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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!


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.

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.


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!