Cutting Down on Waste

My last art serious focused on environmental conservation. After I completed it I began to ask myself the question what am I doing, other then making art about the issue, to help better protect and conserve the natural world. Since then I started making small adjustments in my life and purchases to cut down on waste and the over use of plastic.

The first change I made, which this might me TMI, was switching from tampons to a Diva Cup, a reusable silicone menstrual cup. Instead of consistently buying tampons I now use this reusable product. Honestly I love it so much. For one it saves me money but also there is less leakage and I don’t have to worry about changing it as frequently. Now I am done talking about periods if you are sensitive to the topic well.. maybe read a different blog…

Second another bathroom change was switching to package less shampoo and conditioner. By the suggestion of Sorelle Amore, she has a YouTube video on the topic (you can find it right here), I tried Lush’s shampoo bar and hair conditioner. I am a huge fan of having clean hair. When my hair feels oilly or dirty I end up putting it up and I feel off my game. So after googling how to use the product I had my first shower with my packagless products. Honestly It super easy and great smelling. After rubbing the bar a few times over my hair my entire head was sudsy and clean. Next for the conditioner this didn’t have the same satisfying effect but left my soap soft and smelling amazing.

Third, switching to reusable grocery bags and water bottles. This is the easiest one to do. Again it cuts down on cost so that you no longer have to buy plastic water bottles if you are one of those guys, I am looking at you Mark. When it comes to reusable bags they are stronger and less likely to break mid trip to your apartment door. You know that trip where you literally try to carry everything in one trip, ya that one. My reusable bags have stronger handles and are honestly pretty cute. Most bags you get for free or when you shop at Urban Outfitters can be turned into a reusable grocery bag.

I hope this gives you some suggestions on some changes you can make. I know it’s not a lot but it’s better than nothing. I am going to do more research and find some other changes I can make and I hope you do the same. Also if you have any suggestions for me leave them in the comments below!



Health?

Something a little different but came requested so here we go 

H E A L T H

About a year or so ago I was in school exhausted, always hungry, gaining weight, and absolutely miserable. Turns out after some blood work I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. If you are not familiar with the condition basically my thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormones. Since the thyroid runs the metabolism of the body mine began to slow down. So at 21 I could not go a day without multiple naps. I could eat a full meal then 30 mins later feel hungry again and of course the fun little symptom of being depressed. After getting on Synthroid my symptoms went away and I focused more on my health, I no longer wanted to take it for granted. I had never felt so toned and just overall good. Well when I graduated I lost focus…

P R E S E N T

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Flash forward to today and I am refocusing on that mission again. I am eating five times a day which is harder than it sounds. I tend to get busy and not plan ahead so now I am planning an entires day worth of meals so that I do not have to turn to unhealthy options. It’s amazing what dedicating a little extra time in the morning can do. I also am trying to limit the amount of junk food I buy in general. No more chips and ice cream but fresh fruit and salted nuts.

SIDE NOTE: in no way am I a dietician, nutritionist, health expert, or doctor. I am one individual stating what’s working for me…

Back to the goods

I also started to cook again. I love cooking it is like a secret passion of mine. I got in a rut of buying prepackaged meals or ordering from the amazing ubereats. By cooking my own meals I know what is going into my food and can control the portions.

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I also am mixing up my proteins, I started adding in fish do get some omegas and variety. Each of my meals comes with a healthy dosing of veggies. Getting all my greens is essential.

Lastly I am working out again (woo) after a failed attempt at a gym membership and a home gym. I joined Classpass based on my sisters recommendation. I have started taking classes with Classpass for two months and I am lovin it. I can mix up my routine and fitness. I usually do a week mixed with yoga and pilates. When I am not using my fitness app I am trying to do activities that lean on the healthier side. Like the photos on this post My friend Gabby and I had a fun day taking a walk to a park then participating in some very public park yoga. It was great to be outside and push ourselves with headstands and flows. Also my furry friend is helping me tone up with very long walks since both can use them. Now that its finally warm we are enjoying three mile strolls in Trinity park here in Fort Worth.

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I am in no way perfect, I am slowly getting back in shape and in the right healthy mindset again. Thank you all for reading to this point if you have any tips, suggestions, or comments let me know!

All the photos featured on this post were taken by my wonderful friend Gabby Mcgarry.

Spring Things

In all honesty I hate shopping in person. I don’t like the process or digging through options to find what I am looking for. Online shopping is my jam. I can search for what I want in the size, color, or material I need without talking to a single person. Am I antisocial or just lazy you decide? Anyway lets get to the goods..

  1. 12th Tribe Lone Ranger Army Green Blazer

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    I love this blazer its so soft and comfy. I love it cause it can easily dress up a tshirt and jeans with minimal effort. This beauty is linked above but you can also use TRIBEKY at checkout for a little discount!

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2. Sonkir Soil pH Meter

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Would it really be a Kylie blog post without the mention of plants. I got this little $9.49 tool on amazon and as soon as I got I spent an hour poking all my plants checking their moisture level. This guy is create if you are a little clueless about plant moisture but also if you hate sticking your fingers in the dirt. I got it to help me with plants I have covered in rocks, especially my cacti. I honestly have nightmares of overwatering Franklin, my huge euphorbia, and it dieing of root rot.

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3. Top Knot Goods Be Kind To Woman Kind

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Not only is the shirt super comfy but is also fits in with the theme of march! Woman’s month wooo! I discovered this female owned business awhile back and it made my throwback lovin’ heart swoon.

This lovely photo was taken by:Gabby Mcgarry

I have another little discount code for ya: KYLIEDELANE

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4. Urban Outfitters Lou Collared Mini Shirt Dress

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I am so happy about this pick. I am in love with the color and the shape. It is very comfortable!! No discount code on this guy but it is on sale. Perfect for spring!

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5. Top Knot Goods Leather backpack

I bought this a while back but just started using it, which means it is sold out and no longer available. But still I love it it is big enough for all my things including my camera but small enough that I enjoy caring it.

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