I was on a forum the other day and mentioned plastic marine pollution. Someone said they visit beaches often and NEVER see trash, I was shocked. This past weekend I realized, people may not notice trash on the beaches because a lot of it is tangled in the seaweed, which most people avoid. Unlike marine animals who take refuge in seaweed hiding from predators and feeding on it or other small animals hiding in the dense brush. Yesterday, while at the beach we found 27 pieces of trash in about 20 minutes, majority of it in the water where we were swimming. We didn’t go searching for it, the tide brought it all to us. Lots of clear plastic bags, a plastic fork, a few different plastic lids, 2 latex balloons, partial plastic container, half a lip gloss tube and lots of smaller plastic pieces. Remember when you throw things away it doesn’t go away - it’s still sitting, or floating, somewhere out there. I promise if you look around when you are out you will see trash, on land or in water. Do your part and pick up what you can and refuse single use plastic and reduce your trash output, before we are all swimming in it. #trash #leavenotrace #reduce #pickupthepieces #pickupyourtrash
Some thoughts as the weekend approaches & we all start making our weekly grocery trips. I was that person who thought she could never give up meat, I didn't see anything wrong with eating meat, and believed meat was healthy & necessary for us. Everything started to change once I looked into our environmental problems and the causes of our health problems. We forget that what we put in & on our bodies have long-term effects on us. We forget because it doesn't affect us right here and now, we don't see the the negative impacts these foods and products have on our bodied and the enviroment. That doesn't mean it's not causing not only health but environmental problems in their production. We are so caught up living in the here and now not worrying about the long-term consequences of our everyday actions. My main reason for giving up dairy and meat is for the environment & the more I look into it the more I realize how cruel the animals are treated & how unhealthy meat and dairy are for our bodies. No matter the reason to cut out animal products there's plenty of reasons why we should all try to do our best. With all of the studies, evidence, and technology nowadays, we know better so we have the opportunity to do better! It's not as hard to convert to as people believe, sure it doesn't happen overnight, just like anything else it's a lifestyle change. My family and I aren't perfect but we have come so far over the months & my kids are eating things I never thought they would! I see the bigger picture now and my selfish needs because a steak taste good doesn't mean that I should be eating it. It's our human selfish needs that are causing all the problems in the world, let's be more selfless and take only what we need and not every single thing we want. I urge you this week to buy less meat and dairy and fill your grocery carts up with more beans, grains and vegetables 🌱 💚
Last night I posted my newest blog post "How I feed my family of 6 on $80 a week." (Here they are, aren't they the cutest 😍) Not only did I write this to help reduce your weekly food budget but your enviromental impact.
I'm a typical mom I will do anything for my kids, which means, I want to look back and feel like I did what I could to help make the world a better place, for their future.
I want to make sure they stay healthy by feeding them what's best, I want to teach them we should all do our part in taking care & respecting the planet & I want to make sure I help inspire others to do the same. Because the greatest threat to our planet is thinking someone else is going to save it 💚
I can only urge you all to make changes, take a challenge, and educate yourself. Can you replace a few meals a week with vegan/vegetation options? Can you cut out fast food and coffee cups, plastic water bottles & plastic straws? Can you start replacing some of your plastic for more sustainable options? Can you stop using toxic detergents, cleaners and health/beauty products?
Yesterday was the day to cast your ballots here in the US but remember, every purchase you make is a vote for what you support.
I love how far I've come in life & I love knowing that my personal growth is endless. I became a mom at 17, just a baby myself. Over the years I've grown so much, I've learned and I've failed too, a lot. But, I know in order to teach my children I have to not be perfect, but show them how to grow, how to learn and how to admit our mistakes. It's okay to realize things you've thought & believed in are wrong. We get so easily mind warped just following the crowd. But the crowd isn't right most of the time. In order to teach my children to leave the planet better than it was left for us, I have to learn how to do it myself. And there's no better motivation then them 💚