All posts tagged: eco living

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 …

Press Release: Eco Bride Project’s Green Wedding Certification

The Green Bride Guide, the country’s leading green wedding resource, announced today that Britney Blomquist, owner of the Eco Bride Project, will help make Fort Saskatchewan’s wedding’s greener as the area’s first Certified Green Wedding Professional. Certified Green Wedding Professionals help brides make simple substitutions that decrease the impact of their events on the planet. The average wedding produces 63 tons of CO2 and 400- 600 lbs of garbage, but the number of couples seeking eco-friendly alternatives is growing rapidly. According to a recent report by David’s Bridal, 78% of brides are taking steps to include eco-friendly elements in their weddings – from using recycled paper for their invitations and programs, to incorporating local food into their menus and taking green honeymoons. Kate L. Harrison, Founder of Green Bride Guide, created the course because her company was having trouble finding vendors to meet the growing demand of the 400,000+ brides using her site every year. “Green has become mainstream,” said Harrison, “but wedding professionals have been slow to catch up. Britney is a real leader in the …

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 …

What to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Things to consider before planning your outdoor Wedding. I can’t count the amount of time I’ve heard a couple say “we can’t afford much so we’re going to have an outdoor wedding.” While having a small BBQ in your backyard with a handful of friends and family will certainly save you money, if you’re still planning on a large guest count in a local park or on a farm, the task gets significantly more costly—potentially more so than renting an indoor venue! Consider the Basics Ceremony If it’s hot make sure there is some shade for your guests! Don’t line the lawn with cute hay bails and then watch poor Grandma and Uncle Joe pass out from heatstroke during your vows! If it’s hot provide fans (you can make your programs work double time as a fan too) Provide cool drinks if it’s hot and warm drinks if it’s cold. Cosnider encouraging guests to wear stylish hats Provide shawls if it could be cold HAVE A BACKUP. If it’s pouring rain, even if you’re ready …

Transporting your Guests the Green Way

Depending on where you host your wedding, your transportation needs will be different. A few important things to consider before deciding on how you’re handling this particular issue are as follows: How accessible is your venue? Is there a lot of available parking? You don’t want your guests scrambling to find somewhere to park to come see you and your partner on your wedding day! How many people are from out of town? If guests are from out of town, how are they going to travel to your Wedding? How many guests are attending? The more people attending equals more people driving cars and higher amounts of C02 emissions. Is there drinking? How will intoxicated guests get home safely? (Did you know that you’re potentially liable if one of your intoxicated guests gets in an accident leaving your event?) These are, of course, just a few considerations to take into account when deciding on how (or if) you’d like to transport guests to your big day. Ways to make transportation “Green Friendly” Have your ceremony venue and reception …

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 …

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. …

Birthday Fun: Feeling like a Lucky Duck

Today I took the day off as it is my birthday! My husband spoiled me with a lunch at our favourite local restaurant and then we spent the entire day walking around the city. We took this opportunity to visit the farmers market and collected some delicious fresh fruits and then headed for the shoreline. We’re very fortunate to live near water and with it comes these wonderful creatures. Stay tuned for posts featuring some of my favourite shots from today!