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    Time Out Reads: New

    I spoke too soon about Spring being here, the weather last week was awful, especially the mist and fog. Although it does look like things may be turning better this coming week, I hope so as my garden really needs a good sort out. Spring Clean With Spring in mind, cleaning and organising are two areas I am focusing on in the coming weeks. Finding ethical and ecological ways to clean our home is an area I am currently researching. Little Birdie is currently sharing a series of natural cleaning posts. This one shares how Castille Soap can be used. New Reads I am currently on a huge reading kick. Partly…

  • Slowly Lived Summer Bucket List
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    Slowly Lived Summer Bucket List

    It’s the final week of school. Summer is here. This means six weeks of no school runs, no time constraints (well except for work) and endless hours to fill. To some that might sound like a nightmare, but to me, it sounds perfect. Summer is the time of year you can really slow down the pace. Lazy mornings, PJ days and late nights in the garden. I love the fact that we all get to spend time together. During the rest of the year, everyone is at school all week. I’ve also been working weekends, leaving only the evenings to spend any time talking or playing. Then that’s cut short…

  • Check out July's Seasonal Kitchen - Slowly Lived Magazine
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    Seasonal Kitchen – July

    Wow, what a month June was. Hottest June day on record since 1976  here in the UK. This gave us lots of opportunities for BBQ’s and al fresco eating. Have you been enjoying eating seasonally too? My June favourites include strawberries, jersey royals and salmon. What did you enjoy eating? Lots of lovely new ingredients fresh and full of goodness ready to add to your meal plans for July below. Why eat seasonally? Eating seasonally not only has major health benefits but also has a huge impact on our environment. Most of the seasonal produce you can buy has been grown locally or at least in the same country. If…

  • Life,  Simple Living

    How to Save 3.5 Hours A Week with Real Plans

    Some people plan everything. When they’re getting married, when they’ll have kids, what activities they are doing each day. I’m afraid I am not a planner. I like to think I am but in reality, I write the plan, put it to one side and then punish myself when I don’t get around to it. You may be wondering why I am writing a post about planning. This post is for all of you people out there who, like me, haven’t found the way to plan that works for you. Plus, as the title says, it will give you 3.5 hours of your week back. Meal Planning If you are…

  • Gifting ethically this father's day
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    Ethical Father’s Day Gift Guide

    Father’s Day, 18th June 2017. Giving a gift to someone you love is a magical experience. Finding that gift can be horrendous. Not simply because they may have everything or they may not know what they want, but also because of the impact these items can have on the environment. This Father’s Day, why not choose a gift that is ethically sourced as well as being unique and thoughtful. Here’s our ethical gift guide to treat the father in your life. Luke Drew This   Luke Drew This is a business that was born from a drawing Julie Cox’s son created for his dad.  This unique, personalised gift ideas are a fun…

  • Eat seasonally. Find out what ingredients are in season in June
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    Seasonal Kitchen – June

    Are you joining me to eat seasonally? June is upon us and hopefully the nice weather with it. If you didn’t see the first post in this series you can catch up here. This month, the seasonal produce that is ripe and in abundance are some of my favorites. Strawberries, new potatoes, and rhubarb. Why eat seasonally? Eating seasonally not only has major health benefits but also has a huge impact on our environment. Most of the seasonal produce you can buy has been grown locally or at least in the same country. If you look at any of the packagings of the fruit, vegetable, and meat you buy from a…