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Another day, another award. Such is the life of an eco-blogger.

A very interesting thing about blogging is that there’s a “spam box” linked to the blog, which collects all the spam-comments that get posted. I, for one haven’t figured out what the spammers gain from commenting on blogs, but maybe there’s some cyber logic to it. I check my spam box from time to time, because sometimes a real, sweet comment ends up in there by mistake. Last week while browsing thru the “Go to this link to get more search hits” and the “I appreciate your writing, did you write this yourself?” (yes, I get lots of those!), I found the most wonderful not-spam-comment from a fellow blogger in there, I had been nominated for an award!

versaTo be precise, Home Grown Heaven, a smallholding blog I follow, had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. The blogging community is wonderful that way, we support each other and get inspired by each other, and sometimes, if one is lucky, an award pops up. This is actually my second ‘win’ this year (bursting with pride), as No Need for Mars, a great Zero Waste blog I read, nominated me for the Liebster Award back in August.

Now, the rules.  The two awards work in the same way, you nominate a few blogs you love, share them on your page, thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog. So, first, very many thanks Mrs. Fairweather at Home Grown Heaven!

Before giving the Versatile Blogger Award to anyone, one must “Consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, and the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page”. That being the criteria, I’m much honored! I was given the award with the following motivation (made me so happy):

Made Right (Here) – Anna couldn’t quite believe that Chinese garlic was a thing here but it’s actually really hard to buy garlic not grown in China, which is ridiculous considering I live in Ireland. Her blog has encouraged me to think more about what I do buy and where it comes from.

Next, I should select 15 blogs or bloggers that I’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. Pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent! And nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

This is really hard for me to do. I do read other blogs and enjoy browsing from time to time, but for a blog to make it to the top of my list it better be dang good. I nominated five blogs in the Liebster Award process, which you can find here. I don’t want to nominate the same ones again so here are my nominees (it’s not going to be 15, ok?):

  1. The Delicate Tension. I discovered this blogger (Liz) when she shared a trailer to a wonderful mini-series about people working in Cambodia’s garment industry. Reading her content; he words are full of passion, wit and joy. Whenever it has been a while since she’s published a post, I miss her blog in my feed. She writes about slow fashion and shares the amazing custom garments she sews and her up-cycled fabulous thrift store finds.
  2. Forage and Forge. A bit of zero waste, a bit of homegrown, a bit of philosophy, a bit of homeschooling. All with wit, smarts and excellence. The tag line for this blog is “Sustainable living in Suburbia” and aren’t we all trying to master just that?
  3. Home Grown Heaven. Yes, the blogger who nominated me is actually one of my own favorites. It’s a dream of mine to one day grow my own food and have a few chickens running around a house with solar panels, on the country-side . This blog is inspiring, hopeful and well written. Maybe I can home grow too?
  4. Made in USA blogs. Not that anyone writing articles on this subject impresses me with their heartfelt writing (not that kind of blogs), but since I am on a mission to shop local, it’s a must to stay updated on this topic. There’s Made in USA News, which collects stories from different outlets about stateside manufacturing. There’s the Simply American blog whose library of brands and posts is extensive, and there’s the Clothing Made in USA blog, focusing on just that.

I hope you take the time to check these blogs out. (Since I only managed to list a select few, looking them all up sounds like a manageable task ;))

Utah in the air. Happiness in my heart.
Utah in the air. Happiness in my heart.

Finally, I must tell the person who nominated me 7 things about myself.

  1. I am having a hard time starting this list, despite the fact that I love to talk about myself.
  2. Some days I draft a plan in my head of how my husband and I would make our escape from the Walking Dead, should they be closing in.
  3. I’ve had so much Washington State Riesling this year, I am currently having a hard time drinking any dry wines.
  4. My best vacation ever was a 9 day road-trip in Arizona and Utah, with my husband in 2014, visiting the National Parks.
  5. English is my second language.
  6. America’s overconsumption is what inspired me to start this blog.
  7. My celebrity crushes are Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, judge (with the best accent) on the X Factor UK and Prince Ea, vlogger, planet promoter and mastermind.

Two awards in one year, and a blog that keeps growing (very slowly but still!). I love writing and I love that people are actually reading about sustainability! One can be nothing but grateful for support like the type Home Grown Heaven has shown, by giving me the award. Thank you! I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present!

And on that note – Happy Holidays everyone!

Because I write, I also read (blogs that is)

Sustainability champion and fellow eco-blogger Danielle @ No Need for Mars, nominated me for the Liebster Award a couple of weeks ago (yay!). It’s taken me a little while to decide how to approach this topic in my own way, hence the wait.

So what’s it all about? Well, it’s an award given by bloggers to other bloggers in order to bring attention to great blogs that we read and love, so others may discover them too.

There are some rules to it, kind of like a chain letter (which makes me freak a little) but I am doing it; with my own words.

First rule of the award is that I’m supposed to thank the nominator and that’s a given: Thank you, No need for Mars! I look forward to following your sustainable journey!

Then (step 2) I share the logo (look left!) and name a few of my own favorite blogs (step 3). These five (full of beauty!) make me smile:

  1. Sustainable Daisy. Her vintage finds and thrift store treasures look adorable. Every time. Wish I could pull it off!
  2. Timber+Thread.  I can almost smell the (locally sourced) wood. And I love handmade in USA. {Note. This blog is no longer active but they’re on instagram}
  3. Shutterluv by Ashley. This photography blog, which belongs to one of my best friends, is full of photos that capture joy of life in people’s eyes, and I luv it (and her!)
  4. Joli Naturellement. Because she knows green beauty and shows it off with the best photos. I just love the whole concept and look!
  5. StockholmBerlin. It is so Euro. So minimalist. Vintage fashion in German packaging. {Note. This blog is no longer active}

If you haven’t already, go check them out!

Another part of the award process (step 4) is that whoever nominated you, gets to ask you a few questions. Since blogging is all about personal views and experiences, I am happy to answer the questions I’ve been given! (Danielle, I did leave a few out, where I did not have an interesting answer).

What do you want your readers to know about you besides pursuing a sustainable lifestyle? *** I am always listening to music and when I hear a great line I want to use it as a blog title! It hardly ever works, since very few lines in songs match my blog theme. I did get to use I got Stripes by Johnny Cash for my new striped dress and On to Something Good by Ashley Monroe for my new face-wash routine. I do have a few more lined up, I’m just waiting for the right posts to come along where I can use them.


Do you consider yourself a minimalist or have you implemented minimalism into your lifestyle? *** I do think I am a little bit of a minimalist: buy only what we need, use what we need. Honestly, the fact that I live in Houston probably makes me look like a minimalist in comparison to people around me (waste, waste and greed). I don’t know anyone with a house as small as ours. That said, I wouldn’t label myself one ;)

Who is your biggest blog inspiration and why? *** Honestly? Julie from the movie Julie & Julia. I’d love that to happen to me (minus the hectic cooking).

Do you have any advice to people who get overwhelmed by the pursuit of zero waste and trying to inspire others?*** No one is perfect, we all just do our best. Making an honest effort for our environment is admirable in itself and more than most people do. If you can’t do it all, do what you can!

What is your favorite zero waste recipe or recipe you look forward to trying? *** I must say I am the master of leftovers. I always come up with something yummy to use them for. Quiche is a versatile favorite, I use for taking care of small amounts of left over veggies or meats.

Do you have a favorite charitable organization or ethical company? *** There are so many companies that I love. Locally Grown Clothing is a favorite. Organizations, I’d say Stand for Trees and Swedish Naturskyddsforeningen.

What lifestyle change or action item is next on your sustainable journey?*** I want to get way better at finding and buying previously owned things. I tend to lose patience real quick and end up buying new stuff (especially clothes!)

My questions to other bloggers (step 5) would be: What is your favorite part about blogging? When do you feel most inspired to write? Do you have a favorite post (among your own) and why? How did you come up with the name for your blog? Have you made any lifestyle changes lately in order to live more sustainably and eco-conciuous? What’s your one bad habit you wish you could kick (but can’t seem to!) in the name of sustainable living?

If any of the blogs I nominated want to take part, nominate some other blogs, tell us more about you and your blog – go ahead! If not, there ain’t nothing mandatory about blogging!

Anyway, some of my readers may have been inspired to check out some of the blogs I like – and that’s what it’s about. Thanks for reading, now go be sustainable!

My five zero goals; inspired by you #zerowaste

I’ve been really inspired lately by quite a few excellent blogs written by people who aim to live life with zero waste. #zerowaste bloggers are crafty, innovative, smart and caring! They remind us of how we can all live a more sustainable and appreciative life.

All these great posts made me think about that I actually have a few “zero hashtags” of my own, in addition* to the brilliant, say-it-all-in-one-tag: #zerowaste.

Believe me, I know they all fall on a scale of impossible to very impossible (and nobody is perfect!), but you know what they say; aim for the stars and you may reach the treetops.

zero- 1. Zero Made in China (Zero Imports). Buy local stuff, all the time. Start with made in town, state, country, part of the world… Work my way out. Some things are quite easy, like veggies, some things are hard, like good looking shoes. (By all means, correct me if I’m wrong!)

2. Zero Chemicals. No lotions and potions in the bathroom with any ingredients I can’t pronounce.

3. Zero Processed Foods. Actually, this one is probably the easiest of all my zero goals! Except bread – does that count? Will still buy and eat bread (I’m a terrible baker, don’t even go there).

4. Zero Oil for Fuel and Energy. We’re saving up for our first Tesla! Yes, we are! And we hope to one day be energy independent. Reaching for the stars here? Well, so is Elon Musk (literally).

5. Zero Bad and Grumpy Days. Move forward with a happy spirit, banish worrying and always remember that everything will work out :)

That’s it!

Maybe you have some zeros of your own to pursue? If not, go ahead and borrow mine. Feel free to alter, add and customize as needed. See, that’s another cool tag I like, it’s called #reuse.

*We are not a household committed to 100% zero waste. Yes, we are always mindful about waste and packaging, but it would be an insult to people committed to a zero waste lifestyle, to say that we are.