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June Faves

Movies/Television

A Monster Calls 
A Monster Calls

This movie is based off of the graphic novel by Patrick Ness which I read a few years ago and sobbed over. The book is a beautiful story following a young boy living alone with his mother diagnosed with cancer and coming to terms with the eventuality of her death. He is an imaginative boy and at 12:07 everynight, a monster (risen from the Yew tree outside) greets Conor to tell him 3 stories before Conor must tell him his own. The movie follows the book completely from what I can remember. I started crying about halfway through this film and didn’t stop until it was over. The music, animation, and acting was absolutely beautiful and heartwrenching and you MUST watch it.

The Great British Bakeoff 

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For something a bit more lighthearted, Celine and I have been watching The Great British Bakeoff over the last few months and just recently started Season 3. It’s a hilarious baking competition set in the UK with some super loveable hosts and competitors. I never really enjoyed Food Network or cooking much at all until we started watching this show. The competitiveness between bakers is much more relaxed and everyone is super supportive of each other which makes this show so enjoyable. Every episode you get to see three new bakes and I feel like we’ve learned a lot! We have even made some of recipes from the show! Unfortunately for the newer season we found out they have moved channels and only one of the judges will be returning so we won’t be watching further seasons.

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May Faves

May Faves

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Ok y’all, this movie was L.I.T. As everyone else can agree, the soundtrack was amazing again (though I prefer the first), I laughed nearly every scene, and it really had a lot of heart despite all the comedy. We recently rewatched the first one and I actually preferred this one MUCH more than the first. Most likely because we already knew the characters and it was easy to fall back into their lives.

However, I had already read some of the comics of this series so I did know the plot twist, but forgot some of the specifics. I am also 100x more excited for Mission Breakout in California and really excited that Starlord and Baby Groot meet here at Walt Disney World. Groot is the cutest!

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Wishlist Wednesday – May

where did it go

It’s true, I haven’t posted a Wishlist Wednesday since 2015! The last time I posted one of these I still lived at home and I thought now that I have a pinterest full of things I want to save up and buy for, it would be fun to go back to creating these sometime.

Of course, most of these products are going to be natural and ethical products, but there will also be a lot of “ADULT” things here (I mean like…you know…vacuums, and other fun life-changing things).

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Ethical and Natural Masterpost

what am i doing now

I’ve made a few posts over the last couple months about transitioning to minimalism, natural, non-toxic, and ethical brands and habits. And while I still have a long way to go, I think I’ve made a great deal of progress and have found a lot of great resources along the way that I wanted to share.

But first! Let’s talk about what I’m doing daily to be more environmentally conscious and ethical.

Transitioning to cruelty-free and natural brands: Slowly I’ve been exchanging all of my products to natural and cruelty-free brands as I use up my old things. I recently switched to Josie Maran foundation, and use a lot of ELF products in my daily life. For face wash and cleansing I use shea moisture or Acure branded products. Right now I’m still using up my shampoos, conditioner, and sunscreen before I buy more, but I already have a list of transition brands and some natural products already stocked up once I finish the rest of them. Eventually when I change more items over I’ll make an entire post about my natural product collection.

Kitchen: As I mentioned I always use my fabric grocery bags and recently bought produce bags for all my loose fruits and vegetables. I really want to get into using jars for all of my food instead of rebuying plastic containers, but right now I haven’t found an affordable store that offers loose items. I also finally bought a recycling can and we have been recycling nearly everything now and we are amazed by how many items are actually recyclable. It helps cut down on our trash filling up and since everything is clean, we can leave the recycling for longer or by the door without it leaking food.

Food: I’ve been having issues with Dunkin accepting my Klean Kanteen and with them not making my drinks right so I haven’t been using it as much because I keep getting discouraged, but I will prevail eventually. I’ve also stopped buying cases of water which I used for convenience and have been taking my Klean Kanteen water bottle EVERYWHERE and I love it. It keeps everything cold and doesn’t taste of metal at all. I would like to buy some stasher bags in the next few weeks to replace the ziploc bags in our drawers!

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Target Natural Beauty Box Review

“natural”

Hey guys, I’m back today because I recently purchased the Target “Natural” Beauty box from their site. As of late I hadn’t been really doing subscription boxes, just because the waste of products seemed unecessary and since I was steering towards more healthy and natural products, I didn’t want brands that I knew I disliked.

However, Target recently put out their own “natural” beauty box and after looking at a few of the items, I decided to give it a shot. Something that’s been on my mind lately after listening to some podcasts is brands habits of trying to “greenwash” their products. Meaning they make them seem more natural or environmentally friendly with catch words when in reality they’re not much different from any other brands.

That’s not cool and some brands, like Tarte, I’ve learned really don’t have much going for them in the sustainable community. However, looking at a few of the brands in the box, I thought I would give it a try. I usually use Goodguide to debate and decide on certain products, so I will list the rating for each of these as I go…so long as they have them. So let’s get into the box!


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Florals & Fauna

The plants

Since I’m a new plant Mom, I thought it would be fun to chronicle my journey into gardening this Spring and Summer! Living in warm Florida, has made it so much easier to keep plants alive, but living in an apartment has made it a lot more difficult to find space. Right now I have a couple of plants growing and and a few flowers from Trader Joe’s that are coming to the end of their life.

Kalanchoe // Alfredo 

I bought this Kalanchoe plant from Flower and Garden at Epcot last year in 2016. I really didn’t know if it would grow very well, but they were set up in sterile containers to make it easier. A kalanchoe is a type of succulent which is great for Florida because it’s so hot and they don’t need a lot of water. I put the plant in a small cup in front of my window for a couple weeks before moving it to a larger pot. After only a few weeks it was even bigger and had to be moved to a real flower pot.

I think it has finished growing for now, it’s not flowered, but apparently it’s supposed to be kept in the dark for long periods of time in order to stimulate growth. I don’t really care too much whether it flowers or not so for now it just sits on my desk in front of my window. I’ve named him Alfredo simply because I can.

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April Faves

April Faves

The Little Prince

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This is what Springboarded the whole April post because I watched the Netflix original movie of this a few months back and was crying by the end of it. Afterwards I knew I wanted to read the book which only took me about 30 minutes. The book and movie are both amazing, gorgeous, heart-wrenching, and inspiring. The animation from the movie is absolutely incredible and if you have a spare 2 hours please allow yourself to watch this movie. It’s also full of amazing quotes like the one above.

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Things I’m Digging – March 2017

Video killed the blogging star

I know I’ve been vacant from this blog here and there this year. Because I’ve started vlogging and making videos and taking more photos, I’ve kind of let this blog fall to the wayside. I love film and video much more than I do written word and while I wish I was as articulate as I used to be in high school, I’m not. I express myself better in photos and in clips and sounds and smiles rather than in writing nowadays. But that doesn’t mean I want this to become completely obsolete! So for now when I think of something good, here I’ll be.

But make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel if you haven’t already!

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Ethical & Green Living

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I feel like my decision to become more eco-friendly and sustainable was only a matter of time. Minimalism, vegetarianism, mindfulness, and green living fall into a giant circle, interconnected. But it’s been a slow and eye-opening journey, one that has only expanded since I moved 1,200 miles from home.

It’s also only been within the last year that I’ve started to move my beauty and cosmetics products to cruelty free and natural products. I’ve always wanted to make sure I took care of my planet, and I know that everyone cares about the environment. But it was only just recently that I took what I was hearing and tried to think how that applied to me. If I care about the environment, why do we not recycle in our apartment when it’s a viable and easy option? Why would I use plastic bags at the grocery store when I had cloth ones, or why would I throw away a product that I probably could’ve gotten at least one more use out of?

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My Yoga Routine

How I found yoga

I realized that even though Yoga is a big part of my life and something I try and do daily, I have never really talked about it on my blog! I did yoga for the first time in high school gym class, something which I hated because my physical ability was at about zero. It was the one thing I was good at because my flexibility was out of this world.

While everyone else was groaning I was just happy to be able to do any of it and then “relaxation time” was just a great time for a nap, but I still really enjoyed it. I didn’t start doing yoga personally until the summer of my junior year when I went hardcore into fitness and diet and lost 40 lbs in one summer. This was definitely unhealthy but I found a lot of great workouts and systems that I enjoyed and one was yoga.

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