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Homemade Kids…

I posted recently a Summer Reading List, of books about all things sustainable, and was contacted by a wonderful lady called Nicola Baird (who I met at the Ecover Message in our Bottle launch) about one of the books that she has written called Homemade Kids.

homemade kids
And she very kindly sent me a copy!

It really is great, and I wish someone had given me a copy when we were expecting BigSmall.
It would have opened my eyes to more sustainable ways of parenting, beyond simply using re-usable nappies.

The book covers many areas that new parents might welcome some guidance on:

  • Giving your home a green makeover
  • Shopping
  • Gifts and celebrations
  • Food
  • Nappies
  • Time with your baby
  • Sleeping, baths and no-fee babysitting
  • Getting around
  • Local life

and even discusses how to deal with that very difficultΒ one of how to approach the subject of buying less, or even second-hand, with the grandparents!

Much of the information is based at new or expecting parents, but lots of it applies across the board (I still need to have ‘that chat’ with my parents about the number of presents they give at birthdays and Christmas).
I especially like the last chapter, about how to get involved, and make a difference in your local community. Something I am very much trying to do at the moment.

So, in the true spirit of the book, I would now like to pass it on to someone else so that they can get the benefit of Nicola’s very wise words as they start on their parenting journey.
If you would like the book, either for yourself, or to give to someone you know who is expecting, then leave a comment, and I will select a recipient in a couple of days.
If you aren’t lucky enough to win, then there is still lots of really great information on Nicola’s website here, and her blog is here.

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  • Reply homemadekids August 31, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Jen, I hope you managed to read Homemade Kids yourself before passing it on! Apologies I’ve been out of email contact holidaying with my family so completely unable to do tweet (really recommend Wales for a bit of IT detoxing). Thank you for your kind words re the book. Nicola

    • Reply Jen August 31, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      I did,Thankyou! Loved it. Will be in the post to the lucky winner on Monday πŸ™‚

      • Reply nicola baird September 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

        That’s good news, glad you enjoyed it – and good you’ve sorted a winner. If you want me to publicise that part of the process I am happy to do so. N x

        • Reply Jen September 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

          Thanks Nicola

  • Reply K August 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm


    I have a friend, she’s soon to be a single mum, and hunting around for advice. She’d love a copy.

    • Reply Jen August 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      I’ll add you to the list πŸ™‚

      • Reply K August 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm

        Thank you, but be aware I’m in the UK, and so is my friend.

        • Reply Jen August 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm

          So am I!

          • K August 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

            Oh, cool (I landed here by a circuitous route).

  • Reply Mary Gannon (@DW_MaryGannon) August 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Cool idea. Glad to report we have lots of second-hand clothes and toys but still wish we could reduce how much is given on birthdays, etc. What a great idea!

    • Reply Jen August 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks Mary!

  • Reply Kate Mapstone August 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I would love this for my sister in law who is expecting her first very soon!

    • Reply Jen August 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      OK Kate, you’re in!

  • Reply divasupermum August 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Reblogged this on divasupermum and commented:
    looks amazing

    • Reply Jen August 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Natasha August 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Hello Jen

    I have really enjoyed your adventures, I’m going to miss the intensity!

    I would love to be considered : )

    Many thanks


    • Reply Jen August 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Natasha
      You’re in the bag!

  • Reply Mike August 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Looks a very good idea.. This would not be for myself but for my daughter and her kids to use.. as they are in greater need than I..

    • Reply Jen August 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Mike, will add your name πŸ™‚

  • Reply gracefoster (@fostergrace) August 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Always on the lookout for more tips, looks a great book. Just found your blog and already inspired. Thank you

    • Reply Jen August 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      That’s really kind-thankyou!

  • Reply Vicki August 19, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Hiya Jen, Hope you are well. I would love to have this book to pass onto a colleague who is expecting. She will be using resuable nappies, but would be great for her to get some more ideas.

    • Reply Jen August 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Vicki-your name is in!

  • Reply Lydia August 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Looks like a really interesting book thank u for recommending it πŸ™‚

    • Reply Jen August 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      No problem πŸ™‚

  • Reply Penny w August 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Looks fab! Already got the nappies sorted (2 kids in cloth from birth) but free babysitting ideas – I need those!!!

    • Reply Jen August 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Penny
      I’ll put your name in the hat!
      Just in case you don’t get it, the basic gist is to organise a babysitting circle with a group of friends πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rae Hodgetts August 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I’d love to pass this on to a former colleague, who now has two lovely little lads and teaches sustainability and global responsibility around schools.

    • Reply Jen August 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      I’ll put your name in the hat Rae, thanks for reading!

  • Reply beautytherapystudent August 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Sounds like a fab book! Going to check out the blog too πŸ™‚

    • Reply Jen August 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      It is! And the blog has lots of fabulous ideas πŸ™‚

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