This post on Ultimate Freshwater Aquarium Tips for Kids and Their Families is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Mars Fish Care and the API brand If you don’t know much about our family- we enjoy crazy. A fun special needs kiddo, a silly toddler, 2 dogs, and 5 chickens- we couldn’t help but add to the fun this summer. We’ve all kept pretty close to our home because of Addie and how fragile her lungs are. Although we’ve done our fair share of playing in the backyard, making arts and crafts, and even trying new recipes, we felt as though the kids could use something they could enjoy daily and learn from. What better than setting up the ultimate freshwater aquarium?I heard about Mars Fish Care and had the opportunity to attend a Live Virtual Event they were hosting so kids and their families could set up and easily take care of their very own freshwater aquarium. I told Mathew about it and he was all for it. Addie was about to have open heart surgery, and we thought a freshwater aquarium was the perfect thing to soothe her post-op and beyond. I learned a ton on the Live Virtual Event from Mars Fish Care about setting my tank up with API Fish Care products. I may have been a little overly excited (you may have seen the results from that on Instagram haha), but I know you’ll be able to gain lots of good fish knowledge from what I did. So how do you have the ultimate freshwater aquarium for kids? Well, it’s easier than you think! 1| Grab Your Fish Tank- We’ve had a small tank for a beta fish in the past, but wanted to get something larger so the kids could really enjoy it. I also didn’t want to be overwhelmed with the size and management of a huge tank, so we decided a 10 gallon tank was the perfect starter tank. The tank we got not only came with the tank, but also had a light, filter, and water heater. All of those things are essential to a tropical freshwater aquarium. 2| Get Some Decorations- Depending on the type of fish you get, you’ll need to get decorations. Some fish love lots of plants, and others don’t. We decided to get rocks for the bottom of our tank, some fun large plastic jewels, a large rock with holes for our fish to hide, and a couple of plants. It’s important to get a tank that can accomodate the amount of decorations you get as well as the size of your fish as they’re mature. We opted for the less is more, while having spots for our fish to get cozy when they need. 3| Get Your Water Ready- Water is the biggest deal for your new freshwater aquarium. I always wondered if we needed to buy special water for our fish, but learned through the Mars Fish Care Virtual Event that all I needed was tap water, and a few API products. Tap water naturally has chlorine, so I filled up my fish tank with tap water and added API Stress Coat. API Stress Coat is a water conditioner that makes tap water safe for fish by removing chlorine, chloramines, and heavy metals. It has aloe vera as well, and reduces fish stress by up to 40%. We were told to use it when getting the water ready for our tank as well as when netting, adding fish from the store, and changing out water. Another product we used to get our water ready was API Quick Start. API Quick Start nitrifying bacteria allows you to instantly add fish by starting the natural aquarium cycle with beneficial bacteria. We were told to use it when starting our aquarium, after water and filter changes, and when adding new fish to an existing aquarium.Lastly, to get your water set up, you’ll need API Aquarium Salt. The API Aquarium Salt promotes fish health by improving gill function, as well as providing electrolytes so your fish are beautiful and have vitality. Every time you change the water out, you’ll want to replenish the salt. When you’re all done, don’t forget to turn your water heater on to 76-78 degrees so your fish are nice and happy. 4| Choose and Acclimate Your Fish- Find someone knowledgeable about fish wherever you choose to purchase them so you can discuss which fish are best for your tank. Some people like to choose Tetras, Corys, Gorami, Molly, Platy, or Guppies. Ask which fish are best in schools, and what size they will be when fully grown. The person helping may ask you what size tank you have, and that will help them with their advice. I made sure to grab API Tropical Flake Food and a fish net. You definitely won’t want to skip those!Once your fish come home you’ll want to acclimate them. I didn’t do this and it was a big mistake. Take your bag with your fish and let it float in the tank for 15-20 minutes. This will help your fish acclimate to the temperature of the water. After your 15-20 minutes have passed, pour some of the water and the fish into an acclimation container. Add a few drops of API Stress Coat, then add a cup of tank water into the container. Let your fish acclimate for about 10 minutes and then add another cup of water. After 10 more minutes have gone by, net your fish, and put it into the aquarium. You will not pour the water from the acclimation container into the tank. 5| Cleaning Materials For Your Tank- It’s really important to maintain a clean tank for the health of your fish. I cleaned our tank for the very first time this week and found it absolutely painless and incredibly fast. Fish are really sensitive to their environment, so you will want to do 25% water changes every 2 weeks. I grabbed a 5 gallon bucket and fish tank gravel vacuum to make the job easy. Remove water from the bottom of your tank, making sure to get any bits of food or debris. On standby, I had another bucket with treated water ready to go to replace in my tank. I had a few other things ready on the side for my tank for cleaning: API Stress Zyme, API Accu Clear, and the API 5-in-1 Test Strips. You’ll want to use them as needed, based on the condition of your tank.API Stress Zyme is a bacterial cleaner that has over 300 million live bacteria per teaspoonful. It helps keep gravel clean and reduces maintenance. We plan on adding it weekly to keep our tank clean, while it assures an active biological filter, a cleaner aquarium, healthier fish, and good water quality. API Accu Clear is a water clarifier. If your aquarium has haze, you’ll want to use this. It clumps tiny particles together so your filter can remove them more easily. This one we plan on using as needed, and thankfully, we didn’t need it this time. I am glad we have it just in case!API 5-in-1 Test Strips test pH, KH, GH, nitrates, and nitrites in your aquarium water. I have already used these several times (out of paranoia haha) to make sure my water is how it needs to be. It comes with a color card so you can compare the strip and safely care for your fish. It even comes with a paper that tells you how to correct any unsafe water conditions you may have. For being a complete amateur to having an ultimate freshwater aquarium, I found them super easy to use and interpret. The Mars Fish Care Live Virtual Event was so incredibly helpful, and I couldn’t help but pass their tips (and a couple of mine) to you all. If you’re homeschooling this year, this is an awesome way to learn about the life cycle, learn math through water changes and measuring, and more. If your kids are going back to school, having a freshwater aquarium is a wonderful way to give them something to learn responsibility, find relaxation in at the end of a long school day, and more. Whatever route you decide for your kids, you will absolutely have the ultimate freshwater aquarium for your kids to enjoy for a long time.
This post on Epic Mother’s Day Gifts is sponsored by BabbleBoxx, but all opinions are my own. Mother’s Day is coming up quickly. Have you gotten your Mother’s Day gift already? Don’t worry- because I created this really fun roundup of epic Mother’s Day gifts for each type of mom you may know. Is your mom the Enthusiastic Mom? The Manicured Mom? The Mediator Mom? Or are you a mom, yourself, and possibly the Researching Mom? The Fit Mom? The Romanticist Mom? Find out which mom you’ve got and I have the perfect Mother’s Day gift for you. Although I created various types of moms for this epic Mother’s Day gift list, some moms might be a combination of types! I have tried, tested, read, etc every single product on this list and found that I am definitely a combination of moms because each product fills a need I have. Regardless, there’s something for everyone on this list and I know you’ll find exactly what you need for your mom (or yourself!) The Researching Mom The Researching Mom is a thinker, researcher, and inventor. She works hard to research the best for her children, finds creative things for them to do, and enjoys seeing her children pursue learning in new ways.Because the Researching Mom is often on her computer, tablet, or phone looking up the latest medical journal or parenting articles, these Hepburn Frames in Clear with Blue Light Blocking Lenses from EyeBuyDirect are the perfect Mother’s Day gift for her! They’re stylish with their contrast between a retro horn-rimmed shape and futuristic clear finish, block blue light from screens, and are incredibly comfortable to wear. Not only will she look amazing, but you’ll be helping her protect those eyes of hers that look at you so lovingly for many more years to come.Want a discount? Use MOM25 for 25% off orders over $65, valid until Nov 1, 2020. The BFF Mom The BFF Mom is warm, empathetic, and likes to feel needed. She’s the mom who drops what she’s doing to bring the forgotten lunch and sacrifices her hobbies to help her kids with theirs. She wants more than anything for her children to feel loved and served.There’s nothing more that the BFF Mom wants as a Mother’s Day gift than time with her kids. She dreams of sitting on the couch or on the back porch late at night chatting away as her kids gush about their lives. These Valencia Flat Tumblers from Replacements are the perfect drinkware for sipping on her favorite drink, and create a fun and sophisticated atmosphere with timeless bar glass designs. Spend time with your BFF Mom this Mother’s Day- don’t forget the Tumblers and drinks!Want a discount? 10% off orders $125+ with promo code MRBB10SW // 20% off orders $500+ with promo code MRVV20SW**Valid thru 5/31/20 11:59pm PT. Valid one time per household. Offers cannot be used to purchase Rolex watches, gift cards, combined with other promotions, offers, or discounts, or redeemed on prior purchases or exchanges The Manicured Mom The Manicured Mom leads a well-organized life with tidy surroundings and is always put together. She has high ideals, and provides her children security through well-kept boundaries. Because the Manicured Mom is always dressed to the 9’s to run even the smallest of errands, this Fold Out Face All-in-One palette and Spin-On Lip Gloss by Woosh Beauty is a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. Organization is taken care of with easy makeup that’s mineral based and fragrance-free. It has all she needs for a glowing full face with amazing coverage: 4 eye shadows, 2 concealers, 2 contour powders, 2 blushes, 2 foundation powders, 1 highlighter and a 4-in-1 brush set. The 4-in-1 secret brush actually is a key to which section of the palette it goes with. Even better? It’s not tested on animals. The non-sticky Spin On Lip Gloss is 100% vegan and has a special rolling tip that rolls across your lips like a paint roller!Want a discount? Use code WOOSHWITHME to get 25% off. The Mediator Mom The Mediator Mom is an easygoing, accepting, gentle, and pacifist type of mom. She provides a warm, stable home without drama and is supportive of her family and friends. You can find her keeping in touch with friends and family while offering her most sound advice on life.The Mediator Mom will love this fun book, Drinking with Chickens: Free-Range Cocktails for the Happiest Hour by Kate E. Richards, for her Mother’s Day gift. While getting “the tea” from friends and family so she can assist with life’s problems, the Mediator Mom will find laughter and good drinks from this fun book of cocktails. As a chicken mom, myself, the chickens brought me much joy when browsing for recipes, and the cocktails look amazing. Any Mediator Mom will love this Mother’s Day book because it’s drinking and it’s chickens– the book she never even knew she needed. The Fit Mom Despite current events, the Fit Mom has made it her mission to stick to her goals, get stronger each day, and get in her daily macros. One of her goals is to parent well and she hopes her children will have the same full energy and zeal for life as she helps them tackle the world around them.Without a doubt the Fit Mom needs to get her hands on a G-SHOCK Women GMDS6900SR-7 watch. The Fit Mom will not only feel nostalgic with the come-back of this popular transparent style from the 90s, but the rose gold metallic accents, G-SHOCK toughness and versatility, and shock resistance will allow her to go from her home gym to date night on the back porch. Don’t let this pretty G-SHOCK watch fool you- it’s gorgeous and trendy, but also is tough enough to have 200M water resistance, a stopwatch for daily runs, and alarms. It’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the Fit Mom, and she’ll absolutely love it. The Enthusiastic Mom The Enthusiastic Mom is just as she sounds- outgoing, upbeat, spontaneous, and loves the thrill of new adventures. She loves to play with her children and shows them love enthusiastically and optimistically.The Enthusiastic Mom is ready for any kind of fun and enjoys being the center of attention, and this Lash Fix-It Kit by Grande Cosmetics will do exactly that- show her off! The Lash Fix-It Kit comes with the cult favorite GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum that helps promote longer, thicker-looking lashes. It’s infused with conditioning vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids that lashes and the Enthusiastic Mom will love. It also includes the GrandeREPAIR Leave-in Lash Conditioner. This lash conditioner protects, softens, and soothes lashes. It’s infused with WidelashTM, a biotin peptide proven to help protect against breakage and daily environmental toxins. Boost your Enthusiastic Mom up with this awesome kit for her Mother’s Day gift! The Romanticist Mom The Romanticist Mom is creative, sensitive, affectionate, and empathetic. She’s the mom with the glue sticks and glitter and she loves creativity in her home and children. She’s thoughtful, reserved, but may feel like she’s missing something within herself.To immerse herself in another world, the Romanticist Mom would enjoy Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr from MIRA Books as a Mother’s Day gift. This feel-good book is brand new from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Netflix series, Virgin River. A little synopsis: Adele and Justine have never been close. Born twenty years apart, Justine was already an adult when Addie was born. The sisters love each other but they don’t really know each other. Neither woman knows how to start life over but both realize they can and must support each other the way only sisters can. Together they find the strength to accept their failures and overcome their challenges. Grab this for the Romanticist Mom or grab it for yourself- either way, Sunrise on Half Moon Bay is a great read!Grab it at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop No matter what type of mom you have or what type of mom you are, there’s something for everyone in this awesome line up. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!
I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but my husband made a Star Wars convert out of me. We go to the Star Wars movie midnight showings, we watch Clone Wars on Disney+, we dress up in Star Wars themed clothes, and when we want to have even more fun, we have a blast doing Star Wars activities! This Star Wars Day I want to encourage you to spend time with your family, find something from each of these Star Wars activities categories, and enjoy Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (and any other Star Wars movies you love!) These Star Wars activities are out of this world and I’ve divided them into drinks, food, crafts, and printables for you so you can easily choose something from each category. Have a blast and May the Fourth be with YOU! CLICK TO SHOP Star Wars Drinks One of the absolute favorite things I loved about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge were the drinks. There’s blue and green milk (with or without alcohol), Star Wars themed bottles of Coca-Cola, and of course, Oga’s Cantina. Drinks are totally necessary when you dive into Galaxy’s Edge, so make them a part of your Star Wars Day activities!1| Searching for the legit Tatooine Blue Milk recipe? Look no further than this non-alcoholic recipe. It’ll take you to the Dark Side all the way back to the Light Side!2| Be one with the Force and channel your inner Yoda as you sip on this Baby Yoda Margarita.3| Go Rogue with this delicious gin and juice Rogue One Cocktail in honor of the character, Jyn.4| Kylo fans unite for this dark side non-alcoholic Star Wars Kylo Ren Party Drink. Don’t forget the cool straws.5| Ever heard of Jabba Juice? This green sweet treat is great for any Star Wars Day fun!6| Ready for a sugar high that’ll take you to a galaxy far, far away? Try this Star Wars Blue Milk Freakshake today.7| The Death Star has nothing on this Death by Chocolate Star Wars Hot Chocolate recipe.8| There will be a bounty on you after you make this Star Wars Boba Fett Freakshake. 9| Darth Maul fans will find this Darth Malt Milkshake perfect for whenever the Force is calling you.10| This First Order Smoothie is a great way for anyone living under the First Order to get a good serving of fruits and veggies for the day.11| What’s more iconic than BB-8? A BB-8 Freakshake! Your younglings will ask for more over and over with this fun recipe. CLICK TO SHOP Star Wars Food One of the highlights of our Make-A-Wish trip for our daughter, Addie, was at Ronto Roasters. If you haven’t heard the story yet, I went to put our food down at a table and had my husband, Mathew waiting nearby so I could find a spot for Addie’s medical stroller. It got very crowded all of a sudden, and when I tried to get through the crowd to get to him I realized the crows was surrounding Mathew and the kids! Rey and Chewbacca had stopped to talk to them and we ended up talking to them for at least 20 minutes. It was such a special moment at Ronto Roasters! After Rey and Chewie needed to go back to their secret mission, we had the most delicious Ronto Wraps and decided it was definitely the best thing on the menu at Galaxy’s Edge.12| Turn to the dark side with these delectable Darth Vader Ding Dongs.13| Enjoy truffles? Try these simple Death Star Truffles made from Oreo cookies during Star Wars night.14| There’s nothing cuter than The Child. Learn how to make Baby Yoda Sugar Cookies in this easy DIY.15| Watch out for this Star Wars Death Star recipe. You may want to be extra stealthy and hide them from the rest of your family.16| Visit Hoth during your Star Wars Day and try making these Star Wars Wampa Treat Bars with your kids.17| Miss Galaxy’s Edge? Don’t skip these copycat Ronto Wraps from Ronto Roasters. It’s a favorite for crews prepping for their next mission!18| Get the family involved with this easy BB-8 Droid Quesadilla recipe! 19| Want to take Star Wars day to the next level? Don’t skip out on these Star Wars Rice Krispy Treats for your padawans!20| What Mandalorian doesn’t love guac? This adorable Baby Yoda Guacamole platter is perfect for Mandos young and old.21| Have fun making Wookie Cookies with the Chewie lover in your home!22| Use the Force and get creative on your planet with these Baby Yoda Nutter Butter cookies!23| Start Star Wars Day off with a bang with this creative Yoda Star Wars breakfast idea!24| This single serving BB-8 pizza will satisfy any Star Wars fan’s hunger. 25| Take over the galaxy after trying this Star Wars breakfast plate! It’ll rock your world. CLICK TO SHOP Star Wars Crafts If there’s an excuse to do a craft, our family is in! These Star Wars Day activities are so much fun and the whole family can get involved. Here’s a fun idea- pick a craft, have each member of the family create one, take pictures, and then post on social media for friends and family to vote their favorite! Winner can get a fun Star Wars themed prize.26| No Jedi is complete without their own lightsaber. Grab supplies for these Star Wars Pool Noodle Lightsabers and decide whether you want to be part of the light or dark side.27| This one is for the adults, but this Star Wars Upcycled Globe Death Star would look amazing in whatever office you choose to figure out which planet to destroy.28| Kids will have fun creating their very own Princess Leia with this fun Paper Plate Craft.29| Go wild and create this Easy DIY Star Wars BB-8 Costume for the BB-8 fanatic where you live. 30| Want to re-read the Star Wars series books? Don’t forget to craft your very own Star Wars bookmarks to go along with them!31| Here’s another great paper plate craft! Padawans will enjoy making BB-8 out of supplies from home.32| This Baby Yoda Puppet is “the way” to any Mandalorian’s heart for Star Wars Day and every day.33| If you can’t build a droid at Galaxy’s Edge, try building one at home in the meantime with this fun R2D2 craft!34| Not sure what to do with all your leftover toilet paper rolls? This Toilet Paper Baby Yoda Roll Craft is creative and great for all ages on Star Wars Day.35| I’m not sure Padme would find this proper, but younglings and padawans will have a blast with this Star Wars Slime.36| This Baby Yoda Plushie DIY is so cute, you’ll want to hold him and definitely not let Moff Gideon get him.37| Chewie isn’t the only one that loves porgs. This fun Paper Plate Porg DIY is perfect to make during your Star Wars Day marathon.38| Immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away with this fun Yoda Paper Mache craft.39| Save the Death Star from Luke Skywalker and make this Death Star Craft this Star Wars Day.40| If you made breakfast and have a spare egg carton, try this fun Baby Yoda egg carton craft!41| Want a fun decoration to add to any Star Wars themed room? This Chewbacca Pencil Holder will have you speaking Shyriiwook with glee!42| This Star Wars Sensory bottle will send you into hyperspace and feeling like youre in another world. 43| Love perler beads? You won’t need to go to the Galactic Outpost for supplies for The Child Perler Bead Pattern. CLICK TO SHOP Star Wars Printables If you have a printer that actually works (why is my printer always broken? Tell me I’m not alone!) check out these fun Star Wars printables on this fun Star Wars Day! Print them out before your movie marathon to get the whole family in the mood for a ton of fun.44| Get your memory as fast as hyperspace with this enjoyable Star Wars Memory printable. 45| Start Star Wars Day with this cute Baby Yoda Invitation to start your marathon with the fun theme.46| Crack the Code for Han Solo with this Aurebesh translator printable.47| Color your favorite droids online and then print them for a fun, galactic experience.48| Test your Star Wars knowledge with this fun Star Wars Trivia Game.49| Rey and BB-8 need your help coloring them! Color on your computer or tablet then print for a fun and easy printable this Star Wars Day.50| Can you think of a word that’s related to Star Wars for each letter of the alphabet? Give it a try with this Star Wars printable.51| This Star Wars Word Search is fun for any age. Han Solo approved.52| Everyone from Batuu to Tatooine will enjoy this Star Wars BINGO download. Want more Star Wars or Disney content? Don’t miss the Disney Archives!
All products in this post on Zero Waste Eco-Friendly Starter Products have been gifted, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. For the past 5 years our family has been what I call pseudo-crunchy. We use essential oils, we use medicine when needed, and we work hard to have natural products in our home for cleaning, bathing, and more. Recently, it’s been hard to find paper towels in the grocery store, and it dawned on me- why haven’t we been more zero waste and eco-friendly? We’ve always used paper towels to help minimize germs, but what about products that can allow us to do that and not create so much trash? What zero waste and eco-friendly starter products are out there that can help us jumpstart this seemingly daunting task? I did some research, found some amazing products for our family, and am sharing them all with you! I have found so much joy and freedom in pursuing a life with less toxins, eating healthier, working out again, and now working towards a zero waste and eco-friendly lifestyle. All it takes is just starting with one thing. Once you get the hang of that switch, switch another product, and then again. Little by little the changes you make in your home will be so impactful not only for the environment, but for your health! The Zero Waste Starter Kit For our family, it’s always been beneficial for us to start out new ventures with some kind of kit. When I found this Zero Waste Starter Kit by SandaraStyle I knew it was the perfect way to start our zero waste and eco-friendly journey. It comes with an adorable mesh tote bag, 2 medium sized mesh produce bags, 2 muslin cotton bags, 2 bamboo toothbrushes, 2 food grade stainless steel straws (and the most amazing straw brush), 5 cotton makeup remover pads, and 1 plant based loofah sponge.Here’s why I love this Zero Waste Starter Kit– it did all the thinking for me. I started out small, going for the metal straw, fell in love with the cute mesh tote bag, and I love how there’s something for the bathrooms and the kitchen in this set. When I read that on their website one of the makeup remover pads is equivalent to 1000 pieces of a disposable pads, I was floored. This eco box literally helps with reducing excess waste in the environment. This is an incredible gift to give to someone you love. It shows that you truly care for them and their health, and that’s a fabulous thing! Reusable Kitchen Sponges Oh man, can our family go through sponges. I’m not sure why but especially the past few years I feel like I’ve constantly bought sponges. They get dirty and grimy and just…ew. It was so wasteful though to constantly buy sponges, so I knew it was another place we needed to make changes in our home. I love these reusable kitchen sponges from K’s Got You Covered and how cute and functional they are.Here’s why I love these reusable kitchen sponges– not only are they zero waste and eco-friendly, but they’re easy to clean. Just machine wash in cold or warm water then dry on medium heat. Just don’t use fabric softeners! I recommend grabbing at least 3- one for kitchen counters, one for the sink, and one for the bathroom! These reusable sponges have terry cloth on one side to allow for a gentle clean and a light scrubber on the other side. Reusable Paper Towels + Scrubber Cloth As I mentioned before, our family can go through a lot of paper towels. It’s actually quite embarrassing how many we can use in a day. Between very frequent hand washing in bathrooms and the kitchen, toddler messes, potty accidents (from the kids and the dogs), and more, we make a lot of trash. I’m always floored at how fast our trash cans fill up. In the past I bought reusable paper towels but only kept them in Addie’s room for trach care to wipe her neck. I finally was able to get my hands on several amazing reusable paper towel sets from K’s Got You Covered. For the kitchen we got a set each of whites, neutrals, and blacks and I am going to keep adding to our collection as I can afford. For the kids’ bathroom I got the Kitchen and Food prints (sounds backwards but I love all the bright colors and how they match the bathroom decor!) I find these reusable paper towels to be a very good price and an extremely great investment for moving towards a zero waste and eco-friendly lifestyle. I ended up also getting a couple of their produce bags with the intention that I’ll put the used reusable paper towels in them and then use it as a laundry bag so they don’t magically disappear with the laundry fairy.Also for the kitchen (and anywhere else in the house, truly), I thought this scrubber cloth would come in handy! I am always wasting paper towels to clean my counters and table, and so the scrubber cloth just made sense. I definitely want to get more of these to keep under my sink because there are always messes to clean and I love how it’s double-sided! Reusable Multipurpose Towels I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the kitchen and cooking, I’m always grabbing paper towels to wipe my hands. Crack an egg, wash my hands, cut up bacon, wash my hands, throw the egg shells, wash my hands… It’s just so many paper towels. These reusable towels are INCREDIBLE. They have a fun fabric on one side and terry cloth on the other so they’re incredibly absorbent. Don’t feel like you have to limit these reusable towels to your kitchen though- they’re wonderful for cleaning the bathroom, everyday home messes, kitchen cleanup, as guest towels, and more! You’ll want at least 4 or 5 of these zero waste and eco-friendly reusable towels for around your house- trust me. Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes When going through the list of things I wanted to switch towards the zero waste and eco-friendly lifestyle I started to think about toothbrushes for some reason. If you haven’t thought about it, toothbrushes create so much unnecessary plastic waste. I found this great shop called Naboo that sells biodegradable toothbrushes infused with activated charcoal and got so excited! Their compostable toothbrushes have BPA free activated-charcoal coated bristles that help whiten your teeth, reduce plaque, and eliminate bad breath. These biodegradable toothbrushes were actually designed to be ergonomic in your hand for a two to three minute brush session. On top of that, they look so chic and minimalistic on bathroom counters with the toothbrush holder.If you haven’t thought about switching your toothbrush, consider this- billions of plastic toothbrushes are discarded annually, none of which will ever biodegrade. What seems like a small matter because a toothbrush is relatively small compared to other plastic waste is actually a HUGE problem.Think of how many billions of plastic toothbrushes pile up in landfills, and how some of these toothbrushes end up in the ocean endangering marine animals. If half of all toothbrush users made the switch to bamboo toothbrushes in the USA alone, it would mean that roughly 50 million tons of annual plastic toothbrush trash would reduce by 25 MILLION tons! If each of us make a switch towards biodegradable toothbrushes we could absolutely make a real impact! Zero Waste Shaving Kit For as long as I can remember I’ve always cringed at the price of razors and their replacement blade cartridges when I’ve gone into the grocery store. Why are they so expensive?! I figured it was time once and for all to take the plunge and switch to a zero waste and eco-friendly alternative, and stumbled upon this Zero Waste Shaving Kit Set from Eco Roots Shop.Here’s why I’m obsessed with this shaving kit set– It comes with one rose gold double-edged safety razor, organic shaving soap, and 15 high-quality stainless steel replacement blades. I was a bit nervous to use this razor at first, but holy moly- it’s incredible. I literally had to make a single pass on my legs and I could hear the razor shaving the hair off. The organic soap (with citrus and lavender notes enriched with shea and cocoa butter) helped the blade glide so smoothly that I didn’t get one nick or cut, despite how incredibly sharp it is. Mathew has already tried to steal it from me, which means it looks like he will be getting his own shaving kit set for Father’s Day, no lie. This razor will help you to save money in the long run and reduce your waste. Not to mention it’s plastic-free, zero-waste, and comes in recyclable packaging. Win, win! I’m curious- which on this zero waste and eco-friendly list are you grabbing first? I hope you’ll join me in striving towards making our planet greener and just being less wasteful in general. We have been given such an opportunity in our lives right now to truly evaluate how we want to live, and I think all of these products truly help towards an amazing first step. Want to move towards a toxin-free lifestyle? Check out more on Young Living Essential Oils or message me on social media so we can chat on how to get you switched!