A few weeks ago, I asked on Instagram about the types of gift guides that you’d find most helpful. So many people surprised me by asking for eco-friendly, zero waste gift ideas! Clearly, I needed to curate some awesome gifts that can either encourage someone to try going waste-free or for someone already on that path. I hate to say it, but living green is such a trend right now. There were tons of great gift ideas out there. Let’s hope that everyone continues to examine their impact on the environment and how to improve our current climate situation!
If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, then you know I’m all about finding ways to reduce waste in pretty much every spot of our home. You might think the holidays put a damper on this, and they do a little, but there are still ways to stay on top of it! All you have to do is be a little bit intentional about your actions and it’s easy as pie. Here’s what we plan to do around #mytinybungalow this holiday season to keep our waste in check.
Sometimes I wonder if the holidays and self-care can’t go hand in hand, as though the act of celebrating the season means you can’t possibly prioritize yourself. When I’m focused on finding the perfect gift or sharing a bit of holiday magic, it is always with someone else in mind. Also, this my busiest time of year business-wise, so it’s even harder for me to take care of myself. This is actually an internal struggle for me that I am constantly battling, but it heightens during the rush of the holidays. As always, I’m a list maker, so I tried to brainstorm things I can do for myself, even though it’s the holiday season. I hope this list of things to do for yourself during the holidays helps you to avoid this struggle as well!
I wouldn’t call this week’s wellness post holiday-specific, but based on how much I ate on Thursday for Thanksgiving… it could be! Basically, because of the holidays and how busy with work I am right now, I have gotten really off track with my eating, my exercise, and my general self-care routine. I’ve found that this happens after I travel, too. So I was brainstorming ways that could help me get back on track and figured that you may benefit from this list, too! And, as always, let me know in the comments if there is anything that works for you that I should add to this list.
What a week it’s been… I’ve been totally immersed in my overwhelming feelings of gratitude here on the blog this week with the giveaways and with thinking about Thanksgiving next week. I don’t want to only reflect on and practice gratitude during this time of year, but it does fit in nicely with how so many others are feeling right now. I make it a point within my life to practice gratitude whenever possible — that can mean thanking the mailman at the gate for the mail, picking up someone else’s coffee order, or volunteering my time at a local shelter. So I wanted to share a quick list with you about ways to practice gratitude in your own life, both big and small.
If you follow along with me on Instagram, then you know I’m nearing my wits end with this kitchen renovation/surprise bathroom plumbing issue situation. To say it has been a lot to handle is a big understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited for the end result and I have no doubt it’ll be worth it, but, man, can a renovation be hard on a person’s spirit — holiday spirit that is!
Now that November is here, all I want to do is bake my favorite festive foods and string garland all around the house. Neither of those things are options right now, though, which got me thinking… I can’t be the only one going through a renovation right before the holidays, right?? SO many of your have reached out on Instagram that you’re in the same boat, so I brainstormed a few ways I’m getting myself in the holiday spirit while renovating.