Vote For Me!

I am requesting your help.  I would love for you to vote for my blog in the Heritage Bank Savvy Saver Blog Awards.  I did a post with video about making your own Cafe Style Muffin Wraps to save money and everyone seemed to think it was a great idea!

If you need some incentive the Heritage Bank is giving away $100 CASH CARD to the most creative voter.

So it’s a win for you and for me!

JUST CLICK THE PIC TO VOTE

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The Lifestyle Category winner (Public Votes) wins $2000 which I plan to put towards constructing a Permaculture Garden which I will use to educate others in Permaculture and Gardening Principles via my Web TV Channel.  So please cast a vote in my direction and I will be sooooo very grateful.

(Voting closes on 9th October 2015)

Julia

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Coffee Capsule Crisis

I am no good in the morning without my dose of caffeine. Mine comes in the form of the strongest Twining’s brew, Irish Breakfast Tea but for millions of other caffeine consumers out there, they can’t function without their hit of coffee.

With coffee shops charging up to $6 a cup, is it any wonder that the Coffee Machine Industry came up with Nespresso(esk) options. No one, including the inventor of the little plastic unit that contains the custom blend George Cluny prefers, could have known how quickly and easily these little menacing machines could have taken off.

Of course as a Christmas Gift last year they became “The Thing” but the repercussions based on their consumables are akin to a K-Cup Invasion. In 2014 enough K-Cups were sold that if they were placed side by side they would encircle the planet 10.5 times!  Most of these end up in landfill as they are not biodegradable or recyclable!  It’s truly an environmental disaster.

If you have one of these machines I encourage you to discontinue it’s use before the K-Cup destroys the planet.

Take a look at this video and be afraid, be VERY afraid!

Little Crop Circles

As you know I have my very own Crop Circles that are my concrete raised garden beds, so when I came across this video it got me in straight away.

Check out my Crop Circle post here.

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I think that this method of watering would be perfect for my particular garden beds in fact any circular container will definitely benefit from having the water directly at the source rather than wasting litres of water from the overspray of most sprinkler systems.

They claim that just a 30 second burst of water delivered in this fashion per day will be enough to grow 50 or more plants in the circle which is a fraction of the water usage via conventional irrigation. On the larger scale, the company promises that a single acre of crops planted with the larger Little Crop Circles devices can match the production of a 5-acre farm, which may allow small farmers to be more competitive and more profitable.

What do you think?  Take a look at the short video and let me know.

Plant this Movie

I can’t tell you how much joy I experience growing my own veggies in my own backyard. It is only surmounted by the euphoria I feel when I can make an entire meal from my own home grown produce.

In fact one of the reasons I first started writing Farewell My Manicure was my desire to share this feeling with my friends and family and inspire them to do some veggie gardening themselves.

Fast forward to the next generation and we will be in a very big food crisis, so now more than ever the movement of Urban Gardens need to ramp it up!

Take a look at this great trailer for the film “Plant this Movie” directed by film maker Karney Hatch and narrated by Darryl Hannah. The movie itself is available for streaming for $2.99 and download for $5.99 right now!

I hope you are inspired to make the most of the space you have at home and grown some food for your family (and friends and neighbours).

Get This Prescription Filled at your local Forest

In a world where our children grow up staring at screens rather than laying on a forest floor staring at the clouds, nature needs it’s own publicist.

When kids drive remotes rather than billy carts, slouch on sofas rather than climbing trees, build mine craft cities rather than tree houses, nature needs it’s own advertisement.

While young people text and snap chat rather than talk to each other, pet animals on Farmville but never touch real feathers or fur, use an apple rather than picking one from a tree and eating it, nature needs some media attention.

So some clever people have come up with this… enjoy!

Share the video with a friend or family member.  Not only will they get a chuckle but also maybe a bit of motivation to get outside this week and experience Nature for themselves.

9 Easy Ways to use Less Plastic

Oh I dream about a day when we can live a zero waste life.  I know some people out there are getting very close but it seems that even though we as a family are very environmentally conscious we are still fighting an up hill battle to try to reduce our waste products in the hopes of leaving a lighter footprint on the planet.

It can be a daunting prospect to live without producing any waste, but rest assured that ANY effort you make will have a positive impact on the environment.

Every year over 6 million tonnes of rubbish is dumped into the worlds oceans, 80% of which is plastics with a further 10% of this being plastic bags!  Here in Australia only 3% of our plastic grocery bags are recycled, and even if you reuse them as bin liners they still end up choking up the waste management system and filling up our landfill.

And water bottles…. don’t get me started on water bottles!  Although plastic bottles are recyclable many end up in landfill and they take almost 1000 years to break down.

With plastics being such a monumental problem, what can you (just one person) hope to do to make a difference?

Well, let’s just start by following these nine simple ways to help reduce your plastic usage.

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