I always try to do my best with recycling and using greener alternatives in me and my family’s everyday life. I was so excited to find out that San Francisco passed a ban on single-use plastic water bottles. I reposted this photo from Shiva Rose, a proud mama and founder of The Local Rose, that shows a really surprising fact:
It takes 17 million barrels of oil a year to manufacture all the bottles we use in a year.
You can join The Unbottle Water Campaign and read up on all you need to know on what you can do to eliminate bottled water in your community by heading over to The Center for a New American Dream.
For anyone who watches Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you will know that I am into all-natural deodorant. I found a great recipe to make your own on the FreePeople blog, so try it out and tell me what you think!
What You’ll Need:
- ½ cup organic coconut oil
- ¼ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup arrowroot flour
- 5-10 drops essential oil mixture (I used jasmine and bergamot)
- Mix the baking soda and arrowroot flour in a medium bowl. If you have sensitive skin, use less baking soda and more arrowroot flour – or you can substitute arrowroot flour for baking soda completely.
- Add the coconut oil and mix until it’d a smooth consistency. There shouldn’t be any leftover powder. If you’re mixture seems too dry, add more coconut oil and mix some more.
- Add your essential oil mixture (optional). This step is just for the fragrance.
On Saturday I spent the day with my friend Stacey Bendet of Alice & Olivia to create a kindness wall. Stacey felt inclined to spread kindness after a series of tragedies like the Boston bombing. She was inspired to do these kindness walls which are not only aesthetically beautiful but send a beautiful message. She is one of my mommy muses. She inspires me as a mom every day balancing it all.
The Kindness Project was started to inspire kindness and creativity for all ages. The concept is to create beautiful artistic walls in public places that are covered in positive messages of love and kindness that people can take, share or add to with their own positive messages. All of the kindness cards have a drawing or painting on one side and the message on the other side, which makes the wall colorful and vibrant with beauty and love! It’s a simple and sweet way to help make the world a better place.
The Kindness Project has often taken the form of a collaborative wall, but sometimes Stacey has made these beautiful tree installations where people hang cards as leaves and sometimes it is expressed in the form of an instagram message that brightens people’s day. The hashtag #thekindnessproject lets us aggregate the positive messages! You can also add/take from the kindness wall in either Alice & Olivia or Dash Boutique in Southampton or make your own. Kind words can heal!
I had been hearing a lot about Marianne Williamson for over a year now and that she was doing such wonderful things. I brought Kim with me to hear her speak recently and she was amazing. Some things I love about Marianne: she is committed to women’s rights, she believes in providing the highest form of education for every American, she is passionate about eradicating child poverty, and she wants to strategize peace as much as we have strategized our war efforts. She definitely has my vote!
For more info on Marianne Williamson and her campaign, visit her website here and don’t forget to vote tomorrow, June 3rd!!
I tried making kale chips for the first time ever and they turned out amazing! Here is my recipe:
- 1 batch organic kale
- Organic Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- Wax Paper
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit
- Clean kale well and dry really well
- Cut into two-inch squares
- Mix in a bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil
- Sprinkle with sea salt
- Lay one layer onto cookie sheets covered in wax paper
- Cook in oven for 8-12 minutes, but keep an eye on it!
- As soon as they look a little tan and crispy, they’re ready.