Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from UncommonGoods

*This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. I received compensation in exchange for this post.
All thoughts and views are my own.*

It’s time to start looking for the perfect gift for the special moms in your life. One place that has some really great unique gifts is UncommonGoods. They not only have unique gifts but they also are a very ethical and environmentally friendly company.

They are headquartered in Brooklyn, New York in the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal. All operations, including their warehouse, are housed there and their lowest-paid seasonal workers start at 50% above the minimum wage!

They are dedicated to providing beautiful products that work in harmony with the planet and don’t bring harm to people or animals. Most of their products are made in the USA and about one-third are recycled and/or use upcycled materials.

When you buy a gift from UncommonGoods you are also helping donate to some great non-profits. They donate $1 with every purchase to a charity of your choice from the following; RAINN, American Forests, Women for Women International, or City Harvest.

UncommonGoods has gifts for everyone, including some great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts. I’ve picked out some of my favorites to share with you.

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Unique Mother's Day Gifts From UncommonGoods

Click here to find these gifts and many others!

These are just a small sample of the great gifts available. The above ideas range in price from just $10 for the book to $98 for the bangle, so there is something for every budget!

Visit UncommonGoods for even more great Mother’s Day gift ideas. And be sure to follow UncommonGoods on Facebook to stay up-to-date on what’s going on at the store.

I’d love to know, what are your favorite items from UncommonGoods. Also please share some stories about the special mom’s in your life. You can also show my mom a bit of love by checking out her blog Tea With Dee on Facebook. Moms do so much for us, it’s time to show them some extra love.

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5 Ways I Failed as an Environmentalist

The last two or so years have involved a lot of changes that I still haven’t adjusted to, clearly I LOVE change. *note sarcasm!* This has led me to be overwhelmed and stressed out. It has also led to less than perfect (FAR less) homemaking and I have not been the best environmentalist. So now I shall confess my eco-sins.

5 Ways I Failed as an Environmentalist*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

5 Ways I Failed as an Environmentalist

  1. I can’t remember when I last composted something. This is silly since it’s so easy! I just got out of the habit and forget.
  2. I’ve been eating fast food again. I went around 6 years without eating fast food but for some reason I started again. I still eat less than the average American but more than I’d like.
  3. I’ve bought a lot of clothing. I finally figured out my style and decided I want to be happy with clothing. This means a new wardrobe and while I’m not doing it all at once it’s still a lot of new clothing.
  4. I haven’t used my rain barrel since, I don’t know when! It’s not hooked up to the gutter because the gutter is in bad shape. However, I used to use it for grey water and that hasn’t been happening.
  5. I threw away a fair amount of plastic I was saving for recycling. I can only recycle #1 and #2 plastic in my town but I had been saving other plastic to recycle in Texas a few times a year. I hadn’t been in a very long time so we had so much built up I had to throw some away. The horror!

Why This is Okay

I feel guilt about all of those things but it’s okay! These things don’t make me a bad environmentalist, it doesn’t even really mean I failed. You know why? Because I still tried! I still recycled what I could in my town, plus some. I still avoided a lot of disposable products. I still cleaned my house with eco-friendly cleaners. The list goes on and on.

It’s easy to focus on what you are doing wrong but most likely the list of what you are doing right is long as well. None of us are perfect, but if we all try to do better it will make a huge difference.

I’ve always believed that small steps are best, when it comes to starting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Guilt happens but be gentle with yourself. Focus on the positive and just keep working on doing better.

So share something positive you have done for the planet lately. It can be anything, nothing is too small! And have a wonderful Earth Day!

Bonus: Need some inspiration to help you go green this year? Check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, it contains some amazing green resources. It’s only for sale until Monday, April 27th at 11:59p.m./EST, so check it out now. 

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Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: Less Stress Homemaking

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Almost a year ago I wrote about how I felt like I was failing as a housewife. I wish I could say since that post I had become the perfect housewife and I was feeling much less stressed, but I’m not! I’m still struggling to fit everything in and keep up with it all. I’m overwhelmed by it all and not staying caught up at all.

Please tell me that some of you feel this way as well! I doubt I’m alone so I want to share an amazing resource I’ve found to help with this issue. It’s the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

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I just bought and downloaded the bundle and I’m loving all of the resources. I’m excited to learn from other homemakers that have felt overwhelmed as well.

The bundle includes eBooks, eCourses, printables, and more. The resources cover cleaning, DIY, finances, cooking, meal planning, holidays, homeschooling, marriage, organizing, health, working from home and more!

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What’s Included in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

  • 76 eBooks
  • 6 eCourses
  • 1 audio download
  • 2 online conferences
  • 14 printable packs

You get all of these resources, a $1247 value, for only $29.97! That’s around 30 cents per book! And if you still aren’t sure, don’t worry there is a 30-day money back guarantee.

My Favorites in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

These are some of the resources in the bundle that I’m most excited about.

  • Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living by Emily McClements
  • Lotions, Potions, Salves, and Sprays: Natural Products for Your Home and Coop by Lisa Steele
  • Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts by Kate Tietje
  • Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything by Tara Ziegmont
  • Frugal Real Food Meal Plans by Tiffany Terczak
  • Christmas Planner 2015 by Jill Craft
  • 50 Frugal Dates by Jenny Martin
  • Project Organize Your Entire Life by Stephanie Morgan
  • Your Simple Home Handbook by Elsie Callender
  • The Homemaker’s Companion: A Home Management System by Lindsey Stomberg
  • 25 Days to a Happier Home by Alison Wood
  • Living Green in an Artificial World by Sarah Pope
  • How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) by Ruth Soukup

Bonuses Included

All of the resources I already talked about wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle comes with some amazing bonuses.

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  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
  • FREE $15 Credit to Hope Ink PLUS 2 FREE 8×10 Art Prints ($71 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day “Good Deal” Subscription to She Plans Dinner ($15 Value)
  • Choose 1 FREE Stylish Spring Scarf from Deborah & Co. ($20 Value)
  • FREE $80 Healthy Moving Class Credit ($80 Value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt ($30 Value)
  • FREE 65 Tyndale Rewards Points to Be Used for a FREE Book or Towards Any Book of Your Choice ($15 Value)

What Do I Think About the Bundle

I downloaded the bundle today and I of course haven’t had time to read it all but I am amazed at all of the resources I got. I’m already feeling less stressed knowing I have these resources to help me.

After ordering I got my email very quickly and was able to start downloading. The download menu is so easy to use. The first thing I have downloaded is Simply Clean Home by Nina Nelson. I’m excited to start reading it. Let me know if you want reviews of these eBooks as I finish them.

I highly recommend checking out The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. However, time is running out! It will only be available from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27th.

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After that, the shopping cart closes and the deeply discounted price is gone.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

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Best wishes and happy homemaking!

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

 

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Reducing Food Waste

Reducing Food Waste*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

Over the last several weeks I’ve shared a lot of tips for saving money on real food. Today I want to talk about the most important way to save money on groceries, avoiding food waste.

I think we are all guilty of wasting food but I don’t think most of us know just how much we are wasting. It’s a huge problem around the world.

In the US, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted! That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person, per month! Not only does that waste contribute to pollution, it also is wasting us a lot of money.

Reducing my food waste is one of my big goals this year. There are some easy ways to help reduce your food waste, which will save you money as well!

Tips for Reducing Food Waste

  • Label your food. I’m very guilty of putting leftovers in the fridge or opening a package but forgetting when I put it in there. I really don’t want food poisoning so when in doubt I throw food out but simply dating food helps stop the doubt!
  • Stock food smartly. When stocking your pantry or fridge, put the things that will go bad first in the front. We tend to use the things that are the easiest to reach first so this helps us to make sure things get used up.
  • Freeze your food. A lot of things can be frozen to help them last longer. This is a topic I will be talking about more very soon but for now you can always Google to find out if something can be frozen.
  • Get creative. If something is about to go back see if you can find a creative way to use it. You can find some great recipes in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, which is available this week only!
  • Make smoothies. If you have produce that is maybe a bit past its prime but is still safe to eat, stick it in a smoothie. You can also freeze most produce to save for smoothies at a later time. Even greens and many veggies can go in smoothies, just follow the 60/40 rule, 60% fruit, 40% veggies (less if it has a strong favor).
  • Meal plan. Meal planning can help you shop smarter and use up ingredients before they go bad. Click here for more meal planning tips.
  • Check your food before shopping. Try to make as many meals as you can with what you already have on hand before getting more food. And make sure you aren’t overbuying ingredients because you forgot what you already had.
  • Share with friends and family. Did you make too much of something? Or got a good deal but can’t use all of it before it goes bad? See if some friends or family would like to share.
  • Save your citrus peels. Citrus peels are very useful! You can make candied citrus peels or even use them to clean your garbage disposal! You can find other great ways to use scraps on Pinterest.
  • When all else fails, compost. When you do have something that goes bad or scraps you can’t use up, compost it (assuming it’s compostable!). The rich soil can help you grow your own food later or even if you don’t have a food garden it can be used in flower beds or shared with friends.

With these simple tips you will greatly reduce your food waste and save money! I’d love to hear your tips for reducing food waste as well, comment below, Tweet me, or share on my Facebook.

For more great information on food waste, be sure to join myself and many other great panelists at the #nofoodwasted Twitter party, tonight at 9p.m./EST.

Photo adapted from- stevendepolo‘s photo via flickr

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Fair Trade Clothing from ModCloth

Even if you are new you can likely gather from the blog’s name that I love retro things and the environment. My love of fashion doesn’t always fit with the environmental part. Sure vintage clothing is very environmentally friendly and that’s my favorite, but I also enjoy new vintage inspired clothing.

The clothing industry creates a lot of pollution and is not always terribly ethical. Sweatshops are common place and people are exposed to toxic chemicals everyday. Leather for example is causing massive pollution and human rights issues in Bangladesh. This is one reason I don’t buy new leather. And it’s not just cheap fashion that is a problem. Even designer fashion has human rights and pollution issues.

I’m not perfect when it comes to clothing. I try to at least buy natural fibers and avoid leather and petroleum based fibers. It would be better if I always chose organic fabrics made in the USA or Fair Trade. I try to but this is not always easy with my style.

However, I do try and in my opinion that’s what matters. If we each shifted just part of our clothing budget to more ethical and environmental choices it would make a huge difference. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

Thankfully ModCloth is combining my love of vintage inspired fashion and my desire for ethical and environmentally friendly clothing! They not only have some great made in the USA brands, they even have some Fair Trade and organic pieces. These are some of the pieces they currently have available.

Fair Trade Clothing from ModCloth

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Fair Trade Clothing from ModCloth | Retro Housewife Goes Green

Swap Meet Sweetheart | Carry On with Confidence | Pretty as a Picnic  | Happily Ever Gather
One and the Aim | Perpetual Charm | Drawn to Design | Gone Stamping | Pretty as a Picnic Floral

ModCloth adds new pieces everyday and the Fair Trade options also change frequently. They also have a great selection of vegan friendly shoes and made in the USA clothing.

What are your thoughts on fashion the environment and human rights? Do you like that ModCloth is carrying Fair Trade pieces? Share in the comments below.

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