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 ›

Movie Stars Who Support Sustainability

Tonight, Hollywood is preparing the red carpet to honor numerous movie stars, innovative production designers, and creative filmmakers on their golden night. The Academy Awards have always been a part of my itinerary, and tonight is no exception. What makes me even more excited about this ceremony aren’t the authentic fashion designs, rather I’m even more honored to see movie stars who aren’t afraid to show their support for sustainability. You probably know many of these people already, but I found a few more I wasn’t even aware of. Rather than share a very long list that would take months to expand on, I’m sharing a few I admire who truly understand the importance of advocating for the environment. In no particular order, here they are: Continue Reading ›

The Importance of Kindness During Travel

Getting ready for travel requires careful packing and making numerous checklists. Any experienced traveler will tell you what you shouldn’t forget: passport, tickets, money, snacks, first aid kit, and a camera. All of these items and more are incredibly important and should not be forgotten, but there’s always one thing we forget to bring with us: kindness. I’d like to think that travel can make us more tolerant and willing to assist others, but as posts from Adventurous Kate and Expat Edna will tell you, people are still close-minded and judgmental. I find this is true not only of travelers, but locals as well. Is there a way to make the world kinder? On Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are a few situations that have inspired me to think differently about how I travel and live: Continue Reading ›