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Entries in 365 challenge (4)



Over the past six months I've been so aware how much waste we produce! It's disgusting. Before I could never really be bothered to make the change, but I saw a video of baby turtles eating a plastic shopping bags that were floating in the ocean and it made me sick that that's how we treat our beautiful earth. Here are just a few things I've done to try and make less waste. 

-Keep a reusable bag at the back door. I would always, get to the till and think "crap! my bag." But now I just keep it hanging on the door handle, and sometimes will leave my wallet in it so that I can't forget. 

-Stop buying ziplocks. Use containers and jars instead!

-Stop buying paper towel. I now keep a stack of rags in the kitchen cupboard for spills. 

-If you have the option to composte... I keep a big container in my fridge where I put all my organic waste, I empty it once a week and I don't have to worry about it stinking up the kitchen. 

-Skip produce bags. Why do we need to put each individual item in its own plastic bag? (I use trader joe's Fruit & Vegetable wash to clean off all the places it touches on its way home; the basket, conveyor belt, cashiers hands, reusable bag...)

Have any tips? I'd love to hear them! 


it's laundry day + a new years resolution

Tomorrow we leave for hawaii! Yahooooo. So today there are many full loads of laundry to be done, house to be cleaned, and bathing suits to be packed. Some people love laundry, honestly, I hate it. there is a biggg pile that is built before I finally bring myself to do it. 


My New Years Resolutions are:

-Drink 4 glasses of water a day

-Post a photo to the blog everyday

-Memorize a bible verse each week

I haven't taken the time to memorize verses in a long time, it kind of takes me back to the sunday school days. But there is something great about having those words stored in your mind. When I think about how many song lyrics I have memorized I'm embarrased about how that compares to scripture. I've decided I will share my verse each week, attempt it with me if you like...

"Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5



my lumberjack

David has been doing some work with wood from our backyard, making some cool stuff! I'll show you some soon. 



Happy new year everyone! I'm really excited for this year.... 2012 was great, but I think some awesome things are going to happen in 2013! I've been pretty bad at posting lately, I work on a couple other blogs so sometimes my personal one gets the least attention when things get busy. But I've decided my 365 challenge for my self is to post a photo to the blog everyday. I really love to have some where to put my photos and stories so I'm going to make myself a little more disciplined!