Eco Labels explained

July 6, 2014

Eco labels

Some fruits and vegetables release ethylene as they ripen. This is a gas that can cause other produce to become spotted, soft, or mealy. To prevent this, keep ethylene-sensitive fruits and vegetables separate from varieties that emit the gas.


  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Cantaloupes
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kiwis
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes


  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce and other greens
  • Potatoes
  • Summer squash
  • Watermelons

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Wine Glass lampshade

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Cutest Cookies Ever

June 11, 2014

Hugging bear cookies

All together now,  aaaaah!


I find that the most successful parenting skills are counter intuitive. Like all toddlers my son can be very obstinate and insist on doing what he wants to do when he wants to do it. I try to give him some freedom on when he does things and how but sometimes we just don’t have time for him to dress-up as a superhero before we do the school run.

I’ve found that the more i give out to him the more obstinate he gets and the longer it last. For instance if we go toe-to-toe on something in the morning he can be oppositional all day, refusing to do the smallest thing in protest. So i resorted back to distraction or game playing (e.g. making tidying-up into a race) to deal with confrontations, which help to diffuse the argument and allow us to get where we need to be on time.

I used to use the techniques all the time when he was smaller but dropped when i thought he was getting old enough to reason with. I think kids can take a set back developmentally when they’re sick or stressed so it’s worth taking a step back with them until they’re ready to be ‘big’ kids again. Although it takes a gear change, I find switching down a gear with my son when he’s like this is much more successful than getting into arguments with him, which just seem to make him an angry and sad little boy and will do nothing for his self-esteem.

In a similar vein, in the book ‘Working with Emotional Intelligence’ the author references how offices in the navy were instructed to treat poorly-performing sailors as if they were high-achievers, letting them know that they knew they could do what was being asked for them to a high-stand. The result? The so called ‘poorly-achieving’ sailors excelled and reported a much higher satisfaction rating then when the management technique had been lambasted for their poor work. Maybe this is what’s going on for toddlers. Maybe by putting a positive spin on instructions we’re building their self esteem and helping them be proud of their achievements.


Parenting – Habits

April 27, 2014

I spent my early years as a parent worried about introducing my daughter to bad habits. If she was sick and wanted to sleep with us, would she want that every night?

Most parenting books will say DON’T DO IT and they may well be right for most children. I just want to let you know that letting my daughter into our bed, or letting her have an extra bottle at bed time if she was teething or letting her sleep later the odd morning never did turn into habits. This is probably down to her personality, which is exactly my point. Take parenting advice if you think it suits you and your child and if ignore the advice if it doesn’t.

Sometimes we need to let go of the fear of what might happen and give what’s needed in the moment. This may just be enough to nuture the child so that they feel secure enough to go back to their old routines once the moment of need passes.


Wine & Food Matching

March 30, 2014

food and wine matching


Recycled Planters

March 30, 2014

tetrapak planters


Necklace lengths

March 16, 2014

Necklace Lengths

Handy graphic to illustrate various necklace lengths.


Button Pushpins

March 1, 2014

Button Pushpins

I saw these over in London and decided to make some at home with the myriad of left over buttons i have. What a clever way to recycle them!



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