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Getting to grips with the nitty gritty of running a household efficiently, without stretching you to the max but still maintaining a healthy mind, body and environment.

Shopping Wisely for Charity Christmas Cards | The WNWN Guide

Environmental and resource issues aside, the humble Christmas card is surely one of the greatest traditions of the season – sometimes an annual communication with a friend or loved one that might otherwise see contact lost forever, a time to reconnect, update and just bring a smile in a way that social media never can – it has to be worth the effort…for me at least!

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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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Here Comes Another New iPhone | Recycling Your Apple Products

Anybody else getting increasingly uncomfortable with the shelf life of all this very expensive technology available to us and how disposable particularly they seem to be? I know I am! And here we go again with not one new version of an iPhone, but three of them!

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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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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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School Uniform Put to the Test

With German discount supermarkets going head to head in school uniform price wars, even before school is out this year, The Sun has put a range of supermarket uniforms to the test!

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Buying School Uniform – The Beginners’ Guide

So your school place is secured and your feelings are mixed – your baby is growing up and starting school… too soon. It will likely be a bitter sweet day when you plonk your child on the door step, satchelled up, for their first day of school photo. But the reality is, they are going to school and there is much to do – first and foremost, buying school uniform! And you have to do it now! No, really, you do! So dry your tears and focus!

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