Last Minute Upcycle: Shopping Bag to Bon Bon
Dec24

Last Minute Upcycle: Shopping Bag to Bon Bon

Are you running late? Never fear! The best of us get a little bit behind schedule from time to time (or all the time). If you are one of many who are spending your Christmas eve day chasing store closing deadlines this quick little DIY should help you out a lot. The best part? You (likely) won’t have to spend a cent. If you have visited a trendy store at any time over the past year and have a paper shopping bag hanging around...

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Shop The Christmas Rush Without Waste
Dec18

Shop The Christmas Rush Without Waste

It’s that shopping time of year! It’s pretty safe to say that the majority of us will end up at a shopping complex at some point of December. Some will be gleefully skipping down the isles doing the big present shop while others will be trying hard to find a table to sit and wait at while silently protesting the Christmas Shopping experience. Whatever side of the love/hate scale you sit on, adopting just one of these waste...

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A Very Mindful Christmas
Dec08

A Very Mindful Christmas

Taming the holiday spirt. Let’s face it December can be tough work even for the most festive of folk. It’s the time of year where all the deadlines loom. School wraps up for the holiday season, the weather is at a bit of a peak changing point, and suddenly everyone has the urge to catch up all at the same time. If you happen to work in the service or holiday industry it’s likely that you are gearing up (or already...

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Gifting Made Easy
Dec06

Gifting Made Easy

  Christmas is upon us! I get a little funny this time of year because I truthfully see little joy in the mainstream ideals of Christmas. As someone who is spiritual (yogic and science influence) but not religious I appreciate a good celebration of (insert your religion here) faith, but the enforcement of one huge consumer orgy wrapped in a religious ideal makes me a bit sick in the stomach. However, I do believe in taking time out,...

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How to Declutter Responsibly
Dec21

How to Declutter Responsibly

Got time off? End of year means holidays for some folks. While some of us are of braving the holiday traffic and crowded beaches, others are at home tackling the mess that results from a year of living and working before the relatives arrive for the holiday celebrations. Cluttering, according to organising guru Christina Scalise is: “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination” Decluttering is...

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Travel Right This Festive Season
Dec20

Travel Right This Festive Season

Christmas Made Mobile. This post originally ran one year ago today but is being shared again as it’s always good to have a refresher on holiday travel tips and it fits perfectly with Planet Arks 12 do’s of Christmas tip number 10.  For so many of us Christmas is a time for travel. Whether it’s visiting your distant family members, going on a vacation, or simply heading to the beach for a Christmas day picnic, some kind of...

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Ways to Un-Silly Your Season: Begin Anew
Dec20

Ways to Un-Silly Your Season: Begin Anew

To Begin Anew We all know that Christmas and family go hand in hand. It can be a trialling time for anyone in a relationship and conflicts can arise. The following practice by Sister Chan Khong, from an essay in the book All the Rage: Buddhist Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance, aims to help people resolve difficulties and communicate when they are hurt and is designed to be practiced before anger has taken root between yourself and...

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Food Waste and The Festive Season
Dec16

Food Waste and The Festive Season

Waste Not Tradition dictates that Christmas is all about gathering together for a meal and stuffing ourselves silly but from the video above it is clear that the Christmas season is one of the most wasteful times of the year when it comes to over-stocking the fridge and overstuffing our bellies. While it’s nice to shower your friends and family with an abundant selection of food choices (packaged or not) it’s not all that...

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Low Cost and Low Impact Gift Wrap
Dec15

Low Cost and Low Impact Gift Wrap

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String… Gift wrapping is a totally unnecessary and time wasting act but there is no denying the fact that the excitement of a present is around 80% related to the fact that you can’t see inside. If someone gives you a block of chocolate sans-wrapping you are pretty excited about getting it. Wrap that same block of chocolate in a pretty piece of paper and suddenly receiving it is the most...

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Giving Thoughtful Gifts
Dec14

Giving Thoughtful Gifts

Socks! Again! Why you shouldn’t have! Christmas is a time of giving and loving but unfortunately the giving and loving can sometimes be a little misguided, especially when it comes to gifts. We have all had those moments where we open a neatly wrapped gift only to find out what’s inside is totally repulsive, an anti climax gift, or worst still, completely confusing. Which more often that not results in a case of...

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