being cruelty free can be hard

It was a year ago that I decided to stop putting it off and start only buying cruelty free makeup. My choice to include skin and hair care in that followed within the month and in the months following we also made the choice to start buying cruelty free and ethical home and cleaning supplies….

the pros and cons of getting married young

This week Nigel and I are celebrating our second anniversary. This is crazy to me as it simultaneously feels like it has been forever, but also only just a few months since we tied the knot. (Plus this gives me a chance to go back to some of my favourite wedding photos) I got married…

the best zero waste books

Over the past few months I have been reading quite a few books about zero waste and low waste living, all teaching me things but set up in vastly different ways. Because I know not everyone reads as much as I do or wants to read every single book that is out there on zero…

the search for the perfect planner

I am very serious about my planner. I can’t just pick a random agenda off the shelf and call it a day. No, searching for my planner for the upcoming year was a process that took a lot of time, a lot of searching both in person and online, and a lot of preparation. Though…

Zero waste in the workplace

I practically spend more time at work than I do at home these days and it can be a place that has a huge amount of waste. Office supplies, coffees and lunches, and a general lack of planning or caring means that lots is being wasted and a ton of stuff is being sent to…

having a digital detox

I, like many other people, am on my phone a lot. Probably too much if I am being honest, but it has become such a major part of my life. While I try to not be on it right before bed I sometimes find myself lying awake and so I just grab my phone, or…

taking a few days away – our Oregon weekend 2018

Sometimes you just need to take a break and a few weeks ago I was really feeling that. I had been working at my new job for a few months and it was summer which means my husband and I see each other for about two hours each evening before he goes to bed. We…

the best books I read this month – july 2018

Another month, another stack of books read. My husband jokes that he only sees about a quarter of the books that I read as they come in and out of the house so quickly (and he is probably right). But that is why I love living and working next to two different library systems, I…

what I am no longer buying

Zero waste is a concept often thought to be super expensive and is something that has a certain privilege to it. Yes there are things that can only be found for those that are of a certain privilege; such as living nearby stores that sell items in bulk and being able to spend a little…

ethical and sustainable fashion

I have written pretty extensively about why fast fashion is bad and why I have switched to almost exclusively buying from thrift stores, but sometimes you don’t always want to be going to thrift stores and you want to support brands that are actually doing good things in the world. Ethical and sustainable clothing brands…