6 (More!) Sustainable Items For Daily Life

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In my previous post I went over a handful of items I use regularly that help make a greener ecofriendly impact. But immediately after I published it, I found myself thinking of all the other items we use in our house that just didn’t make that list!

So I made a new list! Here are 6 MORE things you can swap to have a positive effect for our planet!

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Wooden utensils

There’s a lot to be said about the wealth that can be found in wood. It’s sustainable, biodegradable, and when cared for properly, can outlast many of today’s modern products. You can go cheap or expensive depending on your budget and desires. Even the expensive ones aren’t that pricey when you consider the investment and the quality of product you’re receiving.

Lotion Bars

We all know that most lotion comes in plastic bottles with plastic pumps. Why not cut those out of the equation all together and use a lotion bar instead! I like this set from Botanical Bars, 3 fragrances and under $20; that’s a deal that’s hard to beat. These melt with the heat of your body and are great at locking in moisture or replenishing the skin when you are in need of some hydration. You can also make these yourself and it’s surprisingly simple! Check it out here.

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Beeswax Wraps

This tends to be a great first switch item because it is so versatile. Use them to cover bowls, use them to wrap fruits, use them as little boxes when folded right, and as placemats for your lunch. Most packs come with a few sizes or you can also make your own like I did using this bar and some cotton fabric! It’s not difficult and is certainly cheaper, plus you can pick your own patterns for the fabric. One thing to note, you WILL have to reapply the wax mixture and process in the oven every so often to maintain stickiness, regardless if you DIY or buy premade. I like this set because it comes with the beeswax to retreat and a produce bag!

Reusable Q-tip

We finally made the switch with the rather popular LastSwab. I purchased one for each member of our household, in the regular swab, and one beauty swab on the off chance that we’ll need it some day. So far the boys like them, though these certainly feel different from a cotton swab. The company also makes tissues and face rounds that are reusable, plus some kits for carrying or getting started.

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Bento Box

When my 7 year old started going to a public charter after us attempting homeschool, I invested in a bento box for his lunches. I love that they are reusable and usually dishwasher safe. Plus the layout helps to keep his food from getting smushed in bags. I really love this one because it comes with literally everything you could need for lunch and some fun picks to brighten your kiddos (or your own) meal!

Flour Sack Towels

I’m just gonna go ahead and through my husband under the bus (sorry not sorry babe ). He loves paper towels and by that I mean the man can go through a whole roll in literally 3 days! I don’t even know how he does it. So when we had our 2nd kiddo I decided we were not going to be burning through paper towels any more and purchased some flour sack towels. They are super cheap, pretty soft, and we plan on tie dying them once we aren’t using them for sticky fingers and faces. Gotta do that upcycling baby!

There’s always amazing stuff out there to start making simple switches for a greener lifestyle. I’m sure I will do another post related to this topic ( I was seeing all the other items I didn’t go over in my house screaming “pick me, pick me!”). Until then: love yourself, be kind, and make better choices!

The 6 Sustainable Items I Use Everyday

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Becoming eco friendly isn’t something that just happens overnight. You can’t expect success in these life long changes if you try to do a full-house overhaul in a day. It pays off to plan and start small with everyday items; those can make a huge impact for the environment.

It’s also worth noting that these changes should be viewed as investments; not only within yourself and your health, but also with our Earth and the environment.

I’ve compiled a list of 6 items that I use on the daily to make a greener impact. I hope you’ll check these out and that it may inspire you to make other changes in your daily life to help our planet.

Metal Water Bottle

There’s a ton of metal water bottles out in the market today but I tend to be pretty picky when it comes to something so important. I like my water cool and clean, so metal was a no brainer for me. I don’t want plastic leaching into something so vital as my H2O! I also knew I needed an extra large sized bottle; that’s just the only way I’ll drink all my water for the day. I stumbled on to Iron Flask and simply fell in love . The bright variety of colors, the various handles to switch out and the 2 straws in case one gets trashed, so so many sizes and styles-what’s not to love! I personally use this one with the goal to fill it up twice and finish it off by bedtime. They do have a gallon sized one for those of us who have a hard time remembering to fill our bottles too.

Reusable Razor

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a lil’ bit extra. So when I spotted this gorgeous razor I had to snag it. (Plus I’m a sucker for anything that’s rose gold #heretakemymoney). The reviews on these Viking razors really sold me too, so I gave it go myself. Man….you know those moments where you question what you’ve been doing your whole life? Using this razor was one of those. The shave is so smooth and there’s no razor burn and the blades are recyclable , and it’s pretty to boot! They have a whole line with different handle styles and colors but really any one you get is gonna be worth it!

Mesh Produce Bags

Shopping in bulk can be one of the biggest impacts on creating less packaging. However if you’re using the plastic bags in the store and throwing them away once you’re home, it sort of defeats the whole purpose. Enter MESH BAGS! These are great for holding produce and even things from the bulk section like pasta or snacks. (Don’t try putting flour or sugar in them though….the netting isn’t that tight). I tried making my own but they aren’t worth all the hassle honestly. They’re cheap to purchase and way sturdier than the ones I made.

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

These are probably one of the toughest things out there to find a good replacement that is still eco friendly. And that is for a few reasons. Going green isn’t just about plastics, it’s also about ethics and knowing where these companies are sourcing their materials. This gets into fair wage, fair trade, ethical and sustainable practices, ect. That’s why I like this set from Ethique, you get a variety of samples to find which ones work best for you and they have a strong ethical practice you can trust.

Glass and Bamboo Tupperware

This was a newer purchase for me. We’ve been using the glass and plastic ones but the lids melted or tiny pieces went missing and we ended up throwing the lids out and just using beeswax wraps, foil, or plastic wrap to cover. Then I found these from Greener Chef. I love the product but also the mission behind the company. It’s a smaller scale family run company wanting to make a greener impact!

Bamboo Toothbrush

When I started making the switch this was one of the very first things I swapped. There’s so much plastic in traditional toothbrushes, from the packaging right down to the bristles. The entire thing is plastic! So I recommend these as a greener and fun alternative. The bright colors are a good way to differentiate whos brush is whose if you share a bathroom. They are completely biodegradable so I feel confident using them, knowing I’m making an impact for the better.

These are just a few of the things you can swap out in your daily life to make a huge environmental impact! I hope this inspired you to see where you can make some positive changes in your life!

Parenting a Person With ADHD: Chapter 6

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This will be the final post in this series. If you have not already, please read the previous chapters to get an in-depth view of each category. Also feel free to go back and look over the skills, it takes time and practice to hone them.

This post is gonna be short and sweet! The links for the previous articles are above and you can reach out to me or your therapist with questions.

I started this series with the intent to spread some love, understanding, and skills to parents like myself out there who are trying their best. Even though this series is geared towards being a parent of a defiant child, these skills can be applied to many aspects of life and to other kids who you have close connections to.

There are lots of helpful books out there, but I’d like to share the one’s we found to be most useful to us.

  • Mindful Mantras: This is a group of 8 books total (they may have added more since then) and we love them! My son loves to read them out loud himself too. They are simple, encouraging, and have a different defined message clearly implied from the title.
  • Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda: This is one I found to even be helpful for me. It keeps mindfulness simple and explains it in a way everyone can understand.
  • Angry Octopus: This one is extremely helpful to teach kids that they are in control of their bodies and it shows them how to do that through progressive relaxation that is both engaging and relaxing. It also has a fun journaling/coloring book with prompts geared towards getting feelings out and relaxation.

I hope that you gained some insightful tips on this journey with me! Until next time, be well!

Parenting a Person With ADHD: Chapter 4-Deep Breathing and Other Tools

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Holy heck it’s been awhile since my last post! Needless to say, life got rather crazy there for a little bit but that’s a story for another time . Without further ado, let’s get into it and back on track!

If you haven’t read the first parts in this series here are the links:

This post is going to focus on tools/skills to be used in the heat of the moment. These are helpful for adults to learn themselves and teach to kids. These also work best when you the adult are doing these with your own emotions and stressful moments.

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By far one of the most helpful skills we utilize (with ourselves and our sons) is deep breathing. We use it when the energy is too high and the kids are bouncing off the walls; when any of us are getting upset and starting to loose our patience; and we use it in both the calm down corner and time-out.

I have to say it’s extremely gratifying to hear your kiddo using their deep breathing exercises (that they used to fight you on) all on their own while they are seated in the calm down corner or on time-out. We had that success roughly a year into working with our counselor and implementing these tactics, which seems like a long time when you’re in the thick of it but looking back, that year flew by quickly.

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There’s a ton of variations on how to do deep breathing and make it fun for kids (your counselor may have some books that make it fun too! See Chapter 6 for some we used) but our kiddo likes the “snake breathing” the best. You take a slow deep belly breath in through the nose then you breath out making a “SSSSSS” sound while keeping your breath controlled and steady. Do this at least 3 times, I find 5+ is best, and see who can make the sound the longest!

We often do this right before bedtime, and it helps set the mood and mind for the next steps (usually lullabies) of the nightly routine.

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The other tool we used was the S.T.O.P skill. It’s ultimately an acronym for: S-Stop what you’re doing, stop engaging, stop moving, just STOP. T-Take a step back, both mentally and physically, to pull yourself out of the situation and get out of your emotional state. O-Observe, how you are feeling, how others are feeling around you, put yourself in their shoes and try to see how they are experiencing this interaction. P-Plan what your next step is now that you have removed yourself from the heat of the moment, gotten some perspective, and seen the situation from all sides.

For our son this was some pretty advanced stuff and he worked with it like a champ. The reality is, we just introduced this skill to him to start the process of learning and practicing it. Because that’s what this is all about! We all have heard “practice makes perfect” but there is no such thing as perfection, it’s an illusion. I prefer “practice makes permanent”. The more you do something the better you know it and how to do it and are more likely to do it in the future.

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Sometimes there are outbursts that my son has where I just kinda have to to let him come down on his own. His therapist described it as “letting the train get through the tunnel” and once he’s able to see the light on the other side and rejoin the rest of us, I’m then able to use the skills above or talk about how he got to that high level of anger or whatever other feeling he was having. We usually end this discussion with a hug it out session .

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your kid….is nothing. And it’s not doing nothing and acting like you don’t care. You’re doing nothing while still being available; you’re giving them space (and respecting their individual needs) while keeping the boundaries in place and showing that you are consistent and can be counted on to be there once they chill out and need a hug or snugs.

What’s your go to skill for calming yourself or your little one down? Tell me about it in the comments.

Next time: Parenting a Person With ADHD: It Takes a Village