As we approach the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (this Saturday!) I’d like to check in with you guys to see how your eco-friendly challenges have been going. I’ve done well with some of my changes, but some of them were more difficult for me. I’m a work in progress!
Besides our contributions at home, there are thousands of companies who are dedicated to developing new technology to lessen their carbon footprint. As much as I love to DIY beauty products, there are some household items you just can’t re-create at home. When I have to hit the store, it’s important to me to continue my sustainable efforts by supporting these businesses who are making an effort to be more earth friendly.
For example, Method started packaging some of their household products with plastic reclaimed from the ocean! And I just learned that researchers have found a way to potentially skip the plastic and create packaging out of unsellable potatoes. There are already some snack foods out there that are sold in biodegradable bags!
Each year I try to add another sustainable habit to my lifestyle. I know I can’t do it all at once, but I’ve found that even adding in one thing makes me more aware of other choices I make throughout the day. I’ve put together a few products that I think I can swap out to do my part with our environment — what everyday things do you think you can live without?
PS: You can click the items to learn more!
I’d love it if you could help me come up with a list of sustainable products! Please send your favorite earth-friendly brands to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll post a list of our recommendations to share!
With the weather heating up, it’s the perfect time to add some light and fresh recipes into your dinner menu rotation. I’ve asked Lori Zanini to share some more of her delicious and healthy creations with us over the next few months, and I’m so glad we’re starting with this fancy but easy-to-execute recipe for Summer Rolls.
As always, please let me know if you try this at home — I love to see your skills in action!
For the peanut sauce:
• ½ cup natural peanut butter
• 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
• 2 tbsp coconut aminos
• 1 tbsp sriracha
• 1 tsp grated ginger
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• ¼ cup canola oil
• ½ cup water
Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined (or blend all ingredients in a food processor). Pour into a small ramekin and set aside.
For the rolls:
• 1 lb wild caught shrimp
• 1 tsp canola oil
• 1 package rice paper (I love BanhTrang brand, if available)
• 1 medium watermelon radish
• 2 cups shredded carrots
• 2 cups julienne cucumbers
• 2 cups shredded white cabbage
• 2 cups thinly chopped romaine lettuce
• 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
• 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
• Large bowl of room temperature water
This week on Dancing With The Stars, Derek and I performed a dance that will certainly be one of my most memorable. To me this piece was so much more than a dance. It was an opportunity for us to tell our story while expressing our deepest emotions, the ones we’ve protected the longest and the most.
The magic and beauty in dance is that I am able to express my heart through movement. This opportunity is something we can all practice in our own way. It doesn’t have to be dance, either. You can express yourself through movement by painting, hiking, singing, or even talking. Whatever you’re feeling shouldn’t be held in. Let it go through movement in a way that works for you!
Many of you might be able to relate to our dance which represented some of the tougher times my family went through when I was growing up. I can truly say those testing times are the ones that brought us closer and made us who we are as individuals and as a family. I mean this from my heart — whatever you are going through is going to work out in time and it will be for the best. Just hang on tight and hold on tighter to the ones you love.
If you’re not familiar with the adorable Willow and Sage Magazine then you’re in for a treat! I first saw the magazine in a bookstore, and with its hand-drawn illustrations and fancy recipes, it was too beautiful to pass up. Naturally when they sent this gorgeous DIY project I couldn’t wait to share it with you!
These citrus bath salts are packaged so beautifully they’d make the perfect gift — just be sure to make an extra for yourself because they smell and feel delicious. And with all-natural ingredients and fragrances, the result is a clean, fresh, wholesome product that anyone would love. Plus the packaging is totally pin-worthy.
I’ll let Sarah take it from here. Post a pic if you make these at home!
Hi everyone! Sarah here from Willow and Sage Magazine. This recipe for summertime bath salts includes a zesty citrus scent and bath herbs that will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. It’s so simple to make and a great way to get your skin glowing and summer-ready in no time!
I decided to package this recipe in these adorable test tubes, making it small enough to gift, or display on your vanity. We all know someone who deserves a little TLC (and it might be you!), so dress these up by adding a button, gift tag, and jute twine for a finishing touch that is sure to please. Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, my girlfriends and family hosted my bachelorette party down in Mexico. It was one of the most memorable weekends of my life! There are few instances where almost all the ladies you love most come together to celebrate love –- and to me, that’s the best part of the bachelorette tradition. When I received this Ask Jules email from Ami about throwing the perfect bachelorette party for her friend, I knew exactly who to turn to for advice: Lauren Bushnell. Lauren is another bride-to-be, and she also knows a thing or two about being a bachelorette (wink wink).
Read on for her awesome suggestions for hosting the ultimate LA-based bachelorette bash!
I am SO excited to be able to get your advice on how to throw the perfect bachelorette party for my bff! You seem to throw the best parties whether it be Bachelor viewing night, family gatherings at the lake or summer hangs by the pool!!
Carrie and I have been best friends since high school and she is the last of our group to get married and just a super special girl!!:) There will be 10 of us and we want to keep it flirty and fun with just a little bit of sexy to make her turn red! Can you give me some suggestions for the LA area in late April?
I LOVE bachelorette parties! Having all your girls in one place, celebrating love while also letting loose is the perfect equation for fun. Planning a wedding is a lot of work so bach parties are a much needed escape from the stresses of preparing for the big day.
I personally have always liked the more low-key getaways. Los Angeles is a great place for the ultimate girls trip. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good weekend in Vegas, but when it comes to Bachelorette parties that type of adventure is predictable and overdone.
When it comes to LA, Santa Monica is a great place to enjoy both the beach and the city. There are plenty of bars nearby, lots of good shopping, and great food. It’s the best place to both relax and celebrate at the same time! Continue Reading
Who doesn’t love cake?? This perfect-for-one dessert recipe has a twist, though — it’s actually good for you. If you’re like me, you’re very intrigued at the idea of adding black beans to something chocolate-y, but I am here to tell you that one weird ingredient doesn’t keep this from being my new go-to evening splurge.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen any of Lori Zanini’s other recipes, but this one totally lives up to her reputation of delivering big taste without sacrificing your health. If you don’t already have her cookbook check it out! Continue Reading
According to eco-chic nail stylist Debbie Leavitt, the look for manis this spring is all about layering and depth. If you’ve got a fashion magazine (or five — no judgement) within reach, chances are Debbie’s hands are behind the manicures on the cover page and featured story. She doesn’t just know what the trends are, she basically starts them!
And, I’m feeling very lucky because Debbie created three exclusive inspirations for spring, just for us. She also included step-by-step instructions so we can recreate them at home. It’s a perfect weekend project!
A Few Tips Before You Begin
Tip 1: Wait for polish to dry between steps. It makes it easier to create clean lines.
Tip 2: Dusty mauves are a big color this season. Pop it up with a contrasting bright and bold color like hot pink or orange!
Tip 3: To create “monogram” letters like the “J” and “H,” use a nail dotter. (You can use a toothpick if you don’t have a nail dotter.) The easiest way to use either is to lightly touch the tip of the pen or pick into the edge of the polish. The more polish on the tool, the harder it is to make precise dots. Continue Reading
We’ve all been there. Or if you’re like me, you’re there pretty much every night. A few hours post dinner, somewhat close to bedtime, a little voice pops into my head and says, “I’m kinda hungry…”
I know we’re not supposed to snack late at night, but how bad can it be, really? Samantha’s Ask Jules email made me wonder: are all nighttime snacks created evil? I asked my friends at Nourish what we should snack on in our jammies. Continue Reading
Spring cleaning isn’t just about freshening up your physical space. It can also be a great time to clean up certain aspects of our lives, giving us a chance to go into the new season refreshed and ready. I thought about some of the areas of my life that could use a good dusting and below is what I came up with. Do you have any to add?
Touch up my relationships.
It’s easy to let distance and time take you away from the ones you love. I am proud of my relationship with one of my best friends, Maude. She might live what feels like a million miles away, but we make an effort to touch base as often as possible. That’s why we’ve been able to maintain a friendship since we were ten years old!
Still, there are people in my life I haven’t been so great at keeping in touch with. Often they cross my mind and I say to myself, “I should really check in with them.” This month, I will set aside some extra time to reach out to the people on that list. Bonus points for handwritten letters!
Clean out my to-do list.
We all have that growing list of things we really have to do, or we really should do, or whatever the status may be. I’ll get to it when I get to it, right?? This ongoing list of tiny tasks gives me major anxiety. I mean, some of the things on my looming list are: clean out the trunk of my car, organize my junk drawer, look over the expiration dates on my spices — you get the idea. This is the season of no to-do lists! I’ve committed to doing at least one item per weekend. The funny thing is, once I get started I know it will go quickly! It’s just the getting started part that’s so hard.
My gift to myself is going to be clearing my conscious of these nagging tasks. Consider the whole thing checked! (Seriously this time.)
De-clutter my schedule.
I’m a firm believe that a little routine goes a long way. I like to have standing days and times for workouts, hikes with Lexi and Harley, date nights with Brooks, time with my girls, and, equally important, some ME time. Knowing what lies ahead week after week makes me feel organized, and with the Move Tour right around the corner, I need all the organization and sanity I can possibly get. I’ve decided that every little item I schedule over the next few months will be something that is either essential to my professional life or something that will bring me great joy in my personal life. Nothing else! Continue Reading
If you follow me on Instagram you already know I just had my epic bachelorette party. For my BEACHelorette, my closest girlfriends and family took a trip with me to lovely Mexico. This weekend away was so special and unforgettable! It was so much more memorable than almost any vacation I’d ever taken because I was surrounded by some of the most important people in my life.
In addition to the fun we had dancing, boating, and swimming, we also played with our style. Although my captain’s hat tops them all, everyone brought their cutest bathing suits, cut out dresses, fringed accessories and cover-ups. Continue Reading
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