• Sustainable Living

    Tips for Starting Your Successful Zero-Waste Lifestyle

    The idea of zero waste living can feel overwhelming. A part of the reason we started our blog was to show how practical and natural living sustainably can actually be. Thinking of a zero-waste lifestyle, going fully vegan, or eliminating all single use plastics can feel so daunting that we might give up before even starting. But it really can be easy if taken step-by-step. This is why I wanted to highlight some easy habits for living sustainably that can also save you time and money. Each one is a great place to start your journey. Habits to Start Your Zero-Waste Living Here are some easy habits you can implement…

  • Money Matters

    #MoneyMasterClass Recap-Week 39

    Following up on last week’s topic of budgets, Gail gave some advice on what to do if your budget doesn’t balance. Gail also spent part of this week having us evaluate where we are at and also answered some participant questions. How Much is Enough? Cutting Expenses When it comes to budgets they are of no use if they don’t balance. So if it doesn’t balance, that’s when expenses need to be cut. Gail has spent a lot of this year emphasizing what is a need versus a want. When cutting expenses, these are things to look at. With that determination Gail is talking about, look at where you might…

  • Flashfood Inspirations

    Flashfood: Cauliflower Fettucine Alfredo

    The Flashfood App enables frugal grocery purchases while also promoting sustainability by diverting food that was destined for the landfill. This app links consumers looking for grocery deals with stores looking to sell nearly expired foods. And it’s also a great way to try out new foods and challenge yourself to experiment with recipes! Find out about the app here: Introduction to Flashood Flashfood Find: Assorted vegetable box Regular Price $10.00Flashfood Price $5.00Total Savings $5.00 Menu Inspiration I chose this assorted vegetable box as it had peppers and cauliflower in it, which are both items that I use regularly. My favourite recipe to make with cauliflower is Cauliflower Fettucine Alfredo!…

  • Solar Monthly Update

    Residential Solar Project: Review of the First Year

    We’ve officially been generating solar power for one year at our British Columbia home! There has been a lot to learn through this process. As we reflect on what it has been like to have solar panels on our house, I’m taking a look at the stats for how much energy we have been creating. The Year in Numbers Our solar panel installation was completed August 1, 2019 so I’m using the period of August to July each year for comparison purposes. See below for a summary of our results. I really like numbers and spreadsheets so feel free to skip past if you don’t! The ‘Reduction in usage’ line…

  • Money Matters

    #MoneyMasterClass Recap-Week 38

    This week Gail continued her advice on debt repayment, focusing on snowballing payments. Our next task was to create a budget with numbers from our spending analysis. We also finally have a use for our 500 items and Gail gave some of her life advice to start and to end our week. Gail’s answering our questions! Gail let us know this week that in November she will be answering our questions. This is your chance to have your money questions answered by a professional! Email your questions to: getgvo@gmail.com Time to turn things around Snowballing Your Payments Gail describes snowballing as the most efficient way to pay off your debt.…

  • Upcycled Furniture

    Project DIY: Painted Kitchen Chairs

    The DIY Project: Brightening up some old oak kitchen chairs Why I Love It I love these chairs because they are solid wood and built to last. The Plan My plan was to brighten these chairs up with some paint. They were a little tired and dated, so I wanted to give them and extra boost. Supplies List This list contains affiliate links, as an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases Rags and Soap & Water Paint Furniture Wax for chalk paint Painter’s Tape Foam Paint Brushes The Process The first task was to give these chairs a good cleaning. The chairs were in good condition and I chose…