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January Round-Up

Hello?  How was your January?  Mine was pleasantly slow (with the exception of this last week, which has been manic!).  Lots of baking and cooking in the kitchen (it’s my favourite way to keep warm in winter!) with the radio cranked up high, and lots of leisurely walks in the ice and snow.  When you’re out walking with a three year old, walks are never going to be fast paced, right?  There are far too many frozen puddles, rocks, stones and sticks to look at for a start!  I’ve really enjoyed the cold and frosty start to this year.  Last year was sadly lacking in the white stuff (did you know 2014 was the hottest year recorded?  Ouch.) so we’ve been getting our fill of it this year for sure!

frozen grass

In blog news, I’ve reduced from posting blog posts about three times a week to twice a week now (although you might get three if I’ve been super organised!).  It’s much more manageable and realistic.  I also redesigned the blog at the start of this month!  I hope the new design/layout is working for you – let me know if you’ve got any comments or suggestions.

As well as redesigning the blog I also changed up how blog posts are emailed out to readers who sign up for the free email subscription service.  The emails are now sent out by Mailchimp which allows for a bit more flexibility than before.  So, if for example, you’d just like a weekly email with all of the Moral Fibres posts from that week, instead of a email every time there is a new post then let me know and I can set that up for you.  Psst: if you’d like to sign up for the email you can do so here:

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Here are some posts on the blog you might have missed:

how to make beeswax tealight candles

How to make beeswax candles

Kathryn Sillince shares her ethical style tips and inspirations, and tells us about the amazing clothes swapping parties she attends.

Jen Gale also shared her ethical style tips learned from a year of buying nothing new.  Could you go a year without buying anything new?

A roundup of the best (and worst!) fluoride free toothpastes out there.

braintree clothing review

A look into my ethical style

Putting your cheese in cardboard, and other tips you might not have heard of on how to make fresh food last longer

Perfect for marmalde making – a handy guide on how to sterilise jars

Fruit and vegetables in season in January

A little peek into our slow Christmas

I’ve been planning out our garden.

winter berries

And here are some good things I read on the internet this month:

Crafty?  Here’s a great list of where you can get your crafty supplies ethically.

A vegan jammy dodger recipe!

If my house looked as half as good as this I’d be a happy woman!

Honoured to be included in this list of 15 sustainable living blogs for the global citizen put together by the Good Trade.

Voting with your money – I concur with this wholeheartedly.

And from the Moral Fibres archives – some posts you might have missed:

A simple way to eat healthily.

Eco-friendly shampoos that are affordable too.

How to save £96 a year just at the touch of a button.

See you guys tomorrow for what’s in season in February!  I had a bit of a brainwave with this post, so stay tuned!

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    green garden planning

    Green Garden Planning

    There’s snow on the ground here at the moment (just yesterday I was out building a snowman with my little one!) but it hasn’t stopped me planning out our tiny garden.  Until recently the small space has been taken up with raised beds where we sometimes successfully (sometimes unsuccessfully!) grew a small amount of veggies, but now we’ve got our allotment our garden can start to be utilised for things other than vegetables.

    For my garden I’m thinking lots of wildflowers for the bees, a nice area to sit out in and relax, and somewhere to grow herbs.  I’d like to keep them close to hand so I can pop out to whilst cooking to cut them, rather than have to make a specific trip to the allotment.

    I’m quite a fan of Pinterest, and somewhere I think it especially comes into it’s own is for collating ideas for projects like your garden.

    I’ve put together an eco-friendly gardening board where I pin anything that I feel is inspiring or useful.  Prior to having my Pinterest account I would save web pages to my bookmarks folder, but then found I’d never look at them again as they’d get lost in the muddle of other bookmarks.   Now I can easily find good ideas such as this recycled pallet planter that I’d love to attach to our shed to save space:

    recycled pallet planter

     Or this great idea of growing seeds in eggshells instead of plastic containers:

    grow seeds in eggshells

    In fact, I’ve got a whole board of green garden ideas you can follow!  You can find it below:

    Follow Moral Fibres’s board Eco Friendly Gardens on Pinterest

    Are you on Pinterest?  What do you find it useful for?

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      How to Stay Healthy In Winter

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      This guest post is in association with McCarthy & Stone.  Please see my disclosure policy for further details.

      Staying healthy during the winter months can be really difficult – no-one wants to go outside and brave the icy cold weather.  And who wants to eat a salad when it’s freezing?  It’s all about hot stews and comfort food!

      No matter what age you are, keeping fit during the cold winter months in Britain is always a challenge.  McCarthy & Stone have fantastic information on how to help older people get into the groove of keeping fit, but for everyone else, here are some great tips on maintaining your fitness levels this winter:

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