Here's what I did...
NOURISH: Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead.
I've been a bit better with cooking, especally with the slow cooker, this month. Actually, its less that the slow cooker is wonderful and more that we have another student and I feel more obliged to cook for her after a long day at work than I do for my husband and the teenager! Even when I don't "cook" we still have toasted sandwiches, eggs on toast and things like that. We don't tend towards takeaways these days!
REDUCE: Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
With my work in hospitality, I have been trying to cut down on their food waste! In both jobs I try to bring home perfectly good food that we can eat that would otherwise go in the bin (this is what I call pre-dumpster diving!) and also the scraps for the chookies, worms and compost.
This wont be a revelation to many of you - but if you don't bring it into the house in the first place - you don't have to get rid of it at some point. Not buying 'stuff' is where we started on to cut back on clutter, waste and to be able to have the money to spend on things we really want.
GREEN: up our lives. Start (or continue!) using homemade products.
I had to go and clean up after some people moved out of a house and I'm proud to say that ALL the cleaners I used (ok - all except the gumption) were homemade ones! It did as good a job as any of the commercial and you know what? It smelt better! The house seemed fresher and less chemically and was just as clean!
GROW: plant/harvest. What's growing this month?
Another few weeks and I may get some bits and pieces out of my heavily fortified garden! I have some celery with only the tops possum attacked where they poke out of their cage, some shallots and probably another handful or two of beans! For anyone following my blog you will know that despite all my green efforts - vege gardening has not proved to be very successful thus far!
CREATE: to fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
I have been making soap this month! I got at least 10kg of lamb fat from work after a huge roast up, and rather than throw it in the skip, I got on the Internet and researched making soap from fat rather then olive oil as I usually do. So far so good! The neighbour and some friends are coming over next week to have a go at making their own soap batches next week. (Soap making is a big post but I will finish it soon!)
I have also been making a "star card" for a friends birthday which has taken a lot of time but has been a lot of fun. I'm notorious for only making things I can finish in a day as I often don't have enough patience to see big projects all the way to the end... So I'm quite proud of this one!
Had a ball in Canberra for our friends 50th Birthday despite the freezing temperatures and am looking forward to a 40th in coming weeks! One of my jobs involves a lot of weddings and I feel like I'm celebrating practically every weekend at the moment!
Lots of birthdays this month: Aunties, old family friends, new friends which all have to be celebrated with a card, present or party.
And my most fun-nest enjoyable-ist, amazing-ist thing that I have done this month (which I would love to be able to do every month not every two years) was go to Cirque du Soleil!!! Talk about having fun! I love Cirque and am happy to re-mortgage the house or sell one of the kids on e-bay to pay for the ticket! If you haven't seen it or have only You-Tubed it - give it a go live and get the full experience! Its mindblowing!
|No -that isn't one of the characters - That's the Teenager!|
This is a category that I have just added to Christine's original nine. I sometimes see the need to jump on a habit that is not enhancing my life and thought if I had the added
Years ago I stopped buying chocolate (a big weakness of mine) at petrol stations - a place I find myself far too often these days. Then it crept back into my pattern. I read Micheal Pollen's book Food Rules: An eaters guide, with its rule to "never fuel your body from a place that you fuel your car" and managed to get back on the band waggon. I have found myself slipping back off again. So this month, my "Improve" shall be: To only eat chocolate that I haven't bought! Lets see how I go!
I love this check-in at the end of the month! I love cruising over to other blogs and catching up on whats been happening for others and enjoying reading about every ones exploits, thoughts and ideas. I do always leave comments but have noticed that sometimes they don't come up on the comments page or I can't get past some of the 'security' devices ("type in these letters" thingys). So, even if you can't see my comment - know that I have been visiting!