February Roundup

russian dolls

How was your February?  For us, this month has mostly involved house hunting and the paperwork involved in selling our house, and decluttering all the junk from our house that we don’t want to move.  All the fun stuff I’m sure you’ll agree!  

Four big bags to the charity shop, a load of items piled up destined for eBay, and several items listed on Gumtree later – our current place feels a lot lighter!  There’s nothing like an impending move to really be ruthless with the clutter!  Don’t worry, my lovely vintage Russian dolls (an old eBay find and bargain) are coming with me!

russian dolls

I had initially thought the blog had been quite quiet this month, but then I looked back at all of this month’s posts and it’s actually been quite busy!  Here’s what you might have missed:

How we saved a heap of money (£240 in just a week!) with a wonder material.

Bethan John of Decorator’s Notebook shared her insights into running an ethical business.  I found this really fascinating!

A beautiful secondhand furnished home in Cornwall.  As well as house envy I have some serious garden envy!

Showing The Love for the planet.

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Some advice on starting a blog.

15 things you’ve always wanted to ask a vegetarian.

Thrift shop manager Leah Wise shared her ethical style.

Finally, some unexpected uses for soap!

Other things this month:

people tree eco edit

I was seriously flattered this month when People Tree asked me to model for their Eco Edit alongside some fantastic bloggers.

I also took part in Style Stories talking about my love of ethical and secondhand clothing.  You can submit your own Style Story to the website too!

Good things I’ve read:

I’ve found some good things on the internet this month

The Seasoned Student is a new favourite blog.  It’s been a long time since I was a student but eating well on a budget is still something that’s relevant to me now so it’s been well and truly bookmarked!

Sticking on the same topic of eating well on the cheap, another blog I’ve been drawn to is Grubby Knees, Clean Plate. The author, Sam, has set herself a challenge of feeding her family of five for £80 a week.  She aims to do it by supporting local businesses rather than supermarkets, and I’m looking forward to reading along!

Some delicious winter vegan recipes (I am clearly all about the food this month!).

Make a self-watering plant pot from a beer bottle!

Some posts from the archives you might have missed:

The best green electricity suppliers

A buyerarchy of needs

Should you buy wine with a cork or screw top?

Men’s ethical clothing companies

Any fun plans for March?  I am going to be in a sea of boxes so do let me live vicariously through you!!

ps: catch up on January’s round-up here.


January Round-Up

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