Tag - making better decisions

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Making Better Decisions: Healthier Halloween Fun
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How to Choose a Nontoxic Summer Sunscreen
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Making Better Decisions: Clean Up Your Spring Cleaning Habits
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Making Better Decisions: The Perfect Organic Valentine’s Day
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Making Better Decisions: Mindful Giving
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Making Better Decisions: Give Thanks and Give Back
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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening
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For your Organic Minded Valentine (or Galentine)
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Making Better Decisions: Environmentally Friendly Travel
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Making Better Decisions: Gift Wrap Outside the Box

Making Better Decisions: Healthier Halloween Fun

In our household, we love Halloween. I start asking the kids what costumes they want in advance so I can make sure they’re properly fitted and we don’t have any last minute surprises. Our neighborhood does a fall festival every year so the kids get an extra opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes, eat snacks, and do some fall crafts. Between pumpkin patches, apple picking, and kids’ activities, there’s still an opportunity to make better decisions for a healthier Halloween this year! Costumes and Accessories In a Pinterest-perfect world, it would be great to make my kids’ costumes from scratch or upcycle items from a thrift store, but we don’t always have the time for homemade outfits. I usually ask the kids in September what they’d like to be for Halloween and find their costumes online. To cut down on questionable ingredients and materials I try to steer them toward costumes that don’t require makeup or lots of plastic pieces.[…]

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How to Choose a Nontoxic Summer Sunscreen

Summer is officially here, and it’s time to break out the beach towels and swimsuits for fun in the sun. But make sure you consider sun safety in your summer planning too. Most sunscreens are made with toxic chemical ingredients that you’d really rather avoid. Luckily there are ways to stay safe in the summer sun that don’t involve using harmful chemicals. Read on to find out how to limit your sun exposure and shop for a nontoxic sunscreen that’s healthier for your body. Dress For The Sun When you’re preparing for a day on the beach, camping, or outdoors this summer, dress for the sun. Wear a hat and long sleeves and pants if possible (we know it’s hot, so look for comfortable, breathable fabrics that keep you cool – but you want a tight knit to maximize protection). Children and adults can wear long-sleeved swimsuits or rash guards to help reduce sun exposure. Remember that sunglasses aren’t just[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Clean Up Your Spring Cleaning Habits

I am not sure what causes the biological urge to clean in the springtime, but it’s a very real thing for me. At the first sign of warmer days and singing birds, my house’s windows are open to let in the fresh air and I start to clean up and declutter the house. Maybe it’s about the renewing energy of spring, or maybe it’s that I am officially out of excuses for why I can’t clean out my car. Either way, spring is finally here, and it’s time to clean up. Unfortunately, it’s really easy to get burnt out when you’re doing a whole house’s worth of spring cleaning, and most people don’t have efficient cleaning habits. This blog post will help you clean up your spring cleaning habits to stay efficient and on-task, as well as environmentally-friendly! Plan Your Project I am a person who needs a list, a plan, and maybe even a binder before I get started[…]

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Making Better Decisions: The Perfect Organic Valentine’s Day

When you’re planning your Valentine’s Day festivities, don’t let your organic lifestyle go out the window! Whether you’re celebrating on the 14th or waiting for the weekend, this post will give you a road map to the perfect Valentine’s Day from start to finish. Morning Treat: Start the day with breakfast in bed for your sweetheart, with an assortment of your organic favorites like crepes, fruit and granola, or a savory breakfast skillet (stay tuned for a yummy recipe coming soon). If you want to add some bubbles, splash grapefruit or blood orange juice into organic champagne for a picture-perfect Valentine’s mimosa. Afternoon Surprise: Whether you and your beloved are spending the day together or going to work, keep the love going all day long! Pack a lunch or a picnic complete with some organic fair trade chocolate and a card or love letter (printed on recycled or plantable paper, of course). If you have time, enclose a small wrapped[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Mindful Giving

We’re officially in the thick of holiday shopping season. Whether you’re already well on your way or just starting, there’s always an opportunity to shop and give mindfully. These tips will help you focus on the joy of giving a gift that’s a perfect fit! Shop Local One of the most impactful things you can do when shopping is to support local businesses and the local economy. Take a drive around your local shopping districts to see what boutiques, consignment shops, and other small businesses your community has to offer. Gift cards to local restaurants and shops make great stocking stuffers and are perfect for office gift exchanges! Support Home Businesses Most of my online friends are moms, and many of them work at home part- or full-time, selling things like jewelry, makeup, clothing, and more. If you can help support a friend or a work-at-home-parent selling on Facebook or Etsy, that’s an excellent way to cross some names off[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Give Thanks and Give Back

We’re well into the fall weather and that crisp breeze in the air has me thinking about the upcoming holidays! I’m a minimalist at heart and love to keep things simple, so this time of year always has a unique set of challenges. It’s easy to get caught up in gift shopping and the party season, glossing over the finer details like gratitude and serving others. Thanksgiving is just around the corner on November 24, so here are few ideas on how you can stay grateful and give back in your community this season. Give Thanks “When one has a grateful heart, life is so beautiful.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart Thanksgiving is more than a day to eat all the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie you want. It’s a time to be grateful for the good things in your life, big and small. In general, I’ve seen the holiday season become more and more commercialized[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening

Now that spring is here, we are getting excited about planting our annual garden. We started our seeds inside a few weeks ago and they are starting to sprout already. We can’t wait to get them in the garden outside. The kids love to watch the progress of our fruits and veggies growing (plus they love to play in dirt, typical kids!) and I love saving money on our summer groceries by growing a lot of food for us to eat! As we continue to make better decisions for our family’s health, we have shifted a lot of our food purchases to organic ones. Organic produce means fewer pesticides and the kids are happy with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies to snack on. Where Does Your Garden Grow Organic? – Indoor vs. outdoor: The location of your garden can change the types of plants you grow. Indoor spaces can grow plants that need a warmer environment since the[…]

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For your Organic Minded Valentine (or Galentine)

Sometimes it’s hard not to get swept up in the commercialization of a holiday like Valentine’s Day: what’s not to love about giving the ones you love a symbol of your affection? Whether or not your recipient is environmentally conscious or organic-minded, here are some ideas for an organic Valentine’s Day. Organic Valentine’s gift ideas for your significant other: – Organic flowers from Organic Bouquet or California Organic Flowers. Commercial flowers can be heavily sprayed with pesticides. – A date at a farm-to-table (or farm-to-fork) style restaurant. These restaurants try to source their food primarily from local farmers. Bonus points for organic sourced produce and meat! – Adopt an animal. Zoos and endangered species organizations have a variety of ways you can “adopt” an animal to support the care of wildlife. – Looking for a gift that you can wrap and top with a bow? Sustainably-made sunglasses are a classy gift. – A more practical gift for your partner (and[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Environmentally Friendly Travel

I do what I can to protect the planet with my better decisions, so when I started to plan a vacation, I wanted to make sure I could do it with the environment in mind. From purchasing carbon offsets to traveling with only a carry-on, I feel confident I can enjoy my trip without worrying about its impact on the planet. Before You Travel Your environmentally-friendly travel begins before you even leave home. – Pack light: Traveling with only a carry-on or small bag reduces carbon emissions. The more weight a vehicle has to carry, the more fuel they consume. – Adjust your thermostat: Don’t forget to turn your home thermostat down in the winter or up in the summer before you leave to conserve energy while away. – Use a light timer: Rather than leaving lights on for the duration of your trip, set up a timer to reduce energy consumption. How You Travel How are you traveling, and[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Gift Wrap Outside the Box

The season of giving is upon us, which means piles of wrapping paper, ribbon, and bows will take a short journey from the gifts to the garbage can. According to Use Less Stuff, Americans produce 25% more garbage between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That’s 1 million extra tons of garbage per week, leaving plenty of room to make better decisions when it comes to holiday waste. As the designated environmental hippie of the family, excess around the holidays can be a big source of frustration for me. One year, my mother gave me a fabric gift bag. “I put a gift in it,” she told me, “but the REAL present for you is the bag!” She gets me. (Finally). Today’s blog is all about how you can make a few simple changes to your holiday gift wrapping routine can mean a big impact for the planet. Reduce A simple way to improve your environmental impact is to reduce the[…]

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