Kieran’s comment of the day!

Kieran finishes preschool tomorrow then it’s off to “big school” in September.
My little darling had a very interesting take on what the future holds this morning!

Kieran : Mummy, I’m very sad!
Mummy: Why are you sad sweetheart?
Kieran: It’s all gone wrong!
Mummy: What has??
Kieran: Preschool has! It’s not going to be exciting there at all when I leave, everyone will be very bored without me.
Mummy tries to look serious.
Kieran beams and jumps up
Kieran: But it’s ok Mummy- I’m going to take all the excitement to my new classroom at big school and everyone will be very happy there, especially my new teacher that I love lots!
Mummy gives up trying to look serious and starts planning suck up gifts for the new teacher.

The Wonder of Freecycle!

Guestblog for Bizziebaby 20/7/10

I recommend FC to anyone and everyone locally and otherwise. I stumbled across it several years ago and have never looked back. Basically the idea is you give away your unwanted things to members of your local community, for free, encouraging recycling and keeping items out of the landfill.
It is so simple to use too! Basically you post a “wanted” request or “offered” post. If you, for example, “wanted” a computer chair, you would ask if anyone has one, then if anyone locally does, they will email you via the site. Then, it is up to you to collect the item. The rules stipulate that the item must be free; no payment is to be offered or asked for (bonus!).
If you are “offering” an item you post a description and wait for the emails to come in. You’d be surprised what people will ask for and accept too!

I have given away loads including a freezer, fridge (which was a bit dodgy but I listed it as such and the guy who picked it up was thrilled with it as he could fix it easily), bookcase, old magazines, Slimming World books, baby & child items…. and have received a pc chair, baby and child items, homeware, a brand spanking new printer (seriously!), all given and received for nothing!

It really is an amazing case of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! If for example I wanted to get rid of my fridge & freezer, my council were going to charge me a minimum of £35 to collect and safely get rid of them, instead they were picked up by someone who could use them and were grateful for them and it saved us both a packet!

Now, you can see why its a great idea, but for those of you moving house, setting up house for the first time, having a child perhaps who is going to uni and needs essentials or a new mum to be with a list of wants and needs… is a Godsend!
Lots of people dismiss it as a faff, but seriously, it could save you a packet and really help you get rid of the clutter/unwanted items. It’s very easy to use and there is a comprehensive FAQ file to read to help you with the basic rules and FC etiquette so there is no need to be worried or apprehensive about trying something new.

Not my usual witty blog type but an important one, both environment and budget-wise.

Give it a whirl and look it up, after all, what have you got to lose? Look up your local group now!