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Sustainable Gift Guide 2018

Since we’re in the midst of building a tiny house this holiday season, I’ve been much more aware of how little space we will have for things in the near future. As a result, giving non-accumulating gifts is on my radar. Here are a few sustainable gift giving options!

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Metro Tips & Tricks

Good news LA! The Expo extension line to Santa Monica opens today! In celebration of this opening I give you a list of tips & tricks. Over the course of 7 months and after many fails on my part, I have learned a number of ways to make my metro commute the best it can be. So whether you are are commuting to work  or just taking a day trip to the beach (because now you can) I hope these tips & tricks will be helpful to you.

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Eco-Friendly Laundry

So we’ve all had one, one of those ‘Out of the Blue’ revelation moments. I had often thought about the chemicals and hazards in our environment. The noxious stuff in the air, the “who knows what” in the water and the awfulness sprayed on commercial produce – that’s some scary stuff.

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To E-Read or Not to E-Read?

To E-Read or Not to E-Read? That is the question I asked myself a few months ago when I first considered purchasing an E-Reader. When they first appeared on the scene, I immediately said, “Well, that’s a new toy I don’t need (and I do need most new toys). Why would I want my books digitalized? I love my books, hardbound with beautiful covers.”

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Gifts for the Sustainability Lover in Your Life

Eco-friendly options to give this holiday!

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Eco-Pro Tip // Natural Makeup Brush Cleanser

Giving your makeup brushes a nice, natural cleansing might be easier than you think! The other day when I was cleaning out my bathroom supplies (a rare occasion) I thought I’d also give my brushes a scrub (another thing I don’t do often enough). I reached for the cleanser I had used in the past that is specifically made for makeup brushes, but when I read the label I was surprised to find loads of weird chemicals.

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Conscious Companies // Ana Apple

Ana Apple is a sustainable infant and toddler clothing company located in Old Sacramento, CA. We interviewed owner, Ana Manzano, about her whimsical, eco-friendly shop and the wonderful things she is doing to give back to the community.

Farm Fresh // Sustainable Soup Stock

It’s officially soup weather and I can’t wait to dig into my Pinterest board of cold weather recipes. Soup is my go-to feel good food when the temperature drops, and for good reason – it’s full of vegetables and quinoa and all kinds of healthy ingredients to keep your body and mind running smoothly through the winter. Continue reading “Farm Fresh // Sustainable Soup Stock”

Eco-Pro Tip // Rain Capture with a Bilge Pump

With this weird weather in Sacramento lately, random bouts of rain followed by a week of 100˚ days, it’s important to capture and utilize that rain water! In this Urban Treehouse video, Mikael explains how to use a bilge pump to water your garden from a sealed pool cover. Continue reading “Eco-Pro Tip // Rain Capture with a Bilge Pump”

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