LOVE YO MOMMA
It was April 21, 2017, and I was feeling every emotion in the book. I was getting ready (or so I thought) to welcome a baby boy into the world. I couldn’t believe I was going to be so lucky that I’d may just have an Earth Day baby! Little did I know, my induction failed and baby boy Bryce didn’t join us on Earth Day… yeah, that’s right – my induction FAILED (apparently, that can happen). Although I may not have gotten an Earth Day baby, I did get a healthy baby boy…eventually… two days later. Needless to say, I LOVE EARTH DAY. It’s the day we can roll in the grass, talk to trees & ants – all while not looking like a crazy person. Okay, maybe I should leave that kind of stuff to Bryce at this age, but you get it, right? On Earth Day, we get to celebrate this wonderful planet that we are SO lucky to have – sadly, we have a tendency to forget just how lucky.
With that, here are a few of our favorite products and tips that have helped us minimize our carbon footprint:
Switch from cotton balls & cotton rounds to something as soft & darling as these. Facial Rounds that can be WASHED! Look at it this way, spend $18 once a year or spend $4 twice a month. Also, bring your own bags to the grocery store; I bet you’ll even be able to get all your groceries in on one trip this way! I could go on for days about products that are reusable, and that we should be using all the time, but I won’t for too much longer. I’ll stop as soon as I tell you that I’ve gone as far as trying cloth diapers and I was NOT a fan. I felt like I smelled like shit for two weeks (that is how long I lasted) BUT thanks to our girl LaLa, I’ve been introduced to POOF Biodegradable Diapers – they are FULLY COMPOSTABLE & chemical FREE. You can even give them a try if you aren’t sold off the fact of them alone being compostable. Head here! #GameChanger
Try finding brands like WearPACT – brands that care about the planet – not ones that claim they care about the planet. WearPACT clothing is SO soft. I love all their undies; and recently found that they sell some items at… drum roll please… T A R G E T! Yup, they made it to the big time. I snagged one of their racerback bralettes & honestly, it could be a sleep bra – it’s that comfy. It isn’t the most supportive, but the bra keeps my tits from smacking me in the face when I work out, so I count that as a win.
I will admit, this was a hard one for me to adjust to… but try carrying your own water bottle. Sorry, I know I said I wouldn’t keep going on and on about reusable products, but it’s a big deal. Somedays I forget it; and somedays if I’m in a rush, I’ll grab a plastic one because it’s easier (and I’ll cringe and roll my eyes at myself) but all I’m saying is TRY. Why? One reason, they take 400-1,000 YEARS to decompose. Like, can companies just stop making them? That’d be great. I go back and forth between my beloved YETI & my budget find, Ozark Trail. The Ozark Trail doesn’t keep water cold for nearly as long as my YETI, but it keeps things hot enough for long periods of time which is awesome if you are a tea or coffee fiend (I am, in fact, both of these things).
Buy items that are on rotation the most frequently in bulk. This way you can even find yourself darling jars to keep the items in. Find yourself jars that’ll match any decor – like these. This way, if you are anything like me & can’t put something back to save your life, it’s perfectly fine if they sit out on the counter. 😉
Okay, my newest lil eco lifestyle tip? Honestly, I’m kind of embarrassed about how long it took me to discover this one but try dryer balls – get rid of those disposable dry sheets. There is no reason why those sheets exist, I mean okay we do know they clean baking sheets (shoutout to you, Pinterest!) but other than that? We. Don’t. Need. ‘Em.
My goal this year is to not only keep up with these little lifestyle changes but also introduce more into my everyday life. I would LOVE to hear your tips for how you live a little greener – just lemme know in the comments below. See what I did there?! #KBye
Happy Earth Day!