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Choose to be happy

My friend The Wellness Mummy recently wrote a blog post about the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. I couldn’t have agreed with her more, it’s such an awesome thing to do as part of your bedtime routine – to sit and think about all the good things that happened that day so you can write down what you’re grateful for. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for over a year now. I actually found a five year journal where each date (i.e. 18th of March) has five entries for five years of thoughts. I’ve now crossed over into my second year and reading what I was grateful for a year ago really puts it into perspective! A year ago I was thankful for my toddler sleeping better and here I am with a newborn! The point of this post however is to let fellow readers know of an awesome little thing I spotted at Kikki.K today – the Happiness Journal, which I believe ties in with Gretchen Ruben’s “The Happiness Project“. Along with other …

Life Lately

I’ve still been quiet on the blog. I don’t feel like I’ve had anything big and special enough to share, though I do find myself using Instagram in a sort of ‘microblogging’ way – showing quick and cute things I’ve done without the need to write an elaborate post. But I still feel connected to this blog and feel I owe it some loving, so the least I could do is put a few of my Instagram photos up and offer a bit more of a detailed explanation! 1. My new Sinchies collection. They’re reusable food pouches where you suck the liquid from the spout on the side. I’ve noticed how much toddlers love those pouches but I couldn’t handle the waste! By having my own reusable pouches means I can fill it with all sorts of delicious and healthy recipes without all the added nasties. So far we’ve made smoothies, our own yogurt and healthy chocolate custard! You can also freeze them so you always have food on the go! Need I say more? …

Life lately (according to Instagram)

One thing I missed from my blogging hiatus was feeling motivated to inspire. Let’s make up for lost time. Here are a few things I’ve been up to lately to bring you up to speed. You may notice most of these pics are from Instagram – feel free to follow me there! (@kat_wray) 1. A salt lamp I installed into my son’s room. Did you know salt lamps can neutralise the electro magnetic fields caused by the many electrical devices we have in our homes? They purify the air promoting negative ions. But best of all they have a pretty soft glow perfect for a baby/kids room. 2. My grandmother’s watch that she gave to me before passing away recently. She was a big part of my life and one of her dying wishes was for me to get my health in order (as I have been recently suffering from recurring ill health). Talk about pressure! But I’m taking it very seriously. 3. My new watch. A birthday present, I asked for a waterproof easy …

Liberated

Today I found out one of my friends deactivated their Facebook accounts. Temporarily at least. “HOW LIBERATING” was the first thing I thought. I’m oddly addicted to Facebook, especially since having Everett. It felt like a way to escape the daily grind and find out what other people were doing – but soon enough you spend too much time checking Facebook and not enough time actually LIVING. I found myself checking Facebook on my iPhone instead of playing with my son! So, without a second thought, I deactivated my account. Temporarily at least. One thing that almost stopped me was that I use it as a social marketing tool for this blog. But then I’d rather lose a few potential readers for my own good. And if people really want to read my blog, they’ll come and read it right? And do I even care how many readers I have? No. I can’t write this blog worrying about how many readers I have. It’s a hobby, a virtual diary of my sustainable living and ideas …

An eco Easter

Although Baby E won’t be old enough to understand Easter, I really wanted to start some family traditions that he could enjoy for years to come. I’m not religious, so for me Easter was always about spending time with family, a few chocolates and some new pajamas (that was our “thing” growing up). So for Everett I wanted to give him the same sense of family and fun but with less sugar and unnecessary spending. Here are some ideas so far: Good Friday: Good Friday we plan to enjoy a family breakfast with our close relatives, particularly enjoying homemade gluten free hot cross buns, something I haven’t yet tried but figure I have years to master. I LOVE hot cross buns but haven’t enjoyed them for years because of my gluten intolerance and laziness in the kitchen. But no more excuses as there are plenty of recipes out there and a great excuse to make the effort! Do you know of a good recipe? Please tell me!! Easter Saturday: We will spend the day making …

I heart Hulbert Street… even more!

We visited the annual Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta yesterday and it was just like I remember it: inspirational, educational but most of all fun! It was even bigger than last year (I blogged about it for the first time here) but I saw it with new eyes as a new Mum. I realised how it’s a great family event as a way to introduce sustainability into children’s (and adult’s) lives. Here are some images from the day! A kid hanging his wishes onto the Sustainabilitree Sand sculpting!    

The Organised Housewife challenge!

I’ve recently discovered The Organised Housewife, a blogger who shares great tips on home organisation. This blog appeals to me because I am a very organised person. I often get told I should be a party planner because I love organising so much! However in the home it’s more “organised chaos” – I know exactly where things are in a messy pile and it drives my very neat partner bonkers. It drives me bonkers too! I started a magnetic task board which has helped, but I still need tips and most of all motivation to really organise our house once and for all! So…. I’m taking the 20 days to organise and clean your home challenge! Why is organisation in the home important? Clutter usually means unneccesary ‘stuff’, by de-cluttering you begin to realise how little you really need! I realised this recently when I took my friend’s wardrobe de-clutter challenge. Clutter and disorganisation can often mean a dirty home. You can’t dust properly when you’ve got a bunch of stuff in your way! A …

Almost there….

I don’t know many people who LOVE renovating. Sure, it sounds like fun and can be in the beginning but ultimately you hit your first snag and you end up despising your renovation – until you’ve finished. I’m almost finished and we’ve hit MANY snags along the way, but I know it will be worth it in the end. Despite the fact that most people ask us “Why didn’t you just knock the house down and build a new one?” we’re happy that we chose to keep and renovate our 1950’s post war cottage. It has heart and charm and the flaws add character. What I’m most looking forward to about finishing off these renovations is getting back into blogging! Not just blogging, but living the life that makes me want to share my stories via this blog. You definitely didn’t want an entire blog post dedicated to my hate for the floor sanders who left doors open to cover entire furniture filled rooms with red jarrah sawdust. My first blog after this long hiatus …

1 Million Women can make a change

I don’t know why, but it feels very powerful and motivating when a bunch of women get together for a good cause – so I was pretty keen to join the 1 Million Women campaign which is all about getting 1 million Australian women to pledge to make a sustainable change. Afterall, women make some pretty influential decisions in the family home and we’re raising the future generations! 1 Million Women is pretty simple: Join up and make pledges to save at least 1 tonne of CO2 emissions. Just go through the list and tick whatever boxes you’d like to try. It can be as easy or as challenging as you’d like to make it. You can even attempt one thing at a time. There are several categories you can choose from (Food, Household, Teens, Shopping, Getting Around & Renewable Energy) – with each item giving you an explanation of how you can make the change. When I was done I discovered my household would have 15,825kg of CO2 savings a year (that’s almost 16 tonnes!) just by making …