Sunday, 17 June 2018

What I bought in May

Im definitely struggling with only "just" buying what we need...

Kobe has had a growth spurt so I bought some preloved school shorts and 2 new school tshirts (I could not find any size 10 shirts on the secondhand uniforms shop rack and not even the "Facebook uniform buy and sell" page). I also went to the annual massive Bindaring op shop sale and scored this haul plus the clothes above (mainly t-shirts, a dress and a pair of jeans and a top and shorts for Kobe), more preloved activity books (they were 5 for $1 and perfect for the 5 hour car rides with the boys on our recent roadtrip). There was only a couple that Kobe could do as the rest were too easy and Dylan is too small to write yet so I basically read them to Dylan like a storybook. Thankfully he loves any books with numbers or the alphabet (and can even count to 10 and knows the alphabet at 2 and a half years old:)). More preloved goodies include a Sooty DVD, fabric and a maths timetable chart (for Kobe).

What I bought new; Kobe's school uniform shirts, Peppermint sustainable magazine for me:), Dr Bronner's soap and lip balm, reusable yoghurt pouches (I miss yoghurt that I think I will attempt to make it), seeds, gloves and a "no junk sign" (for the mailbox).

Here's to more restraint next month #minimalistgoals.

Happy Sunday friends!

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Raw Kitchen cafe & Zero waste shop

Its very rare that I rave about a shop as I really hate shopping (unless its op shopping lol). I frequently go to Fremantle so Im delighted that there is a zero waste shop that sells minimal waste practical things like reusable menstrual products, minimal waste beauty products (Im currently testing the "Dirty hippie" lipstick/blusher & "Lip therapy" lip balm , I love how the packaging is cardboard which I will cut to tiny pieces & compost after I have used the product fully), kitchenware, natural kids toys, low waste bathroom products, healthy cookbooks, cloth bags, salt lamps & essential oils. The only downer is the nearby Queensgate car park is closed for renovations so finding a car park nearby can be tricky. 

I have a weakness for stainless steel bento lunchboxes, Kobe uses one for school morning tea & Dylan uses one for out & about (as well as a Tupperware bento box for their lunches). You cant put juicy food in the stainless steel bento boxes as it seeps thru & no child wants a soggy sandwich tasting of watermelon to eat so the stainless steel bento boxes are perfect for dry food only.

They have a great range of stainless steel straws, reusable teabags, beeswax wraps, water filters & natural compostable kitchen scrubbers.

Plastic toys will always be made, just as well that these "Green toys" products are produced with recycled plastic milk jugs & are very sturdy. Dylan was given the sand toy set a couple years ago & it has survived 2 summers so far. No cracking or sun damage as yet.

 I was first introduced to "The Raw Kitchen" by my clean eating friend Chevaun a few years back (when it was just a cafe).  I love how clever the owners were to combine a plant based cafĂ© with a zero waste shop, a yoga lab & also pop up workshops. When the owners Emma & Heath moved to their current location in the warehouse they stripped back the walls to expose the brick giving off that raw industrial look. The booth seats are actually salvaged from old buses & the tin cutlery holders once stored food oil.

 My friend Christine & I ordered the zucchini bolognaise (it had a lingering after taste of olives I didn't mind but if you did, I would skip this dish) & the mushroom gnocchi which was delicious (but a little bit petite), I salivated over the creamy walnut sauce. Naturally I went for something sweet after dinner, the hazelnut torte. So chocolatey & filling too. If you have leftovers, they place your food in cardboard containers (or you could bring your own container).

If your after food free of addictives, preservatives, refined carbohydrates, cane sugars or processed then this cafe is for you. There are lots of nuts in their dishes so beware those of you with a nut allergy.

Happy Sunday friends!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

What I bought in March

Again books dominated my purchases in March, I succumbed to 3 fashion magazines (not available at my library so I will look into getting a digital subscription), Easter books (gifted to my boys in previous post),  preloved books about saving energy /saving water / recycling to educate Dylan, Hey Warrior book about anxiety for Kobe, preloved copy of Minimalism (this was an awesome find), preloved stainless bento trays (2 for $2!!) and some Birkenstock sandals for Dylan as his handmedown shoes are way too big.

I managed to avoid buying preloved activity books this month by using the magna doodle to do games with Dylan (he loves guessing what number or shape I drew) & verbally doing quizzes for Kobe (he is loving being tested on maths equations at the moment). Plus we utilise our library on a weekly basis. I will be spring cleaning the kids bookshelf in April as there are at least 20% that no longer get read & I only want to keep stuff that we use (and I feel so guilty about how many books I have bought over the last 2 months).

The only gifts we bought for Easter is the photo above as we thought all the cousins doing an egg hunt was enough. We ended up only buying Lukes sisters new bub an easter gift which was something useful (bibs) & an Easter book. Kobe wanted to gift Luke's parents some chocolate from local chocolatier Decadence C  (the chocolate pretzels was the only stuff we bought in plastic packaging in March & the plastic hooks on the bibs, dang it!).

Kobe spent his pocket money on discounted Easter chocolate ($1.60) as he was angry that the Easter bunny missed our house (I did warn him that he wasn't visiting our house this year but again he is at that age when he compares what he gets to what his friends get & he always ends up getting the least but Im trying to teach him to be grateful for what he does have as there is always someone out there with less). 

I fantasized about buying a kids outdoor setting new but instead I will hope that I find one preloved or on the verge. And we were blessed to be given hand me down clothes for both boys (thank you Michelle, Sam, Kaysey & Melissa) so hopefully I won't have to buy much if anything for Winter for them.

Happy Wednesday friends!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

9 Low waste Easter ideas

In a just under a week, the Easter bunny will be hopping his way around households dropping off chocolate eggs & an abundance of goodies. If your looking to downsize your waste, here are a few easy tips I shall be implementing.

1. Reuse the same bunny ears, masks, plush toys & baskets every year. I have a box marked "Easter" that I store in my laundry cupboard to bring out every Easter to reuse the same props year after year. We also opt out of easter gift bags & any trimmings.

2. Bake your own hot cross buns or bring a cloth bag to the bakery. That one plastic bag out of landfill makes a massive difference.

3. Bulkfood shops (like Wasteless Pantry in Mundaring or Source bulk foods in Victoria Park) have an abundance of loose chocolate & even Easter eggs for sale if you want to forgo the wrapper. Coles also have a section where you can buy some snack foods & nuts package free. You just need to ask a staff member to tare your container so your not paying for the weight of it. Or bring a paper bag.

4. Op shops are a good source to find bunny ears, costumes, soft easter plush at a fraction of the cost. All it takes is some washing first. I have some Golden egg books that are bunny themed I bought Kobe 5 years ago still going strong & now loved by Dylan.

5. Keep all your foil wrapper, then bunch them up & once they are tennisball size you can recycle as normal in your recycle bin.

6. For family gatherings. Each family brings a dish or 2 to share, split leftovers & compost scraps.

7. For toddlers, you could take them to an animal farm instead, make some homemade play dough or download the "egg surprise app" on your iPad.

8. For 4-10 year olds, you could gift money, books, a movie ticket, bake bunny shaped cookies or do some dyeing of eggs.

9. Spread out the easter joy. I really don't want my boys overindulging this easter so they were brought gelato by my sister last week as an early easter gift, my dad is gifting them money, my mum has taken them to a garden maze with mini golf & Lukes parents will do the Easter egg hunt whilst Luke & I have bought Kobe a search it bunny book & Dylan a Easter sticker book (pictured above).

I hope you all got a tip or 2 out of this post & feel feel to share any more tips in the comment below.

Happy Tuesday friends!

Friday, 23 March 2018

What I bought in February

After attending ”The minimalists” show a few weeks back, I thought I would document what I bought every month & hopefully only keep things that had a purpose & add value to my life.

After auditing what I bought in February, I definitely bought too many preloved activity books for the kids. This is definitely a weakness of mine. It keeps them from asking for tv when we are home. A therapeutic colouring book for Kobe. A preloved wetsuit for Dylan. A preloved striped shirt ($3) for me (I really want to downsize my wardrobe & have a capsule wardrobe of timeless pieces I like as opposed to hanging on to outdated clothes until they are threadbare out of guilt. Saying that I'm only letting myself buy 10 fashion items this year). Fabric to sew curtains for my bedroom, this has been a long time project of mine after waiting almost 5 years to find the perfect colour fabric secondhand to complete this project. I also invested in an Onya bread bag which you can also freeze bread in (I still use my cloth bag too to buy bread).

Kobe helped to choose a birthday gift for a friend so naturally he chose a skylander & books.

And from his pocket money he brought a preloved book from an op shop for 50 cents. Kobe earns $1 a week for doing chores around the house like loading the washing machine, tidying toys up & sweeping the front of leaves.

Going forward I definitely need to limit preloved activity books. But I did well not buying toys for the boys. And I'm happy Kobe chose to buy a book with his pocket money.

Happy Saturday friends!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

16 minimal waste Valentine ideas

Luke & I shall be skipping the boxed chocolate, oversized stuffed bear, diamonds & flowers this Valentine’s Day & embracing one of these ideas. (Please note most of these ideas are catered to Perth, WA but there may be similar places in your area).

For the romantics
*Gin gin observatory- for something different view the night sky with state of the art telescopes. Located over an hour out of Perth. Open Friday & Saturday nights, bookings are essential.
*Or you could name a star for your beloved.
*Ballet at the Quarry (you will score extra brownie points). (Photo above)
*Dinner out somewhere special; Nobu & Neho are tops for Asian food!!
*Write a poem.
*Laze on a beach whispering sweet nothings to each other at Penguin Island. Or you could join a yoga session (bookings essential).

For the adventurous
*Hiking at Serpentine national park (photo above taken at Serpentine falls).
*Climbing jacobs ladder.
*Shooting guns at Lonestar (we have been before & it’s loud & a bit overwhelming for me).
*A date at the WACA (you will score extra brownie points).

For the budget conscious
*Pack a picnic at Araluen botanical park (everyone will surely be at kings park).
*Website minimalist baker has a plenty of healthy sweet recipes for you to make.
*Cake cafe “Greens & Co” in Leederville. Something for every taste bud. The ceiling is covered in lanterns which provide a lovely ambience.
*Break out some board games (ok I do love a board game but not for all).
*Complete a crossword together or better yet design your own crossword with the answers of all your partners favourite things. You can also check out the range online here (header crossword is from this site).
*A sunset walk along the beach.

And most importantly appreciate each other.

Happy Sunday friends!
Grace ox

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Slow fashion: Timeless pieces

Its a new year & I have updated a few more pieces to my wardrobe. With styling myself I have chosen slow fashion & timeless pieces which brings me to the purchase of these 3 garments (which I bought towards the end of last year, with my clothing purchases less than 8 in 2017. Yay!!).

Timeless pieces to me are pieces that wont outgrow fashion fads which I can easily mix & match with my current wardrobe to get the most wear out of. Stripes are always a staple in my wardrobe, I know they arent for everyone but they complement my skinny frame (I try to stay away from black as it makes me look even skinnier). This t-shirt is from Salvation Army opshop & purchased for $4.
I usually shy away from buying new but my friend Kaysey saw these pants at Frankii ($79.99). The relaxed fit (I plan on using these pants to sew more pants infuture), the gorgeous mustard colour & the fact it was made of linen (it takes less water & chemicals to cultivate than other fibres) had me sold.

I love the bow detailing at the back of this straw hat visor purchased for $8 at Vinnies op shop. Its a perfect summer hat.
Moving forward this year; I am appreciating the clothes I already have, mending, altering & only adding pieces I need (my bathers' elastic are starting to go so I will need another pair infuture) & documenting anything I buy here to keep me on track to buying only what I truly need.

Happy Saturday friends!