Monthly Archives: December 2019

  • What to do with your tree after Christmas

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    250 tonnes of Christmas trees are thrown away each year in the UK, so we asked our friends at the Woodland Trust for some tips on how to dispose of your tree sustainably.

    Felled trees can be recycled into compost or chipping for local parks or woodland areas. Many local councils run tree recycled schemes or a tree collection service. If not, take it to the garden waste section of your nearest disposal centre.

    If you bought a potted tree, well done you. Position in a cool but light spot while it’s indoors (not next to a radiator or heater) and water regularly depending on the feel of the soil.

    Firs don’t respond well to being planted then dug up and re-potted so after Christmas leave it in its container and top up with peat-free compost. Stick it in a cool, sheltered spot where it will avoid direct sunlight.

    Donate to the Woodland Trust for a greener future.

  • Simple Tips for a more Conscious Christmas

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    The week before Christmas can feel like a frenzy of last minute shopping, lists to tick and people to see. So, we thought we'd share three simple tips for a more conscious Christmas...

    1. Don't panic buy

    It can be easy to feel the pressure when it comes to buying Christmas gifts. If you can't think what to buy, why not opt for an experience, workshop or spa treatment you can enjoy with family or friends.

    2. Reduce your wrapping

    Sellotape, ribbons and paper covered in glitter can't be recycled. Why not ditch paper altogether and wrap presents in fabric? On the day, save any ribbons and paper that can be used again next year. Don't be afraid to ask for things back if you think they might end up in the bin.

    3. Save on food waste

    A huge amoung of food goes to waste over Christmas but if you end up with leftovers, don't just throw them away - left over roast dinners make excellent curries, soups or bubble and squeak.

  • Why We Love Masking in Winter

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    If you're trying to tighten the purse strings or just perpetually short on time, face masks are the DIY alternative to facials. Especially during the winter months when the unforgiving combination of freezing temperatures, central heating, late nights and the occasional glass of mulled wine takes its toll on the skin, we like to keep a diverse range of masks to hand. One for acne flare-ups, one for moisturising, one for exfoliating and one (or five) for that essential glow. These little pots are more than just a skin solution. They're a way of taking time for yourself during the week, with the added bonus of keeping your skin in good condition.

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  • Louise Roe's Christmas Rituals

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    We asked fashion journalist, presenter and author Louise Roe (@louiseroe) to tell us how she strikes a balance between making the most of the festive season and finding time for herself. Here are her tips for avoiding Christmas overwhelm and some suggestions for perfect presents.

    'How often do we choose the bath over the bar? After a pretty busy year, I'm taking the time this holiday season to indulge. I'm not talking about chocolate (although there will be a lot of that too) but rather focusing on taking time out for myself and feeling confident not to have to say yes to every social engagement that comes my way. With this in mind, I'm going to talk a little bit about why it's ok to choose the bath over the bar this holiday season.

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  • Tips for Winter Wellbeing

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    Let's face it, December is intense. The whirl of parties, Christmas shopping, work and life in general can feel overwhelming, so we asked Cowshed trainer Jess for some suggestions to sustain you through this manic month. Here are her party season pick-me-ups for festive self-care.

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