Happy New Year!

I hope your year is full of health, love, and happiness. 

I have some goals for the year. 

  1. Read my Bible daily. 
  2. Be more consistent with my yoga teacher training. 
  3. Get all A’s in school. 
  4. Run a half marathon. I’ll probably be signing up for one today! 
  5. Work out more consistently. Like keeping a notebook for keeping track of workouts. 
  6. Continue transition into minimalism/zero waste. Switch over to glass containers and cloth produce bags. 

Make a blog post at least once a week.    I like using this style mapping out my goals. 
What are your goals for the new year? Let me know and have a wonderful day!

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10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Zero Waste Blogger!

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A few weeks ago I was invited to be a part of a lovely group of people called the Zero Waste Bloggers Network. I’ve learned so much from them and can’t wait to grow on my zero waste  journey! I was tagged by Annika and I’m tagging Kara, Michelle, and Stephanie! Here it goes!

How / Why did you first start switching to a Zero Waste lifestyle?

I don’t really think there was a specific time. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been passionate about the environment (I won an Earth Day drawing contest when I was in 1st grade and got to go with all the other winners and plant trees). But I didn’t really get into the zero waste scene until recently.

Since when are you pursuing a zero waste lifestyle?

I’m still a baby in the zero waste world, probably only a few months or so. However, my family has recycled for as long as I can remember and that sort of thing, I just didn’t know it was called something. 🙂

What are some of your favorite ways to avoid trash?

Making my own things, not using something at all, reusing things, there’s so many!

How do you have so much time to make all that stuff from scratch?

There’s time for things that you want there to be time for. Once you start some of these “projects”, you see that it really doesn’t take much time at all!

How much garbage do you / does your family produce per week?

My family (my parents, my sister and I) only have about 3 trash bags a month, not including recycling.

Must be expensive to cook from scratch. Are you rich?

Hardly! Haha. I always look for things I need and wait until they are on sale and buy in bulk when I can.

What were the hardest things to give up?

Since I’m really just starting, I don’t feel like I’ve given up anything!

What are your compromise items (not zero waste but you still buy them)?

Gifts, foods I haven’t figured out how to make from scratch yet.

What are your favourite Zero Waste Blogs?

There’s so many I’ve found since joining the network! A few are:

What’s one random fun fact about you?

I love fairy tale/fantasy stories! Disney, books, Once Upon A Time, you name it! Does anyone else watch Once Upon A Time?!

Alrighty, that’s it! For the people I tagged, I can’t wait to see your answers!

Baby Steps

I’ve been so inspired and motivated in the zero waste world lately from downsizing my things so asking a store employee if I can use glass jars for their bulk bins. Today in my city, I went to an awesome event called EarthFest. EarthFest is a festival type deal with vendors and workshops on things like fermentation, reiki, solar power, beekeeping, and zero waste! I unfortunately missed the zero waste workshop, but I love everything about the event and atmosphere. 

But after EarthFest I stopped by Kroger and their glass jars were on sale! So I got some 4 oz jars to switch my beauty-ish products (toothpaste, deodorant, face scrub, and face powder-all homemade) from plastic containers to the jars! 

Here’s before:

  

And here’s after:

  

It’s a slow process, and my family right now only has about three trash bags a month (not including recycling and compost), but I would love to get that down to even less! 

Is there anything like EarthFest in your area? Did you do anything awesome on this lovely Saturday? Let me know! 

Sourdough Newbie

After seeing the awesome blog The Zero-Waste Chef’s post on making a sourdough starter, I decided to do it myself. It started off by being a dough all instead of the thick pancake batter consistency that it was supposed to be, but I mixed in a little more water and decided to still try anyway. Today is the third day And this is how it’s turning out. 

Bubbles! And it’s bigger than it started. So it looks like tomorrow I’ll be starting a new batch to be fed! Have any of you made sourdough before? What do you use the “discard” for? Help!