Spring Celebrations Around the World

Today marks the beginning of a time most people look forward to: the end of winter and the start of spring. Having lived most of my life in the Rocky Mountains, I’m not expecting spring to arrive just yet since this is a time of unexpected snow and blizzards. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not getting ready to celebrate the start of a new season. In fact, I’m not the only one who welcomes spring with festivities, many places around the world are eager to welcome in this time of year. So, if you’re like me and you aren’t anticipating consistent spring weather for a while or you live in the Southern Hemisphere, warm up with some of these vibrant and eclectic festivities. Continue Reading ›

How to Support Gender Equality

Although sustainability is a cause I care deeply about and was the focus of my last blog post, there’s another cause I support that falls into the realm of sustainability and ethics. Just as I care about how we treat the environment, I care about how we treat one another. With March officially designated as Women’s History Month, you’ve no doubt noticed many people wearing red or knitted and crocheted pink hats to show solidarity for the equal treatment of women. While I agree that it’s incredibly important to empower women all over the world, not just in developing nations, it’s also important to realize that we cannot have equality for women without considering men too. Men and women are both placed in roles and feel pressure to fit specific stereotypes. Even though we are currently encouraging and inspiring people to reach beyond their gender roles, there are still some areas where we are making our way through the complicated labyrinth of gender and society. How can we break the mold of gender expectations? Here are few ideas and steps I’m going to start taking to show how I support gender equality: Continue Reading ›

How to Support Sustainability

When people hear the words “sustainability” or “green living,” ideas of tree huggers or Greenpeace fill their minds. Living a life that’s more conscious of the environment doesn’t mean you have to fulfill any specific idea of an environmentalist. It’s actually much less complicated than you think. How exactly can this be achieved? It’s not just recycling. Incorporating a few of these steps into your daily habits can assist you with showing respect to the environment: Continue Reading ›

March 2017 Affirmations

March is known for being a month of green. Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or the beginning of spring, March is no doubt a time for this color. As I’m incorporating more “green” choices for a more conscious lifestyle, I have so far reflected on relationships and sustainability in my home. This past month I had a great deal of fun finding recipes and mixtures to make my own cleaning supplies and I was delighted to find many of the ingredients weren’t complicated to find. Memories of one of my favorite high school classes, A.P. Chemistry, came back to me as I researched mixes and combinations.

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DIY Cleaning Supplies

If there’s anything I’ve learned from February’s affirmation, it’s that cleaning supplies don’t have to be purchased at the store and you can save money by making them yourself. I haven’t been using my cleaning supplies for very long, but I am pleased to report success so far. Finding some of the ingredients was tricky, but I’ve found items like essential oils can be found on sale at department stores and items like spray bottles, vinegar, and baking soda are at the dollar store. What I’ve been even more delighted by are the smells of tea tree oil and orange oil in my bathroom instead of manufactured cleaning supplies. If you’re convinced you need to give it a shot, here are a few recipes I used to master this affirmation. Continue Reading ›