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  1. A spotty alternative to a plastic carrier bag

    It is one of my missions for 2014 to make sure we always remember our reusable shoppers.  This will stop us wasting plastic carriers, anywhere between 300-700 per year apparently... wow! It's a funny thing as when I was younger it was just 'hippies' who recycled and took reusable bags to supermarkets.  It just wasn't the done thing.  It's so silly really as we all should have been raised just dong these things.  I'm so pleased we will raise our children with these environmentally conscious things as being the norm.  Hopefully the future generation will nurture our planet and looking after it will be second nature.

    When growing up we never had a recycle bin.  The council didn't push recycling on anyone, let alone collect it from our residence.  We had a stash of carriers under the sink, but only incase we needed to take a PE kit to school or transport mucky trainers around.  We never took the back to the supermarket with us.  We just got new carriers when we were there.  It's pretty terrible really.

    I was very thankful to receive this fabulous Baggu bag from a friend for Christmas last week.  Reusable shoppers don't have to be boring at all!  I'm looking forward to them becoming the norm and everyone using them! 

    Maybe they should just ban plastic carriers altogether and force shops to only sell reusable ones made from recycled materials?

    Baggu Polka Dot Shopper

    The Baggu bags are designed to be as eco-friendly as possible producing minimum waste.  They are made from ultra strong material and double stitched to ensure they last for years and can carry up to a whopping 50 lbs.  The materials are ethically sourced, recycled or recyclable themselves and the bags are also ethically made.  Definitely all great reasons to purchase a Baggu shopper.

    I love the polka dot style and the fabulous bright blue colour.  They also sell a range of cool animal prints and bright block colours.

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  2. Minimal Thread and Crystal Stone Arm Candy

    I'm totally obsessed with Etsy and often spend hours admiring the unique and fabulous makes for offer there.  It's a little dream that one day I will buy a house and furnish it top to toe only with creations purchased from this most wonderful handmade site.

    Minimal jewellery often appeals to me.  As much as I love big, bold statement pieces I also love those which ooze simplicity and make their own statement through this unfussiness.  With this in mind I just had to order myself a 'tiny herkimer flash // minimal wrist armour' from Etsy store The Solar Flare.  There was something that greatly attracted me to the simplicity of this bracelet and the beautifulness of the teeny herkimer diamond.

    The Solar Flare | Etsy Shop | Minimal Herkimer Bracelet Review

    A herkimer diamond is a double-terminated quartz crystal.  This means the crystal has points on both ends instead of just one.  They are truly beautiful when they catch the light and sparkle. On a simple waxed string the crystal makes a simple yet very effective piece of jewellery which is certainly perfect for wear with any outfit.  I now want to purchase a stack of these as I feel a few layered upon the wrist would look just magnificent.

    The Solar Flare | Etsy Shop | Minimal Herkimer Bracelet Review

     

    The Solar Flare also sell their minimal wrist armour on cool neon coloured string.  I am very tempted.

    The Solar Flare | Etsy Shop | Minimal Herkimer Bracelet Review

    The Solar Flare | Etsy Shop | Minimal Herkimer Bracelet Review

     

     

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  3. Make cool things with paper

    The team at Popagami got in touch to see if I fancied having a go at their new Combi Pack.  To be honest I’d never heard of Popagami but it sounded intriguing so I searched for their website to see what exactly it was. 

    The name did give it away slightly and it turned out it was origami animal fun.  Popagami is a modern twist on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding (origami) to create fun, colourful animals.  They suggest filling the large ones with sweets and giving to a friend and the smaller ones make adorable finger puppets.

    popagami review origami paper craft

    I thought the pack look quite fun, even for adults, so decided to give it a go.

    I had a go at four of the large animals and my first three attempts were rather shocking.  I am definitely not a natural at origami.  After these terrible attempts I had to pop onto their website and watch the video to see exactly where I was going wrong.  I managed to make Gilly Giraffe on my fourth attempt and was rather chuffed with her.  Very soon there will be little Popagami creatures all over the house!

    www.popagami.com origami paper craft popagami review kids adults gift

    I think these are probably most suited as a children's gift, but also a fun adult challenge with your family at Christmas!

    The pack I received is available for £7.99 on their website at www.popagami.com

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