Food Waste Friday…

These statistics are staggering. If this chart doesn’t make you think twice about food waste, I’m not sure what will. SO much wasted food and money! Yet people go hungry every single day.

I won’t lie, we spend a LOT of money from our budget on our food & every time someone throws something in the garbage my stomach turns. I feel so guilty seeing food being tossed out knowing that so many cannot afford food or don’t have access to healthy food. Yet, we in advanced countries waste food without so much as a second thought sometimes! It’s just not right…

I’ve decided to start a “food waste Friday” post on my blog to keep me accountable and hopefully keep me on track with purchasing less groceries, and just what we ‘need’ without so many ‘frills’. Which is no easy feat with snacky kids in the house. I don’t mind purchasing snacks, as long as the snacks get finished! My youngest is notorious for getting ‘bored’ of her snacks and ‘forgetting’ about them or deciding she doesn’t like them anymore. So she’s the main one I need to crack down on.

Today I’m going to clear our my fridge & pantry, organize and consider today “Day 1”, I’ll watch what we purchase & cook this week and keep an eye out for food waste. I know right off the top of my head that there are 3 eggs in my fridge that somehow got totally frozen to egg carton and they’re not budging when I try to move them so I’ve moved the flats and hopefully that will help that situation. Not happy about that, but it shows that sometimes food waste is beyond our control. I find this to be true especially when you’re not able, or choose not to buy “local”. Fruits, veggies, etc travel thousands and thousands of miles before they hit the grocery store shelves. Which means they may “look fresh” when you receive them, but they most certainly are not.

I’m a big supporter of buying local & in season as much as possible! I purchase my pork from “The Whole Pig” who are located in Dashwood, and I’m friends with a lovely lady out east who runs a huge farm with her family called, “The Vegetorium, Country Fall Market”. Even if you’re not out east, you should give her page a like as she shares sweet photos of her family and wonderful fruit & veggie based recipes!!

I think one of the best ways to save time, money & food waste is to menu plan. It’s absolutely a sanity saver! I’ll admit I don’t always stick to it as with my family there are different meals being cooked at multiple times a day (food allergies & preferences) so it’s kind of tough, but most times it’s still achievable.

On that note, I’m going to get to clearing out and organizing my fridge & pantry! I’ll check in for “Food Waste Friday” again next week to see how I did!

What are some ways you minimize food waste?

It’s been a while…

Sometimes I miss blogging, I always found it therapeutic on some level. It’s nice to have somewhere to spill my thoughts and just let things ‘be’. Lately my body has been telling me to “slow down”, and I usually ignore it. But you can only do that for so long before you realize, you’re not doing any good to anyone at all when you ignore self-care!

Last night I grabbed a pillow, a couple of blankets and a book from my collection called “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society”. When I grabbed it from the thrift shop I had no idea what it was about, but I liked the cover, so home with me it went. I read almost 2/3rds of it last night, if that tells you anything. What a wonderful book! It draws you in so quickly, I only stopped reading as my eyes were so tired, I knew I had better drag myself up to bed or I’d be really sorry in the morning!

Today is another day that I’m feeling a little tired. I definitely get the “winter blahs”, so I’m assuming that’s most of it, the days are grey, and I miss my sun. I’m planning on listening to my body today & having a “slow day” as I was out yesterday for a good chunk of the day.

So on my list today is:

  • Gather garbage & recycling for Dh to pull to the corner before he leaves for work.
  • Snap some photos of recently sewn items, edit & list.
  • Fully complete 1 custom order so I can get it out the door tomorrow!
  • Spend 30 minutes working on housework.
  • Finish reading my book *this is what I’m most looking forward to!

On another note, I’ve decided to overhaul my Christmas tree. A few years ago we upgraded to all new LED lights, and well, I absolutely hate them. They’re NOMA. Lights, they’re so big & chunky, and I can’t stand the colours.. they’re very “primary” coloured, too bold, harsh, and well, I’ve finally figured out that’s what bothers me most. So, I’ve totally splurged & ordered a handful of new decorations to redo my tree…

I’ve also ordered some “soft, warm white” new Christmas fairy lights! They have rave reviews, so I’m hoping they end up being as great as people are saying! Everything should arrive on Monday (thank-you Amazon prime) and it looks like Monday evening or Tuesday will be spent pulling apart and redoing my Christmas tree!

We have about 4 *large* bins of Christmas stuff, which is simply far too much, so I’m going to sort through every single bin, tuck aside my very favourite items which mean something to me, and am planning on donating all the lights on my tree and at *least* one FULL bin of decorations! Just because they’re not ‘me’ any longer, doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t love them, so I’m hoping to find someone who needs them to donate them to before Christmas hits!

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to donate? Do you have your tree up?

My current read…

“The Gifts of Imperfection”

This is my newest read, “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown. I’m only one chapter in as i’m trying my best to soak it in and not plow through it… but so far I like what i’ve read.

If you know me, you know that i’m a classic “Type A Perfectionist”, and while there are good things associated with being a “Type A”, (i’m always tidy, organized, clutter free, minimal, my work is pristine, etc…) there are things that aren’t so wonderful as well: i’m too hard on myself, I expect perfection from myself, (and others sometimes), when things aren’t going my way, I get frustrated, i’m a control freak, so on and so forth.

So I thought that perhaps reading this book would help me to see, or to find, that “hidden gift” that clearly I don’t see. Imperfection, in all of it’s glory. Without needing to be fixed, or improved, or hidden away.

After i’m done reading the book in it’s entirety, i’ll share my thoughts with you! In the meantime, i’m going to go read a chapter then get a little more sewing done today. Have a wonderful day!

What’s your current read?

How I long for a “simple life”…

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I am going to assume that nobody is reading any longer, which I would expect as i’ve taken quite the “blogging break”. But, here I am… thinking that i’m going to give blogging a go once again, hopefully more regularly.

I’ve been reading a lot of ‘simple living’ blogs, reading up on Buddhism, following inspiring pages on FB, and they’re so nice to see these wonderful articles pop up in my feed, beautiful photos and inspirational quotes, stories of those who have found the “sweet spot” in life and are really enjoying life to the fullest.

I want that. I want simplicity, I want things to be calm and peaceful. I want more time to spend with my husband, with my kids, my friends & family, or even with myself. Just enjoying a good book, a personal sewing project, a long walk going nowhere in particular, a good movie, sitting outside with a book or a favourite mind bending puzzle book!

Because I work online, I find it *really* hard to draw the line, so i’m always around. Just in case I “miss something”. And honestly that’s a bit part of it. When if I miss a friends text, what if I miss something online, etc.. isn’t that horrible? I’m embarrassed to even type that out to be quite frank!

I see other’s doing what I want to be doing, making pretty things, reading lots of books, enjoy time with their families, and their lives seem so perfect and truthfully some days it’s very hard not to be envious of other people’s perfection. Well, what I perceive as perfection I suppose. Which of course I know just isn’t true – generally, but i’m sure some of you would agree with me. Right?

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I know there are things I can do to help me achieve a more ‘simple life’, it’s just practicing those elements every day and making them a habit.

Here are a few things that i’d love to start with….

  • Waking up at the same time (more or less) daily. And having the same morning routine. Routines give me comfort… I enjoy the “same thing”, there’s something to be said for stability.
  • Cutting down on the time that I spend online. It’s too much. Far too much, and some days it absolutely sucks the life out of me. I think not jumping online while I have my coffee would be a good start, not chatting to my friends and replying to PM’s, emails, etc… when my husband gets home from work, so on and so forth.
  • Signing off early and leaving my nights “offline” would really be a challenge, but I imagine the time it would free up!! Precious time…
  • Going to bed earlier so I can have some quiet ‘me’ time. I would love to enjoy reading a good book – i have a collection of books that i’ve purchased and would love to read just waiting to be plucked off from the shelf. It’s a lovely way to wind down for the night.
  • Cutting back on my online shopping. It’s just sooo easy, but in both good & bad ways. Easy to have stuff delivered to my door the next day, but it makes it too easy to spend money that doesn’t necessarily need spent as well.

I think this is probably plenty enough to focus on and I probably won’t be able to do it all at once, but it definitely gives me food for thought…

Now i’m off to read a chapter of a new book which i’m hoping will be healing for my soul. I’ve heard good things… i’ll share with you tomorrow… good night.

Happy Easter!

Good Morning!

Today we’re having our Easter dinner, well, actually lunch! A cold lunch! I’ve decided to keep this year simple & relaxed and I have to say that I think it was a wonderful idea for this year! I’m feeling zero stress at all about the day, so it’s definitely a “win”! Yesterday I baked a turkey breast that I picked up from M&M Meats and a nice smoked ham from The Whole Pig (a local farm!), we made jello and cleaned the house top to bottom. Minus the bathrooms, those are getting done today!

My sister is going to bring assorted buns, homemade chocolate chip cookies & and a salad, my mom is bringing beverages! I also have desserts here, a double chocolate cream pie, (Mya’s idea) a loaf of lemon poppyseed bread that I baked on Friday and some cookies Mya wanted to bake today – the cute Pillsbury ones with bunnies on them or whatever they are… lol!

The Easter baskets are full & ready to be found. I kept those simple this year as well if you can believe that! Maria & Mya each got a stuffed animal, (Mya a bunny she’s been begging for and Maria a Pokémon that apparently is a “good one”) they each are receiving a tshirt from Hot Topic (Maria a Pokémon themed tshirt, Mya a Pusheen unicorn type tie died shirt that she’s going to LOVE and a ‘Friends’ shirt for M! Then assorted safe candy & chocolate. Except for Maria who doesn’t like chocolate or really candy. She’s receiving a small bag of gummy candy which she’ll prob not eat most of… but we’ll see. So very simple baskets, but I think the kids will be happy all the same. Even for how simple I kept these baskets they average out at about $50.00/each… insanity.

On a different topic, i’ve decided to take a few days away from Social Media to catch my breath and get a little breather. I wish it could be longer honestly, but with my job, it’s not really an option truth be told. People post things i’d much rather not see on social media, (horrible new stories, photos of abused animals, etc..) and I can’t really do anything about it except to stay off or “unfollow”, but then I don’t want to miss everything, (inspirational posts, kids pics, etc) so I just don’t know. I’ll be back on Tuesday for a bit, at least to check in on my business page, although not much.

I have a busy week ahead again, i’m out for most of the day on Tuesday, then also out in the evening to see Mamma Mia at the Grand Theatre with all my kids! I’m so excited to see it and think my kids will all love it as well! They grew up listening to ABBA music, so it’s in their blood. *wink* I think it’s going to be a fun night! I even grabbed a ticket for my oldest & his girlfriend so they can enjoy it with us!

Well it’s already almost 8am and I have quite the list to accomplish before my family arrives so i’d better wrap this up and get my day in motion! I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter! Thanks for peeking in!

April… a whirlwind of a month.

This month is proving to be a hectic one… I have something going on every weekend this month with lots of running around and prep work to do!

First up is Maria’s birthday, can you believe she’s turning 16!! That just seems crazy to me… we’re planning on going to a Virtual Reality video game type place she chose & out for lunch one day. We were going to go this Friday but it’s calling for rain all day and since we walk/bus, I don’t want to be soaking wet all day. So we’ll choose another day. We haven’t decided on the day yet, but that’s the plan! For her birthday I bought her a set of Mario Bros tumblers (glasses) and will give her an I.O.U for a video game of her choosing. There are currently no games out which catch her interest, so i’ll give her a coupon for an upcoming game, which I know she’ll love. The set of glasses may sound like an odd gift, but I think she’ll like them. Mya has her own special “Pusheen” mug for her hot chocolate, etc.. but Maria doesn’t. So I think they’ll be a hit. She doesn’t like cake, so i’ll make a big bowl of strawberry jello and have pizza for dinner.

Next up is Easter. I’ve already decided not to make a huge Easter meal. I’m going to precook a ham and a turkey breast, cut and and have a “cold buffet” type lunch! Kaisers, salads and a desert or two! It’ll be laid back and relaxed. Exactly what I need! We’ll have family and friends over and play board games as well! I’m looking forward to it! I need to make my meal list asap and get my shopping done so i’m nowhere near the stores anywhere near Easter weekend!

I’ve done a wee bit of Easter shopping for the kids, picked up a few things each at least. No kid needs 10lbs of chocolate & candy, so simple is key. Mya’s been begging for a trampoline for the backyard, and while I love the idea (awesome for exercise) and she’s REALLY good on them, I still haven’t decided yet.

Then finally on the last weekend of the month is Mya’s birthday. My sweet baby is turning 12 this month. 12 going on 16 that is. Mya is online and smart/nosy (lol!) so I can’t really talk about her gift etc… because she may know about my blog. I can tell you that she’s asked to get her ears pierced this year. Well, she’s been asking for a long while, but I think this year is it. I’ve asked for some suggestions and did some research so I think lunch and getting her ears done with her bestie will be her “fun day” out.

Other than this, i’m working through a handful of custom orders, trying to get new RTS (ready to ship) items out each week *and* prep for my show in May! Child #2 is studying for University finals so that’s always fun too… *grits teeth*

Oh well, I should run. It’s been a while since I had posted so I thought i’d drop a note. I do enjoy blogging and find it cathartic, I don’t know why I don’t make it a “regular thing”.

Are you ready for Easter? Is your month shaping up to be a busy month or same old?

I feel like i’m fighting a losing battle…

I’ve been struggling with myself for so very long. It’s taken a toll on me and i’m finally willing to admit it. I put far too much pressure on myself to be *perfect*, in case what I do, and what I am, and what I give to others “isn’t enough”. I think my biggest fear is that i’m not enough and things won’t work out ‘in the end’ because of this huge & glaring ‘fault’ of mine. And I don’t even know what that means… I sit and worry about the future & things that may never even happen when I haven’t even finished my first cup of coffee for the day. Seriously!

Why do I do this to myself?

So, I’m going to do something that I never do, i’m going to “fly by the seat of my pants” this week. I’ve promised a friend that I will put away my planner, put away all expectations of myself and just “let go”. I’m going to go with the flow of the day and focus on accomplishing what i’m able to, minute by minute, hour by hour and day to day. Instead of writing myself a ‘to do’ list in hopes that i’ll ‘do enough’ for the day, for the week, i’m going to write myself a ‘gratitude’ list at the end of the day & be grateful for every minute.

I’m going to walk by faith… for the first time in a very long time.