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Low Waste Living – Weekly Grocery Haul in Brooklyn, NY

Please keep in mind that this is not everything we eat. I made a list of filler foods which will be made with what we already have in our kitchen. Food can be expensive, I hope this is helpful to someone who might be discouraging because they may not fit into a specific demographic.

I want to recognize that a sustainable lifestyle is not about perfection, it is about attempting our best with anything we have access to. When there are so many social issues to be aware of, it’s simple to get frustrated. So if we can be realistic and know we’re doing the best we can wherever we’re, that’s the most essential thing. I encourage you to keep going, even if your grocery purchases do have a minor impact on waste.

There are so many other places in our lives that we can build. I want us to be willing to remain passionate about the activity instead of being worried about stuff outside of our control. I can’t, and that’s OK because I try just to be mindful of my impact on the plant.

Read more here: Reducing Waste: What You Can Do https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-…

Let me know if you have any tips for a low-impact hack!

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Three Sustainability Kit Hacks that are in My Bag Right Now!

My thought process and intention for sharing this with you are to convey that you can be sustainable no matter your income. It only takes little steps to achieve less waste. For myself, I get the urge to buy something that seems to “Save the World,” but in truth, if you didn’t need it before, chances are you don’t need it now. There is also things around your home that you can use, and items you can buy that is under $10 that will help achieve less waste.

As you go through these photos, please remember that another way to help is by contacting companies or following companies that have a reputation for being wasteful. It cost almost nothing to send a photo to their DM or write to these companies. In the end, it’s about getting larger companies to stop their wasteful practices. They are the main culprits of plastic and other waste in our oceans and land.

I have three kits. One is for eating out, another for drinks, and one is for grocery shopping. Most of the items shown were repurpose from other uses or purchase for a small fee. I try my best not to buy plastic, but if it comes down to it, my kit will last me more uses than a single-use item. I feel it’s worth it, especially if your budget does not allow you to buy fancier items. It’s more about the statement that you can be sustainable without given into the companies requirements for consumption and to add a quiet protest to their pollution impact on the planet.

First Hack: Eating Out Kit

I found this satchel and thought it would work quite lovely for this kit. It gave it a new use and time. In it, it contains a tea towel, a collapsible silicone straw, and a spork.
The tea towel was getting old. I didn’t want to throw it away, so it became my on the go napkin or seat covering. It works well, and it is easy to clean. I have saved myself from using too many paper towels or asking for paper towels because I have this is always with me.
The spork was something I found in our local donation bin. Our building allows people who place useable but no longer needed items into a small area. I saw this and jumped right on it. I found I was in luck. The plastic is environmentally friendly and non-toxic to me as it is made with 100% recyclable and recycled material. I know it isn’t entirely eco-friendly but for a starter it, it’s a piece of gold. I will continue to use it until it has been worn out.
The collapsible straw I found on Amazon. It is made with safe plastic and very inexpensive. I struggled with this as I heavily rely on straws.
I have physical issues that make it hard for my head to go back to drink completely. This item works well, and it is easy to clean. It is contained in a case, so I don’t have to worry about leaks or getting it dirty. I love this straw very much.

Second Hack, My Drinking Kit

I love Mason Jars. I particularly like the blue jars. When they were on sale, I bought four. I use them every day to drink or to eat from the jars. They are fantastic for on the go person like me.

However, I have an issue with drinking. The lids are not friendly for drinking liquids. I certainly did not want to go out and buy different containers for all of my needs, for example, smoothies, ice coffee, soup, oats, and water. It was just easier to have it all in one. This is where I found my answer to my lid issues.
This lid is pretty amazing. I thought this type of product did not exist, but there is was, on Amazon, for less than eight dollars. I bought with the assumption that it may not work. However, it has proven me wrong. The seal is tight, and the mouthpiece stays closed. It is a real gem to have this as a convenience but also as being sustainable and practical that keeps me in my habit.
However, there is also the issue of condensation. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, your jar will sweat. It also can get scorching with soup and coffee. I realized very quickly but did not want to buy a sleeve. I thought about it. I remember that I keep my odd socks in a drawer. I do this because sometimes they show up. However, sometimes, they do not.
Some of my socks are too cute to recycle, so “ding!”
I repurpose my sock to be a sleeve and a mouth protector. It works well to control the dewiness and heat from the jar. It also works as a layer of protection in case the mouth opens in my bag.
If you don’t have a mason jar, you can always use a jar that you have at home. I would make sure that it is heat resistant, but this empty jar is an instant coffee container from Trader Joe’s, and it works well.
I have used it in the past, and it fits enough to get me through the day. It is also much lighter than my mason jar, so on days that I need to travel light, I will reach for this jar.

Third Hack: Grocery Shopping Tote

Living in NYC, having an extra tote in my bag almost seems intuitive. Plastic bags can get clunky and can be hard to move in the subways.

The most significant change happened a few years ago when I realized that I did not have to use plastic bags. I can use my tote. It has been a game-changer for me. I can fit more in my bag, and some stores offer discounts for bringing your bag. It’s pretty awesome.

The bag I currently use to do my shopping is a bag from H&M. It was on clearance and it only a $1. This seems to be the right tote for me. I have used it ever since. It is sturdy, but light and can carry a massive amount of food. I love it.
My produce bags came from Amazon. I got them for an excellent rate. It is the same brand that I have found in eco-friendly stores around the city but for a fraction of the price.
I couldn’t resist it. I use them every time I buy food.

I am taking steps to get to understand my impact on the planet. These three habits are available in my bag that are staples in my routine. For me, they are the easiest way to start. It takes a little creativity, but I bet that most people can find one low impact habit that does not cost money and can be reused, recycled, and reduce your waste.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. Please let me know some of the ways you worked into your life to reduce waste.

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Low-Key Week of Clothes

“Fashion fades, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint-Laurent

It’s winter in Brooklyn and unless you work in the fashion industry, you probably are not wearing your best clothes in fear of the snow, salt, and cold. My job is a little unique because I get to work from home or be outside walking (a lot). My fashion is pretty low-key both I thought it would be fun to share my week with you.

It’s winter in Brooklyn, and unless you work in the fashion industry, you probably are not wearing your best clothes in fear of the snow, salt, and cold. I want an outfit that is comfy, cozy and casual. My job is a little unique because I get to work from home or be outside walking (a lot). My fashion is pretty low-key both I thought it would be fun to share my week with you in clothes.

I don’t own very much in the way of clothes. I have a small wardrobe. I don’t need very much and I usually, wait for the season or things to worn. I guess this is an excellent way to see a low-key fashion minimalist style.

Let me know your style in the comments below:

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Day 5
Laundry Day mean Pajama Day!

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KEEPING YОUR DOG HЕАLTHУ DURІNG THЕ WINTER

This wіntеr, іt’ѕ tіmе to consider what you саn dо to kеер уоur dоg hеаlthу аnd wаrm during the lоng, соld wіntеr mоnthѕ hеrе In Brооklуn.

Sоmе dоgѕ have a very thісk соаt аnd саn аdарt during winter. Whаt реорlе nееd tо undеrѕtаnd іѕ thаt dіffеrеnt dоg brееdѕ come from different раrtѕ of thе wоrld. Sоmе brееd соmеѕ frоm a соld climate аnd thеrеfоrе hаvе a thісkеr аnd more extended layer and wіll dеfіnіtеlу аdарt durіng winter. Others come frоm warmer сlіmаtеѕ and have thіnnеr and ѕhоrtеr fur, thеrе іѕ аlѕо ѕоmе brееd that саn adapt tо bоth сlіmаtеѕ.

It is very іmроrtаnt thаt уоur dоg іѕ warm іn these соmіng mоnthѕ nоt оnlу fоr thеіr comfort but аlѕо fоr better hеаlth.

Hеrе are some essential tips аnd suggestions fоr a hеаlthу аnd hарру dоg this wіntеr:

Cоnѕіdеr Аdорtіng A Соld Wеаthеr Dog Brееd.

If you still dо nоt hаvе a dog аnd live іn Brооklуn, соnѕіdеr rаіѕіng a cold wеаthеr dоg brееd thаt саn hаndlе аnd enjoy cold weather. Siberian Huѕkіеѕ, Alaska Mаlаmutеѕ, and сhоw-сhоwѕ аrе еxсеllеnt dоgѕ fоr the cold climate.

House Your Dоg Indoors.

Althоugh you саn kеер your dоg оutdооrѕ іn nice weather, уоu may not wаnt to dо it whеn it іѕ соld. Kееріng, a dog, іnѕіdе thе hоuѕе іѕ thе best wау to keep іt wаrm іn thе wіntеr.

Dоg Ѕwеаtеrѕ Аnd Jасkеtѕ.

As реt оwnеrѕ, уоu hаvе tо be rеѕроnѕіblе fоr ѕаtіѕfуіng уоur pet’s vіtаl needs tо keep thеm hеаlthу еvеrу dау. Yоu do not juѕt buу ѕwеаtеrѕ аnd соаtѕ to make an fаѕhіоn statement аnd mаkе your реt cute bесаuѕе thеу look nісе еvеn wіthоut clothes. But it’s always a good іdеа tо wеаr your реt сlоthеѕ bесаuѕе it’s an excellent wау tо ѕhоw hоw much уоu lоvе thеm. Thuѕ, during соld seasons, оnе оf thе іtеmѕ уоur реt nееdѕ іѕ a ѕmаll dog сlоthіng to gіvе them thе еxtrа warmth аnd соmfоrt essentially.

If you have a little fury, lіkе Chіhuаhuа, you wіll not hаvе a рrоblеm fіndіng Chіhuаhuа сlоthеѕ bесаuѕе thеу аrе wіdеlу аvаіlаblе online for grеаt рrіzеѕ. Clothing is vеrу essential fоr your ѕmаll реt bесаuѕе іt will рrеvеnt them from саtсhіng соldѕ аnd оthеr tуреѕ оf іllnеѕѕ. Mоѕt реорlе fіnd the winter unbearable wіth thіn сlоthіng, hоw muсh mоrе оur lіttlе реt.

Invest Іn A Ѕuіtаblе Оutdооr Housing.

If your dоg nееdѕ to bе out оf rеасh, mаkе sure thеrе аrе enough ѕhеltеrѕ. Consider gеttіng an nісе hоuѕіng wіth іnѕulаtіоn, ѕlореd rооf, and possibly a hеаtеr (mаkе sure thе hеаtеr is 100% safe and designed fоr outdoor uѕе).

Iсе аnd snow thаt can cover уоur dоg’ѕ stomach, lеgѕ, and раwѕ can соntаіn salt, аntіfrееzе оr оthеr potentially hаzаrdоuѕ chemicals thаt уоur dоg саn swallow when lісkіng thе thighs аnd lеgѕ. Alwауѕ сlеаn оr wаѕh their раwѕ, lеgѕ, аnd ѕtоmасh of уоur dоg whеn you rеturn from a long walk. If you hаvе a dog whо has fur thаt асtѕ аѕ аn ісе mаgnеt, spray hіѕ fur with Pаm. This nоn-ѕtісk cooking ѕрrау wіll coat your dоg’ѕ hаіr ѕо thаt ice аnd ѕnоw wіll ѕlіdе rіght оff, аnd іt рrеvеntѕ ісе crystals from tangling uр a long coat.

Although іt іѕ tеmрtіng to ѕhаvе the dоg in оrdеr to rеduсе thе mеѕѕ thаt уоu nееd tо clean whеn уоu return frоm a wіntеr walk, dоn’t do іt. If you ѕhаvе your dоg down tо thе skin durіng wіntеr, the аbіlіtу tо rеtаіn hіѕ соrе temperature whеn оutѕіdе іѕ reduced, еvеn іf іt is соvеrеd wіth a соаt.

Kеер thе dog wаrm, bу рlасіng a ѕоft bеd an fеw іnсhеѕ аbоvе thе соld floor.

Mаkе Sure Your Pet Eat Еnоugh Fооd.

Some dоgѕ burn more calories during thе winter while trying to warm up. They may feel hungry, ѕо fееd thеm an lіttlе mоrе during wіntеr, if it ѕееmѕ nесеѕѕаrу.

Remember Tо Give Him Аttеntіоn.

Nо mоrе warming the dog thаn a саrеful, playful and careful owner. Mаkе ѕurе уоu dо nоt fоrgеt уоur реt whеn уоu рut her оutѕіdе аnd lеt hіm ѕtау іnѕіdе whеn іt’ѕ very соld.

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Sunday in Dumbo in Pictures

Today is a very nice day. It’s a contrast to what last weeks frigid temperatures did to my body. I am still thawing out from the ice bone chill. I decided to take some photos. I hope you enjoy them.

Dumbo is near the Hudson River in Brooklyn, NY.

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I don’t want to deal

This blog is just a free following piece about my day and feelings. I am sure it will be riddled with a ton of grammar mistakes, but that is my natural state of being. I am completely imperfect.

It’s a cold day in Brooklyn. I do not want to go outdoors but I must as my job is to be there. Most of the time I do not mind it, but today, it just seems unmeasurable in torture.

My daughter is sick, and I feel I should be here for her. I don’t see her enough and here I go, leaving her when she needs me. I worry that my actions will mess her up somehow, but I try not to think of it. I have to work. I have to provide support to her and my family.

I always worry that I am never good enough. I am also self-absorbed and stuck in my head. I keep wondering of what could be instead of what is now. I try to think of ways to be more present, but sometimes I fail. I am just not ready to deal.

It is cold out today, and I don’t want to deal. I would rather be indoors and help my child heal.

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Raspberry Coconut Macaroons

These raspberry coconut macaroons are something I make to remind me of a warmer sunny day. It is a cold day in Brooklyn, and I rather be indoors. Sometimes, my anxiety can be raised if I sit too long, so to keep myself occupied, I love to try recipes from the ingredients that I already have in my home.

I am pretty sure you can add any berry or no berries to the cookie. You can also but vegan ingredients if you aren’t into dairy products. Either way, when you take a bite, hopefully, it will give you that warm and cozy vibe of a summertime night.

Wet Ingredients:
4 large egg whites
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients
4 and 3/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Prepare by lining two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Do not put your dough in until the oven is at 325°F
  4. For about 2 minutes, in a large bowl using a mixer with paddle accessory, whipped the sugar, egg whites, and vanilla together egg whites, sugar, and vanilla together on medium to high speed until frothy and the sugar dissolved.
  5. Then add in the shredded coconut gradually, making sure the coconut is evenly moistened.
  6. The batter will be moist and gluey.
  7. Cover the mixture tightly with plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerator for 30 minutes. This will allow the coconut to become moist.
  8. Meanwhile, pat your raspberries dry with a paper towel or cloth. You don’t want them too wet.
  9. Once the 30 minutes are over, unwrap the dough and fold in the raspberries into the coconut batter.
  10. Scoop 2 Tablespoons of the batter and place in on the prepared baking sheet it should be about 2 inches apart. Make sure the mounds are very dense but round.
  11. Bake for about 20 minutes until the cookie is lightly golden brown.
  12. Allow the cookies to cool thoroughly on the baking sheets before eating.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and stay warm (or cool in you are in the summer season) today.

You are pretty awesome for reading this, so thank you!

Let me know if you have any recommendations for recipes or questions below.

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