The Joy of Doing Nothing – Ethical Advent Day 24

Christmas Eve is upon us, and the traditional plans (whatever they may be, and however you choose to celebrate) for many have been changed. It may be a quieter, less sociable Christmas for many of us, and I just want to make the statement that you won’t hear from many places – it’s OK to…

Christmas Happiness – Ethical Advent Day 13

Today I have a real treat for you, and a first for Monsoon of Random. Poetry! Written by good friend and phenomenal poet, Sophie Sparham. Sophie is a performance poet and writer from Derby.  Her first poetry book ‘Please Mind The Gap’ is a wonderful collection of witty, socially conscious and modern poems, with a…

Zero Waste Christmas Wrapping Tips – Ethical Advent Day 8

My absolute favourite way to be eco-friendly (and also save money) at Christmas has to be getting inventive with wrapping presents. Once you get hooked on this, you’ll have so much fun and won’t want to go back to boring old wrapping paper! Here are the ways I like to save wrapping paper and have…

Conscious Christmas Gift Guide – Ethical Advent Day 1

After a very strange year, December has crept up on us and blasted us with Christmas – ready or not! This year, I’m feeling the need to be more festive at home, just to mix it up a bit and get some lights and brightness, and a change of indoor scenery. I’ve therefore decided to…