It is that time of year y’all, winter is coming and so are the holidays! Winter holds a special place in my heart. It yokes back to warm mugs of marshmallow filled hot cocoa, the shorter days gently nudging you to spend as much time in the daylight but once the skies dim you can always count on twinkling lights to guide the way (I can’t help but romanticize the seasons!)
I’ve come to realize that winter is a season of coming together. it harkens you to go inward and find warmth from the chill and reconnect with kin & company. As lovely as that does sound, it’s not always the smoothest sailing during the holidays. Some of us get stressed, some have too much on their plates, everyone has their own story during this time of the year so I hope yall remember to take deep breaths and focus on yourself first.
Here I have curated four gift guides that feature products that are either sustainable, handmade by artisans, and are wellness staples. There is guide for a cozy night in, the wildflower spirit, the conscious hostess (or yourself!), and self-care lounge. I wanted to select pieces that serve a purpose and function. Supporting local + handmade craft is a passion of mine and I enjoy observing the personality of the maker shine through their creations. Comfort + repose also come to mind when the weather drops. Of course everything in this guide is plant-based & vegan
Here is an updated version of this years zero waste dental products I love + some new to me. When it comes to zero waste I chose to live by example and it certainly requires thought and execution. Being mindful of what we purchase and its lifespan offers us insight to what choices we make. At the end of the day I like to reflect on how much trash I did, or didn’t produce. At the beginning of each day I try to reflect on what I hope to achieve, invite, and value.
As y’all know, I love exploring and studying the benefits of botanicals + plants and their uses. Living Libations is a Canadian-based company who dedicate themselves to meaningfully creating botanical based products for our body + mind. Their oral care products featured here are full of anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties and I love them! I hope they integrate bigger sizes for bulk buying. Most of their products are vegan, and everything featured here is vegan!
October was an absolute whirlwind. I participated in Project Green Challenge (founded by Turning Green). It was a 30-day event in which students have several challenges focused on a theme. They ranged from Zero Waste (my submission I posted here), Fair Trade, and Biodiversity. The goal was to challenge us to create ways to improve, educate, and, expand on our knowledge of sustainability and the environment. I knew I wouldn’t be able to participate in all of the 30 days but being in my last year of university + wanting to become more public with my passion for the environment I went for it and gave it my all and had the pleasure to be awarded in a few of the challenges. That and October was midterms-month!
The one closest to my heart was the Zero Waste challenge. I’ve spent this past year transitioning into a more zero-waste lifestyle, reducing and minimizing what I don’t need. I have realized that for me less is truly more. It hasn’t been terribly hard for me and I have learned to plan ahead. I don’t view it as limiting – I view it as lighting your step and being kind to the environment. Which leads me to this post!