Hi everyone!

It’s April, can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday we were counting down for New Years and now we are about to celebrate Earth Day! Time flies.

As I reflect on the past couple months, I find myself being proud of my self growth. In December 2017, I found myself frustrated. I was fed up with my financial situation. I was fed up with the stigma of “influencers” being selfish. I was fed up with not feeling like I was contributing to community.

I was disappointed that I wasn’t at my full potential.

So I decided to fix that.

I wanted to start building a community to help inspire others to do what they can to make this world a better place. Now that I’m in my 30’s I feel more educated, more vulnerable, and more willing to share things that I am passionate about. I wanted to make life happen.

So far in 2018:

I’ve started sharing my monthly budgets, using real numbers to help combat the stigma of student loans and debt.

I released a clothing line where 10% of the proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood so lower income men, women and children could have access to affordable health care and birth control.

I’ve started fostering more dogs and have continued to vocalize support of pet adoption. In July I’m hoping to attend an animal welfare conference in Los Angeles to help save the lives of homeless pets and get the country to become a no-kill zone for animals in shelters by 2025.

And finally, this month, I’ve helped curate a box with Ecotools called I’ve Got A Crush On The World, to help inspire others to become more eco friendly in their daily life.

I share these things with you not to show off. I share them with you as proof that it doesn’t take a lot of work to improve your current situation. Just four months ago I was feeling frustrated with my lack of contribution to the world and now I’m able to use my voice for things I’m passionate about.

While this month is Earth Month, it’s easy to incorporate eco-friendly practices into your life 365 days out of the here.

Here are some ways I do that:

– Reusable bags and water bottles are one of the easiest ways to cut down on waste. In Los Angeles, there is actually a bag tax for those who don’t bring reusable bags to grocery stores. I leave 5-6 reusable bags in my car, my boyfriends car and near the front door of my apartment. If I forgot a bag while shopping, you’ll see me balancing groceries in both my hands and my head to avoided that dreaded tax. I’ve also started a collection of reusable water and tea bottles. Even when I’m traveling I make sure to bring reusable water bottles that I refill at the hotel and restaurants. I’m always prepared. Lucky for you, there is reusable tote and water bottle included in this month’s Make Life Happen box.

– I hate to sound like my dad when saying this BUT turning off the lights and adjusting your thermostat is a great way to save energy AND money on your energy bill. Lowering your thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer can cause significantly help fight global warming as energy production is lowered. As I’m writing this, my thermostat is actually turned off. It’s also recommended to get Energy Star appliances but for those of us who rent, that might not be an option. However, when I can make cuts while using electricity, I do. Every time I leave my house for a long time, I always unplug all electronics, as electricity still runs even when your electronics are turned off. And while I normally prefer air drying my hair, on days where I can’t I like to use blow dryers and brushes that make the process quicker. The smoothing detangler in this month’s box has an EcoVent design that dries hair 20% faster for less heat damage and electricity use!

– Another thing that I do daily is to pay attention to ingredients. This is a bit more difficult because packaging labels are so confusing, but you wouldn’t believe the impact certain ingredients have. I’m very vocal about staying away from palm oil in products that I buy. This comes in your favorite almond better, cleaning products and a ton of beauty products because it’s so cheap for companies to acquire. However, the palm oil industry is absolutely destroying ecosystems in the tropics. Habitats are being destroyed, animals are becoming endangered, and forests are burning, which is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a very profitable industry but is destroying our planet so a quick look at the ingredients list keeps me from purchasing any products that use it.

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Admittedly, this is a very time consuming and restricting so to get started, just start by looking for products with ingredients that you are familiar with. Dickinson’s Pore Perfecting Toner is made with Witch Hazel. Witch Hazel is an herbal extract that has cleansing, soothing and healing properties. I’ve used Witch Hazel in a couple DIY products as well.

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– Finally, support responsible brands. I feel a lot of change can happen when we voice our priorities with our purchasing power. Brands that are cruelty free, eco-friendly, support female empowerment – whatever cause is important to you, use your purchasing power to support that brand. That’s why I’m so grateful to be apart of the Ecotools family. I’ve been a consumer for many years and align with everything the brand stand for. In this month’s box there are a couple of my favorite Ecotools products: The Frosted Finish Beauty Kit, a collection of seven face brushes. The Charcoal Konjac Facial Sponge, a way to cleanse your skin 100% naturally. And my all time favorite product, the Total Perfecting Blender.

Those are a few easy changes you can make to become more eco-friendly. I hope you found these suggestions helpful and has maybe even inspired of your own tips to suit your life! I hope you check out the I’ve Got A Crush On The World box as I really do love all the products in the box.