5 Stylish Ways to Reduce Plastic

Global Warming is an issue that affects all of us. Some of us, it affects right now with heavier storms, severe draughts, melting ice and rising sea levels. Some who live in an area that’s mostly surrounded by mountains, we don’t feel it as much, yet. Still, it’s an issue everyone is affected by. We as consumers can do our part in helping our planet. In this post I want to show you 5 easy (and pretty cheap) ways to reduce plastic waste significantly and help the environment.

Get yourself a stainless steel water bottle.

Bildergebnis für stainless steel water bottleHere, the only thing that you have to think about is whether the lid is made of steel as well and how big your bottle needs to be to fit your needs. I have one that holds 500ml and that works perfectly for me.

 

Get a plastic free bento with reusable cutlery for when you’re out and about.

Bildergebnis für plastic free bentoI have a wheat based bento and wheat based cutlery. But there’s also steel, bamboo and some other more creative materials to choose from.

 

 

Bildergebnis für plastic free strawGet a reusable straw. Those are mostly made of bamboo or steel as far as I know. You can get them really cheap or really expensive, depending on the brand. If you’re unsure, I’d suggest buying a cheaper one to see i fit works for you. Some companies sell the straws with little boxes so it’s easier to carry them around.

Get yourself a plastic free coffee cup to go.

My favorites are those that have two walls. I personally don’t have a coffee cup because I got myself smaller thermos flasks that can hold about 500ml and I put tea in them or sometimes when I go to Starbucks I let them fill my coffee into my thermos.

Bildergebnis für package free soapTry out naked beauty products.

There are a ton of shops on Etsy, or online like Lush for example that have a variety of beauty products that don’t have plastic packaging. Some don’t even need any packaging at all. I personally use naked soaps from Lush and smaller Etsy Shops. I also have a naked deodorant bar from Lush and solid shampoo and I’m totally in love with those, too.

They’re not only great fort he environment, most of these products are handmade by small businesses, especially on Etsy. Since the Etsy fees went up, one of my favorite shops isn’t on Etsy anymore, like so many. But I do want to share their link because they’re great. I do not get any benefits from linking to them. One of them is Lunar Bazaar, Grace and Honey I can really recommend doesn’t have many naked products, but it’s all handmade and as far as I know they’re switching to plastic free packaging as well.

I hope this helped you get some basic ideas on how you can reduce plastic, espepecially when you’re out in town or away travelling.

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What are your favorite plastic-free products? Share them in the comments!

How a Bullet Journal Can Help You Stay Focused & Take Better Care of Yourself

 

Behind the Scenes

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Hey y’all! This new section about Self-Care and creativity is a big step for me personally, and I want to share my experiences and struggles with you so I might help you find a way to take better care of yourselves as well.

I was really struggling for a few months to organize myself in a way that was flexible and meaningful to me. What I mean by that is that I had a lot oft hings to do every day, but I knew only vaguely what had to be done that particular week. With work, uni and my shop, it was really hard to keep up. I was way too tired to really figure out a strategy and organize myself in a way that would make me happy and productive.

Empty Your Mind

What got me out of my slump were two things: first, my coloring book. I started a new coloring book by Johanna Basford „My Magical Jungle“ and I painted it only with water colors and it was so much fun. I spent hours doing just that and re-discovering what it means to be only focused on one task at a time. The second thing, that came much later, was my Bullet Journal.

I just discovered bullet journals a couple of weeks ago so I didn’t start at the beginning of this year but rather at the beginning of March. I started out with literally four pens and a notebook and it’s been so much fun so far! It really forced me to focus and think about myself and my goals and how to get there. I’m definitely not an artist, but it also helped me get creative and empty my mind for a bit. I even decided to try out some calligraphy! Obviously it’s not something I can learn overnight but after 4 years of writing Japanese, it wasn’t too hard to pick it up, though I still have a long way to go!

Being creative helps you focus!

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You don’t have to be an artist, you don’t have to be particularly good either. Just take up a pen and a piece of paper and start drawing. If it’s Einstein’s portrait or random stars and clouds – as long as you’re able to let go and think about nothing else, it doesn’t matter what the end result will look like.

Bullet Journaling can help you appreciate life more

You can use your bullet journal to write down a few things each week that were great. Be it a home-cooked meal with a friend, a new shirt you bought or a few hours of sunshine. Don’t force yourself to write extremely long entries. Bullet points, a small photo or a quote can be more than enough to appreciate the little things in life.

Let's Chat

What do you do to unwind? Do you have a Bullet Journal as well or would you like to start one? Tell me in the comments!

Foundryside by Robert J. Bennet |Review

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Foundryside by Robert J. Bennet is a wonderful book for everybody who loves mysteries, rebels and a great new magical world to explore! I don’t want to spoiler any of you but I have to say that some of the things in this book really shocked my and I literally had goose bumps when I read about what some of the characters had to go through. It really shouldn’t be shocking though because a lot of the stuff ( except the magic of course) has been done to other people around the world. And in some instances- is still being done.
It’s always a wake up call of sorts when you realize that the horrors you’re reading in this book are happening in the real world as you read. It drives an urge in me to change the world for the better, even if it’s only the small, every-day deeds.
This is a first part of a trilogy by Robert J. Bennet and I’ll be sure to keep my eyes out for the next parts!
The writing style is magical and sucks you in right from the start. Each character really has their own way of talking and moving and it adds to the mystery and intrigue I felt when reading this book. I can’t say anything about the plot without spoilers so please go ahead and read this wonderful book for yourself!

Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reingten |Review

Bildergebnis für nyxia unleashedNyxia unleashed is the perfect second book of the Nyxia trilogy! The first book already swept me off my feet but the second.. it was amazing and I read it withing two days!
Finally, our favorite characters have made it to the new alien planet and discover some pretty shocking stuff and try to survive in such hostile situations. It’s inspiring and amazing to follow them on their journeys. I love how friendship and companionship is emphasized in the story as the main reason for survival.
The writing improves, if that is at all possible from the first to the second book and even though the pace is rather fast, we still get a lot of insight on characters, their thoughts and feelings and also a lot of info about the new alien race, culture, the planet, plants and new animals. The wildlife was so fascinating and I really fealt like I was on a new planet myself, exploring this new culture and experiencing everything for the first time.

What is also great is that the characters are really diverse when it comes to ethnicity and sexuality. It’s not only refreshing but really important to me to include such characters as well. I especially appreciated that the two main characters are non-white, which is usually how the heroes are depicted.
I really can’t wait for the grand finale!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Review

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Totally loved the Cruel Prince! The only thing I was worried about was that I wasn’t sure I’d get into the story, as everything is written in the present tense, which is weird to read as I’m not used to that. But as the story progressed, that was no longer an issue. The premise was extremely intriguing and the cover did it for me. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this fascinating book!
The main character is a fierce human girl who has to find her way in the fearie world, by any means necessary. Her adventures are wicked and dangerous but her wits and strength guide her through everything.

I loved how bullying and race were part of this book as well. We don’t often get themes addressed which are important to the teens and YA of today in fantasy stories, at least not to this extent. That’s a BIG plus for this book. The historic/medievalist elements were well incorporated in the over-all story. That was really important to me as I study medieval literature and culture.
Can’t wait for the second part! ❤

*I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion of this book. This fact did in no way alter my decision in terms of rating or other.

Jade City by Fonda Lee | Review

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Jade City is the beginning of an interesting and ambitious trilogy. The first book, Jade City, will be released in only a few days ( Nov 4th). I want to make sure all of you get your hands on this wonderful inspiring, interesting and compelling first book.
I have to be honest with you guys, I have not been reading as much as I used to, and of the books I read I rarely felt this spark of excitement, empathy, and commitment towards the characters in the book as I did here. That’s why I took the time to actually sit down and write a review. Jade City is the kind of book that presents you with charismatic characters you wish you could meet in real life, a wondrously magical setting that keeps you on your toes and interested in the story of what happened before the actual story begins. It is a complex world in which the reader quickly notices that there is so much more you don’t know, not plot-wise, but when looking at the world this story takes place.
We only get a glimpse of what is happening and so, everything was a mystery ( in a positive way) and many things have been left unanswered after the first book, but I’m anxious and impatient for the next book to be released. But let’s hear a bit from Fonda Lee herself:
“I started envisioning a society where magical jade granted special abilities to warriors with the proper training and bloodline, and the idea merged with my longstanding enthusiasm for mafia stories to become this modern gangster family saga. It’s the most intense, ambitious thing I’ve ever written, and there’s more to come.”
This story is so rich on characters, their development, cultural information and world- building that I would recommend it to anyone who likes a complex world without having to read a thousand pages. Lee makes all this possible in her newest story and I can honestly say that even though I have already read Jade City, I will definitely buy the book. The only thing that I really didn’t like about the book is that it is not available as hardcover in Europe. I mean, it is but has to be shipped here and so it is extremely expensive and not good for our environment.

The Simple Soul of Susan by Noel Branham| Review

Bildergebnis für the simple soul of susanThe Simple soul of Susan is a book that is was a pleasant change for me since I recently only read fantasy books. Guys, I just couldn’t put down. The story is extremely sweet even though it deals with some deep issues at times. Susan lives in a small town in Texas and all she wants for her life is to settle down with the love of her life and stay in her home town. But.. her love interest is her best friend and as you might think, things start to get complicated pretty soon.

This book deals with so many issues probably most of us have experienced in some way or another: friends who have once been close drift apart, growing up, starting a career, mobbing and belonging of a community, poverty and inequality. All these themes are contained in this small book. Some of the issues are only scratched on, others are detailed and discussed in-depth.

I really loved Susan, even though I think she cries a lot, and I felt real empathy for her and her problems, as I have faced them at some point in my life. I have to admit that I did cry when I read some of the scenes. I liked some of the other charraters as well but the main focus is on her and her experiences.

And that actually gets me to my next point: you have to understand that this novel, at least in my eyes, is more of a story telling though episodes. You will find a gradually developing plot and characters, but do understand that a few weeks or even months lie between some of the events. AT the beginning, this really bugged me and it was hard to get into the book. When I got used to it though, I got fully absorbed in the story.

That being said, I still wish the book would have been longer and that we would have gotten to know the main character more. What does she do when she doesn’t interact with other characters? What were her first encounters with some of the characters ( the old ladies for example). I think there is a whole world still waiting to be explored here and I wish the book wasn’t over and I could read more about Susan and her adventures.

I am so torn when it comes to the rating of this book that I decided not to give a rating. Some stylistic and plot techniques were a bit too convenient for my taste and I didn’t like the ‘episode-like’ telling of the story, but I did enjoy the book, the characters and their development so much, I don’t want to not give 5 stars simply because the story is so emotional adn wonderful to read. The story frows extremely nicely and it’s extremely easy to read.

So go ahead and read this wonderful novel youself or if you have already, what was your imporessions? What did you rate The Simple Soul of Susan?

 

  • I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does in no way influence my opinion of their work.

Harry Potter Book Tag

 

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Harry Potter Book Tag

A book you found interesting but would like to rewrite

A first book in a series that got you hooked

A book you wish you could have right now

A killer book

A book you found confusing

Your spirit animal book

A dark, twisted book

A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is

What Are YOu Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW23

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This is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. I think it’s a cool way to let you guys know what I am currently reading. Let the show begin…

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High Schol Book Tag 

Thanks to Ida for taging me! It was lots of fun to do this tag and I actually got to reminisce on my favorite books! ❤

The rules:
  • Thank the creators: Namitha @ Teen Memoir and Jasmine @ How Useful It IsTHANK YOU!
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to)
  • Tag (about) 5 people.

 

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A book or character that makes you smile?

Gansey from The Raven CircleBildergebnis für gansey raven cycle

Sports team
A fictional family that you want to be a part of?

The Weasleys 🙂 Bildergebnis für WEASLEYS

Class President
A book that tries to make a difference?

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High School Sweetheart
A book character you have a crush on?

Jon SnowBildergebnis für jon snow

Prom Night
A book with a beautiful cover?

In Calabria by Peter S. BeagleBildergebnis für in calabria

Spring Break
A book you can always turn to when you need an escape?

The HObbitBildergebnis für the hobbit book

School Lunch
A book character(s) you want to have lunch with?

Boromir or Ned StarkBildergebnis für boromir

Halloween Party
A character you would like to be for one day?

Hermione GrangerBildergebnis für hermione granger

School Bully
A villain you don’t want to go to school with?

JOffrey BaratheonBildergebnis für joffrey

Graduation
A book with a bittersweet conclusion?

The Return of the KingBildergebnis für return of the king

 

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