Say No No

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This green living tip is probably more of interest for the Dutch readers, but in general it will work for other countries as well.

While living in Holland we have always got a sticker on the mailbox that says ‘no’ to advertisement and ‘no’ to door-to-door leaflets and papers (like the free local paper). But about a month ago the sticker fell off and I forgot to put up a new one.

From Rusty to Birthday Present

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A few months ago I was going out for groceries and on my way there I saw different neighbors had placed different old metal items near the side of the road. It was probably the day the scraps got collected.

After passing one house at the end of our road, I saw a fence (looked like new) that could come in handy in our garden. And when I looked at the pile other neighbors had collected in front of their house I saw a rusty pedal-kart with a flat tire. After further inspection I decided to take it home and see if I could let it shine again.


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At the end of this year I want to wish everyone all the best for the new year! And I want to share a few things I am thankful for from this year. I know, normally I try to be happy with having less things, instead of more, but in this case I figured it are very special ones and it’s not about having it, but about what we do with it (can you still follow me ;)).

Green Closet

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Before I start writing about my wardrobe, I have to admit I am really not a fashionista. I hate shopping for shoes and don’t own any high heels. I hardly wear make-up and I go to my favorite hairdresser only once every 6 months. I don’t look sloppy in any way (I think ;)), I just don’t put a lot of time in wearing or looking ‘perfect’, because people are already beautiful without all the extra add-ons. Another thing is, I want to feel good in what I wear and be able to get into my crazy moves without having to bother about my clothes.

That said, I do like to wear nice things. But I also don’t want to leave a big impact on the environment or people in a bad way. Here is how I assemble my green wardrobe (with the side note that I can only do my best, I am not perfect).

Shaving Cream – diy

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For a while now we try to make ‘greener’ choices in the bathroom. At first we used bottled shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. But now we buy almost everything in blocks, so no, or just a little packaging is involved. Good that I bulked up on empty body butter containers, because they are perfect to hold the shampoo and soap bars.

Happy Rainy Market

It has been quiet around here the last few weeks. But I had a good reason: I was knitting my fingers off, to finish as much baby hats and headbands as I possibly could before the 6th of October.

Growing some Green Fingers

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With first a few days of rain and now already a week of sunshine, the garden started its second blooming period. As if all the flowers are refreshed and feel alive, they showcase their colors. It makes me smile and enjoy the place we live more and more.

Our edible part of the garden is also giving us its best (well, except for the lettuce – last year we had so much lettuce in our vegetable garden, this year it just doesn’t want to grow). We see the grapes getting more color day by day, a second pumpkin is turning orange, we can pick fresh cherry tomatoes every day, multiple courgettes are growing from one small plant and there is more to come.

Fancy Pants

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The boyfriend asked for yoga pants. Those are basically pyjama pants but made with a linen or soft cotton (at least that is my view on yoga pants ;). I first tried the Martha Stewart pyjama pattern, it’s free on the web. It was OK, but not perfect.

Lavender Bags – diy

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As I wrote here earlier, our house is pretty small. The first floor is the only top floor and has slanted ceilings. Not practical for closets. Good thing our bathroom is big enough to hold two wardrobe closets. With some creative storing, enough for the two of us.

Unfortunately we don’t have something like an attic, where we can store off-season stuff like winter boots or coats. Shoes can easily be put in a box, coats are stored in our closets. That’s how I realized I really need to clean out mine because with these winter clothes stored it almost explodes 😉

Tent Poles and Knitting Needles

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I just came back from a very relaxing, mind wise, holiday in the Saksische Schweiz. An area in Germany with beautiful sand-stone formations. We did loads of hiking/crawling up and downhill with beautiful sights as a reward. When back at the camp site where we put our tent, the best days ended with board games and knitting.