Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie
Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie

Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie in Minutes!

Summer has me craving a few things: Cool water to dip my toes in, big shades to cover my eyes, and a delicious piña colada to sip on in peace. I might not be able to get you the first two, but I can absolutely teach you how to have the third in the healthiest way possible!

All you need to make an epic Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie is a few key ingredients: Pineapple, Banana,  A can of coconut milk, Non-dairy milk, Desiccated coconut and a handful of ice. If you have some pineapple juice hanging around, you can also sub that out for the milk. Got it all? Well, let’s get started!

Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie

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In search of a High Speed Blender to make all your pancake/smoothie/dessert dreams come true? Here are our top 3 picks:

Our Current Blender: The Vitamix Explorian Blender
  • It took me 3 years to choose this blender haha. I’m not even joking. I was so afraid of the price. So, instead, I purchased two other blenders in those 3 years that, low and behold, BROKE. The plant based lifestyle will wreak havoc on most blenders so you must choose a high quality one with a WARRANTY. The Explorian is one of the most inexpensive vitamix options but it still works great. I use it multiple times a day, every single day, and all of the recipes are from this beauty! Check out deals around Black Friday – you can usually snag one of these for under 200USD. For my European followers: Get ready to pay MORE than North America. I’m not sure why, but vitamix in Europe is double the price (which is actually more than double because we pay in euros/pounds/etc).
Vitamix Blender
Blendtec Classic Fit Blender
  • I have never owned a Blendtec, but I did live with someone who had one and it was pretty amazing. Never understood why it didn’t come with a tamper (?) but it does work beautifully. I am pretty biased with my years of experience with the vitamix over the Blendtec, but the price point is fantastic and there are TONS of videos out there comparing the two.
Blendtec
Nutri Ninja
  • I had a Ninja blender for years and years before I found the plant based lifestyle (or it found me). Prior to going plant based, I loved to make smoothies on a daily basis (still do today!). However, my smoothies were much *kinder* to the blender than today. While having owned both, I could just (and never would) compare a Ninja to a Vitamix – the difference is staggering. However, if you are just looking to blend up some oats, make light smoothies, or create epic dressings? Then go ahead and choose this one!
Ninja Bullet

What you will need for this Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie:

Ingredients Required:

Pineapple

1 peeled and frozen banana

Can of Coconut Milk

Desiccated Coconut

Non-dairy Milk or Pineapple Juice

Ice cubes

Fun Options to Add In!

1 juicy orange, peeled and sectioned

1-2 medjool dates, if you want it sweeter

1/3 cup of white rum – if it’s 5 o’clock somewhere and the kids are with grandma haha

Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie

Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie

This is a summer must have treat for breakfast, snacks or dessert!
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Course: smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: summer drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 322kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Pineapple diced
  • 1 Banana Peeled and Frozen
  • 1 tbsp Desiccated Coconut More as you wish
  • 1/2 cup Canned Coconut Milk Well Shaken
  • 1 cup Non-dairy Milk Or Pineapple Juice
  • Handful Ice Cubes

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth!

Notes

**Pineapple Juice is the traditional way to make a piña colada. I have made this recipe with non-dairy milk and coconut water and each one turned out delicious.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 573IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 2mg
Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie

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Vegan Blender Pancakes
5-Minute Vegan Blender Pancakes (No Oil/WFPB)

Vegan Blender Pancakes in just 5 Minutes!

Tired of eating oatmeal every morning? Why not turn your oats into delicious (and nutritious) Vegan Blender Pancakes instead?!

It really is this simple. You just need to add two extra ingredients: Baking powder and sea salt. The baking powder will turn the blended mixture into a fluffy pancake that you can then pair with sliced banana, maple syrup, and crushed nuts for an epic breakfast. Woohoo!

Vegan Blender Pancakes

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In search of a High Speed Blender to make all your pancake/smoothie/dessert dreams come true? Here are our top 3 picks:

Our Current Blender: The Vitamix Explorian Blender

  • It took me 3 years to choose this blender haha. I’m not even joking. I was so afraid of the price. So, instead, I purchased two other blenders in those 3 years that, low and behold, BROKE. The plant based lifestyle will wreak havoc on most blenders so you must choose a high quality one with a WARRANTY. The Explorian is one of the most inexpensive vitamix options but it still works great. I use it multiple times a day, every single day, and all of the recipes are from this beauty! Check out deals around Black Friday – you can usually snag one of these for under 200USD. For my European followers: Get ready to pay MORE than North America. I’m not sure why, but vitamix in Europe is double the price (which is actually more than double because we pay in euros/pounds/etc).
Vitamix Blender

Blendtec Classic Fit Blender

  • I have never owned a Blendtec, but I did live with someone who had one and it was pretty amazing. Never understood why it didn’t come with a tamper (?) but it does work beautifully. I am pretty biased with my years of experience with the vitamix over the Blendtec, but the price point is fantastic and there are TONS of videos out there comparing the two.
Blendtec

Nutri Ninja

  • I had a Ninja blender for years and years before I found the plant based lifestyle (or it found me). Prior to going plant based, I loved to make smoothies on a daily basis (still do today!). However, my smoothies were much *kinder* to the blender than today. While having owned both, I could just (and never would) compare a Ninja to a Vitamix – the difference is staggering. However, if you are just looking to blend up some oats, make light smoothies, or create epic dressings? Then go ahead and choose this one!
Ninja Bullet

What you will need for these Vegan Blender Pancakes:

Ingredients Required:

Non-dairy Milk (I used an organic vanilla soy)

Rolled Oats (I chose to use GF Organic)

Peanut Butter (All Natural)

Chia Seeds

Baking Powder

Sea Salt

Fun Options to Add In!

Maple Syrup

Banana

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Chocolate Chips

Crushed Nuts

Vegan Blender Pancakes

5-Minute Vegan Blender Pancakes

This is one of my all-time favorite pancake recipes. The kids love, I love it, and it's super filling, nutritious, and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, Budget Friendly, kid approved
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 273kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Non-Dairy Milk I used organic vanilla soy milk
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 banana ripe
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter Any nut/seed butter will do. Well stirred.
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch sea salt

Options

Instructions

  • Prep and heat your skillet to medium-high heat.
  • Add the rolled oats to the blender and blend until a flour is formed. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. If needed, add a splash more of the non-dairy milk.
  • Test your skillet. Place a drop of water in the skillet. If it sizzles, you are ready to make some pancakes! Bring the heat slightly down (Still above medium but not so high).
  • Pour 1/4-1/2 cup of the mixture into the skillet. If using chocolate chips, add those now - just sprinkle them over. After 3 minutes (you will start to see some bubbles), flip and heat on the other side for 2 extra minutes. Repeat.
  • Serve with maple syrup, sliced banana, and crushed nuts if you wish. Enjoy!

Notes

*Please be cautious of the temperature and time for the pancakes. Some skillets heat quicker than others, and some require different temperatures for the perfect pancakes. Lower the heat if needed.
**Any nut/seed butter will do.
***No additional sugar is added to the pancake recipe for personal preference. If you wish to add maple syrup or brown sugar, I would opt for 1/4 cup. 

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 555mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 367IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 3mg

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Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

  • The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love. Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.
Compostable Parchment Paper

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

  • Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.
Plant based wax wraps

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

  • Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!
glass Tupperware
Vegan Blender Pancakes

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Vegan Watermelon Pizza
Vegan Watermelon Pizza

Summer Lovin’ Vegan Watermelon Pizza

Looking for a super simple yet delicious lunch and/or dinner recipe that comes together in under 20 minutes?! Then look no further! These one tray healthy vegan tacos are always a hit in our vegan kitchen. The kids love them with lots of avocado and corn, and Martin loves them all of the fixings: guacamole, salsa, and jalapeños!

As for me, I love these tacos exactly as written with a good handful of chopped cilantro from the garden. Is there anything better than adding fresh herbs from your very own garden? I promise…it makes every meal just a bit more special.

Vegan Watermelon Pizza

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What you will need for these Coconut and Lime Energy Balls:

Vegan Watermelon Pizza

Ingredients Required:

Watermelon

Non-dairy Yogurt

Blueberries

Raspberries

Desiccated Coconut

vegan watermelon pizza

Summer Lovin' Watermelon Pizza

This is the perfect summer treat for picnics, birthday parties, or just a chill day at home!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Budget Friendly, family friendly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 179kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Watermelon
  • 1 cup non-dairy yogurt I opted for kite hill
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut

Instructions

  • The key is to properly slice the watermelon. I like to slice off the end on both sides of the watermelon and then, carefully, slice the watermelon into 2 inch thick slices. From there, you should have a sort of pizza shape circle/oval (all depends on your watermelon!). Lay it flat and slice the watermelon into large triangles.
  • Keep the traingles connected and add a nice layer of the non-dairy yogurt. Top with blueberries, raspberries, and a sprinkle of desiccated coconut.
  • Repeat until the entire watermelon is used up. You can also up to simply slice the watermelon into bite sized cubes and toss in the yogurt. Top this with the berries and coconut for an easy to eat snack for younger children (they may find it difficult to eat too large pieces of the watermelon pizza). Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 2568IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

Looking to lower your waste while prepping? Check these out!

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

  • Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.
Plant based wax wraps

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

  • Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!
glass Tupperware

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Minimalist Packing Guide
Minimalist Packing Guide for a 7-Day Vacation (Ethical, Low-Waste, and Sustainable)

What did I pack for my 7-day family vacation to Tuscany and Lago di Garda? Here is my Minimalist Packing list!

Mother and Son walking through Tuscany

Our family just came back from a magical 7-day vacation in Tuscany and we are already dying to go back. This was one of those holidays where everything just went right. A few days before we were to head out on a camping trip (also fun, of course), our friend called us to let us know that his apartment in Tuscany was available and that we could stay for free. Gasp. Are you serious?!

We had no idea what we were getting into when we hit the road. We had yet to see any photos of the place and neither of us know enough about Tuscany to have any clue as to where the house was. 5 hours later and we were (or so we thought) in the middle of nowhere and driving up a very rough road. It was so rough that I had to get out of the car and push rocks left and right so that our very low car would not get stuck on this extremely steep hill. The boys were ecstatic to see that a tractor was parked in the field and while we were singing along to the “tractor song” (thanks, Blippi), we saw about 200 gorgeous sheep being escorted by 3 magical dogs. I swear….it was straight out of a movie.

We pulled up to a huge shrub of greenery, a hand made football field, and a shed that looked like it had just been destroyed by a storm (turns out, the storm destroyed way more than that quite recently). To my right a saw a quaint little archway that was covered in purple flowers. The entrance to our home for the week.

minimalist packing

We all unbuckled our seat belts and walked slowly towards the purple flowers. As we inched nearer, we saw what was the most magical scene: A traditional Tuscan home in the middle of a farm. No bells and whistles, no commercial property, no modern anything….just….a house that fairy tales are made in.

We walked around the entirety of the house: huge ceramic pots lined the entire property and were full of gorgeous flowers and plants. 3 little cats came to say hello, a bunny bounced by us, 4 massive lizards crawled over our heads, and a very spunky mixed itty-bitty dog came over to sniff us out. Turns out, this little dog lets the families know if the wolves are near. He came in handy on our last night!

The family who resides upstairs was not home but our apartment had a key just hanging there…right in the key holder. This made me smile…and laugh…and take a deep breath. Trust. You don’t see this much anymore.

Minimalist Packing

I took one photo of the house….on our third night when I realised that I had yet to capture the home. Its not a perfect photo, but I love it. It just speaks for itself. No TV, no radio….nothing but our own singing, our own chatting, and lots of laughter. Each night we sat outside and played board games and card games. Each morning the boys ran outside to the garden and rode their bikes all over the farm and chased the kitties with their little “I FOUND YOU!!” screams. Each afternoon we headed to the sea and played in the sand for hours and hours on end. We hit the same gelato shop at siesta time for our mango and strawberry sorbet and shots of espresso. We piled up in the same bed at night and read the 2 same books over and over again until our littles ones drifted off to dream land. Tip toe and tip toe….we opened a bottle of wine and talked. Laughing at random sounds, running inside when the dog shouted “wolves”, and passing out each night in each others arms.

This was the perfect holiday.

Mother and Son in Sunflower Field

Minimalist Packing: The Toiletries

minimalist packing
  1. Pit Liquor Deodorant: Martin and I are obsessed with this entire company. This scent is whiskey vanilla which I love and Martin loves the coconut rum. They come in spray bottles and roller bottles. They are glass so be careful! (Use code WONDERMAMAS15 for a discount!)
  2. Jojoba oil: I pick up my jojoba oil from our local farmers market. I add 12 drops of frankincense and 12 drops of lavender essential oils to each bottle before using. This is my face cleanser and face moisturiser all in one!
  3. My bamboo toothbrush. I packed 4, of course, but for photo sake you just see one.
  4. This is my favorite hair brush (I own one hair brush and one comb from this company, Tek Hair brushes).
  5. Plaine Products Shampoo & Conditioner: I do not mess around with my hair anymore and shampoo/conditoner bars. My hair is way too wavy, course, and latin to mess around anymore haha. I nearly destroyed it with the bars. So, I found this amazing company that has a vegan, natural, refillable, and super wavy/curly hair friendly line that keeps my strands hydrated and happy. I would say it resembled the Aveda shampoo line that I was addicted to for years and years before making the switch! If you want to give them a go, you can use the discount code: WonderMamas20. P.s. they do have travel sized ones but with sand and sea water, I knew I had to bring the big ones haha.
  6. Bandana: This bandana is about 5 years old and I do believe it came from H&M. Probably the only thing that ever lasted this long from that store haha. I use this when I wash my face, when I need a hair band, when I need a head band, etc.
  7. Bandaids. Because….kids.
  8. Georganics crush and brush toothpaste tablets. All you do is pop one tablet in your mouth and begin brushing with a wet toothbrush. Bam – you are set.
  9. Eyelash curler and 100% pure lipstick: I use the lipstick as an impromptu blush as well. This is as far as I go with makeup in the Tuscan heat.
  10. Tweezers: You all know that I only wax (no razor comes near my body) and tweezers are great for holidays for random clean up jobs.
  11. Body wash and shampoo bar: This is all my kids and Martin need. We all share the body wash bar!
  12. Lavera SPF 50 sunscreen: This is made for babies but I love it. It works great and this company is all around amazing. Heads up though: this sunscreen is WHITE. We all look like casper the ghost when we wear it.
  13. Washable and reusable face wipes: These wipes come with this little bag. Once the wipes are dirty, toss in the bag. When the bag is full, simply toss into the wash and start over again. These work great for oil cleansing.
  14. This spray bottle is my homemade bug spray made with lemongrass eucalyptus oil, geranium oil, and cedar wood oil.
  15. The two roller bottles: One has a sleepy roller blend and the other is just a first aid cleaning alcohol that is super handy when the boys get a minor scrape. Just roll this over their cut/scrape and add the bandaid! Genius.
  16. Wash Cloth: This wash cloth is made of jungle vine and comes from A Million Elephants. Made in Laos, this company is one of my all-time favourites for eco friendly and long lasting products. I also packed along their jungle vine produce bag and wallet!

Minimalist Packing: My Choice of Clothes

minimalist packing
  1. White Linen Long Sleeve Button Up by Sundays Designs: I love this linen button up top because it can be worn on its own over a swim suit, tucked into shorts or tied as a cute crop with a Sarong or skirt. I wore this nearly every day on the trip to protect myself from the sun!
  2. Organic Basics Tencel Tank Top: This is one of my all time favorite tanks and I own it in three colors. This looks great with the Patagonia hiking shorts, the linen skirt, and just as is with the panties. It is softer than anything else in my closet!

  1. Linen Button Up Skirt by Sundays Designs: This link is no longer available but any button up skirt will do (or skip all together for a sarong). I wore this a few times for dinner and walking around the amazing Tuscany village.
  2. Encircled 8 Ways to Wear It Chrysalis Cardi: This is supposed to be able to be worn 8 times but I have found out how to wear it 10 ways! I love to use this as a strapless dress and a skirt (not shown on the site, but super easy to make it happen). This is a capsule wardrobe must have.

5. Athletic Shorts: Any will do. I actually never wore these but I still think they are a smart addition in case you want to work out or go for a bike ride! It was just too hot for any of that haha.

6. Patagonia High Rise Wrinkle Free Shorts: These are my all time favorite shorts. I ordered these during a huge sale last year and I am just in love. They always look good, sit beautifully on my waist, and are extremely comfortable. 

7. Kindomshop Dress (This specific one is now gone but there are plenty of options here): I love every single dress from this shop. Just gorgeous and oh so sustainable.

8. Tet Swimwear Jacqueline One Piece Reversible Swim Suit: One side is a beautiful striped color and the reverse is a very cool green. Love this swimsuit! I used this as a body suit as well and paired it with the patagonia shorts for walking around the town. Paired below with my favorite robe by Luks linen!

luks linen robe

9. Striped Bikini gifted from a friend (she ordered the wrong size): I love this swimsuit but low and behold, it only held up for about 5 swims before losing all its color and turning into crap (another big reason why we only shop from sustainable brands). I’ll still keep it but gosh….this just reminded me how much we all need to shop with better brands.

10. Two sarongs: One short (very old from my closet) and one long from Nomads Clothing UK: I live in sarongs all year round. I wore both of these every single day and I usually sleep in the longer sarong by Nomads Clothing UK. 

11. Two Bralettes: One from Organic basics in tan and one from Hara the Label in green

hara the label

12. One Sports bra from Indigo Luna: The comfiest sports bra in the world in my opinion (I have tried hundreds in my life). Recommended by breast feeding moms everywhere!

13. Four Panties from Organic Basics, Bhumi Organic and Hara the Label

14. Two sets of earrings: From our local fair trade shop in town.

15. Not shown: I also packed two of my Wuka period panties just in case my period came on holidays. Good thinking because it hit two days before we left! I love my period panties…they make periods comfortable.

Minimalist Packing: The Bag

pakt bags

We have had the pakt bag for well over a year now and it’s my go to for pretty much any adventure including this trip to Tuscany. They also have a very cool back pack that works just like a carry on suit case if you are more of a back pack person!

All of my clothes from above, rolled, and my toiletries fit perfectly into this bag. I also packed along my laptop, charger, documents, my book, and camera supplies. Everything fit beautifully and unpacking is always a breeze. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a duffel/backpack suitcase option!

p.s. This works as a brilliant diaper bag as well. It fit all my cloth diapers and the gear needed for our 24 hour travel trip to the states. Just unbeatable.

minimalist packing

Welp, that’s all I got for you today! I hope this helps you on your own sustainable, ethical, minimalist, and/or eco-friendly journey. As always, thanks so much for taking the time to visit our little site and thank you so much for all of the support. This post contains a few affiliate links from which we will receive a small percentage of commission. By clicking on the links and purchasing through our links, you help to keep this site alive! Yay!

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Vegan White Bean Basil Dip
Vegan White Bean Basil Dip

Vegan White Bean Basil Dip

Our garden is STOCKED with fresh basil and fresh parsley and I have been having a blast whipping up new and exciting dips for the boys and I to enjoy! This one is packed with basil, white beans, lemon and garlic. How delicious does that sound?

I love using cannellini beans for this specific dip because they are so moist and lovely to blend, but you can also use garbanzo beans and great northern white beans. My recommendation is to cook the garbanzo beans at home for dips because you have the full power to cook them a bit longer to soften them up a bit more! I love to use my instant pot and I will soak them first and then pressure cook them for 12 minutes. Once finished, they are at the perfect tenderness to blend into a delicious oil-free dip.

Tahini is optional but I do recommend using at least a tbsp of it. I love the earthy taste of tahini, so I will usually add more as the processor is mixing the dip together. It is all up to you!

Vegan White Bean Basil Dip

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In search of a Food Processor to make all of your vegan dip dreams come true? Here are our top 3 picks:

Our Current Processor: The Magimix

  • Now, listen. I LOVE my food processor. But I did not purchase this until I was already a recipe creator for 3 years and, in those three years, I saved up a heck of a lot of pennies. Once my original food processor died (you will see it below!), I decided to upgrade to this absolutely magnificent machine. Is this necessary for your kitchen? Probably not. BUT, if you are serious about creating recipes and have the budget, this is one that cannot be beat. P.s this has a THIRTY year warranty.
Magimix Food Processor

The Cuisinart 14-cup Food Processor

  • Brushed stainless steel, 720-watts, large capacity….this is an absolute gem of food processors! I love how it all detaches like our magimix and makes creating AND removing easy. If you have ever had a food processor where the blades do not detach, then you know the struggle.
Cuisinart Food Processor

Cusinart 7 Cup Food Processor

  • So, sadly, our original food processor is no longer being sold (I find this a bit odd!), but this one is the closest that I could find for the price range, brand name, and quality. I always recommend going for the higher cup size (10-14 range), but this is a wonderful option for small families/singles/students. If budget is a concern and you are a larger family, go for the refurbished items before going down in size (I promise, a small cup size will drive you INSANE and you will kick yourself for not going bigger and refurbished!). So this has a stainless steel detachable blade, compact cover, spatula, extra large feed tube, and a 5 year motor warranty.
Cuisinart food processor

What you will need for this Vegan White Bean Basil Dip:

Ingredients Required:

White Beans

Garlic

Basil

Tahini

Lemons

Sea Salt

Onion Powder

Vegan White Bean Basil Dip

Vegan White Bean Basil Dip

This is the simplest and most delicious veggie dip ever!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dip, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, herb dip, Oil Free, whole food plant based dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 80kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 cans white beans I chose to use cannellini beans
  • 1 handful fresh basil stems removed. I use a big handful!
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and pressed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice About 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tbsp tahini Feel Free to use more!
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Taste test and adjust to your desired preference. Enjoy with carrots, cucumber, celery, or even rice cakes!

Notes

**Garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, and great northern white beans are all great options for this dip. Each will offer a new taste but all delicious. I recommend trying them all!
**Parsley is another wonderful option for herb of choice.
This will last 5 days in the refrigerator, sealed.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

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Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

  • The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love. Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.
Compostable Parchment Paper

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

  • Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.
Plant based wax wraps

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

  • Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!
glass Tupperware
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How to Store Fruits and Veggies
How to Properly Store Fruits and Veggies

How To Store Fruits and Veggies

Hey there, mamas! Welcome back to the blog. This week, we are going over everything you need to know about how to store your fruits and veggies. 

Let me guess; you most likely do not go to the store every day to stock up on fruits and veggies for lunch and dinner. As a result, you might have some old broccoli or carrots hanging out in your crisper! There is nothing wrong with that, but if you can store your fruits and veggies correctly, you can keep them fresh for a longer time. 

The best thing about keeping fruits and veggies fresher for a longer time is that you can consume most of them before they go bad. 

At the beginning of the week or when you do head to the store, I highly recommend planning your meals ahead, so you can know which fruits and veggies you will be needing. 

If you have some extra fruits and veggies, especially towards the end of the week, I love going through the rest of my fridge and throwing together a recipe with those ingredients.

So, now that you have some fresh fruits and veggies for the week, where do you store them?

What To Store in the Fridge 

First, we are starting with what items belong in the refrigerator. Surprisingly, a lot of fruits and veggies are versatile. They can be stored in the fridge or on the counter. The kick to this is that anything stored in the refrigerator will not ripen any further, or just extremely slowly. 

I recommend fruits like avocados, kiwis, melons, peaches, and pears, you should store them on the counter, but if you don’t use them when they are ripe, move them to the fridge to get a couple more days out of them.. 

This produce, however, will need to skip the counter entirely and go straight into the refrigerator:

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Apples
  • Berries 
  • Grapes 
  • Lemons 
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon

There are also some particular cases:

  • Corn: fine on the counter for 24 hours, but any longer, throw them in the fridge.
  • Figs: eat immediately, but they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

What To Store on the Counter

Now you know what to store in the fridge, what about the counter? Good news, the list is only a few items long, so that you won’t need to take up that much counter space. 

  • Onions 
  • Potatoes (Regular & Sweet)
  • Winter Squash (Butternut & Acorn)
  • Tomatoes
  • Bananas
  • Persimmons 

You shouldn’t store tomatoes in the fridge because the cold air kills their flavor producing enzymes, and it changes the texture. The great thing about storing fruits and veggies on the counter is that you are less likely to forget about them because you can see them as they age. 

What Veggies To Keep in Water For Freshness

If you like to pre-cut your veggies for the week ahead, storing some in water is a great way to maintain freshness. 

Store in fresh, lukewarm water. Change the water every couple of days if you are trying to prolong freshness. 

What veggies can you store in water? 

  • Apples (not a veggie, but hey, they’re still cool!)
  • Celery
  • Carrots 
  • Potatoes

A great way to plan ahead is to cut up some celery and apples, and then you will always have a snack on hand when you need them! 

How to Wrap Herbs and Greens in a Damp Cloth

First, you need to determine what kind of herb you have on your hands. There are two different kinds, soft/tender and hard. 

For soft herbs, or herbs like Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Mint, or Parsley:

Similarly to a bouquet of flowers, you need to trim the herb stems first. Then, place the herbs into a small vase, glass, or mason jar of about an inch of water. Cover the herbs loosely with either the lid of the mason jar or a reusable bag. Store in the refrigerator. 

For the hard herbs, or Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme:

Wrap the herbs in a damp cloth. Place them into a storage container, and store them in the refrigerator. You will need to re-moisten the cloth every few days, or as required. The cloth should be damp, but not soggy. 

For both of these wrapping methods, wash the herbs when you are ready to use them. 

Here is a great youtube video tutorial on storage for herbs, fruits and veggies. Check it out here.

Now it is time to cook!

I hope this blog has helped you out! You can use some of your freshly stored produce to make delicious plant-based recipes including:

Creamy Vegan Carrot and Apple Soup

Vegan Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

Vegan Cauliflower and Broccoli Stir Fry

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5 ways to add more plants to your plate
5 Ways to Add More Plants To Your Plate

5 Ways to Add More Plants To Your Plate 

In today’s blog article we are going to help you and your family add more plants to your plate! 

But first, I have questions! Do you find the kids are getting bored of their meals? Are you struggling to get more vegetables on their plates? Do you find it’s harder to try something new and still be sure you’ve got enough vegetables, vitamins and minerals? Do you find the family is getting sick of eating the same thing over and over again?

If you are nodding your head right now, you are in the right place to finding out easy ways to add more plants your plate.

Sometimes the kids look at their plates and say “Mama? Carrots, again?” And that’s normally my signal that I need to start mixing it up a bit. After years of practice and too many hours in the kitchen, I am pretty confident to say that our plates are always full of plants and happiness.

Here are my top 5 tips to add more plants to your plate:

Baked goods

This is an easy favorite of mine (especially for breakfast). Adding veggies and fruits to muffins, cookies, and pancakes is such an easy way to make you feel like you are eating a treat instead of a raw veggie and it gets the kids excited about what they are munching! Also a great way to include grains and seeds into their diets. Some great plant examples to add into your baked goods are apples, spinach, carrots, and zucchini. 

Mama Tip

The key to a healthy plate is more than just sneaking veggies into your kids meals. I find that when my children help me with the preparation, and understand that their muffin has zucchini or carrots inside, a lesson is learned. Veggies should not just be hidden inside things. They should be loud, proud, and celebrated!

Make it fun!

Make your plants – FUN! This is so ideal for kids! Cutting your veggies into shapes makes the kids LOVE it. Hearts, stars, dinosaurs, their favorite cartoon characters (depending on your knife skills) will make the kids excited about seeing their plates and more prone to eating them up! For parents, make your vegetables into noodles or rice (I LOVE ZUCCHINI NOODLES), or make it into pasta! Who doesn’t love pasta, eh?  (Also it makes for a fun and unique pasta themed date night – Who doesn’t love GREEN pasta?) 

Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to jam-pack so many delicious vegetables into one nutritious drink, adding the perfect amount of sweet fruits and wholesome fruits will make for a refreshing liquid and healthy meal. I also like to do this with as many sauces as I can and  try to sneak seeds in, as well for some more nutrients into things like pastas sauces, marinades and more.  

Be sure to check out some of these smoothies and sauce recipes that are full of nutrition below.

Homemade Vegetable Packed Pasta Sauce: Two Ways! 

Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded With Vegetables

WonderMamas Smoothie Recipes

Get creative

Trying something new normally always gets everyone excited. Even when you just cook it. Finding new recipes and favorites will make mealtime fun. Try to make one new meal a week to keep the menu rotating and fresh. I like to do this on Sundays and it always ensures our meals never get boring! Your palate needs to be entertained. Get creative with eggplants, mushrooms, squash and anything else you find at the market, make a unique plant inspired taco night with all of the fixings! Take the norm and make it unusual by adding new spices and toppings. (Exploring my blog here for a new recipe to help you).

Ask the family what they want

Sounds easy enough but it does help! Make a meal-time voting checklist for the week and see what the family is craving! If they all want eggplant but hate carrots… stop making carrots (sneak them into those muffins & smoothies) and start making eggplant boats. This way everyone is getting what they need and everyone is spending their kitchen time wisely. Giving everyone a say during  meal-time will not only inspire everyone to get creative in the kitchen but it also makes meal-time more meaningful and motivates everyone to enjoy their entire plant-filled plate of nourishing healthy food.  

Bonus tip: JUICING! We all know I love juicing and it’s such an easy way to get so many plants and fruits throughout the day by sipping on your favorite one continuously. If you’ve got a juicer, use it. You won’t regret it. (Here is my current favourite juice recipe.) 

Let me know in the comments below if any of these tips have helped you add more plants to your plate! Are you looking for more recipes and vegan meal plans? Want a curated shopping list and meal calendar for the whole family?
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Zero Waste Pantry Guide

Zero Waste Pantry Guide

Welcome back to the blog! We are discussing all things zero waste and sustainable pantry today. I am covering my pantry must-haves for the best organized and utilization as well as what are my top 5 items I keep consistently stocked up!  Yes mamas, it is possible to have a fully stocked sustainable (and money-saving!!) kitchen. It takes a little bit of time to start but once you get going (and once you’re done reading this blog post), you will feel confident! 

Here are my top 3 MUST HAVES for a zero waste & sustainable kitchen: 

Reusable Glass Jars:

Simple mason jars are the perfect staple for storing shelf-stable foods, almost all pantry items but also to use as a perfect substitution for plastic tupperware or food savers (and, much easier to clean, too!). You can get jars in all sizes and I recommend getting an assorted variety. 1L-2L jars are great for storing cereals, flours, oats, etc. Medium-sized jars (.5L)  are great for storing beans, baking ingredients and kid snacks and the small ones make great use for home-made items and leftovers.

I even love the extra small ones to store things like garlic and spices!

Mason jars are also a neat way to store things inside your fridge but as well as make your pantry look organized. Showcasing your beautiful foods in your stunning pantry is the best way to create a healthy and happy environment.

Mama Tip

You can buy mason jars in bulk online or at most local bulk stores! BUT the best way to build your mason jar selection is to save the jars from leftover jams, olives and other jarred foods! Clean them out and peel off the label for a great way to reuse and recycle! I also love to get creative with the kids and make our own labels for every jar, these are also always fun to match to the aesthetic of your kitchen.

Vegan Wax Wraps:

The healthy way to saran and save! The ultimate saran wrap substitute which is reusable. This wax wrap can fit onto multiple dishes, jars and more.Save and store your foods without plastic or pollution.You can get them in all kinds of sizes but I also cut them to size for my own personal bowls and find this is the easiest way to keep using them! The wraps are so easy to wash and are definitely one of my most favourite multi-purpose kitchen tools. There is seriously no excuse for plastic when you happen to have these amazing vegan wax wraps!

I love Vonuva Wax Wraps check out my review here. 

Grocery Baskets & Produce Bags:

This one often gets forgotten but it’s such a great thing to keep in your pantry. You have to get the food in there somehow, right? So by having a large reusable grocery basket to take to the store or the market, makes it ideal and simple for you to unload into your pantry! Another favourite item, similar to this are produce bags. They’re inexpensive and simple mesh bags to carry and store fresh produce in, (they also allow the produce to breathe, if you want to store produce inside the bag continuously), they’re reusable, wash-able and keeps your produce tidy while shopping or at home. I also find both grocery baskets and the produce bags make a great gift for people and as a consequence, it helps create a lot less waste for everyone.

What to Stock In Your Zero Waste Pantry
 

Now that you have your three must haves, here are my favourite zero-waste and vegan dry goods you should always have handy and stocked in your pantry.

These are the things I use on a daily basis. Usually I tend to restock once or twice a month but I try to always have a big enough stockpile to keep my pantry comfortably full to ensure a productive week ahead:

  1.  Legumes: These are a staple in every plant-based kitchen. I use beans for almost all meals: snacks, baking, lunch, dinner and sometimes dessert!
  2. Nuts: Great for cooking, baking and snacking! I love to have a stock of walnuts, peanuts, and almonds to use in all kinds of recipes as well as great snacks for the kids. If you have a nut allergy, you can sub this out for granola (which I always like to have too), vegan chocolate chips and your favourite crackers.
  3. Grains: Rice, quinoa and flour are staples that I use everyday. Great for meals and any baking we do. I use all my bigger mason jars for this as the rice and quinoa are used almost every evening. Also, I keep a heavy stockpile of different shaped pastas and I store these in mason jars. I have a wide selection of noodles to keep things exciting but always have a big stock pile of penne as we love our pasta. Grains are one of the biggest must haves as I’m sure you know you are going to use these consistently.
  4. Spices: This is huge for cooking! Keeping your pantry stocked with your favourite spices. It is going to save you time and give you the best selection for cooking each and every meal. Spices are an absolute NEED in my kitchen as I love to spice up everything (especially those pasta dishes), I keep garlic, basil, oregano sesame, salt and pepper and vinegar in bulk.Also, I enjoy growing my own herbs too!

The more you have in your pantry, the happier you and your kitchen will be. Starting here, will give you a great head-start on your perfect zero-waste and sustainable kitchen.

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DIY Zero Waste Swaps
5 DIY Zero Waste Swaps. Simple, Fun, and Effective!

Simple, Effective, and Fun

5 DIY Zero Waste Swaps that you can make at home!

Welcome back to the blog, loves! It’s always an honour to have you here. Today I am going to share with you my top 5 DIY Zero Waste Swaps that I create in the comfort of my own home. These swaps have saved our family tons of money, they are super simple and effective, and can even be turned into gorgeous gifts for birthday/holiday season. Yay for Zero Waste and DIY!

This will definitely be the first of many DIY Zero Waste Blog Posts because there are just so many and I love them all. I will start with the 5 easiest ones that you can do immediately with items around the house. Keep a look out for links within this blog post as well – they will direct you to further information or even a direct link to a recommended product.

If you are new to the zero waste / low waste / minimalism lifestyle, I want to make one thing clear. Do NOT throw any of your used/abused/torn/ragged items out until you have checked in with the zero waste community first. There may be some amazing DIY crafts that you can do with these so-called “trash” items. Ragged old towels, stained/worn clothes, broken reusable bottles, old Tupperware, etc. The longer we can keep these out of the landfill, the better. So let’s get to crafting and creating!

DIY Zero Waste Swaps: Homemade Cleaning Solutions!

5 DIY Zero Waste Swaps

I grew up hating the smell of vinegar. My father had a bottle that he loved to keep in the bathroom to wipe down the cabinets and bath tub every week or so. The smell would linger for days and it hurt my little nostrils. Later, when I was much older, I was hesitant to ever use vinegar as a cleaning solution.

That is until I found the infusion method. Here is how it works: Fill a large glass jar with a tight seal about 85% full (I love this size here) with white distilled vinegar. Peel 2 large lemons and toss the peels into the jar. Grab a handful of fresh rosemary and toss that in next. Feel free to add in extra citrus peels (orange/lime) and herbs (lavender is heavenly) and then tightly seal. Let sit in your pantry or a cool/dark place for 6 weeks.

Voila! You have infused your vinegar.

Take a spray bottle (I love these) and fill half way with the strained infused vinegar and half water. If you wish, you can also add some 60-70% proof alcohol (like rubbing alcohol) as well for the disinfectant power. Shake and use as you would a general cleaner. I love to use the vinegar and water mixture for cleaning windows, the kitchen, floors, and the like.

If using alcohol, I add 1 part of each: 1 part alcohol, 1 part vinegar, and 1 part water. Many like to add 2 parts alcohol, 2 parts water, and 1 part vinegar or less. Do as you wish!

Keep the already infused vinegar in the pantry, sealed, until ready to refill your spray bottles again.

So, what about the baking soda? For any hard to clean surfaces, simply shake some baking soda over it and then spray the vinegar infusion. The combined power will cause bubbles and an epic cleaning machine!

Curious how to make your own white distilled vinegar? Check this post out here!

DIY Zero Waste Swaps: Homemade Hankies and Wipes

Homemade Hankerchiefs

The options are really endless for this DIY swap. You can create your own hankies, cloth wipes, wet wipes, face wipes, and even toilet paper if you are up for it! All you need are those old raggedy clothes/towels that no longer serve their purpose.

For hankies: I love mine to be a nice long rectangle. It’s as easy and cutting the fabric into your shape! To avoid any fraying, you can easily sew the edges but I only do this for certain fabrics that are already on their very last leg. For the most part, just slicing and folding is all I need to do.

For cloth wipes/wet wipes: I love to use the babies old blankets/old clothes for these. Soft and perfect for wiping them clean! Simply slice into small squares and store into a reusable bag. If you want wet wipes, you can grab a mason jar and fill with water and a tsp of coconut oil. Add the small squares to the mason jar and use as you would wet wipes! For on the go wet wipes, pull out a handful of the squares, squeeze gently, and then place into a reusable bag (like these here). To wash, simply toss into the washing machine as you would soiled towels. Be sure to replace the water and coconut oil every second day.

For face wipes: I like to use two types of fabrics for this! One super soft fabric like an old baby blanket and another semi-rough fabric for a light exfoliation. Slice into small squares. These are fantastic for oil cleansing.

DIY Zero Waste Swaps: Never Buy Drinking Glasses Again!

Kid-approved superfood smoothie

It may drive Martin a bit crazy, but we have NEVER had traditional drinking glasses. We drink from old jars!

As a woman who loves to DIY just about everything…I have to say that I have my fair share of glass jars! We save each and every one and use them for drinking glasses, overnight oats glasses, dessert glasses, DIY beauty recipes, and tons of prepping needs. I cannot recommend saving your glasses enough! It’s like…free stuff! haha.

Every Sunday I start off my meal prep by blending up 3 sauces/dressings for dipping and drizzling. My glass jars are the perfect companions for this and I have them in almost every size, so it’s always a perfect fit! We keep the large ones (think sauerkraut or pasta sauce) for drinking, keep the small ones for baby sized drinks, and the rest is used for everything in between. I do recommend storing the lids in a reusable bag somewhere that’s convenient – they are a pain in the butt for the junk drawer!

DIY Zero Waste Swaps: Homemade Face Cleansers

DIY Zero Waste Swaps

There are a few different ways to go about cleansing your face in the zero waste/low waste realm. You could go with Martin’s routine of using warm water and a light exfoliating cloth wipe (his skin is fabulous by the way), you could go with a sudsing clean via Castile soap, a muddy clean via bentonite clay, or an oil cleansing clean via my current favorite recipe! I’ll be sharing each one with you today.

Warm Water and an exfoliating cloth wipe: this is where your raggedy old towels and clothes come in! You need a light exfoliating cloth (Martin uses the babies old bath towel cut into squares) and warm water. If he is extra dirty, he will use some coconut oil as well.

The Castile Soap Solution: For this you will need some Castile soap and water. Essential oils are a great addition (I enjoy lavender and frankincense). I used this face wash for the first year on our journey and it was lovely! However, my skin let me know (yes, she speaks to me in her own way) that she needed something much more nourishing as I got older. If you want to try this cleanse out, mix together 8 oz water with 8 oz liquid Castile soap. If you wish to add the essential oils, add in 15 drops of each lavender and frankincense! Feel this recipe out and then add more water as needed until it reaches your desired feeling.

Shocked? See! I told you it was easy!

Bentonite Clay Cleanse: Even though I am strictly and oil cleanser now (see below), I still use my bentonite clay once a week to deep clean. I highly recommend it! Simply add 2 tsp (using a non metal spoon) of bentonite clay to the palm of your hand followed by 2 tsp of water. Mix and then rub into your face very well. I like to let it sit for a few minutes and then wash off with luke warm water. Pat dry and follow up with a face oil or moisturizer.

My Oil Cleanser: First, you want to choose your base. My research recommends sunflower oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, hemp oil or grapeseed oil. You can mix and match to your liking. I personally use straight jojoba oil and then I add lavender and frankincense essential oils directly to the bottle with a dropper. I pick up my jojoba oil from our local farmers market every 6-8 weeks or so for about 10 euros a bottle and bring back the empty bottle. So here is how I go about this: First, I add about a hefty tsp of oil to the palm of my hand and rub it into my face and neck. I like to massage my face for a solid minute or 2 and let the oil sit for an extra minute. I grab my face cloth, run hot water over it, and quickly wring it out. Next, I lay the warm cloth over my face and gently wipe my face. There should still be oil sitting on the face (a very light layer), so no need for an additional moisturiser!

DIY Zero Waste Swaps: The Orphan Socks

DIY Zero Waste Swaps:

This swap is genius and I cannot take any credit for it. I owe all credit for this idea to our neighbour who has been doing this for years haha.

Take all of your old orphan socks and place them in a two jars: One for the large socks and the second for the smaller. The large socks are fantastic to use as dusters and many will even fit the a dusting mop (think swiffer!). The first time I saw her dust mop with the orphan sock, I fell in love.

The small socks are fantastic for SO many things. Crafts, halloween costumes, homemade dolls, bath soaks (add oatmeal to a sock, tie and drop into a bathtub!), ice compressor covers (fill with some peas, ice or whatnot when someone has a boo-boo), and so much more. Keep those socks!

I truly hope these 5 simple ideas helped you to look at zero waste a bit more enthusiastically! I promise, it is such a fun and creative way to live. 

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