Christmas in July with Zulily

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

I’m to share some tips for planning ahead for Christmas this week. And while working on that I saw that Zulily is having some Christmas in July deals. I had to share these deals before they were gone because there are some cool eco-friendly items. The event ends in just over 2 days so be sure to check it out while you still can.

Are you already thinking about Christmas? Do you like to shop ahead of time or wait until close to Christmas? Share in the comments below or on my Facebook page. And be sure to check back this week for more Christmas in July fun.

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Product Review: ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN

*Disclosure: I was not paid for this post but I was given a swimsuit to review. Read disclaimer for more information.*

A couple of years ago my husband and I joined the local gym, which happens to have a swimming pool. I don’t use the gym that much but I really enjoy swimming. It’s my favorite form of exercise because I enjoy it, it’s good for asthmatics, and it’s easy on my muscles.

When I started swimming I knew I wanted some eco-friendly swimsuits and the best I have found are by ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN. They are cute, made in the USA, use recycled material and work to reduce their carbon footprint. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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The kind people at ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN offered to let me try one of their swimsuits awhile ago and I still love it! So when they contacted me to see if I wanted to try one from the new line of course I said yes!

This year’s line is even better than last year’s! Many of the swimsuits have a retro flare, which I love. I also love that they have some suits that offer more coverage than many swimsuits out there. The one I chose is a black and white tankini with little black shorts.

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Another thing they added this year is waterless dyeing. This allows them to save even more resources and make the brand even more sustainable. They also host community beach cleanups around the country. To date, ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN has removed over 4 tons of ocean pollution from oceans and waterways in the United States.

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It’s very high quality and I’ve enjoyed using it a lot. I love the style and the company’s values, doesn’t get much better. I highly recommend checking out their swimwear line.

You can find where to buy their suits on their website- http://www.ecoswim.com  Also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Do We Need Feminism?

There is a disturbing trend right now, women posting on social media the reasons why they don’t need feminism. Now if you are new to my blog you may think with my love of the 50’s, the fact that I am a housewife and really play a pretty traditional role in my marriage, that I’m not a feminist. You would be wrong.

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First I think we need a quick overview of what feminism is. Here is what Dictionary.com defines feminism as.

fem·i·nism

[fem-uh-niz-uhm]  

noun

1. the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
2. sometimes initial capital letter an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women.
3. feminine character.

Rights equal to those of men. That right there sums it up so well.  However, there are women posting on social media saying they don’t need feminism for all kinds of reasons, like “because I don’t hate men.” Wanting to be seen as equal to men doesn’t mean you hate them.

I take on a very traditional role in my home. I do the cooking, cleaning (at least the majority), and all of those traditional things. And my husband has the very traditional male role, he is the primary wage earner, does most of the yard work, fixes things around the house, and things like that. But I am not a housewife because that is my only option, I am a housewife because it works for our family and it’s what I enjoy doing.

As much as I love the 50’s it wasn’t the best time for women. There were few career opportunities, sexual harassment in the office was accepted as the norm, and income inequality was much more prevalent.  We have made a lot of progress but we still have a long way to go.

Someone I know told me about sexual harassment she experienced in the work place, this year! A client for the business she worked for really liked her, the company knew this and would send her to things he would be attending and encourage her to “dress nicely.” Her boss also acted very inappropriately with her. This sadly is not an uncommon experience.

I could go on and on with stats about how women are still not equal to men but you have likely seen them, as have the women posting on #womenagainstfeminism. So why are some women against feminism? At one time I was very active in the republican party and I witnessed the lies spread about feminism. Basically, we were told feminists hated men. While some do I’m sure, just like some men hate women, being a feminist has nothing to do with hating men.

Every movement will have hateful and bitter people that make the movement look bad but the heart of feminism and the majority of feminists are just people that want women to be treated equally to men.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new “movement.” Do you consider yourself a feminist? If not, why? And please everyone treat each other with respect.

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July Grocery Haul

My mom and I went to Oklahoma City today to do some grocery shopping. Before we shopped we went shopping we had lunch at Tucker’s Onion Burgers, so delicious. We also went to Half Price Books but I’ll write about that later.

The weather was amazing. When we got there it was around 65 degrees and overcast. That’s unheard of for Oklahoma in July. Made for a nice trip. And now for the haul.

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Sprouts
Organic Green Grapes
Organic Bell Pepper
2 Organic Pluots
Organic Raspberries
Organic Strawberries
Wild Caught, Low Mercury Canned Tuna
Organic Ranch Dressing
3 Baking Soda
2 Organic Mac & Cheese
5 Organic Tomato Paste
Organic Refined Coconut Oil
2 Organic Black Tea
Organic Frozen Spinach
Organic Frozen Strawberries
Organic Frozen Berry Medley
2  Organic Frozen Peas
Raspberry Gelato

Whole Foods
3 Organic Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta
Organic Chicken Broth
2 Organic Soups
Organic Caesar Dressing
Yeast
Organic Whole Wheat Elbow Noodles
2 Organic Frozen Green Beans
Organic Frozen Broccoli
3 Organic Cream Cheese
Spanakopita
Frozen Mozzarella Sticks
Organic Grape Jelly
Organic Apricot Jelly
3 Organic Unsweetened Green Tea
Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce
Organic Sugar
Organic Salsa
2 Spry Mints
2 Pastured Chicken Breasts
3 Organic Chicken Nuggets
Organic Sliced Turkey
Organic Sliced Chicken
Natural Pepperoni
4 Organic Grated Parmesan Cheese
Organic Whole Milk Ricotta
Parmigiana  Reggiano
Organic Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese
4 Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 Cookies from the cookie bar
Organic Whole Wheat Bread
Organic Wheat Sandwich Thins
3 Flour Tortillas
Organic Salad Mix
Organic Celery
Organic Romaine Lettuce
Tilapia

I forgot to order from the Oklahoma Food Coop this month. Thankfully the farm I buy beef and eggs from started delivering to town once a week! I ordered five pounds of ground grass-fed beef from them.

I love seeing what people buy so if you do grocery hauls let me know so I can check them out.

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Everything is Not Awesome

Lego has done a lot to reduce it’s environmental impact and their toys are all lead-free. Their toys also encourage creativity and are a great option for kids. Heck, I got a Lego Cinderella castle for my birthday this year! They are a really wonderful product but there is one problem, the company they keep is not so positive.

Lego has had a longstanding relationship with Shell and plans to renew the deal later this year. And this deal doesn’t promote the environmentally friendly image Lego normally has. Shell wants to drill for oil in the Arctic. They are able to do this because the Arctic ice is melting due to climate change. Drilling for oil in the Arctic is very risk and a spill would be impossible to clean up.

Greenpeace is asking Lego to not renew their relationship with Shell and to stop promoting this dirty company to kids.  Greenpeace makes it very clear they don’t feel like Lego is the enemy here, Shell is but Lego is letting Shell use them to clean-up their image. Greenpeace isn’t asking kids to stop playing with Legos but for parents and Lego fans to ask Lego to cut ties with Shell.

Greenpeace also has addressed the fact that Legos are made from oil.

“Lego blocks are made out of oil, among other things. And that does add to demand for oil, ultimately making investment in extraction of new sources of oil – like in the Arctic – a viable business.

However, Lego has pledged to phase out the use of oil and replace it with a sustainable alternative by 2030. It’s also worked to reduce its packaging and ensure all its packaging and printed materials are FSC-certified.

But Shell has made no such environmental commitment and remains hooked on oil, so much so that it wants to go to the ends of the earth, to the icy Arctic, to get it. That’s why Shell are the real villains, undermining Lego’s pledge to reduce their environmental impact.”- read more

So with Lego pledging to phase out oil in their products, shouldn’t they also ditch their relationship with oil companies? You can help by telling Lego to stop playing with the Arctic and ditch Shell.

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