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UK: £17.50/YEAR (6 ISSUES) EUROPE: £30/YEAR REST OF WORLD: £45/YEAR contents Natural Homes Special April/May 2007 issue 16 8
Main features 8The Nature Detectives How to involve children in the changing seasons
12How to step off The joy of downshifting with Tracey Smith
14Ostara Celebrate the magic of spring with Amy Warburton
26Yummy Mummy guide to slings Laura Dunn shares her secrets
Bumps birth and beyond 20Elaine’s Diary The story of her daughter’s birth
21Conscious Birthing Kate Woods reclaims this right of passage
22Sisterhood of breastfeeding The feminine art of feeding
24Lactivists Women who have changed the face of breastfeeding
Family life 17Sunday Selection Reclaim relaxing family Sundays with our guide
18Off-shore News Bella Griffin shares her journey across China with us
19Holistic Health May is a time for fertility and pleasure says Lucy Corkhill
74Parentcoach Lorenza Clifford on dealing with guilt
90Ten Simple Steps to having a happy home
Learning 31Natural Learning Gill Kilner shares her home education journey
32What next? Advice for parents of Indigo Children
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Health and Beauty 51Your Child’s Health Encourage children to sleep better naturally
53Your Health How dance aids wellbeing
Food and Drink 55What’s in Season? Organic Easter eggs and wild garlic
56Going veggie Advice and recipes for becoming a vegetarian
House and Garden 61Home News EMFs – how they affect our children
62Up in the treetops Treehouses explored by Jo Cantello
66Secret life of plants The magic and mystery of hawthorn
Ethical money 68Children’s Trust Funds How to invest ethically for your children
Green Travel 69Let’s Take a Trip to… Manchester Find green hotels and places to go.
Ethical Fashion 71Threads for kids Beautiful new ethical clothing for children
Regulars 3 welcome 6 letters 7 out and about: what’s on in April 67 horoscopes 72 coming next issue 73 how to subscribe
Competitions 49 Win a Natural Home Makeover 71 FREE knitting pattern for every reader 76 Win organic Easter eggs 80 Natural baby shoes to win 80 Gorgeous organic giftset to giveaway 82 Win breastfeeding goodies 84 Free nappy wipes 88 Win Argan oil beauty products 88 Natural soaps to win
Special Feature: 37Natural Homes From natural cleaning products to building your own, you’ll find everything you need to make your home a cleaner, greener place.
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Our homes are responsible for more harmful carbon emissions than our cars. In fact, the average household creates around six tonnes of CO2 every year. And the average household could save two tonnes of CO2 a year by making itself energy efficient. For example if every household installed three energy-efficient lightbulbs, enough energy would be saved in a year to supply all street lighting in the UK.
And did you know that more than 40 per cent of all heat lost in the average home is through the loft and walls. In fact, the amount of heat lost annually through roofs and walls is enough to heat three million homes for a year. So what can we do about these shocking figures? We can start at home and go green. From choosing natural paints and cleaning products to small scale renewables, we’ve got it covered inside this natural home special.
Contents: 38 Why green homes are important 39 What you can do 40 Natural cleaning goodies 41 Meet the families who built their own 46 Eco properties for sale 47 Gorgeous ethical homewares 49 Win a natural home makeover
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75Ecosourcebook – it’s got everything in it. New practical section filled with ideas and action that you can take to go green. Take a look inside.
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What’s inside? 76 food and drink make your own hot cross buns and discover english wine 78 learning african bag gardens and gardening goodies 80 fashion recycled clothes and ethical handbags 82 bumps and birth nipple shells and tips for dads 84 real nappies save money on washables and choose spring nappies 86 house and garden get composting and discover the modern rag-and-bone man 88 health and beauty teenage skincare goodies and natural soaps
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