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Gifts for the Environmentally Conscious

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It’s the holiday season once again, which means buying an excessive amount of wrapping paper, and an unreasonable amount of bows and ribbons. Or does it? 2020 has been a year of lows (oh, so many lows) but it doesn’t have to end that way. By thinking about the impact of our carbon emission and waste during our festivities this year, you can show your loved ones how much you care about them (and the planet) through adorable eco-friendly gifts. As we all know, the sentiment is the most important part of gift-giving, and finding the perfect holiday gift that also gives back to the Earth makes it all the more special.

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1. Zero Waste Cookbook

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With over 100 recipes for cooking without wasting scraps, this is the perfect gift for an aspiring chef. We recommend ordering this early due to high demand so that you make sure it gets there in time for the holidays! Available for $20.00 on Uncommongoods.com.

2. Eco-friendly Tote Bag

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These recycled cotton totes are the easiest way to carry your groceries and are a cute accessory with a variety of styles and designs to choose from. They are double-stitched for years of durability and you can easily store them in your car for your next shopping adventure. Prices range from as low as $8 to $18 on Ecobags.com.

3. Hydro Flask

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Hydro Flasks have gained popularity in recent years and it is easy to see why. These reusable bottles are stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated, and come with a lifetime warrant – so it’s finally time ditch those plastic water bottles! Starting price is $29.95 for 18 oz on the hydro flask website.

4. Pangaia Organic Oversize Sweatshirt

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This Pangaia oversize sweatshirt is the perfect gift as we move into the chilly winter season. Made with certified organic cotton, this sweatshirt is comfortable and cute. All trims, labels and threads are either recycled or responsibly sourced, and the product packaging is part bio-based. This style is inspired by the 90’s, and with a revival of these fashion trends lately, this can be a perfect addition in a loved one’s closet (or even yours). Available for $150 on thepangaia.com.

5. Nimble Wireless Travel Kit

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The future of technology is here – and it’s all about sustainability. This wireless kit includes a wireless pad and dual USB wall charger made from a blend of recycled water bottles and organic hemp. Works with iPhones (newer models), Samsungs, Androids, Airpods, and Google Pixel 3. Available for $79.95 on Gonimble.com.

6. Evergreen Cuffed Beanie

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Comfort and style – this beanie has it all! This adorable hat will keep you warm on even the coldest days. With every purchase, this brand will pick up one pound of trash as well as host multiple clean-ups a year. Their website carries other eco-friendly beanies and baseball caps. Available for $24.00 on the Keepnaturewild website.

7. Eco-Friendly Wine and Cheese Basket

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Having a romantic picnic while being eco-friendly? I’m in! This set has eco-friendly bamboo accessories, and AZO-free willow construction. It is a cute and romantic way to spend time with your special someone while avoiding wasteful plastic that is found in many other gift types. Available for $90.99 on Walmart.

8. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

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HELLO STOCKING STUFFER! Burt’s Bees is a dermatologist tested, natural product made from beeswax that has been a popular product since its launch in 1991. The lip balm is made of 50% of recycled plastic, and the company works with Terracycle to recycle old balms. Burt’s Bees has been a lifesaver for my dry lips for as long as I can remember and is a great gift for friends. Available for $9.57 on Amazon.

Tis the season of giving, and we know how difficult it can be to consume less (especially with all these Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals), so take a step in the right direction and consumer smarter during the holidays this year.

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Fun Gadgets For Coffee Lovers

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Let’s be honest – it’s becoming harder and harder to get out of bed without having that much needed cup of morning coffee. Avid coffee drinkers (myself included) look forward to that cuppa joe every day to energize, rejuvenate and get ready for an action-packed day. 

If you’re looking for a way to save time and money while brewing your favorite drink, you’ve come to the right place. Coffee gadgets are the best way to satisfy your caffeine cravings, while making your mornings more fun. Make your fellow coffee lover friends jealous with some of the most popular and coolest accessories below!

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1. Zoku Instant Iced Coffee Maker

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We all know how popular iced coffee has gotten over the years but who has the money to constantly pay for that Starbucks or Dunkin everyday? This mug instantly cools your hot coffee (or tea for that matter) in less than 5 minutes. All you have to do is stick this stainless steel mug into the freezer before pouring your fav beverage in and enjoy that chilled and perfectly insulated iced coffee… no ice required! Check it out here!

2. Bodum Bistro Electric Milk Frother

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You’ll feel like a professional barista with this awesome electronic milk frother. This small and compact product delivers creamy, and long-lasting milk froth for your favorite cafe inspired drinks. Without leaving your doorstep, you can now create the perfect cup of cappuccino. Available at Target.

3. K-Cup Capacity Drawer

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Whether you’re looking for a way to save storage or just want to keep the kitchen organized, this one is for you. This Keurig Cup organizer is perfect for storing up to 36 of your favorite K-cups, helping keep countertops clutter-free. For maximum storage, go ahead and just set your Keurig right on top of this organizer. You can buy this organizer on the BedBathandBeyond website (with three different colors to choose from).

4. KRUPS Electric Coffee Grinder

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If you prefer using whole beans for your coffee, try out this electric coffee grinder. This Fast Touch Electric Coffee Grinder transforms whole coffee beans into ground coffee in less than 10 seconds, making it quicker and more convenient than ever to make a fresh cup. It’s so easy to operate; all you do is add your whole beans, secure the lid, and press the large side button to start. That’s it! This produce is versatile and can be used for chopping and grinding nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices as well. Available at Walmart.

5. Hario Cold Brew Maker

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Another drink that gained popularity last year was a classic cold brew. Now, you can savor the rich, creamy flavor and create your own cold brew at home with this Hario Cold Brew Coffee Jug. This super-durable brewer easily fits in refrigerator door shelves with its slim design. Just place your ground coffee into the strainer, pour cold water into the carafe, and refrigerator for around 8 hours. For anyone who loves cold brews, we suggest trying it out today. Check it out on the William Sonoma website.

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Pamper Yourself with these Lavish Shower Ideas

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When is the last time you took a shower and felt like you were at a luxuroius, five star spa. For many of us, the answer to this question is never. Why not change that? Showers don’t have to be solely for hygiene!

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Unless you’re showering with someone else to conserve water (wink wink), showers are one of the only times of day when we get a few minutes by ourselves to just breathe. For some of us, it’s a chance to think or even sing those songs that just can’t seem to get out of our heads. Showers can also be a great form of self-care. Here are some ways to pamper yourself while getting squeaky clean!

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If you love to bathe…

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Bath time isn’t just for babies! Adults in recent years have perfected the art of bath taking with some amazing products and gadgets!

Bath Bombs

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These little guys are strong, but mighty! Not only do bath bombs make your tub look just beautiful, there are also some amazing benefits associated with diffusing them into your next soak session! Most bath bombs are infused with ingredients like essential oils that are known to have moisturizing effects, leaving your skin feel so smooth! And they also have the same powers as your favorite soaps and body washes, so your skin will also be squeaky clean when your done!

Bath Trays

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You gotta keep yourself busy while bathing, right?! Bath trays are a great way to maximize your bath. These mount themselves right onto your bath, and make it the perfect surface to keep tea candles (romantic!), and even books or tablets so you can binge watch! The best part? Some of them come with built in cup or wine glass holders. Where can we get one?

If you prefer to do it standing up…

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Get your head out of the gutter! We mean taking a shower, silly! You may be thinking, is it even possible to make a shower luxurious? And the answer is YES YES YES! Here’s how:

Scrub-a-dub-dub!

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Exfoliating has so many benefits for your skin. It removes the dead skin cells, and creates a silky smooth base for shaving and even helps create a smooth tan if you like to self tan (who doesn’t?). Make sure to use a body brush or exfoliating mitt for the best application! You can find some really great body scrubs at any drug store.

Lather

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If you aren’t using a body wash, then what are you doing? There are so many body washes out there that not only, smell delicious, but are so hydrating and leave your body feeling so refreshed. If you are really looking to splurge, buy this body wash by Nécessarie. Made from multivitamins and niacinamide (vitamin B3), this cleanser has rave reviews. This gentle cleanser is great for sensitive skin too. On a budget? Not to worry! Olay also makes a body wash with Vitamin B3!

Towel Warmer

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Nothing is worse than getting out of a steamy shower and using a cold towel. Towel warmers have been a popular gadget recently, especially during the colder winter months! These bad boys heat your towel up while you shower, making for a perfectly warm and cozy exit from your self-care shower!

What are you waiting for? Start running that water and treat yourself!

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COVID-Friendly Alternatives to the Gym

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We are just about a week into the new year. How are doing with your resolutions and goals? With the holidays just about wrapped up, most of us are recovering from being in a food coma with the endless meals, desserts in drinks. If you’re anything like us, we’re trying to get back into the health grind by eating healthy and staying active!

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But unfortunately, COVID and its related restrictions did not magically disappear once the clock struck midnight and the new year began. For many, this means that it isn’t as easy as it once was to get to the gym and even get that post-workout green smoothie.

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No excuses, people! Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a ton of COVID friendly ways to keep up with your workouts. Here are some of our favorite ways!

For the Outdoorsy Types

If you are fortunate enough to live in a warmer climate during these treacherous winter months, then here are some great ways to soak up some rays while getting your workout in.

Hiking

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Lace-up your hiking boots and grab your backpack! Hiking isn’t just a great way to experience all the glory of the great outdoors. This activity comes with some amazing health benefits. According to the National Parks Service, hiking is associated with improved muscle and bone strength. It also helps with balance and heart health. Happy trails to you!

Running

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You don’t have to be an Olympic triathlon runner to hit your local track! Though running isn’t necessarily loved by all, tracks are a good place to start because you can run, walk, hop, skip, or jump your way around. Benefits with track-related cardio include improved cardiovascular fitness and strong muscles (who doesn’t want their calves poppin’ out in a nice pair of heels?!). But in all seriousness, most of us have free access to tracks at our local schools. Want more of a scenic view? Try your local boardwalk!

For the Homebodies

We’re all spending more time at home these days, but often it’s planted on the couch with the TV remote in hand. Try some of these easy at-home exercises to get that body moving and grooving!

Workout Videos

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Most of us are accustom to streaming Netflix on our laptops and TVs, but what about workout videos? Thanks to the power of the internet, fitness instructors have so graciously shared their best workout regimens on sites like YouTube. Whether you love yoga, HITT, or need to do some strength training, there are thousands of videos for free at your disposal! Worried about causing a ruckus if you live in an apartment or dorm? There are also plenty of equally-effective low-impact videos as well. You’ll never have to pay for a workout class again!

Workout Apps

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There’s an app for just about everything these days. Including fitness. Some of the biggest names in physical wellness like Nike and Jillian Michaels have apps complete with workout plans and tutorials that will be sure to get that heart rate up and blood flowing. However, most of these apps do come with a small monthly fee, though it is often only a fraction of the cost of a gym membership!

So, what are you waiting for? Get that fitness tracker on and get your body moving. You got this!

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