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Give Dad his own custom-made essential oils perfume - zero waste, minimal, natural and simple

Father’s day is coming up fast, and of course I want to spoil Husband on this special day. Although I don’t really love these types of days (you know, Mother’s, Valentine’s, etc.) I do love the fact that we have kids who get so enthusiastic about these “celebrations” and so now I just roll with it. If you think about it, Father’s day gives you another very good reason to expose the people you love to more natural ways of living and giving. And on that note – here is a great idea for a Father’s day gift:

Homemade natural perfume for Dad, using manly essential oils.

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Easy zero waste swaps to begin your zero waste journey painlessly

When we first started on our zero waste journey there where a few things that we felt were so big and took so much commitment that we felt totally overwhelmed. This of course meant that we put of changes because we just could not deal with them at that moment. I can’t even remember what those things were, but looking back I do feel a bit silly. We made it a lot more difficult than it should have and could have been. Why? Probably because we are scared of change, and we were terrified of giving up our convenience - no matter in which form that might have been.

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DECREASE YOUR ANXIETY BY SIMPLIFYING YOUR LIFE: Capsule wardrobe - the productivity secret of many over-achievers [Printable]

Simplify your life, decrease your anxiety and increase your productivity by changing small things. Change your cupboard to a capsule wardrobe - by automating getting dressed, you free up mind and cognitive abilities to rather focus on the more important things. My guide to planning and executing a core capsule, with seasonal items added as the year rolls around

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Zero waste bathroom- the simple guide to an easy, toxin free and low waste bathroom make-under

If you have been playing around with the idea of going zero waste (or at least low waste) with your beauty routine, I am here to tell you that it is possible to do it with minimal issues. If you just get your mindset right you have already won half the battle. Instead of thinking you need to stop using certain products, or doing certain things, which can make you feel deprived, rather focus on the excitement of trying something new, saving some money, and streamlining not only your life but the planet as well.

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Zero waste celebrations - Greening Christmas - How to cloth wrap using the Japanese art of Furoshiki [Christmas series]

As part of our drive to waste less, I have decided to try my hand at cloth wrapping. A Japanese tradition used for over 1200 years, cloth wrapping is referred to as Furoshiki, and it is traditionally used to transport clothes, fresh produce, gifts or other goods. The word translates to “bath spread”, referring to the historical use of carrying dirty clothes to the bathhouses in these cloth ‘bags’. The whole practice is an embodiment of Japanese beliefs in beauty, versatility, practicality and thoughtfulness. Furoshiki “bags” used to be used instead of plastic bags. What makes it great is that you can adjust the size of the bag depending on how you fold it, and even a big bag folded from a big cloth can still be folded small enough to fit in a pocket or handbag when it is not used. It can also be used to carry different sized objects, even those with funny or difficult forms.

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Non-commercial and minimalist Christmas traditions to start with your kids [Christmas series]

Because I have to keep the kids busy and entertained over December (school is closed and because I work from home, I am the designated child-keeper) while building the anticipation for Christmas day, and keeping in the Christmas spirit, I have started a few traditions of my own. They are mostly activity-based, designed to keep the kids busy as well as giving them an incentive to behave. That doesn’t mean we skip some of the traditional traditions, such as going to a Christmas concert or listening to carols, it just means that we have a few extra things to do during December.

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Gift guides: Minimalist and almost-zero waste gift ideas for eco-conscious moms

For those who do not know, from this year Husband and I have started following the minimalist guide to gift giving. We decided to do this because of a few reasons, and have a few suggestions of what to give for your eco mom (or any female for that matter)

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Gift guides: Minimalist and almost-zero waste gift ideas for toddler girls

For those who do not know, from this year Husband and I have started following the minimalist guide to gift giving. We decided to do this because of a few reasons, and have a few suggestions.

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