GIVEAWAY- norpro compost keeper

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Thats right this young blog is doing its first give away as part of the Spring Into Sustainability Giveaway Hop. This hop is hosted my Happy Mothering and The Frugal Greenish Mama and runs March 20th -30. I am so very excited to be a part of this hop and a new member of Green Moms Network!

For my very fist giveaway I am offering my readers (new and old) a chance to win my favorite thing in my kitchen. That’s right I’m giving away the compost keeper I was raving about in this post about composting. The Norpro Compost Keeper is really a great option for the kitchen composters like me. The chic factor is much higher than the usual bowl on the counter or worse a 5 gallon bucket under the sink (gross).

Norpro Compost Keeper

Attractive white ceramic compost keeper that will look good on any counter top.

Has a sturdy stainless steel handle for easy transport.

Measures, 10.5″/26.5cm tall

Capacity, 1G/4Qt/3.8L

Store peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, greens, clippings, fruit and vegetable scrapes for transfer to your garden compost.

Retail , $27.99

Favorite Features:

Odor control- By far the best part of this composter is its simple but effective filter. The filter is charcoal free and should last up to 6 months. I am really impressed with the odor control. Filter

Appearance. I feel that the white ceramic composter is very neutral and will blend with any kitchen decor. If you are looking for something that pops or likes the matchy-matchy look it also comes in stainless, red and black ceramic and a few patterns. I like the lettuce head design but it doesn’t go with my kitchen. All options are sleek, simple and chic. compost keeper options

Ease to clean- Usually I just have to rinse it a bit after dumping. only once in the couple of months has it required a thorough cleaning and even then I just wiped it with a little mild soap and rinsed well. Even the filter can be rinsed without effecting its odor control. Easy-peasy.

Handle- Its a simple handle but its effective. Really makes the trip to the composter easier for me especially since its part of my every day chores and I’m usually juggling a few other things.

Unfavored Features:

Size- 1 gallon seems like enough but it’s usually full from just one meal. I am use to at least two meals before dumping but maybe the more frequent trips to the compost bin is good. Something has to get my butt moving.

Heavy- Like I said usually I am juggling a few other things when I dump so the heaviness is a little annoying but usually its not a factor bc its sitting on the counter.

The good features certainly out weigh the others. Whether you are a seasoned composted or think you might like to give a try this composter would be a great addition to your kitchen.

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Winners choice red or white Norpro Compost Keeper. If you dont want to take the chance and just have to have one right now you can order any of the options on Amazon.com.

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This review and giveaway are in no way affiliated with Norpro. My opinions are myown and I was not compensated in any way for this post. Winner will be chosen by random by random.org. I am not responsible for issues from shipping and handling ( will pay for shipping). This will be sent as a gift from Amazon and will be winners responsibility to take up any problems with Amazon.

The Dirty on Composting

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There is nothing new or inventive I can say about composting. I’m just gonna share how we do it and what we use. Last summer Logan’s grandfather whipped up this nifty compost bin for us. He knew we were not going to stay put for very long and would want to take our compost with us. It’s pretty simple I don’t think he used any plans or anything Just put it together. He is crafty like that.

Compost Bin

Two post hold up a metal pole. The metal pole runs through a plastic drum. The plastic drum has several holes drilled in it for ventilation and little tines on the inside to keep the material broke up.

Compost Bin Holes

Of course there is a door for dumping our goodies in. Our door has a lock to keep tricky little animals out.

Compost Bin Door

Thats it. Pretty simple.

Inside, we keep our daily compostables in a pretty little Norpro Ceramic Compost Keeper.Norpro Ceramic Compost Keeper

Its really one of my favorite things in my kitchen. It made something ugly and gross into something adorably chic. Its only one gallon and thats a little bittersweet. I have to empty it more often than I would with my big bowl but its kinds nice that it forces me to empty it more… Best part- NO Smell. It has this dandy little filter in the lid that keep the smell at bay and I have to say I am ver impressed with the odor control.

Norpro Ceramic Compost Keeper Filter | Chic Sustainability

I ordered this chic little beauty on Amazon for just $24.32 and free shipping because I’m an Amazon Prime Member (totally worth it). It also comes in red, black and a stainless steel (a little different model). I highly recommend this compost keeper. I truly love mine. Norpro Ceramic Compost Keeper on Amazon.com

When I am preparing a big meal with lots of compostables I just put it in a bowl (first picture) and take it directly to the bin. Compostables in Bowl

Now what to compost. We keep it pretty simple in this department too. Only plant materials with the exception of egg shells (great when growing things like okra). Most composted things in our bin: tea leaves, egg shells, potato skins, onion skins, garlic skins, coffee grounds and carrot peels, in that order.

That is composting at our house we try to keep things simply sustainable and a dash of chic.

Not Such a Chore

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In the year leading up to our big move from FL to MO I was secretly dreading the idea of farm chores. Feeding the animals, collecting the eggs, milking the goat ect. Luckily, I have found it to be quite pleasant. Much more pleasant since I got some work gloves and would be even better if my only boots weren’t 2 sizes too big. But none the less, I think right now outside chores are a nice break from being locked up in the house. Amelia and I bundle up to make our rounds.

First, feed the horses. We have 4 horses on the property. Wilma, Bodie, Rocky, and Pete. I feed them 2 square bales of hay every day but we have to place them about 15 feet apart or not everyone gets to eat. Wilma is a bit of a diva and orders the boys around all the time often not letting them eat from her bale. It’s a very funny dynamic. Every Spring, we cut and bale our own hay from the field next to the horse pasture. It’s terrible work in my opinion but its worth not having to buy feed for the horses through the winter.

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Second, we collect the eggs and then feed the chickens. We have 2 roosters and 5 hens (I’m not entirely sure). Currently, they are free range but we have plans to change that in part (post coming really soon). We first check the bucket nests for eggs then feed them one old coffee can of corn feed everyday. Amelia very much enjoys pouring out the feed then calling for the chickens to ‘Come eat!’  Sadly they never come as they are very skittish around people.

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Third, we feed the dogs (and the cats too). We have two outside dogs. Bo, a Lab mix (pictured), and Sofie, a Bassett hound. Both are very loving and enjoy nothing more than a belly rub.  There’s a clowder of crazy barn cats. During the wintery months they too eat the dog food but the rest of the year their diet is mostly they field mice and such.106_0636

That’s our usual chores but on sunny days like today I hang Baby Jack’s diapers out to sun. Amelia is a pro at handing me clothes pin. She is really quite the helper. Eventually, Amelia and I will add milking the cow or goat, feeding other animals, and weeding/ watering the garden.

Strange to say I enjoy my chores but I’m glad to say I do. This sustainable lifestyle isn’t nearly as grueling as I suspected.