Holiday Gifts from Small Businesses

As most of us know, the past few months have hit small businesses incredibly hard. 20% of small businesses have closed in the past eight months, and a return to “normalcy” is not expected for years. A lot of these businesses are hoping that holiday gift giving can give their businesses a boost, and it is important for everyone to be mindful of where they are purchasing this year. Remember, Amazon and Target aren’t going anywhere, but your purchase at a small businesses means more to them than you know.

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2020 Skincare Routine: Clean Beauty

A little over a year ago, I began to switch all of my products to a completely clean beauty routine. I did my research and prioritized brands who not only used high quality and clean ingredients, but also who used as little plastic packaging as possible. I’m a creature of habit, so when I find a product or brand that I works for me, I stick with it.

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My Favorite Ethical Brands

Happy Wednesday, all! For the past year, I made it a goal to buy almost entirely secondhand or from ethical/eco-friendly brands. While buying secondhand is more cost effective, I personally find it difficult to find pieces that are high quality and fit me well. So unless there is an exact piece that I want and find, what has worked for me majority of the time is supporting ethical and eco-friendly brands.

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Wedding Update: August

It feels like just yesterday I wrote our wedding update for June, but here we are 2 months later! The days are slow but the months have been flying by for me.

Lately, people have been asking me if wedding planning has been stressful, especially with the uncertainty of the future. But surprisingly to everyone, we’re not stressed at all. We’ve always enjoyed planning things together in the past such a trips or events, so wedding planning has been an enjoyable experience for us even during a pandemic.

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Eco-Conscious Wedding Registry

Throughout my sustainability journey, I have always strived to make conscious and intentional choices when buying items. I have done no-buy months to reduce my carbon footprint and consumerism habits. But that became much more difficult throughout the wedding planning process. The wedding industry is heavily based in consumerism habits, and push that the more items you have before, during, and after your wedding, the better. Continue reading “Eco-Conscious Wedding Registry”

Travel Tuesday: Yellowstone National Park

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Growing up, our major family trips were across the U.S. My mother loves national parks and is passionate about visiting as many as she can, but her favorite has always been Yellowstone National Park. I visited for the first time when I was nine, and then again when I graduated high school. My favorite part was always the horseback trail rides, which took you through the wilderness into areas you couldn’t see from the road. I grew up riding horses, and it was always a passion of mine. Continue reading “Travel Tuesday: Yellowstone National Park”

Democratic Presidential Nominees: Stances on Climate Change Action Part 2

This article is a continuation of my previous blog post where I detailed where each democratic nominee stands on climate change. Since publishing part 1 of this article, Bill De Blaiso has since ended his 2020 race.

Please note: This article is not claiming that this is the only issue we should focus on in the presidential election. There are several others factors that must be considered with each candidate such as social justice, economic views, and other values. This article is just highlighting what is known about each candidate on their stance with addressing climate change.

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Current Morning Routine and Go-To Smoothie: Inspired by “The Miracle Morning”

DSC06401.jpgThings I’m good at: karate, drawing, eating tacos. Things I’m not good at: waking up in the morning. Ever since my teenage years hit me, I’ve had the constant struggle of waking up in the morning. I always feel groggy and it takes me a solid hour before I feel like I can start doing work. But as Tim Ferriss said, “If you win the morning, you win the day.” Which is why I have been working on perfecting my own morning routine to make sure my day is as productive, successful, and enjoyable as possible. Continue reading “Current Morning Routine and Go-To Smoothie: Inspired by “The Miracle Morning””