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This year has been the year I’ve tried so hard to be more environmentally conscious. It started small and has grown slowly, but I am still so proud. Every person’s effort counts!!
Also, let me just say I am not one to usually do gift guides. I find them so generic and never actually helpful, which is why I’ve only done a post about stores to buy unique gifts. And I think a lot of people just do them to get the affiliate money, and while there are affiliate links in this post, my main purpose of this post is to get more people excited about helping the earth and to show you how easy it is.
The holidays, in general, generate a lot of waste. Between wasted food, packaging, and bad gifts that go straight in the trash, Americans throw away 25 million tons of garbage every holiday season. That’s 25% more than during the rest of the year.
So you have to get gifts that aren’t going straight to the trash, and gifts without a lot of waste. Even better if you get gifts that help reduce waste all year round! So let’s get started with these environmentally friendly gift ideas!
Reusable Cotton Rounds
Get these for the makeup lover! Instead of having to always drop money on makeup wipes they can use these reusable cotton rounds with coconut oil or micellar water to remove their makeup with absolutely zero waste. And they are much gentler on the skin than those popular makeup remover wipes!
I am a very positive person. I smile easily and always try to find the good in a situation. But the past few months I have been extremely unhappy, lonely, and just sad. Spending time alone was no longer fun and I just wanted attention all the time. I started to become clingy to my significant other and cried all the time. Basically, I became a different person and for the past three or four months I didn’t self identify as the positive happy person, I self-identified as the lonely depressed girl.
Even thinking about it now I have no idea what caused this shift. But I don’t think that’s too important right now. What’s important is finding ways to get back to being happy again. And these past weeks I’ve found how to be happy again, and how to love being alone with myself again.
All the photos in this post are ones I took by myself! I thought it was super fitting since it was time I spent alone to take them and photography is one thing I always really enjoy.
My biggest tip is to take the time to enjoy your mornings. I had gotten into the habit of staying in bed until the very last minute and then throwing on clothes and going to work still feeling tired and crappy.
Now, I set my alarm for ten minutes earlier to give myself more time alone in the mornings. I use those ten minutes to read the news, something I’ve always wanted to stay on top of. And then I get out of bed and make breakfast and do my makeup while watching YouTube videos.
Styling skeleton tights may seem like something for only emo, gothic, or Halloween obsessed people, but that is simply closed-minded! Skeleton tights can easily be made into something actually quite adorable and wearable! And to prove it, I have this outfit I wore to an apple orchard.
I gave up on trying to dress completely girly or completely emo a long time ago, and have come to terms with my sweet spot being somewhere in between. Thus the “school-girl who could also maybe be a demon?” look was born.
Or if you’re a Taylor Swift fan, I like to say my style is like her lyrics from Blank Space: “Darling I’m a nightmare, dressed like a daydream.” Except, the nightmare comes out a little more in October.
What I’m trying to say is, I actually don’t dress super “goth” or “Halloween.” Not even during spooky season. And I never dress super girly. So if you’re the same, or fall more on the feminine side or the dark demon side of the spectrum, incorporating skeleton tights into your outfit is really quite easy.
If you hadn’t already figured it out, ya girl is obsessed with Halloween and spooky season. We. Love. Creepy. Things. And there’s nothing better than a good creepy Halloween movie while snuggling up on your couch with your new Jack-O-Lantern fuzzy blanket.
But we don’t all have cable, or AT&T TV Now, or money to rent Hocus Pocus for the fifth time. Soooo I put together a pretty comprehensive list of all the best Halloween movies (and tv shows) that you can stream now!
I’ve divvied them up into three categories, depending on which streaming platform they’re on. So if you (or your super cool aunt) has Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, you just found your next movie to stream.
Scream (1, 3, 4) – I just watched the first Scream movie and I’m so mad at myself for not watching them sooner. Slasher movies are the best because they have all the gore and thrill, but add in so much comedy that you don’t go to sleep wondering if a masked man is inside your closet.
Coraline – I watched this once or twice as a child but never again. This movie scarred me for life. A creepy second mom who wants to gouge my eyes out and sew buttons over the holes? Why is this a kids’ movie again?
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