Saturday, 30 April 2016

#Take3For365 ~ Challenge #LitterKills


I want to share with you this AWESOME challenge I have come across #Take3For365 from Take 3 and Regan Jade

From Take 3 Facebook page (Link Here)



As you can probably guess I'm Joining in :)

If you have been following me, you know I love a challenge and this one ticks a lot of boxes

  • Cleaning (I'm a bit of a neat freak :) ) 
  • Looking After The Waterways
  • Looking After Nature
  • Looking After The Environment
  • Being out doors
  • Exercise
  • Getting some Fresh Air
If you would like to join in, you need to join the group on Facebook Take3For365

And the rules are: (from Take3For365 Facebook page)


I really think this is an Awesome challenge and I'm looking forward to starting it. Obviously I'm always hoping when I go out on my little walks there isn't any litter to pick up, wouldn't that be lovely! Hopefully, fingers crossed there will be days when there isn't anything to pick up :)

If you would like to follow Take 3 and or Regan Jade there links are:

www.take3.org.au
https://www.facebook.com/take3forthesea
https://www.instagram.com/take3forthesea/

www.reganjade.com
https://www.facebook.com/reganjade.ecowellness/
https://www.instagram.com/regan.jade/

I might not post pictures daily on my Instagram I might post 1 picture of everyday every Sunday. I think I might do that. That's if I remember to take a picture! I was going to try and keep tabs on the litter I collect on my litter picks, but I always forget to take a picture. :/ We will see how it goes.

Don't forget the challenge starts May 1st

Will you be joining in?

Till next time

Donna x

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Handmade Cushion Cover ~ Crochet Lately



I've spent the first part of this year, having a good old sort through of all my things (If you didn't already know that, blog post here will explain all :) ) . While I was doing this I came across a few cushions I had packed away.  They don't really go with anything in my home, but they are still in great condition. It seems a waste to get rid of them. Instead of packing them away again or selling them, I went through my Yarn stash and found a set of colours I think go really well together, and I decided to make this cushion useable again.

 
I also found quite a few White hand towels that have never been used. That's probably because I can't be trusted with anything white :).
 
I made a cover out of the towel around the cushion. Luckily the towel was a near perfect fit.
 
Then I got started on the cover.
 
I ended up going with the good old Granny Stitch pattern.
 
I wanted to do each side a different design.
 
 
Same colours and pattern. But different design.
 
 
So I wont get bored with the cushion :)
 
 
 
 
I'm very pleased with the way this cushion as turned out. I'm glad I've made it useable again :)
 
Now, I need to decide on what to do with these two...
 
 
 
I will let you know :) ideas are welcome :)
 
Do you like to upcycle? What have you upcylced lately? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to know :)
 
Till next time

Donna x

Like this post? You might like to read: Handmade Crochet Snowflake Napkin Holders
 


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

TRASH #LitterKills ~ Zero Waste Journey


Just a little disclaimer Keep Britain Tidy have nothing to do with this post. :) (I like the logo :) )

I have mentioned on here and on my other Social media accounts. I like to do little Litter Picks when I go out for a walk. I personally have always done this. I Just pick up a few bits  whenever I'm out and either take it home to be recycled or put it in the closest bin (if whatever I have picked up can't be recycled).

I'm not saying you should do it ~ I'm just sharing what I do, especially since I decided to share more of my Live Green lifestyle on here. This is a big part of it. Trash does involve all of us.

My Earth Hour Blog Post

Since I started my Zero waste Journey, I've been doing a lot more research on Trash and Recycling (pretty much..WASTE). Because I now know what happens to our Waste. I've been doing more Litter picks. Because I don't want this to happen :(


Not only is OUR waste Toxic for the environment but Wildlife thinks it's Food!!. Animals are being found dead all over the world with OUR waste in their system .

(Picture from Dougie Poynter Instagram ) 45-pound mass of tangled plastic bags found in the stomach of a dead camel in the desert of Dubai



Apart from Killing Wildlife..I don't think people realise how much it Costs to clean up this litter


And it takes FOREVER to degrade



When you throw things away. Where is away? There is no such place as away!

Video:



I've started to document what we mainly pick up. 
The main culprits are..Surprise, Surprise...Single use items / PLASTIC.

Elastic Bands ~ #AngryFACE!! Every time we go out, we pick up handfuls of elastic bands (Thank you Royal Mail!!!) This was from just one little walk around my block :(

Royal Mail have given me an address of my local sorting office to send the elastic bands back to them.
If you want to do the same, contact Royal mail (in the complaints part on their website) with the first part of your postcode, if you don't want to give all your details. And they will let you know where to send them back.

Plastic bags ~ Which I have noticed a decrease :) Thank you plastic bag Charge!

Cans and Plastic Bottles ~ Which very surprisingly MOST we find still have quite a lot of liquid still in them! No its not pee. If it is these people really need to see a doctor!!. This is one of the reasons I agree with the sugar tax!! If you are going to purchase this stuff at least drink it!!

Cigarette packets

Cigarette Butts - Not surprised. But I don't think people realise that these horrible things are not only really bad for you but they are really hazardous to the environment and waterways!! 

Coffee Cups

Chocolate bar wrappers

Crisp packets

Takeaway polystyrene and cardboard boxes 

And Loaves (yep LOAVES) of bread..still in the plastic!

Sadly all of this is Toxic for our environment and very dangerous for the wildlife, but not surprising that none of this is Great for us humans either! it literally is all JUNK!.

I am very surprised at what people think are Rubbish Bins!



SERIOUSLY!!! Not a rubbish bin, people...Not a rubbish BIN :(


I know some of the rubbish we find might be debris (for lack of a better word, rubbish that has fallen out of a bin), you can't always help that. That happens. But we can all do our bit by disposing our rubbish correctly and reduce our Single use consumption and Reduce our waste. 

Knowing what I know from the research I've been doing, I pick up what I can.
Because I Clean for The Environment, Nature, The Waterways and The Wildlife.




If you would like to do your own research here are some documentaries and Ted Talks I recommend:

Trashed:


Take 3 for the Sea

Captain Charles Moore



There are so many more videos on YouTube to do with Waste. Whether you want to research on Recycling, Food waste, Plastic or just general Waste. You will find it on there.

Do you do Litter Picks? Do you recommend any Documentaries?

Till next time

Donna x

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Monday, 4 April 2016

Be Active ~ March Fitness Diary

Boat Pose with a Boat

I'm going to be completely honest. I again have not got back into my Fitness routine. I'm not sure why. Maybe because of the weather? Or I've just been busy? Or, I'm just getting a bit more relaxed and not stressing about Fatloss anymore.  
Something must be working because at the end of February. I've finally reached a goal weight.. I'm now finally below 9st!!

I still have one more goal, my final Goal weight I would like to reach, and that was the weight I was at before my weight gain started. I'm not giving myself a time to reach this goal. I'm going to get there when my body is ready. I want this FAT to stay off.

 


Even though in the past three months, I haven't been sticking to my routine,  I've still stuck with the yoga challenges and I've been going for walks. So I've been doing some Stretching, Body weight and cardio 'workouts' everyday (nearly everyday with the cardio).

I've have said before (blog post HERE), (IMO) I believe you don't need a gym to lose Fat / get Fit. Obviously if your goal is to get big muscles then you do need weights which gyms provide, but you can also purchase weights for yourself to use at home.

But whether you choose gym or no gym, as long as you are active, getting your body moving and eating right! you will reach your goals.

And this month I've been more active then I have been in a long time!

I mentioned in a blog post (here) back in January 2015! We finally got our bikes at our home...over a year later and we finally got on our Bikes. We ended up out for at least 2 hours! I had so much fun. I used to Love riding my bike when I was younger. I would spend hours! on it. I was surprised at first I was feeling knackered, but then I realised we started off going UP HILL!! lol. Also to my surprise, my legs felt great as well the next few days after. I must be a lot fitter than I thought. Because I was really expecting to ache!.

 
I've been going on a lot more walks. Which has been great..(might sound silly to some, but with my anxiety (Post here) I sometimes find it difficult to go out). But, Since I've got my litter pick 

(Instagram @donnaukx Pics)



It keeps my mind occupied. Obviously I would prefer to NOT need the litter pick, but I'm quite content in litter picking while I'm out on my walks. Again, I would prefer there to be NO Litter!.

I don't know why I'm so content... I really don't understand Anxiety sometimes. Sometimes I can't go for even a little walk..But I will pick up litter a long a busy street and don't give two hoots if people are watching! What ever it is. When ever I'm out, I Pledge I will always Take 3 for the Sea :)



Here are the Yoga poses, I attempted this month.



One of the challenges was Headstand Madness! 10 days of practicing Headstands :). (The other 5 poses are videos. Which are on my Instagram page @donnaukx)



I LOVED this challenge! I love that I can do headstands again :) By the end of this challenge, I noticed it was getting easier to lift myself up into the headstand and with most of the different variations, I didn't need a wall behind me :). The only downside was, I ended up with a big bruise on my right forearm, near my elbow...Think that is where I must put most of my weight when I do Headstands.

Going back to my Fitness Routine and why I haven't gotten back into it. I'm definitely not finished on my Fitness Journey, I still want to see what this body can do. Maybe I just need to change my routine. It was working before, But where I was at before in my Fitness Journey is totally different to where I'm now. I'm in a completely different head space now. Which btw is AWESOME.
I suppose that's why we call it a journey :).

We will see what happens next month :). 

How's your Fitness Journey going?

Till next time

Donna x

Like this post? You might like to read: Februarys Fitness Diary