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 have decided to try baking again. I'm not much of a baker but really want to move away from buying store bought cakes with all those preservatives that make them last for months without growing any mould. The banana loaf I made in the weekend seemed to go down all right and I have an apple, walnut and raisin loaf in the oven right now, with bread ready go in as soon as its out and then some homemade gourmet sausage rolls after that!
|I had to try a piece - with butter that just melted into the slice! Mmmmmm!|
REDUCE: Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing. I made some recycled bags out of our chook food bags and a couple of old pillowcases! And figured out a way to use up an old milk bottle, some pesky bread tags as well as a way to keep my compost bucket a bit cleaner!
GREEN: up our lives. Start (or continue!) using homemade products. I have had some success in this area this month! I had a natural product war on the ant invasion and seem to have won!!! I have also been right into the bi-carb and vinegar this month to see what will come clean with it. The loo got a real hard time and it is now sparkling inside and out. I have made some old spray bottles up with tea-tree and/or eucalyptus oil and left them in the bathroom to spray around the shower bath and loo when the idea grabs me. Its much easier to reach under the basin and give the shower a spray than to wander all the way down to the kitchen and get it. I have found the mould and grot greatly reduced in the week or so I have been dong this! I also had a go at making some homemade green skin care products! (Keep an eye out for the post.)
GROW: plant/harvest. What's growing this month? My micro-greens got drowned while we were in NZ for a week :( We are planning to have a clean out of the vege garden over Easter and replanting it for winter. In the meantime I have replaced the spider plants in my hanging baskets with native violets and other flowers since I seem to be able to grow flowers and I love looking at them out the kitchen window when I do the washing up!
CREATE: to fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
A fun month for creations! Wedding horseshoes and garters, my contribution to a 50th birthday banner and towel rack tags so we all know which ones are ours! We had a new lady at our neighbours craft morning which defiantly feeds the soul!
DISCOVER: Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests. Got to have a look at Rhonda's book - Down to Earth and thoroughly enjoyed that! Ask your library to buy a copy if they don't already have one. I'm also doing a uni unit that gets us to watch some videos on stone age type cultures. They have a huge amount of leisure time as they don't 'need' much. It made me think that's for real.
ENHANCE: community: The rewards for your time are often returned tenfold. I do my regular social basketball with a bunch of people of varying ages and abilities up at the PCYC. I have an aunty in hospital that I still haven't been to visit but have sent postcards so she knows we know where she is! I missed my Blue Light disco canteen gig as I was in NZ this month but I heard it was a great night as usual! I got Leibster-ed which definatly created new blog connections in my wee online community this month!
ENJOY: Life! Embrace moments with friends and family. This one was easy this month! Spending a week in NZ with family and friends with a wedding smack in the middle made it easy to spend quality time with friends and family! Our newly wedded couple have gone to the Gold Coast for part of their honeymoon but we will have them here for the last week, which will be fun. We also said goodbye to our Swiss student with a steak at a local waterfront pub which is a bittersweet experience. But we will be welcoming a Thai student in the next few days.
|At the wedding with the mother of the bride. A friend I have known since primary school!|