Since having Rory, I've noticed a shift in my attitude towards many areas of my life. Every day is now so full on, caring for a very mobile nine month old who is into everything and anything. It's so easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of cooking, cleaning, washing and feeding that happens constantly on a daily basis that I find myself craving calm and simplicity wherever I can get it. Suddenly so much of the 'stuff' in our home has become yet another thing to clean, move out of the baby's way, or to clutter up space that we desperately need for more important things.
I've started to question the way I do almost everything, because suddenly there is only time and space for what is essential. I want good quality, for my things to last, to be made ethically and without nasty chemicals, and in general I want less of all of it. Simple, natural, beautiful, ethical, sustainable - these are the things I want in my life. I want to support small businesses, run by people who care about these things too and who work hard to make things better for all of us. I don't want to buy from big multi-national corporations who violate human rights, destroy the environment and don't pay their taxes. Living simpler and more naturally is something I really want to write a lot more about on here at some point, but for now I want to tell you about this wonderful company 'Lafafa' who got in touch with me last year about working together.
Agata and Marcin are the Glasgow based couple behind Lafafa, a sustainable lifestyle company selling soaps, linen towels, wooden combs and a few other items. Everything is made from 100% natural materials and ingredients, their packaging is beautiful and I just love that all their products say 'made on earth'. They very kindly sent me a wooden comb, a kids' soap, an energising 'Razzle Dazzle Them' soap with coffee and cocoa and a linen tote bag to try out.
The soaps smell as good as they look, really natural and are handmade by Agata and Marcin. The comb is one of my favourite things, because I've looked everywhere for one and not been able to find anything nearly as nice. It has immediately replaced my old plastic one, part of a slow process in our home to switch up everything plastic with natural materials. I'm not throwing out everything plastic at once, just being conscious of new purchases and trying to replace items slowly, making sure I recycle or donate old things where I can.
Lafafa's linen tote bag is so strong and sturdy, a great size for groceries or of course, to store all your yarn. Another great item to help me switch out some plastics for natural materials. I always carry a small tote with me in my backpack in case I need it, and I do my best not to use carrier bags - but I do have a few bags for life that are plastic, and if I forget my tote then I'll buy one and re-use it. It's not perfect, but having a good quality, sturdy tote does go a long way to helping you cut out plastic bags.
I was initially just going to share a photograph of what Lafafa sent me on my Instagram, but when I received the parcel and the note they sent with it I really felt that I wanted to put as much love and kindness into this post as they put into their products and their email exchanges with me. I haven't been paid to do this, just sent some beautiful products by some good people that I want to share with you because I know you will love them too. I think the world needs more kind hearted people who reach out to others with no expectation for what they will get back. I have a lot of admiration for anyone who does that, because it goes against so much of what society teaches us.
Lafafa have very generously offered Bless the Weather readers a discount code for 25% off all items, using the code BLESSTHEWEATHER. There's no expiry date on the code, so you can make a conscious decision when and what to buy rather than feeling you need to impulse purchase to take advantage of the discount. Please do go check out their shop, give them some love on instagram (@lafafa.life) and share the word about their beautiful company and of course the discount code. Thanks Lafafa, for being so kind hearted and generous.