May Groceries + a life hack!

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Everything seen here was purchased at Cliff’s Country Market. I went with my sister as she had never been there before. We had a very interesting and fun conversation with an employee about when a person can tell certain fruits are ripe. We discussed how when local cantaloupes are in season, one can smell them from the parking lot. Mmm.

We also talked about the future of the business, and I, like always, gently suggested beautiful, fantastic bulk bins! Apparently the owner doesn’t want children getting into them and has some other hesitations about them. I think pull down bins would be the best option if there is concern about children’s hands going into the bins and contaminating the contents. Perhaps someday!

They were having a sale on mangoes! 12 for $8, so of course I had to get them. When I worked in Australia, I would stop and buy a mango each time I made a delivery to a certain fruit and veg shop. It was such a treat, and mangoes are difficult to find around these parts (for good reason!), but I just couldn’t resist.

I’m thinking of making this trending vegan mango coconut yogurt from Minimalist Baker.

Other items on my list include:

  • Greek salad
  • Watermelon salad
  • White bean + sweet potato burgers
  • Tacos (still some mushrooms in the fridge) + freshly cooked black beans
  • Roasted cabbage wedges
  • Ginger beer (always!)

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Ok so my life hack is probably not new to anyone but myself, but you never know when a tip can be just the thing you never thought about doing that could change a so-so day into an awesome day.

I started taking all the produce stickers off my fruit & veg as soon as I get home! That way I don’t have to worry about them as I put peels / rinds in the compost / vinegar jar, etc. It doesn’t hurt that it looks way prettier when I take a photo of my groceries. I never thought I would ever be taking photos of my groceries… yet here I am.

Peace and love,

Kristan

 

April Groceries, etcetera

Generally I make two loaves of sourdough every other weekend, but knew I wasn’t in the mood this weekend. I also wanted to hit up the Boise farmer’s market that was just opening up for the season. The only thing I was able to get was this loaf of sourdough bread, which looks ten times better than mine somehow. I was disappointed in how much fresh produce was already packaged in plastic bags or clamshells. Better luck later in the season I’m hoping.

After the market, I stopped in at the Boise Co-op which is a package free haven. Everything else was purchased there.

I’ve not been present here as much lately mostly because I am a teacher and have been working and also trying to figure out how to balance all the things in life I love while working full time.

I’m also volunteering to teach a “how to live a low waste life” class this month and next, and to be perfectly honest I’m nervous about it because I’m an introvert, and because I’ve never done such a thing and definitely don’t consider myself an expert. I have, however, read basically every blog post from my favorite bloggers, watched innumerable YouTube videos on the topic, devoured Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson (twice), listen to low waste podcasts, and have carefully considered how to reduce my waste in every aspect of my life for the past 18 months.

At times I feel I am a woman possessed. I think, breathe, eat, and create with zero waste as a priority.

I think it’s time to let all my knowledge overtake my actions and trust myself and my intuition enough to know that I am enough, I have learned enough, and even if I stumble, I can get right back up and continue this journey. My whole life I have been afraid of failure. I have never felt like I was enough as a person, but I feel that now, at 32, I am ready to take on everything life has to offer. I am quite the late bloomer :).

Peace and love,

Kristan

Yoloha Yoga Mat

My yoga practice has been sporadic for the past 15 years. My mind gets distracted at home, and I rarely like leaving my home to be around strangers in different body positions. However, I’m focusing on being body positive and accepting my body for what it is today, because no matter the shape it takes, it has taken me everywhere and accepted love, taken abuse, and overall is still quite healthy.

That being said, my preferred practice is at home in the quiet, with enough room to spread my 6’1″ wingspan (I’m only 5’8″ so don’t ask me what happened there).

I’ve never truly liked any of my yoga mats. I’ve seen the prices of some nicer ones and thought they’d never be worth it. My old yoga mats now live under rugs, and I wanted to find a mat that wouldn’t end up in the landfill.

I went with cork because it sounded comfortable, yet seemed like it would have some stick. My feet are never sweaty, so I have always had trouble keeping my feet planted during many positions.

The Yoloha Mat is comfortable, and long enough for my heels and my head to be on the mat at the same time. However, it does not have the grip for which I was hoping. BUT I did discover that spraying or wiping it down with water before I start solves this problem! It works amazingly well this way! It would probably work for other types of mats as well and I wish I would have done this sooner.

The mat is definitely worth the price. It’s sustainably made in the USA, 100% recyclable, long, lightweight, portable, and looks attractive.

I see that the same one I purchased is for sale right now for $58 USD if you’re looking for a new mat. 🙂

Peace and love,

Kristan