April Favorites

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I can’t believe it’s May already! Last month was crazy. Between adjusting to my new life in Bellingham and starting my first quarter at Western Washington University, April just seemed to fly by.

First up on my list of favorites, is the ring pictured above. After living here for a couple of weeks, I noticed that a lot of people were wearing layers of lots of really cool rings. So when I stumbled upon this one at the farmers market, I knew I couldn’t leave it behind.  Continue reading

Favorite Shoes

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Over the past couple years I’ve discovered that I don’t need tons of shoes, in fact, I tend to only wear 4 pairs consistently. Recently I added the pair of Birkenstocks pictured above and it was one of my best purchases I made last year. It’s interesting to see that all of my favorite shoes happen to be shoes that will last me a long time. I’ve had the Birkenstock sandals for almost 5 years now, the teva boots for 4 years, the chacos for a year, and the Birkenstock clogs for only about 2 months. Yet I know that with love and care I will be able to keep wearing all these shoes for many more years. Continue reading

Zero Waste Bathroom

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Over the past couple months I’ve been working to narrow what I use in the bathroom and try to greatly reduce the waste that I produce. Currently I am still using shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in plastic bottles. But once I finish those I will be looking to switch to things like bar soap and bulk conditioner. For now, these are some simple changes that I’ve been able to make over the past couple of months.

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The first thing I switched to were bamboo toothbrushes from the brand brush with bamboo. It was a little hard to get use to the texture of them at first, because I had grow up using hard plastic toothbrushes my whole life. But after a month of using them it was completely normal and now I will never want to go back to using plastic ones. And it seems that my gums are a lot healthier thanks to the softer bristles.

After toothbrushes came lotion. I’ve never been a big user of lotion, but my skin has been a lot drier this year. (Probably due to moving to a drier climate.) For my face I started using jojoba oil that I got in bulk and then I switch to sweet almond oil when I was at home over break. Now I am currently using a mix of the two every morning and my skin has never looked better. I don’t use lotion on the majority of my body, but my feet and legs tend to get dry. So once in a while I try to use some zero waste body butter I made, using this recipe.

The last couple switches only happened over christmas break. For christmas my mom gave me a safety razor, which works wonderfully! And I made homemade chapstick to replace the tube of Burt’s Bees chapstick that I had been using. Then finally and probably my most used and recent switch is a stainless steel tongue cleaner I got for christmas. I use this twice a day after I brush my teeth and I find it way more effective than scraping my tongue with a plastic toothbrush, like I use to do.

Eventually I would like to make my own toothpaste and deodorant when I run out of the ones I am currently using. And I think it would be fun to experiment with making my own makeup. But that is very low priority on my list because I given up wearing make up all together.

Let me know if you’ve been working to switch to a zero waste lifestyle and what changes you’ve made so far.

 

Favorite Podcasts

Podcasts are one of my favorite things that I’ve discovered in the past year. I love listening to them when I am doing something that doesn’t require very much brain activity or something that is very boring. I’ve found that driving is a great time to listen to a podcast, especially on a long drive. I know that I will definitely be catching up on my podcasts when it comes time to drive the 5 1/2 hrs home. Another great time to listen to them is when you are doing things like cleaning or painting. I listened to so many podcasts while I was helping my parents renovate their new house this summer. It makes something boring, like painting, much more interesting. I know I’m a little late to the podcast party, but I still wanted to share some of my favorites.

A common theme with my favorite podcasts is that, for the most part, they are produced by NPR. If you have any favorite podcasts that you subscribe to, let me know!