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the well daily

the well dailyThe well daily is a great find! It is described by founders Sukey and Jackie as, “the ultimate guide for creating health and happiness. [We] curate ideas they believe in, from the best wellness techniques and recipes to products they’ve tried and loved.” They deliver tips for happy, healthy living to your inbox daily for free! Topics cover mind/body, kitchen, beauty, green living and style. And what I love about these bite-sized tips is that they are usually free and totally doable (even for the extra busy people out there).

I truly love seeing these “wellies” in my inbox. If you want to add some joy to your day, sign up and enjoy!

 

 

 


blissmobox

Blissmo what?!

Blissmo is a San Francisco-based company with a mission to promote products that are safer, healthier, and better for people and the planet. What does this mean for you? As a mother and a human being, I strive to be an eco-conscious consumer and citizen of the world. I think everyone would like to live greener lives. But sometimes in this busy age, we feel too overwhelmed with daily life to really spend the time ferreting out the better, healthier, safer products out there. With blissmo, we no longer have that excuse. They do the work for us.

Blissmo offers a few different options to help you discover great, earth-friendly products. You can sign up to receive weekly emails for discounts (up to 70% off) of all different types of high quality organic, non-toxic and eco-friendly alternatives to conventional products. This is totally free and there is no requirement to buy anything, the deals just show up in your virtual mailbox once a week.

The second option (which I love) is what they call blissmobox. In this option, a package is delivered to your real mailbox. For $19 a month (or a little less if you sign up for 6 months at once), you get to choose from 3 different themed boxes (like beauty or cleaning or snacks) each month. Each box (valued between $19-$40) highlights products from a variety of well-known and up and coming brands. You basically get a present in the mail full of surprise products that you might never have heard of that you will love. It’s great.

They also have BREAKbox, which is an option for businesses. This service offers “non-junky” alternatives to traditional break room snacks delivered every 2 weeks right to your office for a fee. This is a great way for businesses to find out about new products as well as help their employees eat healthier and discover yummy new snacks.

Blissmo is harnessing the power of the consumer to help detox our bodies and the planet. In addition to being earth-friendly, they are also a “friendly” company – their vibe is very neighbor next door and the customer service is top-notch. And, the founders just seem like a cool bunch of people. If you aren’t excited about blissmo yet, sign up for a month and you’ll be hooked.


Add some “Crunch” to your Life

I came across this quiz to determine your “crunch” factor the other day. Turns out, I fall under the “Mmm! Love that whole-grain crunch!” category. I’ve never considered myself particularly crunchy, but love that I am. I must admit that since my first pregnancy, I have become more and more careful about what I put in and on my body, my children’s bodies, and our living space.

In honor of upcoming Earth Day, here are 5 simple ways to make your life a little greener & crunchier.

Clothcloth diapers and wipes for the kiddos. Mama cloth (reusable menstrual pads) for the mamas. I love them both. There are so many online and brick and mortar stores offering cloth, the choices are endless. There are also cloth diaper services available in most larger cities. Once you make the commitment, you’ll never go back. It takes a little trial and error, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy and even fun. Plus, cloth diapers require eco friendly laundry detergents that you just might start using for all your clothes, a nice bonus.

Nontoxic Cleaners – there are so many nontoxic brands of cleaners you can buy, you’re bound to find one you like. Real Simple magazine highlighted the best cleaning products in an article this month, many of which are non-toxic. You can make your own green cleaning products – pinterest and other places are a great way to find recipes. Oftentimes, going green can save you money and the products are just as good if not better than their toxic counterparts. And, you can feel better about surrounding your family with less chemicals and leaving less chemicals in our landfills.

CSA or Farmer’s Market – community supported agriculture (CSA) and farmer’s markets are great alternatives to grocery stores. I’ve noticed that the produce seems to be going downhill while the prices are going uphill at the grocery stores lately. CSAs and farmers markets give you fresh produce for less cost. It’s usually organically grown and doesn’t have to travel so far, so it’s fresher by the time it hits your kitchen. This is great if you have a baby too, the less chemicals in those first bites, the better. One more fun way to eat fresh – grow your own! My daughter and I planted spinach, baby carrots and strawberries in container gardens on our deck last summer. It was fun, easy & delicious!

Green Beauty – from shampoos and soaps to lotions and make-up, women put a lot on their skin. I’ve been moving steadily greener and greener with my beauty product choices for the past 10 years. Aveda and Origins are big companies that offer make-up and skin care products with a natural slant. Burt’s Bees, Neutrogena Naturals, Apivita and Reviva are also on my beauty shelf. Next time you run out of a product, try a more natural version. Your skin will thank you.

Recycle – recycling all your plastics, cans, glass and paper is a no brainer. But you can think of creative ways to reuse/recycle things as well. I’ve recently decided to use brown paper bags for gift wrap – my daughter has a blast painting, coloring or adding stickers to decorate the gifts. It saves money, looks cool and provides a fun activity for little hands. Cardboard boxes can provide endless fun for an imaginative child. And you could use old magazines, tissue-type packaging and cards for fun crafts as well. There are so many ideas on the web for fun, eco-friendly crafts you can do with your kids with old stuff you have lying around.

If you’d love to live a greener, crunchier life, but are overwhelmed with all the options, don’t fret. Simply try one thing at a time and see how it goes. And don’t feel guilty if you decide to cloth diaper, but still use a disposable from time to time. Or if you find a great all purpose green cleaner, but don’t want to give up a bathroom cleaner that you love. The point is to take little steps at a time because even little choices can make a big difference for you, your family and the planet. And, guilt is overrated – so, focus on the positive and you might end up getting crunchier as the years go by.

I got extra crunchy points for co-sleeping, babywearing, breastfeeding over a year, and making some homemade baby foods. If I can do it, you can too! In honor of Earth Day, make a pledge to yourself to get a little more crunchy! Good luck and have fun!

Some local resources (not all inclusive, but some of my faves): Peapods, Do Good Diapers, Creative Kidstuff, Garden of Eden, Party in my Pants, Golden Fig, The Bistro Farm


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