7 easy steps to be eco-friendly and green

7 easy steps to be eco-friendly and green

Being greener and eco friendly is important. I’ve recently come to the conclusion (a little late perhaps) that a lot of my own daily habits are making a big negative impact in ways that I could easily change. So I’ve begun to make some simple everyday changes that for me, make a big difference in my mind and make me feel better about those choices. I say do what you can, don’t fret over the rest. A bunch of small swaps is the best way to be more enviornmentally friendly to create a personal change. This is where I have started, what can you do to make a new small switch?

1. Use reusable fleece or cloth towels for clean up and spills

I have recently switched from paper towels to pretty much ONLY cloth towels and hand towels for cleans and spills etc. One of my new friends actually makes them and sells them locally at fairs and craft events. If interested contact me and I can link you up to her. Mine has dogs all over them and they work well! SO easy to use and wash and not go straight to the trash (such a waste!)

2.Use green and eco friendly sprays and all purpose cleaners

[you can also make your own using essential oils/OnGuard]

I have switched to Mrs Meyers and Method (maybe still not one of the greatest options, I know, but I intend to use doTerra OnGuard products soon and make my own cleaners without real chemicals

3. Only use glass cups and water bottles then reuse them for everyday use

(this one here I use)

I use my glass water bottle SO often. It makes me drink much more water because I can use my EO’s in the glass BPA free bottle. I use a drop or two of lemon oil and drink water much more through my day.

4. Use cloth bags and such for grocery trips instead of paper and plastic bags

Carry them in your bag with you or at least make sure they stay in your car so you never miss an oppurtunity to use them and makes it all simple to do

5.RECYCLE!!!!

Seperate glass, plastic and cardboard from strictly trash and food waste (even better start a compost if you can)

6. Start using reuseable beeswax wrap for saving leftover foods like fruit and veggies, rely on glasswares for tupperware instead of plastic

I haven’t gone this far but I have gotten rid of my plastic junky GROSS tupperware and use glass ones now, easier to clean and more sustainable

7. Walk/Bike more and Drive less if you can

I know this isn’t always feasible but I do believe in the round trip method, get all your errands done at once if you can instead of making multiple trips and drive in one long direction instead of back and forth across town.

Truthfully, I realized what a big impact my actions were making and I just know that I feel better not having so much waste (because I am not perfect in other ways). I will adjust and do what I can to make better choices. What are you doing to be more sustainable and eco friendly? To lighten your footprint on the world as far as waste and enviornment? Let me know in the comments below.  I’m sure there are more options and things you can do (like using less water, also my downfall) but here is where I’m starting. I hope this helps and I think this will be helpful for someone on the beginning of their green journey like me. Share more below in the comments if I missed any big ones! 

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Things to do when you’re bored

Things to do when you’re bored

Today I’m sharing some ideas of things to do when you’re bored. I know you can find thee posts everywhere but I had this list compiled on a day when I myself was bored. Maybe you can help me think of even more things that one can do in any situation when we’re bored. I grouped some things like exercise and any activity such as hiking, biking or rock climbing. I guess those are each individual things. I should have compiled it better but I’m sure I’ll have even more editions of this post to come….

  • sleep
  • sing
  • clean your room, house, car
  • write something/blog
  • tv/movies/netflix/youtube
  • read a book, newspaper, blog
  • listen to music/podcast/tedtalk/etc
  • surf the web, research
  • play games
  • plan an app game on your phone
  • spend time with wife, husband, significant other, family or friend
  • pinterest (self explanatory)
  • self care
  • give advice/personal growth
  • create new goals
  • go shopping or browse around
  • chat with online friends, text someone, go visit someone
  • burn a candle, warm scentsy or diffuse essential oils
  • play/watch snapchat
  • travel
  • babysitting
  • take a shower
  • do your hair/makeup
  • take pics on cellphone or camera
  • decorate/buy decor
  • cook or bake
  • pen pals
  • dance
  • horoscopes, moon and star gaze
  • buy gifts
  • use planner
  • go donate something
  • volunteer
  • go to the library
  • exercise or find a new activity

    What things do you do when you’re utterly bored? How do you entertain your children when they say “mom, I’m bored…”? Any tips, tricks or other boredom buster ideas, leave them in the comments below!

5 tips to update your home

5 tips to update your home

As a homeowner, sometimes you need to scrap everything. The answer is to update your home and change the space entirely. It’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m restless and need a new vibe in my home. It is easy to get bored of your surroundings, so doing a low-cost makeover on the style of your home is simple. Painting the walls a new brighter and lighter color will make such a big difference in waking up a stuffy room. Go to the home improvement/paint store like Lowes or Rhodda and pick up a few paint sample cards. Check them against the wall and get enough of a paint sample for swatches on your wall so you can physically see them as they dry. When you’ve decided on a color you like, buy your brushes, drop cloths or plastic, painters’ tape and rollers. And put on some old clothes to wear while you’re working. If you are working on a dark color you may also need primer. I’m a responsible young adult with a rental house in the city and I never realized how crucial having reliable garbage and recycling services are. It can be frustrating and confusing if you’re new and don’t understand the guidelines. Since living here I’ve been striving to sort and recycle much more than I ever have before. But things like house paint cannot just be tossed out! PaintCare (including Oregon, 7 other states and DC) provides safe and effective recycling of paints from households and small businesses like painting contractors and property managers. The PaintCare stewardship program began in July 2010 in Oregon. Drop-off sites consist of paint retailers (paint, hardware, home improvement stores) that volunteered to take back paint making it easy for the public to do so without hesitation. These places accept house paint, primers, stains, sealers and clear coatings (shellac and varnish). There’s no charge for bringing your paint to a PaintCare drop off site. There are 170 sites in Oregon and PaintCare is funded by the PaintCare fee which is in the included price of paint sold in Oregon. This is used to fund all parts of paint program:
  • Paint collection

  • Transportation

  • Recycling

  • Public Outreach

  • Program Administration

  • To manage old “legacy” paint (paint that accumulated in homes/businesses before the program started)

Is there paint sitting in your garage or business right now? I bet it’s old and has been there awhile. If you’re not going to use it up, the good news is they will accept paint even if it is more than 30 years old so now you have no excuse- go recycle it! I’d recommend going to the PaintCare website and seeing where and how you can donate or use up that leftover paint.     Now, the next step is to rearrange furniture, it specifically changes the whole outlook and feel of a home. You can always make things even more interesting by looking up Feng Shui. Maybe moving the chair one of you really loves into the corner for a reading nook. Or hang a new piece of art that you enjoy seeing daily. Switch your couch and TV to opposing walls if you can or flip the couch’s position. If you have a rug, clean it or shake it out to breathe new life into your cozy floor covering. Try adding some lovely flowers or oxygenating plants for a livelier feel. When creating, a new aesthetic feel for a room is as easy as purchasing a few new things to incorporate. Even on the cheaper side if you are on a tight budget, go to stores like Michael’s or Home Goods. Another way to add to your home is to place collections or trinkets of things you love and enjoy. And mirrors will always make your house look much bigger.   Clutter is a thief of time, it’s silently there trying to mess up your day. When you can’t find your keys, your shoes or your phone-making your life a whole lot harder. It’s not a good thing to have a lot of clutter from your closet to your pantry. A good place to start is by gathering some organizational materials to fix the problem areas. Using shelves, containers and labels to combined loose objects in your cupboard to make things look neater and overall easier to find. When organizing the madness, do what makes the most sense. If you use your brush before your lipstick, then keep your brush in the top drawer and your makeup organized near the back or in next drawer down. In the pantry keep your spices clustered together and your flour next to your sugar for baking. Make sure all your perishable items are sealed for the longest shelf life. By using labels in your cupboards, you can avoid putting that flour on your cereal or baking soda in your coffee. With these tips, hopefully you can refresh your home and enjoy the new space a little bit more this season.
5 ways to cheer up after disappointment

5 ways to cheer up after disappointment

Now this post was inspired by something I have been going through and didn’t expect it at all. We didn’t plan for it or see it coming so if there is a next time I guess we will know better. (No not pregnant) But this can be applied in most any situation and I suggest to think these over and do your best to not let yourself get too low or helpless about the circumstances because most of the time we are far from powerless. Whichever direction we take it’s still moving forward in one way or another. In the end you never know maybe this will make you a stronger person who can respond and handle difficult times with grace and mutual respect.

1. Identify your feelings and own them

When disappointment hits hard it’s difficult to know exactly what you’re feeling. A messy mix of emotions and confusion about the situation. Whether it be a personal disappointment or being disappointed in someone else- these processes can be hard to navigate. You have to know it’s okay to be upset, hurt, confused, surprised, deceived, angry and actually just purely disappointed. This didn’t go your way but often that’s how things work out and it’s how we learn life’s lessons. It makes us stronger in the end and shows us that life isn’t always peachy.

2. Try a new hobby, skill or trade

A positive way to spin a crummy time is to learn something from it. So be proactive and in turn productive for your bright future. What things are you into? What is that one hobby or language you’ve always wanted to learn? Why not try it now and expand your knowledge and experience! Knitting or crocheting is usually a popular choice. Start a blog about anything you love and I guarantee someone will be into it! Start exercising and eating better to lose that weight you’ve been battling since the new year.

3. Spoil yourself with self-care

Now c’mon what is the first thing you wanna do when things go wrong? So that’s your answer right there. Maybe take yourself out or go workout. Do a face mask, hair mask, foot soak or epsom salt bubble bath. Journal or write-get your words and feelings flowing. There are many ways to make yourself feel better and explore what your feeling before you can move on.

4. Be with others and talk it out

Talking to your support system no matter if that’s a spouse, friend, family member or role model/guide is very important to get these feelings off your chest. Someone else can converse with you and maybe provide you some comfort, solace and perspective that you wouldn’t otherwise see. Having any kind of disappointment can diminish us pretty easily and we tend to get hard on ourselves when something has not gone the way we planned. One way you can do this is by listing the pro’s and con’s of the situation and gathering what you might have learned from it. It turns a bad feeling into a learning experience.

5. Get back in the ‘saddle’ OR move on

At some point, the wallowing has to stop, the conversations get circular and even when you just don’t know what to do- you just have to try again. Or you can move on to a new goal in life and make the best of it. Everyone’s’ life has a different set of circumstances and while someone might seem like they are ‘on top of the world’ you never know what it’s like behind closed doors. So make the best of a crappy situation and buck up! Maybe if you can’t get to this place where you’re okay then my other tips will come in handy and you can slowly but surely move past it.

 

How to cure the Entrepreneurial funk

How to cure the Entrepreneurial funk


As a busy millennial entrepreneur, being and staying productive can be quite a task in itself. With working full-time, going to college, running my online business, and building a house all at the same time, it can be tough. It can be extremely hard to come home, sit down at my laptop, and continue with the same pace of productivity.

It’s hard doing #allthethings, y’all.
I know you wear a lot of hats yourself. And let me guess, there are days you just can’t get out of the funk of being uninspired, tired, and just plain exhausted. These are the days when binging on Netflix sounds a whole lot better than working on hanging out in Facebook groups. 
I have been there and done that. I get it. Grab your favorite hot beverage, my friend. Take a moment to sit with me and chat about my top three ways of keeping productive and getting out of that miserable funk we know all too well. 

Remember why you started

My lack of productivity links directly with losing sight of my goals. I noticed when I forgot why I started on this journey, the urgency, the inspiration, and all the jazz just was not as present. If this is you, take the time today to go back down memory lane. Remember why you have chosen this journey. Take in the emotions and feelings and allow yourself to go through those memories all the way to the beginning.
There is always a reason.
I decided to become an entrepreneur because I was tired of the corporate life. I wanted to create a life of my own filled with things I love. Every day at work, I remind myself with my dream board. It’s a collage of photos I put together in Canva and printed off to hang at my desk. I remember my reason for starting on this journey and furthermore, I remind myself of my why. 
This could be in the form of a daily text message, the collage I described, or simply journaling each day that you are thankful for being on the journey towards what your heart seeks. Just remember to visit your reasoning and why every so often. It will guide you and make sure you stay on track. 

Set goals that get you pumped

This starts at the beginning of the year. The beginning of the month. The beginning of each and every single day. Start with the top three goals that you need to a). Accomplish for the day and b). Get you super pumped. What usually happens is I start off slow and sluggish, but after accomplishing my top three goals, I start to gain some momentum and get so pumped I cannot stop when it is time to go to bed. 
True story. 
If you are not overall pumped for your goals and what you want to accomplish, take a second look. See how you either make them more exciting or can realign your goals with what you are passionate about. Sometimes it just takes a quick tweak and you are set to rock n’ roll. 
However, it is not enough to simply make the goals. You need to set them, add a due date, and hold yourself accountable. Planners and homemade goal worksheets have always done the trick for me. 

Don’t force it

No matter what, you cannot force yourself to be more productive, more inspired, or more of anything. Follow where your path and know that it is in your best interest overall. 
If you feel like writing instead of creating graphics, write your heart away. 
Getting out of the funk depends on the actions you are taking to get yourself out of it. If you keep pushing yourself into things that do not align with your purpose, you will never get out of the funk. (Well, maybe eventually.)
As you are in these funks, remember to stay true to who you are. Remember why you started. Set goals that align with your purpose and that pump you up. Finally, do not force anything. Let it come to you and go with the flow. Your journey and sailing will go a lot smoother that way. I promise. 
By: Ashley DeLuca




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Ashley is a digital marketing and web strategist who empowers female millennial entrepreneurs by creating a web design and foolproof strategy in 30 days. She enjoys eating cheese and playing with her two basset hound puppies when she is not glued to her laptop. You can find her at blankslatemediaconsulting.com
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10 Reasons To Be Thankful by Kayla Pickrell

I’m here to present to you Kayla Pickrell who is the Founder & CEO, Lucky Dog Mail Club and she’s sharing 10 reasons to be thankful. I think this goes perfectly, hand in hand with her company and message that getting cards and stationary isn’t a lost art and will make people happy and thankful that you thought of them in any situation. If you know this blog then you know I am a VA for Shield Sisters Initiative and they are all about self-care and fostering encouragement in others. And really caring for yourself could be as simple as writing a note to someone else. Journaling and meditation are my two favorites! Keep reading and check out these awesome products that Kayla has for us.

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Everyday, I write down 10 things I’m thankful for as I journal – along with my biggest task of the day, what I’m looking forward to the most, and whatever else my little heart thinks of. I write down what or who I’m thankful for because it brings clarity, focus and a sense of something bigger than yourself.
Everyday, you do a set of tasks and get caught up in the list and just getting things done that you often don’t look at the bigger picture. But the bigger picture is where it’s at. It’s why you do what you do every day. Looking at the bigger picture allows you to channel what you love and enjoy doing.
I challenge you to stop what you’re doing (or whenever you can) and write down the ten things, people, animals, etc. that you are thankful for at this moment. The more you do this, the easier it comes. They don’t have to be big things either. Sometimes I write, “I’m thankful it’s not raining,” because I was excited for mine and Odin’s walk for that day (Odin is my three-year-old Border Collie/Black Lab and the face to Lucky Dog Mail Club). Sometimes it’s, “I’m thankful for coffee,” because I am so tired I can’t think of being fully functional without it.
Track this list, and yes, you are allowed to repeat items. In fact, there are no rules. This is your list, your reasons to be thankful. No one needs to see them but yourself.
Later on, or even immediately depending on how it works for you, start sending thank you cards to the people on those lists. If you take the time to write one thank you card a week, I promise you, it will be worth it. Not only does this transform your thoughts into actions, but it transforms the lives of those you send a card to.
I know what you’re thinking, “How does one single card transform someone’s life?” Think of the last time you received a handwritten card in the mail. How did that make you feel? Did you smile, laugh, maybe you even called that person? I don’t know about you, but I keep a shoe box of all of the cards that have ever been sent to me. Wouldn’t you want to make someone else feel that way simply for helping you out or being there for you?
A card is so intentional and real and pure emotion that it sets itself apart from everything besides being in-person. It starts or continues a true relationship. It puts you top of mind with the person on the receiving end.
So why aren’t people doing this more often?
Cards were so quickly replaced by the digital world (texts, emails, digital pre-written cards, Facebook, etc.) that the personal connection stopped being there. Now communication is so lackluster that it doesn’t provide meaningful communication.
The likes and comments don’t mean a thing to a relationship, and it definitely shouldn’t take the place of them. The digital world is magnificent, but so are the real people in your life.
Set yourself apart and make a difference in the world, no matter how small. You’ll notice that these changes creates a change within yourself, as well as others.
Kayla Pickrell is the founder and CEO of Lucky Dog Mail Club, a stationery subscription box tackling the snail mail revolution by promoting gratitude outside the digital world and building intentional relationships. Kayla has been in the graphic design industry for six years in some way, shape or form. Starting out in the wedding industry, she created pretty paper goods for all things love. While she still does this, she finds joy in creating thank you and greeting cards that brightens someone’s day in their mailbox. Kayla’s favorite things: coffee, kayaking and ice cream. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or email.

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