Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eco bathroom purchases

Incase you haven't noticed their has been a big movement lately towards sustainable living. More & more people are striving to live healthier & more environmentally friendly lives. It's not easy. It really isn't. I have found it really hard to find the products I am looking to switch too in stores. Most things need to be bought online & it's kind of hard to figure out if something really is environmentally friendly or just seems like it is. But I guess any effort in this direction is better than no effort at all. right?

I recently purchased three items as replacements for common bathroom products and I wanted to share my first impressions of them.

These are said to be made with organic cotton and come packaged in a reusable plastic bag. I'm trying to limit the amount of plastic I bring into my life and I've found its ridiculously difficult to find things not packaged in plastic. But anyway, these are very light weight and really gentle on the skin. I like these but I'm not sure how long they will last because they are really thin. I wanted something that I could reserve JUST for washing my face. I tend to be using all of my regular flannels for cleaning up all my toddlers mess & they have become all stained & not really enjoyable to wash my face with. I'll see how these fair before I decide to buy any more.

Again this comes packaged in a reusable plastic travel case. Which I kind of like for this product because I can really see that coming in handy. I don't know many people that use a shower cap but I only wash  my hair once or twice a week so I use one nearly every single day. What I like about this one is it is lined on the inside with cotton so it's much more gentle on my hair than the ones I am used too. It also fits a lot better as it is slightly bigger than the brand I usually use but the elastic is tighter so I had zero run away hairs slipping out and getting wet. I'm a little unsure about how this shower cap is better for the environment than a regular one though? I guess it's all to do with the brand itself and how they operate maybe? The quality of this is great & I'd buy this again when it came time for a replacement!

This is the product I was most excited about trying. Konjac sponges are 100% natural, biodegradable and compostable. The sponge kinda looks like a kitchen sponge. It is hard and then softens once wet. You can use it alone or with your regular body wash. I used it with my bodywash and I loved it! It distributed soap evenly and was super gentle. One of the reasons I got this besides the enivonmental impact was because I definitly hang on to sponges and things for far to long. Yeah gross. But sometimes you don't realise how long you have had something before you finally get around to replacing it. These are said to last 1- 3 months so I'll be forced to replace these more regularly and therefor be a more hygienic human. haha.

I do hope to keep my momentum going and start swapping out some other things in my home. But I wonder if you have made any sustainable purchases that you would recommend? Or is there something you have been wanting to find a substitute for?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tips for increasing your water intake

Bringing healthier habits into my life is something that is really important to me. Whether it is simply trying to drink more water or adopting a whole new way of living (hello minimalism). I'm a big believer that people should strive to thrive. Keep learning and keep growing to be the person you want to be. I was really in the thick of this when suddenly my whole life was flipped upside down and I became a single mum. My whole routine and way of life got almost completely left by the wayside. But it's been quite a few months since that happened and it's time for me to get back to a healthier, happier me and move forward with my life.

I'm going to kick it off with probably the most simplest healthy habit there is. Staying hydrated! Deep down we all know that we need to drink water. This is not news & I'm not going to go into the health benefits of doing it. But I am going to share some ideas on how to help yourself drink more.

Add it into your routine
Drink one glass before every meal or drink a glass before getting into the shower. The possibilities are endless. I personally think this is the easiest way to get more water. Ingrain this habit into your every day life and soon you won't even have to think about it.

Carry a water bottle with you everywhere
You'll be amazed how often you will just pull that water bottle out for a sip just because its there. Every time you're waiting in a line or a waiting room with nothing to do instead of playing on your phone whip out your water bottle!

Track it!
This option is not for everybody. Some might find it annoyingly tedious. But if you're anything like me then you might actually find motivation and enjoyment out of tracking your water drinking habit. I've made my own water tracker but there are plenty out there that you could download and print off. I like tracking because it keeps me accountable. Being able to see how I am improving with my water intake over time helps me to stay motivated too.

Don't aim for perfection
Aiming for perfection is a recipe for failure. You don't want to stress yourself out about it. It's supposed to make you feel good about yourself and feel healthier. Stress is not healthy. Don't beat yourself up if you didn't drink as much as you wanted on a particular day. Even just making a little bit of effort is enough.

I am planning on introducing more healthier habits when I feel ready and I'll definitly be sharing them here to keep myself accountable. But I think the key to introducing new things into your life is to not overwhelm yourself by doing too much at once. A little bit at a time and eventually it all adds up.

Is there anything that you do to encourage yourself to drink more water? I'd love to know!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Breaking up with social media

I've been wondering if I should quit Instagram. I've quit twitter and I've quit Facebook and I feel really good about having done so. I've always loved Instagram the most of all the social media platforms but as I've fallen deeper and deeper into the "creative instagram community" I seem to feel like I need to be doing what everyone I follow is doing.

Majority of the people I follow on instagram are absolutely wonderful, inspiring people. Most of them have created a business out of instagram or out of blogging and for quite a while now I've been feeling as if I have to do the same in order to be happy. Which is absurd. It's definitly become a thing for people who make a living online to "market" their lifestyle to everyone else. To constantly remind everyone that running an online business has given them flexibility and freedom and the ability to spend more time with their kids and create their own working hours. If you work as hard as they do you can have their amazing life too. I don't think there is anything wrong with these successful people talking about their success at all. I am so very happy for them and they do really inspire other parts of my life in some ways. But I think seeing this stuff constantly is becoming unhealthy for me.

I only have myself to blame for feeling this way. If you think about it, I'm the one who follows these accounts. I'm the one who checks instagram and bombards myself with these things multiple times every single day. It's like I am setting myself up to have these feelings of inadequacy. 

I didn't even realise until writing and re reading this a few times that this has been affecting me so much. I'm leaning even more towards wanting to get off social media completely now. Yes. I think that settles it. I'm definitly going to be missing from instagram for a while.

Have you ever had to take a step back from the online world?