What I can do to help the environment

5 Simple Ways To Lend A Hand to Mother Nature

We need to start protecting her, one human at a time.


We've been depleting resources as our human population continues to expand. We've, as a society, developed new trends for electrical cars and solar-everything to reduce waste, yet the US is still one of the largest producers of waste.

As an individual, we feel helpless sometimes because we feel a though we aren't writing the laws so we can't do anything about major corporations, etc. but we individuals, produce so much waste. According to the Annenberg Learner, we INDIVIDUALLY produce 4.6 pounds of waste each day. Imagine how that affects the plants, insects, the animals, and wildlife who cherish this planet as their own. Imagine how much land and water we've taken away from others because it's just so polluted. We've truly hurt mother nature, and it's only going to come back and hurt us in the end when we won't have any feasible resources for ourselves.

Here are some ways you can start to be more mindful about your waste and take actions to decrease the 4.6 pounds of trash you produce:

1. Invest in a reusable water bottle

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There's a picture of a Hydro Flask here because it's the one you see the most. Hydroflasks are an expensive option and there's definitely other and better options (ex: Target, Walmart, etc.) A reusable water bottle can be annoying in the fact that you have to find water stations and have to refill it constantly, but here are a bunch more positives: you won't have to spend money on buying a water case, you'll be able to flavor your water however you want, you can put any drink in your glass, it will stay the temperature you want it to stay, you can also put soup/ramen in there (no one will know), and the list keeps going. You get my point. Invest in a thermos bottle ASAP!

2. Go straw-less or buy a reusable straw. 

If straws are your life, buy a reusable straw that you stick into a drink, wash, and then slip into another drink. It's a lot better than using plastic straws in general. Also, you'll look super cool with your own straw. Go check Amazon.com right now!

Also, at fancy restaurants, for those of you who order drinks and don't drink the drink straight from the glass and ask for a straw. STOP DOING THAT. Just drink from the glass. No, it's not disgusting and no, it's not dirty. If you ordered wine, you would drink straight from that boujee glass, wouldn't you? So what's the difference. There isn't one.

Also, PSA for my ladies who are super obsessed with their face, straws CAN and WILL give you wrinkles around your mouth when you're older.

3. Invest in recycle and compost bins

Yeah, I really do have to make this a point. Many people don't have recycling bins inside their house. This is very, very essential! So much paper and cardboard and much more can be reused if it ultimately goes into the right bin and is sorted out properly. It helps garbage collectors, the state, the nation, and ultimately, everyone on this planet.

All food scraps in your house--just throw them in a separate bin called the "compost bin" and feed it to your plants! They love that kind of rich fertilizer.

So in short, go to the store and buy a bunch of colored trash-bins. Put them in your kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms (all your main rooms) and label them as "trash", "recycling", and "compost." It's really simple.

Also, on Saturdays or Sundays (depending on your area), take your bottles and cans to the recycling center! Please! The biggest incentive for this is the money you make. Yeah, obviously they don't give you $100 bills but even $5 or $10 goes a long way for small treats and quick shopping. If you don't know where your closest recycling center is, google it. I promise you that you will find it easily.

4. Compostable utensils and tupperware

If you ever have gotten food at Whole Foods, you know that you can get lunch in compostable containers. With a little bit of digging, going to Amazon.com or any sustainable place, you're likely to find alternatives to styrofoam and plastic. When at home, use these utensils for house parties (if you don't want to break out the China). Take these to your work or school. Also, another plus is that they're microwavable safe so you'll never be put into a dilemma like when you have plastic.

If you don't want to go out and buy these, just stick to the old glass and metal utensils and Tupperware that you can wash and clean and have set for every use. But for my lazy ones, this is the way to go!

5. Look for stamps, seals, and signs! 

On any product that you buy, check the tag or product itself for stickers from the EPA and any other different institutions dedicated to providing regulated, safe, and healthy products whether it be food, clothes, or anything else. Some common stamps you might have already seen are the USDA Organic, Fair Trade USA Certified, Energy Star, and EPEAT. To learn more about the signs, symbols, and seals, on your products including wood products, clothes, textiles, housewares, food, electronics and much much more, click here! You won't regret it!

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45 Things Day Care Workers Say All Too Often

Toddlers are pretty much tiny, drunk people.

Being the keeper of tiny humans can be a very interesting job. You are constantly breaking up arguments, cleaning up messes, trying to keep them safe, and telling them not to do things that are well, sometimes pretty weird. They do and say the strangest things that'll make you wonder what is really going on in their little heads.

1. "No no no, don't do *something crashes to the floor* ....that."

2. "Bubbles in your mouths every body!"

3. "No, we don't eat our friend's snack."

4. "Hands to yourself."

5. "Get off of the table before you hurt yourself."

6. "Why do we even give them spoons?"

7. "We don't put toys in our mouths"

8. "Did you wash your hands?"

9. "Where do we run? Where are we right now?"

10. "Where are your shoes?"

11. "We don't talk like that here."

12. "Go tell them you're sorry"

13. "Get your finger out of your nose"

14. "Inside voices please!"

15. "Every one find a buddy."

16. "Ew ew ew, some body get me a tissue!"

17. "How did your shoes untie already? I just tied them five minutes ago."

18. "We do nice with our hands."

19. "Oh god, it's spaghetti day."

20. "Please, do not put noodles in your hair."

21. "Hold hands until we are on the play ground!"

22. "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head..."

23. "Do you have to poop?"

24. "Well you should at least try."

25. "Why didn't you go to the potty before we went outside."

26. "If I hear "Let it go" one more time..."

27. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog.."

28. "Mommy and Daddy will come back, I promise."

29. "No, no biting!"

30. "She had it first, you'll just have to wait until she's done."

31. "Ew, why are you dipping everything in applesauce?"

32. "Now, are you going to eat the vegetable with the ranch or just the ranch?"

33. "Then why did you say you weren't eating snack?"

34. "Put your arms back in your sleeves."

35. *Five minutes before closing* "Where are your parents??"

36. "I finally got him to sleep, everyone be quiet."

37. *You see one eye open* "Oh no..."

38. "Wow, all your kids are still sleeping!?" (We wish we said this more often)

39. "Don't eat that, it was on the floor!"

40. "Glue the google eyes on here." *puts the eyes anywhere but there*

41. "Stop fighting over who's going to turn off the lights, you'll get a turn tomorrow."

42. "Don't shove so much food in your mouth at once, you'll choke!"

43. "Chew and swallow your food before you get up."

45. "Don't touch anything until we wash your hands!"

As weird as these small people are, they are some of the sweetest beings on the planet. And although they drive you crazy, at the end of the day, they make you love your job.

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The Reality Of Cat Shows

Go in with an open mind, because cat shows may seem totally bizarre, but are incredibly fun and special.


As a self-declared cat lady, when I decided to attend my first cat show I was hyped to pet all the kitties, and watch them do tricks, or show off their beauty. After attending a few, I know they're totally unique and amazing events that everyone should be attending.

Upon arriving, you will probably need to pay an entry fee, and maybe there's an area for donations for local animal shelters (yes, animal breeders support animal shelters!). You might be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of cats, as far as the eye can see. Having a game plan of cats to visit might seem fun, but just roaming and visiting is a lot more fulfilling, and you may discover breeds of cats you never knew you would love. Usually, cat shows will feature visiting areas for guests attending the show to view, and sometimes pet, the cats. As well as areas where cats are judged and given awards, sort of like miniature stages.

Visitor areas are pretty self-explanatory as you can roam around and look at the dozens of different breeds, of kittens and cats alike. The diversity will amaze you and the cats are all special and loved by their owner. Because cats can catch sicknesses while surrounded by so many other cats, it's important to sanitize your hands before petting, as well as asking the owner if you can pet their cat or kitten. Some may even let you hold their cat, but this would be rare and you shouldn't get your hopes up! While viewing cats, you may find some that are up for adoption and could find a new family member. Some cats are actually people's household pets, and are scored differently from a cat who was bred for its looks!

The competition side is where the cat shows get interesting. You can view any and all competitions, although there will be many occurring at a time. That's because cats will initially be ranked against the cats of the same breed as them, and within those breeds, by gender and color style. Winning best in the breed is the first step to becoming the champion of a cat show. Watch as owners get nervous and excited as the tiny plastic awards go up, showing which cat was victorious. Although all judges can be different, it's fun to see beautiful and friendly cats win awards and look pleased with themselves as their owner smiles with pride.

Later in the day or weekend, one cat will be chosen as the grand champion out of the best in breeds. Usually, fans can vote on their favorite as well, and award a special cat a top prize, although unofficial, for its cuteness and spirit. A hairless cat has won fan favorite at every show I attended!

Go in with an open mind, because cat shows may seem totally bizarre, but are incredibly fun and special. The group of people who participate will love to tell you about their amazing cat and let you in on cat show secrets. A place where cat lovers unite, what could be better?

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