A Bit About Disney’s Baby Care Centres

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I started this piece about 5 baby things in Disney but found I could go on and on about the baby care centres in the parks. I didn’t know much about them before we went and only knew they were there and yet found the baby care centres in each of the Disney parks to be an absolute saviour. Not only did it provide a cool place for baby to be inside for a little while but they had comfortable padded changing tables, separate nursing rooms and a kitchenette where we could use the microwave to sterilise bottles before prepping one to take with us for later in the day. We use the Tommee Tippee and Boots own sterilising bags for use in the microwave and I love the MAM dummies and case that can be sterilised in the microwave too. The baby care centres are also manned so if you have any questions or need to buy nappies, wipes and such they’re on hand. Our favourite was Magic Kingdom and I heard it had had a remodel just before we got there. The Alice in Wonderland theming was lovely, they all felt clean and there was always a changing/nursing space whenever we got there. Even at Hollywood Studios which was the smallest care centre.

We always went first thing in the morning to sort/prep everything then we’d go back on occasion throughout the day. This was when it was the quietest and at this time upon park opening we were the only ones there.

Darcie on one of the changing stations at the Baby Care Centre in Magic Kingdom

There are as you’d expect changing areas in restrooms throughout the park which is super handy. I would just say remember to take a change mat with you as these are like marble worktops and not the padded ones like in the baby centres. Don’t be like me and forget it. At one point I had to take the wipes out of the pack that I was going to use and rest baby’s head on the packet. Never forgetting the mat again!

The baby care centre at Animal Kingdom was I’d say the biggest. It had a great family room to wait or feed as I once did as Animal Kingdom does only have two nursing rooms and both were in use at the time. We found ourselves in the communal areas of the centres a couple of times just to let Darcie start a cooler, quieter and still nap before heading back outside.

Darcie in the changing crib at the Animal Kingdom Baby Care Centre

At one of the centres we found ourselves short of a nappy right at the end of the day. We were about to buy a pack from the centre until the excellent cast members said they might have one just to get us back to our hotel and they did. She let us have this for free from a previously opened pack. There was only one size open and in the cupboard so I think this was a rare occurrence and wouldn’t rely on it but it was a lovely gesture and saved us from taking a full pack back that evening. We bought one the next day of course but used them so weren’t carrying them around.

When using the changing stations the cast members asked that after use we threw the paper on the table away so that they could clean and wipe it down. This in itself made me feel confident that the places were kept on top of and that cleanliness including in the kitchen and nursing rooms were all important.

As the Magic Kingdom baby care centre recently had a refurb I would think that the rest would be having one soon too and I’m looking forward to seeing how they do each one up. I would definitely visit them again and know they were a HUGE help during our trip.

A corner of the nursing room at Magic Kingdom Baby Care Centre

I’d love to know if you found the baby care centres helpful on your Disney trip or if you’ve got a trip planned soon!

Buying Consciously at Christmas

I love Christmas shopping more than any other kind. I think the festive music in shops, the fact that people are celebrating at the same time and it means I get to wrap lots of presents at the same time.

I’m sure I will not be alone when I say that I love Christmas shopping though I realise that some may also be completely on the other side of the fence and couldn’t think of anything worse. I think it would be quite easy for me to go the other way but have found ways to enjoy it and keep enjoying it year after year.

There are a lot of stories out there where families and individuals end up going into debt around Christmas, feel like they have to buy more and more to ‘keep up’ and/or worry about being able to afford gifts for all of the family. I can’t see any of this leading to an enjoyable, relaxing Christmas, on the day or after.

Thankfully as a wider family we are open with being able to say that we can’t go overboard at Christmas and we understand that there are other things that we have to pay for too. Personally we’ve just had our bathroom renovated and have a baby due soon so Christmas isn’t at the top of our expenses list and luckily our family know that. I would love to hear that other families were so open to conversations about money but I know that is not always the case.

Conscious Christmas shopping isn’t just about money either. It can be about buying less STUFF and by that I mean crappy stuff that no one actually wants or ever ends up using. I dread the day when our child comes up and says that she wants a cheap plastic trend toy that I know will go in the bin in a few weeks as that is really not what we are about. This also goes for adults. Buying things they don’t want or that’s not their style ends up being a waste of money and resources.

There’s not one part of me that won’t be shopping until my heart is content this Christmas, I’ll just be doing it with intention instead of picking things up for the sake of filling the pile under the tree.

Other Christmas Challenges I’ll be avoiding this year

Buy one for you, buy one for me. I probably don’t need it and someone might have bought something similar as a gift.

Buying something that will go into the sale. If it’s got a higher markup especially for Christmas then it’s a no from me.

Buying more to ‘keep up’ appearances. If I don’t know what to get a person I won’t be spending just to fill their stocking because they may have bought more. It’s not a challenge, it’s not a competition, it’s Christmas.

I would love to know if you are simplifying your Christmas gifts this year or are looking to buy less with quality in mind.

Creating A Relaxing Space

I’ve always been really interested in interiors. From a little tweak here to a full renovations I find them inspiring, productive and it’s interesting to see how different people design their own spaces.

Some people like bright colours, maximalism and funny prints. Others prefer neutrals and less decorative items around them. I lean more towards camp neutral and like a mix of decorative memorabilia and functional items without going OTT.

When you know what you like and what makes a calming environment it’s easier to create a beautiful space where you’re happy to go at any time.

I can confirm our living room wasn’t that for me. The sofa was uncomfortable, the room felt small and the colours were not my style and made the room feel dingy. Again it would have been someone else’s taste completely but not my own relaxing space and I didn’t want to take visitors in there when we had a bright and airy kitchen that felt more ‘me’.

With multiple friends moving house or redoing rooms recently there has been plenty of design chat with regards to what they’re planning to do with their spaces and each perfectly represents how they want to feel returning from work each day or where they are in their lives right now. We also have to think about a new addition coming along and with maternity leave I knew I wanted to create a space where I could spend a few hours in the day.

For us and our living room this meant a complete redo. Taking the fireplace front off, taking up the carpet, having the room plastered and starting again with a blank canvas. The only thing we are actually keeping is the tv and if I could’ve put that in a cupboard I would have!

For others creating their perfect space it could mean a lick of paint and a couple of cushions. It could mean swapping some decorative pieces for family photos or it could just be adding a cosy blanket for autumn or a little declutter. It doesn’t have to be a big project and sometimes small ones can make a huge difference. I’ll also always say that changes don’t have to break the budget and any shopper should always remember to ‘buy consciously not constantly’. I don’t think I’ll be buying any new purely decorative items for the new room, just sourcing pieces from other rooms and curating a different collection that goes together.

I can’t wait for the space to be finished and be a beautiful relaxing space that reflects us and our growing family and as dusty as it may be right now I actually love the process too.

Let me know what your perfect space looks like, calm or a hive of activity? Neutral or bold? Nothing on display or every treasure possible? And stay tuned for updates on Instagram @lorenjessica_ @lorenjessicahome

Buying Consciously Online vs In Person

I’m not the biggest fan of online shopping so not buying clothes online for a few months has been quite easy. I can think of 2 items in my wardrobe that were bought online. One of them had been seen in store a couple of years ago and the other should have been returned but in many cases this isn’t good for the environment and luckily has had plenty of wear. In terms of physical stores I have also gone from buying a new item every couple of weeks when out and about to not even one every couple of months. As you can imagine this has greatly decreased the amount I was bringing into the home which, now looking back, is exactly what was needed.

What I have realised over time that the pieces that stood the test of time and survived the numerous declutters are the quality items with timeless styles. Not necessarily expensive, mid range high street prices, so it has shown that cost and quality can go hand in hand.

Impulse Purchasing In Store

When we had no plans at the weekend we used to just go shopping. Whether it was to the local high street or further afield to a large shopping centre it just became something to do. And quite often we would come home with a new item or two (not including any money spent on food and travel) for no occasion or event to speak of and let’s be honest, I would have probably gone out shopping again if I did have a specific occasion to buy for. It became a money and time drainer and many items bought over the years doing exactly this have ended up going to the charity shop. Going forward there are definitely other things to do than going shopping, it’s about not falling back into old habits.

Online Purchases

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a surf on a secondhand marketplace app and often end up saving items I like but for 99.9% of items that catch my eye I am able to somehow scroll on past coming up with a reason or two why not to buy it, “not the right size/won’t fit properly”, “looks more worn than I’d like”, “wouldn’t pay that amount”. Whatever it is I talk myself out of most items and they get forgotten about the next day so there is another question to consider ‘Will I still love it in a year?’

For some reason this process can be harder to do in a store. Scrolling quickly and forgetting about something is easier to do than walking past an item but with the same principles and questions about the quality and need for the item it can be done.

The question “Will I still love it in a year?” is a great one because personal taste is ever evolving and I can certainly say my style isn’t the same as it was a few years ago. If anything I was more sure of my personal style at the age of 18, which is what I am reverting back to and re-loving certain things, than I was throughout my 20’s where I became more influenced of what others were wearing. Seeing this now I can also ask myself, ‘Will a certain trend come around again next year? Would I wear this piece even if it did or would I want a new one? If this item wasn’t a trend led one would I still like it?’

When we’re able to return to the shops again I will likely want a little Spring update but what I am going to be going forward is prepared. By asking the following questions I can make sure that I’m only bringing clothes, homewares and accessories that I will still be using for years to come.

Do I need it? Or do I just want it because it’s on sale? Or because it looks good in the store?

Will I wear it repeatedly? 

Will it go with anything else in my wardrobe? Is there a space in the home for this?

Is it a quality item? Will it last? Could it be repaired?

Will I part with my money for it? Would I prefer to save that money for something else?

If the answer is no (or yes for the last question) I feel confident that I won’t buy anything that doesn’t bring 100% value and will get years of use from.

More recently I have seen that I really don’t need as much and I don’t like the amount of stuff that I was accumulating. Too much stuff requires more decluttering and it just ends up being a cycle where money may have just been wasted. I’m not adverse to buying and never will be, I still love shopping, but now it’s more about the thought behind it and as always thinking of the phrase ‘Buy Consciously Not Constantly’.

I definitely feel like the last year or so has shown me that there are plenty of clothes and outfits that I still love and have plenty of wear left in them. A couple of edits have been made and my style going forward has evolved to be more ‘me’ which is simple, classic designs, quality pieces and a minimal colour palette. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what colours and shapes suit me and what I feel comfortable in so I am ready to hit the shops without compromising my journey when it comes to minimising my wardrobe and creating a capsule wardrobe. If I’m out and don’t see anything that matches my style and fits in easily I am confident that I won’t buy something for the sake of it.

There are more blog posts on Buying Consciously and Creating Sustainable Shopping Habits if you liked this one.

I’d love to know if you prefer shopping in person or online and if there is any difference when it comes to impulse purchases.

FOMO, Sustainability and Minimalism

When we live in a world where we not only see our friends wearing a new top we can see a hundred people on the internet also wearing a new top. And that sometimes, with no surprise, can make us want a new top.

This is why even when I really wanted to be more minimal in what I owned I always felt the pressure to buy, the pressure to have something new, to almost keep up with the trends or to just ensure I wasn’t missing out on anything. Turns out I’m not missing out on anything at all. The clothes from the high street sat alongside my other high street clothes and just blended in. My favourite finds and purchases have been the ones that I just saw and loved immediately when out shopping not the ones I saw someone else already had on social media. While this can work in some cases most of the time with fashion for me, it doesn’t. Sometimes of course I will see something I love but you can bet I love it because I’ve actually owned or do own something like it already so don’t need another.

The terms ‘keeping up’ and ‘missing out’ can be quite loose. Who am I keeping up with? Do they even know I’m trying to keep up with them? When I do who am I showing this to? Are they impressed or neutral? Am I adding pressure on them to keep up with me? It’s an endless cycle of wanting more and more when we don’t actually want more stuff (and we don’t really want to part with our money for it).

A couple of years back I was adamant that I wanted to become a minimalist but the more content I consumed around fashion, beauty and homewares the more I wanted to buy. I still do consume the content now but I also know how to check myself now. Do I need it? Will I use it? Will I regret spending money on it in a couple of weeks? If I still want to buy it after that then great, it will be a sustainable purchase for me and I won’t regret bringing the item home.

Back then it turns out that while my heart wanted to minimise our things and become clutter free and really value the things we did have, my head was getting FOMO. I didn’t want to be left behind, I wanted new things. I wanted to ‘keep up’ with the people I was seeing on social media. You know the ones who get gifted a lot of items, who have the money and the space to take all of these items in. It took me quite a while to figure out that my heart should actually be leading the party and not my head which could have actually lead me on a tricky path of debt and too much clutter.

It comes down to thinking, how do I actually want to live my life, what items do I value and what is my style?

Without question I still love shopping. That’s not going to change but what is is that I know my style. It’s not trend led, it’s not fast fashion, it’s not the hauls that influencers show on their channels. And I don’t feel like I’m missing out if I don’t buy anything that they’re showing.

Although I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist I can say that I now only purchase things that I know I’ll get proper use out of, that I’ll value and that will last which really is what sustainability and minimalism is all about.

Let me know your thoughts!

Photo by Jade Pogson Photography

Why I *Never* Pay Full Price

I recently posted the below image on Instagram as the dress I’d bought early in 2020 had been reduced from £69 to £6.90! What a saving I thought. My kind of floaty dress in a light fabric, ideal for the day or night with a feminine feel all at a snip of a price. It wasn’t until later that I began to wonder about HOW the brand can discount an item by so much? How much money does it actually take to make the dress? Not a lot I imagine if they can afford to lose so much on it.

This made me start thinking about the value in most of the products and clothes we see everyday. I have always been a notorious sale shopper and hardly anything in my house is full price. If a discount can be found I will find it. If it can’t then I’ll more often than not just leave it. There are of course some exceptions to the rule and I’ll go into these later.

There is always company profit to be made or else the business wouldn’t be surviving but often these profits are so big that a product can be reduced 2 maybe 3 times and STILL make a profit.

Ever bought something and then seen it go into the sale a week later? Yeah, it sucks.

Looking after the pennies

Saving £20-£30 on something could mean a weekly shop or a meal out. Even saving a few pounds could be a take away coffee when really needed. A saving of pennies could even all add up. And those savings across a year or two could mean a break away. The pennies do better in our own pockets than the top bosses who probably have plenty.

More and more I also find myself thinking about not only sale items but finding the same or a very similar item second hand. People are always selling things for one reason or another and sometimes in excellent condition.

Do I need it?

This is a question I have been asking myself more and more. Whenever I see something that I would love for either my wardrobe or my home I have been asking myself ‘do I need it?’ And the answer most commonly is no. The question before the impulse buy could be saving me anything from a couple of quid to £50 each time and I’m really glad I’ve been talking myself out of some of these impulse buys lately because I’ve actually forgotten about them within a week.

Buying Discounted

If there is profit to be made in every sale the discount will come eventually. Fashions and trends change so quickly that new products are always being introduced and the old ones need to be pushed out. There are very small cases in which this isn’t the case but for the high street it happens multiple times in a year.

I’m not one for needing the latest trend and I have a simple style so I’ve learned that I can wait for pieces to reach the sale and I don’t feel the need to stay updated all the time which does my purse strings a great deal of good.

For the things that aren’t so quick to reach the sale. Skincare for example tends to stay at a price point and if anything increase over time with taxes or gains in popularity. Skincare and beauty also aren’t such trend led products so have longer shelf life. This is where I don’t mind spending a little more where I have to but even so there are often discount websites, coupon codes and the very occasional sale throughout the year to keep our eyes peeled for. I no longer put my money into products I don’t need or haven’t done my research on.

Outlet Shopping

These are a tricky one. Most of the time outlet stock is leftover pieces. On the rare occasion a line has been made for the lower price point to go specifically to the outlet store. It’s about knowing this, what there is and what it’s really worth.

I am personally a huge fan of outlet shopping, see above where I’m not trend led so don’t care if I’m a season (or few) behind, if I like a piece I like it. There are discounts to be had from the usual RRP of items or a certain brand and if I can get a better quality/brand piece at a cheaper price then of course, why not?

When I Do Buy Full Price

Support small business. There may be one or two members of a small business trying to keep their new company afloat and they don’t want to be asked if there are any discounts. If they have any end of line stock they’ll announce it.

Food. From the supermarket, farm shop or in restaurants. Full price is often the only option.

As a gift. If someone has specifically asked for something, I will get them that. I won’t go out of my way to get them a gift (that they might not want) just because it was cheaper/in the sale. If they didn’t want the new gift then it was a waste of money anyway.

When I value the item its worth. If an item has been incredibly well made and designed and I can see where the value is then I of course will pay the asking price (but my standards are high so it has to be good).

Let me know if your a savvy saver or if you’ll take anything on board from this post, I’d love to chat about it.

What ‘Buy Consciously’ means to me

I’m talking more and more about how I want to ‘buy consciously not constantly’ so today I thought I’d expand a little on what I actually mean by it. It’s quite a wide variety of intentions summed up in a short phrase so here we go.

Sustainability

When I can browse the rails in charity shops, I will. When I can find just the right top secondhand online or find a sustainable brand that has exactly what I wanted of course I’m going to make that sustainable decision. This also goes for the packaging of products and the companies values in how they approach sustainability. I am however not going to stop shopping as I don’t believe boycotting stores is the answer. The idea isn’t to stop buying altogether just to buy less often and buy quality pieces that will last. As the saying goes…

Quality over quantity

It’s about choosing clothes or items that will be cherished and taken care of, maybe repaired instead of thrown away or good enough to be sold if the time ever came. I have begun to have an extreme dislike of ‘hauls’ and fashion trends that have a throwaway process behind them. These are often poorly made, expensive for what they are and represent and are often worn only a handful of times before being discarded. Conscious consumerism to me means buying quality and timeless pieces that will still be worn and loved in years to come.

Shop Small Business

Shopping local and small business has been so prevalent this year and I am very much on board. I love the idea of someone creating something and putting themselves out there. It can be super scary to start up on your own but once your making the sales and see people are loving your work it’s amazing. The small business happy dance is real and I intend to shop small where I can, not just for Christmas but throughout the year. I find that when shopping independently you get a great service and those little extra touches you can’t get on the high street. People are out there creating their dreams and if I can support that and purchase a little something in the process then that’s great news all round.

I Very Rarely Pay Full Price

Obviously not with the above small business I have just spoken about but the bigger players have bigger margins. Please argue if you know better but a lot of the time (mainly in fashion) the margin is big and end of line/season sales are regular. There are also other ways to save even just a little bit of money whether that’s reward schemes, cash back incentives or a good old fashioned outlet store. I would say that my spending on clothes is 90% discounted from RRP and 10% bought full price. The more money I can keep in my own pocket the better.

With everything in the news about items going to landfill it’s hard not to want to make a change to shopping habits and in short I intend to buy less and buy quality.

Do you do any of these now? Would you say you shop consciously or not so much just yet? Come over to chat more about buying consciously on Instagram or here in the comments.

Images by Jade Pogson Photography

Sustainable Shaving Using Estrid

A few weeks ago now the Estrid razor was everywhere. Almost every YouTuber I watched was doing some kind of collaboration with them advertising how great they were but it is quite difficult through a screen to know if something will actually work for you so it took me a while to commit to a purchase.

Let’s start there, ‘Sustainable Shaving’ is actually a thing. Cruelty free shaving is actually a thing. Two things that have never crossed my mind as I was chucking a pack of razors into my trolley on the weekly shop. We’ve all heard of cruelty free make up and how some products are tested on animals but some razors also use animal products in the hydrating/soothing strip. There are so many other natural solutions known in the world right now that this doesn’t have to still be the case.

Another sustainable selling point for me was the handle of the razor. Made of steel and with replacement heads sent as often, or not, as you need them it is made to last a lot longer than the plastic version where the whole razor (and plastic packaging) gets thrown away each time. Which brings me on to the packaging. Cardboard, chic and completely recyclable, need I say more?

Once I had decided to go for it and see if they lived up to their hype I went online to pick the colour of the handle and the frequency of my razor deliveries. Two sets of blades came with the initial package and then the refills will arrive in four sets how ever often you’d like them to.

When it actually came to using the razor I found it so different to ones I had used before. It is definitely slightly heavier to use but this only adds to its quality feel. The shave itself was incredibly smooth and exactly what most female targeted razor brands are missing. I’ve found mens razors to give a much closer shave but many of those also face the same issues as female aimed brands with their values.

I am 100% continuing my subscription with Estrid and would love them to release more products in line with their company ethics. I have seen that they do a few body products available to members and would love to try these in the future but for now a close, sustainable shave is exactly what I signed up for and what I’m getting.

How to Sustainably Shop Black Friday

Anyone else getting emails left, right and centre about the latest Black Friday offers? Yep, me too. I think it is a great way of saving a bit of money on Christmas gifts which I’m sure is something no one would turn their nose up at but there are a few ways we can be more sustainable when it comes to purchases this year. I love shopping in the sales and often get tempted on things I would have never bought initially but I’ve put together some ideas on how we can shop more sustainably and maybe saving some cash in the process. 

Will it get used? 

If you’re buying a gift for someone else or a little something to treat yourself after a difficult year think if the item will actually get the use it deserves. Not only will the cost per use go down it won’t go to the bin anytime soon and the user/you will really appreciate it. That goes for anything from homewares (will it be loved?), clothes (will they be worn?) and skincare (will they be used up?). If the answer is yes, then great! That is a conscious gift giving decision. 

Think Packaging

Companies really need to stop putting their gift sets together in plastic packaging. I am mainly thinking of those beauty gift sets that come in plastic moulded packaging. This could easily be swapped for a little reusable gift bag or using recyclable cardboard instead. It would be great to have unwrapped everything on Christmas Day and actually have no wrapping or packaging that couldn’t be recycled. Big companies really need to be looking at this but for now I guess it’s down to us to make the decisions. 

Support Small Business

This year more than ever there has been a focus on shopping and supporting small businesses. When we initially went into lockdown we were shopping small to keep the businesses local to us and now we’re shopping small to make them do a little happy dance this Christmas. Shopping small also often means making eco friendly choices as they in turn only buy and use what they need, use more sustainable options in their packaging and don’t have large processes that use up many resources. 

Great or Waste

How often are we tempted by an item just because it’s on sale? Making a conscious purchase also means thinking about whether we would have actually bought the item if it wasn’t on sale to figure out if we do actually want it. Do you normally buy from the brand? Did you need/want the item before Black Friday? If not then consider whether it is a great saving or a waste of money. If you need a little reminder save the post I made here.

Let me know if any of this helps with shopping more sustainably this Black Friday and if you want more inspiration check out my Creating Sustainable Shopping Habits post. 

Why slow living doesn’t mean missing out

You know those minimalist shots that you see on Instagram or those ideas in your head that slow living is all second hand, mismatched and old? Well I’m saying it doesn’t have to be. I’m a little unsure as to why it’s even been portrayed in this way and it took me a while to get on board with the idea in case one day I went shopping and didn’t buy from all 100% eco friendly brands. I’m a huge fan of heading to charity shops and buying secondhand from online marketplaces but sometimes you just see something that you want to buy. That only you have had. So here I am, on a slow living journey of my own. When I say this let me give you a little more detail.

I LOVE clothes shopping. I have a few favourite stores of course and we live close to the standard high street brands that you see everywhere so I tend to head there if I need anything new. I am also a fan of a good brand name as to me it usually says quality and time spent creating a product but that’s not how ‘slow living’ is perceived on social media so I wouldn’t ‘fit in’ with the usual photos of wooden stools and unread vintage books. A brand name handbag is probably one of the last things you’d find on a slow living blog and whilst not a bad thing it doesn’t really portray the baby steps we need to start off with. You can’t take a world full of fast fashion straight into second-hand or similarly take a nation from food delivery apps to home grown, home made apple pie bakers. What I’m saying is slow living isn’t a trend or a certain style, it’s a way of life and shouldn’t have a specific look. Not everything can be perfect from the beginning and maybe not even after.

When it comes to clothes I simply want to buy less and when I do purchase something I want it to be better quality, take care of it and not think of it as disposable. I also love handbags but I don’t need loads so I can save up for a quality piece that could last a lifetime and that right there is slow fashion. The same goes for most purchases I intend (or don’t intend) to make going forward.

There are also some great brands where their values completely match with your own yet sometimes they might not have exactly what you need so you have to go elsewhere. There once was a time when I would feel guilty about not doing better for the environment when making a purchase but you can’t hold yourself accountable for climate change alone and over time I realised this. I could choose to shop solely secondhand forever but if I saw a great dress when shopping on the high street I wouldn’t want to deprive myself of it. I just wouldn’t do it multiple times a month.

It is also about finding the brands that have their quality and values. Some of the big brands have great sustainability programmes in place and some are making changes in a positive direction. By putting money and making purchases in a specific area you’re showing you want more of that thing. For example if you shopped the eco range at a high street brand you’re showing that you want more of those products with those values. Same again if you shop at a small eco store for some items you’re also helping that business to grow and offer more options in the future.

So really when choosing the sustainable route it doesn’t mean missing out on something. It means thinking about the purchase and considering the options. If the options don’t work on that occasion try next time. Small steps lead to a bigger lifestyle change. We shouldn’t have to feel like we’re doing the wrong thing if we’re trying to start making a difference and like I mentioned previously we can only do our best with what is on offer. If there is anything we should be doing it’s respecting our values and making conscious decisions which, in turn, is what slow living is about.

Images by Jade Pogson Photography