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WOW Still Growing in TX~!! (12.15.18) Garden Update - DIY Homestead Zero Waste Minimalist

**WOW Still Growing in TX~!! (12.15.18) Garden Update – DIY Homestead Zero Waste Minimalist**



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more than everybody this Marc Crawford sustainable frugal living and it is December 15th we're getting some sunshine as you can see it's really not that cold but I got thin Bloods covered up anyway I wanted to give you a quick update of our garden we've been somewhat successful come with me we'll check it out ok this is our new structure here that we created with the free pallets we got videos on that you can check out we've got the landscape fabric inside blind inside with compost we actually we have the the core Google method they call it the kugel I guess and there's like say there's videos on that the rest of it filled up with compost now look at the earlier video you would have seen this was full of cucumbers against this welded wire here and we were able to harvest quite a few cucumbers and Teresa has pickled four deal pickles and bread-and-butter pickles I think they call him was really cool and then the rest of them had in our salads against end over there we had ochre plants we had ochre plants over the over there as well okra plants didn't make it we've got a little bit of harvest from the okra but not month I mainly just the small ones for salads the the freezes that we had we had some early freezes here in Texas as well as across the country as the second freeze pretty much did in the okra plants and killed them so the rest here were snap beans and they were Bush beans and we've got we got a lot of those those were very delicious very good and then we had some world crow planted down here you'll see in the other video but anyway this been I plants root in the soil that actually adds to the nitrogen to the soil as it breaks down and I tilled it up at chicken manure compost in this area out it with leaves and so that one's put to bed for the winter that one's done now this bed over here we had tomato plants here and we probably got maybe a dozen tomatoes off of that and of course the like I said the okra plants were here they froze out and died we got a few but the tomatoes we actually had to plant the we had to harvest the tomato plants before the second freeze because we knew it was going to be a hard one and would kill them so several probably about six half-a-dozen of the tomatoes we had to put in the house and let them just ripen in there the rest of all this is beets and they're our root crop so they've done well through the freeze they've been okay and still growing healthy and strong as you can see here we did an intense planning method with the beets so they're not gonna be real large or over in this area here we have our carrots and again we did an intensive planting for our carrots which you can go either way if you do the regular spacing you'll get the larger carrots if you do intensive spacing like this you get more carrots but you're going to get the smaller salad size carrots that's what we were going for here another reason we weren't really sure how well they would do and you can see here they did very very well and it awesome one of the videos I meant 'add what they look like they look pathetic after the thunderstorm is beat them down but obviously they all came back very very well so we've got lots of basically baby carrots over here the last bed of our four new ones it is you can see put to bed do the same thing over here with the compost and leaves put to bed the only thing is we left is the sugar pea plant the one sugar pea plant that we didn't tie up to the welded wire we just left it on its own and it actually survived if you look in the earlier videos we had like three or four plants here that we're just hanging down I'm pretty sure what I did wrong on these just for your knowledge is I planted them too shallow and so they grew but the roots weren't very deep and that was detrimental to the plants so they didn't make it but this one here we we just kept kind of pushing up this way so it would stay out of the dirt and it actually survived there's a couple of plants there and this one actually has some sugar peas on it to harvest I'll show you one maybe you can see one right there this one right here that one right there is ready to harvest but doesn't have a whole lot on it but the one surviving sugar pea plant okay that's it for our new area let's go into the existing garden structure over here check it out our existing garden structure but actually they're all existing this is our older garden structure along with the UV tarp on it or shade cloth the hydroponics was a pathetic disaster we're just busy with the livestock and different things so we're going to let this go until next spring we put pearl light in it and that was a big mistake it's just a lot better with gravel we've we've done it with gravel before and didn't have the gravel to put in until we had lots of pearl light as you can see the bag over there and we got bags over here or perlite so the issue with the perlite is make some ass floats too easily it gets down into the orifices where it drains into the tub and that's a big issue so we're gonna go back to the pea gravel on this I'm sure it'll be a lot better anyway let's take a look right over here we've got these are some transplants from the cups we actually germinated from seed and then transplanted on me here this is spinach you can see there we've got about a half a dozen spinach plants and they're doing real well very good plants and the rest of this is more radish we planted a lot of radish one reason is because radish is very easy to grow and as you can tell here this is pretty much ready to harvest we're going to harvest most of this today if not all of it I said in earlier videos we love radish with barbacoa tacos and salads I love it I mean some people it's not for them it may not be for you but it gives your salads a little bite a little spice and it's healthy very good for you my favourite is in barbacoa tacos with onions cilantro that's the best so anyway let me pull one of these up and you can see without pulling them up here you can see you can see them right there they get that one that's what we're looking at see how big that one is anyway we've got quite a few of them in there time to harvest we'll give some to family we'll eat a bunch and over in this bed we have some broccoli which has just been tore up by the pests you can see just tore up this there's still barely hanging on but I don't think they're gonna make it through the winter and the rest of this bed is yet to be composted and we're gonna put some chicken manure or compost in this on the top of it fill it in and put leaves on it same way put it to bed for the winter get rid of all of them the weeds anyway thanks for watching the video again this is Mark Crawford with sustainable through the living we do our share our videos all of our videos are listed as Creative Commons use which means feel free to share them no copyright infringement or anything like that we are sustainable through the living the idea is to help others 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hello friends this is your daily reminder to hydrate hi guys how are you doing how how's life I hope it's good I hope you're doing swell today's video I thought I would share some things some ways to save money on how to goes your weights because I feel like a lot of people have this like assumption and you know I was the same way before I embarked on this low-impact journey but I feel like a lot of people have this assumption that zero waste living is really expensive when in actuality I've saved so much money I tweeted something the other day along the lines of like my every week groceries cost me less than $30 now whereas before they were more than double that and obviously zero waste is about more than just like your groceries it's about a lot of other things combined and not everybody has access to the same places that I do that's for sure I mean I just go to like a regular grocery store it's called Fred Meijer it's nothing exciting obviously everything is gonna be different for a lot of people but I thought I would start like kickstart a little series on my channel I don't know how many videos are gonna be in this series but of zero-waste living on a budget I can show you guys my groceries I can do videos like this where we do tips on things I thought that would be a good idea I thought that would interest people because I seem to get a lot of how do you do that we're gonna pick start with this one 20 free things that you can do today to switch to zero waste living or low-impact living and yeah however before we get into this video I do just want to mention really quickly and very graciously that this is my first ever sponsored video like officially sponsored I'm excited there is hope this channel might not die it might stay alive so that's a good thing I just wanted to thank the very kind kind humans over at Squarespace for sponsoring this video I'm very excited about it but we will talk about them a little bit later so for these twenty swaps I've broken them into three different categories one is essentials two is food waste and three is local things that you can do yeah because we all know I love organizing things that don't need to be organized so the first one and this is gonna be the most probably the one I'm going to talk about for the longest time out of any of these I promise the rest are gonna be short and we'll just I'll mention them and we'll move on but the first one is to use up what you already have this is a huge part of sustainable living it's not necessarily about having like the tools and the gadgets and the fancy stuff it's literally just about observing the habits that you have and so I would challenge you right now for the foreseeable future however long you want to do it for a week two weeks three weeks I did it for pretty close to almost a year I barely bought anything stop buying things just stop use up the things that you have or look for different resources on ways that you can achieve those things for free oh I need to catch my breath am I talking quickly I'd sometimes I don't know if I'm talking quickly or not what I'm filming it's like a blackout or something we live in such a consumer centric society so a lot of us will do things like we'll buy a face wash or a body lotion and we'll use it once and then it sits there and we buy another one without finishing the other one or we buy a notebook and we don't finish the notebook and we buy another one for something different all these things need to be used up there on this planet already so instead of going and buying something new look to the resources that you already have because chances are there's something in your house that you've been hoarding that hasn't been used that hasn't been finished think about all the chap sticks I have a lot of a lot and I'm still getting through them just observing the things that you feel the need to buy I think a lot of the times our consumer habits are either rooted in a need or their am rooted in an emotional like need for fulfillment when I first went zero-waste it really opened me up to all of these like consumer habits that I had like really entrenched and deep in me they'd be sitting there I'd be having a bad day and I'd be like I need that right now just need to sort of start to be mindful of are you hungry or are you emotionally looking to numb something else and that thing truthfully you're not gonna solve the root cause of that one thing if you just go out and buy something to like slap on top of it you really have to like dig down get deep get really close to yourself find out who you are do that soul-searching it's a little bit harder than going out and buying a chocolate bar but it'll make you feel so much better than whatever it is that you're doing to numb that pain and this goes beyond food needs I all the time would be kind of in like a dark place and I'd be like I'm gonna go out and buy a new notebook or something really random that I just didn't need at all so it's like observing your needs and why you have them and like do you actually need that random trinket that you bought in this one country that's now just gonna sit on top of your nightstand and collect dust like is it actually bringing value to your life or are you using it as like an emotional fulfillment kind of thing and in conjunction with that you can find so many things for free on Craigslist like you would be amazed at what people throw out because unfortunately you're not the only one who's over consuming there are so many people out there that just buy things and then they don't know what to do with them and as somebody who is a recovering germaphobe and Shopaholic this is so hard for me to do in the beginning trust me I get it there's something that feels so weird about using somebody else's things there's something that we have this like layer of grime that we put on to things that we see as other people's trash when it's perfectly fine they probably never even used it so again I know this first one I'm talking about really in-depth but it's a lot more of a like it's less of a surface thing and more of a deep rooted in you and self exploratory it's gonna feel weird at first kind of thing but once you do it makes you feel a lot better as a person okay now moving on to the board lighthearted one the next one is a to go mug which is pretty essential in our everyday modern 21st human life we like to get coffee we like to get food on the go we do everything on the go all you have to do is upcycle an old jar and you can put some old elastic bands around the outside and you've got yourself a travel mug number three is something that I use pretty much every single day when I wash my face I make my own toner with apple cider vinegar I've mentioned this before is probably one of the first swaps I ever made if you've been on my zero waste journey from the beginning since like a year and a half ago you will know that I use about 1/3 of apple cider vinegar with the mother it has to be apple cider vinegar with the mother and two thirds water in my little mixture and then I spray on my face you got yourself a toner the next one goes along with that which is cotton rounds I've been pretty vocal I know I did a post recently on Instagram with my cotton rounds and honestly you don't need to go out and buy fancy ones if you don't want to you can simply cut up an old towel if you have one into little squares or if you want to get really fancy you can cut them into circles and then just stitch a stitch around the outside so that they don't fray but realistically all it is is just like small little scraps of fabric that you can use to put your toner on and use on your face I personally use them interchangeably with just like a regular towel some days I don't need a towel some days I do I don't know what number five is produce bags so there's something that's also pretty essential I was really lucky and I know not everybody has access to this but when I was living in New York which was when I went zero waste I had found at the Whole Foods in Union Square they had individual produce bags that you could buy for 99 cents I haven't seen them at another Whole Foods since so I don't know how I got so lucky that was really just happened to be at the right place at the right time but you can make your own produce bags out of some scrap fabric whether you have some old t-shirts or some old sheets or and I don't know any fabric you have lying around all it really is is a stitch around the outside and then if you want you can stitch in like a little string for a drawstring at the top I personally have not made them myself but I know a lot of people have and apparently it's a lot easier than you think so don't be intimidated by it and for bigger things like buying potatoes at the store or anything that would require a big bag you can upcycle an old pillowcase as well the next one is jars which I use to store pretty much everything in my life I've bought like maybe four or five jars but the rest of my multitude of jars have just been up cycled from old things that I bought at the grocery store so my old pasta jars or my tahini jars or mustard whatever it was that I bought all you got to do is take the label off around the outside and you can use the Google and that's on my Instagram feed and yeah you got yourself the jar the next one is to go cutlery so again we live in a modern world you're gonna be on the go and every set of cutlery you don't use you are saving from ending up in a landfill or in our ocean in the very beginning I did buy a set of cutlery and I ended up losing it like three weeks later I just spit as I said that uh the last year I literally just took a fork or a spoon or a knife out of my cutlery drawer and I brought it around with me it doesn't have to be fancy the next one is all-purpose cleaner so there's a lot of recipes out there that you can use for all-purpose cleaner I use vinegar and some rinds from an orange that I've eaten I know that blue has a video on her channel she was the one that I found the recipe through originally so I will link it down in the description box if you want to watch her on how she makes it and I totally skipped over this one as I was filming you don't know how that happened but we're gonna talk about blowing your nose okay kids Kleenexes and me perfect swap for tissue is a hankie obviously you don't have to buy one although they're not very expensive because they're theoretically just like a very thin piece of fabric but you could use any fabric again I know I keep bringing up fabric but really I mean you could use an old t-shirt that you no longer wear just chopped off like the back of the shirt or something and you can use that and you're good to go or like any fabric you've got lying around and you know what hankies are great so don't let anybody tell you that they're for grandpas because they're not they're great and you're great and you're doing great things my friends and yeah okay onto the video now to go container so either maybe you don't own one or you don't own like a cute travel one have no fear for a lot of things you can use the Farooqi method which is just using a bandana and you probably wouldn't be doing this on a mango you'd probably be a sandwich or something but just for example all you gotta do is you tie one corner on one side and then on top you fold the other corner of the other and you are good to go my friend BAM eleven is a shopping bag which I would to be honest in 2018 I'd be shocked if you didn't own one because I feel like bags are given out for free everywhere but if you don't have one you can use an old t-shirt I haven't done this yet but I might do it in one of my next vlog so don't forget to hit subscribe if you want to thing you do it you can make one out of a t-shirt I will leave a link to a blog post that I found that through down below and you don't even have to sew anything it's a no sew method for all of you people like me who just don't know how to do things we didn't have ho MEK okay I don't know how to sew I said it the next one is paper towels well let me tell you before we had paper towels we used regular towels the ones that aren't disposable so again using some scrap fabric maybe cut up old t-shirts and those can become your rags and you clean surfaces with them and then wash them or if you're feeling really fancy you can take little pieces of fabric cut them into you know square pieces that you would use as a paper towel and then attach little clips to either side and have them clip together and roll up into a roll and you can put them onto your paper towel stand I know that you can also get those through Etsy so if you do want to spend like some extra money and you don't want to do it for free if you just search on paper towel on Etsy you'll find a bunch of them okay the next one isn't exactly free but you're gonna be doing groceries anyways and this actually might save you money so when it comes to going to the grocery store be observant of the things that you're already buying and just look for a plastic free swap of whatever it is for me that means a lot of the time avoiding this stuff in the center of the grocery store and just opting for like the produce section on the outside perimeter even within that there's gonna be a lot of waste around but just looking for things so instead of grabbing like a bag of spinach grabbing some loose spinach again I don't go to like an expensive grocery store I go to Fred Meyer which is a just a regular conventional store I can't afford organic I just buy the regular stuff I literally live on probably the tightest budget that anybody has ever seen and then just really looking at your habits and saying do I really need this is this essential to my not really survival because I hope we'd be doing a little bit more than surviving I hope we're out here thriving yeah asking yourself is this really essential to my life because you would be surprised on how many different ways you can get nourishment into your body that don't incorporate the things that you're already eating so one of the big questions that I get a lot of the time is how I find tofu out of a package and I've been vegan for I'm entering year five soon and I don't buy tofu I just don't I never really got into it there are so many other ways that you can make dishes and that you can incorporate various forms of protein into your life and I think a lot of people who have taken the time to research veganism know that protein isn't really an issue anyways even though it's been made into one looking into whether each ingredient is necessary in your thriving journey so the way I make that super budget-friendly and I've been able to save money is I've just found a cheap grocery store in my area which happens to be Fred Meijer if you have access to an Asian grocery store they literally have all of the gems they have every single type of produce you can ever imagine and vegetables make me very excited and if you do have access to somewhere with bulk bins they're incredible as well obviously not everybody has access to both bins but if you do make use of them now moving into the food waste section of things so number one is mascara if you have old almonds laying around okay I've gotta stop myself here really quickly with this strange facial expression and say that I made a mistake and I'm really sorry but I didn't want to cut this out because I want to use my platform to talk about this I've seen other people talking about burnt almond mascara and I did further research after filming this video unfortunately I should have done it before but I just saw everybody else making it and I figured if they loved it then why not share it just because I haven't made it doesn't mean that other people aren't gonna love it but don't make almond mascara apparently it's not very good for your eyes it's not safe and I do not recommend so this is me saying I do not recommend but you still can use your stale almonds for the next thing that I'm gonna mention but yeah I don't endorse making burnt almond mascara but there are videos on the internet talking about it and I just think that they're out there and not everybody knows and so here I am using my platform and I'm sorry I messed up I really should have researched that one I'm sorry you live and you learn okay enjoy the rest of the video I also have used almonds to make my face scrubs which I've talked about before so I blend up almonds oats chamomile and lavender and it makes like a powder and then I'll mix it in with my regular face wash and I got myself a scrub and I didn't throw it on the almonds and almonds take a lot of water to grow the next one is growing back food on its own free food did you know that things like spring onions and celery and those are the only two I can think of right now it's a lot of foods out there that will literally regrow themselves in just a little bit of water or a little bit of soil things like spring onions grow back so quickly and all they need is a little bit of water so theoretically you buy them once and then you can keep regrowing them time and time and time again you're saving lots of resources in doing so I'll leave a good resource that gives you like a list on how to do food growing things because I'm not qualified and at least I admit to that the next one is veggie broth which you can obviously make out of old food scraps if you have things like veggie peels the stuff that you're like going to throw out anyways you can freeze them and then when you have enough to make you can make it into veggie broth and so you're using the stuff that you wouldn't be using anyways the next one is plastic wrap so obviously we want to like keep our food from going bad but I think that we live in a world where we just over think that we need plastic wrap when we don't really so asking yourself like does it really need to be wrapped can it just go into a container or can it just sit loosely in my fridge is it gonna be okay until tomorrow and if not you can make your own wax wraps they were super cheap to make they're pretty expensive to buy but super cheap to make and I know that noir again somebody else's video but I know that noir just did a video on how she made her wax wraps and she just made them from some old sheets that she had lying around and the video was really good so I'm gonna leave a link to it down below my last one in the food waste category is a compost bin so this might not apply to everybody because not everybody can like readily just make a compost bin next day I'm a super fortunate to live somewhere where we have compost pickup so when they come and pick up our garbage and stuff they also pick up our compost I think a lot of people and you would be surprised there are compost pickups in different areas you would just have to bring them and drop them off for example I know in New York when I was living there there was never a day during the week that I couldn't go to one corner of the city and find like that local compost pickup session so what I used to do is I would just use an old container and I put my scraps into the freezer and then on the day that I was gonna bring them over I just take it out of the freezer and bring it over so yeah I definitely recommend googling to see if you have any like community compost thing and there might be you might be surprised and my tip for this one the reason I'm bringing this up is I think a lot of people assume that you have to have this like super fancy compost bin on your counter to collect your scraps but you really don't you just need like a bin to chuck things in an old bin it could literally be anything our family didn't grow up composting but my aunts and uncles did and they always just had like a little Tupperware behind their kitchen sink so then when they were done their dinner and they went to like go clean their dishes they just scrape it into that container and then bring it outside after dinner yeah I know there's like a lot of fancy really cute compost things I didn't even know those were a thing until recently so you definitely don't need anything fancy just a bin that you have lying around okay and then the last section and I only have two in this one and that is going local so number one would be if you need something going to the closest place possible to fulfill that need it's going to be best so I know like sometimes I get in these moods where I'm like oh I'm gonna go to a cute little apothecary store to get my essential oils I'm gonna go downtown I'll get in my car and I'll go there but realistically it's more sustainable for me to just go to my grocery store that's like three blocks away if I need to because they also sell the exact same essential oil so just rethinking our needs and being able to go local to somewhere that you can ride your bike to is obviously going to be best but just thinking ahead of time and being like is there somewhere within biking distance even if you're not gonna take your bike although I highly encourage you to is there something within close proximity that will fulfill this need or do I really need to be going like six towns over to achieve this thing and the last one is clothing you might be surprised that there would be clothing swaps in your area those would be where you bring some of your old clothes and you drop them off and other people bring clothes and you kind of get to swap and mix-and-match and take other things in exchange for your pieces so it's a great free way to change up your wardrobe and see how you can change it obviously both this and the biking reference that I made both of those aren't going to be accessible to everybody but just checking to see if their thing literally we have the Internet all you have to do is Google to see if there's one in your area you might be surprised on what you can do locally versus going far away or buying new things just kind of like thinking outside of the box that's the thing with your waist there isn't any one way of doing it it's not like veganism where there's like this set rule of things and that's what I found is really difficult like when I went vegan it was this whole like you do this and you don't do this you do this and you don't do this like there was a way of doing things like this is vegan this isn't vegan whereas with zero waste it's very like unique to what you have available to you it's very localized like what I do here in Seattle Washington is different than what I did in Brooklyn New York because there are two different places and those are going to be drastically different from what somebody in London does or somebody in South Africa does or somebody in Australia does like wherever it is that you live it's gonna be so unique and individual to your one place but I think a lot of it is just thinking outside of the box and it all goes back to the first thing that I brought up which is just try not to buy new things as much as you can for the first little bit and really observe your needs and just thinking outside of the box as to how you can do different things and if you do need to bring something new into your life asking yourself is there a more sustainable way or a more sustainable product that I can switch it out for but I'd say the bulk of doing this whole zero waste thing like it's not about products it's about thinking outside of the box and using your mind to come up with new solutions to your problems that just happened to be a little bit different and happen to have both a smaller carbon footprint and waste impact than what you had previously done so I hope that doesn't overwhelm you because it shouldn't feel it can definitely feel like a very intimidating and overwhelming thing I know when I first made the transition I was really over thinking every single tiny my new thing that I was doing and that's awesome like I'm I'm glad that I was thinking in a way that really had me questioning what I was doing I think that ultimately it's not about stressing out about everything it's about slowly transitioning and being aware of the things that we buy the most like ask yourself where am i creating the most waste and are those things actually necessary or can I switch them for something else so for me that was easily food the way I got into zero waste are got interested by it was because lived above a CVS like a pharmacy and I would always run down there and buy things like granola bars and they had like plastic bags of dates I used to be obsessed with dates oh my gosh and I just started to realize like whoa this one item doesn't even need this bag if I guess solely there to transport it from one place to the other and so then me just asking myself like okay well it's that one item like is it really necessary in my life or can I use something else to fuel my body in a more positive way so that's the way I see it I hope that these tips like helped at all there are so many different things and like little DIY hacks that you can do that are completely free yeah I hope you guys enjoyed this video before we end I want to give a big big big thank you to Squarespace for sponsoring this video whether you need a domain website or online store make it happen with Squarespace Squarespace is this awesome tool I've used it several times I've made a lot of websites in my day that's probably something a lot of people don't know about me kind of like a graphic design and web site geek and I've made a lot in my day and Squarespace is so easy to use it's a tool that will allow you to make a website they have a bunch of different templates that you can use that are all stunning I must say and again as somebody who's really into graphic design I tend to overthink my graphic design a lot you know when they say less is more in those cases you want to be using a script based template but not only that they have amazing customer service which if you're trying to start an online store is crucial let me tell you I didn't realize that that was as much of a thing until I started my first business Oh trust me you want somebody to talk to when you have questions about your website and they have outstanding customer service 24/7 customer service which is crazy so if you're going on this zero waste journey and you want to create a website documenting that maybe a blog or maybe an online store to help others come into this lifestyle Squarespace is the place for you so if you would like 10% off and you can use my website link which is Squarespace comm a slash Sedona and get 10% off so big thank you to Squarespace for sponsoring this video and I hope you guys know that I would never sponsor with anybody that doesn't align with my ethics and doesn't align with the things that I like so I hope you guys enjoyed this video let me know which of these tips you're going to be incorporating into your 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today the kids got a hair cut. it will be nice to have a hair cut for summer that they will stay cool. bill and susie from out west homestead gave us an awesome shout out!! please go check them out.

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alright guys so today I'm gonna show you guys how to get a free haircut and make your kids mad in the process so I've got my handy dandy little shaver here so justice he's gonna go first getting a haircut then Brody and then the whining man behind the camera so let's get to it get up but don't you look into oh you got here good I get his haircut is Baldy the brodester dirty out of all my boys I think Brody who's Kali got the thickest head of hair now we know how to do one Kurt guys and it's just the buzz cut [Applause] has a young gorillas feels were mine we played had a sick full we start shadows so I'm sure playful and free without a care I was one rich little girl daydream take me back you know gonna crowd therefore why do you have a talk what now you need a haircut no yes no yes no it's on it's like I won you just enjoying yourself aren't you and I feel better down yeah how did you do who's weird where's my hat I don't you guys look nice what do well guys I think it's safe to say mom one kid zero okay so the boys have their haircut they are so excited to have their their new dues they look so handsome I must say I'm their mom I did a great job so know why it's not mad at me we just thought it would be fun to do a cute little skit together and kind of make it fun so I just wanted to surprise dad when he gets home from work that the boys have nice new haircuts and they're all ready for summer so hey guys I really want to tell you about bill and Susie from out west homestead they gave us a really neat shout out the other day on one of their videos I will leave a link in the description to that video there are some really good friends of ours they're just some really there they're just some really neat people there we know a lot of great people and they're one of them so guys go check them out and give them support and then I also have a really quick question for you beekeepers out there our neighbor next to us he's going to be spraying his field here in the next couple of days for bug really nice guy he was really concerned about what are we gonna do with our bees so my question is what do we do do we have them go just go out into the field and risk getting that poison and bring it into the hive and killing off the whole entire hive or do we set like a sprinkler out over them so that they can so it acts like it's raining and they stay in guys please give me your thoughts and suggestions down in the comments of what to do and that way we kind of have a heads up of kind of where to go so hey guys thanks for joining us today on our on our vlog hope you guys enjoyed it and I will see you tomorrow

Simple Living - Fairyland Cottage

**Simple Living – Fairyland Cottage**



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My name is Niamh and I have a BSc in Nursing Science. I make videos on simple, low waste, natural healthy living. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for watching.
hello there and welcome to fairyland cottage and thanks very much for joining me here today we live in a very fast-paced noisy material driven world and people nowadays are feeling more anxious and stressed than ever before so I thought I'd share a little antidote to that world for we are only temporary inhabitants on this land and it is not ours to own nature gives us everything we need to survive all we have to do it's respect and care for this gift instead of sailing away down the river of materialism we can stop and connect with ourselves finding out who we are and why we are here valuing the simplicity of life and knowing that everything we have no matter how little is enough it is said the mind is more difficult to control than the wind now there are many processes to helping to control the mind one of them is a practice called mantra meditation it can help to focus the mind help one feel more connected and bring more joy into your life for we can so easily get caught in the web of consumerism thinking we need to achieve more accumulate more to make ourselves happy instead we can stop and look around and appreciate what we have and be thankful for everything we have been given for nature has many resources which can help us to live very well choosing to live in alignment with nature and not against planting a seed in the soil and growing food to keep our bodies healthy realizing how little we really need to live very well and always remembering to nourish the body the mind and especially the soul you

10 Simple Ways to REDUCE WASTE // Sustainable Living Tips

**10 Simple Ways to REDUCE WASTE // Sustainable Living Tips**



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We’ve been talking a lot about minimalism and living with less over here at the CMS HQ lately. Garbage really is a problem—whether it be waste or recycling—it’s something that is becoming more and more important on a global scale. We really are the stewards of our planet, and while there are some things that are out of our control, there are a number of ways that we can start moving to a zero waste lifestyle by reducing the day to day waste that comes out of our homes. So, in this video, I take you through 10 simple ways that you can reduce waste today and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

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before we dive into today's topic I want to tell you right off the top I am not perfect at doing any of these things so I'm not gonna stand here and preach to you that I do all this all the time I don't but I'm challenging myself to be even better at it now and I'm challenging you to stand up and do the same thing be better at this and that is using less and wasting less here is why and there are lots of reasons but we'll start off with single use there are so many items that are out there that are single use and when we're done using them we toss them perfect example this straw we we've all heard about the straw lately but there are lots of items like the straw that we could very easily not use we could find an alternative for it it's just a matter of us deciding to do that the second thing is this whole idea of reducing reusing and recycling the whole reason why this has an order reduce reuse recycle is because the first thing we're supposed to do is actually reduce reduce the amount of stuff that we're using and buying and consuming and throwing out so that it stays out of the landfill so in this video I'm gonna give you ten ways that you can reduce waste in your life and just a quick reminder if you haven't done so already to subscribe to the clean myspace channel and give this video a thumbs up if you're into the neon trend this spring there are lots of foods that come in packages we have nothing we can do about that but there are many foods that you could choose to buy unpackaged and bring your own packages to the store for example produce I don't see why you have to buy a banana in a clamshell case you can just buy a banana as is or you can buy other fruits and vegetables as is if you want to put them in produce bags you can get reusable mesh and washable produce bags I'll link my favorite ones for you down below and if you want to buy food that comes in bulk you can bring your own containers to stores they will measure them and then you can go ahead and fill them up this is becoming increasingly popular I know in Toronto there's actually a store that you can go to that is completely waste for you just bring your own stuff and leave with your own containers filled up I hope to see a lot more of this ordering food in or taking food out is so common and it's something we all do when you finish eating look at the amount of waste that has been generated from that one meal you usually have stacked up containers condiment wrappers and plastic cutlery paper napkins that kind of stuff at the very least because I know sometimes you can't avoid ordering takeout at least at least at least ask them not to give you any packed up condiments that you definitely have in your fridge or any plastic cutlery that you for sure have at home in the fall I met these two girls out of British Columbia who were creating their own beautiful line of traditional metal safety razors I was terrified of this concept but I ended up getting one and ever since then I have not touched a disposable razor once I got used to the transition and I understood how to use these safety razors as they're called first of all you get a better shave and second of all the blades are recyclable you wash you wrap them properly you rinse them wrap them properly they're very inexpensive to maintain the blades are generally less than a dollar and I have not had to throw out one piece of plastic since making that transition there are several popular ways of selling milk either in milk jugs milk bags which is what we get here in Canada as well as milk cartons the problem with all of those they end up in some way shape or form in recycling and then in a landfill a really sustainable way to get your milk is what they used to do back in the olden days which is use glass milk jugs I've done this before it's pretty straightforward to do you pick up your milk jug you have to put a deposit down pour the glass bottle you use it you give it a rinse and the next time you go back to the grocery store you simply bring it back and you get your deposit back or you just leave your deposit there and use it for the next bottle that you purchase when food is served at my house we don't grab paper napkins anymore we get our cloth napkins we've probably had these now for three plus years do they look incredibly gorgeous I wouldn't put them on display at the Four Seasons Hotel but you know what they work perfectly well for wiping up greasy barbeque and chicken grease from our mouth and hands and fingers and when we're done with them we just throw them in the wash with our cleaning cloths and stick them back in a drawer this has saved so many napkins from going into the landfill it is such an easy thing to do these were super inexpensive and at this point I don't understand why disposable would be an option over using something like a simple and very efficient and convenient cloth napkin looking at our soap and detergent bottles there are definite ways that we can reduce the amount of stuff that we are throwing away again whether it's in the garbage or recycling so often times you can buy refills in plastic bags that you can then use to refill plastic bottles while you might think well the product is still coming in a plastic bag listen that plastic bag might give you five refills for that one spray bottle instead of you having to buy five more spray bottles leading to six spray bottles instead of one spray bottle and then a bag with five doses of product in it another thing you can look at doing is picking up concentrates which is a great way to say add a capful to a spray bottle filled with water and perhaps that one bottle contains sixty capfuls so therefore you are getting a lot more bang for your buck and you're having to throw out less ultimately that's what we're trying to do here and even when you're making your own product you don't necessarily have to go out and buy new spray bottles why not reuse really good quality spray bottles that you have from store-bought products give them a good rinse and then make your only products just make sure of course that you're labeling everything properly between having a baby and having a bunch of musical toys and filming in our house because every time we film we're using battery-powered mic packs and cameras and that kind of stuff we are big big fans of reusable batteries because if we weren't we'd be chucking batteries all the time that's why getting reusable batteries makes the most sense we have battery chargers we plug them in we pop our reusable batteries in there they charge up and we just use them next time it is more cost-effective frankly and it is much better for the environment well it might sound obvious replacing coffee cups which by the way you think are recyclable but actually aren't recyclable and water bottles or other beverage containers with a simple stainless steel mug or water bottle can save so much plastic and paper waste I carry my water bottle around if you see me on the street there's a really good chance you'll see me with my water bottle I fill it up probably three times a day hot water cold water and if I want to have another beverage I will use a different container so that I don't taint the flavor of this one that's a great tip if you're concerned about oh but my you know thermos will always taste like coffee if I use it for coffee great have one coffee thermos the point is you're not wasting a paper cup every day the point is you're not buying plastic bottles anymore family events can be very overwhelming whenever we go to family events whether it's on my side or Chad's side here's typically what happens the host has been working on putting this party together all day they're tired they want to hang out with their family so at the end everything is getting set up and out comes the plastic cutlery the paper plates the napkins all the stuff that eventually ends up in a big garbage bag stuck in the garage and waiting for garbage day Chyna and I have decided that this year we're going to do things differently we are not going to be that paper plate plastic cup family we're going to invest in some bamboo and or agave plates and cups that we can use to host host family and friends we have a big backyard we want people to come over but we don't want to be wasting things with paper and plastic when it comes to cleaning tools one of the biggest changes that we can make as far as I'm concerned is switching out our cleaning tools that are disposable or one use two cleaning tools that have multiple uses in them best example I can think of is microfiber cloths the reason I love them so much is because every time I use a microfiber cloth I can use it several times before I have to launder it I know it's not going to smell I know it's absorbent I know it's gonna get rid of streaks and marks it basically knocks everything off of my cleaning checklist and when I'm done using it I don't throw it in the garbage whereas a disposable rag or duster or a paper towel those things all end up in the garbage all end up in the landfill microfiber cloths you can reuse so many times and if you look at it in aggregate and you think about how many people are using disposable wipes and this and that and throwing it in the garbage think about how much a microfiber cloth can save you there are many things that we can't control we know that but there are lots of things that we can there are things that we can do to reduce the amount of waste that us as individuals and families and small businesses are generating these are small little decisions that we can make each and every day and my goal is by showing you these 10 things it'll start to change the way that you think about your purchase decisions and even if it keeps one extra thing out of the garbage each week I feel like I've done my job and that brings me to this week's comment question which is what would you tell a company you would like to see them do to help you make better decisions or what companies do you feel our helping consumers make better decisions and wasting less or keeping waste out of landfills let me give you a couple of examples I would love to say to my laundry detergent company hey why don't you have a big drum at my grocery store and let me pay for a token where I can bring my laundry jug which is perfectly good when it's empty and just refill it instead of me having to throw that plastic thing out and buy a whole new plastic one that is just going to have to get thrown out again that's my first question example my second question example would be you know a company that's making policy changes to help nudge us to make better decisions and waste less would be something like Starbucks that gives you a small incentive every time you bring in your own container and say hey can you put my coffee in here instead of using a paper cup they'll give you a little discount or a company like H&M where they will give you a discount if you bring in a bag of clothes that they will then recycle and purpose safer than what you would do if you were to just chuck your clothes in the landfill so let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments down below if you want to see what we're up to drain the rest of the week aside from talking about waste diversion strategies you can follow us on instagram i'm @melissamaker shot is @thechadreynolds and the two of us are @cleanmyspace here are a couple of other videos I think you're going to love and if you want to learn more about makers clean microfiber cloths you can click this button right over here there is button down there that lets me know you care so click it if you liked this video and click this button right here to subscribe and begin your journey to a cleaner life thanks so much for watching and we'll see you next time