2016 Favorites

I’m so late to play this favorites game, but better late than never! Here are my favorite things of 2016! Podcast: Smart Podcast Trashy Books Sassy and uncensored but very conscious of triggers. They cover feminism, different cultures, literary history, and overall romancelandia greatness. It’s free on iTunes as well as their website. Book: Forbidden by Beverly…

A Conscious Consumer Gift Guide

Since I’ve become interested in conscious consumerism, I’ve been reading quite a few blog posts and articles about how difficult this time of year can be because of gifts, whether you are a minimalist and do not want additional things or a zero waster who does not want the additional packaging or an ethical consumer who…

Blogsgiving: Small Business Saturday

In 2011, American Express launched Small Business Saturday, a counter to Black Friday that promotes small business companies. Since then, many small businesses participate, and it has become an official day even outside of American Express. However, AMEX provides excellent PR for the small businesses that choose to promote through them. Shopping small is often…

Fall 2016 Bucket List

I am a fall enthusiast. I know pretty much everyone every says that, but I mean it. I love the crisp air, the knit sweaters, the cozy socks and boots, the scarves, the pumpkin spice everything, the apple cider … I can’t think off one thing I don’t like. And I’m sure we’ve all seen…

August Green Beauty Empties

We are almost in October, but I had to try to squeeze in empties from August before September completely passed by. Acure Organics Foaming Shaving Gel: I can’t believe this hasn’t made it into a post sooner! I’ve been using this exclusively for about a year now. “Cream shaves” just give me even worse razor burn, so this…

Sunday Stills

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but this week has been a reminder of how blessed and full my life truly is. Friend dates and veggie sandwiches Thrift store and flea market wins Baby Sister’s sophomore year Fair Trade oven mitts Deciding to and mapping out my transition to natural hair…

Why Aldi is the bomb-diggety

When I was a kid, I was always excited when we took a trip to Aldi because going there meant we were getting some sort of German cookie for which my mother was feeling nostalgic (military family life) and because we had to jigsaw puzzle our loot into leftover boxes from the store. Now that I’m…

July Green Beauty Empties

Not too many empties this month, but since most of them were new (or new-ish) to me, I wanted to make a post about them. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, & Restore Leave-In Conditioner: I mentioned this in my last empties. I still love it, and I purchased another one before I even…

Zarbee’s Naturals (Review)

I haven’t reviewed anything on wellness on here yet, but as I’m in tech week, this seemed like the right time to do so.   I was in Target today with the ambitious goal of solely buying paper towels and an eye shadow pallet (ha) and found myself perusing the medicine aisle. When you have been…

Green Beauty Empties

  The interesting thing about reviewing products is that once I get halfway or three-quarters of the way through, my opinions could be completely different. I’ve been binging YouTube videos like crazy lately and am starting to find that empty product videos are much more informative and helpful than initial reviews. So here are a…

Shop Small Saturday: Sea Essentials

As a blogger who is a “Buy Local” enthusiast, I feel like it’s practically my obligation to share the various local or small businesses that I love and enjoy. So once a month I will be posting a new segment off my blog I’m calling “Shop Small Saturday” in which I will feature a small business,…

Farmers’ Market Opening Day!

Cold or no cold (weather and illness), nothing was going to stop me from making it to opening day of my local farmers’ market. I was under slept and under caffeinated, but the rush of pulling into my usual parking space and seeing the familiar scene of white tents and a meandering crowd was enough…