Hot chocolate cravings

Last week I had gone to the train station in my home town and really fancied a hot chocolate. Unfortunately I forgot my reusable cup! I was mortified.

However I came across the cafe AMT coffee and they do biocompostable cups! Which means it will decompose in a year’s time as it is made out of the waste from a sugar crop.

I will still be using my bamboo reusable cup however if i or others see AMT then definately head over to there πŸ™‚ I luckily was able to get my hot chocolate fix!

The greatest threat

One of the things that has resonated with me this week has been this quote.

I have had some comments about how I am trying to lead a more eco Friendly life. Its been a mixture of good and bad. People have not really understood the reason why I am doing it and the seriousness of it. Currently I am reducing the amount of plastic I am using.

One of the things someone said to me this weekend was ‘ah well at least your doing it.’ Other people are doing it.’ basically insinuating that they didn’t have to. 😐

It can be hard when your hit with that lil tidbit. Because if they are thinking like that, others will certainly be thinking that.

Eco brick making with children

Last week, I thought it would be a good experiment to see how many eco bricks we would make in my class of 19 at school.

Eco bricks are bottles, full of unrecyclable plastic that can be used as a reusable brick. This is to ensure that the plastic we do have goes to a place we know, and not to landfill, rivers and the oceans. They can be used to build furniture, garden spaces and other projects around the world. There’s quite the hype now starting.

The main aim is to show you how much plastic you are using each week, and boy I was mortified by how much plastic was used and what could not be recycled.

Its definately made me think more about what I get in my shop, and also educate others on this too to hopefully encourage others to think about what they are buying.

On a weekly basis, I have filled a bottle. Which, when you compact all the plastic in there is a lot! At school, just amongst the 19 children in my group we used up nearly 2!! 😫😫 This was just during snack times in 5 days. This was the plastic straws from. The milk and the plastic covering the milk and fruit!

This was not even including the 2 other classes. So it definately opened our eyes up.

The thing I loved about this was how involved and interested the children were. They are 4 and 5, but very willing to learn about the world around them. I talked about how most plastic can’t be used and that they go out to our oceans. Here animals think the plastic is their food and unfortunately eat it.

I didn’t show them pictures of animals with it as its probably too distressing for their age but showed them pictures of plastic in the water. Children really are our future! They wanted to help and helped put the plastic in our bottles and saw how much went in.

We’ve now got into a routine of putting our plastic in the bottles whilst eating snack, and them saying they are not happy about it. But that they saved the plastic from going into the water and hurting animals! So we are thinking of our own project to do with the eco bricks!

We will definately be bringing in the other children from the other two groups and see how we go!

Happy blogging 😊

There’s always time for tea

I bought a stainless steel tea strainer yesterday as I am now just having loose leaf tea.

I got really excited when I found it in the ecotopia zero waste shop in Leeds.

I am one happy lady! I can have my Yorkshire tea and not feel bad about it.

Of course it has to be in a Harry Potter mug.

Definately don’t let the muggles get you down.

Growing your own veg

Until this year, I had never heard of or even eaten a squash. I’d see pumpkins every year at Halloween and my mum would let me and my brother carve a pumpkin (but then the inside would just be chucked in the bin!! Eeekk) but we never really ate pumpkins or Butternut squash.

I have a food phobia which has got better with age and patience but anything with a slightly different texture when I was younger (basically, vegetables) I would of refused to eat or even cry about it.

I work with children and children need encouragement, so when I worked in a nursery 6 years ago we would eat the cooked meals with the children to encourage them to eat their veggies. I remember eating cabbage and absolutely hating it, but wanting to continue so that the children would eat too. Mostly it worked! I also started to get past the oh my god this texture is alien to me stage, to thinking about the taste and how good it is for you.

I’m proud to say I eat most vegetables now (yay!) and will at least try something once or twice. Mushrooms and cabbage though, I can not get along with but you can’t like everything. I still have my moments and will refuse to eat something, particularly when I’m feeling anxious but I’m happy to say squash is something I particularly like!

I never knew you could get so many varieties of squash! And even better, my husband started growing it on our allotment this year. The best thing about them is if not pierced or broken they last for MONTHS in the cupboard! They also can get very large so will give you more.

They are quite thick skinned so you have to be patient with cutting them up and scooping the seeds out, but they are worth it once cooked 😍. We’ve made a variety of things; from a squash lasagne, squash mac and cheese and even a stew. Even roasted with just a little bit of oil they are quite yummy. The best thing about squash is that the squash plant yield LOADS on one plant alone, so you gather many a squash which you can use throughout the year.

The squash has a kind of meaty texture to it so we have reduced our intake of meat a lot, from having meat practically every day to twice or three times a week. Squash is a better alternative for us, plus its better for the ol acid reflux too! I look forward to growing many a squash next year and intend to help as much as I can!

From left to right:

Courgette, honey boat squash (NOM), kabocha squash, Red kuri and turks turban squash.

On our journey to becoming more. Eco friendly and zero waste, this is a step in the right direction. If you have the space to do so, I would definately suggest squash as a great thing to grow.

If you have any suggestions of Other great things to grow then please let me know 😊.

Happy blogging

Gemz

Introducing, my rabbit family!

I got my lovely little rabbits, Beverly and Dianna 7 weeks ago and they are the best ☺️. I haven’t had animals for 6 years so its nice having them around. I had a cat before, but then I found out I had really bad allergies to cats πŸ˜”. I also had to leave her with my ex as I couldn’t take her with me due to moving to places that don’t allow animals.

Having an animal definately seems to lift up my mood and my mental well being is better. I now have a routine, where I have to get up in the morning and having that responsibility for another living thing has helped me. At first I was worried I’d do things wrong but so far no problems ☺️. Apart from my female rabbits have started to Mature(they are 4 and a half months old) which means they are very hormonal and extremely territorial. (especially Bevs, she’s very bitey!) so we cant have them together now until they have been spayed.

It’s nice to see their lil personalities shining through! Dianna is just the cutest, she’s also the smaller of the two.

She’s also very nibbly, so any wires out or clothes, keep out of reach πŸ˜‚.

Bevs is equally as cute, although she’s the more dominant and is a moody bunny. But she does daft things which make her fit right in at this household!

Baking: great for well being!

This evening me and my friend Aimz decided it would be good to do some baking. We had so many choices but in the end we chose to do vanilla cupcakes with ginger and cinnamon butter icing. NOM.

Having some catch up time with your friends and doing something productive, using your hands seems to help my mental well being. I was feeling a little sluggish earlier on and spent all my morning cleaning (booooo) but then I got to do Something enjoyable with my friend.

They look so pretty! And glad I didn’t burn anything, although my husband somehow set the toaster on fire. Good πŸ˜‚.

NOM.