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Organise your child’s books & create a reading log (free printables!)

October 9, 2017

reading log and little library

I’ve been meaning to create a list of books and reading log for my children for over a year and a half now. I have had it on this list of things I want to get to (that list never gets shorter!) and finally got round to doing it. Now that my oldest is at school, I really needed to find a way to keep track of the books he has been reading. We pick up 3 -4 books every two weeks from the library and he brings home a new book every week from school. A reading log has helped us not only keep track of when the books went back but also what he has been reading. That way, we keep things varied. Although I follow his lead when it comes to what he wants to read, we’d be reading Zog or his dinosaur encyclopaedia constantly if it was all up to him!

Whilst I created the reading log, I also put together a printable to help me keep their library organised. Too often I spot a book that I want to buy them and I have to think about whether they already have something similar or something that covers similar themes. Now I have a list of every book that they have, along with a brief note of the themes contained within each book. It will really help you see if you have too much of something, too little of something, or nothing covering a specific topic at all. I’m hoping that this helps us make smarter purchasing/ borrowing decisions.

I sat down with a stack of books and got going. It didn’t take long at all before I was done and I’m really looking forward to adding to this now. The reading log has a little yellow section for your little one to pop their name in, so if you have more than one child, they can each have their own sheet.

reading log printable

I put mine on a clipboard that I just slot into the bookshelf behind the stack of books, but you could print yours on card stock and stick it to the side of your bookshelf or keep it in a folder elsewhere, whatever is most convenient.

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Organising, Reviews

Creating a realistic self care routine

September 18, 2017

A few days ago, I shared on Instagram that I was reading a self care book that inspired me to put together a self care routine and prioritise myself a little more. I thought I’d share what I learnt from the book and how I put together a realistic self care routine, that doesn’t involve lots of time or money or other people in the form of childcare etc.

From Burnout to Bliss: A Muslim Mom’s Guide to Self Care is written by Nobera Chowdhury (counsellor and life coach) and Nazima Qureshi (registered dietitian nutritionist). When I received the ebook to review, I was really eager to get stuck in because I’ve purchased an ebook co-authored by Nazima in the past (I talk about it here). I was expecting it to be lots of advice broken down into different chapters, but was pleasantly surprised to see workbook sections by Nobera that you can revisit again and again, as well as loads of recipe ideas from Nazima that are easy to put together and don’t involve hard to source or expensive ingredients. I particularly benefitted from the sections around learning how to say no and prioritising your needs. If you find yourself desperately needing to make some changes in your life, whether they’re for your personal benefit or for the benefit of your family, you will find the worksheets particularly helpful. It is you arriving at a realisation when working through the worksheets, instead of being ‘told’ what to think/ feel, with vague, unrealistic goals, which is what I really like about this guide.

from burnout to bliss review

I have taken portions of the workbook section and popped them into a notebook so that I can keep revisiting these when I need reminders because I will need them. We all do – it can be difficult to maintain an effective self-care routine, which is why reading this motivated me to put one together that is simple, effective and something that I know I will be able to stick to.

Working self care into your daily routine

One of the things that I have found particularly helpful, is working self care into your daily routine by tagging it onto other things. So for instance, when I do a swish and swipe (FlyLady method) of the bathroom as part of my morning routine, I use that opportunity to work on my skincare routine. Quick workouts are best for me after Dhuhr, when my youngest is eating lunch. I can be done with Dhuhr and my workout before she’s even finished. I look for ‘lulls’ in the week and then schedule an hour of self care then – Saturday mornings are great for this as my son is at Saturday school and I can occupy my youngest with other things and enjoy at least a solid hour of self care (that doesn’t involve sleeping!).

Prioritising your mental health

A lot of us are juggling several things at once and are often overwhelmed with the responsibilities we have (and sometimes those that we place on ourselves instead of delegating or saying no for instance). That can very often lead to us placing our needs at the bottom of the pile, resulting in stress, depression, and anxiety amongst other things. In the UK, 10% of women have a mental health problem at any given time. As one of those women, I know how important mental wellbeing is and how much I and others around me are affected if I don’t address how I’m feeling or take a moment to regroup and manage my feelings and emotions.

For me, the best way to do this is to schedule some spiritual time first thing in the morning. If you wake up overwhelmed, prayer and Qur’an reading will help calm you down and equip you for the day ahead. If you can’t, for whatever reason, read in the morning, have Qur’an playing in the background at home or in your car on the school run or on your way to work.

Don’t ignore how you’re feeling, reach out to someone and get help. Even if you don’t have a mental health condition, support can go a long way in helping you feel less overwhelmed with daily life, parenting and all that you have to accomplish and there are several things you can do to implement a self care routine that has you feeling better equipped to handle what life throws at you every day.

Learning to love yourself

I have battled with negative body image for as long as I can remember and my general thoughts around this are: When I weigh X, I will feel better about myself. It isn’t a very healthy way of looking at things or very appreciative of my body at all. Nazima’s chapter on forgetting about the scale really helped to put things in perspective. I had an excellent routine during Ramadan that I really enjoyed and it is one I recently resumed. I don’t like gyms, I don’t have the time to be traipsing to and from one, I can’t afford them and I don’t want to have to bother with arranging childcare. I’ve been using the 8fit app and I absolutely love it. It has short workouts (nothing over 9 minutes) and they are easy to do at home and involve no equipment whatsoever. You can do just one workout a day, or a few, whatever you want to do. You can build a fitness plan within the app and set targets and the app will help you achieve them with meal suggestions and targeted workouts. If you find a workout too hard, choose another, or skip the exercise. Every workout is followed by two questions – Did you enjoy it? and How hard was it? and your next workout is then tailored accordingly. It’s an incredibly intuitive app and I have tried LOTS of exercise programs and haven’t enjoyed anything as much as I enjoy this. All you need is your phone and a floor. That’s it!

Again, tag a workout onto another part of your routine. Perhaps schedule a quick workout in after Fajr, or tell yourself you will do a workout before ‘Asr. Whatever works for your day – the beauty of this app is that there is no possible excuse you can find. There really is no one that cannot find 9 minutes or so in the day to do a quick workout that requires no changing, no showering immediately after, etc. It’s perfect, absolutely perfect for busy mums!

Carving out time to do what you love

Getting ‘me time’ doesn’t have to involve arranging childcare – I love reading and I’ve finally started taking the time to read books again by adding lists of books I’d like to read and those I’d like to purchase, into my bullet journal at the back of my planner. It’s making a structured effort to read and make my way through the books I have, so I’m not just buying books to sit on a shelf to collect dust. Implement quiet time in your household instead of naps if your children have outgrown naps, and sit down  – even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes – with a book. You could also take it with you to the playground if your children don’t require lots of supervision. I’ve thumbed through many a page sitting on a playground bench! Driving now means time to listen to my favourite podcasts, audiobooks are great for when you’re folding laundry or washing dishes. There are loads of free trials for audiobooks and podcasts are free! You could take a walk, schedule a movie night in your living room, take a long bath, anything that makes you feel relaxed and refreshed.

Taking care of you – minus the appointments

I often find making basic appointments for treatments at salons stressful, especially if you have young children to work around. I’m also not a fan of hefty price tags! A while ago, I invested in a few products that make it really easy for me to feel at my best, in the comfort of my home. They may cost a little more upfront but they pay off significantly in the long run.

  • I use a MicroPedi for manicures and pedicures at home. I love how effective it is on rough, cracked heels.
  • For hair removal, I really like the ease of my epilator (although I know this doesn’t necessarily work for everyone). I’ve had a Remington wet and dry epilator for a while (can’t remember what kind it is) and it does the job. If I continued to make waxing appointments, I’d have been able to buy several of these by now. This offers so much more value for money.
  • This Babyliss rotating styler is my most used item. No more flaky scalps or damp hair under your hijab. This literally works through your hair in minutes, gives it great volume, and it’s just ONE item, which is great!

 

I hope some of these tips will help you put together and implement a self care routine that will benefit you and those around you. It doesn’t have to cost much or involve other people (if you don’t want it to) or be elaborate at all. Make it simple and make it work for you. Think very deeply about the time that you have and how it is used – we often say we have no time but the truth is we have no concept of how we are using that time. If you believe that self care is important and that you need to implement a routine for it, you will and you’ll carve out the time for it.

If you’d like to purchase From Burnout to Bliss, you can get 10% off by using the code IMANBLOGS10 – making it just $13.50 CAD, £8.20, or USD $11!

I received a copy of From Burnout to Bliss: A Muslim Mom’s Guide to Self Care for the purposes of review. This post offers my honest opinion.
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Get organised for Eid ul Adha – Printables, Activities & More!

August 14, 2017

Get organised for Eid Ul Adha

Eid ul Adha is right around the corner – that arrived quickly! If you want to spend the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah focusing on Ibaadah, without any of the stress, and need some motivation, watch my Motivational Monday video below. Whilst you’re at it, please subscribe for motivational videos every Monday insha’Allah!

If you need a little help with figuring out where to get decorations from, what activities you should be doing with children, or where to buy gifts from, you’ll find them all in the lists below. Getting things done early

Decorations & Cards

If you’re looking to purchase decorations, cards and gift wrap, I recommend:

Islamic Moments

Every Cloud Silver Lining

If you’d like to create decorations yourself (including money envelopes), here are some of my previous posts that may help:

Create your own money envelopes 

DIY Eid Mubarak bunting

Eid Gift Guide

Gifts/ Books

For Islamic-themed gifts or books for children, you can’t go wrong with:

Desi Doll Company

Ibraheem Toy House

Mini Muslimah Dolls

Kube Publishing 

Mini Muslim Playground

Activities for children

There are tons of resources out there but it can be really overwhelming to begin looking for them all, so I’ve done it for you! Here are links to a great collection of Dhul Hijjah/ Eid ul Adha related activities for children:

Modest Munchies’ 29 Ideas for Hajj at Home with Kids

In the Playroom’s Eid ul Adha and Hajj Crafts for Kids

Gilded Dunya’s Dhul Hijjah with My Toddler

The Muslimah Guide’s Huge List of Hajj Resources for Kids

Productive Muslim’s Day to Day Guide to Hajj Activities for Kids

We’re going to incorporate some of Productive Muslim’s ideas such as memorising the talbiya, and we’re going to build a little Ka’abah out of Lego (the first link has a great guide) and my children are going to love creating their little sheep pages.

eid ul adha sheep printable

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I’d love to see how you use these so if you use them as decorations, or display them, or use them as cards, email me a photo or tag me on social media!

This post is part of the Eid al Adha and Hajj Blog hop by Multicultural Motherhood. Join us as we share Eid and Hajj related posts. Hop over to see related posts from other Muslimah Bloggers. 

Eid Party Crafts For Kids by Multicultural Motherhood 
Ever Wonder why Hajj is Once in a Life Time by Jeddah Mom 
Hajj/ Umrah Products by Ayeina.Com 

Eid Ul Adha crafts/activities and celebrations in a homeschool by The Fire Fly
The activities of the big day of Eid al Adha we need to know by Ummu Kulthum
Get organised for Eid ul Adha – printables, activities and more! by And Then She Said
Free Download: My Dhull Hijjah Journal by Ilma Education
The first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah could be your second shot at doing the last 10 days of Ramadan again with your kids by Dr Mumly

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Five small, achievable Ramadan goals

May 29, 2017
Ramadan goals
 
I am fasting this year (after about 4 years of not fasting) and put together a list of small, achievable Ramadan goals because I really want to make this Ramadan count inshaAllah. I know for those who aren’t fasting, you can often feel disconnected from everyone else and these are really easy ways to increase in worship and feel the beauty of Ramadan even though you’re not fasting. Busy mums can also find it really difficult to make the most of Ramadan whilst juggling the demands of young children. Here are a few things that can help:

Plan 

1. Use the Productive Muslim Daily Planner, another planner or even just a notebook, to plan your ibadah. I took some time to write it all down and plan it around Salah times, and it has gotten really easy to complete those acts of worship whilst working on praying salah on time, every time, which I struggle with. I’m hoping that this will help me to build the habit of planning my day around Salah instead of the other way around.
 
2. Download and print the really handy to-do list by Gilded Dunya, that includes smaller things to add to your ibadah lists, like – Istighfaar 100 times, daily morning adhkaar, evening adhkaar, salawaat upon the Prophet, all of which can be read very easily even around a hectic schedule with kids. 

Be Consistent 

3. Partake in a consistent good deed – This is a really easy one to check off your Ramadan goals list if you are able to make donations. This can be in the form of donating your time to helping family and friends or preparing food gifts for others, among other things. If you’d like to donate to charities, this is a really helpful website – you can set a monetary target of £2/ $2 a day or whatever amount you like, and it will auto-donate for you every day of Ramadan or you can log on and manually donate to charities (that you choose) every single day throughout Ramadan – it takes all the work out of it for you! Sign up to the LaunchGood 30 day Challenge! (you can also catch up on previous days :))
 

Multitask

4. Dhikr in the car, and whilst cooking. You could even play this and repeat after the reciter if you find it easier to do this. Again, Productive Muslim have a great dhikr list that you could read from.
 
5. Listen to podcasts. I love podcasts – these are great for whilst you’re in the car, cleaning, cooking etc. The Productive Muslim podcast is really good this year. A few others you might enjoy are – Quran for Busy People and Muslim Central. Listening to them will make you feel like you are constantly learning even as you tackle a mountain of laundry or scrub dried cereal off chairs. 😅
 
I also wrote a post last year for Muslimah Bloggers on ways busy mums can feel more centered during Ramadan – you may find some helpful tips in there too! 
Eating, Organising

Simple ways to meal plan better + free printable!

April 20, 2017

If you’re looking for a really simple way to meal plan, this post is for you. I’ve tried to meal plan in various ways – with apps, notebooks, folders, using groups where meal ideas were shared, and none of them stuck. I wasn’t consistent with any of them and that was because they just didn’t work for me or my family.

What I needed was to be able to meal plan, store recipes that I use regularly, keep a record of what food we have, and store recipes to try out. Personally, I need to physically see and touch a recipe, make notes on it etc, and I couldn’t do that with apps. Since starting the Live Lagom sustainability project, I’ve been consciously trying to keep track of the food we have. We would end up wasting quite a bit and sticking to a meal plan has helped tremendously. I also didn’t want to have to use lots of paper week after week, so I came up with a way to use one binder for everything.

How I created my recipe binder

I began by putting together a ring binder to contain all the recipes. The one I use is a Staples BETTER binder. It’s very affordable, and the rings open with the press of a tab, which is really handy. It holds up to 275 sheets of paper and comes in tons of colours, so if you wanted to separate your recipes into individual binder, you could colour code them and have a binder for each food group. There are larger versions as well, so if I ever need more space, all I would need to do is transfer everything over to the new binder and add more plastic sleeves to store the recipe sheets.

I popped a cover sheet (I created one that you can download for free at the end of this post) into the front clear pocket and wrote onto the spine label. I then put in a pack of punched plastic sleeves. These will keep the pages clean and prevent them from getting damaged with spills etc.

Recipe binder with printables

Meal plan without waste

The binder has two interior pockets. I use the one at the front of the binder to store a laminated sheet of paper that tells me what we currently have in the house. Knowing what you have is crucial to meal planning without wasting anything.

I use a Staedtler correctable pen, which is great on laminated surfaces because you can use the eraser on the back of pen and rewrite. There’s no need for wipes or any other removers.

My ‘What Have We Got?’ sleeve is divided into the following sections:

Fruit & Vegetables

In the Fridge

Pasta, Grains & Lentils

Snacks

Meat/ Seafood/ Chicken

Tins & Jars

Bakery

Cooked Foods/ Leftovers

I fill this in before I plan meals so I can try to pair ingredients together and use up things like that packet of bulgur wheat that has been sat on the shelf for yonks! Once I have meals written down for the week, I look through the recipes to ensure I have everything I need. Anything I’m missing, will go on a shopping list so I can ensure it is purchased for the week. If you’d like to add this sleeve to your recipe binder, I’ve created a free printable that you can download at the end of this post.

Organising your recipes

I divided my recipes into the following sections:

Appetisers

Bread

Chicken

Desserts

Festivities

Lentils

Meat

Pasta

Rice

Seafood

Sauces

Soups/ Salads

Vegetables

 

Food tracker printable filled out

Use some coloured tabs to do this. I had Avery printable tabs left over from a project years ago and typed out the sections, so it was really quick to do. These are no longer available but I found an inexpensive alternative – Post-it index tabs – that will do the job just as well. You’d just have to write on each tab to distinguish the sections, or use a colour guide if you prefer a cleaner look. I used my Dymo label maker to print out mine.

Recipe binder tabs

 

Then all I did was fill in the sections! I printed out recipes that I use regularly and love and popped them in their sections. I’ve left additional plastic sleeves in so that whenever I find a recipe I love, all I’ll need to do is print it and slot it in.


Recipe binder layout

There is an interior pocket at the back of the folder and I use this to store clippings of recipes that I see in magazines that I would like to try. Nothing makes it into the binder unless it’s a recipe we use and love.

Use your binder for more than just storage!

Since receiving my Instant Pot, I’ve adapted a lot of my recipes for pressure cooking, so I use post it notes to record the adaptations. I can try different settings and will always remember what I used previously. Or I’ll amend a recipe to cater for Yusuf’s allergies and will make notes so I know what to use in the future. I use my Personal Planner to write down dinners for the week and that way I’m constantly looking at it as I use the planner for other things throughout the day.

Recipe binder notes

Recipe binder and meal planning

 

I’ve found that this is such a great way to meal plan, store recipes that we use and love, know what food we have, and store recipes to try out. I’d love to see your recipe binders, so if you create one, please tag me on Facebook or Instagram!

This post was created as part of a collaboration with other bloggers who all have great tips for meal plannning! Links to their posts are listed below:

Meal Planning for Ramadan + FREE Printable

10 Tips to Meal Planning Success

Home Management Binder with Evernote – Includes Meal Plan Note!

Meal Planning For One & Family

10 Meal Prep Recipes you Have to Try

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Live Lagom: An update on our journey to sustainable living

April 13, 2017

We have now been on our sustainable living journey as part of IKEA’s Live Lagom project for five months and I thought I’d write a little update on how we’ve been getting on and the things we’re still struggling with!

You can read about the project here and also take a look at everything we bought here, to make our home and lifestyle more sustainable. Some things have been really easy to implement and we’ve seen the pay off almost immediately. Others have been harder to implement and I’ll talk about those too here in the hope that some of you can offer some insight!

Products we love & what has worked well:

Our GLASNAVA curtain liners have been such a great help, particularly with our one window that isn’t double glazed and was letting in such a draft. We were also invited to a workshop at IKEA where we created draught excluders out of old pillowcases and other fabric scraps. It has been incredibly handy to have during the colder months and the kids can use it as a body pillow during the summer!

 

I am so glad I picked up the HARTE LED lamp. I didn’t realise how much I’d use a lamp until I had one! This doubles as my desk lamp and night light. I simply move it from my desk to my night stand in the evening and often won’t even switch on the lights in my room at all until we need a lot more light. It is incredibly bright!

The LOTTORP timer/ thermometer/ clock/ alarm is one of those things that you think is a little pricey for what it is but when you get it, you understand why! It’s very accurate, it has multiple uses – I use the timer to keep track of things in the oven or to keep track of how long I’m spending on work, or even in the shower with the kids to time them! The thermometer is particularly useful in the winter, so you can avoid turning the heat up too high. I can also see this being useful for parents of newborns who might use a gro egg to measure the temperature of a room to ensure it’s not too cold/ hot for the baby. This has more than one use and at just £4.50 it’s a steal!

 

 

We cannot do without our rechargeable batteries! We had lots of them before but I got the high energy capacity kind for my husband to use exclusively for gaming and one charge lasts a really long time. I’m still using the low energy capacity kind for my keyboard, laptop, epilator, toys, etc and those do just fine. Having the STORHOGEN charging unit is brilliant. We have batteries stored in one place and charging in one place. Nothing gets lost and we know exactly what we have so we’re not wasting money on regular batteries ever again!

 

The difference in money, time, consumption & wellbeing

We compared our energy usage in March when we received our annual statement from our energy provider. Our use of electricity is down by about 2% and our use of gas is down by 16%. I suspect the reduction in gas usage is also down to me cooking almost exclusively in my Instant Pot and relying on pressure cooking. However, we are determined to work even harder this winter to keep the heating as low as possible and to layer up more instead of turning up the thermostat.

I’m a lot more aware of what is being wasted and often feel guilty is we’ve wasted food or not stored something properly and had to throw it away as a result. I strictly meal plan every week so we use up what we have instead of buying more and more. I will often pack kids’ snacks and lunches if we are out all day using the FESTMALTID lunchbox and bag so we don’t buy things that we could have just prepared at home.

What we still need to work on

Our energy provider has a handy chart on their website that compares our usage to homes of our size in our area and apparently our electricity usage is still higher than average. I’m hoping the pay off from switching to LED will been seen in our annual statement next year but there is a lot we can do to cut down electricity use and our biggest problem is leaving things on charge/ on standby. I work from home too, so the computer is on a good portion of the day, but it doesn’t need to be especially if I manage my working hours better.

Recycling is still problematic for us. We have been unable to place the recycling bins in our bin store as we don’t have approval just yet but I’m hoping that this will come through soon and that we can begin using those to separate our rubbish and dispose of it appropriately.

What we’re looking forward to

We recently attended a Grow your Own workshop at IKEA where we learnt how to use their hydroponics kit and VAXER nursery to start indoor gardening and we planted our own rocket! The kids decorated their plant pots and poured in the soil and growing media and they really enjoyed the process. I’m also going to (finally!) plant our coriander pots and other herb pots.

I am so grateful that we were selected to be a part of the project and the workshops – they have all been so beneficial and truly eye-opening. We really live in a time where we waste and discard more than trying to save, reuse and minimise. What do you struggle with most in your homes/ lifestyle as far as sustainability is concerned?

 

Organising, Parenting

Free duaa printables for kids and adults

March 14, 2017

duaa printable

We’ve started to teach the kids duaas recently and I really wanted duaa printables for all over the home to reinforce the importance of them before/ after doing anything. I figured if the kids saw these around the house, they would act as reminders for them to read their duaas and improve their Arabic, increase their interest for learning more about Islam and reading the Qur’an. I began to look for duaa printables that I thought would work but unfortunately, didn’t find anything I liked.

So I got in touch with the wonderful Caroline Sarri over at Mina and Moo Designs – she has a wonderful Etsy store with heaps of beautiful printables, nursery art and digital papers – to help me design what I had in mind. There are some duaas I haven’t memorised myself or ones that I forget to read. So I was keen to develop duaa printables with a more ‘adult’ design for those who want to increase their knowledge of duaas, or perhaps those who want a little reminder before they leave the home, or when they’ve finished eating, etc.

We developed two sets of prints – one that you can use whether you have children or not – and another that is designed specifically for children. You could put these at their level around the home, or laminate them and hole punch the corners to pop them all on a ring. That way, you can travel with them and if you have older children, they might prefer it to prints on the walls.

Each print includes:
  • What the duaa is for
  • The duaa in Arabic
  • The transliteration of the duaa in English
  • The translation of the duaa in English,

for those who don’t have a good command of Arabic, or those that can read Arabic but can’t translate what they are reading. They are designed to be neutral. So if you do decide to put them up in your home, they won’t clash with any decor!

You’ll learn the duaas for:
  • Before you leave the home
  • When you enter the home
  • After you finish eating
  • Before you sleep
  • When you wake up
  • Before you eat
  • When you leave the bathroom
  • Before you enter the bathroom
How to print these:

If you’d like smaller versions of the cards to pop on a ring like I’ve shown above, simply click ‘Print’ and using your print layout settings, choose 4 to a page. This usually works well in ‘Landscape’ mode – but choose whatever appeals to you. Once printed, cut them out and laminate them. Hole punch a corner and use an old keyring and there you have it! Portable duaa cards.

If you’d like a larger version to put up around the home like in the example below, click ‘Print’ and using your print layout settings, choose 2 to a page. Again, this usually works well in ‘Landscape’ mode. Once printed, cut them out and laminate them. We put ours up using white tac to avoid damaging the walls.

Eight simple duaas for things that we do every single day. I hope that inshaAllah this resource helps your family learn and memorise these. I also hope that they become an important part of your home, as they will ours, for years to come.

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Living LAGOM: How we spent our £300 budget

January 10, 2017

live lagom budget post

Not long ago, I wrote about the Live LAGOM project that I am currently working on with IKEA. The project is focused on helping us live more sustainably and whilst we already do quite a bit (more on that in a future blog post), we knew there was still lots more we could be doing to reduce our carbon footprint, our bills, and to teach our children how to create less waste, recycle more and live more healthily.

A large part of the project involves a personal shopping session at IKEA following a home visit, where we had the opportunity to pick up £300 of products that would help us on our journey to living more sustainable lives.

Here’s what we bought and why:

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Live LAGOM – Our journey to sustainable living

December 7, 2016

Live LAGOM sustainable livingLive LAGOM – those words didn’t mean very much to me until I read an email from the IKEA FAMILY team in October, inviting me to apply to participate in the nationwide project that would involve £300 worth of IKEA products, expert sustainability advice and a personal shopping session.

LAGOM is a term the Swedish use to refer to ‘in balance’ or ‘just the right amount’ – not taking too much but not going without either.

When I read the brief for the project, it seemed like something right up our alley and I applied immediately (anyone that knows me knows that I do not ignore anything IKEA!). A few days later, I got an email saying I had been successful (I did a little happy dance) and was invited to an induction session due to take place at IKEA Wembley in November.

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Organising

Baking Cupboard Organisation

November 19, 2016

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Over the past couple of years, my baking cupboard organisation has fallen short. I used to bake on a weekly if not daily basis before I had children. When I was pregnant with my first, I completely went off all baked goods. Cake was disgusting and I barely baked at all. I couldn’t stand the smell (shocking, I know).

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