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Find your home a little bit chaotic and crave a bit more order? Feel uncomfortable about just how much stuff you throw away? Don’t worry, so do we! Here we try and channel our inner 1940s housewife and bring you our top tips on reducing household waste and making things run just that little bit more smoothly leaving you plenty of time to polish that all important halo! Stress busting and conscience cleansing is our game! And we look at reuse. Reuse is the golden boy of recycling, no processing, no waste, minimal cost, just taking something and making it your own – a very on trend thing to do right now.

Recycling Your Christmas Tree!

If you are planning to un-deck your halls this weekend, as is the tradition, then please consider the options for disposing of your rapidly disintegrating Christmas trees! Here is our WNWN Guide to responsibly recycling your Christmas tree!

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A Home Made Christmas | Oh So Simple Sparkle Gin!

Now we LOVE making handmade Christmas gifts! And we are embarking on a number of different versions thereof this year! In our view nothing is quite as good as receiving a gift that has been given someone’s love and attention in its creation, and of course, it is usually a very cost effective way of addressing your gifting needs. In our case, we also try to use up things that might otherwise get wasted along the way!

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How to Dry Your Oranges Ready for Your Christmas Crafts

So a couple of weeks ago we posted a photo of our surprise ‘spur of the moment’ waste not project – our dried oranges! A friend of mine had mentioned the ‘lone grapefruit’ in her fruit bowl, which alerted me to the same in mine!  She had duly dried out her pink grapefruit in actual fact, ready for her Christmas wreath! I thought that was a brilliant idea, and she told me exactly how to do it! It really could not have been simpler! Very satisfying indeed!

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Help Us With Our Veg Box Challenge!

So my daughter has just turned eight, and for the fourth time in my motherhood career, I decided I was going to give the organic veg box thing a try! I have failed on three previous occasions to achieve the catalogue organic veg box image of producing veggie delights for all the family, and in fact often couldn’t make a dent in the abundance that have arrived on a weekly basis at our front door, beautiful as they were. The pressure of having to create palatable offerings from ingredients I wasn’t used to cooking with proved more stress than I needed on top of everything else..especially as I literally hate throwing so much as a squishy tomato out! But I am at home now, full time, so I I thought I would give it a go..again!

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A Resourceful Shepherds Pie | Waste Not Want Not

There can be little doubt that a Shepherds Pie is a family favourite guaranteed to result in clear plates! It is literally the only dish I have cooked over the years that all of my daughter’s friends have scoffed without a blink of an eye! Even the ones that have highly tuned microscopic onion detectors tuck in! It is so worth the effort to get clean plates and full tums, and of course no wasted portions for a change!

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Combat Rising Energy Bills | Make the Switch or Alternatively Use Less Energy

Autumn is turning, winter is on the horizon! We are all putting off turning our heating on until we absolutely have to! And if you are an energy customer of the ‘big six’ you will no doubt have had a letter over the course of the last year giving you details of a forthcoming increase in their prices! It’s not much to look forward to is it!

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Green Tomato Spiced Cake | Deliciously Different

Fancy doing something a bit different with the glut of green tomatoes you have left? Give this tried and tested green tomato cake a go! If like me you are a fan of sticky spiced cakes you will love this. Given the seal of approval from my work colleagues, even converting those who don’t believe vegetables belong in a cake (although most class tomatoes as a salad or a fruit!) gave it rave reviews. It is after all, quite delicious.

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Snack Attack | Re-Usable Snack Packs Test Driven

It’s summer holiday time! Hurrah! Fun for all the family and lots of days out with the kids! There is much to think about… where to go, what to take to avoid burning through too much cash, and how to keep everyone in happy mood all day long.

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Easy Peasy, A Bit of Lemon Squeeze | Fresh Blackcurrant Cordial

Got some soft fruits left from your harvest? Eaten loads already and just want an alternative to jam for the leftovers? Here is how I made some easy and speedy cordial with leftover blackcurrants.

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Back to School the Resourceful Way | The Waste Not Want Not Guide

Whether you are looking forward to it or not, the time has come to think about getting those kids back to school! And it can be anything but straight forward given that our children simply don’t grow in a uniform manner – nature has not contrived to have them conveniently grow out of 6-7 year old school uniform in July of one year, ready to start the new school year in size 7-8!

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