Smart Life

There can be no question that modern life is many things but one thing it certainly is is fast! Society expects so much of people these days that sometimes it seems like there’s barely time to breathe. In Smart Life, we look at ways to make our life just that little bit more fulfilling, less stressful and rewarding. And we’re not just talking about writing ‘to do’ lists – we’re talking about making the most of talents, ideas and experience, be it your own, or of those around you.

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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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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Summer Holidays Survival Guide Part Two | My Three Key Tactics!

So, I am a self confessed struggler of summer holidays – I find it extremely stressful and I really do find it hard to understand why. I only have one child, and she is generally quite well behaved. I don’t actually work at the moment. I have help. I always want to be productive or making progress – failure to do so, makes me feel like I’ve failed! And therein probably lies the cause!

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My Summer Holidays Survival Guide | How We Plan Ourselves Happy!

Okay, I admit it – I dread the summer holidays! I can’t help it – I am a creature of habit and routine, and whilst not having to get my daughter out of bed to go to school is nice, I then drift into the realms of oh god, I’m not being productive, the house is a mess, my child is bored!

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All Jumbled Up! Organising a ‘Good Old Fashioned Jumble Sale’!

So we have just organised our first school jumble sale – apparently the first in our village for about 50 years! There were mixed reviews – the professional ‘jumblers’ who had been queuing since dawn were disappointed that we didn’t sell adult clothes, and that our prices were ‘high’! If you call 5op expensive for a top quality Boden dress then I would have to agree with them, but overall I felt that we were giving stuff away.

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Collect Your Stamps for Charity

There are those of us of a certain age which will no doubt remember with fondness being urged to collect postage stamps for whichever Blue Peter Appeal was applicable at the time. It was almost a way of life. Blue Peter always made the best of what everybody else was going to throw away, whether it be cereal packets, the labels off of Heinz Baked Bean tins, or postage stamps.

And this is a habit I have never grown out of. I don’t think I can actually remember ever putting a postage stamp, still affixed to an envelope, into a bin…ever! Anybody who has ever worked with me has also been subject to my mandate on this too – each company I’ve passed through on my journey through life has had a postage stamp collection policy enforced! And each year I diligently send them off to whichever charity needs them, historically Guide Dogs for the Blind, although sadly they don’t taken them any longer.

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To Sew or Not to Sew..Uniform Labelling and the Joys Thereof!

So, if you’ve managed to get your head around the uniform buying part of the ‘my little one is starting school in September’ equation, you’ll be ready to face the next conundrum..name labels! Yes, I know. Who knew there was so much excitement involved! For some reason this never caused me any grief at nursery – sure, I popped a few iron on labels in her cardigans, because cardigans are like gold dust and yet such an essential part of any little girl’s wardrobe! But she generally went to nursery in her trashiest clothes and it really didn’t matter if they didn’t come home.

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Fast Facts on Waste

The UK produces over 400 million tonnes of waste annually; a quarter comes from households and businesses, the rest comes from construction and demolition, sewage sludge, farm waste and spoils from mines and dredging of rivers. The following figures were reported a few years ago and are said to be improving – but by how much?

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