Saturday, January 11, 2020

cloth diapers: wash routine

"ewwww. how do you wash the poop off?"

answer: "there's a special wash routine to properly agitate and remove all the fecal matter. duh!"

how to tare the weight of your jars at the grocery store

story time 

I stumbled across minimalism over a year ago when I decided to "organize/purge" my closet. 8 bags y'all. 8 giant garbage bags of clothes left my closet that day. With that weight of clothes came months and months of going through my entire home and every single time I do it I feel incredibly lighter. 

With minimalism came a random stumble on zero waste. I am pretty sure Amy @minimalistamom is where I first heard about this.

Then one day while I was grocery shopping I was watching as the lady in front of me was checking out with all of her product going home in glass. She had her fish in a pyrex dish, bulk items in jars and her produce in reusable bags. There was not a single piece of plastic. I was nosey and had to ask what on earth was going on here. Of course in an eager-to -learn, tell-me-more sort of way. Her name was Catherine and she has no idea how much she taught me. She also invited me to the zero waste Austin group where I have learned SO much from! I owe her a big thank you hug.

Now I am going to share this whole process with you and I couldn't be more excited to share stuff like this with you.

this is my favorite jar to repurpose
I don't have my complete set yet because I am just naturally letting these come into my home. As we finish them I remove the label and they are ready to be used!

grab your coconut oil HERE

easy peasy sticker with the tare
weight written on top of my jar

how to tare the weight of 
your jars at the grocery store

step 1

find a jar you love to that you can repurpose and stick to that. I find that I love all of my jars to match and so I try to stick to the large and wide mouth mason jars if I have to buy them. My favorite thing to do has been to repurpose my large Dr. Bronner's coconut oil jar though. I love that I am not having to go out and buy a ton more and I am also saving our planet a little at a time. My plan once I get to a happy count of them is to gift them or even offer them on my local buy/sell group so they can go to good homes. 

you can also use pyrex tubberware or stasher bags which are so light weight!

step 2 

once you get to your grocery store, go to their customer service desk and ask them to tare the weight of the jar including the lid. usually you can do this with a sticker and if you stick to the same jar you won't have to do this step again. I know the weight of my Dr. bronzer jar is 1.04 for example.

step 3 

fill your jar from the bulk section

step 4 

when you're checking out, make sure the cashier has taken off the weight of the tare from the total weight of the food item.

why is this so cool?

1. less waste for my #zerowastemovement peeps 
2. you can actually save money (ex. the organic goji berries I always get cost me $1.)
3. less contact with chemicals since you are transferring and storing your food in glass!

Monday, January 6, 2020

what I ate on day 1 of Whole 30

I have gone through several whole 30 challenges and I now do them for different reasons. The first time I did it was with my husband and it was just for that, the challenge. Now, I do them for a different reason each time. That first time around it was so much fun for my husband and I to explore food even further and deeper than ever before. We would check some of our staple products out and be shocked at what we couldn't have because of all of the junk companies sneak into our products, even organic ones. Ever since that first one we just stick to products we know are legit and I have never regretted bringing these healthier staple products into our home, ever. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

clean beauty & sustainable finds at Target

Clean and sustainable gifts are my favorite! Target has a pretty nice lineup of things they carry in the clean beauty aisle and sustainable gifts that your loved ones can use time and time again. 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

our weekly salad recipe

A girlfriend of mine brought a similar version of this salad to the pool this summer and I have been eating it every week ever since. I pack one case of salad for my husband and the rest stays in a huge stainless steel bowl with a silicone lid over it. Stays fresh for days! Not even exaggerating about that plus it's loaded with a ton of wonderful vegetables, herbs and healthy fats. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

what I eat in a day: November 2019

I thought it might be fun to do a post on what I eat in a day. I get asked often what I eat, if I snack much, etc. First off. I don't count calories, I don't count macros. I just eat when I'm hungry and I try to eat Whole Foods and higher quality meats. I usually eyeball my food and eat until I am satisfied. This works for me and I feel like my relationship with food is in a good place.

I do enjoy fasting at times and will dabble in the occasional whole30. The health benefits are insane when fasting which is why I drink black coffee at times in the morning so that my first meal isn't until later in the day. 

6:30 am

black coffee 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Walnuts

one of my favorite dishes for thanksgiving. I will be making these again this year! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

dairy free salsa verde chicken tacos

my girlfriend sent me a recipe that looked really easy and delicious but it had dairy in it so I tried substituting with kite hill's almond milk cream cheese and while I have no idea what the other recipe tastes like this one was bomb! So sooooo good and had a kick to it. I also added chicken thighs instead of chicken breast since breast are always more watery which I don't love. Anyway, I hope your enjoy this one!

We sure did!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

simple pork roast

Calling all mama's who don't want to think much about dinner! 
This meal is for you and I have several reasons why. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

butternut squash soup

I love soups this time of the year and I love them even more when they are creamy but dairy free! This recipe is simple and includes tons of healthy ingredients and spices.