January, oh January.  Why are you such a hard month?  I’m somehow found January particularly difficult this year but a few things have kept me going.  As well as getting out for walks when I can (got to keep those vitamin D levels up!) here are some things that have made the month that little bit nicer:

January Favourites moral fibres

Gin – specifically Lidl’s own brand gin, Hortus.  It’s £15.99 a bottle, distilled in the UK in copper pots, and tastes like a gin double its price.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought some of the Oriental Spiced Gin before Christmas, but I have to say this gin is lovely and have been enjoying a little glass every now and then.  I’ll be buying another bottle next time I’m in Lidl, that’s for sure.

Baabuk Slippers – having cold feet is a sure fire way to being miserable.  Baabuk kindly sent me some of their felt slippers just before Christmas, and these bad boys have been keeping my toes toasty warm through December and January.  Ethically made by hand from wool and natural latex, these are felted in one piece, without seams or stitches, making them extra durable and extra comfortable.

baabuk slippers

Padraig Cottage Slippers – speaking of slippers, I bought a pair of these beautiful slippers for my littlest for her Christmas.  Doing that thing that two years old do, she would not wear them at first, but now she’ll quite happily wear them around the house.  They keep her little feet warm, and a happy toddler is a happy mama.  I bought mine from The Cats Miaou in Edinburgh.

Quorn Fishless Fingers – I tend to crave comfort food in January and this January has been no exception.  I have been turning to Quorn Fishless Fingers more times than I care to admit to this month.   These vegan-friendly fingers are all kinds of amazing.  A few fishless fingers, some potato wedges, some peas and a wedge of lemon and I tell you, I am happier than a pig in you know what.  What can I say, sometimes you just want what your favourite meal was when you were 7 years old!  I am trying to cook more food from scratch more often but sometimes also just need a backup in the freezer when you’ve had a long day at work.

Weleda Skin Food – Winter is a tough time on skin, but I like to keep this stuff* to hand.  I smear it over my little ones cheeks to help prevent windburn, on my face at night, on my hands, and anywhere really that could do with an intensive moisture boost.  This is one of those products I wouldn’t be without.

While we’re here rounding up the month, I thought it might be useful to show you what I’ve bought this month, clothing wise.  I will also include the value of anything I’ve been gifted.  It’s an experiment to see how much an ethical wardrobe actually costs over the course of a year, with the aim to see if an ethical wardrobe is more expensive than a non-ethical wardrobe.  I’ve never added it up before, so it will be of interest to me too!

ethical shopping

My first purchase of January was an organic stripe top from the Seasalt sale (similar to this one).  It cost £19.95 and was purchased as my existing stripe top is looking a bit sad these days from years of wear.  It fits right in with my existing wardrobe, and I have worn the top at least once a week since I bought it so I am pretty pleased with my purchase.

My second, and final purchase in January, was a pair of secondhand boots from eBay, purchased because my old ones (also secondhand from eBay), that I had for years, were beyond repair.  Total price £20.  I have worn these around 3 times a week since I purchased them, making the price per wear £1.33 already.

This brings my total spend for January to £39.95.  Apparently, the average British woman spends £74 per month on clothes – £888 per year, but I’m not going to celebrate my £34.05 ‘underspend’ just yet – we’ll see how the year pans out!