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New Years Resolutions: Reframing the Way We Set Them

New Years Resolutions: Reframing the Way We Set Them

It is finally 2021! There was a point where I thought 2020 would never end but alas, here we are in the early days of the new year. Inevitably, most of us will set new year's resolutions - most of them look like some lofty, immediate change that requires us to go cold turkey as we attempt to overhaul our lives in mere weeks.  It is this all-or-nothing thinking that gives us false hope that we are actually making a positive change. For example, the classic new year’s resolution is to ditch junk food and work towards our “summer body” (plot...

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The Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

I have always had fond memories of Christmas.  When we were children our parents would drive us past houses lit up with glistening lights, we would go to the mall to have our pictures taken with Santa while we listed all the things we were hoping to unwrap under the tree this year. I remember we would go to my Nonna’s house on Christmas Eve, have a feast and unwrap one present while surrounded by all of my cousins, and on the drive home I would search the sky furiously for any sign of Santa Claus and his reindeers.  Upon...

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Beyond The Label

Beyond The Label

In recent years, there has been an increase in demand for eco-friendly and sustainable products. As a consequence, big brands are taking advantage of this new demand as they are greenwashing all of their marketing initiatives.  Greenwashing or “Green Sheen”: “the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how a company’s products are more environmentally sound”. In other words, a company’s unsubstantiated claims that deceive customers into believing that their products are more environmentally friendly. Think of labels that say “recycled materials” or “energy saving benefits” or “environmentally friendly”. Really it is just labels and packaging...

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13 Ingredients You Don't Want In Your Skincare

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13 Ingredients You Don't Want In Your Skincare

When it comes to beauty and skincare, what we put on our skin is as important as what we put in our bodies. Skin is our largest organ and anything we put on our skin ends up being absorbed in our bodies. The beauty industry is notoriously unregulated. Companies are able to slap on greenwashing claims without any real consequences. So when you see labels such as "green", "all natural" and "eco-friendly", I encourage you to take a closer look at the ingredients. Ingredients to run from if you see on the label: Benzoyl Peroxide - highly irritable to skin,...

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Cottagecore: A Lifestyle Trend, But Make it Eco

Cottagecore: A Lifestyle Trend, But Make it Eco

Cottagecore is a huge trend dominating the for-you pages of TikTok, the newsfeeds of Instagram and the endless scrolls through Tumblr. It is a glimpse back into the nostalgic days of simpler living. What is Cottagecore? Cottagecore is an aesthetic that "celebrates a return to traditional skills and crafts such as foraging, baking, and pottery". It is a nostalgic movement that focuses on the simpler, more comfortable way of living and often provides an escape from many forms of stress and trauma. Cottagecore attempts to mitigate the effects of stress and burnout by showing people that you may find happiness...

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