Adventures on Assateague Island

It’s a little embarrassing that I am just now getting around to posting these photos, but what can I say? no time like the present, right?

Back in June of 2019, the husband took me on a very special trip; one that I had been asking to go on since I learned about this place in 2016. We went to Assateague Island National Seashore, or as I like to call it, Wild Pony Island.

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Mourning Doves for a Difficult Moment

Hey Internet, it’s been a moment, but I felt like I needed to reawaken this outlet and share some of what’s been going on in my neck of the woods.

The last time I posted something here was in October and it’s just bizarre how much everything – the whole world – has changed since then. Being in NYC, we are grappling with how the Coronavirus has affected our city, our community, and our neighbors. It has been overwhelming and sad, and I, like everyone else, am so grateful to all the brave medical professionals who continue to go out every day and help those affected by this terrible virus. There isn’t really anything I can write that comes close to expressing everything I am thinking, feeling, wishing… I guess all I can say is that I hope you and your loved ones are safe. This is a strange time and one we need to work through together, even though we have to do our best to stay apart. Continue reading Mourning Doves for a Difficult Moment

Tips for a Plastic Free Halloween

As someone who is new to living a zero-waste life, Halloween is kind of a daunting holiday. Between the one-time use costumes, cheap decor, and individually plastic-wrapped candies, there is plenty of potential waste in celebrating All Hallows Eve. But I still love finding ways to celebrate the season, so this year, I made an effort to enjoy the holiday using only natural or re-usable items I already had on hand.

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Easy DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

I have been relying on Method all-purpose cleaning sprays for all my cleaning needs for a few years now, and they work great. But that means that every time I finish a bottle, it’s another piece of plastic waste. Luckily for me (and you) there is the easiest solution to this cleaning conundrum – a homemade cleaning spray that you can make over and over again, with just three ingredients.

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Zero Waste – Laundry

Today I want to share one of my absolute favorite (and easiest) zero-waste swaps. Laundry is without question, the chore I loathe most. And schlepping my clothes down the block to the laundromat was one of my biggest annoyances when I first moved to Brooklyn. But hey, it’s got to get done and I must say, I’ve been slightly more willing to launder now that I have a zero-waste alternative to laundry detergent and dryer sheets! Continue reading Zero Waste – Laundry

Nature Reads – Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Nature Reads post, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading! Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees has been one of my favorite books of the year and one I simply haven’t been able to stop “buzzing” about since I finished it this past spring.

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Recreate this Fresh Fern Fragrance

I am mildly obsessed with Standard Wax’s Green Thumb fragrance. I first stumbled upon it at a Greenpoint local plant shop I adore called Tend. As soon as one enters this lush plant shop, you’re hit with this fresh scent reminiscent of ferns, soil, moss, and grass. It’s like entering an Eden and it’s heavenly!

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Notes from the Feeder: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

I’ve been struggling to get over a cold for over a week now, and it had left me feeling more than a little disappointed and sorry for myself this past weekend. But the silver lining to being stuck inside the apartment all week was catching my first sighting of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at our fire-escape bird feeder… Continue reading Notes from the Feeder: Rose-breasted Grosbeak