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Smarter Ways To Go Through The Day

I’ve done a few wee live videos recently of when I’ve been travelling, for work or just for fun, on what I have with me to be able to cut down on costs (which ALWAYS gives me a spark of joy), and how to do it in a way that’s better for your health and for the environment.  So, here are my must-haves for getting through the day when you’re out and around during the day…I’ll add to this over time, but for now, here’s the top 5 to get you started:

Wet wipes
It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do, there’s always a need for wet wipes.  I’ve always had them in my handbag and in the car, and in the office….wet wipes everywhere! I don’t have kids, so it’s always been those wee ity bity packets with the lemony scent…you know the ones i’m talking about.
But, invariably, I’ll go to grab one and they’ve all dried out and I have to go

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Re-usable Wipes

buy another pack.  Talk about a waste of money, not to mention the plastic wrapping, and the fact that the wipes themselves just don’t biodegrade AND are soaked in chemicals which are potentially harmful to our health.
Choose re-usable wipes!
Make your own using ends of fabric, old towels, old pillow-cases and so on.  Just cut them up and bring them along with you in your handbag.
If you’re not that creative, or like me, you want the nice option that someone else has already created, I love the Norwex Travel Pack.  Norwex awesomeness, in a miniature size.  If they dry out, just get them wet, or just carry them dry and wet them as needed!

No matter where you go these days, you’ll be handed a wad of paper napkins.  They don’t really do much good for cleaning our hands, and definitely don’t to much for lifting any grease off your hands.  I carry cloth napkins with me, usually one in my handbag and one in my work bag so that I have it for lunch times.  Really, using a couple of napkins for what is mostly just a quick wipe of the fingers or mouth for a few crumbs then thrown in the bin.
I love my Norwex Napkins, and I’m totally in love with this lovely Peacock colour.  They are, in my opinion anyway, the BEST for getting grease off your hands (read: “Emer loves a good KFC so these napkins are well tested!”).

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Bring your own napkins

Made from 50% recycled materials, you’re totally doing your bit for the environment by having these.
Or why not try making your own!  Take up sewing! It’s a hobby I picked up a few years ago, and it’s definitely a wonderful way to bring a spark of joy into your life.  But that’s a whole other blog post!
And you know what, when you have your lunch at work, or if you’re grabbing some fast-food at the airport because you’re just sick of eating hotel food and you want something so simple and straightforward (or is that just me?) having a real napkin just makes it all a little bit special and lovely.  And it really brings a wee sparkle to my day at least!

Water bottle
Seriously, always have a reusable water bottle with you.  If you’re just out into town, out to work, or off travelling the world! Bring. Your. Own. Water. Bottle
Why on earth would you pay nearly £2 for a bottle of water when you just have your own bottle there and refill it.
This is one that particularly bugs me at airports.  You can’t bring your water through security with you, so people are forced into buying a bottle in the terminal.
Well, bring your own water bottle with you, and just get it filled up once you get through the security.

Travel Mug
Much like the water bottle when it comes to airports.  Bring the travel mug through security with you then you’re all set for using it in the terminal.

ecoffee cup – made from bamboo

Particularly if I’m just off on a day-trip somewhere, when I’m not in my usual office for my day job, I always seem to have a lot more stops at coffee places, whether it’s at the airport terminal, then at the train station, then at wherever it is I’m going to…lots and lots of coffee stops, which means a great many ‘disposable’ cups and lids and stirrers.  Having your own cup with you is a massive money saver too! Lots of places have now started either giving a discount if you bring your own, or impose a ‘tax’ if you don’t have your own.

way, it makes good penny-senses to have your travel mug with you!

Huskcup – made from rice husk

And as a random tip, if you take sugar on your drink, don’t even bother with the wee stirrer, just close over the lid on your mug you brought with you and give it a good shake!
I also think it’s a little more hygienic to have your own, especially if it’s at a garage or anything like that…you’ve no idea how many hands have been on those lids before you put it on your coffee cup and then wrap you lips around it! Eeewwwwww!
Why not go for one of the more environmentally friendly options which aren’t even made from plastic! Let’s get that plastic usage knocked on the head as much as possible!
I love these options from Huskcup and ecoffee


Skin Care!

Always have a lip balm and hand cream! These two things will keep you sane!
Norwex have a lovely bunch of lip balms with some great new flavours, and the hand cream is definitely one of the most popular items at parties…it smells like chocolate orange!

I also love Burt’s Bees…they have this cracker wee set with a lipbalm and hand salve in a fab wee pot.  The hand salve is actually amazing for when you start to get cracked cuticles in this cold wintry weather!

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