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 been doing OK with the baking this month. Still just banana loaves and chocolate cake. But they seem to be going down all right with the family! We generally cook from scratch each meal so the nourish segment is part of the daily life of this household already. This challenge has made me have a look at the bits that I could do but don't for some reason. The cakes are replacing muesli bars at the moment and I have been making bigger dinner meals so that the hubby doesn't end up buying takeaways for lunch - if he remembers to pack them that is!
PREPARE: Stockpile and preserve.
GREEN: up our lives. Start (or continue!) using homemade products.
Last month I greened up my skincare routine and can kid myself that I'm a bit like one of those before and after ad's for various skincare products. My skin definitely looks better! (Thanks to Nicole over at it came from a plant) and then I started experimenting with my hair and am attempting the "no 'poo" regime that has been advocated by Genvieve over at Uniquely Normal Mom I was doing ok with minimal washing with my own home made soap (and no one commented- so it must have looked OK) but I found my hair a bit dry and straw like. Then I was looking back through Christine's Blog and found a recipe for Rosemary Hair Rinse and gave it a go - that was all I needed! My hair is easy to brush now and has a great shine! So now I am the proud owner of one green head!!!!
GROW: plant/harvest. What's growing this month?
We got stuck into what was the vege patch over Easter and cleared it out. We let in more light and took out practically everything growing in there - yes that's right we weeded! I added what compost was ready and got the wire cages that keep the possums out ready for action. I have bought some seeds and have a plan to plant one thing a week and see what happens. My tomatoes in the hanging basket are getting eaten by possums - so once again, my food growing is thwarted. I have a fake owl on top of the beehive that the possums use to climb up there this time so hopefully it will scare 'em off - or fall on their heads when they climb up there...
CREATE: to fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
Mothers day cards, slippers from an old jumper, a bit of cheese making, random birthday cards, movie night invitations, ginger beer and rose fizz - I love making things!!!
I have a book on Green Sewing out from the library at the moment that has some really cool re purposed crafts in it that I am dying to try: a scarf made of woollen leaves all sewn together, skirts made from sheets, couch pillows from felted woollen blankets... The list goes on. So many things to make and only one life to try to make them all!!!
DISCOVER: Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests.
My uni subjects are varied and interesting - and a really good book (that's easy to read) that we were given as a compulsory text is Collapse by Jared Diamond. Its about the decisions that a society makes that lead to its demise. There are his theories as to why civilisations such as the ones on Easter Island, the Maya's and the Vikings disappeared. Easy to read and very relevant to those who want to live lightly on the Earth.
ENHANCE: community: The rewards for your time are often returned tenfold.