Beginning Steps for Going Green

Beginning Steps for Going Green

Becoming environmentally conscious isn’t something that just happens overnight. It’s more of a process or a journey that happens step-by-step. However, as more and more people continue to start living green, the ecological benefits of sustainable living are starting to compound for society. These types of changes don’t happen overnight, but when enough people start deciding to make a difference, it controls the momentum of the narrative of our society. Here are some tips for making the transition to green living…

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Buy reusable bags
We go through an astonishingly high number of plastic grocery bags every year. In America alone, we use about 100 billion plastic shopping bags, every year. Not only is that a lot of plastic that is filling up the landfill, but it also takes a large amount of oil to produce that much plastic. Roughly 12-13 million barrels of oil is needed to produce those plastic bags. The sad reality about these facts is that a large number of the grocery sacks that we use are plastic. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Using reusable shopping bags can help cut down on the overall number of plastic bags used by Americans, which can make grocery shopping a more sustainable experience.
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Find ways to improve your gas mileage
If you thought the number of plastic shopping bags that Americans use is alarming, then get a load of how much gasoline we burn through. Each year, Americans use over 142 billion gallons of gasoline in just their vehicles. This doesn’t go into heating for houses and businesses either. This doesn’t mean that you need to push your family sedan into a ditch and buy a Tesla. You can start to cut back on the amount of gasoline that your vehicle needs by doing very simple maintenance on it, such as using tires with good tread or getting the oil changed regularly.

Use reusable building materials for home projects
Using plastic is generally a practice that isn’t very green, and yet it is something that we use in nearly every facet of our lives. One example of this is when we are building our homes, when plastic composite materials are starting to show up in a variety of home projects. When you’re thinking about diving into a home improvement project, such as building your new deck, opt to go for wood, or even materials for a salvage yard, rather than using plastic lumber or similar materials.
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Go paperless
Do you go to your mailbox almost every day and walk back inside with a large clump of letters that you then need to dig through? Probably, if you’re like most Americans. And the worst part is that there are very rarely any actual letters, which can actually be exciting to get. In junk mail alone, Americans receive nearly 70 pounds of paper to their house, each year. This adds up to a whole lot of horrible waste, and can stop by simply contacting the company that sends the junk mail and asking to be taken off their mailing list. Likewise, speaking with your bank, utility company, or other financial institutions and asking to go paperless can help you cut back on the amount of paper waste that you generate.

Use reusable water bottles
We’re back to plastic, where around 38 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away each year, as opposed to the 12 billion that are recycled, on average. This billions of pounds of plastic waste that ends up in oceans and landfills, every year. One of the simplest steps that you can take towards going green is to simply buy a reusable water bottle and fill it up when you need to stay hydrated, rather than wasting a totally new plastic bottle every time you get thirsty. Like many other options to go green, this won’t only help you be more environmentally friendly, but will actually help you save money throughout the year.
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5 Ways To Deal With Anxiety At Work

5 Ways To Deal With Anxiety At Work

Anxiety: A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities.

Anxiety is a tricky monster that is currently along side almost 40 million people to date. For me my symptoms at any given time range from: fatigue, sweating, worrying, heart palpitations, not being able to focus, and irritability. Which may lead to a panic attack at any time.

In the mornings while I’m getting ready for work a flood of anxiety can come over me, if i let it. Thoughts of how bad traffic will be, if there is a wreck that will be sure to make me late, then onto how busy the day will be and if I will make any mistakes, or the mistakes I made a week before creep into my mind.

I sat down to try and help others that experience morning anxiety as well, you can read “setting up your morning to combat anxiety“ and hopefully find it helpful. I tried to pick up on anything and everything that helps me, to help you too.

Once you’re at work any triggers can be set off throughout the day. So you don’t find yourself locked in a bathroom stall or crying your eyes out in your car there are a few different ways to handle your anxieties at work.

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Know your triggers – this is the very first tool in your toolkit. If you know your triggers then you’ll know what to watch for.

Build a grounding techniques – notice objects around you. Take notice of the sounds around you. Notice a scent coming from around you. By giving your brain something to distract from your anxieties you’ll gain a sense of calming.

Ask for what you may need – flexible scheduling, a mental health day.

Break things down – as long as your meeting your deadlines, you’ll be able to turn a task into several micro tasks. This will keep you focused and help with being overwhelmed.

Take a time out – take just a few minutes and take a few deep breaths. This is not hindering your work progress nor is it bothersome to anyone else around you. Although it may feel like your world is crashing in on you try to remember it’s not obvious to anyone else.

A few things to keep in mind when you’re anxious: you are bigger than your anxieties, don’t let them tell you how to feel, you are just giving into the feelings of your anxieties. Remember that it WILL pass, you will come out on the other side.

I like to keep my lavender essential oil with me at all times, just Incase I need a little dab behind the ears or across the wrist.

When I get home I’ll do some journaling about the day and how I felt to see if I by chance develop new triggers. I like to flow through my anxiety yoga sequence  as well.

I hope you’ve found these ideas helpful. Anxiety is a terrible thing full of different emotions that can be difficult or crippling at times. I’d like to hear ways that help you cope with anxiety at work.

6 Tips for an Easy Move With a Pet

6 Tips for an Easy Move With a Pet

Moving, even if it’s a simple move across town, is a stressful event. The more people that you include in the equation, the harder and more difficult that it gets. Moving alone is hard, but then add a partner or friend, children, or pets, and it can get really overwhelming really fast. Especially when it comes to pets, it can be hard for them to understand what is going on. Often, a pet feels scared and unsure of what is happening during the moving process. This distress can be hard for them to adjust to your new home together. If you’re worried about the effect that moving may have on your pet, here are a few tips for an easy move with a pet.

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Ensure your new home is pet friendly
When trying to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during a move, it’s so important to make sure that there is a welcoming home waiting for them at the end of the move. Take a few extra moments before the move, to make sure that your new home is pet friendly so they can get comfortable in their new environment right away. Things like a doggie door and a fenced backyard will make sure that your furry friend enjoys their new home, as well as has an opportunity to relieve themselves at the end of a long drive.
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Drive your pet in your car with you
Whether you usually put your pet in a carrier or kennel in the car, or they are happy to sit next to you with their head out the window, make sure you bring your pet in your car with you. This will keep them comfortable during the transition process. A new home and environment is scary enough without having to add a strange car ride with a stranger or in a moving van.
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Pack them an overnight bag
This may sound a little overkill, as it’s not like your pet needs a toothbrush and a change of clothes for their first night in their new home. However, your pet will need food, their food and water bowls, as well as bedding, as soon as you arrive at your new home. Packing a little bag with all of their essentials will help them realize that this is their new home, because their things are there. Other great things to include in their overnight bag are kitty litter, favorite toys, and grooming tools such as a brush.

Keep your pet away during the move
For the sanity of your pet, you should keep them away from the moving process. It’s stressful to them to see you packing up everything they are familiar with. It’s not unusual for them to get rowdy and act out, as they may feel like you are abandoning them. It’s recommended that your pet stay with a friend or in their kennel/carrier in a quiet room of the home, away from all of the chaos.

Update their info and contact their vet
When you move, make sure that you update their microchip information with your new address. If you’ve moved far enough away that you need a new vet, ask your current vet for recommendations of vets in your new area. You can also ask to have all of your pets medical information and prescriptions sent to your new vet. This helps avoid any lapse of treatment and keeps your new vet in the loop of any preexisting conditions your pet may have.
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Don’t let your pet out without a leash
With the exception of fenced yards, don’t let your pet outside of your new home without a leash. Even if your pet is usually very docile and has never attempted to escape before, the new environment can be frightening and cause your pet to try to escape to try to return to their previous home. It can take months for your pet to feel comfortable in their new environment, so be patient with them during this transition as they get to know their new space.

It’s a new space for your pet and some pets aren’t very good with change, so anything like a comfy comfortable bed and an all natural treat may help them to settle in a little easier.

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7 Favorite Christmas Scents

7 Favorite Christmas Scents

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I love Christmas scents probably the most out of all scents ever! Maybe because Christmas is my favorite time of year; I love the warm glow of the lights, the smell of the Christmas tree, and of course baking, decorating, & devouring homemade sugar cookies!!

I think I might’ve become kind of a candle snob in July? Around the time i started working at the candle shop. I absolutely love them which is great considering I have about 30 22oz candles; so much so I have an inventory of them all in spreadsheet form.

Maybe it’s weird but I love good smelling things; cats, dogs, armpits, cars, restaurants… Whenever I’m out in public I get a little upset if I can’t smell myself – I don’t want to smell bad.

The obsession with candles has sparked a fire (see what I did there? Hehe) this year and I am all over the Christmas candles! I am all over smelling them all, thank goodness for coffee beans (they help clear the nose pallet) or my nose would probably cut itself from my face to run away.

It took a little pondering however I did it! I have picked the very best (in my opinion) Christmas scents to share with you all. If these do not sound like your idea of a smellebration then (your wrong jk) that’s ok because to each is their own and variety is the spice of life.

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How the fragrances are arranged in what order the scent is received through your nose pallet. While the candle is either sitting or burning all of the notes are combined to create the full effect of the entire candles scent.

The fragrance notes go as followed:
• Top note is the initial impression of the fragrance
Middle note is the main body of the scent
Base is its final impression.

Yankee Candle’s “Balsam & Clove”
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Clove, Fresh Balsam, Cinnamon
Middle note: Cassia (spice from bark of east Asian evergreen), Pine
Base: Cedarwood, Amber

Yankee Candle’s “Cherries on snow
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Fruit, Cherry, Almond, Sweet Citrus
Middle note: Spicy Cinnamon, Tart Cherries
Base: Musk

Yankee Candle’s “Red Apple Wreath
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Golden Apples, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove
Middle note: Apple Peel, Cracked Walnuts, Brown Sugar
Base: Amber, Melted Butter, Maple Syrup, Vanilla

Yankee Candle’s “Holiday Bayberry
Fragrance Notes:
Top note: Clove, Nutmeg, Lemon
Middle note: Apple, Pine, Lavender
Base: Fir Balsam, Patchouli, Amber

Did you know?:  Trimming your wick to 1/8-inch helps the candle burn evenly. The length helps create complete combustion which means less soot is formed.

The WoodWick company has been around for a little while but it seems like not everybody has seen them in action. I like burning these at night with the lights off and the tv turned down or completely off. WoodWick makes their candles with a soy base but have an intriguing natural wooden wick.

the pluswick innovation of the wooden wicks creates a crackling sound, such as a fireplace. Between the ambiance and the unique crackle of the wick these candles are perfect for relaxation. I like to pair mine with a Lush bubble bar bath.

WoodWick’s “Frasier Fur
“This fragrance truly captures the essence of fresh-cut fir on a crisp winter morning.”

WoodWick’s “Hot Toddy”
“Tempting notes of ground cinnamon and nutmeg swirl with caramel-drizzled apples and sweet maple wine.”

WoodWick’s “Crimson Berries”
“Juicy Christmas berries blended with a touch of warm spice and mistletoe essence”

If you like candles even a little bit I’d say check out the WoodWick’s if you want to have your mind blown and relaxed at the same time. If your not into holiday scents check out the White Tea & Jasmine or the Lavender Spa scent.