Mouth Watchers and Tom's of Maine Review

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I usually make my own toothpaste. It's a simple recipe but recently I wanted to try something different. As for my toothbrush, well, I was given a Mouth Watchers toothbrush and was dying to try it. Does the Tom's of Maine toothpaste make my teeth just a clean as my homemade stuff? Is this toothbrush worth it? Read my review below!

Big things coming in August!

I have some pretty awesome things planned for August and I wanted to give you a sneak peek. I have been working hard on making Moon Child into an actual blog and not just my hobby. At first, it was just a way to write about going zero waste but then I realized I really love to write and work on Moon Child so I want to focus more attention on it. How you ask?

Buycott App Review

Sometimes it can be hard to know if a company tests on animals or what their stance on climate change is. That's why when I found out about Buycott I was pretty excited. But does it work and is it helpful?

My favorite summer jams

Summer isn't my favorite season. Not by a long shot but I love it because it's a great time of the year to get together with friends and just hang out. I wanted to encompass that feeling with a playlist of songs that remind me summer, sunshine and good times. Check out the playlist and let me know what songs you would add!

 

Halo Top ice cream taste test

I am a true lover of ice cream. I could easily eat it everyday and after ever meal. I shouldn't do that because I am lactose intolerant but I sometimes think it would be worth it.

Another issue I have with ice cream is that it is full of sugar and really bad for you. I was pretty excited when I found out about Halo Top. I first heard about this from a friend that was doing Weight Watchers. She made a comment that she could eat the whole pint and not blow her points. I was intrigued.

Vegan chocolate mug cake recipe

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Sometimes you just want something sweet but you don't want to wait forever or make an entire pan of something. That's why mug desserts have quickly become my favorite thing in the world. You can make a single serving of cake (or just about anything) and it takes little to no time! It's even better if it's vegan...like this recipe. The most common time I want this cake is during a certain time of the month. Too much info?

Fun facts about me

I realized I have never told you anything about me other than what was in my welcome post. I'm not a super interesting person but I wanted to let you know a few facts about me that you might find fun.

Zero waste items I love: pt. 2

If you didn't catch my first part be sure to read it here!

I have been transitioning to a zero waste life for a few months now. It has been both an easy road and a tough road. Sometimes it is easy to find a zero waste solution to your needs but sometimes it is really hard to figure out what to do. Here is the second half of my list of items that has made the transition easy.

Dijon Balsamic Dressing

Oh man do I love this dressing. I shared it over on The Smoothie Vegetarians' blog so go check it out! This dressing is perfect for just about anything. Even meat eaters would love it on chicken or pork. It is such a fantastic dressing and I am excited to share it. Go read it now!

The link to read the recipe is to another blog I write for. Please follow the link and show me some love!!

I'm a GladRags Ambassador!

I am so excited, honored and nervous to announce that I am a GladRags Ambassador! What is a GladRags Ambassador? First it is my duty to educate people about GladRags and sustainable methods for dealing with your period. Second, it is my mission to help people take pride in their period. There is nothing to be ashamed of!! So if you get a period and want to reduce your waste and reduce the ugly and nasty chemicals in your period products then look up GladRags! I will have a few exciting posts about them coming up soon so be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!!

(I have a post coming up in a few days about GladRags that I wrote way before I found out I was an ambassador! Crazy huh!)

I went to a lavender festival and it was magical

I love lavender. It is one of my favorite smells and plants to have around. Lavender has so many amazing uses and the essential oil is...well, essential! When I heard about a lavender festival in a nearby town I knew I had to go!

DIY bug spray

It's summer and that means bugs. Yuck! But you can stop them from biting with this DIY bug spray using essential oils. Plus it is super customizable!

Click here to see how to do it!

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My zero waste office

I work in an office. Most of the time I am not in the office but I do have one. Being zero waste while working in this setting can be a challenge but I have a few tricks to make it easier.

Here's a tissue for your issues

I seemed to have disappeared and for that I am sorry. It wasn't intentional, I just had some very serious issues come up. While the issues are still happening they are starting to calm down a little so I wanted to give you an update.

Birthday Party Prep Time!

I never celebrate my birthday. Most of the time my mom and I go to lunch and shop and look around in Omaha but otherwise I don't do much. I think the last time I had a party was when I turned 16 and that was a LONG time ago. This July I am turning 29! It is the last of my 20's and I want to actually celebrate it. I don't have a ton of friends but I have a few really good friends and I am excited for them to come and hang out.

Buying Secondhand Clothing is Rough

One of the goals I made when I decided to reduce my waste was to not buy any new clothing. I was hoping to make my own clothing or buy only second hand. This has lead to some interesting shopping trips and made me realize how hard this "simple" challenge was going to be. At least how hard it was going to be for me.


Zero waste items I love pt: 1

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This is part one in this series! Stay tuned for more things I love that help me be zero waste.

I have been a zero-waster for a little while now and through trial and error, I have found some items I love. Some are unconventional while some I feel like it would be hard to live without. All are zero waste friendly and can easily be DIYed or bought from small businesses.

DIY Laundry Powder and Fabric Softener Crystals

I recently wrote about the laundry powder and fabric softener crystals I use to get my clothes clean and fresh. It is super easy and zero waste! I just make sure I have all the ingredients but a box of washing soda, borax and epsom salt last quite a while. You can make bigger batches or keep them smaller and make when needed.

One thing I didn't mention in the article was that you can hand grate the soap (it's what I do!) but you can also cut into small chunks and grate using a HIGH POWDERED food processor. Don't try to use one your mom bought you at the dollar store. It will destroy the motor.


To read how to make both of these awesome zero waste products click here!

DIY Foaming Handsoap



I posted another DIY for The Smoothie Vegetarians! This time I decided to share a recipe (is it a recipe if you don't eat it?) for foaming handsoap. It is super easy and quick to make. You can make it in a jar if ya want. Just repurpose a foamer from a store bought soap. You can read all about it here!

How I deal with seasonal allergies


Spring is officially here and that, for me, means allergies. I have struggled my whole life with severe allergies and not just in the spring, my allergies are usually an issue for me year round. The changes in the temperature do not help - thanks climate change.

Living a zero waste life


I have always been someone that recycled and is passionate about the environment. I took an environmental science class in college and loved every minute of it. When I moved out on my own I wanted to recycle everything and do my part but as I have gotten older I realized I needed to do more.

Once I started looking into the zero waste lifestyle I was shocked at how much plastic we use daily that we don't even think about. Your toothbrush is plastic, your deodorant is in a plastic tube and so on. There is so much plastic that is being thrown away all the time and it is a serious problem. The question is how do we make the change?

I write for The Smoothie Vegetarians!


I have some exciting news! I write every other Sunday for The Smoothie Vegetarians! I am really excited to be sharing some cool things over there and the girls have been so cool. My first post went up Sunday and I love it. I chose to write about my face oil because 1.) I needed to make more anyway 2.) I think people need to see how easy it is to make your own beauty products.

If you want to check it out then click here. Make sure you keep an eye out for my next post in a few weeks.


Why I gave up coffee for Lent


I tend to drink a lot of coffee. I didn't used to; it just happened one day. I think it happened when I worked in an office with free coffee. I would come in every morning and enjoy a cup and I got hooked. I went without it for a while but once I realized how much I was spending on a cup from other places I broke down and got a coffee maker at home. That was my downfall.