Tips for an Eco Friendly Wedding on a Budget

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So you want to have an eco friendly wedding on a budget?  It’s not impossible, it just takes some creative planning.

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Your big day is right around the corner. You’re getting married in an eco friendly wedding. But here’s the problem. You want to save money and you’re a bit of a tree hugger. A frugal tree hugger? That’s usually an oxymoron! Traditional weddings, with ample confetti, rice and so on, can be full of waste – both ecologically and financially!

Planning an eco friendly wedding on a budget doesn’t have to be hard.  You just need to think about things differently.

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Choosing Woods for your Home Responsibly

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It’s hard to believe that there was a time when it was frowned upon to use wood in your home. Plastic was in as we desperately tried to save the forests and protect the trees. That naivety was, fortunately, short-lived. The environmental impact on producing and disposing of plastic is severe and long-lasting. Wood that has been harvested responsibly from sustainable sources has never been more popular.

 

Antique wooden furniture is fashionable because of the popularity of reusing or upcycling wooden products. While the original manufacturing decades ago may not have been so environmentally responsible, reusing these furniture items is deemed worthy of praise. When you are thinking of using new wood in your home or garden, ensure it has come from a reputable company who only use sustainable sources.

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Why Choose Bamboo Flooring?

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Bamboo flooring durability is a prime consideration when choosing bamboo flooring. Bamboo is not wood; it is a grass that is amazingly a choice building material because of its strength, durability, and being eco-friendly.

Bamboo shoots are new growth from the fastest growing plant on earth and can reach heights over 50 feet tall. Since bamboo is a grass, it is harvested again and again from the same stalk, not like typical trees used for hardwood flooring that don’t grow to maturity for 30 to 50 years and must be replanted each time.

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Get Spring Ready Skin with Lush Cosmetics

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When I was 15 or so, we moved to Seattle.  This move seriously changed my life.  It was partly the age and partly being introduced to so many new experiences.  One of these new experiences was my introduction to Lush Cosmetics.  It was literally like a paradise of beauty products.  Bath bombs and lotions and cleansers, oh my!

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Fast forward about 15 years or so, and Lush is still one of the brands that I like.  Recently, I had the opportunity to check out a couple of new products from the great folks at Lush Cosmetics.  Well, new to me, at least.

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How to Choose Natural Beauty Products

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How to Choose Natural Beauty Products was sponsored by the Natural Products Association.  Opinions are our own.

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I am a beauty product junkie. It almost doesn’t matter where I am, if there’s a display of some type of beauty products, I’m checking it out. Unfortunately, there are some really bad, and bad for you, ingredients in many beauty lines. I’m talking about items that have been banned from our food supplies, but somehow are still acceptable to slather all over ourselves.

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Strap Yourself In to a Maggie Bags

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A Maggie Bags Cicely Tote was provided for editorial purposes.  All opinions are our own.

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Everywhere you look, someone is talking about being “eco” or “green.”  But whatare they really doing?  Are they using earth friendly materials?  Or are they recycling?  Or are they using upcycled materials?

What’s upcycling, you ask?  It’s sort of like recycling, but instead of throwing the stuff away to be made into new items, they “trash” is made into something new, something better.  That’s what Maggie Bags does.  They take the waste seatbelting from the auto industry, and make it into purses, cosmetic bags, accessories, and other totes.  What’s even better than that, is that the Maggie Bags are really cute items.  They have modern, unique styles in fun colors.

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Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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Great uses for Tea Tree Oil was inspired by The Body Shop's new Tea Tree line.  I received items for consideration.

Great uses for Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil has a myriad of benefits.  Often referred to as a medicine cabinet in a bottle, it’s often used to treat a plethora of conditions.  First things first, though. 

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil that is steam distilled from a plant known as Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Australia.  It’s not found naturally growing in any other place on earth.  Tea Tree Oil should always come in a dark glass bottle, and be used with a dropper.  You should also never ingest Tea Tree Oil orally. 

 

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Summer Ready Skin with Tree Hut #naturalbeauty

This post brought to you by Tree Hut. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s shorts, sandals, and *gasp* bathing suit weather again.  How did that happen?  It seems like it was just a couple weeks ago that it was snowing.  Oh, that’s right,  It WAS snowing a couple weeks ago with an early May winter storm.  

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Anyway, now that it’s finally warmed up, you {me?  Okay, WE!} need to get your {our} skin into show-off shape.  One of the products that I like is the Tree Hut line.  They seem to have a complete line from body washes to sugar scrubs to rich hand and foot creams.  

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