Shopping can be fun, excitement or make you feel momentary happiness. But soon that feeling wears off and your new item is piled up with the rest of the stuff you own. You end up wasting your money and cluttering up your space, so let’s change that! Here’s 5 Easy Steps to Shop Less and Improve Your Life. First, let’s talk about our consumption habits… We live in a society of over-consumption. We work ourselves to pieces to earn more money so that we can buy more stuff and on the cycle goes. We’re led to believe that consumerism will bring us happiness, and that the number of items we possess defines our worth and success. That’s bullsh*t. Look around you. Take a moment to examine all the stuff you own. Now consider how often you actually use all those things. A handful of them are probably part of your…

I’m always wanting to learn more about how I as an individual, as well as us as a collective species, can better support (and in effect, save) the only planet we have. These 12 Books on Sustainability, Zero Waste & Saving Our Planet are one step in learning and better understanding our generation’s largest threat and crisis. I’ll be honest with you. I’ve got every one of these books on my “to read”-list, but many of them terrify me. I have a tremendous amount of anxiety about the state of the world and the climate crisis, so some of these books are likely to add even more unease to my worried mind. However, I think the more alarming titles in this list are great for climate crisis deniers and people who really need a proper wake up call to help motivate them to stop their wasteful and destructive way of…

Let’s be real. It’s not fair that the actions of generations before us have caused a massive climate crisis that our generation is now having to deal with. But that is unfortunately the reality of the situation, and we don’t have time. We all need to do what we can, now. That’s why I am sharing 15 Things I Do To Live More Sustainably. So many people think their actions, on an individual level, have no impact, that the changes that will have the biggest affect are controlled by the people with power and money. So, you might as well go on living life and let the politicians worry about climate change, right? Although it’s true that those suited with all the power and the deepest pockets are both the ones adding more fuel to the fire that is climate change, and subsequently the ones who have immense power to create change. But. As…

There’s really no two ways about it. Our planet is suffering and we are in the midst of a serious climate crisis and mass extinction of species. Youths across the world, initiated and led by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg are fighting every day to get our world leaders to act. On an individual level you might feel like there’s nothing you can do to change this massive worldwide catastrophe, but that’s not true. Just look at what Greta Thunberg has set in motion. Consider that a single person may not be able to solve the climate crisis on their own, but everyone can do something to shift to a more sustainable way of living. To inspire you to adapt a lifestyle that leaves less of a carbon footprint, I want to share 10 Sustainability Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram. These accounts share inspiration and ideas on how to live more…

Happy Easter! In the name of sustainability and reusing and upcycling what we’ve got, I gave our Easter Eggs a new look this year. I’ve had these paper Easter eggs for years and used what I had on hand to give them a new look. Here’s How to Make DIY Upcycled Easter Eggs The first paper egg looked like this before my crafting ideas struck down upon it. This egg is pretty massive, in other words, lots of room for delicious vegan candy and other treats. Using what I had on hand – tissue paper from old packages, paints, pens and glue – I got to work giving this one a new look. I painted it a dark blue color and then made paper flowers in different colors that I glued on to the painted egg. Here’s a guide on how to make the tissue paper flowers. Related: Easy DIY…

Do you save that tissue paper you get in your shopping bag or package? You should! It can be reused to make beautiful packages or these Easy DIY Tissue Paper Flowers. Using tissue paper I’ve saved through the years from various packages, gifts or other shopping, I crafted together these Easy DIY Tissue Paper Flowers to revamp some old paper Easter eggs I had. These tissue paper flowers are great as decorations for Easter or other parties, or to top a gift (instead of ribbon). Here’s how you make these Easy DIY Tissue Paper Flowers. Related: DIY Holiday Chocolate Box What you’ll need Here’s what you’ll need to make your tissue paper flower: Tissue paper (preferably saved and reused), a pair of scissors, thread (a stapler will work too) Cut your tissue paper into squares as in the example above and pile them with the lightest color on top (this will…

I read a lot. So I thought I’d share 3 books I recommend. I get through about 50 books a year and not a day goes by without me reading at least a couple pages of whatever book I’m currently into. I’d even go as far as to say that I sometimes feel off balance when I haven’t got a book in progress. Related: 10 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List For that reason, I’m always looking for the next book to capture me. I like suspense, mystery, crime and the like, you know, proper page turners. But I’m not foreign to a captivating biography, a novel that pulls on my heart strings, or a fascinating non-fiction topic. If you’re looking for something to read, here’s 3 books I recommend. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman This is a super cute read. Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate…

Ever since I came up with this vegan cookie base recipe a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been on a cookie baking craze. I’ve made white chocolate, hazelnut and raisin cookies, triple chocolate cookies, and saffron whoopie pies. All of them using this base recipe! So, here’s how this magical base recipe came to be: as is my standard approach – I started contemplating ingredients for a kind of chocolate chip cookie. I whipped a couple of things together, using what I had on hand, and the result was delicious. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. Just the way a cookie should be! I’m very excited about this recipe, so much so that I’ve struggled to limit my cookie baking to only one (or two) batches a week. I have so many combinations I want to try! Bookmark this recipe, it’ll be your new go to for most…

Here’s a post that’s long overdue! This is the recipe for the absolutely delicious no-bake Crunchy Caramel Chocolate Slice that I made for my birthday this year. Since we’re on the topic of my birthday, I guess I should start this off by giving you a little recap of how I spent my day this year. My birthday fell on a Monday this year, so for various reasons including convenience, we celebrated the weekend prior to the actual day. My boyfriend’s parents were visiting so we had a fun weekend of activities planned, ending with a birthday dinner on Sunday evening at a Lebanese spot. Then, on my birthday morning I woke up feeling like a wreck. Sore throat, zero energy and a flu that gradually gained momentum throughout the day. So, I spent 90 percent of the day on the sofa watching whatever half-interesting and/or entertaining series or movie…