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