My Make Do and Mend Life

Hello, and welcome to what has now, I guess, become My Make Do and Mend Life! In September 2012 we embarked upon a challenge to buy NOTHING NEW for a whole year. We Made, we Made Do and we Mended our way though the whole 12 months, and proved that taking small steps towards a more … Continue reading

100 Happy Days-Week 13

100 Happy Days-Week 13

Hot on the heels of the update, here is Week 13 (nearly there now, I promise…!) Day 85 Day 86 Day 87 Day 88 Day 89 Day 90 Day 91 Only 9 days left! Thank goodness. I have to confess to being heartily fed up with Happy Days, which I think is probably not the … Continue reading

Dead Bread

Dead Bread

I have posted couple of times about the great Live Better site from the Guardian. Last month was all about food waste, and the challenge was to go a whole week without producing any food waste. Now, I think we are pretty hot on food waste. I take a perverse pride in using up all … Continue reading

Six Item Challenge Update

Six Item Challenge Update

Behind the scenes, my Six Item Challenge has continued. I haven’t blogged about it because a) the Great Energy Race took over; and b) there’s not much to tell! Wearing the same items of clothing for days on end does not make for the most scintillating blog posts but rest assured I have indeed been … Continue reading

100 Happy Days-Catch Up

100 Happy Days-Catch Up

Never fear, my 100 Happy Days project was Keeping Calm and Carrying On during the Great Energy Race. I posted every day on my personal Facebook page, but just didn’t have a chance to do my weekly round ups here. Rather than bore you bombard you with a gazillion pictures in one very long post, I have … Continue reading

They Think It’s All Over…

They Think It’s All Over…

Phew! We’ve done it. The end of the B&Q Great Energy Race for this years Observer Ethical Awards. Thankyou so much for all your brilliant, inspiring and helpful comments-they have helped to make the whole thing truly interactive. Hopefully through the (seemingly endless) blog posts, tweets, Facebook updates, and even the odd Radio appearance, everybody has … Continue reading

Live Better, Save Energy

I blogged a few weeks ago, before the Great Energy Race started (was there a time when I wasn’t so obsessed with all things with energy..?!) about the Guardian’s Live Better site on their online paper. It is fabulous. Each month, they are focussing on a different aspect of sustainable living. Last month was all … Continue reading

(Sun)Shiny Happy People

(Sun)Shiny Happy People

Here we go. Not just one guest post from hubby for the Great Energy Race, but lots! Here is another. This may be the last, so make the most of it. This post is not so much about saving energy, but about where we get our energy from, i.e. the sun! And actually, it may … Continue reading

Q.I

Having been sorely disappointed by the energy monitor we borrowed from the library (it never really worked, most of the time the display just showed dashed lines, and when it did, it was very insensitive), I put out an appeal for a plug in device that tells you how much energy an appliance is using. … Continue reading

Science Hour #2

Science Hour #2

Here we go then, safety specs on, for another enthralling science experiment from the Make Do and Mend household… This time, science fans, we are investigating (like the hard-hitting investigative journos we are) claims that our new Eco Shower Head does what it says on the pack. AND it’s a guest post from hubby. I … Continue reading