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A lifelong homebody, there is no place I’d rather be than at home—and right now, that’s where I am most of the time as a full-time parent. Because I spend so much of my life at home, creating an environment I enjoy being in is essential to my overall wellbeing. I have a better attitude and perspective when I put forth the effort to keep my home somewhat put together; it eases some of my anxieties and gives me the clarity I need to focus on other tasks and interests. I have realized that at times, my life is not as chaotic as I think it is, my environment is just out of order. A tidy, comfortable home frees my mind to do other tasks and think about other things, including sitting down now to write this!
I’ve always loved the way my home smells and feels after a good deep-cleaning. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as walking completely barefoot on squeaky-clean floors, pulling on a pair of ultra-soft sweatpants from the clean laundry, and having no dirty dishes in the sink. I love the feeling of walking by my mirrors and not seeing a single speck of dust on them, either! The one thing that I’ve never really been a fan of though, is the cleaning process itself. As someone who is sensitive to a lot of fragrances, dyes and perfumes (along with many other harsh chemicals that are typically found in traditional cleaning products), I’ve always struggled to find a cleaning product line that meets all of my needs. I’ve also been learning about the negative environmental impacts that many cleaning products can have, and let me tell you, there’s a lot.
Gift-buying can often be a challenging task, especially when it comes to the individuals who have been in your life for quite some time. Eventually, you run out of gift ideas and end up giving a gift you've already given. Luckily, I can buy my niece a different LEGO set each year, and the excitement never wanes, but I can't say that is the case for everyone else in my life. So, why not try a unique gift-buying method by using the stars as a guide? This may seem cheesy if you aren't a fan of Astrology, but what do you have to lose from gaining a fresh and fun perspective when shopping for gifts? Many of us turn to our horoscopes for guidance, so there is no harm in utilising this concept in other aspects of our lives. Below is my unique celestial guide for gift selection based on zodiac signs. If you try it, let me know what the gift recipient thinks of their gift!
There is a huge misconception that being eco-friendly is expensive, but the truth is being eco-friendly often leads to saving money! To break this myth, I've decided to show you how to be eco-friendly without spending a single dime. Yes, really.
The thing about all the holiday gift guides you see this time of year is that they don’t tell you how to match their gift recommendations to the different types of people you have in your life.
I, like most people on the planet, am tired of putting my hard earned money into Jeff Bezo’s pocket. This gift list allows you to make purchases that will go towards the artists that made the products, small businesses, and causes that directly support animal welfare. It's been crafted by me (a nerdy, dorky, animal-loving veterinarian) and includes purchases I enjoy and have bought either for myself or for family and friends as gifts this year. If you know and love someone with a weird sense of humor that enjoys animals, then this list is for you. Without further ado, let's get into it!
As 2020 draws to its close, I think it is safe to say that we all cannot wait to kiss this year goodbye! Who knows what 2021 will bring us but I plan to kick her off with some changes within my living environment. I have spent this past year inside due to Covid and a compromised immune system resulting from major surgery so I am definately ready to bring some fresh energy into my home. In 2021, I will be practicing better Feng Shui.
Living a plant-based life involves more than just your diet. Every consumer decision we make can put plants (and the health of our planet) first, but it takes time, diligent research and sometimes a few sacrifices in order to make responsible, eco-conscious decisions. That’s why I created this gift guide. I wanted to share the companies that are doing their part to promote environmentalism, protect human rights and create products ANYONE would love.
You might think plants belong only in the garden, out in the sun, and away from our houses and offices where we live and work. This is far from the truth. Plants are the simplest way to bring nature inside. Besides, houseplants have many health benefits.
Many artists start creating with traditional mediums such as graphite, paint, pens, pastels, and many other mediums. One other medium that has become increasingly popular is digital media. The most accessible and affordable way an artist utilized digital media in the past was with free software and a mouse. While many artist could successfully create great works with the point and click of a mouse, others did not find it so intuitive or natural. With dozens of cost-effective softwares and mobile devices being easily accessible, more and more artists are trying their hand at digital media. The transition, however, isn't always smooth, but I have a few tips from my own personal experience switching from traditional to digital art. Keep in mind I am a self-taught artist, and everyone will have different techniques and workflows that work for them.
This year, I've promised myself that I won't sludge through the TJ Maxx aisles for bargain candles and yearly planners to give as gifts to my girlfriends, thrown in with a few soaps and lotions from that chaotically hypnotizing beauty aisle. I will not spend endless hours doom scrolling on Amazon to find my dad yet another wallet that he does not need, nor my mom another owl-shaped anything.
I discovered the concept of Coffee Nap as I was scrolling through my Instagram. ‘Coffee and naps!’ You would say. My reaction was the same. I was stunned about this oxymoron. The last time I checked coffee was used to awaken you and not supposed to consume before you sleep.