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going greener

17th 09 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

 

I can’t call this blog zero waste as I’m a long way off. In the past i have been so overwhelmed about where to start that i haven’t started at all.

Doing my Forest School training and starting Wonderwood Explorers has opened me up to new people, new ways and i think changed me for the better. My life view is tilted a bit now and part of that is knowing i cant keep my head in the sand about how much stuff i buy, how much stuff i throw away and the effects that has.

From reading new blogs, listing to new podcasts, watching documentaries and planning forest school sessions I have started (very slowly) to make some changes.

I thought i would document these in case anyone else is looking to do the same and is unsure where to start.

I actually started by making a list of all the single use plastics i use in my work and one by one swapping them for better options. I am going to do a blog on this at a later date as this was a real eye opener.

After i got start on that, i moved on making a list of the single use plastic in our house and finding swaps for them.

 

“On one day last year, 2,500 plastic bottles were collected from the banks of the Thames –

water bottles were the most common type found”

 

Plastic water bottle – reusable 

I have been doing this one for a few years now. A good friend gave me a metal water bottle and this is what i fill and take with me to work and days out.

Cling Film & food bags – Beeswax food wraps

These i love. They range in cost from £3.99 on ebay for one to £20 for a high end pack of 3. My husbands work sells them and he got a pack of three for £15. Mine smelt quite strong when i first got them and i was a little be unsure if this would transfer to the food. But the wax smell faded pretty fast and it was never an issue. I have been looking into how you make your own as well so I’m going to give that a go later in the year when i need some more.

 

 

Straws – Paper straws

I haven’t gone the full hog and got a metal or bamboo straw as we don’t use them that often but i have popped a few paper straws in Neive’s bag so if we are out and the cafe only has plastic ones we can use one of these instead. The irony is i have popped them in a plastic bag 🙁 But the bag came with our food delivery and again it seemed more mad to throw it away than use it.

Soap & Shampoo bottles 

This one is on my list but i haven’t swap over yet. I think I’m going to start slow with a bar of soap and then move on to bar hair conditions and then when I’m really brave a shampoo. If your looking for some more info on why to swap from a gel to a bar this is a good post . I know what this lady’s sister means about squeaky soap so it might take me a while to find one i like.

Toothbrush – Bamboo brushes

The toothbrushes we have are still fine but when they do need swapping i have some lovely bamboo ones waiting for us. I got them early as there was 10% off at the no plastic shop and with them costing £3.99 each I didn’t want to miss the offer. I will do an update on instagram when we get around to testing them out.

Baby Wipes 

I’m going to try and make my own baby wipes!!!    I know, who even am I!

I watched a video ages ago about a lady making her own (it was a save money tip rather then reduce plastic), I’m up for both. This is the video I’m going to follow . I have ordered some of the reusable travel pouches she has in this video. £3.80 for three inc delivery and I’m going to see what Tupperware i have that might do before i look into buying on of these. I will do an update on this DIY on insta as well.

 

 

Anyone have any tops tips? I would love you to share them with me.

Ellie x

 

 

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craft binoculars

2nd 09 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly

 

We made some binoculars this week so Neive could go bird spotting. She is super keen on looking out for birds and then naming all their parts “wings, two wings, beak” ect.

It’s super cute 🙂


 

You could use anything to decorate your toilet rolls but we used paint sticks, washi tape and wool. I think gluing them together would have been better if you have the time for them to dry, but we used double side tape that did the job.

They got quite a bit of use in the garden and also came with us on our Sunday picnic and kept Neive busy for at least half the walk so this was a total win craft!

 

 

Neive did move on from spotting birds to spotting dada, milo and mum mum quite a lot as we stomped though the fields. After our walk in Tilford we had a picnic near the green and then a fab paddle and play in the stream. It was was colder than standing in a bucket of ice! It’s a good job i lost the feeling in my feet quickly, i doth my cap to the kids in only their pants climbing around the bridge.

If your looking for a nice picnic spot around Surrey head to Tilford, there is a nice pub, cricket on the green, great swim spot for the dogs and a nice little village shop.

 

 

I’m now going to look up other crafts like this one that we can take out on walks with us.

Ellie x

 

 

 

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summer goodie bag giveaway

16th 08 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

Every season I do a giveaway to my fun mail subscribers, this time I thought I would open it up on Instagram and Facebook as well. Who doesn’t need a bag full of fun in the summer holidays!   The prize includes: Bubble wand Magic bubbles Two set of stickers Two mini puzzles Chocolate coins Haribo […]

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easy party treats to wow guests

14th 08 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  If your looking for some fast party treats to wow guests them these three shoudl be top of your selciton list. Chocolate spoons:    You will need: Spoons (I’m cutting down on single use plastic so next time would use my own tea spoons) but if you already have plastic ones then they work […]

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Petal Printing

25th 07 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly

  I think this has to be my favourite nature craft we have done with the kids at Forest School. It’s so easy but looks so pretty, this is a kids craft you want to hang up at home!     You will need: Matierial – It needs to be light in colour but can […]

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summer play ideas list

19th 07 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  I have my summer sand bucket list all done, this covers all the big things i want to do over the summer. Things to see, places to go ect. This is my play ideas list. I haven’t been great at keeping one of these over the last few months and I know it helps […]

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summer sand bucket list 2018

12th 07 2018. Posted in Family, Making & Baking by elliekelly

  I made a list of all the things I wanted to do last summer and I didn’t do to badly, over half. Without a list I’m a bit like jelly fish just floating around from one week to the next. A trip to a Lido was on last year’s list that never happened, but […]

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adopt a cat party

4th 06 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

  I love finding the perfect party for a child. The brief for this Buttons party was a cat theme with some crafts and games. After chatting though some options I mentioned a lovely adopt a cat party I had seen on Pintrest and the birthday girls mum thought it would be perfect. With this […]

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going on a bear hunt

24th 05 2018. Posted in Forest School by elliekelly

    Yesterday at Forest School we went on a fox hunt. A nice one! The theme for the morning was the book ‘Going on a Bear Hunt ‘by Michael Rosen. I started by gathering the children on our big story tarp and getting them to join in with all the fantastic sounds and words […]

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how to make dry ice smog

22nd 05 2018. Posted in Parties by elliekelly

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Ellie KellyHello & welcome to my blog

I'm Ellie a lover of celebrations, bunting, balloons and bubbles. This is my party and lifestyle blog. I'm married to Mr Kelly, we have a 4 year old Border Terrier, Milo and a baby on the way. Put on your party hat, grab a bit of cake and take a look around.

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