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A lifestyle blog for the conscious consumer


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Friday Finds

Check out what I’ve been checkin’ out this week…

Friday Finds 6.12.15

1. Jack Black + Red Nose Day = This.

2. Nobel Prize winner Tim Hunt thinks science labs should be segregated by gender because women are too distracting and male scientists can’t help falling in love. Ummm, what? Women have cleverly responded. But I think men should be equally insulted.

3. Allow me to introduce you to the Ecocapsule, a portable, eco-friendly home. Think you could live in one?

4. And last but not least, rescued baby orangutans.


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Friday Finds

Check you what I’ve been checkin’ out this week…

Friday Finds 2.27.15

1. A reminder to always always always be kind to one another. 

2. “Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.” This little girl has a very good point.

3. Possibly the coolest toothbrush ever.

4. Check out which four celebrities wore eco-fashion to the Oscars.


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The Yoga Post

I started doing yoga about 6 months ago and as corny as it may be, yoga has changed my life. I can touch my toes now! But aside from that, I also love yoga for its peacefulness. I love that during each practice I am encouraged to only do what serves me, be conscious of my body, and declutter my mind. And I still get a good workout in!

So for all you yogis out there, I have put together a couple of conscious products that embody the thoughtfulness of yoga by giving back in different ways.

The Yoga Post

The Mat

“I am Free” Mat- Affirmat

Get it? Affirmat… affirmation? Clever. Life gets crazy sometimes and Affrimats are here to remind you to relax and stay positive. Each mat has a different saying on it that can serve as a reminder or mantra throughout your day. These mats are made out of a non-toxic, high quality, biodegradable blend that creates an ergonomically friendly and no-slip mat great for any yoga practice. They’re good for you and the environment.

Cimarron Mat (Cow Skull)- Wildlings Yoga

How funky, cool, and amazing is this mat? Each of these eccentric mats are named after and inspired by national parks. This one is inspired by New Mexican traditional folk art.

Wildlings Yoga believes in making the world a better place and being an example for others companies to give back. They truly embody the whole “be the change you wish to see in the world” thang. $3 from every mat sold is donated to Free Arts for Abused Children, which is a non-profit in LA.

The Treads

I’m Just Here For Savasana Muscle Tank- Spiritual Gangster

I mean let’s be honest, savasana is half the reason we drag our tired bodies through the cold to go to yoga class. Or is that just me? Anyway, Spiritual Gangsters believe in giving back every chance they get. All of the quirky apparel from Spiritual Gangster give back to national and international charities such as the Cambodian Children’s Fund, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Children’s First Academy, and Make a Wish Foundation.

California Dreaming Leggings- Zuvi

Believe it or not, the craziest thing about these pants isn’t the colorful print. These pants are actually made out of recycled water bottles. Crazy, right? Zuvi hopes to help the Earth become more sustainable by reducing waste in landfills… and making awesome leggings.

The Bling

The Doreen Bracelet- The Neshama Project

I love jewelry that has meaning, whether someone special gave it to you or it symbolizes something meaningful. The hamsa hand on this bracelet represents blessings, power, protection and strength. You can wear it on or off your mat to serve as a positive reminder. Also, 10% of each bracelet purchase goes towards an orphanage in Kaliro, Uganda. 

Ganesh Om Necklace- Relevee

This necklace design is a merge between the ‘Om’ symbol and Ganesh the elephant. It represents Zen. Even when you’re off your mat, this necklace can serve as a constant reminder to remain calm. I wrote about Relevee in one of my first posts, but as a refresher, the company works with women who have been rescued from human trafficking and 100% of the proceeds go to supporting human rights.


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Friday Finds

Friday Finds 5

1. Need a some last minute gift ideas? Check out these DIY face mists. Since you make it yourself, you know there are no harsh chemicals in it. They even provide you with cute printable labels.

2.Here’s a your guide to buying natural fibers. Not only does it let you know which materials are better for the environment, but it also shows you where you can buy clothes made by these materials.

3. Any Gossip Girl fans out there? Check out these “All about that Bass” shirts. You so clever, Ed Westwick. Portions of the sales go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Also a great gift!

4. Staying grounded and relaxed during the holidays can be a little tricky. Check out this blog post about holiday “baggage”. I promise it puts everything in perspective.

5. And on a lighter note, here are some of this years unsung heroes of cute. WARNING: super cute!


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Reducing Your Car’s Footprint

In a perfect world we could teleport everywhere. No more buying gas and no more polluting the environment, but unfortunately this isn’t Star Trek and I’m not a mutant from X-men. The world isn’t perfect and at some point or another most of us need a car to get from A to B.

But seriously, is someone working on those teleporters? Because that invention is well overdue. I don’t need a slimmer iPhone, I need a teleporter.

Anyway, while teleportation devices are a work in progress, I have compiled some tips for being more eco-friendly while you’re driving. Although the idea may seem counter intuitive, there are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint while driving. Here I have highlighted 4 different ways to drive more efficiently.

1. Remove excess weight. I’m definitely guilty of keeping everything but the kitchen sink in my car. This summer I had golf clubs, a yoga mat, towels, a sleeping bag, shoes, jackets, and I’m sure there’s more. I like to be prepared. But did you know that an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2%? Granted that is based on the relative weight of your car, but let’s just say my clubs now sit nicely in my garage.

2. If you are traveling with a lot of luggage, tow it behind your car, not on top. Carrying cargo on your roof increases aerodynamic drag, which can lower fuel economy by up to 25% on the highway.

3. Use cruise control. My mom always made cruise control seem like this scary thing. Like if I used it I would suddenly forget I was driving or something. And obviously there are some circumstances where it doesn’t help, like maybe don’t use it in a busy city where you need to stop frequently. But on long stretches of highway it really helps you maintain your speed, which will use less fuel.

4. Lastly, car sharing could save up to 73,000,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year, if every household in the US participated. There are 2 ways car sharing can reduce CO2 emissions. The first way is from the production of cars. If we share cars, we need less cars and consequently, less cars being made is less energy being used to produce them. Secondly, let’s say you bought a large SUV so you have enough room to travel with your family, but when you’re not traveling, you have no need for the extra space or maybe even the car itself. So borrowing a car when you need it, rather than buying one for occasional use can reduce the number of cars on the road and their emissions. You can get a little more info below with this handy info-graphic made by a company called Turo.

Turo

Turo is a peer-to-peer car sharing service that allows private car-owners to rent out their vehicles through an online interface. You’re allowed to set your own prices and dictate when your car is available to rent. Basically, you make money by allowing someone to use your car when you’re not. And you might be thinking, “uh I don’t trust a stranger with my car”. Well have no fear. Relay Rides has a $1,000,000 liability policy for each rental, which covers any damage to or theft of your car.

Interested? Check below to see if Turo is active in your city. Happy driving!


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Solar Freakin Roadways

You may have seen this video floating around other social media sites, but if you haven’t taken the time to watch it, you definitely should. I think this is a really cool idea and the video is pretty funny.

I was very intrigued by the whole concept, but I could not shake the image of the moose crossing the road. Moose in roadways are a legitimate concern to us Mainers. In drivers ed we had to watch an entire video on the dangers of encountering a moose in the road, which sounds kind of silly, but the video was actually wicked frightening. Moose are dangerous because they are aggressive and top heavy. So if you come close to one, it might charge. And if you hit one they fall right on top of your car and can crush it. Moose are also very hard to see at night because of their dark fur and non-reflective eyes. So it is actually a legitimate issue and who would have thought a solar freaking roadway could solve it?!


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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike. Guess what day it is. EARTH DAAAAAYYY! If you didn’t already know, tomorrow (April 22nd) is Earth Day!!! And in honor of it, I have put together a list of 7 awesome things you can do to celebrate.

1. Walk/Bike/Carpool- Choose today to be conscious of your transportation. Walk to school. Or skip the gym and go for a bike ride. Or get all your work friends together and set up a carpool to work. I recommend listening to Backstreet Boys at full volume during your ride because nothing gets you pumped up for the day like belting out “I Want it That Way”.

2. Change yo light bulbs- If you don’t already use eco-friendly light bulbs, ride your bike (or drive if you must) to the nearest Home Depot and check out their light bulb selection. They have light bulbs that use up to 85% less energy than regular bulbs. That means you will be saving precious energy and $$$$$. Win win.

3. Buy a piece of the rain forest- When I was in 2nd grade we did a big unit on the rain forest. We learned about its importance and made up songs about unique rain forest species. At the end of the unit we put on a concert for our parents where we sang all the songs we wrote and at the very end we sang Amazon by The Nylons (I encourage you to take a listen HERE). Our teacher even brought in tissues because she said in the past the song had been so powerful it has made parents cry. I was oddly excited by the idea of making adults cry and belted out my part as emotionally as I could, but unfortunately no water works. Listening to the song now, I realize how powerful the words actually are. With that being said you can purchase and protect your own little piece of the rain forest HERE.

4. Go vegan for the day- Meat production generates large quantities of greenhouse gasses, which are bad for the environment. Therefore, cutting back on meat consumption is good for the environment.  I will award bonus points if you are able to make all your vegan meals without any electricity! Did you know Oreos are vegan…

5. Block your junk mail- Too many trees are being cut down and used to annoy everyone. But alas! There is a way to end the madness! TrustedID is an online service that can help you get your name omitted from mass marketing mailing lists. You can sign up and learn more HERE.

6. Plant something cool- I feel like planting a tree is the most common Earth Day activity. But this year, add a little flare and check out these crazy cool plants for some inspiration.

7. Donate to the Earth Day Network- Earth Day is more than just a day. It is also a network of over 22,000 partners around the world that organize, extend, and encourage the environmental movement. The current core programs they focus on today are: Greening Schools and Promoting Environmental Education, Accelerating the Global Green Economy, A Billion Acts of Green, The Canopy Project, Earth Day India, Campaign to protect the Asian Elephant, and The Green Cities Campaign. You can read more about these projects on their website. And if you would like to make a donation to the Earth Day Network click HERE.

So there you have it. Go out and have some fun while making the world a healthier place! And if you have some activities that were not on the list, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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