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May 10, 2019 — by Cassie Hooper

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We spent some time with our PV moms and asked them some questions about how their wonder women status balancing their work schedules and being role models to their kiddos…and of course their favorite Pura Vida picks!

Sheva – Design Director, Jewelry

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

It’s the most challenging and most rewarding job I’ve ever had! I live for the uncoerced moments of affection—hearing “I love you, mommy” or getting a big bear hug out of the blue. All the temper tantrums are worth it for those moments.

2. What’s one thing you want your kids to learn from you?

To be kind and considerate. Of course, I want my kids to grow up to be ambitious and successful, but nothing is more important than instilling a strong sense of kindness and compassion in them. I want them to be the kids that stand up for the underdogs and always do the right thing, even when it’s not the easy thing.

3. What’s something you learned from your own mom that you want to pass down to your kiddos?

Giving back and being charitable. My mom was always donating to charities and sharing what she could with those less fortunate, even when things were tight for our family. She remains the most generous and compassionate person I know. If I can pass on even a fraction of that to my kids, I’ll know I’ve done my job.  

4. What do your kids think you do at work?

My 3 year old recently told me, “Mommy, you make good jewelry!” I’m pretty sure he thinks my job as a designer just involves playing with beads and crystals all day.

5. How do you balance the working-mom life?

I focus on quality over quantity. Working full time doesn’t leave too much time to connect with my kiddo during the week, but I make sure I am present when I am with him. That means putting away my phone and giving him my undivided attention, even when somedays that’s only for dinner and bath time.

6. What’s the most epic Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

The cards—it’s all about the cards! No gift is as good as knowing my kids (and husband!) appreciate all that I do as a mama.

7. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms in your life?

Love anything with gemstones! My faves right now are the new Triangle Chalcedony Ring and the Chalcedony Charm bracelet. Chalcedony is said to increase optimism and energy, which are two things every mama could use more of!

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/triangle-chalcedony-ring

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/chalcedony-charm-bracelet

GretchenMerchandising & Development Director

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

For me, it’s about learning from my kids. They teach me something every day, whether it be to laugh more, have more patience, be “in the moment” or just slow down. They bring out the best in me (most of the time!).

2. What’s one thing you want your kids to learn from you?

Respect and kindness! I just want to raise thoughtful, caring, loving kids.

3. What’s something you learned from your own mom that you want to pass down to your kiddos?

My mom had to work really hard to support my brother and I. She did a lot for us, all on her own. She definitely showed me the importance of working hard for what you want and need in life. I don’t think we should have to work as hard as she did to support us, but I value that she never quit and did what it took.

4. What do your kids think you do at work?

Pretty sure they think I string beads on bracelets and hand-make all the jewelry. That, and “do math” all day long.

5. How do you balance the working-mom life?

It ain’t easy! I give 110% at work, but when I’m done, I leave it at work and focus my attention on my kids and hubby. That doesn’t mean I don’t resume working when everyone’s asleep! 🙂 I don’t want my kids to ever think that they aren’t my #1 priority.

6. What’s the most epic Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

My kiddo’s preschool class made “potted flowers” using their hand prints and filled them with beans. A couple of years after that, the beans ended up dropping all over our back yard…and guess what grew? Beans!

7. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms in your life?

Do I have to pick just one?! OK, well… I would have to say the Jewelry Monthly Club, because it changes each month and has amazing jewelry pieces!

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/pura-vida-jewelry-club

Erin Goodman – Key Accounts Manager

Erin—who’s the sister to PV co-founder Paul Goodman—is one super-busy lady! When she’s not absolutely crushing it in her sales role, she’s taking care of an almost-1 year old (which is a full-time job in itself!). Fortunately, we were lucky enough to get a quick take on her favorite part of #momlife.

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

The best part of being a mom is the unconditional love we have for each other—the excitement on her face every time you enter the room and being able to watch her grow and develop every day.

2. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms in your life?

Definitely the gemstone bracelets! So special and chic.

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/charms

CC – Creative Director

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

All the kisses! Air kisses, cheek kisses, nose kisses…you name it. Right now, they come frequently and are often accompanied by unsolicited “Mom, I love you” statements that come so genuinely. I know it won’t last forever, so I’m soaking it all up right now. Oh, and seeing my boys hug, play and take care of each other…I know I did something right to make them actually get along!

2. What’s one thing you want your kids to learn from you?

How to be a good human being who people love and respect.

3. What’s something you learned from your own mom that you want to pass down to your kiddos?

I want my kids to learn about their culture. I’m trying to get my parents to only speak to them in Filipino so that they have some connection to their heritage and, in the long run, have a respect for the diversity in the world. Alas, that’s not working out so well aside from the few silly words I’ve taught my kids, but hey, we’ll keep trying. At least they’ve got the Spanish language dialed in!

4. What do your kids think you do at work?

“Do hard work on a computer…and eat cupcakes…and draw all day!”

5. How do you balance the working-mom life?

Still trying to figure that out… I was taught to work hard, so when I do, I get so zoned in and can see nothing but work. Thank goodness for the kids, as they then remind me to step away from the technology and play with the Legos, draw with them, read them a book or have a snack break (they love veggies—#momwin). But honestly, it takes a village. Much love to the husband, the parents and the friends who are a huge support system so that we can work hard to provide a decent life for our kids.

6. What’s the most epic Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

A little paper mache candle that my oldest son made for me in preschool.

7. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms
in your life?

I love fine jewelry, classic silhouettes and tiny details, so I’d have to say:

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/cuffs/products/wave-cuff

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/seed-beads/products/seed-bead-montauk

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/seed-beads/products/gold-chain-seed-bead

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/original/products/solid-coral

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

April 30, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re still looking for the right gift to get your mom – we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to check out our top picks of *NEW* PV goodies that will make the perfect gift for your mom this year!

FOR THE BANGLE LOVER

Our new Open Stone Cuffs are going to sparkle on the wrists of all the moms out there who can’t get enough of bangles. Whether she loves to stack multiple bracelets at one time, or keeps it simple with one, the stones on these new cuffs will add a touch of elegance to any outfit. Pick out her favorite stone, available in turquoise, moonstone, or chalcedony, and watch her face light up when opening up her gift this year!

Fun fact: Chalcedony promotes good will and absorbs negative energy.

FOR THE MOM WHO LOVES MATCHING SETS

Shop our new mini coin bracelet and necklace for the mom who loves matching her jewelry pieces! These two delicate pieces are available for both gold and silver lovers, and add the perfect touch of sparkle to an every day look.

FOR THE GEM STONE FANATIC

For the mom who loves to wear the traditional Pura Vida style, give her a gift that will add some sparkle and shine to her usual stacks! Our new stone charms, in rose quartz, aqua, chalcedony, or moonstone, are going to spice up any PV collection.

Fun fact: Moonstone carries a highly feminine energy that heals and helps relieve stress.

FOR EVERY MOM

No matter what type of jewelry your mom is into, our dainty Mother’s Day bracelet is the perfect gift to show your mom how much you love her. The simplistic elegance of rose quartz beads with the mini braided string is the perfect combination that can be worn alone or in a stack! Give your mom a gift that’s as beautiful as she is this Mother’s Day that will always remind her of your special bond!

Fun fact: Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love. It opens the heart to all kinds of love and promotes empathy.

Regardless of what style your mom is into, shop our new arrivals to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for her this year!

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9 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Everyday Products!

April 17, 2019 — by Kristy Ryan

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Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays.

No matter where you are, the environment around you is likely looking a little greener (hello, spring!), so what better time to check in with yourself and see how you can make your own life greener, too?!

We selected a few of our favorite strategies to make easy, eco-friendly swaps in your everyday life, and included some of our favorite products that are PV staff tested and approved!

So put on your favorite environmental charity bracelet—like the 1% for the Planet or For the Oceans bracelet—and keep reading to learn more about some of our best sustainable swaps! Plus, comment which environmental charity you’d like to see us partner with next to be entered into a giveaway to win ALL of the products listed!

1) Say no to plastic straws, and bring your own reusable straw instead!

According to one study, the US uses 500 million straws every day! The majority of these straws end up in landfills and in our oceans, where they often are mistaken for food by marine life. We highly recommend purchasing your own reusable straw to take with you when you go out to eat, or even just to use at home or the office! SeaStraws.co offers a great assortment of reusable straw options, including stainless steel, silicone and paper straws.

2) Ditch the plastic wrap in favor of sustainable beeswax wrap!

Leftovers make the best lunch the next day, but it can be challenging to find the right size storage container, and plastic wrap will just end up in a landfill. Using beeswax food storage wraps is a great way to keep your food fresh and secure, and the best part is that they’re reusable! Bee’s Wrap makes one of our favorite food wraps—how cute is this print!? They’re made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, and can easily be washed with cool water and mild dish soap.

3) Bring Your Own Water Bottle!

Refill stations are everywhere now, so it’s never been easier to hydrate on the go! There are tons of reusable water bottles available, in many different materials and sizes depending on your preference. We’re big fans of the Soma water bottles, which are from high-quality, shatter-resistant glass, with an easy grip protective sleeve. Soma is also a certified B Corp and is committed to sustainable business practices, including using post-consumer waste and recyclable materials!

4) Bring the beach to your kitchen with eco-friendly coconut bowls!

A kitchen swap thats cute *and* eco-friendly? Sign us up! We’re all familiar with the many benefits of coconut oil and coconut water, but what happens to the shells that these products are harvested from? Coconut Bowls discovered that 99% of shells are discarded as waste or burned, causing harm to the environment. They prevent this by working with small family farms to collect, clean and craft the shells into eco-friendly bowls. Perfect for acai bowls, right?!

5) Upgrade your beauty routine with organic and eco-friendly skin and hair products!

So many of the beauty products claim to be “natural” and “clean,” and it can be hard to know which products are truly good for you and the environment! We love Captain Blankenship’s collection of products made from organic and domestically grown ingredients whenever possible. They never use synthetic preservatives, parabens or sulfates, and only use recyclable and reusable glass packaging. We recommend the Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray for when you want to look fresh off the beach!

6) Protect your skin with reef safe sun care!

Summer is right around the corner, which means long days at the beach soaking up the sun! There are countless options of sunscreen available that will protect your skin, but some of the ingredients commonly found in many sunscreens—like oxybenzone and octinoxate—can have negative effects on coral reefs. MANDA makes effective (and organic!) sun creams and sun pastes that are not only coral reef safe, but also come in sustainable packaging!

7) Grow Your own herbs!

Save yourself a trip to the grocery store and grow your favorite herbs right at home! The best part is you can grow them right from your kitchen counter – no yard needed. Modern Sprout makes super cute indoor garden kits that you’ll want to display. We love the Garden Jars, which come equipped with everything you’ll need to start growing, just add water and sunshine!

8) BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug!

Our generation is always on the go, and that means we often need our food and drinks to go, too—especially coffee! Those plastic (or plastic-lined) cups our favorite lattes come in may be convenient, but they unfortunately have a big impact on our landfills. To help reduce the amount of cups ending up in our landfills and oceans, just bring your own mug! We love Hydroflask’s 12oz Insulated Coffee Mugs for an easy-to-transport mug that keeps our coffee hot for hours. Oh, and it’s BPA-free, too!

9) Look for clothes made from recycled materials!

Clothes are an essential part of everyday life. And if you’re like many of us, leggings are super essential, too! Girlfriend Collective makes some of our favorite leggings. They’re ultra-comfortable, come in tons of colors and the best part is they’re made from recycled water bottles! Each pair of Girlfriend leggings diverts 25 water bottles from landfills and saves 3.11 gallons of water!

Don’t forget to tell us which environmental charity or non-profit we should partner with below for a chance to win ALL of these amazing items, and a few surprise bracelets!

Giveaway is CLOSED! Thank you all for your amazing suggestions! 

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Pura Vida’s New HQ in La Jolla, CA!

March 19, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Pura Vida’s HQ has moved!

But don’t worry – we’re still in La Jolla! We’ve created a space that’s bigger, better, and the perfect destination for you to visit this summer.

Our brand new headquarters opens up to our new and improved store, where you can shop all of your Pura Vida must-haves, new arrivals, and some unreleased sneak peaks! Not only does the new PV HQ have all the bracelets, jewelry, and clutches that you need, but it’s extremely Insta-worthy due to our incredible Pura Vida mural – designed and painted by our very own graphic designer, Megan Wolfe. Don’t forget to snap a photo and grab yourself an exclusive sticker made of our mural too, which you’ll only find at the Pura Vida HQ!

Step outside of the store and into the work spaces of the creative minds of Pura Vida! You won’t find many concrete walls at the PV HQ – the exterior is strictly windows! Every desk has its own entrance to our wrap around balcony with incredible 180 degree ocean views of La Jolla Cove, Scripps Pier, and Blacks Beach.

Photos from all of our amazing #PuraVidaGoesGlobal adventures taken throughout the years are showcased throughout the office!

In the Pura Vida kitchen, you’ll find kombucha and nitro cold brew on tap to refuel the office during the day. During lunch, the PV team all comes together to hang out in the kitchen and common area to eat lunch, hang out, and challenge one another in a round of ping pong!  We pride ourselves in creating a space where everyone can gather and hang out to take a break from the regular work day.

For anyone having meetings, we have 3 areas for them to use! The Think Tank is our conference room, which is perfect for giving presentations through the TV or bigger meetings. Our 2 quiet rooms are not only beautiful, but well suited for smaller meetings, or when someone from the PV team needs to make a phone call and block out the noise.

Every desk in the office has incredible ocean views, but nothing can top our founders’ offices, with their wrap around sunset viewing and warm ocean breezes.

This is where all the behind the scenes of Pura Vida happens, and we can’t wait to see you here at the new store at our brand new PV HQ!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

February 1, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, who are you spending it with?! Whether a romantic date night or a Galentine’s night in is more your style, I have created the perfect gift guide to help you shop for whoever your Valentine may be!

for your girls

For the flower lover in your life, shop our new daisy collection.

The daisy collection is perfect for the free spirit who loves to collect flowers and gets excited about the little things in life. She’s the girl who loves small, dainty pieces, and gives off the best kind of energy. If this sounds like your Valentine, then she will fall in love with our daisy charm, daisy ring, and daisy choker!

 

For the adventurer, shop our Sierra collection.

If your Valentine is someone who is always spending her time outdoors, enjoys hiking, and loves to be one with nature and the wildflowers, then the Sierra collection is the perfect gift for her! The Sierra charm will always remind her of her favorite outdoor adventures, and the Sierra necklace and earring set will be her way of staying close to nature when she can’t be outside exploring it.

 

For the ocean lover, shop our wave collection.

Our wave collection is the perfect gift for your bohemian Valentine who spends her days at the beach, in the water and soaking up rays. The wave charms (in gold, silver, rose gold, and black), will show off her personality through the variety of string colors while staying in great condition due to its waterproof design. Help her add to her awesome jewelry collection with our wave charm, and she’ll love bringing a piece of the beach with her anywhere she goes.

 

for your guys

For the city guy, shop our Pura Vida cuffs.

If your Valentine is into trendy pieces and stacking on jewelry, then our Pura Vida cuff is the perfect gift for him! He’s the guy with rad street style and is always keeping up with the latest fashion trends. The simplicity of our PV cuff (in silver, gold, and black) is the perfect touch of jewelry for him without being too distracting. This cuff will be something that he loves and it will become a staple in his wardrobe!

 

For the surfer dude, shop our black wave charm.

Men’s jewelry is becoming more and more popular, which makes our black wave charm perfect for the man you’ll be calling your Valentine! If your guy is always heading to the beach, but also loves to wear simple bracelets, the black wave charm is perfect for him. Pair it with our black flat braided bracelet or our midnight thunder original (or both!) to gift him a stack he’ll love!

 

For everyone

For the charity supporter, shop our charity collection.

Our charity bracelets are the perfect thoughtful gift for those who love to give back. The animal lover in your life will be overjoyed knowing their new bracelet went towards a cause helping marine life (B.E.A.C.H. anklet), and the humanitarian will feel good knowing their bracelet is helping aid in breast cancer prevention (Boarding 4 Breast Cancer) or mental health awareness. Each charity bracelet donates 10% of net profits back to its corresponding charity, so give your Valentine the gift that just keeps giving – they will be thrilled to know they’re supporting a cause they love.

Shop any of the pieces in this gift guide and many others on our website to get the perfect gift for your Valentine! What are your Valentine’s Day plans this year? Let us know in the comments!

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8 Tips For Self Care

January 28, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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With the holidays long behind us, getting out of that vacay mode and back into a school/work routine can add to some unwanted stress and anxiety. So we encourage you to focus a little more on you (and treat yourself!) because sometimes you just need to be selfish and indulge in some self care. Read on to discover some of our favorite self care tips to help you unwind, relax, and let go of any stress.

 

1. Get Moving!

With that new gym membership you just got for the New Year, reap some benefits other than getting that summer bod! Exercising makes you happy through the release of endorphins, while reducing the likelihood of depression. If the gym isn’t for you, we suggest getting outside and paddle boarding, going on a walk, or going for a scenic bike ride. And for those days when exercising is definitely not happening, have a mini dance party in your room! Invite your friends over, blast your favorite songs, and dance the day away!

 

2. Indulge in Some Scent Therapy

Nothing beats coming home after an exhausting day, lighting a candle, and lying down. Really, is there anything better? Okay, maybe indulging in some ice cream, but scent therapy can have some amazing benefits! Lavender is known for calming the body, reducing stress, and easing that pesky anxiety. You can never go wrong with a stress reducing candle, but we always love a good DIY to mix with our store bought candles! If you’re feeling up for it, try out our lavender and rosemary air-freshener DIY to keep your room smelling fresh and help put your mind at ease.

 

3. Technology Detox

Consider destressing with a little technology detox every day. Now we don’t mean to throw out your phone and give it up completely, but try setting aside 30 minutes right when you wake up, after work, or before bed to enjoy life screen free. You’ll likely find yourself releasing some anxiety; you may even become more productive or find yourself connecting more with others.

 

4. Talk About It!

Sometimes the best way to let out all those anxious feelings is simply by opening up and sharing what’s on your mind. Whether you talk with a good friend, a family member, or join an online support group (like the one on the ADAA’s website), it’s so important to vent about your feelings and release all the stress you’ve been piling up. Don’t think your problems don’t matter. You are important and deserve to be heard, so scream it from the rooftops if you need to! Trust us, you’ll feel a lot better.

 

5. Create an at home Spa Day

When it comes to self care, don’t forget to treat yourself! Because let’s be real, it’s been a long week, you need to destress, and the spa sounds like the perfect solution. The only issue is that spas can be expensive, so here’s our solution: invite your girls over and bring the spa to you! Try out some fun DIYs, like our DIY pore strips or DIY sugar scrub (it smells incredible, you’ll want to use it every day). Make sure to set the mood and create a calming environment with your favorite scent, some relaxing spa music, and let your mind unwind and destress with your new spa DIYs.

 

6. Meditate

One of the simplest things you can do to help yourself reduce stress and anxiety is meditation! We understand how crazy life can get, between balancing work, a social life, and exercising (seriously, there’s not enough hours in the day), but we promise you’ll benefit from taking 10 minutes out of your day just to sit and meditate. We suggest using Headspace, an app built for meditation anytime and anywhere – so feel free to destress in the morning, during work, or even before bed.

 

7. Write it Down

Remember being little and writing down every little thing that happened in your diary? Writing and journaling can be a great way to destress and unwind from an anxiety filled day and allow your mind to ease. Whether serious writing or doodling is your forte, letting your mind wander and getting creative can be a great way to let go of built up stress! Even something as simple as writing down a list of to-dos or writing down things that didn’t completely go wrong during your hectic day can help. Draw, doodle, write a novel. Whatever way your mind sways creatively will be perfect for throwing that anxiety away.

 

8. Try Something New

We get so sucked into routines – wake up, go to work, work out, go to bed – sound familiar? Don’t forget to try something new! There’s something enticing about finding a new hobby, reading a brand new book, or discovering a new trail. Finding something that can break up your normal routine can be a new outlet to relieve your stress from the day and be a great coping mechanism from anxiety. You may meet new people or discover a new skill, so go try something new that will allow you to relax and unwind – you never know what may come from it!

 

 

Regardless of how you choose to practice self care remember to check in with yourself throughout the day and practice the self love you may be needing. Shop our brand new Anxiety Awareness Style Pack (below)! For every purchase, we’ll donate 10% back to the ADAA.

Do you have any other ways you like to destress? Comment your favorite ways to relax and unwind below.

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January Monthly Club Pack

January 24, 2019 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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The ocean inspired January pack is leaving us with allll the heart eyes. We can’t get enough of the blue hues and salty vibes. This stack is getting us that more excited for the sunny summer days. We took a trip down to the shore to catch the sunset and brought our Monthly Club pack with us! We haven’t taken it off yet. If you haven’t signed up to be part of the Club, what are you waiting for?! Sign up on the website today!

Are you more of a sunrise or sunset kinda person?

We love the golden light at this time of day!

Peace out sunshine! See ya in the morn.

How cute is the wave charm?!

Stay golden!

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12 Resolutions for a Green 2019

January 15, 2019 — by Kristy Ryan

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First thing’s first: Happy 2019, everyone!

While we’ve been super busy thinking about ways to better ourselves in the New Year (surf more! eat better!), we couldn’t forget about our resolutions to make our planet better, too. And just in case that’s on your mind, too, we came up with 12 simple strategies—one for each month—to make 2019 your greenest year yet. You can take our approach and choose one strategy to adopt each month, or go big and bold by starting all 12 ASAP!

 

January: Make your own non-toxic cleaning products

Have a big mess to manage after all the holiday chaos? Kick off the year by making your own non-toxic cleaning products instead of using the standard chemical-filled products. Click here to check out 10 all-natural and effective homemade cleaning solutions.

 

February: Watch your thermostat

In most places across the country, February can be downright chilly. But instead of cranking up the thermostat, try to keep your energy usage (and utility bills) low by only turning on the heat while you’re home. And while you’re at it, forego heat altogether by using your fireplace instead, or toss on an extra layer or two to fight off the cold. After all, what’s more romantic than cozying up by the fire?!

 

March: More veggies, less meat!

A study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that the production, processing and distribution of meat requires huge amounts of pesticides, fertilizer, fuel, feed and water, while also releasing greenhouse gases, manure and a range of toxic chemicals into our air and water. Yuck! That’s why cutting back on your meat consumption goes a long way toward helping the environment. Can’t go vegetarian? Opt for organic, pasture-raised and grass-fed meat and dairy products when possible, or try Meatless Mondays in March as an easy way to make an impact!

 

April: Clear the clutter

’Tis the season for spring cleaning! So this April, go the Marie Kondo route and get rid of excess items in your home and closet that you simply don’t love or use. Adopting a more minimalist lifestyle won’t just help your stress levels; it also reduces the amount of products you use that eventually end up in landfills!

 

May: Walk & bike more, drive less

As the weather starts warming up in May, try walking or biking to work at least once a week to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from your car. It’s not only better for you, but also for the environment!

 

June: Eat local

It’s officially farmer’s market season, and there’s no better place to find delicious and fresh local foods than at your local farmer’s market! You’ll not only help lower transportation emissions (since your food isn’t traveling quite so far), but you’ll also boost your local economy. Total win-win!

 

July: Use reef-friendly sunscreen

Hot July weather = sunshine, beach time and sunburns (bummer!). Although wearing sunscreen is vital for protecting your skin from the dangerous effects of the sun, many sunscreens contain ingredients that are damaging our ocean’s coral reefs. Luckily, there are great, reef-friendly alternatives, like this Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion from Sun Bum.

 

August: Save some water

While we love sunny August days, this time of year can often lead to hot, dry weather in many areas of the country, meaning the chances for a water shortage are much higher. Try your hand at conserving water by taking shorter showers, turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, and always waiting until you have a full load before using your washing machine or dishwasher.

 

September: Freeze food while it’s in season

As the weather starts to cool down in September, head to your local farmer’s market and stock up on all the fresh, local product while it’s still in season, then freeze it for the winter! New to freezing? No worries! Click here to learn how to properly store and freeze your food!

 

October: Opt for reusable mugs and straws

It’s October (aka pumpkin-everything season)! This year, try bringing your own reusable mug or straw when ordering your favorite drink. We promise your pumpkin spice latte will taste sooo much better knowing you saved another cup from ending up in a landfill!

 

November: Be mindful of food waste

Even though we have a habit of overindulging at Thanksgiving, there’s still a ton of excess food that gets thrown away each year. How much exactly? According to one study, about 204 million pounds of turkey can be thrown away over Thanksgiving. This is not only a huge waste of money, but also a waste of all the natural resources needed to get that turkey to the table. Another study estimates that the amount of discarded turkey requires more than 100 billion gallons of water—enough to supply New York City for 100 days! This year, try to plan your portions and leftovers accordingly to reduce the amount of waste.

 

December: Recycle your cards & wrapping paper

Sure, the holiday season can be hectic, but taking the time to recycle your cards, wrapping paper and Christmas trees can seriously reduce the amount of waste ending up in our landfills. Try purchasing plain wrapping paper instead of anything metallic or glittery so it can be recycled. Better yet, use old newspaper! Same goes for cards: Plain paper cards can easily be recycled, buy the shiny ones on photo paper or versions with metallic embossing have to be thrown away.

 

We love our planet, and are proud to do our part!

Do you have any other green resolutions for this year? If so, comment below! We’d love to hear them!

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Pumpkin Patch

October 30, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Is it actually Fall if you didn’t spend a chilly afternoon at a pumpkin patch picking your favorite ones? This is a tradition a lot of us make sure to check off the list every year. I love browsing through the endless rows looking for the perfect one to take home with me! It really get’s you in the Autumn mood when you grab your group of pals, family members or significant other and spend a day in the pumpkin patch!

Which kind of pumpkin do you usually go for?

Found the most perfect one for carving!

Feelin’ all the Halloween vibes. It’s one of my all time favorite holidays!

Say cheeeeese!

Picked my pumpkins and took some cute pics along the way. Now time to go home, make some hot cocoa and carve them!

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Central Park Picnic

October 9, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Started off the Fall season in the best way we knew how! We took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed off to have lunch in Central Park. It doesn’t get any more picture perfect than this! With all of our favorite snacks present and lots of lemonade, we enjoyed the company of one another! Tons of laughs, polaroids taken, and popcorn fights were had. What better way to spend a cool, crisp afternoon in New York City? I think we all agreed that there truly couldn’t have been a dreamier picnic. It was straight out of a story book! We even had other people stop by to take photos of the beautiful spread!

Time spent with friends is never wasted!

What snacks would you bring to your picnic?

Gotta snap a Polaroid or it didn’t happen. amiright?

Take a look at our spread! Name something prettier. I’ll wait…

These pretzels were HUGE! They were made for sharing. And so are laughs! We encourage you to get outside with your family and friends and enjoy the new season. Happy Fall!

photos: Jeff Isy, Bryce Miller + Chelsey Bishoff

In photos: Chelsey Bishoff, Hailey Miller, Stacie Elmer, Jasmin Manzano, Vanessa Skaggs

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3 Beginner Plants You Cannot Kill

August 13, 2018 — by Courtney Steeves

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With dorm season right around the corner, we wanted to share some of our favorite indoor plants with you. These plants are almost impossible to kill, making them perfect for your new space. Let’s get started!


Aloe

Water  – Every so often when the top inch of the soil is dry
Light – Locate in indirect light with medium brightness

JADE

Water  – Keep soil moist but not wet
Light – Locate in direct light

Devil’s Ivy / Epipremnum aureum

Water  – Every so often when the top inch of the soil is dry
Light – Locate in indirect light with medium brightness

What are your favorite indoor plants? Comment below!

 

 

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Farmer’s Market

July 3, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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A favorite summertime tradition of mine is running to my local farmer’s market to pick some fresh fruits and veggies to bake and cook with! It’s something I look forward to every year. As someone who loves the summer heat and all the yummy produce this season provides, what better way to spend my afternoon? Come along while I pick out a few favorites! What is your favorite snack to munch on in the summer?

I can’t resist all the beautiful plants. UGH. Impossible to pick! Do you like gardening?

Fresh cucumbers for my favorite cucumber tomato salad. Get the recipe right here!

Fresh, yummy, sweet peaches. Who else is a fan?!

Do you think I grabbed enough? 😉