The first half of this year has whizzed by and I thought now would be a good time to take stock of the changes our household has made that we have stuck with, but also to acknowledge a perhaps inevitable but unexpected side effect of my pursuit for simplicity…

Here are a few of the areas where we have made changes that have stuck…

Switching disposable for reusable

I was reluctant to jump on this straight away as it seemed like it could just be an excuse to buy a load of new things, but as the year has gone on we have slowly replaced many disposable items with their reusable alternatives and without exception have found we prefer the reusable versions. So far this has included silicone cupcake cases (used several times a week now in my son’s yumbox) aluminum straws, cloth baby wipes, a diva cup and cotton makeup removers (more…)

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Last year I did a series of updates on our garden over the summer months, though they might not have been the best ratings winner, they did force me to take photos and became a useful record of how things we planted have grown. This year I’ve been slacking a bit and it’s largely down to a setback in our long awaited patio overhaul. For the last four years we’ve been living with a broken, uneven and unsightly patio and a few months ago we decide to throw all our savings at getting it sorted in time for our tenth wedding anniversary.

I will spare you the details, but things didn’t turn out as we’d hoped. We have had to switch contractors and have spent several weeks living with a building site outside the kitchen door. Hopefully by the time I write next month’s update it’ll be fixed, but it does mean that nearly everything else in the garden is also on hold waiting for the patio to be finished.

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It’s been a strange weekend, I was heading for bed on Saturday night just as news of the London terrorist attack broke and, like many people I’m sure, I stayed up later than I should watching the news trying to take it in. Consequently on Sunday I was in a tired fog and the productive day in the garden was hampered by unrelenting wind. I did a bit of digging and tidying, but only planted one sunflower.

We put the tent up on Saturday to check it over before the school camping trip and I snuck off for half an hour at lunchtime to have a doze in it whilst Alice was in bed (our air mattresses are so comfortable!) By the afternoon I had a small hot limpet clinging to me and sucking her thumb and by the evening we were dishing out second doses of Calpol between watching the Manchester concert…

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If your half term has been anywhere near as busy as mine I suspect just thinking about getting the camera out over the weekend is enough to contend with, without factoring in a creative challenge. So I’m going to keep it really simple with a one word prompt which is open to be interpreted in a number of ways.

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This month’s Me & Mine photo was taken just after the Haslemere Classic Car Show & Tour which we took part in again this year with our Morris Traveller, Maggie. We did get a great photo of three of us and the dogs at the show itself, but had to wait until we collected Alice from my sister’s house where she’d spent the day, before we were able to photograph the whole family.

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Hello. I'm Clare.
I'm a mum of two & a freelance content creator. I live in the Sussex countryside by the sea and this blog focuses on creative family living through photography, design, crafts and interiors. Read more

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