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Exciting News – Introducing Fresh Clean Home!

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Hello!  Today I wanted to share some really exciting news!

This year I have been busy beavering away behind the scenes, to produce a book!  It’s called Fresh Clean Home, and it’s packed full of over 35 natural cleaning recipes for every corner of your home.  The photography and styling are just stunning, and as well as looking lovely I hope it will be a really useful green cleaning book that you find yourself referring to time and time again.

Fresh Clean Home is being published by Pavilion in hardback format.  It will retail for £12.99 and is available to pre-order on Amazon right now.  It will also be available in other bookshops (online and in-store) on 1st February, so you can purchase it from your preferred vendor.

Here’s a run down as to what it’s all about!

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What’s Fresh Clean Home All About?

Fresh Clean Home is all about me sharing my very favourite green cleaning recipes and methods, to allow you to clean your home without the use of harsh or questionable chemicals.  I’ve even troubleshooted why green cleaning recipes you might have tried in the past haven’t worked and suggested methods that will work.

What Kind of Recipes Are In It?

There are over 35 recipes for cleaning every area of your home.  From natural laundry detergent, to kitchen and bathroom cleaners, to eco friendly oven cleaning gel, to how to deal with mould and mildew effectively.  I’ve also shared the holy grail of green cleaning – an actual clinging toilet bowl cleaner that works just like those bleach based alternatives!

What Ingredients Does Fresh Clean Home Use?

There are no unusual or difficult to source ingredients in Fresh Clean Home.  The main ingredients I use are easily sourced and include staples such as borax substitute, soda crystals, bicarbonate of soda, essential oils, and liquid castile soap.  The ingredients can be used again and again in other recipes in the book.

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Does Everything Smell of Vinegar?

In short: no.  Whilst I think vinegar is a great natural cleaner I don’t think it’s the best solution in every circumstance, so there are a lot of non vinegar based products in the book.  I’ve even included alternative recipes if vinegar just isn’t your thing.

Are the recipes time consuming to make?

No: I’m mindful that we all live busy lifestyles, so many products can be whipped up in just a few seconds.  There are a few recipes that take a bit longer to make but these are all signposted!

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It’s been a real labour of love and I can’t wait to share it with you on 1st February!

Wendy.x

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Fashion, Life & Style

3 Pretty Ethical Party Dresses

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ethical party wear

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Hello!  Got any exciting parties lined up?  Tis the season, and I myself have a couple of parties coming up.  The first being the most important – my mum and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary!  We are all getting together to celebrate 50 years of their marriage to each other, and I am looking forward to it!

With a few parties on the horizon, I’ve been looking for pretty ethical party dresses.  I haven’t managed to find a great deal of ethical occasion wear that I would consider party appropriate but I did come across three pretty ethical dresses that I love, and thought you might too:

Thought Clothing

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This pretty Vermeer dress from the always lovely Thought Clothing (£89.90) is just beautiful.  Ok, I might not pair it with socks and brogues myself – maybe tights and boots or heels – but it’s definitely got party written all over it!

People Tree

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If in doubt over what to wear to that party, then I always say wear a black dress.  This black Jaime dress from ethical favourites People Tree (£79) is made from 95% organic cotton and is simple yet flattering.  It’s one to wear time and time again at any occasion.

Nancy Dee

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This pretty Eliza wrap dress from ethical fashion boutique Nancy Dee ((£72) is made from 95% bamboo, and made in Britain for extra ethical points.  It’s super pretty and another dress that can be worn time and time again.

Which dress would you pick?  I can’t decide!

If these dresses are out of your budget (because, let’s face it, money is tight at this time of year), then I always heartily recommend searching eBay for something secondhand.  I’ve picked up many a pretty dress on eBay over the years: pretty much all of which have been barely worn.   I know some people won’t wear the same dress twice to parties/weddings, so eBay is teeming with worn once party dresses.  It’s certainly the most ethical and budget friendly way of bagging a party dress!