Simple Things

A list of simple things here and there.

1. Simple hot cocoa. In a mug, make a paste of one to two tablespoons of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it), one heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Top with steaming milk and stir to combine. Drink wearing your favorite flannel shirt (mine was a gift from a friend that I probably won’t take off all winter long).

2. Simple action. Last week I went in for a dental cleaning and declined the cellophane wrapped plastic toothbrush and the plastic container of floss. Eliminating plastic waste from my dental routine is a small, but easy action I’m taking. If you need a reason to eliminate plastic from your life, look no further than this video (via Jane). By the way, bamboo toothbrushes make great stocking stuffers.

3. Simple tip. Forget the plastic wrap or baggie and instead place the cut side of an onion, lemon, tomato, cabbage, apple or other produce directly on a plate and store in the fridge to keep it fresh.

4. Simple gift wrap. Make gift wrap that “pops” by stamping up-cycled paper. For more ideas on zero waste gift wrapping go here and here.

5. Simple joy. One of the Little Free Libraries that we frequent is stocked with books from the family’s, whose house it sits in front of, own collection. The family rotates the selection of books periodically to keep it fresh. I was delighted the other day to find it packed with Christmas themed books. After reading (and loving!) this book, I was thrilled to borrow Take Joy by Tasha Tudor. The book has whimsical illustrations, traditional Christmas songs and stories, sweet recipes and a narrative of Christmas at the Tudor farm. Swoon!

May your weekend be full of joy!

Julie xo


3 thoughts on “Simple Things

  1. I miss my bamboo toothbrush. But after $11,000(!) of gum surgery this summer, I’ve had to switch to an electric toothbrush. I wish someone would come up with a zero-waste electric for those of us who have to use them.

    1. Wow! That is a mighty expensive surgery! I hope it all went well. My guess is there’s probably not a big demand for zero waste electric toothbrushes. We do what we can with the tools we have available to us. BTW, thanks for sharing the pic on IG of your cast iron tree stand! It’s beautiful! Sorry I didn’t respond – I’ve been taking a break from social media. 🙂

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