Month: June 2015

5 WAYS TO BE A THRIFTY DIY BRIDE.

Originally posted on the little lending company:
You know that saying, ‘One mans junk is another mans treasure’ – Yep, I live my life by that, you’ll often find me bottom up in a skip. And I rarely throw anything out too (you should see my drawers and cupboards at home, it drives the OH crazy!) Because I’m sure that one day I will need all 200 jam jar lids I’ve saved or will use the 15 pots of tester paints in the garage in some way… But really, if your planning on being a DIY bride theres a few tips that are going to keep you quids in with just a little forward planning. YOU DON’T ASK YOU DON’T GET. I know not all of you will have access to a Farmers yard full of goodies like myself. But I guarantee if you ask Dads, Grandads and friends of family to raid their garages and garden sheds I know there will be all manor of oddments to up-cycle and re-use for your big day.…

Shampoo Bar and Organic Soap Review

A few weeks back I was shopping around for some new bath products. Specifically, I wanted to try a shampoo bar. So I started scouring the internet for information and products. As usual, I ended up on Etsy and after a little while of clicking and reading I stumbled across the shop called Glorious Life (I did an interview with the owner Andrea a little over a week ago that you can find here). It can be tricky trying new products and it’s disappointing when they don’t work out. When you invest your money in a product you’re investing your resources into something that you want to add value to your life and when that doesn’t happen it’s discouraging. Shop Setup There are a lot of products to choose from but I found the shop easy to navigate and quickly found what I was looking for.  The product ingredients are clearly listed as well as tips for use and care which I really liked how this information is readily available. The first product in my basket …

Handcrafted Natural Novelties: Glorious Life

ewMore and more people are paying attention to the ingredients in their bath and body products. What are these things that we can’t pronounce? Should we be wary of a ingredients that we’ve never heard of? What people are finding is that many  products are filled with chemicals, many of which aren’t closely regulated or researched . “Even many of the so-called ‘natural’ products out there contained questionable ingredients.” — Andrea from Glorious Life What are your options then? Instead of guessing what’s in your products, try buying items made with all natural ingredients. We’re very fortunate today with the ease of the internet that we have more access to great products and companies than ever before–It’s easier to find all natural products than you may think! For example, a couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a new (to me) company on Etsy. I was looking to try a shampoo bar and I was wanting something affordable and with all natural ingredients. The fabulous company that I found is called Glorious Life. Today I’d like to share my interview with the …

6 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Shop Highlights!

For some people finding the right jewelry can mean the difference between liking and loving their wedding attire. But finding the right piece can be tricky. With all the different choices available the decision can be overwhelming (and this added on top of all the other choices you have to make can seem even worse!). However, one easy way to narrow down all those choices is looking for pieces that not only match your style but also compliment your eco-friendly vision. What should you look for? Items that are upcycled from old materials (like vintage pieces being remade into something new) Pieces made from recycled materials Fair/direct trade items Items developed through ethical practices (mining can obliterate landscapes, and creates tons of waste) Developed with low energy or low toxic cost Still feeling overwhelmed? Take a look at these fantastic artists from Etsy whose work embodies what it means to create eco-friendly art: For jewelry made from recycled/upcycled pieces check out: DiBAjewelry on Etsy. The shop’s artist and creator, Dianne says: “I have been recycling my …

The Infinity Awards

Thank you She’s Going Green for the nomination!! RULES: Thank and follow the blog that nominated you Show the award on your own blog Answer the questions your nominator left for you Nominate other bloggers and leave questions for them to answer QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: What motivates you to keep running this blog? I’m motivated to continue with my blog because I am very passionate about topics that affect our environment. I chose to focus on Weddings because I am working towards opening my own Wedding Planning business in 2016 and so I thought it was important to bring what I’ve learned (and am still learning) about sustainable living and apply it to a topic that I’m engaging with daily to try and inspire other people. If money was never an issue what would you do for a living? If money was never an issue I would have studied to become an art curator with the dream of doing a practicum (or anything!) in Europe. What would you do if you know you could not fail? I …

10 Easy Eco-Friendly (and Affordable) Changes You Can Make Today

10 Easy Eco-Friendly (and Affordable) Changes You Can Make Today Switch to recyclable garbage bags. Try Glad’s compostable kitchen garbage bags. Find them at Home Hardware here These can also be found at Canadian Tire, and Home Depot Reusable bags for shopping! Shopping from Bulk bins? Try Kootsac on Etsy. The creator, Morgen is a: “textile artist and clothing designer who saw the need for an alternative to throw-away plastic bags when buying bulk food and produce in my local natural food store.” — Morgen from Kootsac “Kootsac bags are lightweight, strong, washable and reusable and are designed to hold nuts, grains, flours, spices, herbs, dried fruit and even produce.” B. Reusable Produce Bags! For a set of 12 durable produce bags check out eco4life on Etsy. The creator Hollie makes: “Large set of 12 nylon netting produce bags… Bags are made with double layers of nylon netting and all edges are serged for extra durability…Easy to care for, just wash in the sink with warm soapy water and hang to dry” — Hollie from eco4life C. …

“If you Force yourself to go Outside, Something Wonderful Always Happens!”

There is a unique thrill from visiting a new city. I love packing up the car or hopping on the train and patiently waiting to arrive. The scenery slowly changes as you get closer to your destination and you anticipate the differences. Is the architecture different? Is there different plant life? What is there to see? However, you don’t necessarily need to visit a different city to see something new. Last week my Husband took me on a local boat tour of the 1000 Islands. The weather was perfect and the scenery was even better and it was only 10 minutes away from our house! We’re currently living in a smaller city than our hometown but even though it’s “smaller” there’s still a lot to see! Summer has officially blossomed here and the city has buzzed back into life. There is much to experience, you just have to be willing to find it. I think that this idea is captured perfectly by one of my favourite Humans of New York portraits. The photo is of a 93 year old woman named Mary who says: “If you …