Fashionably late

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Many appologies for our absence… Basically to sum up, we’ve been inexcusably lazy!
But not to worry we have many BNN storys saved up, and can’t wait to share them all 🙂

Here’s a snippet of what’s been going on:

the veggie garden we wrote about in a previous post during winter when we planted carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, beans and garlic did reasonably well (for amatures like us anyway!) The carrots were the most successful… I would say we ended up with just under 100. They weren’t very big, or straight (this was due to our soil being a bit clay like) but they tasted like carrots and that’s all that matters anyway 🙂
This is a pretty accurate photo of what they looked like… Too bad I didn’t get a photo at the time 😦

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Photo courtesy of Hazels-homegrown
Unfortunately the broccoli and beans got eaten by birds… So now we know to put some kind of netting up to prevent this reacurring.

We had a period of time where we struggled with gifts for peoples birthdays, especially as this year was little pops and most of her friends 21sts. But we have always found ways around this by donating to charities on others behalf, making something ourselves, finding an antique collectable of some kind or even the cliche of giving someone a big key for their 21st which lucky enough are a relatively affordable find at antique stores.
Hmm this sea of gifts has got me feeling rather christmassy, save this spot I think I’ll make a thrifty gifting post for Christmas 🙂

We have had the sewing machine out alot and have had many successes and a few failures along the way. But we have definitely figured out how to alter clothes when they become too small, big or you simply want to change them up a bit and bring them back to life.

We have found a fantastic op-shop (actually it’s more like an antique warehouse) in Glen Waverley of all places. This place is seriously big and if you want to have a really good look through everything I would recommend setting a few weekends aside as I cannot explain the size of this place.
Check out their facebook page here you will not come out empty handed I assure you.

Other than that we have been just doing the same old thing, work/study/sleep repeat.

Anyway we will return shortly with our promised gift post!

Happy Monday!

Little Pop xx

Long term solutions

We have decided to add a new clause to our rule book. The new rule will entitle us to buy something new, so long as it will reduce our environmental footprint in the long run.

An example of this would be a reusable coffee mug, reusable sandwich bags instead of cling wrap, water bottles and reusable shopping bags.

Of course we will only buy these when needed and in minimal quantities. Preferably we will seek to buy these from local companies.

What do you think of this rule change?

Big and Little Pop
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The plan

For a few days now I’ve talking to little Pop about getting the ‘rules‘ down in writing for ‘buy nothing new’. I wanted to be able to visualize how different our consumption habits would be. I want to have a journey of living a modern life as chemically free as possible. As I said in my last post our house feels so cluttered with stuff that it is effecting how we live. I am always worrying about the mess and lack motivation to actually clean because as soon as you clean one room and move onto anouther the first room is messed up again. I find it embarrassing having people around and at time feel isolated. I have come to realise de-cluttering and not buying anything new will help us live a simpler life and no longer be slaves to our ‘stuff’. The side benefits are, we will save some money (always good) and reduce our environmental foot print. We haven’t joined a cult or become environmental warriors and we don’t think we are better or smarter than anyone else. It is a great time to slow things down and really look at what we buy and what we really need.

So here are the rules which I quickly scribbled in my note book whilst following little pop around the bathroom as she readied for Uni.

What can be purchased new:

  1. Food – which we plan on purchasing from local farmers.
  2. Medication
  3. Safety and security equipment – we have some dodgy door handles that may give up any time soon. Our external doors all have same key deadlocks so it would be difficult to replace with second hand.
  4. Printer Ink and paper.
  5. Ingredients for home made cleaners
  6. Toilet paper
  7. Underwear
  8. Fabric
  9. Pens
  10. Petrol and car maintenance equipment

Of course we will always try our best to buy things second hand or borrowed where possible but if absolutely necessary and we can see no alternative way around it these are the items we have deemed permissible to buy new.

What can’t be bought new:

  • household goods
  • dog & cat toys
  • clothing
  • furniture
  • bedding & linen
  • books, magazines & newspapers
  • DVDs & CDs
  • cleaning products
  • cards
  • candles
  • Wii & Xbox games
  • Bottled water

New habits

  • Washing machine and Dryer only used for FULL load
  • Dryer only used at times that things cant be dried in cloths horse
  • Power points turned off when not in use.
  • Wash up when you have enough dishes to use a sink full of water
  • Buying local thinking global 🙂 – Little Pop loves that motto.

Our list can be added to and along the way will let you know of adjustments we make. I am really looking forward to that moment I have a dilemma about buy new or not, lets see how innovative we can be.

clean natural, eat in season, donate, up-cycle, recycle and live life chemical free.

Big Pop