Ways of Providing a Safe and Healthy Environment for Your Child

Becoming a parent means making it your lifelong mission to keep your children as safe, healthy and happy as possible. You’ll turn your home into a safe haven, choose the best schools and teachers, as well as take any action you can to ensure they’re safe physically and emotionally. However, if you want to achieve all this, you have to know how. Here are some ways for you to provide an environment in which your little one can grow into a happy and healthy individual.

The way we treat people

The first thing your nestling will know about this world is your smell, your touch, and your voice. Similarly, their earliest development will be greatly influenced by your behavior and the way you treat them and other people in your life. Make sure you nurture a stable and loving relationship with them, that you teach them by example how to express any emotions they might experience and how to communicate with those around them. Show them your love and support through words, but also through other signs of affection, like hugs, kisses and your presence whenever they need somebody to listen to them or comfort them. Also, if you treat the people around you with the respect and kindness they deserve, your child will pick up on that. This especially applies to your relationship with your partner. Avoid arguing in front of your little one, but rather be tender and loving, since that’s what you want your child to consider normal.

A healthy home is a safe home

If you want to raise a healthy child, you have to make your home a safe and healthy place. Above all, this means you have to maintain its cleanliness, using only natural cleaning products that aren’t a health hazard and that are ecological. Children are more sensitive than adults, which means that they might have a reaction to some pollutant your body doesn’t even notice, so make sure your home is free of cigarette smoke, mold, and dust. Investing in a HEPA air purifier and HEPA filters on your vacuum cleaner is always a good idea. Avoid wall paint containing VOCs. Choose furniture made of natural wood, and which hasn’t been treated with glue or paint containing formaldehyde. When it comes to carpets, opt for a lovely jute rug, which won’t only look amazing on your kid’s floor, but is also eco-friendly. As for clothes, mattresses and the bedding your child sleeps in, make sure they’re made of organic materials. These things might not have been important to you when you weren’t a parent, but they are definitely something you have to think about how you’ve become one.

We are what we eat

What your child eats can have a crucial influence on their overall health. Again, you need to teach them by example, since it would be ridiculous to expect your child to eat broccoli and apples while you munch on potato chips and chocolate. The meals you serve them should be home-cooked, and if you can include them in the preparation of those meals, their benefits will multiply. A child will be more likely to eat something if they helped make it and watching you cook will set a great example for when they become independent and have children of their own. Make sure their diet is loaded with fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. If they eat nutritious food, with all the vitamins and minerals they need, their immune system will be stronger and they will be readier to fight any viruses or illnesses. Instead of shopping in big supermarkets, opt for your local farmers’ market and have your child tag along when you go. Choose home-grown, organic products and don’t forget to teach your kid that eating healthy is a choice, not a punishment or a chore.

A healthy lifestyle for smart and healthy kids

Make sure your kid is physically active, that they don’t spend their days sitting in front of one screen or another. Take them to the park, to a swimming pool, or get them a bicycle and go cycling with them. Have them spend time outdoors, playing with other children or with you. Read to them, introduce them to art, music, and games that develop their imagination, creativity and motor skills. Also, it’s important that they get enough restful and uninterrupted sleep. Establish a routine that will get them in and out of bed at approximately the same time every day, even on weekends. Disrupting this routine can cause them to lose sleep, which can affect their health and mood. Teach them how to care for their planet. Plant a tree together, adopt a pet, explain that littering is out of the question and that glass containers and paper or cotton bags are a better choice than the plastic ones. Always bear in mind that the safety of your child depends on the safety of the world they live in.

In order to create a safe and healthy environment for your child, you might have to change your own lifestyle and habits. It might seem difficult, but you have to be persistent. After all, just remember who and what you’re doing it for.

About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

Two Biggest Pros and Cons of an Outdoor Wedding

Planning a wedding is equal parts exciting, stressful and wonderful. Once you have a ring on your finger and you’ve had your engagement party, you’re going to be dreaming day and night about that perfect day. There are so many decisions that need to be made, and you first need to prioritize. There’s no point in choosing the flower arrangements and centerpieces if you don’t have a venue chosen, is there? And speaking of the venue, the first thing you have to answer is: indoors or outdoors? Let’s look at the pros and cons:

Con: the weather

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It’s the first thing everyone thinks about when you mention an outdoor wedding, because it’s one of the few things you absolutely cannot control. And it’s true: the weather conditions on the day can make or break a wedding. So, if you live in a place where the weather tends to change rapidly, you need to have a secondary option, like going inside or hiding under a tent. Secondly, you need to choose the right season. In some places, spring is perfect because the weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming and it’s not unbearably hot. But if spring, where you live, is filled with showers, harsh winds, and unexpected weather swings, then you might want to consider a different season. If you’re planning a destination wedding, make sure you check the average temperatures and weather conditions at the time you’re planning the ceremony.

Pro: the scenery and view

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There is just no denying it: outdoor weddings are some of the most beautiful you will ever see. Whether it’s a morning ceremony surrounded by nature that is just waking up or an evening party filled with lanterns and stars, some of the most beautiful venues are outdoors, surrounded by nature. Just by looking at the outdoor wedding venues in Sydney you can see how a combination of sea, sky, a beautiful view and a great location can make a wedding look like a fairy tale. You often don’t need too many decorations because nature is doing it for you, and if it’s a clear, sunny day you will have some of the most beautiful photos you have ever seen. If you want the security of the indoors with the beauty of the outdoors, you can consider a venue that offers you both, with the seating inside and a large outdoor space for lounging, pictures and generally hanging out.

Sure, there will be other factors that you can consider, like the pricing of the venue, the music volume, nearby areas and neighborhoods that might require the event to end early, etc. In the end, you should choose a location that speaks to you and that allows you to have the wedding of your dreams. Remember that not all outdoor venues are the same, and you should look at all of your options before making a decision. And even if the weather goes bad or the cake melts in the heat, you will still have some amazing memories and a story to tell.

Best Homemade Creams for all Seasons

Buying all the needed products for your skin to remain pretty can burn quite a hole in your pocket. It is simply too difficult to find one product that will offer you complete nurturing. However, you’ve probably already noticed that many of those creams have more or less similar if not the same ingredients. There is Aloe Vera, vitamin E, glycerine, squalene etc. and believe it or not, you can find all these in your own kitchen. Here are some of the best recipes for homemade creams.

Moisturizing olive oil night cream

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The main ingredient of this cream is, as said, olive oil, because it locks your skin’s moisture. The other important ingredient is coconut oil because it adds beauty and health to your skin.

Mix half a cup of extra virgin olive oil with 1 spoon beeswax together in a saucepan on low heat until it is melted. Next, crush two capsules of vitamin E and add it to the mixture. Allow it all to cool. Store the cream in a container at room temperature and use it during the next 2-3 months.

Glycerine cream

This is a great winter cream, since glycerine helps restore moisture, and the other ingredient, coconut oil, replenishes your skin’s health with its antifungal powers. On the other hand, rose water in combination with almond oil will give it a fresh appeal.

Take a double boiler and add 1 tablespoon of almond oil and a tablespoon of coconut oil in it. Heat it together so the ingredients blend completely. Remove the boiler from the head and then add 1 tablespoon of glycerine and 1 tablespoon of rose water to the mixture. Store this cream in a container and use it every night before going to bed.

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Cocoa butter wrinkle-fighting cream

This is a cream for chapped and dull skin, and also the best homemade cream for wrinkles.

Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil to the boiler and heat until all the ingredients are mixed properly. Next, cut the heat, allow it to cool and store it in a container. Use it as a night cream every night before bed.

Green tea detox cream

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This cream will help you remove impurities caused by pollution, and Aloe Vera in it will restore your skin’s health.

Mix 1 tablespoon of beeswax with 1 tablespoon of almond oil in a double boiler and let it boil until it melts completely. Remove the mix from the heat and add 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera juice. Finally, add a tablespoon of green tea extract, a tablespoon of essential oil and a tablespoon of rose water and store it in a container.

Aloe Vera anti-acne cream

Aloe Vera is great for treating acne and blemishes. This cream is easily prepared and can be used daily since this plant nourishes skin and makes it soft, young and supple.

Take two tablespoons of Aloe Vera extract from the plant and mix it with 1 teaspoon of lavender oil. Add a teaspoon of primrose oil to the mix and blend it together. Store the mixture in a container.

Skin lightening cream

Turmeric is known as an old remedy for various conditions, while sandalwood and saffron add to its benefits. Yogurt makes it smooth and almonds enrich it with essential nutrients. If you use it regularly, you will get the amazing results.

Soak 7-8 almonds overnight and then peel them before grinding them into a smooth paste. Add half a cup of yogurt, a teaspoon of turmeric, 4-5 drops of lemon juice, a teaspoon of sandalwood powder and 3-4 saffron strands to the mix and blend it until it’s smooth.

This cream lasts for a week if refrigerated.

…or lotions that prevent overtanning?

However, sometimes skin lightening isn’t good for your skin, and in terms to prevent overtanning pale skin you can use some cosmetics to get tanned smoothly and without red marks (or dark spots on your skin). To get the best results in natural tanning, make sure you have an organic tanning lotion for daily use. Not only it will help you prevent getting marks from the sun, but it will hydrate your skin during hot weather.

Avocado anti-aging cream

Avocado is packed with vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as minerals like magnesium and potassium. Use this cream at night to make your skin supple and soft.

Mash one avocado and make a smooth paste, add 1 egg to a blender and mix it with avocado until it all turns into a smooth paste. Apply this cream twice a week and store it somewhere dry and cold.

What do you think about these recipes? Do you have some more you would like to share? Let us know.

The Best Food for Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

According to statistics, 1 in 25 Australians aged 15 and over have no natural teeth. That’s why it’s essential that you take oral hygiene seriously, and dedicate more time to proper brushing, and flossing but to your food choices as well. Maintaining a good oral hygiene is the best way to protect your teeth from cavities and your mouth from infections. In addition, living by that old saying You are what you eat can also make a lot of difference to your oral health, because the food that’s good for your teeth is also beneficial for the rest of your body. Therefore, make sure you know what is the best food choice for your teeth if you want to keep them cavity-free.

Milk

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Tooth enamel is basically minerals, and it tends to erode after the consumption of acidic foods and drinks. This is why your teeth need plenty of calcium to remain strong, and compensate for the lost minerals. Milk is one of the best drinks for your oral health, because it strengthens the enamel of your teeth with its high concentration of calcium and protects them from cavities. Milk lowers the acid levels in the mouth, thus helping fight tooth decay, making your teeth whiter as well.

Cheese

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Cheese is another great source of calcium, and one of the best foods to fight plaque with. If you chew on hard cheese like cheddar, you’ll increase saliva production, and wash off various bacteria that may have accumulated in your mouth. Even if you want to indulge in some less good food for your teeth, like crackers, if you mix it up with some cheddar, you won’t make as much damage as without this delicious cheese.

Water

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Aside from milk, water is the best drink for your teeth, because it contains no acids that can erode the enamel of your teeth, or any color that can stain them. Furthermore, water is great for washing off food particles and keeping your saliva levels high, which is essential for healthy teeth. Namely, saliva protects your teeth from tooth decay with its minerals and proteins, so it’s vital that you’re always hydrated to avoid cavities. In case you notice any change in your teeth, make sure you make an appointment at your local endodontist in Sydney and check what kind of treatment you need. Until then, just stay hydrated with plenty of water and milk, to maintain a healthy mouth.

Black and green tea

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Polyphenols are great at slowing down the growth of bacteria that cause plaque, further preventing gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Tea is also rich in fluoride, one of the biggest necessities for healthy teeth. However, don’t forget to drink it unsweetened, because if you add sugar, it won’t have the same effect as the sugar-free beverage.

Various fruits

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Anthocyanins prevent the attachment of plaque on the teeth and fight oral cancer, which is why you should look for the food rich in anthocyanins. You can find it mostly in berries, grapes, cherries, and plums. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which can also whiten your teeth, aside from protecting them from cavities.

Crunchy foods high in water

Since saliva is the best natural neutralizer of the bacteria, you should eat plenty of food that increase the production of saliva, and some of that food includes raw fruits and vegetables. What’s more, the texture of crunchy food rich in water makes them a natural abrasive, which means that they’ll clean and scrub your teeth gently. Carrots, cucumbers, apples, and celery are some of the best examples and they’ll both clean your teeth and do good to your immune system.

Final thoughts

Protecting your teeth should be your priority because tooth decay can further lead to various health issues. Therefore, make sure you eat well, and avoid sugary food and acidic drinks, but stick to healthy food rich in antioxidants and minerals to keep your teeth strong and shiny.

 

Wonderful Eco Tour Destinations In Florida

If you are interested in planning a vacation to some of the best eco-destinations in Florida, you should be aware of the fact that you will be faced with a wonderful experience. This state has some completely unforgettable, preserved beauty spaces, ranging from the wonderful Northwest sand beaches to the Everglades. Holiday villas in Florida are incredible and the eco-lifestyle is a big part of local life.

One thing that many do not know is that Florida is a highly ecological and really culturally diverse spot to go to. It is definitely among the most diverse travel destinations in the world. Florida is renowned for being vacations centered, mainly building a travel reputation due to shopping and theme parks. However, this is just the start of what you could experience in the Sunshine State. This state has a unique history and numerous natural landscapes. This is why eco-tours are so popular right now.

There are many different towns and destinations you can find when interested in ecotourism. Most of them are within a short driving distance of popular tourist hubs. Make sure that you travel consciously and light so that you can truly enjoy the natural beauty that Florida has to offer. Check out the following destinations as really top spots that you do want to put on your list.

Navarre

Navarre is placed between Destin and Pensacola. It is a perfect place that allows you to explore Florida’s Northwest area, which features a stunning powder-white coastline.

One of the best spots to visit is Gulf Islands National Seashore. This covers 8 miles filled with undeveloped beaches. You can even spot some incredible sea turtles that visit the shores in order to rest. Move east to check out the dune lakes of Walton County. This is where you can find some incredible freshwater marvels that are unique around the world. In the north, you want to go close to Milton so you can experience what the Blackwater River has to offer. This is Florida’s Canoe Capitol. Then, be sure that you hike the Blackwater River State Forest’s Florida National Scenic Trail.

Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach features so many miles of coastline that is undeveloped. It is a favorite spot for those that love nature and that want to spend some quality time on the coast. Once there, go through the North Peninsula State Park to find pristine scrub-jay habitat and visit Fairchild Oak. This is one of the largest oaks in the world, a wonderful Bulow Creek State Park attraction. Once there, go to Graham Swamp Conservation Area, a region that is simply a heaven for fox, deer and wading birds.

Crystal River

The Crystal River Archaeological State Park offers everything that an eco-conscious tourist would want to see. This includes a plaza area, middens and Native American mounds that are pre-Columbian.

Do you want to see some manatees? Then, visit Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in King’s Bay. The area was created in order to protect the West Indian Manatee, which is an endangered species. There are different guided kayak and boat tours that you can choose from. Also, there are numerous trails that hikers are simply going to adore. The one that is usually recommended is the beautiful Citrus Hiking Trail. It is located in Withlacoochee State Forest and gives you the possibility of seeing the red-cockaded woodpecker, which is quite a rare species.

Everglades City

Whenever talking about Florida and ecotourism, it is impossible not to mention the Everglades. This is an incredibly popular destination for all people that want to start self-guided eco tours in the state. Your base camp can be set in Everglades City, which is the best gateway to visit the Everglades National Park.

Once you are there, seriously consider paddling the Wilderness Waterway (99 miles long) and try camping in Ten Thousand Islands, an area that is very popular at the moment. Guided tours are available, taking you to Smallwood Store and Rod And Gun Club, in Chokoloskee Island.

Punta Gorda

This is a truly wonderful starting point for anyone interested in coastal and inland exploration. This incredible Southwest Florida town is simply filled with history, giving you access to that old Florida charm that you want to experience. Much preserved land can be found here. Around 80% of the entire Charlotte Harbor coastline is now protected, being marked as the seventeenth largest US estuary. You can experience around 200 miles of blueway trails, giving paddlers wonderful options for wildlife watching and birding.

When moving away from the coastline you can enjoy numerous Florida eco tours, normally starting from Babcock Ranch. You can also visit Pine Island, where you can learn about Calusa Indians thanks to the people at Randell Research Center.

Conclusions

Florida may be renowned for the party lifestyle and the many things that tourists do every single day but there is so much more to experience. Most tourists do not actually know much about the real beauty of this state. The destinations highlighted above are just some that are perfect for those interested in ecotourism. Many others can be mentioned.

Start your experience from a spot that will allow you to quickly reach as many ecotourism destinations as possible. Also, be sure that your visit will be longer than just a weekend. You do need at least a week to plan a trip that would cover some of what the state has to offer.

Interior Style – What a Millennial Home Looks Like

You really have to hand it to millennials. They are taking this world by the horns and they are making it work for them. But while their favorite thing might be breaking the rules set by some previous generations, they do have some rules of their own, and this applies to almost every part of life: the way they dress, what they eat and even the way they organize and decorate their homes. So let’s see what our new favorite generation has to say about interior design.

Repurpose everything

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We’re not about to throw a single thing away. Millennials understand the value of things and let’s face it: they love the retro vibe. These two combined means that all kinds of furniture are being repurposed in every corner of their homes. Have an old wooden chair that has been collecting dust in the shed? Cut the back off, give it a fresh lick of paint and you’ve got yourself a bedside table. Old oil barrels found on the street? Guess we’ve got a new seating arrangement for the front porch! Everything you find on the street, in a thrift store or in your own backyard can be made into something new and improved, and we are all for it. It’s not only limiting the amount of furniture that ends up on landfills, but it’s also giving every room in the house a story to tell – one that is a lot more interesting than “I bought it at IKEA”. If your just starting out try finding one of the best sewing machines for beginners, it will help you with repurposing

Make it functional

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Some millennials are shut-ins and there isn’t much that can be done to lure them out. They fully understand that they can have everything they need in their home, and sometimes, even if they want to spend some time outside, there’s simply too much work and too little time. That is why it’s crucial to make sure everything works. Have a fully functioning kitchen that you can prepare meals in. Get exercise equipment for your apartment so that you can work out when you’ve only got half an hour or when your favorite show is on the TV.

Stick to a color scheme

Gone are the days of “oh, this looks nice, I’ll put that on the wall”. Millennials choose a style, a theme or a color scheme and they stick with it, even if it means only having one set of linen. Your color scheme should be no more than two main colors plus and accent one, and if you want to be a true millennial, have the two base colors be nudes, inspired by Scandinavian design (bonus points if you use millennial pink). Everything you bring into your home should fit into the scheme, or shouldn’t be displayed. Sure, there’s the odd person out who likes to have it all colorful and rainbow-inspired – but they probably aren’t millennials at heart.

Cozy and homey

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Not only are you creating a home for yourself, but you want every person who walks through your door to feel like they can be relaxed and at home. So making sure there’s plenty of space to sit, placing fluffy pillows and blankets at hand’s reach and lighting up some warm-smelling candles is a staple for a millennial home. To make sure this balances out and doesn’t become overcrowded, you can use different materials and textures. For example, a fluffy, knitted blanket on a plain couch next to a glass table gives the feeling of comfort without smothering you, and that’s really what you’re going for.

You don’t have to be a millennial to organize your home this way, nor do you have to do it if you are one, but there are definitely some great design choices being made here and we could all learn a thing or two from them.

How to Inspire Yourself to Work Out More

Most people who are engaged in regular exercising activities will tell you that the first step was the most difficult to make and that once they got used to the routine there were few problems afterward. We all know that changing our habits and behavior is rarely easy. It takes determination and dedication, to begin with, but if the desired goals are not met, motivation drops and we tend to go back to the old ways.

So, what can we do instead of giving up? How can we keep the motivation level high enough to be able to enjoy the benefits of working out? Let’s take a look at some tips that have proved to be effective for many people around the globe.

Set realistic goals

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One of the most common problems that lead to giving up is the failure to achieve the set goals. Unfortunately, in most cases, the goals were unrealistic and could never be reached. That’s why it’s vital to set the goals that can actually be met. In order to be spot on with them, you should consult your doctor and fitness coach and see what they have to say based on their experience. Also, your goals need to be measurable, rather than general. So, instead of “I want to feel better and lose some weight”, say “I want to lose 5 kg this month”, for example.

Reward your achievement

If you’ve implemented changes to your lifestyle with an aim to boost your health, you’ll need to keep the motivation high at all times. One of the ways to do that is to reward yourself when you meet certain goals. Your brain will associate the new routine with success and this extrinsic motivation is a very helpful tool in the process.

If you persist long enough, this motivation will become intrinsic and you’ll feel great after each workout session. The endorphins that are released will be a reward good enough for you, so you won’t need to think about any treat.

Don’t do it alone

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Experience has shown that working out in a group helps to maintain high motivation levels. Very often people don’t feel like exercising but don’t want to look bad in the eyes of their friends, so eventually, they get ready and leave their house to get some workout. Even if you started exercising alone, at some point you might want to find someone to be your workout buddy. If you are short of ideas, check here how to find your soulmate program.

Commitment contract

Most of us find it relatively easy to break a promise made to ourselves. Nobody knows about the promise and we see no harm done to anyone. What we often forget is that in many cases the damage is done and it’s done to ourselves. On the other hand, if we promise something to other people or commit to something in writing, we are much more likely to do everything to fulfill our obligation.

Let’s say you commit to a workout routine of visiting the local gym three times a week over three months. Tell your friend that you’ll pay him some money for each session you skip, no matter what the reason is. If there is a threat of paying a penalty, we’ll be more likely to do our part of the agreement.

Keep a diary

Keeping a diary about your experience and feelings from day one can be a useful tool in inspiring yourself to go even further. When you put down your thoughts and feelings into writing and revisit them when you feel less motivated, you’ll notice that you’ve already been through similar phases and that you’ve managed to overcome such problems. This also requires dedication and commitment, but the benefits can definitely be worth the effort.

Motivation is one of the key aspects of changing bad habits and leading a healthier life. That’s why it deserves a lot of attention on your behalf since nobody likes to fail and feel like a loser.

Fall Is Coming To Your Closets

The most painful time of the year has come. Even though it is still summer, days are becoming drastically shorter, the holidays are over, and the cold weather is at our doors, with that evil smile, slowly raising its hand to start knocking. I know what you’re thinking: “Oh my God, it’s not enough that I’m seeing all those ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ sections in every single store, but now my favorite blog is also writing about fall!”

Jokes aside, fall really is right around the corner, and in order to avoid the whole ‘summer is over what do I do’ rush, start preparing on time and get ahead of the curve by carefully going through this ultimate list of 2018 autumn trends.

90s baby

I’ve once seen one Twitter post that had a bunch of nineties’ fashion show photos and the title said: ‘90s fashion was an ART’ and I just couldn’t agree more. It really was, but neither we nor the designers were aware of that until now. However, the 90s fashion got a little modern upgrade since it is now fused with our beloved athleisure. There is everything – from full tracksuits, over oversized “fugly” sneakers, all the way to lux-y shell suits. And if you ask Prada, you shouldn’t be leaving your house without a logo bucket hat. Oh, and what about dropped shoulder tees? Well, like them or not, they are this fall’s basics according to Dior and Vetements, who were apparently having a nostalgic 90s sk8er boi moment.

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Brown all the way

Were you in girl scouts when you were little? No? Do you order stuff a lot? You do? Well, have you checked out how sick the uniform of that UPS delivery guy is? Now, seriously, brown really is a huge hit right now. It all started with the interior design and now it has also found its way into the world of fashion. And it was about time – enough with the black already, geez. This season, you’ll be seeing it all – F-clad worker jackets, cagoules, shearling fleeces, bark-hued overcoats, bombers and deconstructed blazers – all in, that’s right – brown. And if you are a fan of this color, you can get one of those cool vintage 90s style brown suits in milk chocolate brown.

Old boy cowboy

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Slow down with packing away those spurs of yours, honey! If you were watching the latest fashion shows, you have probably noticed that abundance of cowboy boots on models. They were everywhere, paired with, logically, denim jackets, western shirts, and cowboy hats. And, of course, these were the times when you could see some of the best men’s jeans models displayed on catwalks. After all, these pants were originally made for hard work on fields and horse riding – you know, basic cowboy things.

Vertical logos

Now, you’re thinking: “Okay, we got the memo, logomania is back” – BUT, do you know about the latest update? Think vertical. This season, you’ll be seeing logos and slogans running down the sides of pants, along sleeves, or simply positioned vertically on the back sides of jackets. This is a pretty smart move if you ask me – they referenced the season without having to invent and develop new lines. Maybe next year they will go diagonally, or in circles, who knows. If that happens, I want credit!

Baseball caps

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It’s not like they have ever been out of style, but it’s just that this season the 90s’ caps with curved fronts are the ultimate styling accessory, especially when combined with football scarves.

And that would be it – all you’ll need to rock the streets this fall. Which of these is your favorite? Let me know in the comment section below!

7 Ways to Live More Eco-Friendly Starting Today

We often talk a lot about going green, but we never actually find the time to make some real changes in our lives.

The truth is we don’t need to make such a big effort in order to see big changes. Often the smallest changes can produce the most valuable results.

We all need to start from somewhere and then improve over time until we’re satisfied with how we’re living our lives and we are happy with how much we are contributing to saving our environment.

A recent study showed that most people don’t realize that they can make a big change in the way they live and impact the environment by implementing a few small changes in their daily routines.

Here are 7 small changes you could make in order to live a more Eco-friendly life, starting today!

1. Recycle and Up-cycle

Believe it or not, there are some things that are even more important than recycling. Sure, it’s important that we recycle everything that is recyclable, but what’s more important is to try and reuse or upcycle the items we already have in our home.

By up-cycling we can create new and beautiful pieces of home and garden furniture and much more, from old, worn out pieces, like old clothes, tyres, pallets, water bottles, boots, suitcases, or basically anything else you have lying around in your home.

So the next time you’re doing some spring cleaning and are planning on throwing away things you no longer use, think about the ways in which you can improve or remodel them so that you can give them new life with a wonderful new twist.

That way you’ll have items that nobody else has, and you’ll be lowering your carbon footprint by not buying new items that you can actually make yourself from items you already own.

2. Borrow, Share and Reuse

Rather than let your house sit empty while you are on vacation bring in some house sitters. They can care for your pets, plants and ensure the house is secured the whole time. Not only that you provide a place for someone to stay rather than renting a hotel room. You can save a lot of money house sitting, so check out the best house sitting websites, sign up and started saving.

You’re invited to a wedding and you don’t have a suit or a dress to wear? Instead of going shopping right away, why not see if you can borrow something from a friend or a family member?

We are all used to buying new clothes for each occasion and leaving them to sit in the closet forever. So if you cannot find something to borrow, you should at least try to buy clothes that you can wear on multiple occasions not just for that one wedding.

How many people do you think have worn a suit or dress just once and then never again?

3. Get Rid of Chemical Cleaning Supplies

You can go green when cleaning as well, by making your own eco-friendly cleaning products that are not only good for your family’s health but are great for the environment as well.

Get rid of those toxic chemical cleaning supplies, and try some fantastic alternatives.

Biodegradable and Eco-friendly detergents can be found in most supermarkets and can be easily made at home, using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Not only will you avoid those harsh chemical smells, but you can also rest assured that your home will be clean and fresh!

As a side note, Business Insider recently wrote a post about everyday Eco-friendly products that you can easily switch to using.

For example, you could use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to clean the kitchen and bathroom tiles instead of using a harsh chemical based one. You might be surprised at how impressive the results are.

4. Skip Buying Plastic Items

We are all surrounded by plastic everywhere we look. Everything comes in a plastic container today that it’s basically impossible to avoid buying any plastic, but once you start thinking about the sea life and everything else that suffers from our excessive use of plastic, you start finding ways to avoid it as much as possible.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Skip water bottles altogether and use reusable glass bottles.
  • Buy products that are packed in Eco-friendly materials such as PCR and paperboard containers, paperboard jars and tubes, black PIR jars, recycled materials, hemp zipper bags, glass bottles or jars and so on.

5. Bring Your Own Bag When You Go Shopping

There are a lot of countries in the world that have already banned or taxed the use of single-use plastic bags, which have contributed a lot in the drop of the amount of plastic bags strewn into the ocean and landfill sites.

The first time that the bag taxes were introduced was in 2003, in Denmark and Ireland, and it became effective in England in 2015 as well.

Even if you don’t have bans or fees in your country, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t bring your own bag when you go grocery shopping, so that you can avoid using plastic bags altogether.

6. Cut Down on Meat

Want to have a healthier, more Eco-friendly diet? One way of doing that is by reducing your meat consumption,  cutting out meat completely or choosing meat which has a lower carbon footprint.

Eating less meat is crucial for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy planet. Research shows that meat-heavy diets lead to obesity, heart disease and even cancer, which is quite alarming.

That’s not even the scariest thing.

Meat consumption makes our planet sick as well. Believe it or not, raising chickens, cows and pigs actually generate as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, automobiles and trucks combined, and that’s not the only way it’s affecting our planet.

Millions of square km of forests are cut down in order to build farms and pastures for the farm animals, which leaves an even bigger carbon footprint.

If we decide to consume less meat, or even avoid it altogether, we’d be contributing both to our health and the health of our planet.

7. Walk, Ride Your Bike or Use Public Transport

This last rule one is pretty obvious one, yet there are a lot of us who don’t live by it.

We all love the convenience that comes with taking the car to work, school, when shopping, going out, or basically everywhere else, and even though there are many situations where a car is more than necessary, that’s not always the case.

Bike riding, walking or even taking public transport has huge benefits for the environment, and it not only lowers greenhouse gas emissions, but it also minimizes pollution and helps save our planet, one walk or bike ride at a time. We all have the power to reduce our carbon footprint easily.

Imagine if every person in the World swapped just one car journey a day for public transport, walking or riding their bike. There are over 7 billion people in the world, including over 1.3 billion in China and another 1.3 billion in India…That would make a huge impact on global pollution.

How to Make an Eco-Friendly Home and Life for Your Pet

Being environmentally conscious is very important these days, thanks to phenomena like global warming. And that means you should take an environmentally friendly stance in all parts of your life including your home. If you have a pet who lives with you at home, you can incorporate eco-friendly products and processes to ensure your pet is well cared for, and that he makes little impact on the environment as possible.

Here are some ways you can make an eco-friendly home for your pet.

Invest in an Eco-friendly Pet House

Your dog may want a pet house he can hang out in outside, or when he needs a place to hide away inside. Consider investing in an eco-friendly dog house so you don’t choose a shelter made from materials that tax the environment. Consider a dog house made from salvaged wood or a plastic one made from recycled materials. Buying a green dog house will ensure that your dog’s little shelter didn’t use unnecessary resources.

Compost Your Pet’s Poop

Instead of tossing your dog’s poop in the trash, consider composting it (just not for your edible plants!) This ensures that the poop and the plastic bags you might otherwise use to pick it up with are not going to clog up a landfill.

Feed Your Pets Food That Is Sustainable

When you think about what you’re going to feed your pet, make sure you only consider food that’s from sustainable sources. You can find a dog food that is made by companies who only use sustainable ingredients, or you can consider making your own dog food and treats using food from local, sustainable farms and markets or even by growing your own food!

Adopt Your Pet

Rather than going to a pet store or a breeder to buy your beloved animal, head to a shelter instead and adopt a pet. By adopting a pet, you can reduce the chances that places like puppy mills will continue to operate and this will ultimately reduce the number of resources those businesses require. Adopting a pet is also a generally good way to ensure that all animals already alive are cared for and that none have to be put down by a kill shelter because they couldn’t find a loving home.

Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

Make sure you get your pet spayed or neutered so they don’t get end up getting pregnant (or getting someone else’s pet pregnant), and contributing more to the world’s animal population. By making sure your pet doesn’t add more animals to the world, you can help reduce the number of animals that end up requiring resources to stay alive — and those that end up creating more waste in the world. When you take your animal to the vet for a regular treatment like the top Heartgard plus for dogs, ask about getting him or her spayed or neutered — your vet can give you all the information you need to know about how and when to have it done.

If you want to have a pet but also make a minimal impact on the environment, you should try to focus on creating a green pet home. By taking some eco-friendly steps to create a comfortable pet environment, you can enjoy your furry friend while also having the knowledge that you haven’t harmed the planet while caring for him.