How to harness the power of habit to accomplish your goals

January 5, 2017

Harness the power of habit - Daily Habit Tracker PDF Download Happy new year!

Yes, maybe it’s cliche but I sincerely love taking time at the beginning of each year to reflect on the previous 12 months and plan for the next. I have a google doc where each January I journal my highlights from the previous year, I map out travel plans in a separate spreadsheet (complete with formulas calculating the number of vacation days required for each trip, estimated cost, and other details… #OCD), and then I brain dump any goals I might have in the back of my mind for the next year (finally signed up for Japanese language classes!).

If you’re like me, then a majority of your goals can be easily accomplished via the power of habit – little steps taken each day or each week that lead you to your goal.

Some examples:

Want to lose weight? Work out daily (or at least 5 days/week), remove processed foods from your daily diet, get 8 hours of sleep a night – all daily habits!

Want to get organized? Set aside 15 minutes a day to clean your home, commit to sorting through your paper mail and recycling what you don’t need each day, and aim for inbox zero at the end of each work day.

Want to save money? Start bringing your own lunch to work each day or brewing your own coffee each morning.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Last year I created a simple and super effective system for harnessing the power of habit. This system helped motivate me to work out 5 days a week, drink more water, and stay consistent with this blog among other things. I call it my daily habit tracker!

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Dried Citrus DIY Christmas Ornaments

December 23, 2016

Dried Citrus DIY Christmas Ornaments

As someone who thoroughly enjoys any excuse to decorate (I blame my interior designer mother), decorating a Christmas tree has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. We don’t have space in our small apartment to store many Christmas decorations, let alone a collection of ornaments, so this year I used DIY Christmas ornaments made from dried citrus slices.

These are super simple to make, inexpensive, all natural, and compostable! Guilt-free holiday decorating at its finest. Read on for the how-to.

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Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Christmas

December 13, 2016

Ideas for an Eco Friendly Christmas

It’s easy to get swept away by the pressure to over-consume during the holiday season. An eco-friendly Christmas is not always top of mind but with a little planning, it’s pretty easy to stay “green” this time of year. Below I listed my favorite ways to strive for an eco-friendly Christmas holiday when throwing parties, decorating your home and tree, and purchasing gifts.  Continue Reading…

Recycled Gift Wrap Ideas

December 6, 2016

Recycled gift wrap ideas - paper bag and recycled holiday card

For me the best part of December is the anticipation of Christmas. I get so much joy out of choosing JUST the right gifts and of course, packaging it in pretty wrapping. That said, I recently learned that Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than they do any other time of year – and if every family wrapped only THREE presents using recycled gift wrap it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields (source)… that is INSANE!

With those statistics in mind, I plan to do my part to reduce unnecessary wrapping paper waste while still packaging pretty presents (alliteration ftw!). Read on (or watch my youtube video!) for how I’m planning on doing so… Continue Reading…

5 Unique Ways to Practice Gratitude

November 22, 2016

5 unique ways to practice gratitude

While I don’t believe in waiting until Thanksgiving to give thanks, ’tis the season of giving and this holiday inherently encourages us to practice gratitude. I do my best to express gratitude on a daily basis for the multitude of fantastic things I have to be grateful for in my life. My boss often jokes that I am always in a good mood and it’s true – I don’t have many bad days. That might sound obnoxious but I fully credit my positive attitude to practicing appreciation for small victories (free snacks at the office!) and keeping inconveniences in perspective (I would always rather be the person sitting in traffic than the person in the accident causing traffic).

So on the eve of this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share a list of my favorite ways to practice and express gratitude. Continue Reading…

How to Clean Grimy Oven Knobs

November 20, 2016

cleaning grimy oven knobs naturally without chemicals

Oven knobs are one of those overlooked kitchen tools that become gross easily but are so easy clean! Oven knobs can get SUPER grimy if you’re an avid cook – sticky oil splatters and all. Ours were starting to look a little worse for wear but with some vinegar and just 5 minutes of time, they were like new again. Read on for how-to. Continue Reading…

Why We Store Shoes by the Front Door

November 14, 2016

why we use front door shoe storage

I was raised in a home where shoes were worn all the way to our closets, my husband was raised in a home where shoes were left at the door. When we moved in together we knew we would have to make a few lifestyle compromises and an effective shoe storage solution was definitely one of them!

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Quick Fixes to Common Clothing Stains

October 30, 2016

Clothing stain removal techniques for deodorant, lipstick, and foundation makeup stains

The other day I was racing out the door for work and when I did a final outfit check in the mirror and noticed that there were deodorant marks all over my navy blue top. Can anyone else relate? I was in too much of a rush to deal with the marks so I ended up changing my shirt. I have since learned the art of common clothing stain removal, so read on to learn how to deal with deodorant, lipstick, and foundation makeup stains.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Health in 1 Minute

October 25, 2016

9 simple ways to improve your health in 1 minute or less

Is it just me or does anyone else feel overwhelmed by the amount of complicated and conflicting health advice today on the internet? Here are nine indisputable, simple, and quick ways that you can improve your health today (and everyday)! Continue Reading…

Face and Body Oils Found in the Kitchen

October 23, 2016

Natural face and body oil recipes

I am constantly experimenting with face and body oils. I started with coconut oil (too thick!) and have become more adventurous ever since. After a lot of trial and error, here are a few of my simple favorites.   Continue Reading…