Health and wellness have always been something that I am passionate about. I always try and look for small changes I can make in my life to better myself, the environment and those around me. While I am no where near perfect in the health and wellness department, it is something that I am conscious of and thought I would share 5 small changes I have made in my everyday lifestyle that you can easily adapt in yours as well! While they may not seem like big things, each one over time can make a big difference. I would love to hear if you guys have any that I may have missed and can work on applying to my life. Please share in the comments below!
1. Say goodbye to plastic drinkware – This can be anything from plastic water bottles you buy at the store, to the tumbler you may be using at home. For years, Matt and I have ditched buying packs of water for our Brita, but I was still using plastic tumblers with a straw to drink out of each day. I drink way more water when I have a straw so I always thought this was the best solution. Lately I have been reading more and more articles about the importance of ditching these plastic tumblers all together so I finally decided to jump on board. While I love my BKR and Swell bottles for on the go, I don’t find myself drinking as much water out of them around the house. Therefore, I have invested in a few new glass and stainless steel tumblers and bought these glass straws to make the transition seamless. Both my Yeti (I also picked up this lid which works with a straw) and these new glass tumblers hold 20oz of water so you don’t have to constantly be refilling all day. I bought Matt a Yeti for work to keep at his desk since they keep beverages hot or cold for an extended period of time.
2. Sub dryer sheets for wool dryer balls – Hands down one of the BEST life hacks yet. Not only do you say goodbye to the chemicals which most dryer sheets contain, but the wool balls also help toss around and separate your clothes while drying so they dry faster. I prefer to add a few drops of essential oils (about 3) to each dryer ball before tossing in with my clothes. This just adds a fresh scent, so you truly are not missing anything by ditching the dryer sheets. Also, I have had my same 6 for over a year, so they truly last a long time and are a less expensive option in the long run.
3. Natural skincare – As I have gotten older, I have become more and more aware and careful when it comes to skincare and taking care of my skin, which is why I always check out reviews before buying any new products. Yes, I still use your typical make-up and haven’t yet found a natural line I truly love, but with my skincare routine, I have tried my best to swap products to more natural/organic ones. I look at it like this, your skincare is what you put first and last on your face each and every day. When you apply makeup, is it going on top of this. Therefore, I find it most important to have whatever is the first thing to put on your skin, be something that is nourishing and not full of chemicals. There are so many amazing natural skincare brands out there, you all know that TULA and Kopari are two of my favorites. I also really like Beauty Counter’s Face Oil which I apply at night. If you are a fan of TULA as well, or want to give them a try, you can use code: KENDALL for 20% off your order and they now ship to Canada as well!
4. Swap out your Keurig cups for EKOCUPS – So I have known for awhile that you really should try and buy 100% organic coffee when possible, but what I didn’t know is how harmful your typical K-Cups are for the environment. Just think about many get used and tossed away each and every day. I actually discovered EKOCUPS brand on accident, when simply searching for an organic alternative. It wasn’t until they arrived that I started reading the box and found out that these K-Cup are recyclable! When you take your K-Cup out of the machine, you simply peel the lid back, dump the grinds into the trash and you can then recycle the pod itself. The motto is “extra coffee for more taste, recyclable cups for less waste.” Matt and I prefer the dark roast, but they have so many different strengths and flavors as well as a variety pack.
5. Toss your plastic tupperware – This goes hand and hand with the plastic tumblers I talked about above. One Christmas a few years ago, I really knew I was #adulting when I asked for a glass tupperware set (not kidding). This is one of the most important changes you can make to your lifestyle. Even if you know not to microwave anything plastic, if you are transferring hot leftovers into a plastic container, it basically has the same harmful effects as if you were microwaving that item. The best thing you can do is invest in a glass tupperware set. They have them everywhere and are pretty affordable as well. I take all the lids off and store them together, which allows me to stack the glass containers to save space in our kitchen cabinets.
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