Green Living | My Collection of Zero Waste Writings

I should rephrase the title slightly to say, “My collection of zero waste writings so far” because that’s a much more honest depiction of this tiny but mighty archive. As a contributing writer for The Good Trade, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to take a deep dive into the ways in which we can make a big difference with small actions every day. Disposable single-use plastic has become the center of attention recently and while that’s exciting it can also be a little paralyzing.

We set out on a mission to help you stop freaking out and feeling depressed about all the things you can’t control and focus on what you can do, which, fortunately is a lot. This brief list is chock full of resources, tools and really important sustainable swaps that’s attainable for recovering plastic addicts (me!). Since this blog is all about taking #inspiredaction everyday I’m confident this article embodies that ethos. So, read, share and most importantly keep up your amazing work! Stay tuned for more writing on zero waste and plastic-less tips.

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Get the Yogi’s Guide to Winter Wellness for $9

Hey friends!

As the winter season begins to wind down, I wanted to offer you the chance to download this at-home practice, A Yogi’s Guide to Winter Wellness for $9! Originally, the cost went for a cool $15, the price of one yoga class. However, as a we begin to make this transition into a new season, I’ll be working on more downloadable and inspiring content for you to establish a deeper connection with yourself, others and our natural world. So, here’s a sale for ya!

Not familiar with the guide? Here’s a quick rundown…

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The Best Essential Oils for Cold Season

THIS IS PART TWO OF A YOGI’S GUIDE TO WINTER WELLNESS SERIES.
DOWNLOAD THE FULL GUIDE ON THE BASIC GOODS, HERE!

We are currently in the thick of cold and flu season and my husband Brian and I are hygge-ing away here in Maine. Aside from staying active and keeping gentle movement apart of our routine to stay well, I’ve made sure to incorporate Young Living Essential Oils into our lives.

I’ve been using essential oils for several years now — admittedly in a somewhat clueless manner — but finally made the switch to Young Living about five months ago and I have to say, they are truly worth it. As the purest and most highly-regarded essential oils on the market, YL’s pedigree (and high standards) assures me that I made the right decision, as not all oils are created equal.

If you are new to EOs (essential oils) an easy way to think about them is as highly potent, steam-distilled plant, herb or seed used for therapeutic benefits. They are complex and beautiful. Which is why so many brands on the shelves simply can’t be taken for face value the way Young Living can. I promise to talk more about EOs in an introductory article but let’s get to the icky winter cold remedy stuff. ‘Cause you probably can’t breathe right now and I get that. Moving on.

Aside from getting physically sick, it’s also easy to get seasonal depression during the winter and yes, if you were wondering, there’s totally an oil for that. Sort of…
So, if you’re in the thick of it this winter, here are my four favorite essential oils for cold and flu season.

To get your hands on Young Living Essential Oils, go to this page where you can get a starter kit complete with a diffuser, guide to oils and all the EOs I mention here!

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People | Suyog Mody, Co-Founder of Driftaway Coffee

This interview is a pretty big deal. Rarely do I have the opportunity to talk to the co-founder of a radical coffee company like Driftaway about the heart, soul and game-changing tactics behind their brand. Second, I’m pretty sure that after reading this you’ll have a drastically different view of coffee, climate change and your massive impact as a consumer on the world.

Featured in The Today Show, Good Housekeeping, Esquire and more, Suyog Mody and his wife Anu started their small-batch, coffee roasting subscription company as an effort to help alleviate poverty and bring you a delicious cup of coffee customized to suit your tastebuds. You know, the usual. Coincidentally, my husband and I were gifted a 6 month coffee subscription as a wedding gift (shout out to Scott and Anna) and as coffee lovers, we were hooked.

Now, I don’t want to give too much away but there are so many things that make Driftaway Coffee unique. From their perspective on using Organic certifications (it’s not 100% and they’re fine with that), why farmers deserve a spotlight and the important reason that coffee needs science to survive the effects of climate change.

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Hopefully you’ve read the fantastic interview with Bill Ahrens of New Country Organics Farm (if you haven’t go do that, too) and are about to have your mind blown and lens shifted once again by Suyog. His passion for sustainability and supporting others shines through and I hope you leave feeling motivated to take #inspiredaction.

Huge thanks to Suyog of Driftaway Coffee for being so generous with his time and energy. Make sure you get a coffee subscription for yourself and gift at least one more this holiday season. Enjoy, friends!

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The Conscious Kitchen | 3 Zero Waste Ways to Use 3 Cups of Almonds

Over coffee one afternoon my friend Melissa Ballone (the girl boss behind Wellness for Makers) and I were chatting about nut milks — I know, I know, things white people say. Her favorite was fresh oat milk and I proudly declared that I couldn’t part with my 3-in-1 homemade almond milk method that left no scrap behind.

As I started rambling on about the bounty that 3 cups of raw, organic almonds can bring to your conscious kitchen, I realized that, doi, this should really be on TBG.  And that’s it! I think that green living is as simple as a conversation with friends trading tips over coffee and, most of all, are simple and earnest. Not everything works perfectly every time but this particular method allows me to turn 3 cups of almonds into so much more and it’s a ritual that I love, so I hope you enjoy this, too!

Got some stellar tips yourself? Leave your comments, thoughts or questions below.

 


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A Course in Calm

Hey everyone,  Since I started my newsletter, The Exhale, a year ago, I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to bring together my yoga and writing projects here on The Basic Goods. I’m excited and really proud to share that, A Course in Calm, is exactly that. Don’t let my title as a yoga teacher fool you, I’m also a person who deals with anxiety and a distracted mind like many people do. So I created this totally free course to share what I have learned and teach in studios and schools that help others (and myself!) feel more settled and calm.

I don’t believe that we need to accept this stressed and over-reactive state as the norm. Peaceful bodies and calm minds are our baseline and I know that we are all capable of living from that place. Please feel free to send me a message or sign up a friend/loved one if you like! Read on to find out more about A Course and Calm.

xx Kat

Manage and control your anxiety with mindfulness, yoga and breathwork in this free four week e-course, A Course in Calm.


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Beauty Basics | DIY All-Natural Deodorant

Would you believe me if I said that making your own deodorant is easy annnd fun? Probably not, but I’m gonna say it anyway! I started to make my own deodorant a few years ago because I refused to believe that it could really be that complicated. Based off what I had learned from making simple and non-toxic home cleaning products I knew that my pantry was chock full of eco-friendly ingredients that worked in my house so why couldn’t they work on me too?

Besides that, I was also keen on avoiding many of the chemicals in store bought deodorants such as, aluminum compounds, TEA/DEA, Triclosan, propylene glycol (this is especially harmful to people with sensitive skin) and parabens. Shockingly, the government does not require any safety testing before the creation and marketing of beauty and personal care products, and some like TEA/DEA have been banned in Europe due to the evidence that they are in fact, known carcinogens (chemicals that can cause cancer when used regularly).

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Wellness | Easy Yoga Poses to do at Home

Something I learned about myself in 2017 is that I do not like to (and cannot) sit still. For me, regular movement means I’m happier, healthier and feel more energized overall. However, I find myself sitting for long periods of time on the computer or traveling in a car way more than I’d like. After a while, things start to hurt, crankiness sets in and…well…it all goes downhill from there.

Maybe you can relate to this. Most of us do because as a sedentary culture, we are starved of the regular, nourishing movement that our bodies and minds need to be well. As a yoga instructor and lover of movement (motion is lotion! Is that weird? I’m sorry) I prefer to do a few easy and rejuvenating poses at home or in private to tune things up.

The poses below are simple, accessible and go a long way if you’ve only got 10 or 15 minutes to be on your mat.  Since the holidays have just come to a close, chances are you feel a bit burnt out and tight like I do right now. So, hopefully you’ll appreciate the simplicity of these poses. Remember to focus on your breath and meet yourself where you are. There’s no need to try and change a thing. Just breathe.

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Food + Drink | Campfire Cooking

Last summer we hiked and camped out on Mount Washington. It was awesome, amazing and a ton of fun. You can read all about our trip and why you should do it here, on Huckberry.  Sorry to tell you but this post is not about the adventure, it’s about food.  Let’s move on.

Since we started a bit later in the day and the climb up and down Tuckerman Ravine isn’t exactly quick, by the time we returned to our campsite it was nearly dusk. Sweaty, tired and starving (we had seen people drive up to the top in their cars with entire pizza pies, I swear I’m not joking) we set up camp and got cooking — fast. Thank goodness we had a solution.

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Whether you are car camping or carrying it all in your pack, making a nourishing and tasty meal that’ll fill you up is tough. Most camp meals are prepackaged and freeze-dried, loaded with sodium and calories galore, but sometimes making a hot meal is simply not an option.  Continue reading Food + Drink | Campfire Cooking

DIY | Eco All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Of all the tips, tricks and life hacks that make living an eco-friendly lifestyle accessible, 3 ingredient recipes are by far my favorite ones. Why? Because it’s not hard to memorize such a short list and it keeps Brian and I from becoming dependent on store-bought cleaners. For me, that second part is a such a huge win. There’s nothing more paralyzing and discouraging than wanting to do better but feeling overwhelmed by the process. So, it’s empowering to find something like this that really works.  Continue reading DIY | Eco All-Purpose Cleaning Spray