Uniform | corduroy jumpsuits

Two resolutions for 2018: Only purchase ethically-made goods, and make sure some of those goods are matching outfits for me and Wallace.  While I try to make intentional purchases most times, I do have impulsive moments of mindless spending which leads drawers filled with fast fashion or throwaway clothing.  With toddlers, it seems silly to spend more on items of clothing that will be worn for a brief period of time but often the USA made goods last longer so you can end up spending less.  This year I am spending more on less and hopefully everything we buy lasts us the intended season.  Our dollar is truly how we vote and I want to vote with intention while also supporting companies who share the same ethical code. 

 Nico Nico has been one of my favorite kid's brands since Wallace was a baby and this season I was super excited to find corduroy jumpsuits for both of us.  I adore dressing up like my son (and though he won't admit it, I think he digs it too) and these jumpsuits are the perfect staple for cooler weather.  Our family took a trip to Lake Arrowhead for New Year's and both of us put this jumpsuit to good use. 

Good news!  The kid's jumpsuit is now on sale!

Sustainability | the sauce solution

If you have been following along, you know I am on a mission to make our home more sustainable, and a lot of this process has to do with waste created in the kitchen.  As we replace store-bought food with home-made recipes, we are gradually reducing the amount of containers we use each week.  Some of my favorite switches so far include nut milks, crackers, and preserves, all of which are usually made at home, without creating any trash.  I realized last night that we have not bought pasta sauce in months.  This might not sound like a big deal, but for this busy mama who is always on the go, that can of sauce used to save me.  I started to think about salsas, pestos and guacamole, that are all made at home with little effort and zero-waste.

We are all busy and it's hard to find the time to make food ourselves but if you're looking to challenge yourself in the name of sustainability, I have rounded up some recipes below.  I wish I had original recipes to share, but I don't usually make many things twice and I have a hard time following directions.    

Oh, and if you've got any good recipes, send them my way, I am always on the lookout for a recipe to modify and possibly mess up.

Marinara Sauce (to make zero waste, replace with fresh tomatoes) *PRO TIP ADD SOME SHREDDED PARMESAN CHEESE 

Guacamole - This is so much better than store-bought guac  

Pesto I love making fresh pesto, it's perfect to add to pre-made noodles in a pinch 

Dill Pesto - My favorite for throwing on rice

Pico De Gallo - I will eat this on anything at any time  

Salsa Verde - Great for a variation from Pico

 by Annie Shak 

by Annie Shak 

Zero-Waste Farmer's Market

The farmer's market is church for our family.  On Sundays we enjoy waking up slow, making a pot of coffee, eating a light breakfast (to save room for fruit samples at the market) and heading to the farmer's market before the sourdough bread is sold out.  I covet these Sunday mornings with my family and love our Sunday rhythm.  This year, I have started focusing on sustainability so naturally, all of my shopping habits have shifted.  Rather than utilize the free single-use plastics at the market, I am well-prepared with a variety of bags to fit each offering.  This is somewhat new to our family but now that I am paying attention, I am hyper aware of how many people take home their beautiful vegetables in plastic.  Without passing judgement, I want to share my process and some of the items that I enjoy using with hopes that I will inspire others to use less plastic.  Plus, reusable bags and baskets just make everything more cute.  My process has been gradual, only recently getting the final pieces to the puzzle and now it feels great to welcome the nourishing offerings into our home, sans plastic.  This is one big piece of my sustainability mission, to use less plastic when I shop.   

At this point most of us have accumulated some version of a reusable shopping bag and this is a great place to start.  I keep the freebies in the car and will use these in a pinch, but I really enjoy well-made baskets for my weekend hauls.  I have accumulated quite the collection and after much use, my favorite is my tightly woven African Basket.  If you're in the market, here is a good one.  They also usually sell at larger farmer's markets or flea markets.  After I felt I had the necessary amount of baskets, I started researching sustainable bag companies and love these bags by Chico Bags for my leafy greens and bulk grains.  These keep my greens fresh in the fridge and I love the neutral color.  Next I grabbed these cute net bags by Simple Ecology, which are great for my loose items.  I love the variety pack which serves all of my market needs.  These are a great way to keep your items grouped together, which never used to happen!  Recently I have started taking my own container for berries.  This allows the berry stand to keep their containers and helps me transport without squishing any of my precious little beauties.  I use an old tupperware and recommend using any light-weight container that will fit your desired purchase amount.  Finding a way to bring bread home without a plastic bag has been tough since all sliced bread is sold in a plastic bag.  My husband loves a good loaf and doesn't think my slicing is up to par so the few attempts I have made at bringing home a whole loaf and slicing myself have not gone well.  I still think it's work it to try, even if it's only half of the time, that is two bags we save a month.  I recently grabbed these linen bread bags for our whole loafs and recommend also having a bread box to ensure freshness.  The final item needed for a zero-waste mission is a reusable egg container.  I just picked up two of these and take one to the market while the other houses any of the remaining eggs we have from the week prior.  When I remember to bring all of my containers, I leave the farmer's market without any plastic, it's super easy and if we all started making these small switches, it would have a huge positive impact on the environment.  

Did I miss any good items?  Tell me in the comments below...