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Zero Waste Home

I just finished reading Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson.

A guide for simplifying your life by reducing waste. For me the principles I'll remember most from the book are the 5 R's. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. In some ways the most difficult of these is the first, especially in relation to freebies. I was most struck by this when I went to the supermarket during a special event, there we were offered various samples in plastic throw away cups. I would like to say I remained strong in the face of temptation, but the mini yoghurts and smoothies were too enticing, and on Bea Johnsons first R's I failed. Oh well next time I'll try again. I really enjoyed this practical book with it offering new ways at looking how to reduce wasteage in the home and as a result simplifiying life in the home.

Such a good read and I was able to order the book from the library!

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Using Up Your Citrus

Are you having trouble using up your citrus fruit?

As we were travelling around the North Island we saw so many abundant orange/lemon and grapefruit trees.

Here's a link to help you find new ways to use your citrus. https://lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz/how-to-make-the-most-of-citrus/

Here's one way I've been using my up my oranges - so yummy!

Overnight oats

1 cup of oats
1/4 cup yoghurt
3/4 cup milk
Juice and rind of one orange
1 Tbsp coconut
Sprinkling of seeds and nuts (whatever you can find) I have used pumpkin seeds, walnuts, chia seeds etc...

Mix together leave overnight in jar
Have half or all of the oats the next day for breakfast (It's pretty filling so I normally have half)
You can heat or leave cold this is the beauty of overnight oats - they work either way.

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How to Talk to Little Girls

Recently I was impacted by my interaction with a little girl.
Having just met her I regaled her with how cute her hairdo was and the fact I loved her shoes, however on reflection I regretted that I hadn't chosen something else to talk to her about.
Why is it that when we meet little girls we talk to them about their appearance? I know I'm not alone in doing this but given our cultures obssession with appearance I wish I had greeted her differently. Thanks to Nerida I discovered this article and the suggestions they make are gold in terms of helping me to speak to little girls on a wider range of topics.
Hope they are helpful for you too!

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