Monday, 8 February 2016

Show The Love ~ For the Love of ~ WWF

For the love of...

I wanted to share with you this campaign that wants us to start a conversation about the things we love that are being threatened by climate change.

The people from The Climate Coalition are behind this campaign For the love of ...

This Valentines day they want you us to make a Green heart to wear and share, to get us talking.

Talk about why you are wearing your green heart. Share your tips on how you make Green choices to help protect our world.

If we all feel strong enough about climate change. We are strong enough to make action happen.

(From For The Love of website)

Show what you love. Unless politicians know this is something we all care about, they won’t have the mandate to act. So let’s show our politicians that so many of us do care, that this issue is really important to us.
Because it affects the things we love most. Our families. Our hobbies. Our passions. Our lifestyles. Our safety and wellbeing. We’re saying loud and clear – let’s act on climate change, for the love of everything we hold dear.

What do you love?

I'm sharing For the love of Trees

For ideas on what Hearts to do. Check out For the love of Green Hearts Pack Here

or The Crochet pattern I used from YouTube.

Lets show what we love this Valentines day. Will you be wearing a green heart?

Donna x

Like this post? You might like to read: Giving back at Christmas

Friday, 5 February 2016

January 2016 Fitness Diary

Well... The first month of 2016 has flown bye already, hasn't it?!?!. I can honestly say that I started off great. But, sadly 9 days in, it went downhill. :(. I sort of have a good excuse though. I got sick :(. I didn't move for at least a week and I lost my appetite :(.  I kinda gotten out of my workout routine up until the last few days in January, but, I've been really busy and moving a lot. So I'm not too worried.

Overall in January I participated in 6 Yoga challenges.

Obviously, I didn't do any poses the week I was sick. But I did also miss the occasional pose.  

I think from now on, or for at least the time being, I'm going to join in with the challenges, but if a certain days pose is to difficult, I'm not going to share it. (mainly arm balances). Because I get so frustrated that I can't get a 'decent' enough picture to post for them. And I start to feel like I'm not enjoying the challenges anymore. My goal is to still do, or at least attempt the challenges. I'm enjoying seeing my progress. I'm just not focusing on posting/sharing every picture. I'm not interested in participating for the chance to win prizes anymore. I'm just in them to make progress with my yoga practice.
Not sure if I'm making any sense. :/ .

Plus, not sure if anyone has noticed with some of these challenges on Instagram, the amount of people and/or Sponsors you have to follow just to participate! its getting ridiculous.

I'm quite pleased with myself with the 'GrowWithTheFlow' challenge. I've never done a challenge like this before. I really enjoyed it. Again, I only posted 6 videos. This is because the ones I missed just looked a mess! There was no flowing :/ even with attempting the beginners option.

I did also start Blogilates 30 day Waist Trainer Challenge.
But, didn't finish :(. Missing 1 or 2 days in these type of challenges are okay (IMO) because they are easy to catch up with but missing nearly 2 weeks, I gave up on it. BUT, I will start this and complete this in February.
So I didn't start this year of great with my fitness. I'm not going to let it get me down. We all have set backs. The only way is up :).
My plan of action for February is to get back into my routine and complete the Waist Trainer Challenge.
 How's your fitness journey going? What are your goals for February?

Donna x

Monday, 1 February 2016

My Journey towards a Zero Waste Lifestyle

In my first post for 2016 (here) I shared one of my goals for this year and that is to be less wasteful. One of the less wasteful problems I'm focusing on, is Rubbish. I've always been conscious of what I purchase, and I try my best to recycle what I can. If you know me, you will already know, one of my mottos is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
But after spending a few hours (okay, more like nearly a day :/) watching videos of Lauren Singer and Bea Johnson (and many others) on youtube about living a zero waste lifestyle, I've become so inspired and motivated to live an even more 'less wasteful' lifestyle.

Wouldn't it be awesome if we didn't send any of our waste to landfill

I would love to say a Zero waste lifestyle. That would be my ultimate goal. Wouldn't it be awesome if we didn't send any of our waste to landfill ! .
Did you notice, esp. at Christmas, everything purchased had packaging, and most items probably  had multiple packaging!! The sad thing is most of it is plastic and CAN NOT be recycled. Which sadly means it ends up in landfill, and if not disposed of correctly, our Oceans.

I really want to try and do my bit and become less wasteful. After doing a little bit of research, the UK doesn't seem to have many, if Any places where you can Bulk shop, and have yet to find anywhere that doesn't use any plastic. So I'm not going to throw myself into the deep end. I'm going to start off small, and day by day, try and reduce my waste the best I can.

But to start living a less wasteful lifestyle, I need to know what I have.

So I have been going through my home, and have had a really good clean and a sort out of things.

Because of this, so far this year I've already thrown away a carrier bag full of rubbish that couldn't be reused, recycled or composted, and only 1 month has passed :(. This really made me think. Do I really want at least 12 of these bags of MY household rubbish going to landfill this year alone?? (There is only 2 of us!). My Answer, "HELLLL NO".

I've had a good going through of my wardrobe. I managed to fill one bag of clothes I no longer need. Some items went to a Charity shop, and some went to a clothes bank.

I've also gone through all my Kitchen and Bathroom cupboards.

Luckily no food is being binned, even though we have a Food waste bin, wormeries and a compost bin. I still don't like or want to waste food. Meal plans have been made to use up the food that is getting closer to going bad.

After going through everything, I know I don't need to purchase any toiletries for a LONG time, and I definitely don't need any clothes. 

My plan at the moment is to:

  • Stop using single use items. Its surprising that most single use items are plastic! I will not be using cling film anymore, nor plastic sandwich bags.

  • Use up all my toiletries. This may take a while. I have so much.  Only repurchase when items are (nearly) finished, and purchase only Natural, cruelty free, Vegan Products. (In other words.. LUSH ;) ).

  • Not purchase any clothes. My wardrobe is full!!

  • Cut back, and in most cases cut out completely anything that is plastic.

  • Start making my own Cleaning supplies.

  • Purchase Food with recyclable packaging or less packaging. The main goal is No packaging.

  • If I need to purchase anything, make sure its reusable / recyclable. 
When it comes to my Crafting, my plan is to also use up what I have got. Don't print off or purchase anything new. 
Which means I'm going to have to really use my artistic skills. So far this year I've made 3 cards. I will keep you updated on how this goes on my Cards Lately blog posts :).

I'm really hoping I will stick with this. The research I've done so far has made me really motivated to do this. And luckily my Man is also on board with living a less wasteful lifestyle.

I'm going to share my Journey on my blog. I'm not sure when I will be doing updates. But I will definitely be sharing any tips and advice I find a long the way. You can click on my label Live Green for all my blog posts for living a greener life.

If you would like to know more about Zero waste or living less wasteful, check out Laurens Trash Is For Tossers website and Beas Zero Waste Home Website and their YouTube Channels.

This is the video I first watched that got me intrigued to research more into a less wasteful lifestyle

Do you aim for a Zero waste Lifestyle? Who do you recommend to follow for advice about zero waste lifestyle? Please leave in the comments below.

Till next time,

Eat Clean ~ Train Mean ~ Live Green :)

Donna x

Like this post? You might like to read: Giving back at Christmas and/or Take the Pledge