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Eabha has recently started a new crèche as some of you recently read, and she is still getting used to the ‘newness’ of the experience. Each morning she want’s me to stay and “mind me” but obviously I have to go and do my jobs that couldn’t possibly get done with a busy 3.5year old glued to my hip. I have been taking care to reassure Eabha that I will be back to collect her everyday and trying to spend a little QT with her and make her adjust a little easier.

And then I met Sophie Morris – the lovely and bubbly creator of Kooky Dough. A pre made Kooky Dough, pretty much what it says on the tin! You can purchase a box of Kooky Dough in the chilled isle of Tesco, Spar, Superquinn and a few other stores around Ireland . And in the UK you can pick these up in Waitrose. Check out here for more stockists.

Eabha LOVES cookies, baking and sweet things. So the marriage of cookies, STOPPPING and take time out of the daily grind to spend TIME with my little girl – who is showing signs already of growing up and giving her that QT that I spoke about was a perfect match.

And also the process of cooking the kookies appealed to me so much more than just opening a packet of them.

Needless to say we both enjoyed the experience and the end result was even more enjoyable. I didn’t even have to wash-up, perfect. Warm cookies, a glass of milk, a cup of tea and CBeebies was just what the doctor ordered after a busy morning of crèche.

Thanks Sophie xx

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With My Waste Free Home – making your home as waste free as you want it to be – I have to watch what I purchase seeing as I no longer have a waste company collecting my trash. I usually shop in Tesco as it is the closest store to me and sells all my favourite brands such as Ecover & Glenesk, and their fish counter is pretty good. Well, this has all changed as when I am now shopping I look at the Recycling Labels on EVERYTHING I put in my basket. I need to know this information to be one step ahead and know where I will be putting the end of life packaging. Well Tesco are crap at giving me the information I need to be able to dispose of packaging correctly – their own products have little or no information and to be honest majority of big brands just don’t include this information either!

With My Waste Free Home – if you choose to reduce your waste bills by up to 90% and share a communal waste bin with your neighbours and recycle and compost the majority of your waste. The web site will give you all the information you will need and even a list of products – what they are made from and how to recycle them. I will also be giving information emails that you can copy and paste and will help put pressure on retailers and companies to 1. Label Correctly to ensure packaging is recycled where it can be and 2. If the packaging is just too over the top you can let the company know you feel this way and 3. Why they are not using packaging that CAN BE recycled????

I know it will shake up a lot of things in Ireland and hopefully pave the way for a more logical waste solution that gives people a greater choice. I am finding I have changed my shopping habits greatly buying more fruit and veg locally to reduce the dreaded non recyclable packaging. Shifted totally away from Tesco as I read all about their clubcard and didn’t like what I read…You can read my findings here. I just pop in for the few bits that I need there and pop quickly back out again. I am loving my local Lidl as their products have clear recycling labels and this gives me the understanding that yes as a whole, their company is much more involved in sustainability – their stores are smaller – they have a more European feel to them and I like that.

My Waste Free Home is still being implemented in my home and I am getting the whole concept together with the relevant bodies behind it – then the big launch will happen – in the mean time if you want any information be sure and email me claire@clairelewis.ie 🙂


Yes I have a club card and I love getting the coupons and money off vouchers – until recently. I have a problem with really large and aggressive multinationals buying shelving space, marketing intensively and especially if their product or manufacturing affects the environment negatively.

A piece in the Sunday Times – Business Section – 18.08.13 – Pg 5. Titled “Every Little App Helps” scared the wits out of me.

Dunnhumby is the worlds leading customer science company and in essence what they do is analyze your shopping to the point that they “hold tens of billions of snippets of information in its Clubcard members, from addresses and telephone numbers to what brands of aftershave they use.”

“Three years ago Tesco bought out Dunnhumby’s founders for a reputed £93m(€109m) and the analytics firm has since become an even bigger money-spinner. Last year it delivered pre-tax profits of £60m on revenues of £147m. An estimated two thirds of Dunnhumby’s turnover comes form selling information from its Clubcard database to consumer goods companies, such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble.”

So basically, one of UK and Irelands leading retailer – Tesco,  owns one of the worlds leading customer science company – Dunhumby. It sells snippets of your information to key consumer goods companies giving these companies ever increasing knowledge and hold on your shopping, they only want to make it into your basket everytime – making the marketing more intense and we are unaware of the massive part we all play in this cycle.

My Clubcard has been put out to pasture! I love to get something back from Tesco but not at the cost of my personal shopping habits and its not like they are dipping into their pockets giving me my €7 in vouchers – can you imagine how much the likes of Unilever and Procter & Gamble pay them for your personal information even down to the brands of aftershave you use…..!


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The second last Day and I am feeling happy & Sad that soon it will be over! I have raised this far €110 for the children in Syria only another €140 to go so I am hoping you all can throw a few €’s my way – the smallest donation you can make on my Unicef Fundraising page is just €2. Thanks guys 🙂

Breakfast: Same o’l ding dong as its the only thing to fill me up!!  Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And of course a pot of tea with milk. 

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

10am Cup of coffee:

Tesco cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up coffee €0.13

photo (25)Lunch: Pasta with Seaweed and Tomato Pesto

4 spoons of value pesto =  €0.20

2 cups of pasta = €0.05

Seaweed = FREE and packed full of nutrients!

Total €0.25

Of course there was only 1 place to eat this and that was the place the sea weed came from – The Beach and thats where I went with Eabha.

 

 

 

 

photo (26)Dinner: SALAD of Sea Weed, Dandelion, Beetroot, Spinach & Tomato – Oven baked chips!  

I forgot to take a picture of the end result that looked fab but I had house full and just forgot 😦

Spinach = €0.09

Dandelion & Sea Weed = Foraged for FREE.

For the sauce which I will be dividing by 4 as this was the number of people who could easily have been fed by this dish.

Tomato x1 = €0.03

1/2 full onion = €0.10

3 small potatoes = €0.15

1 Beetroot = €0.10

Drizzle of olive oil = €0.04

Dressing of soya sauce, olive oil & whole grain mustard = €0.10

Salt & Pepper  = €0.02

Total for my portion of dinner = €0.54

For Tea I had some Nettle Tea.

Total spend for Day 4 €1.15 I pushed it to the wire today so only 0.04 cents to my Jar!!

All proceeds of my Live Below The Line Jar to go to Unicef Ireland and the Syrian Children caught up in that dreadful conflict that has been going on for over 2 years.

Thank You for supporting me, with however much you can give – as every cent counts. To date I have collected €50 online (Thanks SJ & ORO’B) and I have collected another €60 from personal donations. My target is €250 and I hope with your support I can make and even exceed this. I have so far collected €110 for the children in Syria so in two days I need another €140

To support me online visit MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE

If you know me personally or my family and friends you can give them any donations and they can pass it onto me. alternatively if you would like to email me please do even if it’s just for the chat, I love to hear how my thoughts & actions can influence people : claire@clairelewis.ie

Thank you all 🙂 XX

Some interesting Websites about all the different benefits of SeaWeed:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2006/apr/15/healthandwellbeing.features

http://www.voyaseaweedbaths.com/Seaweed-Baths/Health-Benefits

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=135


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Today has been by far the hardest day – the hump in the week by a mile. I think the fact that I had a busy day and had to take my lunch with me to eat on the go. I also think my sugar cravings went up a notch today causing me to chaise my tail a little bit. I solved this however when my 3yr old gave me the end of her “free” lollipop. We got it free yesterday when I bought the dog food in a pet super store so thank God for that!!

I did also have a fairly mundane menu with the same breakfast and lunch. I made two of the lunch pots yesterday as I prepped for today as I knew I would to have lunch on the go. Part of this challenge has really pushed me into the whole area of FREE natural food and I researched sea weed and how to cook with it and I had a plan for my main course by that was put on hold when the tide was in at 3pm today. It was however out at 8pm when I went back for a walk with the family and I got my bag full so tomorrows main course will be something to marvel at. My husband suggested I get a fishing rod and go fishing for my dinner – he was joking – but I was delighted at his suggestion!! Where I am living has some of the best bass fishing grounds in Ireland, so who would be the last to laugh in that scenario.

I also love this challenge as my basic maths have been given a revive. Getting the costings per serving is a bit of a pain but its good for the brain!

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And of course a pot of tea with milk.

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

10am Cup of coffee:

Tesco cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up coffee €0.13

photo (21)Lunch: Low Fat Natural Yogurt with some porridge on top and 1/4 of an apple

4 spoons of Tesco value Low fat yogurt =  €0.10

1/4 of an apple = €0.04

1 tbls of porridge oats = €0.01

Total €0.15

I just had to make this picture bigger as I just noticed my dog – Callie O’Malley doing a Photo Bomb!! LOL all those who know her will know she is part human and is obsessed with the family she will look at us hail rain or shine through the window, totally dedicated. While our other dog will be off sunning herself totally oblivious to the fact she has a family!

photo (23)Dinner: Homemade Tortilla Chips with a spicy chick pea and tomato sauce baked in the oven.

Slightly stale Tesco Tortilla Wraps = €0.90 of which I ate 1 of them = €0.09

For the sauce which I will be dividing by 4 as this was the number of people who could easily have been fed by this dish.

1 very small clove of garlic = €0.04

1/2 full onion = €0.10

1/2 tin of value chick peas = €0.25

1/4 of a carton of passata = €0.50

Drizzle of olive oil = €0.04

Salt & Pepper & Chili flakes = €0.02

Total for sauce €0.95/4 = €0.23

Total for my portion of dinner = €0.32

photo (24)I made enough for the whole family so when my husband got home he sabotaged the whole dish by adding blue cheese and chili’s he did add these to the middle section and I ate around the edges which left pretty much the whole dish to him!!

I also have a previous post on how to cook the tortilla chips DIY they are far superior to the shop bought versions and are cheaper too. They also take minutes to make and will wow anyone and make them think you are a culinary genius. You can check out my blog on how to turn stale wraps into lovely chips HERE. p.s one tip I alway give is keep any wraps in the fridge they will keep longer and will not dry out and turn into a frizbe.

When out for my evening walk with the family not only did I foraging Sea Weed but I also gathered Nettles and some more Dandelion leaves for tomorrow. Only 2 more days left and I am really getting into this!

For Tea I had two Oreo biscuits €0.20 and some Nettle Tea.

Total spend for Day 3 €0.94 so another 0.25cents to my Jar!!

All proceeds of my Live Below The Line Jar to go to Unicef Ireland and the Syrian Children caught up in that dreadful conflict that has been going on for over 2 years.

Thank You for supporting me, with however much you can give – as every cent counts. To date I have collected €50 online (Thanks SJ & ORO’B) and I have collected another €20 from personal donations. My target is €250 and I hope with your support I can make and even exceed this.

To support me online visit MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE

If you know me personally or my family and friends you can give them any donations and they can pass it onto me. alternatively if you would like to email me please do even if it’s just for the chat, I love to hear how my thoughts & actions can influence people : claire@clairelewis.ie

Thank you all 🙂 XX


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So it is day 2 and my kitchen has just closed and I have had another very enjoyable day. The nettle tea is flowing as I type and it is so funny the reaction a simple nettle tea has received! Wait until I tell you what I had for dinner this evening…..

Firstly I want to thank those of you who sponsored me so generously I know times are tough and some times a spare few euro are hard to come by. But I just want to THANK YOU ALL for just even reading this is supporting my cause.

As the days are unfolding I am finding out more and more about myself and my limits – although the sugar with drawl were something nasty yesterday. I am also rediscovering FOOD and our relationship with what is such a basic need. But this need has turned on its head to what it is now for billions of us – a grossly wasted want. Instead of needing food we now want and expect it and want it with all the conveniences that we have come to expect!

One of my main fundamental questions this far is – What would happen if food production failed and there were global food shortages? Can you imagine the local super markets? Can you imagine the panic of normal working people who never had to think about food – where it comes from – the waste created getting it to the convenience store that the person stopped at on the way to work. What would happen to a normal civilized society?

So for today I had my three meals and made a few interesting discoveries in my quest to find FREE foods to supplement my very small budget of €1.19.

Breakfast: Porridge with water and dollop of Strawberry Jam. And of course a pot of tea with milk.

50g of porridge = €0.04

Strawberry jam = €0.03

Reused Tea Bag = €0.02

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total: €0.14

10am Cup of coffee:

Tesco cheap and cheerful coffee 1 tsp = €0.08

Drop of milk = €0.05

Total for the cup of you could get used to the taste but does the job waking me up coffee €0.13

photo (21)Lunch: Low Fat Natural Yogurt with some porridge on top and 1/4 of an apple

4 spoons of Tesco value Low fat yogurt =  €0.10

1/4 of an apple = €0.04

1 tbls of porridge oats = €0.01

Total €0.15

 

I just had to make this picture bigger as I just noticed my dog – Callie O’Malley doing a Photo Bomb!! LOL all those who know her will know she is part human and is obsessed with the family she will look at us hail rain or shine through the window, totally dedicated. While our other dog will be off sunning herself totally oblivious to the fact she has a family!

 

 

 

photo (20)Dinner: Chipatti Pancakes with garlic mushrooms and dandelion salad!! 

3 medium sized mushrooms that I bought in the reduced isle the whole packet cost €o.45 = €0.11

I very small clove of garlic = €0.04

Drizzle of olive oil = €0.04

Salt & Pepper = €0.02

Dandelion salad was FREE and guess what more good stuff packed into these leaves and what some would consider a garden pest! I obviously googled the whole idea before I went and chewed up the lawn and I also picked them where I picked my nettles yesterday – this is actually how I began to think about can I eat Dandelions as there were so many of them around. Check out that they have been eaten for centuries and that the French folk actually grow them like lettuce, read all about it HERE.

Chipatti Pancakes were to die for and were soooooooo easy to make – not sure of the effect on the waist line but hey they only cost €0.08 to make. I will be putting the method on how to cook these and the variations you can do in the next blog. ( My 3yr old had to help me as she thought we were making play dough, but she put chocolate in hers and we folded it over and fried it on the pan – needless to say I nearly fainted at the though of this! She and her dad ate them with ice cream 😦 and I just watched…..

Total for dinner €0.29

Because today was so under budget at 0.71c I have now gone into the kitchen and God help the two Oreo cookies that will be devoured!! And another 0.20c to the bill bringing todays eating in at €0.91

Thats another €0.28 put into my Live Below The Line Jar to go to Unicef Ireland and the Syrian Children caught up in that dreadful conflict that has been going on for over 2 years.

Thank You for supporting me with how ever much you can give as every cent counts.

To support me online visit MY Unicef Fundraising Page HERE

If you know me personally or my family and friends you can give them any donations and they can pass it onto me. Alternitavely if you would like to email me please do even if its just for the chat, I love to hear how my thoughts & actions can influence people : claire@clairelewis.ie

Thank you all 🙂 XX