Sunday, 27 March 2016

Mirror, Mirror in the Bin ~ Upcycling

I found a Mirror! Yep. Found it!! Someone had put this perfectly good mirror in our communal bin area. So I took it. After all it was heading to landfill.

Okay, its not Perfect! Its got a bit of damage round the edges. All it needs is a bit of a sprucing up :)

I've been looking for a full length mirror for ages. I don't have many mirrors in my home (probably explains a few things ;) hehe). Never found any in a reasonable price range or I always missed a sale.
So I wasn't going to let this go to landfill.
First things first. How was I going to spruce this mirror up? What did I have in my craft stash and or did my Dad have any materials I could use? And What Budget do I have for this?.
While I was cleaning the mirror. I remembered when I recently visited my parents house. My dad received a lot of used tiles and a few other materials from someone we know (My dad works and knows a lot of people in the building trade :) ) I asked them how big the tiles are and Yep, you guessed it they are a perfect Fit to go around the mirror. I obviously asked politely :) if I can a have the ones that aren't damaged. (These tiles where obviously pulled off the wall, heading for the dump. So you can say not much care was taken :/)
My mum very kindly went through the tiles and got me a box full.
I had to go through them and clean them up. I got as much of the old grout and concrete off as I could and I was lucky to have enough :).
I had a tub of tile adhesive left, from when I fixed my tiles in the our bathroom. And my dad had some grey grout left over from when he had their bathroom decorated.  
Adhesive done
Grout done
Gave the mirror another clean and Finished!!!
Before and Afters:

Not bad for something that was heading to landfill!!. I'm so happy with how it turned out :)
Time spent: approx. 2/3 days (due to adhesive and grout drying and it took me Quite a few HOURS to clean the old grout and concrete off the tiles).
Money spent: £0.00
I do know I was very lucky and I'm very grateful when it came to the materials I needed to upcycle this mirror. I used what we had left over.
My advice, if you want to upcycle anything, always check with family and friends if they have anything they want to get rid of first. You never know what you might find.  But, Never assume it is for free, always offer something.
Do you like to upcycle? What have you upcylced lately? Have you rescued anything from going to landfill? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to know :)
Till next time
Donna x

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Monday, 21 March 2016

My Earth Hour ~ #EarthHourUK #MyEarthHour

One of my favourite campaigns happened this Saturday. EARTH HOUR. If you follow me on my other Social media accounts, you might have already gotten that impression :).

Every year I have joined in. I am (believe it or not ;) ) the type of person that goes round switching lights off and switches, obviously when they are not needed. Nothing is left on Stand by when I'm around. I sound great to live with don't I !?!  You will thank me when your electricity bill arrives :)

So this campaign is very easy for me to join in with. But I just love seeing people, companies and landmarks, Switch Off for Earth Hour. Just to show they care about this beautiful planet WE live on.

This year during Earth Hour, I again checked on Canary Wharf and got my obligatory picture ;)

Then we was going to Take 3 for the sea. But Sadly ended up being more than 3!

 and when we got back home we lit a candle.

I just wish we all cut back on the lights ALL year round.

I will admit I find the landmark buildings do look pretty when they are lit up like a Christmas tree. But I would be happier. I think we would all be happier and the planet (not sure on the electricity companies!) if they cut back a little bit on the lights or use a sustainable resource to keep them lit up. :)

Because as you can see by my little video and picture. There is a bit of a difference.

Before Picture of Canary Wharf

My video:


Did you join in? What did you do?

Donna x

Like this post? You might like to read: WWF Earth Hour

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday Purple Tulips

WOW! I can't believe my little space on the internet is 2 years old today!! A lot has changed since.

I'm now more confident to share more with you all, what I've always been very passionate about and that's this beautiful planet we live on.

This is My Artwork.. Please credit me if you use this. Thank You

I had mentioned in my About Me page I love Animals and Nature. And, I have on the occasion shared my views on a recent environmental topic/cause. But. Now because I'm aiming to live a Zero Waste Lifestyle, I want to share more of my passion on here. Because I always have been about

Eating Clean, Training Mean and Living Green

Because I will be sharing what I upcycle, I think there will be more Craft related posts. I will be sharing my views on recent environment topics I feel strongly about. And any other tips, advice and anything I find helpful on my journey to live a more sustainable lifestyle I will share on here. If you would like to see my posts about this topic, they are, and will be labelled under 'Live Green' :)

Looking back through my fitness diary posts. My fitness Journey is one of the biggest changes and one I'm most proud of. One of the main reasons for doing this blog was to keep myself motivated and keep a diary of what I do on my Journey. I really enjoy seeing how much I have progressed and when ever I feel like I need a bit of motivation I always look back.

Latest Fitness Journey Update Blog Post Here

One of the biggest shocks was (for me anyway ) I actually did a fashion post!! (Blog Post Here) It might be my only one, especially since I've made the decision of not purchasing any new clothes this year (apart from a few exceptions). We will see :).

I still really enjoy doing this. Like I said I'm writing this blog for me, to keep myself motivated.  But if I do or have inspired anyone to start their journey whether its Fitness or Sustainable living, that is a HUGE bonus.

Thank you to everyone who has followed and taken the time to read my blog. Here's to another year.

Donna x

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

My views on Zero Waste Lifestyle

The past 2 months I've been doing A LOT of research into living a Zero waste / minimalist lifestyle, and I've found quite a few really helpful people / social media accounts, who are also aiming to live a zero waste life. The things I've noticed are, it's not easy for everyone and everyone has different ideas what this lifestyle is. I suppose that is the same for everything. You need to do what is right for you and your beliefs/values.

I've also noticed, quite a few people don't like the phrase 'Zero waste'. Why not just stick with calling it a Minimalist or a Simple lifestyle?.
I personally like it.
Even though I don't believe you can live completely zero waste, unless you go off grid. But I think its a great goal to aim for :).

My definition of this lifestyle is to be more conscious. Do (your) my best to send very little or NO trash to landfill and live as Natural as I can.  

My ultimate goal is to: Make (most of) my own products, making all my own products would be excellent, but I'm being realistic there will bound to be something's I will be unable to make myself. Refuse Plastic and single use items. Reduce my waste. Mend what I can. Reuse what I can (hopefully up cycle).  Recycle and Compost. Live a more simple, minimalist life. 

The one thing I've noticed is with nearly (NOT all) everyone I've seen, people are getting rid of every single piece of plastic they own. Obviously not putting it in the trash, they are either selling it or giving it away to other people.

This is what I don't understand. Why are they giving away Usable plastic? By all means if you have too much stuff, sell/donate it. But, they have already purchased it, it has been made. What they need to purchase to replace these things will use energy and resources to make them, won't they?   I know part of this lifestyle is 'Say No To Plastic' and we obviously want to get to the point where we don't have any plastic. There are better, natural resources to use. I think IMO they are just passing the problem onto somebody else. Obviously if you have excessive amounts of items and someone/Charities need the items, then obviously that's okay. But, I just can't understand why not just keep reusing them until they can no longer be used anymore?. If you think about it, every bit of plastic you have ever purchased is still around today. And the bits of plastic you still have will out live you. So the way I see it, because you already have it, you might as well keep it, and hope one day Someone finds away of Recycling it. I've said in my first Zero waste post, I've had a good clean out of my home and Yes I have quite a few pieces of plastic. Mainly containers (Take away containers, which sadly can not be recycled :( they are number 5 plastic numbers ) and a few kitchen utensils which I will keep reusing and will up cycle/recycle what I can. Anything New / second hand I need will Not be plastic

After seeing this movie trailer for A Plastic Ocean, I'm more determined then ever to stick with this zero waste lifestyle.

And watching Boyan Slat videos about the Ocean Clean up.

Hopefully one day we will find a way of recycling all this plastic and No longer produce anymore.

Why should Wildlife suffer?
Geese swimming in Plastic :(

Another thing I've noticed is: Quite a few of the popular Zero Wasters are not Vegan or at least Vegetarians. I don't want to come across as someone telling other people how to live there lives. But, if you are so passionate about being Zero Waste, Saving the planet, Being an environmentalist. Shouldn't you consider being a vegan or at least Vegetarian?


What I said at the beginning of this post, this lifestyle it's not easy for everyone and everyone has different ideas what this lifestyle is. I suppose that is the same for everything, you need to do what is right for you and your beliefs/values.
But after watching Cowspiracy and I've been doing my own research into the Meat and Dairy industries (aka FACTORY FARMING :( :( ) for a while . (IMO) It doesn't feel right being zero waste and/or an environmentalist and still support the meat and dairy industries.
Check out Cowspiracy on Netflix.

Again these are my views and opinions, I would love to know what you think.

Do you aim for a Zero waste / Minimalist  Lifestyle? Have you seen Cowspiracy? What are your views? I would love to know.

Till next time,

Eat Clean ~ Train Mean ~ Live Green :)

Donna x

Monday, 7 March 2016

Lost Motivation ~ February Fitness Diary

This month I succumbed to the cold, winter days and nights. I had every plan to workout, but I was so cold (I really feel the cold :/), and I don't know about you but when I get really cold I get hungry! Which means when I wake up in the morning, I'm starving and instead of working out, I make myself some breakfast, then I'm so full and can't be bothered to workout. Then life gets in the way and then I plan to workout in the afternoon/evening but I end up getting cosy in my big blanket with my book :/

So Februarys plan of getting back into my workout routine didn't happen. I'm not going to beat myself up about. To be honest I'm not upset about it. This happens, Its what we call life :).

I did still do the Yoga Challenges and I did go for a few walks. So I have done some exercise. Everyday I'm seeing little progress, so I must be doing something right :).

One huge progress this month was the 8 Angle Pose

I'm feeling stronger in this pose. I can now hold myself up and keep control. I just need to work on bending my elbows. #ProgressNotPerfection :)

Here are my Yoga poses for February.

Do you lose Motivation in the Winter months?

Donna x

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