A day at Drusillas Park children’s zoo with a toddler

A day at Drusillas Park children’s zoo with a toddler

We were recently invited to visit Drusillas Park on a press day to find out about all the fun they have to offer families who live in or are visiting the South East of England. Based near Alfriston, East Sussex, Drusillas Park is an 8.4 mile drive from Eastbourne. We were very excited to visit, as we’d heard great things but had never been before. Meanwhile, we thought Autumn would love it as she absolutely loves animals! View Post

#BeatPlasticPollution for #WorldEnvironmentDay

#BeatPlasticPollution for #WorldEnvironmentDay

Today (5th June) is World Environment Day. Plastic has been a big topic lately and rightly so. Over the weekend, I was horrified to see that a whale died after swallowing 80 plastic bags. This made it impossible for the poor whale to eat. With plastic being such a high-profile issue, I wasn’t surprised to find out that this year’s World Environment Day topic is plastic pollution. This post is a blogger’s tag, in which I discuss ways that I’ve helped to tackle plastic pollution (which was actually one of my New Year’s Resolutions!) Thanks to Mummy’s Diary for tagging me.

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Okay, here goes!

How To Play

The major issue of plastic pollution has been gaining much awareness lately, thanks to the numerous documentaries and high profile campaigns. As we wake up to the level of destruction to our planet caused by single-use plastics, people are increasingly switching to reusables. Hooray! Join us in tis glorious global game of tag by sharing photos of your reusables to help #beatplasticpollution. Lets play!

The Rules

All games have rules. These ones are very simple…

  1. Take a photo of between 1-3 reusable items that you personally have switched to, in order to help tackle plastic pollution.
  2. Caption your photo with a short message to raise awareness.
  3. Also include your top tip for beating plastic pollution.
  4. Share your photo and caption, along with your top tip, tagging at least three other people.
  5. Please also link back to me in your blog post and tag me on social media, thank you!

Blog: https://www.autumnsmummyblog.com

Twitter: @autumns_mummy

Facebook: Autumn’s Mummy Blog

Instagram: @autumns_mummy

That’s it, just 5 easy steps!

Oh, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #BeatPlasticPollution and #WorldEnvironmentDay in your posts too!

My Photo

I’ve replaced clingfilm with Abeego beeswax food wraps and use a Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottle instead of buying bottles of water from the shop. Klean Kanteen are an amazing company that focus on sustainability and helping the planet. Nappies contain plastic and take hundreds of years to biodegrade. As such, we use cloth nappies as much as possible. They are not like the terry towels of yester-year (unless you want them to be!) like most people expect. They’ve come a long way and come in all sorts of brilliant designs, both structurally and visually. Of course, there’s more washing to done, but studies suggest the environmental impact is less than that of using disposables. Oh, and it’s cheaper too!

My Top Tip

Wherever there is single plastic in your life, challenge yourself to think of a way of doing it plastic free.

Tag You’re It!

I’m tagging the following lovely bloggers to take part…

Anyone who would like to! 🙂

Toddler-wearing with the Pao Papoose baby carrier

Toddler-wearing with the Pao Papoose baby carrier

I was quite late to the game when it came to baby wearing. This was partially due to a rough start for both Autumn and I. I wanted to baby wear, but simply didn’t feel up to it. When I finally did, I had a cheap stretchy wrap that I just couldn’t get the hang of. So, it was only when Autumn was about 10 months old that I went to a sling library and tried out a couple of slings. A structured style, similar to the Pao Papoose, really worked well for me. I also found that baby wearing is so practical too.  View Post

7 reasons to change your mind about artificial grass

7 reasons to change your mind about artificial grass

I’ve recently been thinking about redesigning our back garden to make it more family friendly. It’s entirely patio and therefore is no good for playing with Autumn. I want to keep the patio at the top of the garden, but have the rest as lawn. Something we’ve been considering is having fake grass, rather than real. This is something I hadn’t even considered until recently, as I was of the opinion that real is best. However, I have changed my mind after doing some research into it!

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My Sephora haul from New York City

My Sephora haul from New York City

Over Christmas and New Year, my sister-in-law went on holiday to New York. She asked us if there was anything we wanted. As a make up lover, my first thought was “OMG, SEPHORA!” and I transferred her some money. We used to have a Sephora at Bluewater in Kent, but that closed years ago. It was an amazing smelling shop with red carpets and I live in hope that one day Sephora will come back to the UK. In the meantime, the products my lovely sister-in-law picked me up will have to tide me over! To my amazement, she picked up everything I asked for (except for one thing that was out of stock) AND surprised me with another palette I’d wanted for my birthday! Anyway, that’s enough teasing. Let’s take a peek! View Post