Going Green: 5 Products I am loving now

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It has been amazing to me to see that so many people are bringing more awareness to going green and being more eco-conscious.  Whether it is on social media or big companies making changes to their products, it is inspiring to see people really trying to make a change.  In our house,  I have been making small changes to help reduce our waste and environmental impact in any way that I can.  I wanted to share 5 eco-friendly products that our family is loving right now to help us with going green.   Continue reading “Going Green: 5 Products I am loving now”

Why We Choose Non-GMO and Organic Products

It seems like these days there are so many conflicting opinions on the things to eat.  Which diet is best? Do GMOs benefit or do they do more harm?  Should we buy all organic?  It can be really overwhelming and hard to know what is best.  Both Lisa and are very passionate about what we feed our families and looking at what will best benefit our overall health.  I would say that after I got pregnant, I did a lot more research into food choices.  I am not sure if it was because more information has become more prevalent or if it was because I wanted more for my daughter, but my guess is that it was a combination of both.

I know there are many different sides to the Non-GMO debate and people feel very passionately about that, but I wanted to share the reasons why we personally choose Non-GMO and organic when we can.    Continue reading “Why We Choose Non-GMO and Organic Products”

Upcycled Bookmarks

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We are big readers in this house and always hunting around for bookmarks. The other day, after getting a new stack of library books, my son asked for a page marker and we didn’t have any. At that moment, we pulled out the art supplies and started decorating recycled materials. One of the bookmarks is made from a paper that came from the library, another is made from thin cardboard and the last one above is made from part of a packaging box. Everything you see above are things that we had at the house so, we didn’t have to spend a thing! (BONUS) I love that every time I open my book it reminds me of time spent with my kids creating something new.

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

These bookmarks would make great gifts as well, placed inside the recipients favorite book. Its a great way to personalize the gift.

Supplies:

  • markers
  • colored pencils
  • paint
  • stickers
  • scissors
  • paint brushes
  • string
  • hole punch
  • clear packing tape
  • cardboard or paper
  • old magazines
  • any other decorations

Step 1: Decide what you are going to use for the bookmark (paper, cardboard or anything else) and cut the paper into a long rectangle.

Step 2: Decorate the paper any way you would like! Get creative and use lots of color.

Step 3: Let the decorated paper dry and then use the tape and cover your decorated paper front and back. Be sure to cover it completely so that it is water proof.

Step 4: Using the hole punch, put a hole through one side of the paper bookmark and string your ribbon through the hole.

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Mint Tin Treasure Box

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In my family, pockets are filled with rocks, sand, shells, dirt- you name it! Every rock is a “crystal” to my children and they both have pretty extensive rock collections. We also have a huge jar right by our front door that houses treasures right when you walk inside. The other day while onea walk my younger son started handing me pretty little rocks and said “hold these mommy, they are crystals.” Well I had our puppy’s lease, treats and bags in my hands (and no pockets) I needed an extra hand. Hello- story of motherhood right?! That evening I decided to make him a little treasure box that he can take on our walks. We had an Altoid tin at home and I thought it would be the perfect container for his outdoor treasures. I decorated it a bit to make it extra special.  Continue reading “Mint Tin Treasure Box”

Eco Dog Care

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There are not many things more enjoyable than coming home to a loving pet. Besides the fact that a pet reduces anxiety/stress, reduces allergies, encourages exercise, gets you outdoors, make new friends and so much more. We recently fell in love with the little lady above and as I started looking at food, toys, leashes, and more, I wanted to make purchases that are healthy for my dog. There are many ideas that I found on the web for keeping my puppy happy, but also preserving the environment.

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love unconditionally as a dog.”

– M.K. Clinton

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Up-cycled Story Scrapbook

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“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind

I love to take pictures and I try to capture happy moments throughout the year with my family. Children change to much year to year and one of my family’s favorite things to do is go though album of past years. With that said, I ordered 100 pictures off of Snapfish, like I usually do, but this time I didnt have an album to put them in. I thought about the bookshelf that I have all of our albums on, and decided I would do something different this time. I would use an old picture book and capture our 2018 year, in that! Keep on Reading!

100 Blog Posts

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Lets Celebrate! We are proud to announce that we have completed 100 blog posts! Katie and I would like to take a minute and thank all of our readers who have supported the blog thus far and if you like what you see, please share with your friends. We hope that our crafts, recipes and eco friendly tips have helped you in some way. In honor of this special day, below are the top 5 blog post to date:

  1. Mantra Monday
  2. Perfect Gifts the Women in your life
  3. Gifts for the Guys too
  4. Eco Friendly Products
  5. DIY Make up Pads

Stay tuned for an epic earring tutorial,  watermelon slush and more!

Eco Friendly Clothing

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Fast fashion and clothing is one of the largest pollution issues on this planet. If you haven’t seen the documentary “The True Cost” check it out. I am sure it will change your view on fashion and clothing forever. Over 90% of cotton used for clothing is genetically modified and the largest pesticided crop on the planet.

Cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides. Aldicarb, cotton’s second best-selling insecticide and most acutely poisonous to humans and wildlife, is still used in 25 countries, including the U.S., where 16 states reported it in their groundwater. The dangers are recognized by the EPA and they have signaled its phase out in 2018.- Rodale Institute

I thought I would take the time to highlight a few companies and ideas to be a little more eco friendly in the fashion department.

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5 Eco Friendly ways to Shop:

  1. Consignment shops: They are all over the place these days. It is a fun way to shop- you never know what you are going to find!
  2. Patagonia: They are a big brand but, they use it for good. The company has organic cotton options and even makes some clothing out of recycled plastics. They also buy back clothing and make repairs. When you no longer want them, you can even drop Patagonia clothing off at their stores to be recycled into new garments.
  3. Thred up and reStitch: If consignment stores are your thing, try shopping consignment online in the comfort of your home. They have all of the latest fashions and (bonus) delivered right to your door step.
  4. AYAsacredwear: I found this Etsy shop and instantly fell in love. They have all kinds of organic cotton options and everything is handmade in Indonesia.
  5. Amour Vert: Not only is the clothing beautiful but, for every t shirt that is purchased they will plant a tree. Amour Vert uses organic cotton and sustainable fabrics.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

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I am a true believer in aromatherapy and using essential oils. They can be used for: relaxation, headaches, muscle aches, common colds, sleep enhancement, bug repellent and more.  I have diffusers throughout the house and I keep little roller bottles in my purse for when I am feeling anxious or tired. They are a great pick me up and I feel comfortable because they are all natural and made without synthetic ingredients. Keep on Reading!

Fun at the Farmers Market

I love the calm and relaxation of the farmers market in the morning. All of the beautiful products handmade and/or grown by the people in my community. This is the perfect time of year to start buying local, as produce is becoming available. I know it may seem easier to head to the grocery store but, there are so many reasons that you should try the farmers market. They are a fun way to support your community and see where your food comes from. Plus there is nothing better than truly fresh food and to purchase  a product from a seller who is proud of the hard work knowing that your money is going right back them. Keep on Reading