Plastic Free July – Plastic free fruit & vege

I thought I would share how I keep my Fruit & Vege shopping plastic free. Tips on avoiding the plastic produce bags & extra packaging.

The plastic supermarket bags have been phased out here in New Zealand finally but the produce bags are still there.

Growing your own fruit and vege is obviously amazing and it always tastes better. But if you don’t grow your own try to buy without plastic.

How I shop for Fruit and vege without plastic.

🥦 Take my own produce bags.

The bags I’ve got pictured here – 🥒Onya produce bag – the mesh style produce bag. I got it ages ago in a two pack, it was brand new from a secondhand shop.

🥒 The cream one – I whipped up about 5 of these the other day out of a piece of calico I hadn’t used up. I might dye them thinking tie dye but I do quite like them as is. I might see how long they stay cream.

🥒The grey bag -my old Kathmandu jacket came in this bag.

Just shows you can buy them, make them or reuse things you already have. You can use anything. The lighter the better but I don’t think it makes too much of a difference. I also use old rice bags which are really handy as they have a zip, they are big so great for apples and oranges .

Some extra tips to keep your produce shopping plastic free

🌏 The key is having quite a few reusable bags because you always end up getting a variety of things which each need their own bag.

🌏 If you are just getting a small amount of something often you don’t need a bag.

🌏Bananas 🍌 don’t need a bag they are really handy and come in a bunch 👍🏽🌏

🌏 Vege shops often have less packaging than supermarkets and I’ve found more welcoming when using your own bags. Although supermarket attitudes have changed with the plastic bag ban.

🌏 Choosing the least plastic option of something – Eg you can buy 10 kgs of potatoes 🥔 some come in plastic some in paper.

Every little bit helps so do the best you can with what you have. We can all make a difference.

Much love


Tangerine Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

Exploring ways to use Tangerine oil. I love the citrus oils they are uplifting oils and I love adding them to water. This week I focused on trying new ways to use Tangerine oil.

My Oil of the week project – This year I’m choosing an oil a week to focus on, trying different ways of using it. I’m choosing oils which I haven’t used a lot. It works well with my Intentional living – using what I have, getting more value from what I have & going deeper with things.

What does Doterra say about Tangerine?

🍊 Tangerine has a long history of use in Chinese culture and herbal health practices. It supports healthy digestion and metabolism.*

🍊Has a sweet, tangy aroma, similar to other citrus oils, that is uplifting.

🍊Tangerine is known for its cleansing properties, and for supporting a healthy immune and respiratory system.*

🍊Tangerine essential oil can be used to help soothe anxious feelings and manage stress.

  • 🍊Cleansing and purifying
  • 🍊Aroma uplifts mood
  • Ways I’ve used Tangerine this week

  • 🌿 A diffuser blend that I ended up trying during my last ‘oil of the week’ stint which was Marjoram.
  • 2 drops Marjoram
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus
  • 1 drop Tangerine
  • Like I said an unexpected combo but I liked it.
  • Tangerine essential oil diffuser blend. Ways to use doTERRA tangerine essential oil

    🌿 One of the easiest ways to use the oils aromatically.

    A drop of a tangerine oil in the palm of my hand, rub together and then cup hands over nose and take a few breaths. To get the energising and uplifting benefits of Tangerine.

    Tangerine essential oil aromatic uses. Ways to use doTERRA tangerine oil.

    🌿 Add a drop to my water for flavouring and getting the benefits of the oil internally. Which I’m comfortable with. I love the citrus oils in water Lime is my favourite.

    8 ways to use doTERRA tangerine essential oil. Tangerine essential oils uses

    🌿 More Diffuser blends I tried

    1 drop of Tangerine

    1 drop Green Mandarin

    Very summery and the green mandarin is a different type of citrus scent as it is from the unripened mandarin.

    Fruit punch

    1 drop Grapefruit

    1 drop Lemon

    1 drop Lime

    1 drop Tangerine ( which I haven’t got a sticker for yet )

    DoTERRA diffuser blends. Fruit punch diffuser blend - grapefruit, lime, lemon , tangerine

    Calm & Happy diffuser blend

    I did

    2 drops Tangerine

    2 drops Balance

    1 drop elevation

    Diffuser blends for Tangerine essential oil Calm and happy diffuser blend. Elevation, balance, tangerine essential oils

    Some other uses

  • 🍊Add 2–3 drops as a flavoring in cake and cookie recipes
  • 🍊Add 1–2 drops in water, smoothies, teas, or lemonade for flavoring
  • 🍊Apply to flex points or abdomen to promote feelings of happiness. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize sensitivity if needed
  • I loved focusing on an oil like this & ‘getting to know’ the oil better.

    Looking forward to learning more about the different oils each week through my ‘Oil of the week’. You can follow along on the blog here, on Instagram. You can also become my email buddy here, so I can send you my latest 💕

    If you are wanting to try essential oils for yourself you can find out How to join Doterra here or send me a message on Instagram or email –

    Much love

    Marjoram Essential Oil – Uses & Benefits

    A focus on Marjoram. Marjoram is one of my favourites essential oils now. It wasn’t what I as expecting, to me it has a Floral herb scent. It’s calming properties supported my sleep & helped give me a sense of peace.

    Oil of the week – This year I’m choosing an oil a week to focus on trying different ways of using it. I’m choosing oils which I haven’t used a lot. It works well with my Intentional living – using what I have, getting more value from what I have & going deeper with things.

    What does Doterra say about its Marjoram oil?

    🌿 Marjoram was once known as a symbol of joy and happiness in ancient cultures.

    🌿 Valued for its calming properties and positive effect on the nervous system when taken internally*

    🌿 Supports a healthy immune system when consumed

    🌿 May promote a healthy cardiovascular system when ingested*

    🌿 Used in cooking in baking just like the herb

    Ways I used Marjoram this week

    Topical use of Marjoram Essential Oil. 1-2 drops diluted in carrier oil applied to back of the neck and shoulders. Helping to lessen stress and ease muscle tension. Ways to use Marjoram Essential oil. Kelly Stevenson-Lal.

    🌿 1-2 drops diluted in carrier oil then applied to the back of my neck & shoulders. Helps lessen stress & helps with muscle tension

    Aromatic use of Marjoram Essential Oil. Taking a deep breath to smell the oil straight from the bottle. Ways to use Marjoram Essential oil. Kelly Stevenson-Lal.

    🌿 Aromatically- the easiest way ever. Opening the bottle and taking a deep breath in to smell the oil. I was after Marjorams calming effects.

    Diffuser Blend with Marjoram Essential Oil.  Sweet sleep diffuser blend. Ways to use Marjoram Essential oil. Kelly Stevenson-Lal.

    🌿 Sweet sleep diffuser blend via Natalie Blackburne . I used less oils.

    Sweet sleep

    1 drop of Marjoram

    1 drop of Lavender

    1 drop of cedarwood

    Diffuser Blend with Marjoram Essential Oil.  Company diffuser blend. Ways to use Marjoram Essential oil. Kelly Stevenson-Lal.

    🌿 Company diffuser blend via Natalie Blackburne.

    2 drops of Marjoram

    2 drops of Eucalyptus

    1 drop of Tangerine

    Aromatic use of Marjoram Essential Oil. A drop of Marjoram on a handkerchief under my pillow. Ways to use Marjoram Essential oil. Kelly Stevenson-Lal.

    🌿 A drop of Marjoram on a handkerchief popped under my pillow to support sleep. Made my bed smell so good for a few days.

    I loved these great ways to use Marjoram & I’ll be repeating.

    Some other uses

    💭 Apply to a fussy child’s feet prior to a nap.

    💭 Replace Marjoram essential oil in your next recipe that calls for dried Marjoram. 

    💭 Apply to muscles before and after exercising.

    I loved focusing on an oil like this & ‘getting to know’ the oil better.

    Looking forward to learning more about the different oils each week through my ‘Oil of the week’. You can follow along on the blog here, on Instagram. You can also become my email buddy here, so I can send you my latest 💕

    If you are wanting to try essential oils for yourself you can find out How to join Doterra here or send me a message on Instagram or email –

    Much love


    A year of Intentional Living

    When I was going through my 2019 desires I chose Intentional for my word of the year.

    Meaning of intentional

    I’m embracing the word by trying a year of intentional living. I plan to slow down the flow into my life. So I can enjoy what I have, be present, get clarity within different areas of my life and clear out what isn’t serving me.  It’s inspired by a low spend year – to be conscious and intentional when spending my money, slow living, minimalism, decluttering, konmari of course, conscious consumerism, and sustainable living. As well as Leonie Dawson’s No spend experiment & Jen Storers Depth Year

    What if for a whole year you stopped acquiring new things or taking on new pursuits. Instead, you returned to abandoned projects, stalled hobbies, unread books and other neglected intentions and go deeper with them than you ever have before. ~ David Cain

    Yes yes yes! This quote has it nailed for me.

    My intention for my intentional year is to minimise the inflow into my home especially that which doesn’t serve us.

    To use up, finish, enjoy or declutter the things we already have. Also stopping the flow of more & more information, next best course etc that I ‘need’. I love it but I have so much digital content which I’ve already purchased that I a) haven’t started or b) haven’t implemented what I have learnt.  

    How does this look?

    I’ll go over some of the areas that I will be focusing on.

    Book. How I’m living intentionally & buying less books. Reading books I already have


    The old way

    I have a whole pile of books that I’ve brought but haven’t read. Yet I go to the library with the kids all the time & come away with 10 books that I try and get through before half of them are due back. My kindle app & Ibook apps both have books I’ve brought that I haven’t read/finished.

    The new way

    Read my books I’ve brought one at a time. Decide if it’s a book I want to keep – usually I just keep the ones that I earmark so much that it’s easier to keep than take notes from. I’ll also read my kindle books when out & about.

    Once I’ve read all the books I own I’ll get two at a time from the library – one to start & one back up to start when number 1 is finished. I’ll be saving in library fines too 👍🏽

    Clothing. Living intentionally. Capsule wardrobe, buy no new clothes, mend clothing. New day same outfit


    👩🏻Me – Finding which clothes I love & which are my favourite. Then decluttering what I don’t want. We wear 20% of what we own 80% of the time. I always grab for the same outfits, I choose to wear the ones I love & feel good in over and over. I need to declutter the mediocre which I put on and think “it’ll do”. Who wants to wear “It’ll do”! I want it all to be my fave.

    👦🏽👧🏽 Kids – every time I do washing I think god they have a lot of clothes. So they are done for the year.

    I am getting a pair of pants made locally for the boy because he only has jeans as long pant at the moment.

    I will declutter their small clothes & what they don’t wear too. I try to keep a small selection for Playcentre. Because it’s lots of messy play I don’t want a whole bunch of paint & dye covered clothes. I’d rather just have a small collection of those, as you can’t pass them on when they grow out of them so it seems a waste.

    ✂️ I also have a pile of clothes that need small repairs which I will get to this year too.

    I love a good opshop find so I really need to steer clear of them, because who can pass up that amazing $5 top thats black like the rest of my wardrobe. No self control in an opshop so best not to go there. One caveat to the rule would be going with a set amount of cash for a very specific item. This again could be safer through Trademe or another online secondhand platform.

    Intentional living with digital content. Buying no more online courses

    Digital Content

    I have online courses which I have purchased and haven’t completed, haven’t started or haven’t implemented what I’ve learnt. I’m not signing up for any more courses this year I want to go through what I’ve got and actually use it. I also have a variety of PDFs saved on my iPad. I’m good. Mantra – “I’ve got all the information I need and when I need it the perfect information/inspiration will find its way to me.”

    Living intentionally with personal care products, skincare, essential oils.

    Personal Care

    I make some of my own products from Essential Oils so I’ll still be getting my monthly wellness box from Doterra. But I will only get what I haven’t already got. I get some other products from Miessence I’m quite well stocked up on this at the moment but if I need anything once I’ve used it up I’ll grab some more.

    I do have some random lotions, oils, and other products which I haven’t finished off yet so will try to use these up before I get anymore.


    I love stationary and can’t resist a cute notebook. So needless to say I have enough to get me through the year. No more notebooks, diaries, cards, pens, stickers, pretty paper. I might be inspired to send more snail 🐌 mail 💌 to actually use some of my stationary. I love to make mini vision boards in my diary as I go through them & think I have enough supplies for this too. I could print things out if need be.

    Living intentionally with crafts - using up craft supplies, finishing projects & buying no new craft supplies


    I’ve got material that I brought with great intentions but it’s still sitting there so I’ll decide what to make with that & use it. I have a few other craft projects that are yet to be completed. And a bunch of rimu & other wood I want to make something with. Will tick them off or get rid of them. Basically just stopping the flow in and using all the things I have, finishing projects & decluttering what I don’t love. Looking forward to spending more time getting creative rather than scrolling. I won’t be buying any new craft supplies. If I’m looking to do creative projects after I’ve finished up or discarded the others I’ll look at what I can use around me – using natural resources, up cycling etc.

    Upcycling as a part of intentional living


    Im going to finish projects up & use up products etc. But if Im not enjoying the projects & they have lost their appeal I’ll get rid of them. Same goes for the products if I don’t like them they are out.

    Its like a slow very intentional Konmari method – it has to spark joy, if it doesn’t it will be discarded mindfully. Konmari mets Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle, Recycle.

    PS I did read and follow Marie Kondo’s method a couple of years ago. But I didn’t discard as ruthlessly because I did have in mind the wastefulness and unethical side of just throwing things away. I did get rid of lots of clothes but not much from the other categories.

    This year more thought is on the refusing/reducing what comes in.

    Konmari sparks joy. This sparks joy. This doesn’t spark joy.

    Main reasons why I’m doing this

    🎀 Keep the flow into our home low

    🎀 Accomplishment of finishing projects, online courses & books. Getting them off my mental & physical to do list.

    🎀 Mindful spending / consuming

    🎀 Declutter mindfully what I don’t love.

    🎀 Getting creative offline

    🎀 Slow down my information consumption – information overload.

    🎀 Forming better habits around spending, consuming, finishing what I start.


    I’m just sharing my musings, getting myself accountability & keeping a reminder/record of what I intend to do. I’ll post along the way.

    Much love


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    Christmas Countdown free printable

    I’m doing an advent calendar style Christmas Countdown on instagram with all sorts of posts behind each advent ‘window’ image.

    There will be a mix of

    🎄everyday posts

    🎄oil highlights

    🎄acts of kindness


    🎄ethical gift ideas


    Yay it starts tomorrow.

    To follow along with the advent calendar pop over & follow my Instagram

    Haven’t got your advent calendar made yet? I got you.

    I’ve done my calendar graphics so I also made up a free PDF printable if you would like to make up your own advent calendar countdown at home.

    Grab your free printable here

    Enjoy & happy holidays


    Is it your time to join the essential oil movement?

    I’m obviously oil obsessed but they are just so amazing for supporting mind, body and soul truely.

    Not just a pretty smell.

    ⚡️They can be used to support physical health – bumps, bruises, detox, immune support and so much more.

    ⚡️Emotional support – uplifting oils, calming oils, oils to support forgiveness and every other emotion we’ve prob got an oil for that.

    ⚡️Many of the oils have another meaning eg Wild orange is the oil of Abundance, peppermint is the oil of a buoyant heart. They can offer spiritual support and can be used to create rituals.

    Free oils of your choice

    This month is an amazing time to join.

    ⚡️There’s a 50/50 point promotion going on in doTERRA right now, where if you join with an order of 125+ points, you’ll receive 50 product points into your account (approx $50-60 of product) to spend as you wish on doTERRA. And so will your oils helper. Win/Win!!

    The doTERRA 50point promotion runs until 30th November, midnight Utah time.
    Things you need to know:

    ⚡️Buying wholesale saves you $$$! Having your own account gives you 25% off everything straight away. To join and get your own account it’s $40 NZD or if you buy a kit the fee is waived and you get access to the wholesale prices.

    ⚡️Buying on the Loyalty Rewards Program gives you wholesale prices (saving 25% straight away), AND the ability to earn points to use for free product. Unlike some rewards programs, in doTERRA, your points accumulate FAST!

    ⚡️Joining with an enrolment kit will save you the MOST $$$. They’re designed to give you everything you need in one pack, so you can get started right away. I love the Home essentials kit

    More freebies ⬇️

    I’ve also just finished up another sample showcase. Its an online oil education series which runs for a week. The participants are offered special bonuses.
    love to offer you the same bonuses if you were looking to join Doterra w me this month. Just for being in my squad.

    If you join with a 125point+ order, you’ll receive a FREE Wild Orange 5ml, PLUS a 115ml Fractionated Coconut Oil AND the 50 doTERRA points so that you can start diluting and applying your oils straight away.


    If you join with a 400point+ order, you’ll receive a FREE Wild Orange 5ml, PLUS a 115 ml Fractionated Coconut Oil, PLUS a 15ml Balance blend AND the 50 doTERRA points too.

    Here’s how to order if you want to grab the freebies

    It has to go through my special Doterra number to get them and be in my Doterra squad so I can support you with your oils ♥️

    Any help or questions please message me

    Much love