Green your routine and reduce your carbon footprint

There are many ways to celebrate the observance of Earth Day — which is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Today I’m bringing to you a few beauty and sustainable clothing options to support demonstrate support for environmental protection. Let’s keep our Mother Nature healthy.

Arvin Goods| Sustainable, basic apparel for men and women. Its mission to champion affordability with its $8-$25 price range, believing that sustainable fashion should be accessible to everyone. In the past year they’ve scaled from one material story – 100% reclaimed cotton that enables each pair of socks and underwear to save 50+ gallons of water – to three, also working with ECONYL® regenerated nylon in an active line of men’s boxer briefs, and Polylana® fiber (the only alternative to 100% acrylic and wool) in their newest collection of beanies. Fun fact: Their beanies are MADE IN CANADA!
My top picks? Sudio socks ($12), Bikini Bottoms ($18), Bralet ($18)

I’ve noticed and happy to see a rise in both natural skincare and beauty products using clean natural organic ingredients coming out to the market. Many good options out there right now for not irritating my already sensitive hive-prone skin.

100% Pure| Their mission is to make clean beauty/skincare accessible while being 100% cruelty-free, non-toxic chemicals, all while supporting animal-based charities. Starting on Earth Day, for every product purchased, the brand will donate one tree through the Trees For The Future organization (customers can choose between this or donating one bowl of dog food to shelter dogs in need). And on another note, the entire month of April, customers can bring 5 empty products to stores in exchange for 15% off their next product order as part of the in-store recycling program.
My top picks? The Cocoa pigmented bronzer ($38), and the Fruit Pigmented® pot rouge blush ($27)

Puristry| This is a brand I’m excited to try out more, and a new-to-me brand. They’re cruelty-free, vegan, gluten free and non-toxic. From now until April 30 11:59 PM PST,  purchase 2 products and save 10% on your entire order with code BUY2SAVE10; Purchase 3 products and save 20% on your entire order with code BUY3SAVE20; Purchase 4 products and save 40% on your entire order with code BUY4SAVE40 (Note: I’m just sharing the coupon codes, I do not have any affiliation with this brand other than receiving PR for this post)
My top picks? Vine Therapy Serum ($65), Yerba Mate Eye Cream ($48)

Boody Eco Wear| Clothing that is made using viscose derived from bamboo is always going to be incredibly soft and comfortable. It’s also moisture-wicking and thermo-regulating. The original bamboo used requires no pesticides, fertilizers or artificial irrigation to grow. The entire production process is closed loop so no water is wasted and is all recycled. Most of the garments are computer knitted so there is no fabric waste. The packaging is recyclable and printed with vegetable based inks.
My top picks? Full length leggings ($27), Padded Shaper Bra ($19.95), Racerback Active Tank ($36.95)

OSEA| Dare I say I’m saving my favourite for last? California made, family owned, 100% plant based and never tested on animals. Check out to see what’s not in their products. OSEA has been a leader in sustainable, clean beauty for over 23 years. OSEA is helping to balance our delicate marine ecosystem by hand-harvesting Undaria Pinnatifida Algae, which is classified as an invasive species. Over 94% of OSEA products are in glass. Those that aren’t, are in recycled plastic for safety reasons.
My top picks? Essential Hydrating Oil ($36) Anti-Aging Hand Cream ($38), White Algae Mask ($48), Anti-Aging Body Balm ($48)

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Part 2 of adding to cart and not purchasing

Hi pals I’m back again with another installment of shopping for the most sweetest of clothing for your little one’s. I recently found this shop and I’m again, adding to cart but never hitting that purchase button. Because as much as I’d love to buy everything I love for my little bebs, I’d be broke in about 2 days flat if that were the case.

So instead, I’m sharing my shopping cart like I did a few weeks back with H&M goodies. This place is called Play Up, designed and made in Portugal. Their children’s clothes range from size 3months up to 14 years.

I didn’t include the prices here in USD because their website doesn’t convert it from whatever currency they use in Portugal (euros I think?).

It’s quite prevalent that I’m a huge fan of these rusty shades lately. Let’s get to it:

Fleece Trousers| I love this style pant for bebs. But he’s crawling and not walking (yet) so I’m cautious of what pants I’ve been putting him in lately for fear of the thin/lightweight pants will rip at the knees. Plus, I can’t buy these – it’s going to be summer soon. Too hot for these. (Talking myself out of them).

Fleece Shorts| Okay, pretty much the shorts version of the pants above. Love. They come in grey too.

Interlock Sweater| Kinda boho, kinda not. Love yellow on bebs, but I can’t put anything with buttons on him (yet) because he just likes to chew them and I’m afraid he’s going to eventually pop one off and swallow it. Not ideal.

Flamé Jersey Trousers| Perfect for this time of year. Or, fall. I have a few things in this shade for him to grow into.

Flame Tee| Cute cute cute. A simple tee with a simple print.

Fleece Sweater| How much is too much rusty orange? Because I feel like I could easily make his whole wardrobe this shade for Summer/Fall. Oof. I’m an earth-tones kinda gal. Guess that’s the taurus in me.

Alright, that’s it. I have to stop myself. All of this has been added to my cart and I need to get over it, just post it all here and not purchase. Oh and if you sign up for Play Up’s email list (and unsubscribe right after because who needs more emails?), you get 10% off. Thankfully though, these items are cheaper than my favourite store for him (Rylee and Cru). So that’s nice to see. I just don’t get why kids/toddler/baby clothing is SO much more expensive in ratio comparison to adult clothing. The amount of fabric in a 6mth olds top/pants is literally scraps. Anyway, that’s another topic for another day.

Have a great rest of your week! Thanks for checking in and reading. :)

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I gotta tell ya about this…

On a whim, I bought this. When beb’s goes to sleep, I watch YouTube on occasion. Those occasions turn into late night amazon shopping excursions and adding stuff to my cart, never buying, always adding. This time I went onto a new-to-me website (I think the name of it was Bath & Unwind, or vice versa. It was UK based, but they had a US website. Score.). Whatever.

Allanna from YT (another Canadian, if you don’t already know her. I’m sure many do), was talking about a new foundation (which I bought). I’ve been using it every day that I’ve been wearing foundation – a few times a week, if that. I love it by the way. But I also went down the rabbit hole of shopping because I noticed a few more (again, new-to-me) brands I’ve never tried.

This brand being Evolve Organic.

I bought a 1oz jar of moisturizer, because guys…  I’m in my late thirties. I had a baby 13 months ago, which also significantly changed, well, everything. Something in my skincare routine needed to change, which I noticed a few months ago. I wasn’t sure what.. but my skin was looking dull, and not because it’s been winter. My poor ol’ Philosophy Hope In a Jar that I’ve been using for 6+ years wasn’t cutting it anymore. I didn’t know what to reach for. I tried using my Saturday Skin moisturizer that I got as a PR sample late summer. It wasn’t doing anything for my skin either. Makeup wasn’t looking good, nothing felt good on my face.

Hence, me trying out a new brand. ‘Cause why the heck not.

Meet, the Evolve Daily Renew Facial Cream. (Purchased myself, thank you very much).

What sold me on it? Okay, first of all, yes I admit…the packaging drew me in. Then, the look of the moisturizer. It looked thick. We’re now over a month in using it. We, meaning me. I’m not sharin’ this goodie ;)!

See? Doesn’t that look amazing? (Also, I can always rely on Trader Joe’s to have lovely flowers for my beauty product flatlays, ha!). I love a thick moisturizer. I need something that’ll soak up this dryness goin’ on post-partum. I need heavy duty, and something that will make me look dewy for more than 3 minutes.

This is it guys. THIS. is it. Let me explain. You know how you find a good hand cream (okay a little off topic but follow me here), you wash your hands and the hand cream still feels like it’s there? For a while? That’s how my FACE feels…ALL day long. It’s soft, all day. Why? I don’t understand it, but I love it.

Now, unfortunately it’s only available in the UK (okay, unless I shop on that US website again). I need to scope out where to buy it in person, if possible. Because if I’m in love with it in a few months, as much as I am now, I’m well, not screwed since I can buy it online. But guys – you get my drift, right? I just need it closer. And not across the Atlantic Ocean and waiting for it in the mail and opening the door for the DHL guy in my bathrobe at 8p at night. Scary, but exciting since I knew it was the PR parcel that came from Evolve. Nice.

All this to say, I love the moisturizer. I bought the one ounce jar myself. Started stalking (following them on Instagram) online, then noticed they had a blogger enquiry section which I reached out for, literally expecting no response back because I haven’t been really regularly blogging for a while. But DUDE… they got back to me, and in a swift fashion. They mailed over a parcel to me to help this ol’ thirty-something-something year old skin. Fantastic. Thanks guys. They sent a 2oz jar of the moisturizer, and some hyaluronic serum.

For years I knew hyaluronic was great for the skin. Never once have I used it though until this parcel came. It feels heavenly. Truth be told, I’ve always been minimal with my skincare and makeup steps. Only time will tell if I continue adding a serum before moisturizer, into my routine. We’ll see. I love it, yes, but will I remember to do it always? Who knows.

Hyaluronic serum 200 is 99% natural, vegan, cruelty free, and safe to use when nursing bebs. Very important.

Man. I’m stoked for it.

I hope my skin continues to love it. Will keep you posted. Love their packaging, too. Easy to photograph – ha.

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