All posts filed under: Eco Ideas

Saying “Yes” to the Dress[es]

Picking wedding attire can be Eco-friendly! Take a look at this stunning shot of this beautiful bride on her wedding day. For her bridesmaids she let them pick any black dress of their choice. This was an excellent option as it allowed the girls to pick an affordable and wearable dress! One of the girls picked a dress from her own closet while the other scored her’s from The Bay on sale for under $100! As for the bride, she opted for this beautiful gown from Urban Bride Delivered which is a consignment wedding gown store in Edmonton, Alberta! Everyone looked amazing (especially the gorgeous bride) and all the while money and resources were saved! Eco Bride Project

7 Tips for Becoming a Thrift Store Master!

There are some negative stigmas attached to the idea of thrift shopping and while I know it’s not for everyone I see a lot of positives to thrift shopping that far outweigh the negatives. Why do i like thrift shopping? -Unique items -Limited negative effects on the environment -Save money -Creativity (I love adding my own crafty touches to items that I purchase) -Calming (there is something calming about searching through racks of clothing looking for hidden gems) -It’s fun! (at least I think it is) I’ve been a thrift store shopper for my entire life. At times I’ve thrift shopped because financially I had no other option but the other times I’ve shopped at these stores fully by my own choice. Throughout the years I’ve learned some great tips that I’d like to share Make a day out of it! Bundle thrift shopping into one day (choose a day each to shop week, biweekly, monthly etc.) and hit the thrift stores that are in your area. Thrift stores are often bundles together in groups which makes …

DIY Furniture Project–Saving Resources and Memories

I have an old 70s bedroom furniture set from my dear Grandmother. I love having furniture that I remember seeing in her room for years and years but, like many things, the style grew tired. My husband and I are moving into our first home together soon and I took the opportunity to refinish the nightstands and make them “new” to us! For this project I lightly sanded the dresser with my Black & Decker sander/polish from Home Hardware. Next I used Beauti-Tone’s Designer Series paint in flat black (shown in the photo) also from Home Hardware. I applied two full coats with plenty of dry time in between. The fabric is some leftover fabric from previous projects and I cut to match the sizing of the old covers that I removed. The cut pieces were then stretched over the wood panel, stapled onto the back, and then adhered back to the original drawer. The final touch (and my personal favourite) are these beautiful black and silver cabinet pulls! (again, from Home Hardware). This simple …

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 …