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It's a wrap

I'm not sure that I've ever purchased new wrapping paper.Growing up, my Mother always saved the wrapping paper from presents we received - and her hall cupboard is still a treasure trove of paper, gift bags and bows. It's a habit that has stuck with me, and I always reuse what I have and get creative with other things I can forage around the house.  You may not feel like you're going to save the world by re-purposing your  gift wrap, but CARE Australia found that in Australia alone, th...

December 2, 2021

Stick it in a jar

Every year I choose a simple gift to make in bulk.It's always something that I can knock out in an hour or two and it often involves a jar (or a bottle).Jars because:#1 I always have a stash of them in the kitchen and it's good to reuse things#2 It's super easy to make things look awesome. This year, I rustled up 10 different gifts in jars to show you how easy it is - you're welcome. All 10 jars are filled with things I foraged from home or that I could source package-free from my local bulk sto...

November 25, 2021

Christmas Zhuzh

Decorations, baubles, seasonal accessorising, festive home fashion...whatever you want to call it, it's totally a thing. A thing where we're surrounded by temptation and can end up buying a whole lot of stuff that we don't really need and only use for a really short amount of time. When I put my mind (and my Pinterest account) to it, I was amazed at what I could rustle up with things that I already had at home. But if DIY really isn't your thing - I've got your back......

November 18, 2021

The advent of the advent

I love the tradition of advent calendars, and you really can let your imagination run wild with them. Here a few of my favourite ideas: - Keep it simple and write a Christmas themed activity on your existing wall calendar for each day.  - Go deep on Pinterest and sew your own reusable pocket calendar and fill them with package-free treats from your local bulk store. I have a friend who had one made by a local crafter using sentimental linen and clothing from when her daughter was a baby whi...

November 15, 2021

An explosion of wonder

Turns out mushroom kits are quite the thing.I tried a few different versions because I didn't back my rookie gardening skills - apparently I didn't need to worry. The problem instead became wondering what to do with the avalanche of mushrooms that grew!I tried some from Mushroomate - a  high school sustainability project that flourished into a business. I love that they are focused on NZ mushroom varieties and rescue ice cream containers and cafe bulk containers to create their kits. The ot...

November 15, 2021

Boxed Up

Who knew popping things in a wooden box could look so damn good?!? Salad is something we eat a lot of, and I LOVE having it right on the benchtop ready to go?I picked up this wooden box at the op shop and knew it was destined for better things on my benchtop. Of course it doesn't need to be a box... a basket, a bowl, a colourful cooking pot, anything that works with your bench vibe.I used a couple of cut-off 2L milk bottles and an old 5L plastic container to plant in. I simply cut off the top an...

November 15, 2021

Benchtop gardening - regrowth

I'm all about hacks that don't take a heap of time and effort - and this benchtop gardening adventure has completely nailed both of those! Regrowing food from scraps means you only have to go as far as your fridge to get started. I gave it a  whirl with bok choy and celery because that's what I had on hand, but you can do it with heaps of things: Potatoes and kumaraBeetroot, turnips, parsnips, carrotsLettuce, cabbage, and heaps of other leafy greensBulb fennelLeeks, garlic, and onionsDepend...

October 14, 2021

Benchtop gardening - Microgreens

Small but perfectly formed... Not only are these guys super cute and easy to grow, but they are punching way above their weight when it comes to nutrition.And the best news is that they feel right at home on your kitchen windowsill and you can grow them all year round. Turns out you can throw microgreens onto almost any meal and it makes it look wayyyyyy fancier. Get growing... Get ya seeds:You can get microgreen seeds pretty much anywhere good seeds are sold... but I  got mine from King...

September 29, 2021

Can we fix it?

Fixing and repairing is a big part of how I keep clothes going and in use. Having less in my wardrobe, and loving what I own makes it so much easier to look after everything better, and I'll spend the time, effort, and money to get items repaired and altered. I can do basic clothing repairs myself. But despite my Aunty Wendy investing a LOT of hours in trying to teach me to sew as a child, beyond attaching buttons and fixing small rips and tears, my sewing ability has been sadly lacking. But the...

July 26, 2021

Clothes-go-round

The more things are used, the less we need - it's science, or maths, or something like that.I've found it totally works when it comes to clothes. The more we wear things, the less we need to own. And then the magic really starts to happen when we think beyond our own wardrobes... when we think about sharing.  Borrow:Back in my flatting days, when I lived with a gaggle of friends - it was totally normalised to borrow from each other's wardrobes.So why not keep that buzz going? I love it when...

July 20, 2021

Pre-loved love

94.2%* of the clothing that I own is secondhand. I reckon there's already enough clothes in the world, and I feel good about keeping things going instead of creating demand for something new. I get that navigating an op-shop or secondhand clothing store can feel a bit different from a typical retail store - so here are some of my favourite shopping hacks when it comes to buying pre-loved.    Pick your store:Not all secondhand stores are created equal. From beautifully curated consi...

July 13, 2021

Fashion - Leaning into Less

Leaning into less I've found having less in my wardrobe is lighter in so many ways. Fewer clothes means less impact, less washing, and less decision fatigue. If you nail it, you end up with a simple, curated selection that you always feel good in. Here are a few of the things that have helped me lean into less when it comes to what I wear. Getting to less:It's estimated that we only regularly wear 20-30% of the stuff we have in our wardrobe. It's the stuff we feel good in, the favourites we a...

July 2, 2021

DejaFood

I love soup.And the time has come to share my signature recipe - or maybe it's more correct to call it a 'style' rather than a 'recipe'. Brown off a quartered onion or two in a tablespoon of coconut oil - Dice it if you prefer, I just can't be botheredPour my freezer stash of random vegetables in - This is a big container I keep in my freezer and where I throw old droopy vegetables that we didn’t eat in time, half-eaten carrot sticks out of kids lunch boxes, the roots and shoots that I don’...

June 27, 2021

The temptation is real

Do I have enough? It's about this time of the festive season that I feel the urge.The urge to just shoot out and get a few more things.A couple of extra stocking fillers for the kids, a few extra supplies for Christmas lunch, a spare box of Christmas crackers.It's so easy to feel like you don't have enough, especially when everyone around you and all of the marketing seems to be telling you to madly stock up and shop until midnight. December hack One of my best hacks for a simpler December is t...

December 21, 2020

December hacks

December is picking up the pace.. So I'm coming back at ya with my second weekly tip of what I do to simplify December for the sake of my own wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet. December hack If you've followed me for a while, you'll know I have a weird fascination with finding the quickest way to do things. I love timing things and filling in spreadsheets to dispel the myth of convenience. It's how I know I got back 2 working weeks a year by going to the supermarket less often. It's ...

December 21, 2020

A lighter December

It's December and I can feel the shift. There's tangible things, like the massive spike in shopping and retail sales, and the estimated 30% increase in rubbish that we create over the summer holidays. And then there's the visceral change - the shift in mood, the slightly frenzied feeling, the sheer pressure to get sh!t done.December has so much going for it, but somehow it seems to have become this crazed month of consumption and overwhelm.It's not great for our own wellbeing or the wellbei...

December 21, 2020

You to the power of many...

Have you ever tried to stand backwards in a packed elevator? I did once, and it felt super weird and uncomfortable.As humans, our decisions and behaviours are frequently shaped by social norms. We look to those around us to inform our behaviours and decisions – it creates an informal understanding of what’s acceptable or ‘the way we do things around here’. Sometimes we follow social norms consciously, sometimes not so much.The exciting thing is that we can use human insights like this as...

September 17, 2020

Lockdown beauty

If you run out of something during lockdown, or you just want to simplify things from an ingredients and waste perspective – here’s a few ideas to get you started.Edible beauty:I love the philosophy of only putting things on my skin that I would eat.I’m constantly amazed at how you can switch out beauty products for every day pantry ingredients.It’s also pretty liberating only having to make a trip to the kitchen when you run out of things in the bathroom drawer.Lockdown is the perfect l...

September 17, 2020

Skip a trip

I’m normally a huge fan of making fewer trips to the supermarket.But after going through lockdown, I’ve become an even bigger fan.Any trip to the supermarket that I can avoid is a win on so many levels – it saves me time, saves me money and means less trips in the car. It also forces me to ‘make do’ which helps avoid food waste and additional packaging. Here’s some of the things I do to skip a trip:SWITCH IT UP:Just because I’ve run out of something or don’t have the ingredient I...

September 17, 2020

Christmas simplified

Both our consumption and our stress levels hit their peak at Christmas.I find that both ironic and mildly depressing.To fit with our philosophy of living with less, we’ve evolved our approach to Christmas over the past few years.I’m not going to say we’ve nailed it – Christmas involves families, gifting and traditions… need I say more?But here are a few ideas that have significantly reduced our impact and stress levels. Less is more: We’ve simplified who gets gifts, the quantity...

September 17, 2020

Down to business

None of your business…I was speaking with a business recently about how to get their staff using reusable coffee cups.The company “green team” had purchased every employee their own cup, and yet alas very few were being used.We’re only human…A brilliant initiative, but it needed a bit more attention to the fact that humans are freaken complex!Whilst a lot of the staff may have great intentions of using their shiny new cup, they often don’t.The key is to understand what the ...

September 17, 2020

The new normal

Did you feel that???There’s been a shift.People are becoming more aware of the waste we’re creating and the need to do something about it.Everyone is already all over plastic bags, and straws seem to be the next big thing to avoid.Even the Queen has banned straws from all of her castles!!! High five Liz. One small change…I’m pretty pumped about the shift that’s occuring.If people start by making one small change, they are way more likely to roll on and make other changes.Making on...

September 17, 2020

Brace yourself

Don’t panic…Only 18 sleeps till the big guy will be squeezing through our heat pump.It’s the Christmas countdown and it’s easy to get caught up in the hype.I often have that last minute ‘have I got enough’ panic.Presents, food, you name it…. more is more.Despite being prepared, I used to go into a late frenzy of buying extra stuff just to cover my bases.I think I saw other people madly shopping and thought I was missing something.It was never necessary and always stressfu...

September 17, 2020

Addicted to the green

Plantability…I once managed to kill a plastic succulent.For real.I had a new years resolution to get more plants.Why wouldn’t I, when I’m clearly so good with them?!? Kickass…I’m constantly amazed by plants (I don’t get out much these days).Their ability to clean the air is what got me signed up to the fan club.Lessening my family’s chemical load is a big deal for me.I can reduce a it a lot through the products we use, but there’s other nasties we can’t avoid. NASA di...

September 17, 2020

What really happens in my kitchen

Time trials…I ran my own kitchen time trial.It’s pretty weird, but I wanted to prove something.And I did. Mmmmmm pastry…I was making a pie and I was all out of pastry.My first reaction was to shoot to the supermarket and buy some.I could make some, but that would take ages (and I don’t like baking).It would be way quicker to shoot to the supermarket.Or would it?By the time I get out of my trackies, load my kids into the car, drive, park, walk, negotiate with kids, find pastry, ...

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