Monday, May 12, 2014

mother's day and reusable coffee cups

Did you have a nice Mother's Day? I did! I awoke and enjoyed my coffee in bed and a minimalist card from Doodle that was simply a blank folded card with the word, "MOM" written on the inside.

He was tickled to learn that if you turn the card upside down, it reads, "Wow!"

I spent the rest of the morning reading (I currently have one book going on upstairs and one downstairs, so I volleyed back and forth between the two depending on where I was in the house.)

I did some cooking for our Mother's Day brunch. 

And began cutting out my material for a hounds tooth coat I am attempting to make. 

My parents and sister came over in the afternoon to enjoy a wonderful brunch al fresco. I didn't snap many photos, but here are a few:

Mr. Meremade surprised me with a bouquet of beautiful peonies (my favorite.)

He made this yummy potato salad, which accompanied a cedar plank grilled salmon with dill sauce:

Here's a kale, beet and avocado salad:

I made these gluten free, quinoa blueberry scones (click here for the recipe.)

It was a lovely day!

Another book I read over the weekend was Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. She has really reduced her family's waste impact. They produce only a quart of trash for the entire year!?!?! Now, there are some tips in here that I just won't be trying anytime soon (read: the Diva cup or making my own paper out of dryer lint.) But I am inspired to implement one new waste reducing change each week to our lives. 

So the first change I instituted today is no more disposable coffee cups

I read online that paper coffee cups contribute to about 3.7 million pounds of solid waste a year!! I purchased these porcelain cups a while back and they've been mucking it up in my cupboard. It's not that I don't want to use them, but keeping them in the cupboard doesn't lend itself to spontaneous coffee runs. Most days I use my French press to make coffee at home, but there are times, when I can't wake up or when I get Doodle to school to early and we make a last minute run to the Coffee bean down the street. 

Solution: leave clean mugs in the trunk of my car

All it takes it a little more effort and some foresight when the dishes are emptied. 

I originally purchased these cups online, but I can't recall from where. I found them here, however, if you're interested. If this pattern doesn't work for you, they have hundreds of others to choose from. 

You can check out Bea's blog here. (I'll add it to my blogroll as well.)

I'll be sharing a new, waste reducing tip each week as well as let you know how my resolutions are coming along! 

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