We took Rory to his first car boot sale on Sunday - Hopkins family rite of passage 😂👌 We always try to buy secondhand first, whenever we need something, be it at the car boot, charity shops or on eBay / Facebook marketplace - to reduce our environmental impact, and to save money too.
Our Rory is a long little man and his newborn clothes barely lasted him his first week, so we were on the look out for the whole next size (not knowing his gender in pregnancy this time meant I hadn't bought anything ahead of time!). Two stalls and £15 spent and we had a full wardrobe in the next size for him, mostly worn once, lots unworn, some fab brands and all for cheaper than we could have spent on one outfit new, and no packaging👌
If you can get to one, I don't think you can beat the car boot for sourcing secondhand kids clothes, so cheap - often 50p an item, and such an abundance of sellers in the warmer months!
Are you a car boot / secondhand fan? If you've never tried ca…
The first week of January and adverts and social media posts are awash with new planners, fancy home organisational products, gym / diet plans and shiny new workout clothes.
Don't get me wrong, I love the fresh energy of a new year - reflecting and organising and thinking of what we have learnt and how we want to move forward in our lives - but it's also made me think a lot about how we are sold so much 'stuff' with the idea of improving our lives - and how in continually accumulating things, we can actually do the opposite.
A few years ago, we'd have been the people battling the crowds in IKEA, desperate for more storage to make the stuff we'd accumulated that Christmas, and in the many years before, more manageable. We'd be the people buying sports clothes and workout gear in Decathlon thinking of our newer fitter, sportier selves. Planning expensive outings thinking they'd be the things that would give us more quality time with the kids. Stocking up on…
Hope you are all keeping warm in the snow today, it's been mad weather here - crazy deep snow and minus 7 degrees when I got in my car earlier! A friend mentioned having a delicious cream of celery soup in a cafe recently and I have been dying to recreate it ever since, so today when the snow day hit and we needed an ultra warming lunch - I did just that! A perfect winter warmer that is deliciously creamy, tasty and satisfying. You will need a high speend blender to get this soup super smooth, or you could try soaking your cashews overnight first o they are softer to blend.
1 bunch of celery
2 cloves of garlic
1 large onion
1 cup of cashews
2 cups of plant milk.
Approx 800ml veg stock - enough to cover all the veg plus about 1 inch.
Add first 4 ingredients to a large pan with a glug of oil and cook for 5-10 minutes until softened but not coloured. Add all additional ingredients and cook until veg are all soft and cooked. Approx 15 mins.