Monday, April 29, 2019

The Laura Blog's Mother's Day Gift Guide

Here we are, almost into May, with Mother's Day right around the corner! This is one of my favorite gift guides to put together since it hits close to home and gives me a good reason to list out all of my favorite things. Most of these I already have and love, but a few have been sitting in my cart or wish list for a long time. Here they are, in no particular order!


1. Distressed Denim Jacket: Meet my new favorite denim jacket. SO soft, perfect for spring, and best of all, affordable.

2. One Line a Day Memory Book : A great way to jot a few words down every day in order to look back.

3. Adidas Hat: The perfect mom staple for school drop offs or park days. 

Tarte Quench Lip Rescue in Nude: One of my new must-haves for every day. Moisturizing with just the right amount of a tint.

Marula Oil: My favorite beauty splurge. This has done wonders for my skin.

North Face Hoodie: Perfect for chilly spring days or summer nights.

UGG Leather Sneakers: I live in these. They’re SO good.

Mango Body Yogurt: I love how delicious this smells. Great for spring and summer.

Rose Gold Knot Earrings: Tiffany’s dupes that look identical to the real thing.

Monogrammed Travel Jewelry Case: A pretty little way to keep your jewelry organized and tangle free when you travel. Bonus: the monogram is such a nice touch.

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cardigan over just about everything.

Gold Dipped Vase: To pair with fresh cut flowers for a classic win.

Cordless Vacuum: Always a bit controversial to gift a vacuum on Mother’s Day, but this thing is a DREAM for way cheaper than the Dyson. Just look at those reviews!

Lavender Spray: Heavenly for pillows and linens and encourages deeper, more restorative sleep.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

5 Simple Changes I've Made in Honor of Earth Day

Today, I'm sharing 5 green changes I've made over the last handful of months, and thought with Earth Day right around the corner that now would be just the right time to highlight them. My consciousness over climate change has been heightened 100 fold after reading this book, which was so (scarily) eye opening and such a page turning read. I can't recommend it enough. 

1. I've finally jumped aboard the reusable grocery bags train, which is one of the easiest changes you too can make! On the days I forget them, for whatever reason, I make 100% sure to take my plastic bags back to the recycling bins placed outside the grocery store. They also accept produce bags, Amazon packaging, and plastic bags from other stores.

2. Diva Cup: This one's self explanatory and I won't go into more detail here, except to say that it is worth ALL the hype. Absolutely no waste, and so much less risk than traditional tampons, which go straight to the landfill and are non-biodegradable. 

3. The book above mentioned that a third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste. When we waste food, we also waste all the energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport, and package it. And if food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. Which really made me pay more attention to how much we were throwing away every week. This one is considerably difficult with 2 picky toddlers, but I've truly come to make the amount of food I think they will ACTUALLY eat. If they want more, I make more at that time. I've also always been a bit of a vegetarian and don't eat meat often, but even Matt has cut it way back. Which is better for us and better for the earth alike. Finally, it's also very beneficial to buy local produce, especially with farmers markets starting to pop up in the warmer weather months.

4. Recycling the right way. Which means only including items that are accepted and rinsing cans and jars and reattaching lids. The entire recycling batch can go to waste if one person doesn't follow the rules. Also, fine print on packaging or a simple internet search will sometimes provide you with a recycling program for items (often with a prepaid label provided for free shipping) that aren't accepted into your local recycling collection. Examples: Crayola markers and GoGo Squeeze Pouches. Take advantage of these!

5. Two of my recent and now most used items are reusable ziplock bags and a reusable water bottle that I love. The ziplocks go into the kids' lunches or thrown into my purse on weekends when we're heading out for the day. They're washable and durable, and save us from tossing so. much. plastic. Similarly, I used to drink sparkling water by the case, and while I recycled the cans, it was pricey and still produced waste. I now fill my water bottle to the top and add lemon juice, and drink it throughout the day. 

Let me know if you too have made any of the changes, above! If you have other simple changes to share, please do! Sometimes changing one small habit is all it takes to make a positive change for the environment. Happy Earth Day, friends!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Best of Amazon's Jewelry

Today, I'm bringing you my favorite Amazon jewelry finds. Some I have and love, others I have bookmarked and saved, but ALL are so versatile and neutral. It's all about the basics for me. Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments, below!

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