Doing A Naked Shop / Zero Waste Week

Zero Waste Week 2014 kicked off yesterday.

I’m an ambassador don’tcha know ;) Thanks Rachelle for asking me!

My quest to reduce food waste is ongoing. I participate each week in Food Waste Friday. But I have good weeks and not so impressive weeks. Overall I do the best I can to meal plan, use what I have and stick to my No Waste Tastes Great plan.

For a while, however, there’s something that has been playing on my mind.

I purchase a lot of products wrapped in non-recyclable plastic.

When I found out that this years #ZeroWasteWeek theme was about ‘one more thing’ that we can do to reduce our waste output, I knew it was an opportunity to look once again at how I shop.

So I got naked.

Not me personally, but the ingredients for our family dinner last night.

Armed with my basket and Pyrex container I hit the local butchers and farm.

I love baskets!

I love baskets!

My local butcher was very obliging in using the Pyrex.

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And the local farmer was happy to sell me naked potatoes and leeks.

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My Naked Shop!

Feeling accomplished I set about rustling up a balanced, nutritious, simple and economical meal. Oh and did I mention ‘tasty’ also?

A Firm Favourite At Chez Wright!

This meal is a firm favourite at Chez Wright. Although in this instance I did omit the spinach, as the farm didn’t have any. Instead I added a little garlic to add to the flavours.

There was so much chicken for my money that I have some left for tonight’s meal. Time to load my slow cooker.

I’m enjoying the challenge of reducing plastic packaging so far. Fingers crossed the rest of #ZeroWasteWeek goes so well.

Any advice you can share on shopping naked very much appreciated!

Food Waste Friday / That’s What I’m Talking About

Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.

FoodWasteFriday I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 3-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.

Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

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Now that’s what I am talking about.

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Simply Being Mum’s Summer Memories 2014

Each year I wonder if time passes even quicker.

We are almost at the end of the summer holidays once again.

It’s only seems a few days since I posted about how we schedule the summer-holidays.

And now I’m preparing for back to school.

This time next week, we will be day two into the school-run once more.

Did we achieve all we set out to do this summer break?

Not quite, but we did plenty, and lots more than we could have anticipated. Or could have planned for.

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Food Waste Friday / I Dropped A Watermelon

Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.

FoodWasteFriday I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 3-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.

Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
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Remember I carried a watermelon?

Well this week I dropped a watermelon.

Want to know what one looks like when it hits a block paved drive from say 3 feet in the air?

Like this.

I dropped a watermelon!

I dropped a watermelon!

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Food Waste Friday / ‘Mum You Are So Embarrassing!’

Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.

FoodWasteFriday I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 3-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.

Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

I was watching this video on YouTube, to check it, before sharing on this post and Second-Born walked in. Standing behind me he just looked at my with a wry smile, shook his head and walked out the room.

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Engaging Children In Decluttering

Very often it’s so much easier to put things off until you have the ‘time’ to do them.

Problem is, does that time ever appear?

There’s a saying that you ‘make time’. Sometimes you just need to get started and the time will find itself.

There’s another saying – ‘You are what you repeatedly do’.

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And I like to declutter 20 things in 20 minutes repeatedly.

So, on my journey to a simpler life, a clutter free life, when at home – I do a daily declutter.

Even when the Kids are off school. Which, as I am sure you can imagine, can be a little challenging.

Similarly to what Erma Bombeck said, “Cleaning the house while the children are growing is like shovelling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.” – Decluttering while children are on summer break is exactly the same. Clutter appears not disappears.

Unless, you engage them in the process. And to engage them it has to be fun!

How do I make decluttering fun?

Like this…

My cake-decorating cupboard desperately needed decluttering (see above).

Amongst my throw out items were small pieces of various coloured icing.

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One of the reasons I love baking so much is that it’s a fantastic creative outlet, and you eat the finished article. No clutter there then – even if it creates an expanding waistline! Consuming the finished article is (or at least ‘should be’) a pleasurable experience.

As I culled my cupboards, the Kids were happily moulding sugar into amazing masterpieces.

It was such a great suggestion from me, Mom, that Second-Born added it to their summer-break schedule!

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The sugar sculptures are unlikely to get eaten as the tylo powder sets them rock-hard. But it saved the icing from the bin. We’ll display them in the clutter-cabinets for a while.

Rather than #nowastetastesgreat it’s #nowastelooksgreat

How’s your decluttering going? How do you get the kids involved?