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Eco Beauty Find: Ethique Solid Shampoo

Eco Beauty Find- Ethique Solid Shampoo I love sharing good products when I find them, especially when the company supports a cleaner world and takes responsibility for their ingredients and the products. I was first introduced to Ethique by a Youtuber named Sustainably Vegan, who is the epitome of a sustainable person. I believe that we can all make small changes to create an impact. The individual choices we make each day contribute to the whole. So if we choose to buy things in a conscious way, we are contributing to the change. We can choose to support sustainable brands A really fun part about buying from Ethique is they tell you what your impact is. When you make an account with them they have a section that shows you what your impact is. I have only made one purchase and this feels pretty rewarding to me. Knowing that when I participate in an exchange with their company that they are not in it to just make a profit. They want to create an impact. …

Hiking in my Xero Z-Trail Ev Sandals

Why I love hiking in my Xero’s Comfort 💜 They are super comfortable, each strap fits very gently and comfortably on the foot. Even after a long day of hiking and my feet are feeling tired, I look forward to putting them on again in the morning. They allow my feet to breath and take in all the good nutrients that the earth provides for us. Toe Splay 🦶 The toes are allowed to spread as nature intended. Think about how cramped your feet get when you wear regular tennis shoes, joggers, etc. Our feet are meant to splay and to engage in the environment.   Thin Soles 🌎 The soles are thin and allow you to receive biofeedback from your environment. When we wear thick padded shoes we are getting a “false” sense of what’s really there. These shoes really help me understand my environment and I firmly believe they have contributed to my over all foot strength and mobility of my ankle. The foot is so so complicated and beautiful. It literally holds …

Learning to care deeper for this earth suit

I have been interested in herbalism longer than I realize. When I was younger my dad would slip in stories about his childhood, and sometimes I was able to listen. He’s an excellent story teller and would recount memories of going out into the field and collecting dandelion leaves with his mom and siblings. She would then take the dandelion leaves and either Sautee them or boil them or use them fresh for salads. Fast forward many years later, my husband and I move to Ann Arbor and start to catch wind of mystical things such as plant walks with Jim McDonald (the renowned herbalist) through the Michigan Folk School. It was thrilling. I was on the road to healthy eating and thinking more consciously about what I put into my body. I had never been one for traditional conventional medicine, something about it just seemed unnatural. I am so glad I had that tiny inkling of thought. I believe conventional medicine is a powerhouse and saves many lives but often conditions are blanket statements …

you’re beautiful just the way you are

In a world over saturated with information, products, influencers, etc. it can be difficult to create a sense of identity, and a general feeling of acceptance for ourselves. We are exposed to SO MUCH in any given moment and social media has the ability to expand or contract us. One thing we all need to practice is love for oneself and creating a self care ritual. Self care doesn’t mean going to a spa and spending 100’s of dollars. Self care can be as simple and nurturing as preparing a meal, curating the products you use, giving yourself a minute to do some breath work. For me it’s been all about curating the beauty/upliftment/enhancing products I use. I identify as a woman but have always been pretty simple. I grew up in a household of women and a wonderful beautiful mother who had a huge caboodle of make up. Our bathroom was embedded with countless beauty products. It was a fun setting to grow up in, wearing my mom’s make up and trying all the …

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Tentree Ambassador 2021

Tentree Ambassador I have always wanted something from Tentree, specifically a pair of their joggers (Bamone Treefleece Joggers) that a friend of my husband’s and I have. He always commented on comfy they we’re and how I would appreciate the brand because…as someone who loves nature, they plant 10 trees for every purchase! Pretty amazing 😀 I had stumbled upon a call for brand ambassador’s and thought it would be time to try it out. I submitted my IG handle, a few images and a short essay and voila…a few weeks later I was in. As an ENFP (Myers Briggs) I love love love to share stuff so I figured it was a worthy cause to be involved in. And for me it really is. As someone who often purchases used clothes or buys things used…it felt purposeful and intentional to support a brand that met my more strict criteria my conscious consumer early 30’s. I was intrigued by the idea of becoming a brand ambassador and had been getting more and more contact reach …

Sustainable Company Alert: Package Free Shop

How can we practice being open-hearted as consumers? My personal take is that we strive to purchase from responsible companies. Businesses that are providing more sustainable products. You may have heard, you are what you eat but what about, You are what you buy. By choosing to be more conscious about how you consume, you too, can make a difference. Questions to ask before buying something Is the company local? Are they resourcing materials responsibly? Are they committed to providing green options via packaging, product materials, etc. Are they serving a community? Are they accessible? Not all companies that we buy from hit these check marks, but it is something that we really strive for as consumers. Buy quality over quantity. My Experience with Package Free Shop I have been seeing the buzz around the brand via social media. I have long been looking for options that have minimal impact with packaging, plastic, and are sustainable and eco-conscious and that don’t support over consumptive behaviors. The best thing about Package Free Shop is their commitment …