Thursday, February 27, 2020

3 Tips for Shopping In a Healthy Way

3 Tips for Shopping In a Healthy Way

We all know shopping can be a really fun and engaging activity. There’s just something about walking through the stores or browsing the aisles (I'm talking to you Target), or even scanning the online catalogues and coming home with a new purchase. Of course we all find it enjoyable from time to time. 

But there’s a dark side to shopping as well, where the activity becomes unhealthy for your bank account and consumerism and 'keeping up with the Joneses' gets the the better of us. To keep us all in check, here are a few tips for shopping in a healthy way.

February Purchases

February Purchases

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

How to Incorporate More Sustainable Fashion In Your Closet

How to Incorporate More Sustainable Fashion In Your Closet

Fashion is fantastic! It's fun, gives you the ability to express your personality, and even help boost your confidence. But we do need to be aware of fast fashion and how much we purchase from it. As convenient and budget friendly as it may be for us, has a great deal to answer for. Some companies providing fast fashion contribute to horrible working conditions in factories around the world. It also comes with a huge environmental price tag. Fast fashion is responsible for irresponsible GM cotton farming and the huge problem of textile waste, leaching harmful compounds into our oceans and poisoning the wildlife, plant life and indigenous people that depend on them. Fast fashion has its place, and I don't believe you need to fully abstain. In fact, I really like it when I want to try a trend out and have even found plenty of garments that have a more timeless style and thus have staying power, versatility, and durability in my closet.  But how can we reduce the impact elsewhere?

Why Swimming Lessons Are So Important

Why Swimming Lessons Are So Important
As a child I was lucky to grow up on an army base that always had a community pool. We would go there frequently throughout the summers and had so much fun splashing around, playing Marco Polo, doing underwater summersaults, and practicing our jumps. My mom also enrolled my brother and me in swimming lessons during the summers. She knew that learning to swim was both fun and important. In our previous home, we didn't have access to a community pool or places to practice swimming with our kids, but we did enroll them in various swim lessons at indoor pools throughout the years. They were nice lessons, my kids enjoyed them, and it got them acquainted with and comfortable in the water. But I was still concerned about my oldest daughter's swimming skills.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Are You Debating Going Organic?

Are You Debating Going Organic?

Organic food is becoming more and more popular as its availability in stores and restaurants has increased. Many people understand the benefits of going organic knowing it is more 'clean' meaning no pesticides and is not genetically modified, but it can be overwhelming when thinking about moving to a completely organic lifestyle. You may ask yourself, “What does it even mean to live an organic lifestyle?” Many people pair the word “organic” with food, and while this is true, it isn’t the only aspect of your life that you can dedicate to organic living. Organic certification extends to cosmetics, household products, towels, bedding, and other furniture. It is easy to live organically nowadays. But if that is your desire, where do you even start? And how far do you want to go with it?

Friday, February 21, 2020

Want to Hike an Active Volcano? Bali Awaits!

Want to Hike an Active Volcano? Bali Awaits!

If you are looking for an amazing getaway, have you considered Bali? Matt and I have wanted to go on a trip for our 15 year anniversary. Sure we are over a year away, but I am dreaming of an incredible beach vacation. I keep coming back to Bali. But Bali is more than beautiful sites and relaxing beaches. It has adventure, too! Did you know it has an active volcano you can hike? Taking the time to hike an active volcano is something that every experienced hiker should do. Bali has one of the best places for hiking and an active volcano. With these two experiences mixed into one, you are bound to have a good time. However, you should always be aware of your safety when doing this adventure.