Playtime

Whistletot Lane

Whistletot Lane is a mobile ‘role play village’ based in Leicestershire.

Since Dorothea was tiny we’ve enjoyed attending creator Freya’s initial classes ‘Story Imaginory’- last month she launched this new venture.

Classes/sessions are running in Market Harborough, Kibworth and Wigston- these would be suitable for babies; once they have confident sitting balance up to school age. Dorothea is 4.5 years and loved it.

Wherever possible Freya’s set ups use ethical/wooden/high quality toys from great brands such as Le Toy Van, tender leaf, Olli Ella and Melissa and Doug.

There are two set ups that change each week; yesterday’s was: vets, post office, cafe, cleaning, campsite, building site and there’s also a book area with a ball pit.

Dorotheas favourite section yesterday was the cafe and she enjoyed making mummy ice creams.

It’s a lovely environment for mums; with free unlimited tea and coffee- and also cakes available to buy if you’re feeling peckish.

It’s obvious Freya prioritises cleanliness, safety and quality. All the areas were spotlessly clean, gel and wipes were available- and drinks served using disposables.

We can wait to go again next week

Classes are pay as you go; but need to be booked in advance- £7 a sessions and siblings are 1/2 price ( or FREE if under 9 months) Whistletot Lane web

Insta- Whistletot Lane

Also look at their other classes storyimaginory Baby relax

Dots outfit – shorts from Small eco steps use ‘kelly’ for discount, tee from Bee boo buzz use ‘ninja10’ for discount
Eco Mum

Christmas gifts for the eco friendly

Eeeeek…… do you know your friend drops all the #plasticfree tags, or your cousin is super eco friendly???? Believe it or not they’re not super hard to buy for…… heres my top eco must haves for the super greens.

  • Make something

Sounds cheesy; but loads of thought goes into handmade. Think homemade granola, brownie mix, bath boards or a super retro mix tape! Here’s a great blog with some fabulous ideas Homemade gift blog

  • Cup it- secret whispers

Now you’d prob have to know her quite well for that I’m to be an idea; but it truly is a life changer! If your sister/bestie/workmate- is keen on being plastic free or reducing waste, then she’ll thank you for this (probably after giving you a weird look first). I started using period cups about two years ago- and I’m annoyed I didn’t try it sooner! Saves you loads of dosh(spend on gin), no nasty chemicals or risk of tss (so healthier) and no more whiffy bins to empty (hoorah!) honestly – game changer

  • Nothing new by Ruthie ru

I’m slightly obsessed by the cute upcycled jewellery from Nothing new by Ruthie Ru loads of awesome quirky pieces made from recycled vinyl or cds. Check them out.

  • Klean kanteen mug/cup or straws

From stocking filler straws, to secret Santa coffee cups, you could even make up a box of eco dreams for your son/daughter at uni. We find Klean Kanteen products to be great value, last well and love the fab colours too- definitely something for all the family here.

  • Tropic products

I love Tropic products! Made with all natural, cruelty free ingredients, some are even refillable! Speak to Charlie at Charlie Ball Tropic for recommendations and to order. I’d recommend an awesomely scented body pebble for your secret Santa, and the amazing personalised make up palette for you bestie ( oooh and treat yourself to the super greens serum and feel fresh deo whilst your there)

  • Refill rev voucher

Everyone loves a voucher (as does the giver, when you just don’t know what to buy). So if you’re buying for an eco warrior a Refill revolution voucher is the one- means they can get anything; from a spork, jar or sweets, coffee cup, period pants or even some lentils!

  • Planet picnic

One for outdoorsy families; we love our planet picnic reusables- they come out every weekend! Our egg sarnies are always in our wrap- opens up to a nice little knee blanket, Dot always has her snacks ready for the car in a snack pack, and our bamboo cutlery is ready to go. Planet Picnic fabric options are always funky, easy to wash and handmade too.

  • Soda stream

I bought my hubby a soda stream for his birthday and we love it!!! As you may know we like a gin or five, so it must save us tonnes of plastic mixer bottles. They even have a discounted gas recycle/refill scheme! Use this link for 10% off Soda stream

  • Vouchers for preloved fashion

Another (healthy) obsession of mine; I just love preloved fashion, and your eco friendly friend will to. If you’re local to Market Harborough grab a voucher for The Attic or Ginger Kate – you can grab wonderfully quirky blouses, a bargain designer piece, or (if you’re like me) just one more leopard print item!

  • Zen garden

Check out Zen garden for stunning zero waste beauty products. One product is perfect for a secret Santa- or make up a luxurious hamper for your best friend.

There we have it- buy them AND try them yourself- make sure you drop me a comment with what you think.