Good Deeds Week 22nd – 28th December

Welcome to Christmas week of my Good Deeds weekly challenge. My own challenge to do one Good Deed a day based on the book by Judith O’Reilly called “A Year of Doing Good”

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December 22nd – I’m really excited, Judith O’Reilly the author of “A Year of Doing Good” has been good enough to agree to be our gust author on the blog. Today she has sent me her interview answers and I have scheduled her interview post for Sunday 5th January. The first Sunday in January to coincide with my weekly Good Deeds round-up. On with my own Good deeds, today I’ve finished 2 books and written reviews which I’ve posted on Goodreads and Amazon, they will both appear here on the blog in January.

December 23rd – Donated some money to a local Odiham charity that were collecting whilst I visited the Newlyns Farm Shop it was really busy with everyone collecting their fresh turkeys, but I had time to spread some calm amongst the busy workers while I picked up the paperwork for my work session.

December 24th – Have invited a friend over for a cup of tea, we swopped gifts and caught up on all the news. Remembered how hard others work at Christmas and gave the postman a Christmas present.

December 25th – We are hosting Christmas lunch for my In-Laws today. Good deeds received; Had some wonderful gifts and in return brought happiness to others with my own gifts.

December 26th – Boxing Day here in the UK, a quiet family day, but I’ve made biscuits to take out with us as we go to tea with the In-Laws. Good deeds received; My mother-in-law who doesn’t do computers or social media asked me all about my writing, my blog and my monthly reviews in Fleet Life, she was really interested and supportive, an avid reader herself she surprised me with her enthusiasm. Had a scary moment when she admitted she’d read my book whilst staying with our Aunt (who had it on Kindle) hope she didn’t recognise Sophie’s mother-in-law!

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December 27th – Today I posted a book review on Goodreads and Amazon for a dear friend Jade Reyner, who I’ve met over the internet. Jade took part in our Romancing September tour http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2rE and recently took part in the successful “Read Tuesday” event run by Chris McMullen. I’ll be featuring Jades book “Twelve Days” on a post in January. Good Deeds received; Had a lovely e-mail from Jade thanking me for her review.

December 28th – Good Deeds received; Was thrilled to be contacted by author Mac Black who had seen his book “Please Call me Derek” on my Wish List Collection, he has offered to send me a copy which I will lovingly read and review for you all here on the blog. Had a lovely comment about my “Good Read Collections” from another author, I’m glad people are enjoying them. My oldest child is off for a sleepover tonight so I’m sending along bags of popcorn for their movie session.

Wow! I can’t believe I still managed to find Good Deeds during Christmas week, I had worried that opportunities would not show themselves this week, but I’m glad they did.

24 Sleeps ‘Til Xmas Tour Twins Under The Christmas Tree by Marin Thomas (Day 24)

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Twins Under The Christmas Tree by Marin Thomas

Description from Goodreads.

Cowboy Up, Daddy! Conway Cash is finally ready to settle down, and he has the perfect woman in his sights. The only thing is, he’s dead set against being a father—and Isi Lopez has twin four-year-old boys. When he finds himself roped into babysitting for them, life starts getting complicated!

Kids or no, Conway soon discovers he and Isi make a great couple. And hanging around with her kids isn’t so bad—that is, until they beg him to be their new daddy. The pressure is piling up for this formerly footloose cowboy …but with some luck, and a whole lot of Christmas spirit, Conway just may find himself in the centre of his own ready-made family!

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Marin Thomas AuthorMarin has previously been a guest on the blog when she joined us for the Romancing September tour, for those of you who may have missed the post, here is a link to find out more about Marin and her writing http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2oO

As part of my yearly  Good deeds challenge I’ve been writing deeds, during the season of Goodwill, that anyone can do to make the world a better place.Today is the last of my daily Good Deed suggestions for readers to follow; Give a gift to a postman/ dustman/ delivery driver/window cleaner/pool man/paperboy or anyone who has done a good job for you.

That’s it folks! Merry Christmas! I’m going to take a couple of days off to spend with the family. I’ll be posting more of my “Rosie Good Read Collections” over the next few days and I’ll be back with book reviews and more after the New Year. Many Blessings to you all. Rosie.

24 Sleeps ‘Til Xmas Tour Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks (Day 23)

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Bah, Humbug! By Heather Horrocks

Description from Goodreads.

Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbour, Kyle Miller.

For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer’s block – until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes this is the perfect place for his villain to hide the weapon. He digs into the snowman to discover two things: the weapon fits in the body just under the head, and the snowman was supposed to be the back drop for Lexi’s next show.

From this improbable beginning comes friendship. Can there be more for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood?

Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com (free on Kindle at time of going to post)

As part of my Year long challenge to do a Good Deed a day, I’m, giving my readers daily suggestions to do their own Good Deeds during this season of Goodwill. Today; Arrange to meet a friend for coffee.

Good deeds Week 15th – 21st December

Welcome to my weekly update in my year long challenge to do one Good Deed a day for a year.  I didn’t start this on the 1st of January, I began on the 16th April, the day I began reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. So I’ve a few weeks more to go to complete my year. Along the way I’ve met some great people and I’ve made some great discoveries about myself.

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December 15th – 3 Good Deeds today! I loaned a friend a book, helped my Mum with a couple of computer issues and I’ve written a Christmas card to someone that I have neglected for several years. Still trying to get my interview with Judith O’Reilly off the ground have sent her a lovely e-mail, hoping we can get it sorted soon.

December 16th – At school today it was the dress rehearsal for the infants Nativity play, so I helped dress, lambs, Kings, a Donkey and a Christmas pudding to name but a few, They all looked so sweet dressed up. Good news, Judith replied and promised to get on with the interview answers for us, fingers crossed!

December 17th – Nipped back to school to help the children get dressed for the actual Nativity play today in front of all their Mums and Dads, boy were they excited! Tidied up all their clothes and turned them right-side out ready for when they get changed later.  Rushed into town after work for a few last minute presents and made a donation to a street busker. Good Deeds received, had lots of thanks for a guest writer interview that I posted today. if you missed it here is the link to meet Scott Fivelson. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2Xr

December 18th – It was well into the afternoon today and I hadn’t found a good deed to do today, Oh I’d posted my Christmas book on the blog, but nothing else was offering itself to me. I voiced my concerns to the children as we were driving along and they suggested I try and find another road user that I could perhaps be extra considerate to, alas the road was empty! Then when we reached the junction at a busy bridge a lone car came into view, I was able to safely wait and allow him to cross at the turning before me when really it was my right of way, a desperate deed!

December 19th – I’m reading a book for a view all about Gransnet. If you’ve heard about Mumsnet, an online community with invaluable advice for Mums, then you may be interested to know that Gransnet was launched in 2011 and they’ve just brought out a book called The New Granny’s Survival Guide. I must say it’s great reading, full of fun advice and warnings, I’m not a granny, but it also has advice on the mother-in-law/ daughter-in-law relationships which is also useful. Also I’ve been preparing some edible gifts ready to take with me to a Christmas party on Friday.

December 20th – Yay! Donated money to a homeless person whilst out this morning. Off out to a party this evening, taking edible gifts as well as Christmas presents.

December 21st – Just got back from visiting relatives and delivering Christmas presents. Took along some old photographs, books and pictures which we have found and spent a whole afternoon bringing back lots of memories. Read an article in the local StarCourier Newspaper about a book co-written by local author Jenny Elliott-Bennett called “Writers For Animals”, the book contains 20 short stories, all proceeds go to Animal sanctuaries in the UK check out the book here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com Tweeted about it to help spread the word.

And today’s Good Deed to join in with is… Give away 10% of the contents of your purse today with love, blessings and no regrets, to someone during this season of Good Will.

Rosie’s Christmas Wish List

Here is a list of books that I’ll be hoping make their way to my bookshelf over the festive period.

105343672200 BCE: Marauders invade ancient Eire seeking copper and gold. The astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian must use all their wits and courage to save their people, the peaceful starwatchers, from the invaders’ long bronze knives and scavenging ways. Tensions between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle is a fresh take on Ireland’s oldest legends. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

14571718Derek travels from child to confused adult, from reporter for the local paper to any job available, doing everything he thinks he should, but doing it his way. Pursuing life and employment leads Derek to fling himself into the sort of sticky situations he won’t want to have to explain to his friends or his family. With determination, gritting his teeth, doing everything for the best, how could anything go wrong.   Plus any more in the series. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

15981437Dave Bentley was born to be a rock star. He’s a reincarnated Viking warrior, too…
When Dave forms his new band, Thor, there are plenty of sleepless nights for Janice, his on-off girlfriend and mother of his son. Not only must she deal with the thrills and spills of life as a hardworking single mum, but also the imminent return of singer-songwriter Ariel Swan, Dave’s one true love. Poor Janice. Dave is still the love of her life. Ariel Swan returns to small town life – and Dave’s heart. She and her friend Melodie (whose ambition is to be “a celebrity”) enter a TV talent competition, so Dave and the rest of Thor decide to make the most of the opportunity for possible fame and fortune, too. This adventure brings about big changes in the lives of all of them – none of which Dave could have anticipated. One member of Thor even ends up on The Jeremy Kyle Show..    In fact any book by the talented Terry Tyler would do! Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

18478920Rhea Marchant heads north to the wild and beautiful landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales where she is plunged into an adventure that will span the worlds. The earth beneath her feet reveals its hidden life as she and her companions are guided by the ancient Keeper of Light in search of artefacts of arcane power. With the aid of the Old Ones and the merry immortal Heilyn, the company seek the elemental weapons that will help restore hope to an unbalanced world at the dawn of a new era. Set in the ancient beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, Sword of Destiny weaves the tale of a small band of friends brought together as a new age of Man unfolds. Through their personal quests, through friendship, love and laughter, they learn to see the world with a clearer vision as they battle creatures of ancient myth and legend, under the aegis of the Keeper. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

309239Women have struggled for a long time to have more dominion over their own lives. Louise L. Hay shows you how to become a strong and powerful being. She emphasizes that no matter what your past was like, you can learn to empower yourself and rise to the top. Some of the points Louise makes are: Developing self-worth and self-esteem are the most powerful tools women can have, a modern woman has the whole world in front of her-she can rise as high as her belief in herself; joy and happiness are always within you; you do not have to feel incomplete without a man by your side; and your most important relationship is with yourself. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com    Or any book by Louise.

15901332A glorious, exciting and heart-wrenching tale, The Celestial Sea is the first book in a new series. This is the story of an English housewife and mother and an artistic Kiwi man; musician, woodsman and teacher, who find themselves embracing life in the Southern Hemisphere in the most unexpected and extraordinary way. Plucked from the bosom of all she has ever known; she finds herself exploring the beautiful land of Aotearoa, New Zealand, in the company of a thrilling companion whose own settled, community life is challenged by her arrival. Walking a fine line between blessing and disaster their creative liaison becomes a clandestine love affair of epic proportion, surprising them both with its spiritual truth. Dare they merge their growing affection into an everyday reality? Through the often hilarious adventures that make up their ‘ordinary’ routines they find themselves escaping to the tranquillity of their imaginary boat, The Celestial Sea; sailing for many months in uncharted waters and alighting upon shores of such passion and sensuality that they risk capsizing, causing an almighty scandal in the harbour. The Celestial Sea culminates as the profundity of their connection leads to a tragic ending of thwarted love – but is it really the end…? Find out in the subsequent books planned for the series entitled Dry-Dock, Setting Sail, Calm Waters, No Horizon, Kookaburra on the Deck, Time is the Brake. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

18584476Captain Carina Mitela of the Praetorian Guard Special Forces is in trouble – one colleague has tried to kill her and another has set a trap to falsely incriminate her in a conspiracy to topple the government of Roma Nova. Founded sixteen hundred years ago by Roman dissidents and ruled by women, Roma Nova barely survived a devastating coup d’etat thirty years ago. Carina swears to prevent a repeat and not merely for love of country. If she turns to an old friend with interests on both sides of the law, it could wreck her marriage to the enigmatic Conrad. Carina is determined to hunt down the conspirators, but proscribed and operating illegally, she risks being terminated by both regular security services and the conspirators. As she struggles to overcome the desperate odds and save her beloved Roma Nova and her own life, she faces the ultimate betrayal. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

11753475Malini Gupta thought Jacob Lau was her destiny. But after months of failing to decipher how she fits into the Soulkeepers, frustration threatens to tear their relationship apart. And it doesn’t help that a new Soulkeeper named Mara is ready to stop time itself to earn Jacob’s love. When Malini faces her worst fears, and even death, she learns a funny thing about destiny. Fate is a tapestry of choices, and she has the power to weave hers. Goodreads,  Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com I was very impressed by the first book in this YA series called The Soulkeepers (Which was free at the time of going to press) so I’ve love to read the rest of the series starting with book 2, book 5 was released on 18th November 2013.

6536011Sabine LeVeche, orphaned at an early age, is in the middle of a medical crisis and needs to find a blood relative STAT. Luckily, she’s got a sexy PI and one sassy but determined ghost on her side. Not so luckily, there’s a murderer gunning for her just in case her illness doesn’t kill her first. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com Having read “Trouble in Mudbug” I can’t wait to read this one, in fact there are several more in the series too, yippee!

Product DetailsWhen the Bishop insists that Martin Winchester take a sabbatical from his parish to restore his depleted energy and regain his spiritual focus, his wife Hannah is left on her own for the first time in years. Her new found freedom gives her an opportunity to reflect on her life. Retreating into the newly-renovated vicarage garden in the Cotswold’s village of Burford, Hannah not only wants to escape the demands of her role as the vicar’s wife, but to reinvent herself. Lives begin to change after Henry Bernard arrives in Burford to solve a family mystery. Not only Henry, but a young artist, an electrician and his entrepreneur wife, the new owners of the Bay Tree Inn, and a dying spinster, all embark with
Hannah on an unforgettable summer as their lives intertwine in unforeseen ways. If you like the novels of Rosamunde Pilcher (The Shell Seekers, September) you will enjoy Greening of a Heart. Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com

24 Sleeps ’til Xmas Tour “Coming Home For Christmas” by Jenny Hale (Day 20)

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Coming Home For Christmas by Jenny Hale

Description Courtesy of Goodreads

Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate—which includes organizing the Marley family festivities—she is in her element.  With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?
As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out…
Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas.  Robert’s playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage—both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind.  Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at everybody from her mobility scooter.
With Robert intending to sell Ashford, it’s the Marley’s last chance to create some happy memories in their family home—and Allie is determined to make it happen… even if it takes a little Christmas magic!  With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Join the readers in this season of Goodwill with my daily Good Deed suggestions. Today is the last Friday night before Christmas, offer to be the driver tonight if you are off out celebrating.

24 Sleeps ‘Til Xmas Tour – Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews (Day 19)

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Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews

Description from Goodreads.

Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She’s soon in huge demand and Cassie’s business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children so he enlists Cassie’s help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When Carter asks Cassie to join them on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go. As much as tries, Cassie can’t deny how drawn she is to Carter and everything he has to offer, but she still loves her warm-hearted Jim. Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

During this season of Goodwill, I’m posting daily Good Deeds for readers to join in with, as you may already know I’m taking part in a year long challenge to do one Good deed a day. Here is today’s suggestion; Invite someone for a meal.

24 Sleeps ‘Til Xmas Tour – A Starry Night by Debbie Macomber (Day 18)

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A Starry Night By Debbie Macomber

Description courtesy of Goodreads.

’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber.

Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.

Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega-bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.

Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.

Filled with all the comforts and joys of Christmastime, Starry Night is a delightful novel of finding happiness in the most surprising place.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Join in our daily Good Deed suggestion during this season of Goodwill. Today, make time to phone a friend for a chat, be a good listener rather than pouring out all your own news.

24 Sleeps ‘Til Xmas Tour – Open the Heart Alpine Christmas Romance (Day 17)

Stephanie Hurts 2013 Christmas Romance is call part of an Alpine Romance series – Open the Heart an Alpine Christmas Romance.

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Here is my review:

Open the Heart – Alpine Christmas Romance is the first book in Stephanie’s Alpine romance series. Stephanie’s books are gentle romances and usually indulge in her passion for horses and cowboys. This is no different except the scene takes a giant leap to Switzerland and the beautiful snow covered Alps. The story begins with Lacey, a bride left at the church without a groom. A sad setting from which Lacey must pull herself up from and move on with her life. Who can blame her for cashing in her honeymoon tickets and exchanging them for a very different destination. Drake Tyler has his own reasons for hiding away on a Swiss mountain, but he misses the company of fellow Americans, so he more than willing to share his hose for the holidays. In the snow filled scenery a romance blossoms and the story will continue in the second book in the series.

OpentheheartFind a copy on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Let’s check out Stephanie’s interview;

1) Tell us about where your passion for Cowboys has come from.

I’ve always loved horses and what comes with horses, Cowboys. There’s just something about a rugged, windblown cowboy in a Stetson and cowboy boots. I’ve known several personally and let’s just say they are a different breed. I try to bring out their personalities in my books.

2) Your romances are gentle, what age range would they be suitable for?

I try to write my romances so that as young as 16 can read them. I remember reading tender romances at that age and dreaming of one day finding that kind of romance. I just want to remind people that romance is a beautiful thing.

3) How do you choose the names of your characters? Do you have to be mindful of family and friends?

I am very careful when I choose my names. I try not to choose family or friend names very much. I do on occasion use their names but only in dire circumstances. With my cowboys I try to use traditional cowboy type names. They have to be masculine and sturdy.

4) How many books are you planning for the alpine series?

Oh my, the sky is the limit, but truly I’m not sure. The original intent for this book was for it to be a standalone, but low and behold the writer in me couldn’t stand leaving them at one book. I had to revisit Switzerland and my characters. I think I get too attached.

5) When do you plan to have book 2 available for fans?

It should be out toward the end of January or first of February. It will be a Valentine story to continue their story.

6) If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Switzerland for sure. I’ve always wanted to travel there and I can just imagine being there for Christmas. I think that’s what spurred this story on for me.

7) How do you get through January after all the excitement of Christmas?

Oh January is depressing to me, no really. In December I get just like a child. I decorate everything that stands still and I giggle a whole lot. Then when it’s over I feel deflated, but with my writing it helps to bring me back up a notch or two.

8) Tell us about some of the settings for your other books.

As you know I write about cowboys mostly, so a lot of my books are set in rustic towns and horse ranches. Victoria stepped away from that setting. It’s set in my home state that I love, Georgia. But it’s based on a horse ranch during the Civil War. Then The Winner Is Love is mostly set in snow covered Colorado. But for the most part they are on a ranch and that’s also a dream of mine. Maybe one day my writing will allow me to live out that dream too.

9) I believe you’ve recently entered your writing into a competition, can you tell us about it?

Yes! The book is called “Finding The Right Time”  it’s a sort of time travel romance. Of course you will still find horses and cowboys in it. It should be out by the end of the year. Entering a contest was a great experience.

10) Tell us about the next book you are writing.

I have several in the works. “Faith Through The Tears” is the 2nd book in my Christian Romance series “Lean On Him”. It’s about a man losing his wife to cancer and the struggle he has with finding love again. It’s a tear jerker for sure.

Then there’s “Finding The Right Time” which as I stated above is a time travel romance. It’s set in Savannah during present day and then the mid 1800’s. It’s a little different from my norm.

Also have the 2nd book in the series this interview is about.

Making good time on the 2nd book in The Winner series which was last year’s Christmas romance. Funny how you can have so many stories running in your head at once.

Thanks Stephanie, have a very Merry Christmas.

Today my Good Deed suggestion for this season of Goodwill is to give someone you know a lift in your car.

24 Sleeps ‘Till Xmas Tour – Make a Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall (Day16)

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Make A Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

Description from Goodreads

Make a Joyful Noise is the sparkling tale of a choir preparing for a very special Christmas performance of “Belshazzar’s Feast”. We meet a host of characters who are mercilessly sent up by the author: Lucy the staggeringly trusting young music teacher, Tristan the lecherous and vain anti-hero, Miss Greymitt the ageing and slightly confused choir pianist, Claire the shameless and scheming temptress, and singers with nothing but resonance between their ears. Just as all does not run smoothly for King Belshazzar in Walton’s music, so the characters in the novel suffer from hopeless yearnings, romantic misunderstandings and the unfortunate consequences of their own misguided actions. All is sharply and wittily observed in a delightful mix of romance, music and humour.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

As part of my Good Deed challenge I’m encouraging readers to take up my daily Good Deed suggestions. Today I want you to buy and continue to use a recycled or re-usable shopping bag, such as one made of Hessian or a Fair Trade cotton one.