Buying a Home – Where do we want to live?

I have lived in Essex all of my life, my husband grew up in London, before moving to Somerset, back to London, and then to Essex.

Essex is a great place to live, and I definitely have not taken full advantage of everything available to me whilst living here.

However, it is not where I plan on living, it isn’t even where we want to purchase our first home. When we are ready to buy, we will hopefully be relocating down to the Isle of Wight.

Preparing for pregnancy – Strength

This part of preparing for a family is a big one for me, I want to make sure I am strong enough physically for both pregnancy, and raising a family. I know that I have to be patient as this is going to take realistically over a year to get to where I want to be, however I’ve already found such an incredible support system with other JustStrong ambassadors.

Etsy and our wedding

I tried to be very conscientious when we were picking our vendors for our wedding. I wanted them to be a small business and/or local when possible.

This was easy enough with our venue, cake, hair and makeup, my dress was from a local shop (even though the designer is Australian), and even our favours were mini jars of jam from Tiptree (also local to us). For other aspects of our wedding day, I turned to Etsy for inspiration.

Choosing Sustainable – Periods

So since having my implant removed, and focussing more on tracking my periods and understanding my body more, I’ve also decided to make sure that when I do have a period, I’m doing what I can for the planet.

What it was like to have my implant removed

As discussed in my last post in this series we decided that I would have my contraceptive implant removed now to give us plenty of time before we decide to start trying to have a family.

Choosing Sustainable – Deodorant

As someone who is very much a newbie to sustainable living, deodorant is not something that I have ever put much thought into with regards to it’s effect on the environment and although aerosols can be recycled – it is only if they are completely empty, clean and dry inside, which is practically impossible… Both the cans and the compressed gas contribute to pollution, so it was time for me to consider switching.

Our wedding colours

So just like that, we already had three of our wedding colours (navy, plum and gold). We eventually added burgundy into the mix after our meeting with our florist who suggested roses (luckily our wedding favours of mini jam jars also matched the burgundy!).