• Ethical Gift Guide for the Holidays
    Ethical Shopping

    Ethical Gifts for Everyone on Your List

    I’ve always loved finding the perfect gift. As a kid, I developed a reputation for making off-the-wall presents for my family. With an adult budget, my Christmas shopping joy has only amplified. I love how the perfect gift makes someone feel seen, known, and appreciated. So of course I couldn’t let the season go by without making a Gift Guide! This list is filled with gifts that are ethically-made, eco-friendly, and socially conscious. Your purchase ensures a cleaner earth and a safe and secure holiday for global workers—while also making your loved ones feel special. Happy Holidays! Gifts for Her 1. Luxe Pamper Set – ABLE x Thistle Farms | Get up…

  • Target Ethical Products
    Ethical Shopping,  Sustainability

    12 Ethical Products You Can Find at Target

    Want to shop ethically, but don’t know where to begin? Some of your favorite stores may already be selling ethical products. You just need to know where to look. Today, I’ve curated a selection of ethical products from Target. Like many American moms, I’ve spent a lot of time browsing the aisles of Target with a Starbucks drink in hand. But when I committed to shopping more ethically, I worried that I might have to give up my beloved trips to Target. Thankfully, I didn’t. Target doesn’t have a perfect ethical rating, but it does have higher standards for labor and sustainability than most of its competitors. Target also carries a lot of…

  • Switching to Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Shampoo

    If you want to switch to more natural products, hair care is an easy place to start. Natural shampoos and conditioners often act like their synthetic counterparts—without the added chemicals. They’re also gentler on your scalp and hair follicles, which will result in healthier hair over time.   What’s in Your Shampoo? Brands like to put fruit and flowers on their bottles to make us think we’re using a natural product, but in reality, many shampoos contain harsh cleansers and questionable chemicals. Here’s some common ingredients you might want to think twice about: Sulfates Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, which is a cheap detergent. While sulfates aren’t toxic to…

  • Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Deodorant

    For 27 years, I didn’t give much thought to my deodorant. I slapped it on in the morning and never bothered to read the ingredients. Then, I got really sick. Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome made me rethink everything I was putting IN and ON my body. Things that once seemed harmless now made me react with pain, swelling, and fatigue. As I lay in my sickbed, I started reading everything I could get my hands on about getting healthy. Over and over, I came across people who’d switched to natural products and saw a difference in their health. So I decided to give it a try. When I first started…

  • Health,  Sustainability

    A City Girl’s Guide To Composting

    I always thought of myself as a true Midwestern girl—descended from farmers, with grit and dirt in my blood. Then I went to work on an organic farm. According to the real farmers, I was a city girl who didn’t know the first thing about dirt. These people grew food in the desert, made their own worm tea (a natural fertilizer that smells just as lovely as it sounds), and used composting toilets. That’s right: one of my jobs was to empty the poop buckets into the compost pile. It was really special. By the end of the summer, I had no complaints about returning to “city life” with flush toilets…