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November Roundup

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Hello!  Did you have a good November?  Mine has been Busy (with a capital B!).  I started an additional job this month, and I’m working an extra day a week.  It’s been a hard juggling act to find time for everything.  Let alone the blog and emails!

In an attempt to carve out more time, or find that elusive extra hour in the day, I’ve taken to writing the blog on my phone on my commute to work (as I write this it’s 8 am and I’m on the bus to Edinburgh!).  At the moment it’s working out surprisingly well.  I write best in the morning, and the 1-hour uninterrupted window in the morning without the distraction of email and social media are actually really productive for me.  Evenings after work on the bus are another story – my brain is officially fried by then – so there is no blogging to be had.

So for the next little while, at least the blog will mostly be written on the move!  Do say hello if you ever see me tapping away at my phone of a morning!

gingerbread body scrub

This month the blog has gone a little Christmas crazy.  First I shared some homemade Christmas gift ideas (like the delicious-sounding gingerbread body scrub, above) and then I shared my four ethical gift guides – ethical gifts for the home; ethical gifts for her; ethical gifts for him; and ethical gifts for kids.

I also shared some facts about meat that were really interesting/shocking in equal measures.  Did you know that globally we consume 308.2 million tonnes of meat a year?   Crazy!  On the completely other side of the coin, I shared some vegan recipes in celebration of World Vegan Month.

ethical clothes

In fashion, Jamillah from the blog Made To Travel shared her ethical style secrets with us.  I’ve got some more great ethical style posts coming up in December so watch this space!

vintage kitchen

Finally, I shared a stunning vintage home packed full of secondhand finds.  Even the kitchen and cooker were secondhand from Gumtree.  This post was a big favourite on Pinterest this month.

From the Moral Fibres archives I have some posts I think you’ll love this month.  This post on eco-friendly Christmas trees might be handy for you.  And my guide to online ethical alternatives to Amazon is one that is always handy, especially at this time of year!

And last, but not least, be sure to check out blog sponsor Wildly Woolly’s fabulous range of fair trade and organic kids toys. Especially if you’re looking to buy an ethical gift for a child – the toys are incredibly sweet with a great story behind them:

wildy woolly

See you tomorrow for what’s in season in December!

PS: Catch up on October’s post here.

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October Roundup

Edinburgh castle in autumn
Edinburgh castle in autumn

So here we are at the end of October!  How has your month been?  For me October has been a mixed bag.  There have been a lot of fun things going on, like some lovely autumnal days out in Edinburgh (see the castle above, and St Cuthbert below), which have been great.  Edinburgh does autumn really well!

Edinburgh in autumn

On the other side of the coin my daughter has finally given up napping in the day and that has required a lot of adjustment on my behalf!  That two hour window each day has been my time to sit and write the blog and reply to emails for nearly two years, so needless to say the blog (and emails) have been on a bit of a backburner.  I’m sure I’ll find some balance soon, but for now if posting is a bit less than normal, or I’m taking really long to get back to your email, then go easy on me! ;)  

I’ve also spent an inordinate amount of time and brainpower on trying to figure out our childcare situation for when my daughter turns 3 in two months – they sure don’t make it easy (or affordable) to be a working parent!

But enough about me: here’s what’s happened on the blog this month!

Kayleigh Innes and Stephannie Hay shared their ethical style this month.  I loved the contrast between the two styles – it’s so interesting to see different people’s take on ethical style!

ethical style

I posted about some ethical women’s clothes for autumn and also some ethical men’s clothes for autumn.

clothes for autumn

And I put together a handy guide to ethical clothing companies and stores for men.  I know it’s not always easy to track down ethical clothing, especially for men, so I thought it would be useful to have all the companies I know of in one place.

ethical clothing companies

I also shared a lot of really useful posts this month: a vegetable planting calendar and guide that I’ve already gone back to several times for allotment planning.  A post on 13 unexpected uses for white vinegar.  A seriously inspiring video on the case for living simply.

Sell your crap pay your debt do what you love adam

And finally a really easy tea towel DIY that’s so eye-catching!

tea towel craft

In other news, I spent a lovely time in Largs this month with my daughter.  They’re big on vikings there:

Largs
succulent statue

This viking statue is made from succulents.  I think he’s amazing!

I was also a bit busy on Instagram this month:

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From clockwise: our last harvest from our garden / two year olds LOVE collecting conkers (so do I!) / autumn display in a local shop / and finally I checked one of my life goals off by getting to see Billy Connolly live in Edinburgh at the start of the month.  Sore sides ahoy!

And that’s us for October!  Happy Halloween everyone!  Our pumpkins are carved and we’re getting ready for a couple of fun Halloween parties!  See you tomorrow with a guide to what’s in season in November!

ps: catch up on September’s roundup here.