Photo Friday | Zero-Waste Cravings

I've been diligent about my health and nutrition throughout my pregnancy so far, but I can't lie - I still give in to my cravings.

And while I don't miss wine or frozen margaritas all that much (shocking, I know!) I have found myself craving a cold refreshing drink sometimes. As I've decreased my sugar intake over the last year or so, snoballs are just entirely too syrupy sweet for me now.

However, ironically, I've been crazing a good old frozen Coke as the temperatures have skyrocketed.

This week as one of my cravings hit, I realized I would feel better by going the zero-waste route, instead of walking out of the store with a single-use plastic cup (even if it is recyclable). I brought a widemouth stainless steel tumbler and my widest stainless steel straw, the one perfect for smoothies and frozen treats.

I was able to easily fill up my tumbler, and when I checked out, I told the cashier how many ounces the tumbler holds, so she would quickly be able to ring up the equivalent size. One thing about bringing your own containers is getting looks of confusion from cashiers at gas stations, grocery stores or wherever. But if you make it as easy as possible for them to ring something up, and be confident, you shouldn't run into many issues.

And let me tell you: on a hot, sunny day, that frozen Coke absolutely hit the spot. I had forgotten about the other bonus of bringing my own reusables: the drink stayed frozen longer than it would have in plastic! The insulated tumbler works wonders, and the straw keeps the drink cold all the way through.

My zero-waste journey is absolutely not perfect, but swaps like these certainly make a difference.

And now, I shall go back to drinking my 80 daily ounces of water from my giant reusable Ragin Cajuns football cup...


Photo Friday | World Oceans Day

This past Wednesday was World Environment Day and the focus was on ways to beat plastic pollution, one of the biggest threats to our environment.

It's only fitting that for World Oceans Day today, that focus on plastic pollution continues. Plastic pollution is a detriment to both our land and marine environments, along with our wildlife.

Graphic via Pela Case


Another Year Older

Today marks another year around the sun, and now it's time to officially update my age in any of my bios (if that doesn't sound like adulting, I don't know what does!)

As I get older, birthdays seem much less material and about gifts, and more about spending quality time doing things you love with the ones you love. And more about wearing eco-friendly outfits that make you feel great about yourself! I love this secondhand dress that I scored locally for $7 and my Sseko Designs ethical sandals.

This year, being in the midst of preparing for the baby, work and household projects, what I want most is to spend some time with my little family (as you can see, Dax is resting up for the party), and honestly, just take it easy for an evening.

Another thing I'm excited about is the birthday fundraiser feature on Facebook - I chose to create a fundraiser for charity:water, an organization I've followed for a handful of years now. They work to provide clean drinking water to communities who don't have access to it.

It's the least I can do to give back, even just a little bit, and make birthday gifts a little extra meaningful this year!

Photo: charity:water


Father's Day Gift Guide

Since I put together a Mother's Day gift guide last month, I figured it was only fair to give some attention to the dads and dad-figures out there!

Help Dad take it easy with this collection of eco-friendly gift ideas.


Photo Friday | Bicycle Safety Festival and Summer Reading Kickoff

Tomorrow will be a busy day for two of my favorite eco-friendly things: bicycles and libraries!

Happening tomorrow at Parc Putnam in Downtown Lafayette, the third annual Bicycle Safety Festival and Lafayette Public Library's Summer Reading Kickoff is helping to herald in summer vacation.

Parc Putnam is on Lafayette Street across from the federal courthouse - there is plenty of street parking, but of course, I encourage you to ride your bicycles there! The Congress Street bike lane is conveniently adjacent to Lafayette Street, allowing you a safer ride. (In previous years, the festival was held at Parc San Souci.)

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