling the ones they sent for the meat.
  2. Remembering my reusable bags when out shopping in town.
  3. Choosing to use Tupperware to store food instead of cling film

Next week I plan to:

  1. Buy and use reusable straws.
  2. Buy and use a reusable coffee cup.
  3. Plan lunches ahead so as not to buy lunch on the go from a supermarket.

Do you think you could live plastic free? Join in with the Plastic Free July challenge for the rest of the month and let me know how you get on.

Plastic Free July

 

 

 

Lottie Dolls have brought out some new dolls and accessories . Lottie and Finn have some new roles to play including always artsy, junior reporter, and an astronaut accessory set. We have been sent the new Brownie Lottie Doll to show you here on the blog and one to giveaway too! Click the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of the page to see how to enter.

Brownie Lottie Doll

Here at the Hippy Christian Mum we are brand ambassadors for Lottie Dolls (see my new bright badge) and that’s because I’m a big fan. Lottie Dolls are all about letting kids be kids while encouraging them to be imaginative and adventurous. Lottie doesn’t wear make-up and is based on the proportions of a 9 year old child. When my daughter plays with her Lottie Dolls, she talks about where they are going and what they are going to do. She explores ideas around friendship, supporting each other at gym events and most recently with Brownie Lottie, leading a Brownie group and making a campfire.

Lottie Dolls

Brownie Lottie Brownie Lottie

As her mum I love seeing her creative side come out when she plays with her Lottie Dolls but my most favourite thing about Lottie is that she has inspired some really important conversations between Beg and I. We’ve talked about what a palaeontologist does (I had to have a Google, my knowledge only extended to what Ross from friends did and I’m not sure how true to life that was!) and she was happy to know that women can be scientists too (that one stung a bit but glad we got it out of the way).

Beg is hoping to join our local Brownie group so I was pleased when she chose Brownie Lottie to be sent to us for this review. Brownie Lottie comes dressed in her uniform including a neckerchief and jeans and trainers. I’m sure she will spark some conversations about Brownies and what Beg can expect when she joins.

Brownie Lottie Brownie Lottie

She also chose the new saddle up accessory set, which was just as well because the first thing on the agenda at Brownie camp was a horse-riding lesson (on a leopard, of course). I think Beg might choose Sirius the Welsh Mountain Pony next!

Brownie Lottie Doll

You can find Lottie online on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Lottie HQ are very friendly and chatty on Twitter if you like a Twitter chat 😉 You can sign up to club Lottie on the website to receive a 10% off voucher code for your first purchase.

*This post contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through these links I will receive a commission. I received a Lottie Doll and accessory pack for the purposes of this review.*

Giveaway

You have a chance to win your own gorgeous Brownie Lottie Doll (RRP £18.99) in my blog giveaway. Just click the Rafflecopter link below to join in.

Your email address will be forwarded to Lottie Dolls HQ to join club Lottie which gives you a 10% off code for your first purchase. It will not be sent to any 3rd parties. The giveaway is open to entrants over 18yrs and you can enter from any country! 🙂 Lottie HQ assumes responsibility of sending the winner the prize. This giveaways starts on Thursday 13th July 2017 and ends on Friday 21st July 2017 at 12:00am GMT. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. If the winner does not respond within 48hrs of the giveaway end date another winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Do you have any Lottie Dolls? Let me know in the comments. Here is a previous review of Forest Friend Lottie

Lottie Dolls

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Plastic free July

Single use plastics have a huge environmental impact. Things like straws, plastic bags and water bottles take hundreds of years to biodegrade and are ending up in our oceans the world over and being found in the stomach of every type of marine animal from fish to birds. More than this there is now known swathes of ocean where cubic metres of micro plastic particles are gathered floating around the ocean, dispersing toxic chemical into the environment. That last bit really shocked me but if you want a real shocking fact how about the estimate that up to 50% of our oceans could contain plastic by 2020? Or that by 2050 there could be more plastic in our oceans than fish.

Plastic Waste

Alternatives

Plastic free July is an idea that started in Australia in 2011 and has grown to 1 million people taking part worldwide last year. The idea is to dedicate one month to refusing to use single use plastics. There are some really simple things you can do to get started like take a drink of water out with you in a reusable bottle instead of buying bottled water and using reusable shopping bags. There’s absolutely loads of ideas on the Plastic Free July website.

Epic Fail

I’m joining in with thousands of others across the globe for 2017 plastic free July. Week one quite frankly I’ve used quite a bit of plastic! Which might normally be considered a bit of an epic fail but it’s not. Here’s why; signing up for the challenge has made me really mindful of every time I’ve used a single use plastic. It’s actually quite surprising how easily it sneaks into your everyday. The main culprit for me at the moment is cling film. I use a lot of it for picnics and wrapping up left over’s for the fridge. I’m will look into getting some glass or stainless steel lidded containers and for now I am using all my lidded Tupperware.

Things I already do

I already do a few things like using reusable nappies (not as much as I used to now), I always take out a bottle of water with us when we go out anywhere in a plastic reusable bottle because that’s what I have. I’m still using oat milk from our allergy days and that is packaged in waxed cardboard not plastic. And I recently switched from single use sanitary products to a Mooncup on the recommendation of a friend and although it took a while to get used to, it. Is. Awesome.

Things to Change

Some things I will be looking to change for week 2 of the challenge are:

  1. Buy a metal reusable straw and picnic cutlery.
  2. Look at alternative food storage options.
  3. Buy a plastic free reusable coffee cup.

Come and join the movement ! It’s so simple and easy to do. You can register on the website for a weekly tips email and join the facebook group.

Every piece of plastic that has ever been made still exists. That’s enough to make anyone want to ditch the straws at least! Let me know if you are doing the challenge too and we can go along together, or if you try not to use single use plastics generally anyway in the comments below. I love reading comments. Thanks! 🙂

 

 

 

**This Giveaway Has Now Ended**

When the lovely people at The Welsh Blog Network said they were looking for speedway bloggers in return for free tickets I was straight in there! If you read my most recent post about being a SAHM you’ll know I’m currently in the market for a bit of excitement. Ooh-err Mrs. And the speedway event definitely looks exciting.

British Speedway Grand Prix 2017

It’s on 22nd July 2017 at the Principality stadium, Cardiff and it looks to be an already well established event with great crowds. There’s lots on for families in the day on Sat 22nd July on city lawn too like BMX stunts and a Capitol FM DJ playing.

British Speedway 2017

I will be there and you can win a family ticket in my giveaway. It’s really easy to enter just have a quick read of the T’s&C’s and make sure to enter via the Rafflecopter link below. This giveaway ends on Wednesday 12th July 2017. Hope to see you there!

Giveaway T’s & C’s:

      • The prize is a family ticket (2 adults & 2 U16’s) to the British Speedway Grand Prix in Principality Stadium, Cardiff on July 22nd 2017.
      • The prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative.
      • This giveaway ends on Weds 12th July 2017 at 12:00amGMT.
      • This giveaway is open to U.K. residents and aged 18+ only.
      • The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email within 48hrs and announced on Twitter and Facebook.
      • If the original winner does not respond within 48hrs of the giveaway end time another winner will be chosen at random.
      • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.
      • The winner’s details will be passed on to The Welsh Blog Network for them to send out the tickets.

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  • Disclaimer: I received a free family ticket in return for promotion and review of the event.

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Except the days when it’s not and I feel more like staff. The tired list of tasks on replay in my mind. Planning to spend time with my daughter when the baby naps. Wondering when the best time will be today to have a shower. Not speaking to another adult for an entire day. Being a stay at home mum should be easy, but sometimes it’s just hard.

Everything’s Fine.

Ask me how I am and I will say good, because things are good. My husband goes to work every day to a job he enjoys, he earns a good wage and I quit work 7 years ago to stay home and raise our kids. Together we’ve made a nice home, we have nice friends, we go to church every Sunday as a family. There is nothing ‘wrong’. I will tell you things are good because they are, and because I can’t quite put my finger on what isn’t.

 

 

Everything's Rosy, Thanks!

 

Homeschooling my 7yr old and caring for my 15month old baby means my days are busy and filled with the over-riding sense that not one of us is quite getting their needs fully met. If I’m singing with the baby my 7yr/o is watching YouTube. When I’m teaching my daughter, the baby is pulling my trouser leg for attention. When I’m cooking or cleaning, they’re both watching Peppa Pig. If there is any pause in the day I can guarantee it is some kind of meal time. Meals which take me time to make (and I hate cooking) then battle with my daughter to eat and at the end throw most of the food away anyway.

Feeling Valued

My list of tasks -usual stuff like laundry- conflicts with the real reason I’m home which is to spend time nurturing my kids. Chiding myself that I even want to waste time on the house while simultaneously feeling the most accomplished I have all week when it’s mess-free. Feeling resentful that such menial tasks are my only way of feeling valued. Breastfeeding a toddler to sleep whilst typing one handed.

Things are good, overall. But sometimes the day-to-day can get me down. It goes without saying that I am so grateful for my family. I thank God for them every day, lots and lots of times a day.

I don’t have much to moan about when my life’s biggest stressor is whether or not to brave the supermarket with two kids in tow. But I seem to have managed it anyway! There are much bigger things to worry about but sometimes it’s just harder than it looks from the outside looking in. I can kindly give myself the grace to say that is OK, and you can too.

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