Lazy making: Chalkboard storage tub

Hello lazy green people!

This weekend I am knee deep in boring Uni work (no rest for the lazy eh?!) so, to keep you all out of trouble and give you something fun and green to try, I thought I would share something nifty I made recently.

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Lazy recipe: Easy Toasted nutty & seeded Granola

Not usually one for following recipes; I never really have the patience to follow something step-by-step, and usually end up free-styling and making it up. But…last week my friend told me she had made her own granola, and it actually sounded very easy to do. In fact, what I love is the fact you really don’t need to follow any strict ingredient list, and can add anything you have lying around in the cupboard. You literally just chuck in what you fancy!

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Wanted! For crimes against Green Living

My biggest enemy right now – keeping me up late at night and inspiring unpredictable bouts of cursing – is my daily struggle with the evil criminal…household food waste! Now, I’d be the first to admit that I’m not someone who wastes food in the traditional sense: if it’s available, I’ll eat it! I’m also guilty of polishing off a plate of food, whether I actually enjoyed it or not, just because I didn’t want to see it “go to waste”. Admittedly, this is often down to my own personal greed, than any ethical aspirations for a more sustainable planet…

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The Green way to V..

Like an enthusiastic keen bean who publicly announces their intention to run a marathon, and instantly regrets it; I told everyone I’d gone Vegan on the first day of deciding myself. Way to set yourself up for a fall! Here followed daily inquisitions into my nutritional intake, challenges on my personal ethics and persistent questions like: “But if we didn’t eat beef or cheese, wouldn’t cows be extinct?” In hindsight, I probably should have given myself some time to gather my thoughts on my ethics and beliefs, before opening myself up for public judgement.

But then again, I could never have predicted that people would get so darn defensive about what I (not them, I might add…) chose to consume!

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Passing the buck and cursing myself

This bank holiday weekend – instead of enjoying sleepy lie-ins and country walks – we chose to move house. Right up there with getting married and changing jobs; it pretty much lived up to its reputation as one of the most stressful things you can do. Our stress, however, was greatly influenced by our prior disorganised laziness; in which we had shoved random bits and bobs into carrier’s bags and holey bin liners, leaving them to fester in storage for 3 months.

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Lazy organic Eating

Everyone who knows me knows that I love food. I love fresh, healthy fruit and veg, and I love chocolate, crisps and almost anything fried…

For me it’s not just about the eating.  It’s the fun of browsing recipes, experimenting with ingredients and enjoying the social atmosphere of cooking for others. So, as part of my journey to living a greener, more sustainable life, food seemed like an important place to start. A key part of living more sustainable is getting to grips with organic produce. What is it? Why should we eat it? What are the pitfalls? And, more importantly, how can we incorporate it into our lives with little effort or expense?

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The Lazy Girl goes…well, lazy

After much deliberation, procrastination and general faffing, I realised today that I actually need to crack on with this journey of “A lazy Girl Goes Green”. There’s no use skirting around the meaning of this or the definition of that; if I’m not going to pull up my sleeves and actually attempt to live more sustainably!

In some ways it’s refreshing to know that I’ve stayed true to my roots, and approached my first blog with the kind of half-hearted and disorganised enthusiasm that I’ve approached so many of other personal projects throughout my life. Like the time I bought a drum kit to form that progressive metal band, or the time I (almost) completed a holistic massage course with a dream to “make holistic clinics more popular than GPs!” You can’t knock my passion, determination and get-up-and-go attitude. You can, of course, knock my general lack of commitment and ability to see anything through to the end. They don’t call my lazy for nothing I guess.

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The Art of Resourcefulness

Growing up, I always saw my family as rather resourceful. Whilst my Nan grew herbs in her garden and knew how to make cleaning products with water and a bag of lemons; mum shopped around for the best deals and made most of my clothes as a child. My uncle Fred perhaps took it a step too far, and saw resourcefulness as a need to save absolutely everything he came across (including dolls heads in the skip or leaflets in the local library) and hoarded a variety of things “just in case they might be needed one day…”

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