Babies, Families, Home, Home and Garden

Small House Hacks

tiny house hacks

I thought I’d start a new occasional series on Moral Fibres, about small house hacks.

Our house isn’t a tiny house per se, but it’s by no means a big house.  When first built in the 1920’s it was a one-bedroomed cottage.  It’s gradually been extended over the years, upwards and outwards. Now it has 3 bedrooms, but even then it has a small footprint.  Let’s just say our youngest daughter’s bedroom doubles as an office and music room for my partner’s musical endeavours.  It’s a good thing she’s not old enough to be bothered by these things!

We do love our house, but with four of us living here (plus pets) we do get on top of each other a bit.  We’ve had to learn some clever tricks to maximise the space so as not to want to kill each other on a regular basis.

Our Small House Hacks

My first post of our small house hacks series is of the baby variety.

I was kindly given some Amazon vouchers as a gift from my work when I had my youngest.  I sat on them for a while, as we kept a lot of our old baby gear. We felt there was nothing we didn’t already have or could borrow.  Then, as we hit the weaning stage at 6 months I knew we needed a highchair of sorts. And that’s where the vouchers came in.

With my eldest, we had a wooden highchair that although looked lovely, was an all-round pain in the bum.  Our little Houdini managed to get out of the straps from an early age. It was a nightmare to get into the nooks and crannies to clean. And it took up a lot of room in our living room.  I cursed the thing with ALL the swear words on a daily basis after constantly stubbing my toe on it. Knowing what therefore didn’t work or wouldn’t work for us was great in moving forward.

Go For Function Over Style

The second time around I was adamant to go for function over style. Therefore I decided I would not entertain a wooden highchair, as pretty as they are.  And with no room to spare for even a folding high chair, I decided to look into travel high chairs.  I came across this iSafe* one and thought it fitted the bill perfectly.

small house hacks

The iSafe travel highchair is pretty amazing.   It takes up precisely zero floor space, making it a great small house hack. It fixes securely to the table and my daughter can’t get out of the straps.  We can take it off and take it to grandparents’ houses.  And, for the biggie, when it gets dirty (which is often) you can pop it in the washing machine and it comes out spotless.  We’ve been using it for 8 months now and it still looks new. Unlike the wooden high chair, which by this stage was completely encrusted in various unidentifiable foodstuffs.

We haven’t bought many baby things this time around, but it’s safe to say this is my favourite purchase.  My daughter seems really happy in it too – she gets to sit right beside us and her big sister at mealtimes and has a presiding view right over the dinner table.  It’s her happy place, I’m sure.

I used Amazon because I had vouchers to use there, but I wouldn’t normally use Amazon.  You can purchase the iSafe highchair directly from Baby Travel if you want to cut out the Amazon-shaped middleman.

If you have any small house hacks you want to share, do pop them in the comments below!

Families, Life & Style, Special Occasions, Whole Family

Best Ethical Gifts Ideas for Kids

ethical gifts for kids

For the last of my ethical gift guides of this year, today I’ve rounded up some lovely little ethical gift ideas for kids.  As per the last two guides for men and for women, all the ethical gifts I’ve suggested are budget-friendly. There’s nothing in this guide over £35. What’s more, all the items come from smaller independent shops and makers.

And If you are looking for even more ideas, then do check out my guide to eco-friendly gift ideas.

Ethical Gift Ideas for Kids

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ethical kids gift ideas

Liberty Fabric Wire Name Sign (£14).  The cutest little handmade sign.  I’ve bought one for my daughter’s 1st birthday (and yes, that has come around really quickly…  Too quickly.).

Buster The Bear Clock (£25).  A sweet addition to any kid’s bedroom.

Sleepy Doe Pyjamas (£32).  The sweetest pyjamas, designed and made in the UK. What’s more, they are free from harmful dyes and made from ecological cotton.  A unisex design is also available.

Lambswool Elephant (£32).  Soft and cuddly, and sure to be a firm favourite for years to come.

kids gift ideas

Free Range Top (£19.04).   Unisex, fun, and bright. This great top is available in sizes 3 months to 5 years.

Born To Be Wild (£15.79).  There are hundreds of free nature activities for families in here, from the ever fabulous Hattie Garlick. Nature lays on magical materials for free each season, from fallen leaves and twigs, moulted feathers, sand, and shells, to mud, puddles, and rain. Everything else you’ll need for these activities is already hiding in your cupboards at home. No expensive art supplies or outward-bound kit is required. All you need are the toolkit items at the front of the book – ordinary household essentials like scraps of paper, string, glue, recycled food containers, and an empty jar or two.

Hello Nature (£9.48).  Get kids interested in nature with this fun and beautiful interactive colouring and activity book. This is your very own nature scrapbook, packed with fascinating facts and brilliant activities. Doodle, draw, and colour in leaves, butterflies, frogs, and much more. How many different types of snowflakes are there, and how are leaves formed? Find out how to make your own leaf prints, twig sculptures and bird restaurants. With her beautiful, distinctive illustrations, Nina Chakrabarti urges you to explore the weird and wonderful things you can find all around you – whether you’re out in a park, in your back garden or sitting in your living room at home!

Bear Snood (£15), for keeping little cubs cosy this winter.

This ethical gift ideas for kids post is the last of my gift guides for the year-  normal service shall now resume! :) Whilst we are still talking about Christmas though, let me point you in the direction of my guide on the ultimate guide to having an eco-friendly Christmas. It’s packed full of ideas – from the most sustainable Christmas trees to eco-friendly Christmas decorations, reusable Christmas crackers, and more!