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Plastic Free July: how we reduce the plastic in our lives

How Plastic Free July brought my attention to how much single use plastic we purchase regularly. We already use less plastic than most because of the health effects of using it.  Here is how we reduce the plastic in our lives:

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Pyrex Snapware

We have tried other glass storage containers, these being the best that we have found. They are microwave, freezer, and oven safe. We have purchased two sets within the last four years and continue to get daily use out of them. Aside from glass being better for the earth and better for your health, glass is easier to clean, more durable than plastic, and does not hold on to odors colors from food.

These are good for sooooooo many different things, taking food with you on the go (lunches, snacks, etc.), using these to store food at home in place of ziplock bags (things like butter, meat products, chopped fruit, and the like), and of course using them to eat out of.

Each lid has a space for you to write on with a dry erase marker. (we honestly don’t use that at all because they’re clear and we can see what’s inside.)

Life Factory Glass Food Storage Containers

are also a great option. I don’t love the lids on these ones, but I do like the silicone that wraps around the containers. These guys are also freezer, oven, and microwave safe. We typically use these for taking snacks or small lunch sides on the go.

Beeswrap

This is one of my favorite ways of reducing plastic waste. These reusable food wraps are washable, reusable, compostable, sustainable, and of course eco-friendly. (Oh and they smell amazing since they are made of beeswax.) We use these in the place of plastic wrap and ziplock bags. They adhere with the pressure and warmth of your hands. Maintenance is easy, wash with mild soap and warm water, refrain from using them to store meat products. Ours lasted over a year with lots of moving, and not much care. If we had taken better care of them I’m positive that they would have lasted even longer.

Silicone Food Storage Bags

Are another great option (which we have yet to try). I’ve seen many people rave about using these and the reviews are pretty good. We haven’t really needed these because we use the glassware and beeswrap.

Glass Straws

  • Beach cleanups pick up 5,000 plastic straws annually from area beaches.
  • Plastic straws make the top 10 list of litter items found during International Coastal Cleanup Day.

 

Straws are things that consumers use frequently, and many times we are not even asked whether we would like one or not, as it is the default in many restaurants. I chose glass rather than stainless steel straws because I just prefer glass to anything else. I usually just keep a straw in my car or backpack (which also doubles as a great option for the times when I forget my resuable bag at home or in the car -_-) When I don’t a glass straw handy I just request no straw in my drink.

Cloth Produce Bags

This one makes me laugh a bit because (sorry for outing you babe) Max gets so annoyed when I don’t use a bag for our produce. HAHA. It’s the fact that the produce rolls all over the conveyor belt as we checkout of a store. Cloth produce bags are the perfect replacement for single use plastic produce bags. Prior to eliminating the plastic version of these bags from our lives, we were reusing them to line our bathroom trash cans. Better than single use, I know, but eliminating them altogether is even better. 🙂 The ones that I linked are made of organic muslin cotton.

Glass Water Bottles

As you know I love glass, so I did love these Ello water bottles when I used them. The only cons of using this bottle were the weight of the bottle (when full and empty) and the small amount of water that they can hold (20 oz).

Hydroflask

I really did not want to get a hydroflask, because it’s the brand that everyone uses, but I ended up going with it because of the wide mouth. I was looking at another great local brand but the mouth was narrower than the body of the bottle and I did not like that. Hydroflask really does live up to all of the hype. I love my 40oz. Don’t ask me whether it keeps drinks cold or not, because I don’t like cold water. HAHA. The reviews are all so great though so I know it does. The lid is plastic (but it’s obviously not single use) and it is BPA free.

Saving Glass Containers for Reuse and Buying From Local Bulk Food Store

You can read more about that on this previous post. Buying things in glass rather than plastic is not only better for your health, but better for the environment. We save our glass containers and even plastic Castile Soap containers so that we can refill them at our local bulk food store. If you are a maker or someone who uses mason jars, then you can save so much money by reusing things like spice, jam, nut butter, or pasta sauce glass containers. We have gotten so much use out of old honey jars. We actually use them for daily drinking glasses. I know that isn’t everyone’s vibe though.

& of course Reusable bags.

I know these are tricky because in our experience we either forget them at home or in the car. 😐 California has banned single use plastic bags for the most part so that’s a step in the right direction. Hopefully it causes people to at least consider why they are banned. Using a backpack as a “purse” has come in clutch for those times when I don’t have my reusable bags with me.

 

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About Plastic…

80% of all marine debris found in the ocean is land based, and 80-90% of the marine debris is made from plastic.

In the North Pacific Ocean there are 6x more plastic debris than there are plankton.

Plastic is one of the most widely used and cheapest materials in the world today. You can find it anywhere. If it’s not made from plastic, it’s wrapped in plastic. We use around 5 trillion plastic bags a year worldwide! The US alone throws away enough plastic bottles in a week to encircle the world 5 times. Only 1 to 3% of all plastics used are recycled. After we use them, we throw them away.

Plastic is Forever. They are not bio-degradable. Can you imagine that since plastic was invented, everything that has ever been made from this material still exists? In around 700 years they will start breaking up. They will not decompose or biodegrade and get absorbed by nature. They will “photo-degrade” – which means they will turn into little toxic bits of themselves. They are here to stay.

Woah

The Plastic Free July challenge really put our plastic problem into perspective for me. I had not realized how much single use plastic is used regularly, considering that I try my best to be aware of what I purchase and use. We went to a local grocery store on the 1st of July, and I wanted some ice cream and cookies. It was then that I realized that even things like cookies are first off wrapped in plastic and then held in place by a plastic rack. W I L D. That’s only one thing. Most processed good and even produce are wrapped and held in place by plastic.

I know that there are so many more ways to reduce single use plastic waste, so please do share your ideas, thoughts and suggestions!

 

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Reducing Waste: A trip to Aptos Natural Foods

reducing waste

I wholeheartedly believe that reducing waste is a good and right thing to do. Of course there are things that we have no control of and there are times that we have to eat out and use to go containers etc. My thing is that we can when we can and we don’t when we can’t. Your efforts make a difference whether we see it or not. Your choices to be a better steward of our planet will affect generations to come. I’m so thankful that our generation has become/is becoming so aware of the need for sustainable practices. (STAY WOKE FAM…haha. I had to)

How you can begin reducing waste

Plastic Bags→Reusable Bags

This is just one of many ways to reduce waste. Many people have already been doing this for some time. We absolutely love reusable bags especially the big ones, they make unloading the groceries easy peasy.

Here are a few reasons why reusable bags are a great thing:

Saving $$$ many stores offer a bag refund when you bring your own bags. In California single use plastic bags are banned from stores. Most stores carry paper for the times when you do forget your bags. There is a 10¢ bag fee though. We like to reuse these around the home when we do end up purchasing them.

Only 1% of plastic bags are recycled in the United States.

The petroleum used to make 14 plastic bags can drive a car one mile.

Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to decompose. Eeeeek!

It’s estimated that 1 million birds and thousands of turtles and other sea animals die each year after ingesting discard plastic bags. (Not to mention the havoc that these plastic bags are wreaking on our environment by simply releasing all of the junk that they’re made of.)

I usually carry a backpack with me instead of a purse. So even when I do forget my bags in my car or at home I am covered. There’s always the option of the reusable bags that fold up small enough to fit in your bag.

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Recycle + Reuse

If you are from Gilroy click HERE to see the Recology sorting guides. Items that are recyclable vary by waste company so make sure you do your research before you sort.

People not recycling is one of my pet peeves. It is likely due to not caring, laziness, or people simply not knowing any better. But like everything in life: Know Better Do Better.

It’s not hard especially once you get into the rhythm of it. It all becomes nature.

Glass containers make me so happy. Not only is glass safer in regards to your health but it’s better for the environment. Reusing glass is easy and everything tastes better in glass. It is easy to clean and doesn’t absorb any odors. So many reasons to reuse your glass containers. We try to buy everything that is bottled in glass containers when possible. We save everything from canning jars to glass spice jars. A close friend recently gave me an old sangria jug to reuse (she knows!).

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BYOG: Bring Your Own Glass

We use mason jars for drinking and other canning jars that we’ve acquired through products that we bought that came in them. I love keeping one handy with me (or a mug) when we are out. This way I can get my drink in my own cup, reduce my toxin exposure (togo cups are lined with plastic. Plastic and heat are not a good combo. Cold to go cups are often plastic or similar to hot togo cups they are lined with plastic).

Last week I checked out two natural bulk food stores in the Santa Cruz area: Aptos Natural Foods & The Food Bin & Herb Room. I was in my element to say the least. It was so much fun for me to browse and just poke around. Unfortunately I didn’t come prepared as I kind of just decided to head out there on a whim. My first time visiting I purchased some dried valerian root. Since I’ve been starting work at 4:00am I definitely need all of the sleep support that I can get, to ensure that I am getting an adequate amount of rest before having to be up so early.

Well today I drove out to Aptos Natural Foods and refilled our bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile Soap, picked up some herbs, spices, a bundle of fresh organic carrots, and a few other odds and ends. Reducing your waste is a very rewarding feeling. I am sure that I only just scratched the surface on what it means to begin reducing waste/how to reduce waste, but I hope you learned a thing or two. If you live in the bay area go and check these places out! If not find something similar in your area. I promise you it is worth it. Our planet is worth it, local businesses are worth it, and of course you are worth it.

 

xoxo B

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The Truth About Multilevel Marketing

Do you want to hear the truth about Multilevel marketing? Many people have a bad taste in their mouths when it comes to Multilevel Marketing companies (MLMs). Understandably so, but just like most instances there are right and wrong ways to go about doing things. Whether you’ve been the recipient of someone’s pushiness or witnessed it from afar, it’s awkward and can be uncomfortable to say the least.

The Truth About Multilevel Marketing

Before you completely write off people who are trying to make an honest living off of their MLM business, there are a few things that you may not already know and should  at least take into consideration.

What is Multilevel Marketing?

Also known as network marketing, MLM is a system of retailing in which consumer products are sold by independent salespeople (distributors). Earnings in MLMs are based on effort and ability to sell consumer products supplied to the distributor by the company. A MLM company will also encourage distributors to build their own sales force by recruiting, motivating, supplying and training others to sell products, earning a percentage of the sales from the sales force.

What is a Pyramid Scheme?

Pyramid schemes concentrate mainly on making quick profits earned by selling the right to recruit others. Pyramid schemes focus more on recruiting other participants than selling the product or service, making little to no mention about the market for the item. Pyramid scheme participants try to recoup their investment in products by recruiting potential investors. In short: Pyramid schemes are not about the product.

This video is really silly but I love the way it explains pyramid schemes.

Recommending

If a friend you knew owned a coffee shop or an auto repair shop, you would choose to give them your business because you know them. Peoples’ businesses are their livelihood and the way that they make their living. You and I recommend things all of the time whether it’s a movie, an artist, a restaurant, or your favorite drink at your favorite coffee shop. The list goes on and on. People in MLMs just happen to get compensated for recommending their product. What’s so wrong about that?

Take this shirt for example, I really like this shirt. If I posted this photo and talked about my shirt in the caption and said where I got it I would be recommending this shirt and company. We all do this. Whether we realize it or not. I would love to be paid commissions by Cotton on or any other store. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Who wouldn’t?

I just recently began using the app Vero and it gives you the option for recommending books and songs. SAME THING. We do these things ALL OF THE TIME.

Multilevel Marketing For Me

I personally would never try to make money off of a product that I don’t believe in and don’t personally use myself. Making an income off of sharing wellness is just an added bonus to great, clean, safe, natural products that my family loves and uses. We would use all of Young Living’s products whether I was a distributor or not. Because. they. are. that. good. I had been part of the “Crunchy” community since December 2014. With that said I had worked my way through so many “natural”, “green”, “toxin free”, store bought brands before I dove into Young Living in October 2016. Their products are the real deal. No company stands a chance in light of Young Living as a company, what they have to offer, and the standards by which they produce their products.

Young Living’s Benefits

1. Sharing wellness, teaching others to take control of their health, gaining incredible friendships, and being a part of an amazing community.

2. There is no income ceiling.

3. You are your own boss and you set your own hours.

4. Willable income. Once you make $3000 a month and write a personal will, then connect with Young Living and fill out the required paperwork, the income that your business generates will go to your spouse and kids forever.

5. You can take time off and still get paid!

6. Guaranteed bonuses raises and paid trips. YL treats their leaders so well.

7. Financial F R E E D O M. See the income disclosure HERE

You can get started HERE, or email me for more info at hello@bobbiethemonte.com

 

 

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7 Daily Uses StressAway- Young Living

With naturally delicious scents like Lime, Vanilla, Lavender, and more, it’s no surprise Stress Away™ essential oil blend is one of Young Living’s most popular products! When you catch the citrus-sweet scent, you can’t help but stop, take a deep breath, and relax—even with the unfolded laundry, to-do list, and rambunctious children who surround you.…

via 7 daily uses for Stress Away — Young Living Blog

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James

This Harvest study on James. Me reading James came about in the most interesting way. During a REALLY hard time I asked some friends for prayer.
@thesongbirdjoey prayed for me and sent me James 1:2 . I clung tightly to that verse and the two that follow. I decided that I was going to read the book of James.
I knew that i wanted to have guidance going through the book rather than reading the text on its own. I did some research and found a podcast series by Jen Wilkin on James. When I started listening to the podcast I couldn’t get into it because I kept getting interrupted while at work and the air conditioner there was too loud for me to hear anything on my laptop. LOL.
Meanwhile my mentor suggested this study to me as a reference point for her and I to check in weekly. I told her that I had just started reading it. We both agreed that this was a divine thing.

The genuine belief that results in salvation responds to Christ with acts of obedience and trust.

Beginning this study was a big deal for me. Among the things that were going on in my life at the time were faith issues. There were lots of questions, much confusion, and I even dabbled in some rather questionable spiritual practices. I lost my way. Looking back I can’t even believe that I was in that place. It’s not that I can’t believe that I strayed. We all do. For me it was the extent of my straying. It’s as though that wasn’t even me. I truly didn’t know who I was or what I believed anymore. Looking back at photos of myself during this time is WEIRD. It isn’t hard to tell that there was something going on. I was so empty.

 

 

Things like this happen. And know that when they do you are not a bad person because of it.

God never left. I did.                                                                                                                      Luke 15:4 Boy did he fight for me. He is faithful to complete the work he has begun. From ashes he brings forth beauty.

Call out to him because he hears you.

It’s never too late to turn back to your first love.

 

Resources

Here are some resources that really helped me through this time:

Harvest’s Study mentioned above

Jen Wilkin’s None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different From Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing)

Songs:

Reckless Love performed by Steffany Gretzinger

Take Courage performed by Kristene DiMarco

The Garden by Kari Jobe (The whole album is really good)

 

 

 

You can reach me at bobbiethemonteoils @ gmail.com (NO SPACES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 5 Essential Oils That Every Mama Needs

 

This list was taken from the Young Living website.

As you probably know, I am not a mother. I am however the oldest of seven children so I have seen my fair share of childhood in my life. This list was compiled by Young Living.

Motherhood is beautiful. From baby’s birth to first steps, first days of school and college graduation there are so many sweet moments throughout. Then there are the moments when things get real waking up every two hours for feeding, teething, and tantrums. Thankfully we have oils to support you through every step of the way.

Here are the five Essential Oils that every mama should have in her arsenal.

 

Stress Away

I love to use this oil topically. Diffusing or inhaling it directly is also great. Stress Away helps me unwind and get refocused when moments are trying or while commuting because…traffic. This blend contains Copaiba, Lime, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Vanilla. It is a sweet, woodsy, and floral scent that is both relaxing and grounding.

Peppermint essential oil is one of the most versatile + popular essential oils.  We use this one daily in our household. It has a cool, tingling sensation that’s great for post-workout massages and throughout-the-day pick-me-ups.

 

 

Lavender is likely the most well-known oil around. When you think of Lavender you probably think of calming and relaxation. YES. Another oil that is used daily in our home. Adults and children alike gravitate toward Lavender. & rightly so this oil is known as the Swiss army knife of essential oils.

Peace & Calming is very popular in the Young Living world. People go crazy for this one (especially mamas of littles) and I didn’t understand why until I got my hands on my own bottle. Add it to a bath or diffuse while reading to your babes all will enjoy the calming effects of this blend. IT SMELLS AMAZING.

Thieves essential oil is another staple in our home. Its ability to tackle nearly any situation makes it a mom’s best friend. It includes oils like Lemon and Clove, which don’t just smell wonderful—they work hard to cut everyday messes too. You’ll love how easy Thieves makes it to replace conventional cleaners with naturally derived, yet powerful, solutions. Use options like Thieves Dish Soap, Thieves Household Cleaner, and Thieves Wipes or create DIY cleaners with the added strength of Thieves. You’ll feel confident your children will be safe from not just dirt and grime but harsh chemicals as well. Thieves also supports a healthy immune system. (& it smells like Christmas!!!!!!!!)

Get started on your wellness journey by clicking HERE

 

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February 20th


Recently I pondered this thought: What happens to the love that you have for someone who dies?

The love that we have for those who have passed on does not die, it does not dwindle, it increases and intensifies.

Two years ago I lost my dad unexpectedly. Suicide took his life. Just thinking about it makes my heart pound.

I remember being woken up by my husband and being told the news. I wanted to be surprised, but I wasn’t. Watching my dad struggle for so long with alcoholism and mental illness foretold of an unhappy ending.

Loss is something that I am all too familiar with. I think as human beings we all are. Nothing in this world is eternal. Nothing aside from our souls.

When we lose something we realize all of the things that we loved about this thing or in my case this person. We value things more when we no longer have them.

In one sense I think our view of those things that we’ve lost can be skewed. Our minds can manipulate us into believing that things were better than they actually were. I’m guilty of this. Despite that I love and miss my dad.

My dad’s life was short lived. He passed just six days short of his 46th birthday. He had four children and was never married. He was the youngest of nine children.

Two years have flown by.

It’s still such a strange thing to consider. Often times I am stunned by the reality of my father’s absence.

Many things remind me of him. Early on after he passed I wanted to write down everything that I could remember about my dad, just so I would never forget.

When I see someone who resembles him I look to see if it’s him. It never is.

Grieving is an interesting process.

It’s taught me a lot. Literature on Trauma and Anger have shed light on many things that I had no understanding of before. Essential Oils have helped me to work through so many emotions (emotions of grief, day to day emotions, and emotions that surface due to my past). The book Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils has been such a great aid to me as I  do emotional work.

My journey to a healthy life has brought me to new thoughts and information. I am enjoying the process of learning, healing, and living a healthier life.

With all of the information that I have acquired it makes me wish that I would have known of oils, emotions, and wellness sooner. Sometimes I wonder if I could have helped my dad overcome his addictions and work through his emotions.

I have so much to share about emotions and illness but that will be a whole nother blog post.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide call 1-800-273-8255 or visit Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Sending all of my love to you dad. Happy 48th  birthday.

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Calvin

Max and I had been wanting to get a puppy for a good while, since last year. We had been looking for a puppy, researching different breeds and checking out nearby shelters and online adoption agencies. After not finding any particular dog that we were very interested in we decided to go with a breeder. Initially I wanted to go with a breeder but the specific types of dogs that I was (and am still) interested in were extremely pricey. My breeds of choice are Welsh terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, and Goldendoodles. With these breeds out of reach due to pricing we found a Yorkshire Terrier breeder in a city not too far from ours. We went to visit the breeder’s home to see the puppies she had available. Max and I were drawn to the puppy that we ended up taking home. He was different than all of the other dogs, and he seemed a lot more calm and relaxed.

Calvin became ours on Labor Day (September 5th) 2016. Our family is now comprised of three members.

This little guy is a huge responsibility. Now I realize why parents are so hesitant to get their children pets. They are tough work. I imagine that this is similar (although I am sure not nearly as challenging) as having a real baby. He is so dependent upon us and needs a lot of attention, training, and love. Calvin brings us so much joy and also along with that joy, some annoyance. I have been humbled in the process of being a dog parent for sure. There have been times where I have been so incredibly frustrated with him only to be convicted of my own sin and reminded of my good Father’s unending grace toward me. This journey has exposed the wickedness of my heart and how easily I can deny someone else grace. One morning after being frustrated with Calvin, I realized something quite beautiful. I (as a child adopted into God’s family) did not go looking for God, or seeking adoption, yet He came for me. God chose to love me and continues to despite my mistakes and disobedience. Like myself, Calvin didn’t ask to be adopted. I went looking for him knowing that he would have to be trained. How dare I be so easily angered and frustrated. God is so kind, and so patient, and so gentle with me as I am being sanctified (in Calvin’s case I should be patient and long-suffering with him as he is being trained and as he is learning). God brings about some beautiful reminders in ordinary ways. I suppose that is what sanctification is. Being made into the image of Jesus throughout our daily lives.