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Green Your Wedding With Organic Trees As Favors

A tree is forever!

Tradition states that your wedding guests should be provided with a thoughtful gift as a token of your appreciation. Your gift to them can be as simple or extravagant as you wish.

The best organic wedding favors I have seen recently are adorably packaged trees!

A tree will provide your guests with a growing memory of your wedding day. It is a unique keepsake that will remind your guests of your love for one another now and for many years to come. It is the perfect eco-friendly favor for your special day.

P.S. Special bonus, make it a fruit tree and EVERYONE will love you! 

Old MacDonald Had A Recycled Metal Farm

Although the Swetsville Zoo in Timnath, CO has no live animals, it has many “animals” that will captivate your entire family. Over 150 metal sculptures fill the Zoo – everything from towering dinosaurs to fantasy creatures. The amazing part – all of the animals are made entirely by hand out of old car parts, farm machinery and scrap metal by the owner Bill Swets. This is the most imaginative and comical way that I have ever seen metal upcycled.

You and your children will delight in the creatures of Bill’s imagination. Eben especially enjoyed the Volkswagen “BUG” that we sat under and the giant musical instruments.

If you are ever in the area check it out!
 
+ Swetsville Zoo
4801 E. Harmony Road, Timnath, CO
970.484.9509
FREE

Earth Friendly Etsy: Repurposed Eco-Friendly Fashion For Your Pet

My love for dogs started when my husband bought me a Miniature Schnauzer for our first Hanukkah together eleven years ago. 20 years later, we have Noodles, the Pug, and Olive the French Bulldog. Needless, to say we love our dogs and feel that they would also want us to make eco-friendly choices when choosing products for them.

With that being said, check out the amazing work of Wagging Green Pet Shop. Wagging Green offers wonderful green items for the pooch in your life. Everything from beautiful harnesses, leashes, and collars to clothing and dog beds. All of their items are made of either renewable or repurposed fabrics and materials allowing for items that are low impact and sustainable. 
 
How does your pet go eco?

The Re-Purposed Driven Life: Giving New Life To Old Pieces

Most likely you have heard the old adage: your trash is someone else’s treasure. If you think about it, almost everything has the potential for reuse.

Have you heard of upcycling – it is the process of taking something old, discarded, or disposable and repurposing it in a way that makes it valuable, useful, or simply atheistically pleasing.

We live in a culture where it is too easy to just throw something away and to buy something “new”. Taking a discarded item and giving it new life will not only make you feel good but will help our Earth too.

Some great ways to get started I love to upcycle my old linens and clothing into toys for my son, throw pillows, linen napkins, and pet toys. 

How do you upcycle? I would love to hear more.

Anxiety Is A Byproduct Of The Modern World. Here’s How To Beat It Naturally

Living with anxiety is not a pleasant experience. You have this awful feeling that you’re under threat all the time, even when you’re safely locked in your home. On the surface, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. 

However, when you peel back the layers, you soon realize why it is such a common affliction. We’re just not wired for the stresses we face in our lives. They’re nothing like those we encountered as our species developed. 

Researchers are interested in why so many people in the modern world seem to develop the condition. Now they’re beginning to realize it is a result of leaving our natural state behind and trying to live in technological societies. Our brains just aren’t evolved to cope with the modern world. 

For many people, the main issue is work. Modern humans work longer and harder than their ancient ancestors, spending upwards of eight hours per day being productive. Compare this to modern hunter-gatherers, who typically spend the mornings active and rest in the afternoons and the evenings. So already, we’re rushed off our feet by historical standards.  

Then, when you add all of the trappings of the modern world, you wind up with a recipe for anxiety. Dating websites, emails on your device from your boss, and take-out junk food all slowly eat away at your mental health. Over time, you start to feel burned out. Every day seems like a struggle. Not good. 

On top of that, you have the philosophy of the modern world. We all have to be successful, it seems, to fulfill the people’s aesthetic demands. If we’re not making loads of money and experiencing incredible relationships, we’re dead in the water. 

Anxiety was never supposed to work this way. People didn’t wake up in the morning ten thousand years ago, worrying about the next thing their boss was going to say via email. Instead, their anxiety was fleeting – something that helped them escape a tricky situation. 

The brain initially developed psychic pain to get people to avoid danger. If you felt anxious walking towards a bear, you’d naturally go in the other direction, thereby preserving your body to produce offspring for the next generation. 

However, that same fear switch can remain permanently in the “on” position in the 21st century. Even though we don’t face many real life-or-death situations in our lives, the biological machinery is essentially unchanged from thousands of years ago. So when we perceive a threat in our environment, it activates the same circuits. 

Experiencing the pain of anxiety is bad enough. But it also takes its toll on your health. People who regularly have the condition tend to have worse blood sugar control, don’t get as much sleep, and feel worn out all the time. It’s a disastrous combination that slowly saps you of your strength. 

So what can you do to fight back against anxiety naturally? Fortunately, there are a lot of strategies you can use. And most of them are a return to how people used to live their lives. 

Here’s what to do to beat anxiety naturally. 

Eat A Healthy Diet

Eating healthily is extremely important for all kinds of reasons, especially if you are prone to anxiety. The modern food environment is, unfortunately, a recipe for feelings of dread and worry. Artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives all have a negative impact on your gut microbiome, leading to systemic inflammation. And a meat- and sugar-rich diet can increase the number of inflammatory factors in your bloodstream, which, again, lowers your mood. 

Ideally, you want to eat a diet that mimics the type of foods that humans ate historically. You’re not going to be able to forage for wild food. But you can get pretty close by packing your diet with nuts, greens, and berries – the least adulterated ingredients in the food supply. All of these foods are naturally anti-inflammatory, which can immediately begin to bring down inflammatory markers in the bloodstream. Plus, you can target specific foods for your diet, like flaxseed and chamomile tea, which seem to independently help you feel more relaxed, regardless of the levels of inflammation in your body. 

If you think your adrenal response is really out of whack, you can try using a herbal supplement called ashwagandha. It’s a natural root that acts as an adaptogen, restoring your neurochemistry to baseline. Ultimately, it will make you feel more chilled – how you would feel, were the modern world not interfering with your biochemistry. 

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene

Sleep is good for all sorts of reasons. But it is particularly crucial for people with a tendency to experience anxiety. Insomnia is a significant issue, which can actually make anxiety worse. When you can’t sleep, you worry that you won’t be able to do your work correctly, and that just makes the problem worse. 

Good sleep hygiene involves keeping your devices out of your room, so you’re not tempted to watch TV in bed. You also want to make sure that you avoid caffeinated drinks, which can make you feel highly stimulated. 

However, there are also a bunch of things that help sleep that most people don’t know about. First, you want to make sure that your bedroom is a little colder than the rest of your home, perhaps by opening the window. Our bodies naturally decrease in temperature when we go to sleep. It helps with tissue repair and helps to slow down metabolic processes. 

Second, you want to stop eating at around 7 pm if you can. Our bodies don’t like sleep and process food at the same time. It affects their natural sleep-wake cycle, making it difficult to get the rest you need. 

Finally, you might want to try writing down all your worries in your journal before you sleep and “give them to the paper.” Handing over responsibility can make a big difference. 

Try Aromatherapy

Researchers are finding that certain smells can change the way we feel. When we smell something beautiful like lavender, it trips a wellbeing switch in our brains, and all of a sudden, we feel better. 

Aromatherapy, therefore, is fast becoming a hit among people with anxiety. The way it works is pretty simple. You get a diffuser, add a few drops of essential oil, and then set it to work. The water and the oil will combine under heat and distribute throughout the air. 

In a sense, it is a bit like a one time weed box. You get all of the ingredients you need in a single package, and then just assemble them to get rid of your anxiety. Except, there’s a difference: you can choose from hundreds of essential oils. 

When it comes to making you feel better, some are better than others. Top contenders are lavender, lemon, chamomile and frankincense. 

You can also try bergamot, ylang-ylang, and clary sage. Try a range of different herbs to see which works for you the best. 

Be More Active

Being more active is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your feelings of anxiety. Again, you can use it to mimic the way humans used to live before we all started living extremely sedentary lives. 

Exercise isn’t just a short-term fix, either. The effects of physical activity can last for hours after you do it, and even the morning of the next day. Researchers think that it releases pain-relieving compounds into the brain, which instantly makes you feel better. It can be challenging to get started when you have no motivation. But once you take the first step, the next becomes easier, and so on. 

Try Spending Time Meditating

It’s easy to get caught up in your own head sometimes, worrying endlessly about your life and how others see it. Meditation, however, is a powerful tool you can use to escape these unhelpful thought processes and take back control of your inner life. 

Meditation is all about removing thoughts from your mind and just experiencing a pure sense of being. It comes out of eastern philosophy, but you don’t have to include any spiritual content. You just practice saying “no” to intrusive thoughts, and eventually, with practice, they start going away. 

Johns Hopkins is pretty much sold on the idea, claiming that it may work as well as the leading antidepressants. That’s a remarkable finding for something so side-effect-free and straightforward. 

Therefore, the good news is that there are all sorts of ways you can fight back against anxiety – one of the greatest scourges of the modern world. Most techniques are just a return to nature. When we live as evolution intended, we suddenly feel much better about how our lives are panning out. No longer do we need to rely on pick-me-ups like caffeine, fast-food, or anything else. Instead, we can just live in harmony with the natural environment and undo all of the damage civilization does to the body. It is by far the most potent way of dealing with anxiety fast.