Is it REALLY that time again? [Autumn/Winter round-up]

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I can hardly believe Christmas is almost upon us again…where did the time go? Things here at Greenermums have been a little quiet the last few months; the busier my own life gets the less time I seem to have for posting so apologies for that. I am so pleased to see, however, how busy the site has been – your favourite blogpost by far is my mixed bean salad recipe which seems to get viewed everyday by many people from all over the world, so thank you so much for visiting! I have quite a few vegetarian recipes I’ve been meaning to post here so hopefully I’ll get around to doing that soon.

As for what’s been going on “off-line” well, I can sum it up in one word…(and hence the snowman)…YOGA! I have been eating, sleeping and breathing yoga and…<drum roll>…am now a fully qualified Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher. Hurrah!! I have been busy studying all about anatomy and physiology, learning first aid, doing A LOT of yoga practice (both at classes with amazing teachers and at home), studying/reading yoga books and basically immersing myself in all things yoga and I’m so grateful for the experience I have had this past year or so and for the wonderful opportunities that I know will be coming in 2014. My love affair with yoga has deepened further still and I am so looking forward to sharing this with my local yogis and yogis-to-be. If you happen to be in the Kent area of the UK please check out my website at Samadhi Yoga where I will be shortly listing details of classes I’m planning to start come mid-January 2014…

Other than yoga, it’s been the usual roller coaster of daily life, juggling work commitments with family commitments but everything is good. We are all well and happy and all in all 2013 has been a great year. I hope this is the same for all of you guys too!!

On a “green” note- I am still perservering with the usual recycling efforts and trying to find new outlets for “greenness” and am managing to find places to recycle various items at quite unexpected places. For those of you in the UK – I noticed that Asda stores are recycling batteries- they have big bins where you can take your old batteries, Marks and Spencers I noticed have containers where you can donate your old clothes, Argos have the facility to recycle Brita water filter cartridges and if you have Epson printer ink cartridges you can request freepost envelopes from them in which you can post used cartridges back to them for recycling- click here for the address. My children’s school have also been collecting old pens for recycling which provides a dual benefit in that this earns them money for their PTFA at the same time as helping the environment. This scheme is run by Terracycle which incidentally offers MANY opportunities for schools, companies and organisations to recycle items that are often not possible to recycle through normal channels. Worth checking out if you would be in a position to run such a scheme. Otherwise I am constantly clearing out old clothes and toys for the local charity shops – I am lucky to have found a charity shop close by which is so grateful for any donations. Some people had mentioned to me that some charity shops are getting a bit picky- making them wait as they siphon through the donations to choose what they want! Not a great way to encourage people to donate, also roadside collections for charity bags can sometimes be so specific as to what they want to collect and ours mostly don’t even turn up to collect the bags which is also a shame, BUT it is always possible to take your unwanted goods to charity shops yourself – you can always phone in advance to see what they need/will take and there’s always at least one local shop where donations of any kind would be gratefully received!

I am also continuing with my vegetarian lifestyle- it’s been over a year and a half now and I feel so much better having made this decision – the more I read about the treatment of animals the more steadfast I feel about being vegetarian and the more I feel I want to spread the message. If you are toying with the idea of becoming vegetarian The Vegetarian Society website is a great starting point with lots of information on being vegetarian as well as yummy recipe ideas. A great book which is also on my alas neglected Reading page of this site is The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone- lots of food for thought on the unethical treatment of animals as well as a section with healthy recipes. Actually though, in her book Alicia is more promoting the idea of veganism than just being vegetarian which is the direction I would ultimately like to head in. In fact I’m going to try being vegan in January as one of my New Year’s Resolutions- if you are interested in trying this too then check out the website Veganuary – a nice way to give it a go without making sweeping declarations that you can’t stick to!!

So that’s it. Not sure if I will get a chance to post again before the New Year (other than perhaps a recipe if I get time!) so I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading and to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2014!!!

Popping champagne

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