Happiness is work.
Do you agree or disagree with that statement?
I had the chance to read and review the book The Happy Mind: A Simple Guide to Living a Happier Life Starting Today by Kevin Horsley and Louis Fourie. This book is about the dynamics of what constitute happiness and I think deep down we all know what these are, but may have forgotten these basic and simple rules in our busy lives and our distracted world. Read More
“Checking your “likes” is the new smoking.”
I couldn’t help the feeling that technology was taking over my life and it wasn’t for the best. Even after implementing a few digital minimalism strategies, I still coudn’t help the feeling that I wasn’t doing enough. I still felt distracted and not as focused. This past week, I finally picked up Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport and found so many interesting strategies in there to help find focus amidst the chaos of the digital attention economy. Read More
I’m sure by now you’ve probably seen the news that Beyond Meat became the first vegan meat alternative brand to go public. Is this the solution to our climate change and food woes? Is this healthier in the long-run? Read More
A review of Zero Waste Cartel bamboo toothbrush and case. The softer bristles bamboo toothbrush made it easier on my sensitive gums. Read More
I am trying to do my best to make this process as sustainable as possible. Since this is my first child, I’m still navigating what’s really necessary from the mesh of baby must-haves and lists available on the web. I attended a Just Between Friends Sale to find some good, quality secondhand items for baby to use. Here’s what I got: Read More
A review of Boody Bamboo Underwear. Eco-friendly and sustainable underwear and other basics made of bamboo. Read More
A review of My Big Fat Organic Cotton and Hemp Nut Milk Sacks. Perfect for non-dairy milk making. Perfect for nuts, rice or oat milk. Read More
As I am now in my 20th week of pregnancy, I thought I would track how I am dressing my growing belly. My goal with this pregnancy, my first one which is exciting is to keep it as low cost and low waste as possible. Of course, I am not sacrificing my overall health or the baby’s health, but I am being mindful with how and where we spend money. It’s so easy to get caught up buying the latest maternity wear and being on trend, but it’s not necessarily the most sustainable on the wallet or the planet. After all, pregnancy really only lasts a few months and some items will get as much as a few weeks to a few months wear so putting in loads of money and buying all new stuff doesn’t seem like a good sustainable practice. New stuff also always means excess packaging and exposure to chemicals due to the manufacture of the clothing so the less exposure the better. So with some research and some out-of-the-box thinking, here’s how I’ve been managing my maternity wear. Of course, I will update this as my belly grows and my body changes to see what other resources I am tapping into. Read More
AmazonSmile is a simple way to support charitable organizations through your Amazon purchases at no cost to you. The AmazonSmile foundation will donate 0.5% of purchases to the charity of your choice. You simply head to smile.amazon.com/ and use that as your portal for shopping on Amazon. The caveat with this is that you must use the Amazon Smile portal in order for all of your purchases to be counted and there is no support on the app so you have to actually navigate on a desktop or mobile browser. Not the end of the world, but there’s a convenience to the app. Read More
A review of WowE LifeStyle Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner made of surgical grade stainless steel to keep the tongue and mouth clean and fresh. Read More
Forbes recently listed Armenia as a destination for 2019. It has been untouched by mass tourism so you will find lots of cool things to do, eat and experience. Armenia is a growing country. Yerevan, its capital city is thriving on the power of its youth and is capitalizing on technology to propel itself into the future. This travel guide shows you a sample itinerary for a few days. Read More
Misfits Market is a produce delivery service that strives to rescue “ugly” organic produce from going to the landfill.
I was happy when someone from our Zero Waste New Jersey Facebook group posted about Misfits Market. I quickly read up on the company and checked to see if I was in the delivery area. Thankfully I was so I signed up.
This review covers my first 6 boxes each received on a weekly basis from December until now.
**If you are looking for a referral link, click here for 25% off your first Misfits Box. Read More
A review of WowE LifeStyle Certified Organic Reusable Produce Bags for all of your shopping needs to reduce plastic usage and waste. Comes in 3 sizes for produce, grains and other pantry essentials. Read More
Approach the new year with the resolve to find the new opportunities hidden in each new day. - Michael Josephson
So for years, I made resolutions. I would spend time writing them in nice paper and frame them to sit by my desk or where I could see them everyday. The problem was that my resolutions were very generic. It didn’t have enough substance and they always were the same every year. After reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin a year or two ago, I’ve moved on to making Personal Commandments instead. These are items that I can do everyday to make my daily life just slightly better. Over time, these have compounded as daily habits and have resulted in more meaningful changes than I anticipated. So this year, I want to share my Personal Commandments. The key to this list is that it’s personal to me. It’s what I know and want to do on a daily basis. It’s the things that bring a smile to my face. Read More
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. - Confucius
At the beginning of 2018, I made it a goal to read 52 books. That’s around 1 a week. I read some really good books that will change the way I think and act in the next few years. Here’s my entire list. Most are non-fiction as I tend to like those better, but I did try to include one or two fiction every few weeks. I have my top 3 recommendations for the following categories: Health, Personal Finance, Environment, Minimalism and Other Topics. Read More
So I searched online for a quick and simple cookie that required the use of the marzipan, but I just didn’t want to use the almond paste only. So as with all experiments, here’s what I came up with to make these mouth, watering cookies. A bit plain, but goes excellent with tea or coffee. They are reminiscent of the cookies/scones I make every year during the holidays. Read More
When my parents left to retire for a few months to the Philippines, they left a few things behind. In one of the boxes, I found a box of Hi8 tapes that my dad had kept. Labeled: Cat’s 8th Graduation, H.S. Graduation, Anna’s Confirmation, Elaine’s 5th Birthday, New Year 99 and so on. I honestly wasn’t sure if the images were still intact and if I wanted to see them, but of course curiosity got the best of me so I started researching how to digitize the tapes. If I remember correctly, Hi8 was popular in the 90’s and very early 2000s. My dad had a camcorder that he would take everywhere and would also setup in front of our living room to capture the action. Read More
I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and chat with Jamila Souffrant of Journey to Launch to talk about financial independence and sustainable living. It’s been nice to be able to spread the message about my two passions: pursuing financial independence and living a more sustainable life. We talked about zero waste, investing and why we also need to think about the future state of our planet for our children’s future. Read More
In partnership with EarthHero, I thought I would put together this Green Gift Guide to help you shop and gift better. A gift is supposed to show that you care and what better way to do that than to gift something that’s good for the recipient, good for the wallet and good for the planet. Read More
If you are still unsure about how minimalism can help you, here are 17 ways minimalism can help you save money and save the planet as well. Read More