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    • SimpleLiving
    • By SimpleLiving 30th Nov 17, 11:27 AM
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    A Simpler Life 2018
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    A Simpler Life 2018 30th Nov 17 at 11:27 AM
    Every year at about this time, I get a yearning for a more simple way of life. A life that doesn't involve being bombarded with endless ads for x% off or buy a new sofa/kitchen/table/bed/car or your Christmas holiday will become a fate worse than death It really does get to me. I hate consumerism in general. It annoys me intensely that we waste so many resources making cheap non-essential rubbish that will end up in landfill a few months later. I think I must be some kind of grumpy, odd ball though as despite all the headlines about the economy and stagnant pay rises, the shops always seem to be rammed.
    Anyhow, I am planning to step back from it all in 2018:
    - no spending on unnecessary stuff. For example, I have enough clothes to last for years in one wardrobe and one chest of drawers. Books will come from the library. No fripperies!!
    - replace essential items where possible with good quality items preferably second hand, or british made or local where applicable
    - increase cooking from scratch. I buy too many things like biscuits etc that are far nicer and healthier homemade
    - make full use of garden and allotment for fruit, veg, preserves and wine.
    - forage for fruit, fungi, wood ....
    - spend more time outside, gardening, walking, enjoying nature to improve mental and physical well being
    - spend more time with my mum who is 76 and beginning to need me more
    - avoid pressure to conform!
    Anyone got any further ideas in how I could simplify life?
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    • Cottage Economy
    • By Cottage Economy 24th Feb 18, 5:26 PM
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    Dr Bronners is very good. Can double as shampoo too.
    Originally posted by juliettet
    Years ago, before switching to water based paints, we found Dr Bronners would take gloss paint off skin without needing any white spirit. It's good stuff, although I found the rose one a bit unpleasant to smell compared to the citrus one.
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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 2nd Mar 18, 5:03 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    Haven’t posted on this thread since the 5th February However my journey to a Simpler Life is progressing slowly but surely. Have been using a combination of Marie Kondo & The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning So far I have Kondoed mine & my DH’s clothes & all the washing, drying, ironing & putting away is completely up to date (after a year of backlog - I can now revert to washing etc on a weekly basis ) My DH has started the decorating while I am continuing the decluttering (lots to cs & Recycling & binning) & doing quite a bit of baking. We don’t shop every week now & menu planning has been a boon as has posting on Love Food, Hate Waste - great ideas for left overs & gives me the confidence to experiment in my cooking Bed linen & towels have also been kondoed as well as my knitting stash.

    I only have two boxes of stuff that I haven’t looked at but still have half a dozen crates of sentimental/personal stuff that I need plenty of time to sort properly.

    I just have to remember how to ‘eat the elephant’

    Will pop in more regularly but will start trying to read on a daily basis!

    To a Simpler Life for everyone.

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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 3rd Mar 18, 12:59 PM
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    Hello everyone

    Hope you aren't snowed in! Round here the snow is melting away again and I guess my walk this afternoon will be a rather wet, muddy one. But I am still looking forward to it as I really missed my daily walks earlier this week when I decided that it was just too cold to be outside longer than necessary (the worst was -10°C on Wednesday morning...)

    Somehow I don't feel like I am doing too well on the simple living front at the moment, but I can't really put my finger to it... I guess it has to do with too many evenings this week where I just iddled time away online without doing anything really... So not much knitting, not much reading, just plain useless things... Well, at least I had two early nights when I decided that the evening wasn't getting any more productive anyways, so I might as well go to bed...

    But then there are also some things that are really simple living and enjoying life at the moment and I should really focus on them.
    -I went to the cinema with my sister yesterday to see The Full Monty in a small venue in our town. They have a movie or a life act once a month and tickets normally sell out within an hour. I actually thought it was a waste of money going to see a movie I have on DVD but it was such a fun night out
    -my neigbour just came over and brought me a slice of still warm cheesecake with berries... Bliss!
    -tonight my parents and sister will come over and we will have waffles made from the recipe of my "substitue grandad" Waffles were his speciality and I will think of him when I will wipe up the batter later one.
    -I managed to read 11 books so far this year and will start on the 12. tonight
    -I am very strict with the stuff that enters my life at the moment. I ordered a book last week which was on my wishlist for ages plus after a lot of research I finally decided on a fountain pen to buy from the birthday money I got from my parents.

    So, I will now tidy my kitchen and then go for a nice, long walk without freezing my head off...!

    Have a nice weekend everyone!
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    • Lilith1980
    • By Lilith1980 3rd Mar 18, 3:49 PM
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    It's still sooo cold here, but at least the snow is melting!

    I took a load of clothes, books, and costume jewellery to an Age UK cs today. The lady in the shop was so grateful. I'd put all of it on various sites for selling but nobody wanted it, which was good in a way as I got a lot out of giving it to charity weirdly enough.

    I've meal-prepped the lunches for next week. It only takes about an hour and saves so much time in the mornings.

    I've been watching various minimalism blogs on youtube as I'm really into decluttering at the moment. One I particularly like is the "Minimalist Ninja". She talks about a range of topics and I'm very impressed with what little possessions she has. To be honest, even though we've got rid of so much in the home it still feels cluttered to me. I feel like I want to clear everything out! Maybe I just need to tidy up! Anyone else feel like this even though they've got rid of loads of stuff?
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    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 3rd Mar 18, 4:49 PM
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    It's still sooo cold here, but at least the snow is melting!

    I took a load of clothes, books, and costume jewellery to an Age UK cs today. The lady in the shop was so grateful. I'd put all of it on various sites for selling but nobody wanted it, which was good in a way as I got a lot out of giving it to charity weirdly enough.

    I've meal-prepped the lunches for next week. It only takes about an hour and saves so much time in the mornings.

    I've been watching various minimalism blogs on youtube as I'm really into decluttering at the moment. One I particularly like is the "Minimalist Ninja". She talks about a range of topics and I'm very impressed with what little possessions she has. To be honest, even though we've got rid of so much in the home it still feels cluttered to me. I feel like I want to clear everything out! Maybe I just need to tidy up! Anyone else feel like this even though they've got rid of loads of stuff?
    Originally posted by Lilith1980
    Yes....we did the whole " Kondo" thing a couple of years ago and got rid of so much but still got way too much in my opinion.... Although OH disagrees. I keep doing Little's bits here and there but its not enough. I am on a mission this year to clear it out.
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    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 3rd Mar 18, 5:20 PM
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    Hello,

    I thought I'd join in as I just found this thread yesterday. Been trying to read through the back pages but with almost 60 pages it's going to take me a while!

    I discovered I was seeking a simpler life in 2012, when Googling the way I was feeling inside basically. Lots of health problems lead me to question everything and wonder why I had all this stuff, when none of it actually helped me! I've been calling myself a minimalist since then and then in 2015 that lead onto trying to become more zero waste after finding Bea Johnson's book in my local library. If you go to my signature, you can find my blog which details my journey from the start, things I've found out along the way - be they money saving, frugal living, simple living, ethical living, minimalist or zero waste.

    It's really tough to find like-minded people and we're always coming up against dilemma's, particularly Christmas and Birthday presents when none of your family really understand why you're trying to live with less! Like we ask for gift vouchers, but they seem to feel that they must still give us something and we get all this clutter we don't really want as well! SIGH. I have no problem in sending it straight to the charity shop mind, although my husband always seems to think we should keep hold of it incase we offend them. Which I find laughable as his family live overseas and visit once a year or less! As if I'm going to keep all this rubbish, just to bring it out for a few days very year or so. They can be offended because we've specifically asked them not to give it to us! (I'm developing a thicker skin as I set more boundaries with others).

    Anyway, I would love to hear of a successful gluten-free bread recipe for a bread maker or handmade because all of my attempts have been awful - house bricks basically.

    I don't recommend Dr Bronner's personally, particularly the bar soaps as they blocked my plumbing terribly (you can read about that on my blog too!) Both liquid and solid forms are terribly drying and I don't know how people can use them on their hair - it turned mine to tangled straw. I now use Faith in Nature bar soaps from my local health food store (can buy completely package free) and never had a blocked pipe since.

    For soap you can use on your face, go to Lush. I have oily skin and so use their coal face soap. But they have plenty of different formulations for different skin types. No nasty chemicals, no packaging, fair trade, organic. Yes, they are expensive but I only need to buy a couple of chunks in a year, even with twice daily use. I'm certain it works out cheaper than the dozens of bottles of facial cleanser I used to use (thinks back with horror at all the packaging that used to generate too). I also use their solid shampoo and conditioner bars on my hair and will never go back to bottles.

    Hopefully I've lots more useful pointers to add from my experiences and can pick up some too
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    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 3rd Mar 18, 5:31 PM
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    Hello,

    I thought I'd join in as I just found this thread yesterday. Been trying to read through the back pages but with almost 60 pages it's going to take me a while!

    I discovered I was seeking a simpler life in 2012, when Googling the way I was feeling inside basically. Lots of health problems lead me to question everything and wonder why I had all this stuff, when none of it actually helped me! I've been calling myself a minimalist since then and then in 2015 that lead onto trying to become more zero waste after finding Bea Johnson's book in my local library. If you go to my signature, you can find my blog which details my journey from the start, things I've found out along the way - be they money saving, frugal living, simple living, ethical living, minimalist or zero waste.

    It's really tough to find like-minded people and we're always coming up against dilemma's, particularly Christmas and Birthday presents when none of your family really understand why you're trying to live with less! Like we ask for gift vouchers, but they seem to feel that they must still give us something and we get all this clutter we don't really want as well! SIGH. I have no problem in sending it straight to the charity shop mind, although my husband always seems to think we should keep hold of it incase we offend them. Which I find laughable as his family live overseas and visit once a year or less! As if I'm going to keep all this rubbish, just to bring it out for a few days very year or so. They can be offended because we've specifically asked them not to give it to us! (I'm developing a thicker skin as I set more boundaries with others).

    Anyway, I would love to hear of a successful gluten-free bread recipe for a bread maker or handmade because all of my attempts have been awful - house bricks basically.

    I don't recommend Dr Bronner's personally, particularly the bar soaps as they blocked my plumbing terribly (you can read about that on my blog too!) Both liquid and solid forms are terribly drying and I don't know how people can use them on their hair - it turned mine to tangled straw. I now use Faith in Nature bar soaps from my local health food store (can buy completely package free) and never had a blocked pipe since.

    For soap you can use on your face, go to Lush. I have oily skin and so use their coal face soap. But they have plenty of different formulations for different skin types. No nasty chemicals, no packaging, fair trade, organic. Yes, they are expensive but I only need to buy a couple of chunks in a year, even with twice daily use. I'm certain it works out cheaper than the dozens of bottles of facial cleanser I used to use (thinks back with horror at all the packaging that used to generate too). I also use their solid shampoo and conditioner bars on my hair and will never go back to bottles.

    Hopefully I've lots more useful pointers to add from my experiences and can pick up some too
    Originally posted by Wizzbang
    Hello....it sounds as though you are on the right thread here. I have learnt all sorts in my short time here. I will try and find Bea Johnson's book, sounds interesting. What is the title?
    Is Lush's solid shampoo good? I actually have coloured hair....blonde....I know its chemical and I hate using it but can't bear the thought of being dark again and now going grey. Always look for shampoo with as little nasties as possible, but still a lot of unwanted ingredients and packaging.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 3rd Mar 18, 6:10 PM
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    For me, a simpler life means that the household basically runs itself. I love routine and struggle when people interrupt the routine, for instance by eating to a different schedule (dh), or coming back down after I have put them to bed at 8pm (dds).
    Major frustration at the moment: dds, dh and I agreed on an after-school routine. He picks them up every day, then it is: shoes in rack and coats on hangers, lunch and snack boxes in the kitchen, a drink and a snack, homework, play, 1 youtoob vid each, help lay the table, Mummy comes home, dinner.
    Current routine: shoes in rack and coats on hangers, lunch and snack boxes in the kitchen, a drink and a snack, homework, play, 1 youtoob vid each, help lay the table, Mummy comes home and lays the table, unpacks the dishwasher, dinner, Mummy upset about shoes, coats, lunch boxes, Mummy helps with homework, no time for a game, dds to bed..
    Husband is leaving for his home country for a whole month soon and the routine needs to be in place before he leaves!
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    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 3rd Mar 18, 7:23 PM
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    Hello....it sounds as though you are on the right thread here. I have learnt all sorts in my short time here. I will try and find Bea Johnson's book, sounds interesting. What is the title?
    Is Lush's solid shampoo good? I actually have coloured hair....blonde....I know its chemical and I hate using it but can't bear the thought of being dark again and now going grey. Always look for shampoo with as little nasties as possible, but still a lot of unwanted ingredients and packaging.
    Originally posted by ploppy57
    Bea Johnson's book is called Zero Waste Home. I have actually bought the copy the library had as they were selling it off a few months ago, a bit of a Bible - useful to have on the shelf. However, to me a lot of it is unattainable due to the fact that we don't have bulk stores really at all in the UK and just some things are too expensive. Like, we're on a budget and I can't justify paying 3x the price to have milk in glass bottles delivered. It's not that expensive in all areas, but where I live it is.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zero-Waste-Home-Ultimate-Simplifying/dp/0141981768/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520104724&sr=1-1&keywords=bea+johnson+zero+waste+home&dpID=41ASWi uKJQL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=src h

    Lush shampoo bars are great for us, but not everyone likes them as they do still use some chemicals like sodium laurel sulphate and parabens in some of their products. But for me, I'm more concerned about packaging/ plastic free and they do a super job on my hair. Go into store and ask them what's best for your hair type- the assistants are highly trained and have never given me bad advice. One thing you will notice is how many assistants they have - they believe in giving good advice to sell their products.
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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 4th Mar 18, 1:07 AM
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    Wizzbang,

    Re the bread, a.n.other poster went on a bread making course & apparently a good tip is to put a tray of water in the bottom of the oven to create a bit of steam - stops the bread turning out like a house brick. I tried it a couple of days ago (not gf) & it worked

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    • Lilith1980
    • By Lilith1980 4th Mar 18, 8:39 AM
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    I found a website for Bea Johnson if that helps https://zerowastehome.com/. I've not heard of her before so will be having a good read.

    I'm also trying to find a good gf bread recipe. I found an easy non-gf one but wasn't sure whether I could substitute the "strong flour" for gf flour. I suspect not.

    Wizzbang - I'd be really interested to read your blog but I can't seem to click on your signature to get to it
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    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 4th Mar 18, 9:27 AM
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    Bea Johnson's book is called Zero Waste Home. I have actually bought the copy the library had as they were selling it off a few months ago, a bit of a Bible - useful to have on the shelf. However, to me a lot of it is unattainable due to the fact that we don't have bulk stores really at all in the UK and just some things are too expensive. Like, we're on a budget and I can't justify paying 3x the price to have milk in glass bottles delivered. It's not that expensive in all areas, but where I live it is.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zero-Waste-Home-Ultimate-Simplifying/dp/0141981768/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520104724&sr=1-1&keywords=bea+johnson+zero+waste+home&dpID=41ASWi uKJQL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=src h

    Lush shampoo bars are great for us, but not everyone likes them as they do still use some chemicals like sodium laurel sulphate and parabens in some of their products. But for me, I'm more concerned about packaging/ plastic free and they do a super job on my hair. Go into store and ask them what's best for your hair type- the assistants are highly trained and have never given me bad advice. One thing you will notice is how many assistants they have - they believe in giving good advice to sell their products.
    Originally posted by Wizzbang
    My DD works in lush. The assistants are usually very knowledgable about the products and passionate about the ethos.
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    • By dolly84 4th Mar 18, 9:27 AM
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    It's still sooo cold here, but at least the snow is melting!

    I took a load of clothes, books, and costume jewellery to an Age UK cs today. The lady in the shop was so grateful. I'd put all of it on various sites for selling but nobody wanted it, which was good in a way as I got a lot out of giving it to charity weirdly enough.

    I've meal-prepped the lunches for next week. It only takes about an hour and saves so much time in the mornings.

    I've been watching various minimalism blogs on youtube as I'm really into decluttering at the moment. One I particularly like is the "Minimalist Ninja". She talks about a range of topics and I'm very impressed with what little possessions she has. To be honest, even though we've got rid of so much in the home it still feels cluttered to me. I feel like I want to clear everything out! Maybe I just need to tidy up! Anyone else feel like this even though they've got rid of loads of stuff?
    Originally posted by Lilith1980
    I understand how you feel. We are a family of 4 so have to be realistic about how much stuff we do actually need, the weather in the UK dictates a lot of clothing per person for instance, and the footwear takes up so much space too. Both kids are in school so we have tons of books hanging about in their rooms but they need them so they have to stay. The list goes on and on.
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    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 4th Mar 18, 9:33 AM
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    Siebrie - I like routine too but do find that when something comes along that changes it it makes me very stroppy so I am trying to be more relaxed about it, I don't want to be like my parents who couldn't break their very boring routines for anything.

    Welcome Wizzbang. I'm not keen on Lush myself, I find the SA's too over the top and aggressively sales'y, plus they do use a lot of the nasty ingredients in their products. I am making it really hard for myself by wanting to be Zero Waste and natural.

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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 4th Mar 18, 10:15 AM
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    Morning folks

    I think the whole zero waste movement is very interessting, but unfortunatelly most people will not be able to do it to the same extend as for example Bea Johnson or Lauren Singer (she is Trash is for Tossers on youtube if you want to check her out) Unless you have access to a bulk store and a farmers market it isn't going to work...
    BUT... Like with everything else every little helps and we can all do our share to avoid unnecessary packaging and reduce the amount of waste we create. I often watch videos on zero waste and see things that I can do easily without too much effort but just didn't realised it would be so easy.

    Sibrie, good luck on establishing some routines! Can you maybe set up a reward system? Say every time you come home to them having tidied their things away, done their homework etc. they get a star and after x stars there will be a fun activity. Depending on their age it doesn't have to be something big, but for example a movie night on Saturday, with popcorn and stuff, pretending to be in the cinema (as opposed to just plainly sit down and watch the movie) or, once the weather is better, a picnic.

    Wizzbang I think people should respect when someone says "no presents" or "gift cards only" and if they really think they have to give them something to unwrap, why not make some jam or pick up a special chocolate somewhere... I have this one friend who always brings stuff for me when she is on holidays, fridge magnets and that like... I've told her many times to not bother with bringing me something but she doesn't want to hear, so it goes straight to the bin...

    re Lush I am sure there are companies with less chemicals in their products, but all in all I can really recomend them. The price might seem high at first, but especially shampoo and their face soaps last much longer than any liquid product. I wash my hair (about 4 inches over my shoulder) daily and the shampoo lasts almost three months, so that is a little over 2£ a month which I think is pretty ok. I am pretty sure I paid the same or even more with the last liquid shampoo I used, plus I binned about 10 plastic bottles a year...

    I decided to do some more decluttering in the next week. Sometimes I feel like decluttering but not like going through whole drawers and shelfes systematically. So I just have a look at certain spots, like my bathroom cabinet and bin stuff and make a tally and see how long it takes me to get to 50 things. Will change winter to spring decoration later on and I guess some things will be sent flying when I have a look at my decoration and candles.

    So, I am off for my walk although it is still grey and dim. Once I am home I will have dinner - leek and tattie soup I bulkcooked yesterday - and then the rest of the day will be spent reading and knitting.

    Have a nice Sunday everyone!
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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 4th Mar 18, 10:21 AM
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    I understand how you feel. We are a family of 4 so have to be realistic about how much stuff we do actually need, the weather in the UK dictates a lot of clothing per person for instance, and the footwear takes up so much space too. Both kids are in school so we have tons of books hanging about in their rooms but they need them so they have to stay. The list goes on and on.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    I think it really depends on your circumstances how much stuff you have / need and with what amount you feel comfortable. I often long for a flat with soo much empty space, but I knit and sew and these things of course use space. I try to reduce my stash of yarn and fabric, but there will always be yarn and fabric in my flat plus all the tools needed for it. Plus I keep books I like because I like to reread them. I could maybe bin half of my books (the rest being unread ones and absolute favourites that will never leave my house) but I would miss quite a lot of them.... Having these things to use - not to collect - makes me happier than an empty space.
    So naturally I have more stuff than people who spend their free time watching telly or going to the gym or who read books on an e-reader...
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    • Wizzbang
    • By Wizzbang 4th Mar 18, 4:55 PM
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    Wizzbang - I'd be really interested to read your blog but I can't seem to click on your signature to get to it
    Originally posted by Lilith1980
    You need to click my name to go into my profile and I believe the link will be in there. Signatures are just text. Sorry if I used the wrong term.

    I am currently buying GF fresh baked loaves from Sainsbury's in-store bakery. They are £2.30 each and are AMAZING - taste almost like real bread, except you don't get the same level of flavour that you do from wheat, but no GF bread can replicate that. I clear the shelves every few weeks, slice them and store them in the freezer to take out as needed. Like all in-store bakery bread, they state they only keep for a day but they last much longer. They are baked in their plastic wrapping, so no cross contamination is possible. They seem to have rolled these out to most stores now, after an initial trial a few months ago.

    If anyone is interested, I also have a gluten-free blog but I can only link to one in my profile. I got so sick of buying mediocre GF food in the shops, that I thought I'd share my successful recipes with others. I am a keen baker and always have been, but switching to GF can be trial and error!

    https://glutenfreeness.wordpress.com

    P.S. You can also ring your local Sainsbury's and ask to be put through the bakery. Then place an order for GF loaves. Otherwise they only seem to bake 4 per store, per day and it's a shame to have a wasted journey.
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    • Lilith1980
    • By Lilith1980 4th Mar 18, 5:23 PM
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    Thanks so much Wizzbang, I'll check both your blogs out
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    • Jonesy88
    • By Jonesy88 4th Mar 18, 7:31 PM
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    Jonesy88
    Hello, please can I join in

    I've just finished reading the thread (phew!) and have taken in some of the lovely ideas and recipes.

    I'm what is termed a "millennial" and the same age as bluegreen143. I'm the product of a mum who taught me to be independent and have the career I want, as she did. I'm incredibly grateful for that, but it came at the expense of not learning how to cook from scratch (because she didn't know) or the basics of sewing, knitting etc (something my mum does do very well). I am getting there with cooking

    My mum was part of a family who had little money as a child (late 50's). It affected her and her siblings in different ways - one has the heating up high permanently, one insists on keeping up with the Jones and my mum, well, she hoards food stuffs as if war is looming. As a result, she loves to buy me food presents weekly (I moved out nearly a decade ago), I appreciate her and her intent, but does lead to waste. If I say I don't want anything, she will just get what she thinks I would need/like.

    Anyway, back to the point of the thread, I really want to live a simple life. I love things to be tidy and fairly minimalistic, i'm also really starting to wake up to the effects of plastic in our environment. I feel I'm making strides iro of the above but I have an upcoming "problem". I'm approaching a big birthday and I don't actually want anything.

    What do I do and what do I say when people ask me what I would like? Several family members have already said they refuse to get vouchers etc for a major birthday, but I don't want something I won't appreciate and will end up giving away. Do any of you lovely people have any ideas or inspiration?
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    • Lilith1980
    • By Lilith1980 4th Mar 18, 7:54 PM
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    Lilith1980
    Welcome Jonesy!

    Could you ask for "experience" vouchers and that way you can book an experience of your choice? OR choose an experience you'd like and perhaps family/friends could put money towards this for you? That way there's no chance of waste and you get to make great memories from it?
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