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How to spend a minimalist Christmas with kids

Having a minimalist Christmas has become a goal of many parents worldwide, especially following the Covid-19 pandemic. And for parents who are not quite ready to take minimalism to the extreme this festive season, there still seems to be an interest in downsizing the overall experience of giving gifts and celebrating with family.  But why would someone want to go the minimalist route? The reasons are plenty. For many families, they want to take away the materialistic focus of the festive season and try to redirect attention to themes such as generosity, kindness, peace and joy. A minimalist approach also helps to limit waste during this special time of the year, which typically involves large amounts of disposable plastic and...

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Our fave Halloween ideas from around the web

Here at spaZa, we are simply in love with the idea of Halloween. From the crazy outfits to the delicious candy, Halloween happens to be one of our favourite seasons of the year. And when it comes to hosting gatherings, we can’t help but get excited at the prospect of dressing up a table, playing the hostess with the mostest and bringing the magic of the spooky season outside, inside to share with family and friends.  Whether you’re throwing a casual pumpkin carving party or hosting family and friends for a big Halloween bash, we’re here to help you put the season on full display by sharing our most loved gems from around the web. And although Halloween hasn’t been...

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How to start your plastic-free journey

Here at spaZa, we believe in transparency so we’re going to keep it real - the biggest challenge in going plastic-free is going plastic-free. While you can understand the issue, commit to the cause and start making changes, you will inevitably find plastic creeping into your home and your trash at an alarming rate. That’s just the sad reality of the world we live in. But just because the omnipresence of plastic can make the journey difficult, it isn’t impossible! This guide is not meant to overwhelm you but simply to show you that living plastic-free is a possibility. It just requires a bit of extra planning and some effort. Remember that the goal is progress, not perfection. So do...

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Go Green: The definitive guide to Sustainable Travel

It’s inevitable - if you are lucky enough to travel, you’re going to leave a charcoal smudge in your wake. And while planes may spew carbon emissions and plastic bottles may be the general order of the day, you shouldn’t let the guilt dampen your vacation. By being mindful and making simple choices to lighten the blemish on Mother Earth, you can lift the remorse and incorporate a few eco-conscious practices into your life in the process. After all, green travel is not a passing trend, it’s a portable lifestyle choice.  But what exactly is green travel and where does one even begin?  Green travel (or sustainable travel) is all about creating a positive effect on the communities that you...

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The curious history of the Hot Cross Bun

When I think about Easter, there are some very specific foods that come to mind. Amongst these are pickled fish, freshly baked bread and pickled fish. But the one dish that stands out among the rest is definitely the coveted Hot Cross Bun.  In my family, we would buy these over several weeks before and after the Easter Weekend and serve them warm, cut in half with a dollop of butter melting over the middle. And even though my love of spicy Hot Cross Buns has since changed to a penchant for the chocolate variant, this traditional baked morsel of deliciousness will always hold fond memories for me. While planning for this year’s Easter weekend, my mind wandered back to...

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