Putting My Best Boot Forward

Firstly, Thank you to Kate On Thin Ice for inviting me to write this post and joining in with her #BestBootForward linky.  We want to talk about New Years Resolutions and how you can forget about failure and concentrate on one small area of your life that you want to change. Grab a notebook and some pretty pens and take 5 minutes getting back to basics. Don’t beat yourself up or set unrealistic expectations, you will inevitably feel down about them when they don’t go to plan.

Below you can find 4 easy (and open) questions. You will find my personal answers. Jot down these questions and think about your own answers.

Happy New Year everyone, and whatever you want to achieve- GOOD LUCK!!

1. What would you like to change?

I would like to change how much I rely on supermarkets for our daily goods. Admittedly, we are more frugal than most and grow lots of our own food. We no longer need the supermarkets to buy items such as nappies and sanitary items. I also try to preserve my own garden produce for jams etc. We still shop at the supermarket picking up reduced food (to reduce food waste and bring down our food bills) but I would love to buy less and less of this stuff, and focus on creating more of our own. Bye Bye ASDA!

2. How do you feel this change will enhance your life?

I believe that it shall make us appreciate all of our hard work producing our own food. I can be very modest at times about how much we have changed our lives so far, but it is easy to forget to pat myself on the back when I have worked so hard. This change will also help us save more money. We want to buy our house from the owners, which is so important to us. Finally, this change will get us even closer to our goal of living as self sufficiently as possible. A huge challenge that will take years, but reducing our supermarket shops will certainly get the ball rolling faster.

3. Who can support you as you make this positive change?

The people who I share my home with- My husband, 3 daughters and son. We want to change our lifestyle for them. I don’t want my kids growing up just expecting food to come from a packet or the supermarket shelves. I want them to appreciate the hard work and effort that comes from growing your own. I also want them to consume organic, fresh food that has created a minimal impact on the environment: air miles, carbon emissions and even the power used to keep the supermarket open.

4. What is the first baby step you can take to make this change?


Chilling out with a good gardening advice book in the evening. I live such a busy life, that not only can I kick back and relax but I may as well absorb some more information while I am at it. We can never stop learning, and knowledge is key to success.

But today… It’s a sunny day out there. I am off to pick up all of the rubbish that Storm Eleanor scattered across the garden!


No matter what your personal goal is, take it steady. You will likely face some tough challenges, things may go wrong or you may feel like you have failed completely. But don’t worry! You’re only human. Keep trying and you will get there.

And what are my favourite pair of boots? You guessed it… My WELLY BOOTS!

What a glorious day … #muddy #rain #britishweather #britishproblems

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Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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  1. Sounds like a lovely way of life you have planned and those welly boots will certainly be needed! #BestFootForward

  2. Seriously gorgeous willies to start with and you were the first to take on the boot challenge with a pic so thanks for that too and joining in with #BestBootForward
    You have really made me think as I have lots of land now and really should do something positive with it and a sunny day made me think this could be fun. I am no gardener but that can change I guess and I would certainly enjoy eating something we had grown. So you surprised me and I really enjoyed your post.

  3. I love this goal for more frugal and natural living. We have recently moved out to the sticks and want to get the veg patch underway this year. Unfortunately I seem to kill all plants I touch, but I’m hoping my other half will work his magic and I’ll be following along for any advice too. With the cost of living rocketing, I think this is something we should all be looking at. Really looking forward to reading more and thank you for joining in with #BestBootForward!

  4. Hazel this is such a brilliant idea! I’ve decided to try and massively reduce the amount of plastic I use. I recycle about 90% of my waste already but I’m going to try and shop more sensibly and reduce the amount of packaging we throw out. It’s not always easy but to be mindful of it and to know I’m making a little difference is wonderful x

  5. love the boots and good luck with reducing the amount of foods and products you buy from the supermarkets #bestbootforward

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