Easy ways to be Eco Friendly!

Happy Earth Day everyone! I hope that you're having a great day.  I wanted to share some everyday things I do to try to use less energy and waste fewer things that if everyone did would make a really big impact.  This is an important subject matter so I thought I'd share some with you!

1 - Reusable bags - I like these for grocery shopping and these are great for the produce section so you aren't constantly getting those plastic bags.

2 - Recycle - Recycle all the plastic and glass you can.  I always try to clean things out and recycle them. 

3 - Donate your old clothes and items - I'm constantly dropping things off at Goodwill, if I can't use it I'm sure someone else can! 

4 - H&M drop off - H&M will donate your clothes for you and if you have items that have holes they will recycle them and turn them into new clothes! 

5 - Buying things that last longer - This helps to just reduce things overall, when you are buying less there is less of a demand and products being wasted.

6 - Shorter showers - Reducing your shower by 2 minutes saves about 40 gallons of water a week!

7 - Madewell Jeans - If you drop off old jeans at Madewell, no matter the brand they will recycle them and use them for housing installation! 

8 - Buying products that are responsibly sourced - I think this one speaks for itself.

9 - Combining trips - This waste less gas and makes things easier on you!

10 - Reusing Shopping bags - Don't throw these out! There are plenty of use for them, even if its just using them as trash bags. 

11 - Water bottles - Getting water bottles you can reuse really helps! When you buy plastic water bottles you actually cant reuse them much because the plastic breaks down and toxins can get into the water you're drinking. You can get this glass bottle for all your Starbucks runs and they will give money off your order! 

12 - Glass containers - Glass is better than plastic if you can swap them out anywhere! 

13 - Metal Straws - Straws actually create a lot of waste and metal straws can be used over and over.  I like these. 

14 - Waiting to replace items - I found myself replacing things too quickly and bottles were piling up on me.  It was wasteful and I need to wait until I'm truly running out! 

15 - Nature-friendly Beauty products - One reason I really like Love Beauty & Planet is that their products are naturally sourced but they also use less plastic.

16 - Meatless Monday - It takes 2,500 gallons of water to process 1 lb of meat.  Going meatless one day really makes an overall impact and its fun to try new recipes! 

17 - Turn your air 1 degree lower - This can save you on your energy bill and just uses less! In all reality, 1 degree shouldn't make too big of in a difference in what you feel but overall will have a bigger impact.

18 - Go a few hours without electricity a week - Its fun to get out and do different things or just even read a book.  But this makes a big impact and if you unplug things it helps to not have a constant low volume of electricity being used.

19 - Collect your food scraps - Find some way to compost this if possible! I will really cut down on waste and I know that farmer could use this or you can make really nutrient heavy soil! 

20 - Houseplants - Planting trees or just getting houseplants help to purify the air.

I like to try to walk to local places and support businesses that give back. There are really small changes we can all make without even affecting our every day that will make a big impact! What are some tips & tricks you have? I'd love to hear! Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Nashville Getaway

If you guys don't follow me on Instagram then you wouldn't know that Henry and I went to Nashville for a little getaway and it was great! We had an AMAZING Air BnB right next to music row (aka Taylor Swift).  We just tried out different food places and relaxed! It was such a nice break from every day and all the hustle before the holiday season.  So I'm here to share with you some photos and some of our favorite places! 

Food

Proper Bagel - These bagels were just Henry's dream, it was the coolest set up with tubs of cream cheese that looked like ice cream.  We could walk there and its right next to the Belmont University.  I HIGHLY recommend this place as a breakfast spot to go to while you're there. 

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Sprinkles - I just had to try out the famous cupcake atm. They have a store also which offers more but I just had to try it and it was delicious but expensive.  Just something I had to cross off my list you know! 

Soda Parlor - GUYS just don't have lunch or dinner one day and head here.  I'm sure that these milkshakes have enough calories to fill you for a week but its SO worth it.  It tasted even better than it looks if you can imagine,  I had the smores milkshake and Henry had the peanut butter one. 

Saint Anejo - Really anything is the gulch area is awesome! They had a lot of different restaurants like Adeles, Biscuit Love and Whiskey Kitchen but we were feeling Mexican and Saint Anejo's didn't disappoint.  Best tacos I've had in a very long time! 

Coffee Shops

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Barista Parlor - This place is a bloggers dream, it is huge with so much seating and cool coffee sections.  It was flipped from an old garage and you can tell. I just loved the vibe there with the music and everything that was going on.  I wish I could have gone several times. 

SteadFast Coffee - THIS WAS THE BEST COFFEE IVE EVER HAD! There I said it, it was so good.  And Henry said it was the best chai tea he's ever had too.  It's small so you gotta get there a little early if you want a spot.  But there is plenty of outdoor seating if the weather allows it. 

Frothy Monkey - This may not be the most buzzed about the location but some Nashville locals highly recommended this coffee shop and I've got to say it was pretty darn good and there are several locations. 

Activities

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Amelia's Truck - Ever since I have been a blogger I have wanted to check out Amelia's Truck.  ITs a cute flower truck that drives around Nashville and parks outside some local coffee shops.  You can either pick flowers that you want there or have them make a bouquet.  I did the latter because I trust them more and I just love my flowers. 

Percy Warner Park - This park is a great activity if you're looking to get out and go for a hike.  The smallest loop is 2 miles but its a beautiful trail in the trees, its quiet, everyone friendly and you may see a horse or two. 

Pinewood Social - If you research any Nashville blogger review, they will talk about pinewood social.  Its a really cool spot, with different sections that is like a coffee shop, then a restaurant, bar and bowling alley rolled all into one.  It's not near a lot but I think its work the trip out there to check out! We only had a cocktail and it was delicious! 

For Next Time 

Five Daughters Bakery - Featured on an episode of "Jessie & Eric" haha these donuts look gourmet and well worth the calories. 

Franklin Juice - For when I want to try to be healthy on vacation, this spot looks like a great place to get a juice or smoothie bowl! 

Bartaco -  These look like amazing tacos that I also want to try out #tacotuesday

PS -- If you're looking for all the cool murals in Nashville to get your photo taken at I found this blog post which gives you all the locations! 

Let me know below if you like these types of posts or any recommendations you have!

 

Greetabl Review

So this Christmas Season I did something a little different for my friends and I got them all Greetabl gift boxes for Christmas and I just loved it! I wanted to tell you all about it and give you guys a special code too where you can get money off! (If you can't wait the code is 'candidlykeri' for 15% off your first order) be sure to keep reading the pro's and con's I have found!

How Greetable Works: 

1. Pick your pattern! I LOVE this part, they have the cutest patterns, some are holiday related.  Like right now there's a lot of hearts for valentines day. Here is a picture of some of the patterns! 

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2.  Then you pick the gift inside.  The gifts range from candies to cute dishes, candles or lotion! There really was something for every one of my friends.  When you make the box too they let you know if there is extra room for confetti or another gift.  Heres how the gifts look, I also love looking up the different brands of these awesome gifts to and bookmarking them for myself! 

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3.  Then my favorite part.  You get to put in photos of you and your friends and a nice note.  This was a really fun part of it! I think my friends were surprised by the cute gift in the box but they loved the personalized touch to it. It links to your social media or you can upload photos so its super easy!

Okay so the important part, my thoughts!

Likes:

  • It was a super easy go-to for ALL of my friends, no matter what their interests are.

  • You could edit it after, this wasn't a pain which I was worried about

  • You can schedule your gifts so, for example, I made all of these when I had free time in November and scheduled them to be sent out for Christmas. I asked how this worked because I was worried they may run out of my product. But once you purchase it, they put the box together and then ship it on the 15th so it would get there in time for Christmas! I loved that I could make this early and then not have to worry about it.

Dislikes:

  • The gifts add up quickly, so purchasing for 6 different friends added up quick. But that's also how it is with the holidays.

  • The shipping is individual, which I sorta get but I wish there was a discount when you order multiple

My Recommendation:

This is the perfect gift for a long distance friends or a birthday present! It can add up when you have multiple people you are purchasing for. But I love this as a thinking of you gift.  They also have a set up of when you get an account you can input your friends birthdays.  They will send you a reminder to get them a gift in time and I loved this aspect of it! 

Don't forget when you check out to use 'candidlykeri' for 15% off! 

Let me know if you have used greetabl before and what your thoughts are! 

Giving Back for the Holidays!

So it's a pretty dumb idea 15 days before Christmas to decide to tackle decluttering your entire apartment. But that's exactly what I did ha.  We will be moving in the spring sometime and I really wanted to make sure we weren't packing up and moving things we didn't need and just throwing it out there. 

I got to thinking about the holiday's though and I decided I really wanted to declutter and donate a lot of the things I didn't need to people that did.  I think it's really important to remember the holidays are about giving back and helping those in need.  Not just focusing on presents. Of course, people in need, need things at all times but this just felt like good timing. So I wanted to share what I did and where I donated things! 

I pulled everything out  from my closet and looked at it thinking:

  • Would I really wear it again? 
  • Where would I wear it again?
  • Have I worn it in the past year and a half?
  • Does it fit well?
  • Do I feel confident in it?
  • If I was saving it for something special, would I just want to buy something new at that time? i.e. a dress as a wedding guest, when that time came around would I really just want to buy a new one?

If I couldn't say I KNEW I would wear it soon or it was a staple, I pitched it.  I try to get rid of things monthly. But I really deep cleaned this time.  Heres where things went:

Plato's Closet & Clothes Mentor: I did try to get some cash for my items, I may have gone to a few different stores but after the items that were left over, I donated.

I gave the rest to St Vicent Depauls or Goodwill. 

Kenzie Closets: This is a Cincinnati thing and I'm not sure if it's elsewhere but its a place that takes old prom dress (bridesmaid dresses) and gives it to girls who need prom dresses.

H&M: They take items that have stains, are ripped and things you can't really give elsewhere because they recycle them.  And you get 15% off a purchase, it's awesome!

TIP: If you leave a box in your closet and add things to in each month of items you no longer like, or no longer fit properly you add it.  And you can donate each month!

Here's where I went for other things:

SPCA: The animal shelter will take your old towels and blankets and use it in their kennels (I LOVED this idea). You could go to any old shelter

Best Buy: They recycle old electronics and get rid of wires properly!

Target: Trade-in electronics and they will give you a target gift card for old gift cards you don't use.  You may only get about 80% of the gift card but hey I got to target way more than the other places

Half Priced Books:  They give you money for books, magazines, cd's, tapes and vinyl.  And even if they can't give you money for it they properly recycle them.  (I gave all my textbooks here after college too that I couldn't sell back)  You can also look to Amazon for this, but I found that process too lengthy.

Women's Shelther: I gave make up I didnt use regularly to a womens shelter.  But first, I went through every item and ditched the things that were expried cause its really not great for yours kin.

I hope this post helped you if you ever want to declutter! Do you have any tips?!

Remember to recycle when you can!

Movie Marathon

So H LOVES movies, while I on the other live for TV shows. Cause why does it have it end?? Anyways, Im trying to watch more movies with him, so for fun we decided to start a list.  I came up with a list of 5 of my favorites movies I wanted him to watch and he came up with 5 of his own. We wanted to share out list with you! 

Keri's 5:

  1. Crazy Stupid Love - This is just an awesome romantic comedy with a twist at the end that keeps you hooked all movie.
  2. The Notebook - Henry's never seen this and he just has to.  Its such a good story that pulls at your heart strings and is a classic. 
  3. Hocus Pocus - One of my all time favorite movies.  I sorta dont like rewatching movies when I can predict the movie but this is one I will watch a few times during halloween! 
  4. Titanic - Again, how has he never seen this.  I haven't seen it in forever but Im really just trying to mark off some of the major romantic classics with my guy. 
  5. Homeward Bound - This movie makes me cry every time since I had a golden but its just a movie I grew up and watched with my dad. 

Henry's 5 (he had a lot to say, again, he loves movies):

Fight Club - To me, Fight Club is one of those movies that gets better the more you watch it. You begin to see details you missed in your first viewing, dialogue changes its meaning once you've seen the entire story, and characters motivations become more clear. To me its a different movie after you've seen it once and I can't think of another movie that does the same thing quite as well as Fight Club. It's also directed by one of my favorite directors David Fincher, who has such great cinematography and gives each scene such care into how its shown to the audience. I want Keri to watch this so she can experience such a unique film that delivers on so many levels.

Interstellar - Another one of my favorite directors, Christopher Nolan, has a lot of great films. I went back and forth on which one I wanted to pick to have Keri see. Inception is great, the Batman movies are fun, and Memento is a trip, but I decided to pick Interstellar for a few reasons. First, science fiction is my favorite genre, and the story of Interstellar is great science fiction. So much of it is based on real science that it gives the feeling that what you are watching is real. And with all the big set pieces of action and danger, the main drive is the story of a father trying to get home to his daughter which gives Interstellar such a strong emotional center. Second, the visual effects harken back to old sci fi movies from the 70s like Close Encounters and the original Star Wars movies. Interstellar uses models and practical effects instead of just leaning on CGI (computer generated imagery) to create its world. Its a small touch but something I feel is missing from the huge Hollywood blockbusters today. And third is the score. The music in Interstellar, composed by Hans Zimmer, is just epic and is something I would love Keri to hear while seeing an amazing story unfold. 

The Godfather - It's a classic! Some movies you just have to see once in your life and The Godfather is absolutely one of them. No question.

The Big Lebowski - This one was an easy choice for me. The Big Lebowski is one of my favorite comedies of all time. The writing is genius, the characters are unforgettable, and the jokes make me laugh every time. Its a weird movie for sure and its not for everyone, but thats why I picked this for Keri, to expose her to something outside of the normal comedy movie you see these days. Directed by the Coen brothers, this movie has some of the best dialogue I can think of and is a master class of character development and pacing. I know Keri would never pick this movie for herself so this is a must on my list.

Jurassic Park - For the last movie on my list I went with a Stephen Spielberg classic, Jurassic Park. I have this on my list for a few reasons; the visual effects created a movie revolution, the story is another great piece of science fiction, and its another one of those great movies everyone should see once. As a kid I remember seeing it for the first time and being blown away by seeing dinosaurs come to life in such a spectacular way. Its one of those movie memories I want to share with Keri. 

What's on your list?