Fabalulu’s

This week as part of my #supportsmallbusinesses project I’m interviewing the wonderful Lucy from Fabalulu’s.

Let’s get to know you, tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi I’m Lucy I’m a nurse, and Fabalulu’s is something that I do with my fiancé James. We 24 and 25 and we started this as a hobby.

It’s so nice that you do something that you love. What do you sell?

Resin gifts; we make pendants that can be key rings or necklaces. We also make artisan keycaps and some other products. We decorate our stuff with glitter, beads, real flowers, seashells, gold leaf and anything fun really.

They really are beautiful. Are you looking forward to Christmas?

Yes, James and I are in the process of buying a house and we should be moving in and having our first Christmas together in our own home by then.

That’s so exciting! What is your favourite time of year?

I love spring, but all my important events are in winter. So spring for the flowers and winter for the memories💜

I love spring too. That’s such a nice way to think of winter though. Do you have any tips on how to relax?

That’s one of the reasons I got into resin craft because I find crafting very relaxing. Although the mess is no fun! I also love baths 🙂 James enjoys gaming to relax.

I’m so glad you’ve found things to help you feel good. If you could go back and meet your teenage self what advice would you give?

I don’t think I would I’m trying to live in the moment these days and I honestly can’t remember anything specific 😂 so I guess keep doing what you’re doing?

I think that’s great advice. Thanks Lucy!

For a chance to win a gorgeous keyring go to my Instagram page or Facebook page

Things I need to know

My new book arrived this week and I’m so happy with it. I got inspiration to write this book to try and encourage teens to read, but I just know that my adult friends will love it too.

I was in a huge dilemma because after carefully choosing the illustrations and formatting when publishing I found out it would be really expensive to print. I went back and forth trying to decide what to do. In the end i decided to just go with it after I had spent so many hours getting it perfect. I’m so happy I did, it’s come out beautifully.

So many wonderful people helped me to create this book and you can tell that so much love and care has gone into it. Here are some pictures, I basically want to show you every page but I don’t want to spoil it for you.

I’ll share some others another day 😊

New book release

I was going to release this book around August in time for the new school year, but honestly I feel like we need it right now, more than ever.

Not only has coronavirus brought restrictions, devastation and anxiety to us adults, but it has turned our children’s worlds upside down too.

No one knows what is going to happen with schools re-opening but judging by how anxious the teachers I know are about it, the children are going to find it difficult too.

So here is my attempt to hopefully help ease a little anxiety and open up the conversation. To get children talking about their feelings and anxieties.

My new book:

Available here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1913396045

Contact me for a signed addition (£10 including postage)

Love Louise x

Q: Where can I start making my home eco friendly?

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Bedroom

  • When you decorate, try and choose a timeless design and buy home wares that will last for years.
  • Try and build a “capsule wardrobe” (good quality clothes that will last years) rather than buying fast fashion.

Bathroom

  • Swap disposable razors for wooden ones!
  • Swap bottled soap, conditioner and shampoo for packageless bars.
  • Try and use plastic free period products such as mooncups or reusable pads.
  • Buy eco friendly cosmetics (another post on that coming up)
  • Try to shower more often than bathing as running a bath uses up a lot more water.
  • Wash clothes when they’re really dirty rather than when they’ve been worn once
  • Try and hang clothes to mostly dry rather than using the dryer for long periods
  • Who Gives A Crap make awesome 100% recycled toilet paper which comes without any plastic packaging
  • Swap to bamboo cotton buds

Lounge

  • Try not to leave your TV on all day when you’re not watching it, not only does it take energy but if your streaming things like on Netflix or iplayer then it’s even worse (more about this in my book).
  • Try not to leave electronics on when you’re not using them.

Kitchen

  • Swap paper towels for washable cloths or bamboo pads.
  • Swap bottled soap and washing liquid for packageless bars.
  • Try and cook more veggie meals (animal agricultural is a huge strain on the environment)
  • Only boil the kettle if you are going to use it (it might sound silly, but I can’t count the number of times in the past I’ve put it on to make a cup of tea, gone in the other room and then forgotten).
  • Switch to renewable energy company.

Kids room

  • Buy good quality toys that will last a long time and can be passed on
  • Buy wooden toys when possible
  • Buy secondhand toys, clothes, furniture (you’ll save money too!)
  • Try and go with a bedroom theme that will last all of childhood rather than their latest favorite
  • For babies, try reusable nappies, and if they’re not for you, Naty make biodegradable disposable nappies and wipes.

Garden

  • Make it bee friendly by planting wild flowers
  • Don’t mow the lawn all the time
  • Avoid using pesticides
  • If you have the time and space you could try growing your own veg
  • Try composting waste
  • Use a water butt to catch rainwater which you can then use to water the garden.
  • Don’t be too tidy – leave a patch of un-manicured garden, leave seed heads, leave dead wood and dead grass etc for bugs in the winter.
  • Reduce plastic pots when buying flowers – a lot of them come in cardboard now or biodegradable pots.

If you want to read more about the environment check out my books:

Being Mindful of Our Planet and Eco Evie.

Do you have any more ideas to share? Please comment 😊

Real People

Today I have some very exciting news.

My next two books are out!

Both versions of Real People give an insight into the lives of a diverse group of people so that children of all ages can learn how unique people are, and hopefully be inspired by their stories.

“Real People” for children (an illustrated book) and a chapter book for young adults.

The Kindle editions will be free TODAY ONLY.

Children’s book:

Chapter book:

If you would like to support me you can do so by:

*”buying” the books on kindle for free

*leaving a review

*asking friends or family to do the same

*liking or sharing my social media posts about the release to get it seen by more people

Lots of love, Louise ❤️

Mysterious noises…

Well, yesterday was quite an eventful day here in Stockholm.

So at 3pm I heard a huge noise, it was kind of like a car beeping their horn for a loooooong time, over and over and over again…. but so loud, I thought, this is so weird. Then I realized it was the alarm that goes off as a warning of large fires, explosions or war. Luckily I got a pamphlet a year ago to warn me about these tests, but it didn’t stop me panicking.

I couldn’t remember the Swedish word for the alarm so I couldn’t even google it, so even though that’s what I thought it was I was still a bit on edge!

Then at 3.30 there was a massive bang. I thought oh my god, it sounded like a bomb!!!

There have been a few bombs not far from Stockholm this year so I was quite scared. I looked on the news but couldn’t find anything, until today! Turns out it was an airplane breaking the sound barrier!

I messaged a Swedish friend today and he said the unofficial name for the alarm is Hesa Fredrick, while the official is Viktigt Meddelamde till Allmänheten.

According to the localIt was nicknamed ‘Hoarse Fredrik’ (‘Hesa Fredrik’) after a Swedish columnist at Dagens Nyheter in the 1930s, Oscar Fredrik Rydqvist, noted that it sounded like himself when he had a cold.

The alarm goes off – klockan 15.00 den första helgfria måndagen i mars, juni, september och december. (3pm on the first Monday of the month in March, June, September and December).

Such a weird coincidence and all in all, a really weird day!!

Stockholm bucket list

I’m finally doing some of the things I’ve wanted to do since I found out I was moving to Stockholm!

A couple of weeks ago I took my first dip in Lake Mälaren (the water surrounding Stockholm). Many people don’t know but Stockholm is an archipelago – made up of lots of little islands. I love this fact because a lot of the islands can be walked around easily and I love to be beside the water.

My friends moved to a new apartment right on the waterside and we celebrated by going swimming. The water is really clean which I think is pretty impressive considering it surrounds a capital city! The weather was beautiful and the water was so refreshing. Incredibly cold but it just made you feel amazing.

The night before we went swimming I saw an otter in the water which was incredible! I was over the moon.

Next on the list was to go to Gröna Lund and I heard that one of my fave Swedish artists was performing there so it was time for a ‘moms night out’ as my friend Courtney put it! We had a blast!

We got thee early so went and sat by the waterside for a couple of drinks!

We took it in turns to say Skål / Iechyd da / cheers 🥂

You don’t even want to know how much these cost….. (somewhere around £22)

Jireel was pretty awesome and I had soooooo much fun dancing the night away. Here’s a link to one of his songs.

Afterwards we went for a drink in Kungsträdgården and had Mojitos and chips!

This girl is fabulous. She didn’t even like the music we went to see but she went because she knew I really wanted to go – now that is friendship!

Can’t wait to tell you about more adventures soon!

Louise x

Real People

I’m working hard on my next books – Real People.

I had this idea that children and young people should all realize how much potential they have, and that it doesn’t take winning a Nobel prize or becoming famous to mean you’re successful.

I’ve interviewed quite a few people about their lives and asked for honest answers about their childhood dreams, their life now, their strengths, fears and what they have overcome in life.

I really hope that these books will help young people to understand that they are not alone and that they can achieve incredible things in life just by being themselves.

The plan is to release a picture book for children with a kind of fact file and a chapter book for young adults/teens.

So excited to show you them.

Louise x

It’s a special day!

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Today I turn 25

Today I release two books!

I worked together with Cat Medway to produce two books on climate change. One is for adults – Being Mindful of Our Planet (e-book) and the other is for kids – Eco Evie (e-book).

When you purchase Being Mindful of Our Planet $1 will be donated to tree planting charity onetreeplanted.org. 

With every 10 purchases of Eco Evie one copy will be donated to a school/organisation. If you would like to nominate a school or organisation that you think would appreciate a copy, please get in touch!

eco evieEco Evie loves animals and being in nature. One day after talking with her auntie about the amount of plastic on her local beach, Evie decides to contact her friends across the world to ask what problems their countries are facing. She wants to help plants and animals everywhere. Evie loves getting the replies in the post and you will too!

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Being Mindful of Our Planet uses science, compassion and initiative to explain what climate change is and how it is effected by human activity. Exploring everything from fracking to deforestation, from fast fashion to travel. Buy Being Mindful of Our Planet today and find out how people around the world are doing their part to save it.

I have also set up a new blog specifically for the environment chat so if you are interested in the climate, nature and science please give me a follow on here too!

I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped me with this project, and everyone who plans to buy a copy – THANK YOU!

 

 

 

A new book

I am so excited to introduce you to Anxious Arthur!

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Arthur is a mouse and he lives in his purple house with his two children Susie and Wilson. One day he has a fright, but tries with all his might to overcome it. Explore anxiety with your children and get them to open up about worries and fears; help them to use mindfulness to live in the moment without anxiety over the past or the future. Third book in the series along with Mindful Millie and Sad Simon.

I would incredibly appreciate any shares and reviews!

Louise x