Motherhood changed me … in quite unexpected ways

Motherhood changed me. I am not the first mother to have said that. But motherhood changed me in ways that I could never have predicted.

As a mother, I am now acutely conscious of the world that Cygnet is growing up in. I worry about climate change and the environment. I worry about nuclear war. I worry, but my worrying will not help anyone or anything.

I now feel I have a personal responsibility to make the world a better one. I am a diligent recycler, I have been donating to buy sanitary protection for school girls, I am interested in where the products that I buy are from and how they have been produced. My actions may be small, but every little thing counts.

Those of you who read this blog often will know that I rarely do collaborative posts. I rarely feel an affinity with the brand seeking to collaborate. But when uncommongoods emailed me I was intrigued.

Uncommongoods is an online retailer with some really cool gift ideas for women, and an interesting selection for men. I managed to get my ever-so-difficult-to-buy-for brother this set of seven deadly sins drinking glasses.

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My brother is not remotely religious, likes to drink and has a good sense of humour. These were right up his street.

The uncommongoods website tells you about the creators of each of your items. The cartoons on these glasses were designed by a guy called Mort Gerberg who is a cartoonist for The New Yorker.  I like these glasses because I reckon it’ll be easy to keep track of your glass by which ‘sin’ you choose.

What made me agree to collaborate with uncommongoods was not their drinking glasses, but rather their commitment to lessening their impact on the environment and giving back to the community and encouraging others to do the same.

Uncommongoods don’t sell products containing leather, feathers or fur. They won’t sell products that do harm to people or animals. At the checkout you can also select a non-profit organisation to receive a $1 donation from Uncommongoods. These actions may be small, but every little thing counts.

P.S. I often find personalised gifts a bit twee, but I really liked the fabric of our family blanket and also the mother and child necklace. Just thought I’d direct you to them just in case you fancied well, you know, maybe buying me a present and donating some money to a non-profit organisation at the same time…

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P.P.S. Yes, this is a collaborative post, but all thoughts are my own, as always.

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42 Comments

  1. August 14, 2017 / 8:17 am

    I LOVE coming across businesses like this and am always much more likely to shop from an ethical source or a small business rather than some massive corporate. Thank you for sharing X #MG
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    • thesingleswan
      August 14, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Me too, I really liked the sound of them. Pen

    • thesingleswan
      August 14, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Indeed! So did I. Pen x

  2. August 15, 2017 / 1:33 am

    This was something unexpected that I noticed about parenting also. All of a sudden its not enough for my place in the world, for my little corner to be OK. I need the entire world to be better. #anythinggoes
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    • thesingleswan
      August 16, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Jeremy, I am glad I am not the only one who gets anxious about things that I cannot change over the other side of the globe. I guess it’s just a symptom of parenting. Pen x

      • August 18, 2017 / 1:55 am

        because we didn’t already have enough to be anxious about, before the lunatics took control of the asylum
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        • thesingleswan
          August 18, 2017 / 8:52 pm

          haha, true. Pen x

  3. August 16, 2017 / 8:00 am

    This sounds so great, I agree being a parent mad me more conscious of our environment, and I think having many pets I also have become conscious much more of animal rights too! #mg
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    • thesingleswan
      August 16, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Hi Mac,

      Good for you. You are very righteous. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      August 17, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      Thank you xx

    • thesingleswan
      August 17, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      Have you bought from them before Debbie? Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      August 18, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Hi Claire,

      Thanks for your comment. Pen x

  4. August 18, 2017 / 11:42 am

    This is so true – motherhood really does make you see the world in a whole new light. I will definitely be having a look at Uncommon Goods. xxx #FridayFrolics

    • thesingleswan
      August 18, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Yes, it is true. This is the thing about motherhood that was quite surprising. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      August 18, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      ah, interesting! I really liked the look of this site and the ethos of the company. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      August 19, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      I know. It’s lovely isn’t it. A great present for a close friend (who has children!). Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      August 19, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Hi Nige, Yes, I was really intrigued when they contacted me which is why I decided to collaborate with them. Pen x

  5. August 19, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Oh sounds like a good website to check out. It’s nice to know there are businesses out there who want to look after the environment. #ThatFridayLinky

    • thesingleswan
      August 19, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      Yes, let me know what you think. I really liked them. Pen x

  6. August 19, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I am also changed as a mother now and I am concerned about the less fortunate around us so kudos for this company for donations! #kcacols

    • thesingleswan
      August 21, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Pen x

  7. August 19, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Motherhood made me a lot more aware of many things too. I am currently trying to shop local and buy food without packaging. It isn’t easy, but I am enjoying it. Great website, I like the glasses too. #KCACOLS
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    • thesingleswan
      August 21, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Thanks Rachel. Well done for trying to shop local. It can be quite hard when local doesn’t deliver to your door I find. Pen x

  8. August 19, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    I’ve never heard of this company before but will definitely check them out. It’s so nice to see when businesses give something back and are more than just money making machines. #KCACOLS

    • thesingleswan
      August 21, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Absolutely, I was impressed when I read their website – I like their ethics. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      August 21, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      thank you Su. I am glad you like the website design too. I think it is slicker. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      August 21, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      thanks Emily. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      August 22, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Yep, I liked those necklaces. I thought they were cute. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      August 26, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Thanks Lisa. Pen x

  9. August 25, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    We did a collaborative post with UncommonGoods too! Love their products. So unusual! And we love their commitment to responsible business practices. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    • thesingleswan
      August 26, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Hi, thanks for your comment. Pen x

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