6 easy ways to go green and reduce waste

Happy Earth Day to our beautiful and amazing planet! Everyday is Earth Day around our house though, because we always want to do our best to care for this beautiful planet that we get to call home.

I have always been passionate about reducing my waste and carbon footprint. But I know that for some of us it can be a little overwhelming when there is so much we feel we need or want to change to be more eco-friendly.

There are so many things we can all be doing to take better care of the Earth, and reduce waste within our families. With that being said, here are five things you can do today to make it happen, without hassle of course.

stop using plastic grocery bags

I seriously have a ridiculous amount of reusable bags, and I use them every time we go shopping. I even use them at Costco instead of using their boxes for my groceries. I have tried reusable bags from everywhere, but my absolute favorite are from Colony Co. because they are HEAVY duty and big!

switch to reusable sandwich and freezer bags

We use so much plastic by using plastic bags! I love Stasher brand bags because they are heavy duty and able to go in the freezer as well. They are made of silicone so there is no plastic or toxins either which is amazing. They make them in all sorts of sizes and can be used for so many different needs.

use jars or reusable bags for produce and bulk items

When you are shopping for your loose produce and bulk items, bring your own cloth produce bags and jars. I have been loving Colony Co. produce bags too. They have so many different sizes, and they work better than other brands I have used.

buy a nice water bottle

and get into the habit of not forgetting it! I have even seen people put a post it on their door with a reminder to grab their water bottle. Staying hydrated is crucial, and having a nice water bottle to take with you means you won’t ever feel tempted to buy a plastic one. I like glass water bottles like this one and these. Some great stainless steel ones are healthy human and sip.

bring your own mug/cup when you go out

you can save a lot of waste by bringing your own cup to a coffee shop, or anywhere else you would grab a beverage from. This is totally something I will admit I need to work on and get better at. I mean, you all know I have the mugs to do it!

Reuse old jars and containers when you can

I love reusing all my old jars from food and skincare! My cocokind jars are my favorites to reuse for endless things because they’re such a good size for small stuff. Reusing jars from coconut oil etc are great for bulk items too!

There are TONS more that we could all be doing to make more of an effort to create less waste, but this is a great place to start. I think these are all really simple things that anyone can do at any point in time. I would love to know, are you doing any or all of these things already? What’s something you want to work on to reduce waste?

*My Colony Co. bags were gifted, but I would never share any product with you guys that I don’t personally love and use. I would buy these bags myself, and am absolutely impressed with their quality.

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7 GOAL SETTING TIPS ANYONE CAN DO

So many of us set goals once a year, and do our best to remember them throughout the year. But often times, we forget them, or we get busy and move on. Whatever it is, goal setting often times doesn’t pan out for everyone. It takes a lot of accountability and planning to set and reach goals.

Last year, I started setting intentions every single month. I would create a plan for each one and remind myself everyday of those intentions. I also started listening to a lot of podcasts on goal setting, and got really intrigued by what all of these crazy successful people had to say about it (I have my husband to thank for that!). I loved all of their ideas and tips, but I still feel like I need help with creating structure for doing things like making SMART goals. Its easy to do it on your own on a sheet of paper, but I wanted something more in depth. My husband keeps a small notebook that’s sole purpose is tracking his goals and aspirations. Genius idea. I used my Passion Planner in a similar way and liked using that, but it was always hard to squeeze extra stuff in there like manifestation and intentions that I set every month and daily.

Then I heard about GOAL JOURNALS and decided to give them a shot, because, well, I love trying out new tools to that help keep me intention and mindful AF. Forget about the notebooks and planners- you NEED this in your life if you want to crush your goals without feeling overwhelmed by them.

Here is a little look into my goal journal. This is just a tiny glimpse because it has so much to offer! More than I ever would have thought to write down on my own.

I love how detailed this journal is. There is space for life assessments, life vision (which even has a space for self care… AMAZING). There are tools and tips for setting goals, and encouraging quotes. There is so much good stuff in there to keep you organized and on top of your goals. I feel like with this journal, we will be unstoppable when it comes to achieving our goals. As soon as I saw it in person, I told my husband we had to get him one too… and everyone we know! Also, did I mention they are eco friendly? I AM OBSESSING.

Okay, so now that you now how much I am loving my planner, I want to share a few tips with you to help you achieve your goals!

7 simple tips to achieve your goals

  1. use SMART goal setting (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time bound)
  2. share your goals with at least one other person- this helps you stay accountable
  3. check in with yourself every day- what have you done to take steps toward your goal(s) that day?
  4. create a plan that is doable for YOU. What works for you may not work for everyone else, and that is okay!
  5. create a deadline for different goals throughout the year. It’s a lot easier to stay motivated when you get small wins all throughout the year, rather than waiting for everything at the end of the year.
  6. GET A GOAL JOURNAL  and use it every day! Make it a habit!
  7. manifest! I do this every morning and it really gives you a great mind set and keeps you focused.

I love that I can replace my other planners and journals with this one goal journal, because it has space for everything I journal about currently. I feel like this is a great tool to keep my focused, intentional, mindful… and even a great place to do my daily manifestation!

I want to know- do you guys journal/set intentions or goals/manifest? If you aren’t, I HIGHLY suggest making it a habit. With a detailed journal, it makes it so easy and stress-free that there is no reason not to. It’s a habit I am so glad I formed, and with one of my March intentions being to manifest and journal every day, this is perfect for me right now!

**This is a sponsored post. I want you guys to know that I am completely transparent in what I choose to post here, and I would never share ANYTHING that I did not believe in completely and also use myself. I love this journal, and truly believe that it will help anyone with their goals, manifestation, and intentions. Which as you all know are things I wholeheartedly believe in and practice myself! Thank you all so much for supporting me!

13 tips to eat clean on a budget

I get asked all the time for tips on how to feed a family healthy within a budget. It’s probably one of my most frequently asked questions! It can feel overwhelming and for some people, almost impossible to feed a whole family healthy on a budget. Especially if that budget has no wiggle room or is fairly tight.

There are several ways you can save money on groceries, but we do prioritize our food budget over anything else. However, I understand that some families simply cannot o that, so I am going to divide these tips into two categories: the first are tips I personally use for my own family, and the second are tips I suggest to people who really want to find a way to make clean eating fit within their current budget. This is great for anyone who is switching to eating clean and organic.

1. MEAL PLAN & USE INGREDIENTS YOU ALREADY HAVE ON HAND

This will also help you waste less food, which is something I love as I hate food waste! Every week when I meal plan and prep, I am sure to use the items we already have. Especially produce, so it doesn’t go bad. If there is ever something I know I am not going to use, I will cook and freeze it for another time, or to use for smoothies.

2. PURCHASE DRIED BEANS

Buying organic dry beans is so much cheaper (and healthier!) than canned or boxed. This way you can also sprout or soak them, making them easier to digest. You can even find organic beans and lentils in bulk!

3. BUY PRODUCE IN SEASON- OR FROZEN

I stick to what is in season almost always. That means I don’t typically buy fresh berries in the winter, so I opt to buy them frozen!

4. BUY IN BULK

Buying organic goods in bulk is a huge money saver! I also do a large portion of my shopping at Costco because they have great prices on bulk organic items and produce.

5. Make a list

Don’t head to the store without a plan! That can lead to you buying things you don’t actually need, or forgetting items an having to make extra small trips to the store, which will often mean you go outside of your budget.

6. Set a budget and stick to it

Figure out what kind of budget works for your family. I always hear people talking about how much they spend a month, but I suggest setting a weekly grocery budget. I find it easier and more realistic.

7. Make some things yourself

If you have the time, making some things homemade can safe a lot of money. Plus, homemade anything is way yummier than store bought, right?!

8. Shop once a week

Shopping and budgeting for one week at a time is a system that works great for me, and I highly suggest it!

PART TWO

1. Cut back on packaged goods

you can buy a lot of that stuff in bulk, too.

2. Don’t shop hungry

I will be honest and say I do this WAY too often and end up leaving with packaged bars or things like that.

3. Use the dirty dozen list, if you need to

The dirty dozen is great for people just switching to organic, or for people who can’t afford to shop 100% organic, because let’s face it, it’s expensive af.

4. Buy items that are on sale, and plan a few meals around that

If you planned to eat brussels sprouts, but get to the store and see the broccoli is a better price, switch to the cheaper priced veggie. Things like that.

5. Track as you go

Keep track of your spending as you shop so you keep yourself accountable on where you are at! I have seen people tracking on a notepad as they go, which I think is a great idea!

 

I would love to hear what your tips for eating healthy on a budget are. What things do you do that works for you and your family? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram!