becoming more green tips:

happy earth day!

i wish this day wasn’t just once a year because i think it’s important to be aware how we are treating the earth and the area round us daily and not just once a year. but the awareness earth day brings is nothing short of amazing!

i feel like a part of me has always been into the greener side of things, as child we would recycle, reduce our water use and it was a must to turn off lights. i do believe that some of the traits are still with me today. i still recycle, i turn off lights (because nick LOVES keeping lights on) when no one is in the room or just have them off to let the natural light in. but recently, i have made a lot more greener choices and since im doing it, you have to do it too 😉

here are my tips & trick i use in my everyday life to stay green:

  • USE REUSABLE BAGS. now this means a few different things because i use reusable bags at the grocery store and i use those same bags if i need to transport a lot of stuff somewhere. i also use a lunch bag, yes those are still a thing! the kid in me still likes to get fun looking ones, go and get that lunch box that reflects who you are! this is the lunch bag i am using now, and love it! my little tip or any reusable bag is, to spend a little more money on them so they last longer and you aren’t going through bag after bag. one of my favorite places to get reusable bags are trader joes. i love their insulated one for keeping things cold in your car until you get home!
  • USE REUSABLE STRAWS. this is really new to me! i was a hardcore plastic straw user and i realized those aren’t doing good, they are just doing bad. i have recently started using stainless steel straws and love them! they’re easy to clean and they stay clean versus other straws i have used in the past. here is what i use: stainless steel drinking straws
  • RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS. ugh this drives me nuts! i don’t like plastic bags, i wish they weren’t even a thing. they take can take up to 1000 years to decompose and that scares me! so instead of throwing plastic bags in the garbage, i put all my smaller plastic bags into that big one you always get at the store and wait until it’s full. once full, i take it to my local grocery store (my mke peeps, pick n’ save, most targets and walmart has bins you can drop bag off at) and put it in their plastic bag recycle bin and they do they rest. this makes me feel so much better knowing they are being recycled and not being put into the earth or flying into your car when driving.
  • USE A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE . yes, i am that person who freaks out if they don’t have their water bottle. when it comes to water bottles, i would recommend a stainless steel one because they they can come insulated so your water stays cold forever…yes forever, stainless doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and it tends to be more mold resistant. but overall, it’s important to use reusable water bottle because then you aren’t putting plastic into the earth, you’re saving money and saving the earth one sip at a time. here are some of my favorite bottles: glacier point and bubba trailblazer
  • BUY USED CLOTHES. i love thifting for clothes (and other things)! i love the challenge of “going on the hunt” to find just want i’m looking for. i love the money i save too, because i’m spending only a few dollars on a piece(s) rather than spending a lot more on one or two item. yes, sometimes you walk away without finding anything but then you go another time and you hit the jackpot! i love thrifting/second hand stores because you are giving a piece of clothing another chance plus you are reducing waste and pollution. it’s important to donate your clothes once you’re done with them because then the cycle starts all over again. meaning everyone is saving, reusing and creating less waste on our earth.
(yes, this shirt is from goodwill)

i hope these tips & tricks are helpful! i literally could have went on and on about all the green things i do, these five are on the top of my list!

i truly hope these tips and tricks help you and make you want to make a change for our earth. regardless if you change one thing or five, every little step you take will make a positive impact to the earth.

happy earth day earth huggers!

xoxo kelsey

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worlds best diy hand soap

IMG_7461.jpegugh its dark out. its been dark since like 2:30 this afternoon. i was at desk today thinking “oh ill just go home, write a post on how i did a little diy for the front porch”. well that didnt go over well. i was half was home and realized how dark it actually was. ugh again.

now i didnt just write this for something to write about,  im writing it because i have been waiting to share my diy hand soap for some time now.

i never really “care” about what hand soap i use but i can tell when im using one that isnt natural. what i mean by this is, my hand become sooooo dry from washing them and the smell for the soap really strong. so i took matters into my own hands (lol) and discovered how to make homemade soap. what i like about it is, youre able to create your own scents and it lasts you forever!

here is what is needed:

first off, you want to make sure the soap dispenser you have is for foam soap. because lets me honest, who doesnt like foaming hand soap.

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from there, you want to measure 1/2 teaspoon of the optiohen. youre probably wondering why you need something that you literally never heard of before. well, it keeps the soap from going bad. i mean, we dont have to get into detail here but we all know what happens to water if you let it sit out for a couple of weeks or a couple of months. in all seriousness, this helps to keep the soap fresh since youre not going to use the whole bottle within a couple of weeks… i mean if you do great but at my house, i make a new soap every couple of months.

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next, add in four tablespoons of dr. bronners

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now that both of the those are added, you will notice the mixture become almost like gel. that is totally normal.

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now its up to you to pick how you want your soap to smell. i change it up a lot. sometimes i make it light and fruity while other times i make it stronger with more complex scents.

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i hate to burst your bubble butttt i do not have a list of what smells the best because i normally just add what i think will smell good. although, keep your drop count under 50 if you can!

this batch was: lavender and patchouli. i did 15 drops of patchouli and 25 of lavender. add the oil to the “gel” mixture in the dispenser and mix together (mix by moving the dispenser from side to side). **disclaimer** – i use oils that make sense for my life & i am not a crazy oil person who knows the ins and outs of different oils. my favorite and most reasonable brand i use of oil is plant therapy. but i do use doterra here and there!

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add cool water of the “gel” mix and shake! some of the “gel” might not come off the bottom right aways, thats okay…it will 🙂

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lastly, place in your bathroom (or kitchen) and take a picture of it! (like i did at the start of this post).

i hope your hands feel clean after reading this.

enjoy!!

xoxo kelsey