My Only Bottle van SodaStream

Nieuw: My Only Bottle van SodaStream
De enige herbruikbare on-the-go fles waarmee je bruiswater kunt maken en waarmee je de Plastic Soup Foundation steunt

SodaStream, het bruiswatermerk dat het verschil wil maken door plastic wegwerpflessen overbodig te maken, introduceert een nieuw product: My Only Bottle. Het is de eerste herbruikbare én vaatwasserbestendige fles waarmee je ook bruiswater kunt maken. Een enorm handige bottle voor onderweg, tijdens het sporten of wanneer je lekker aan het shoppen bent. Bijdragen aan een betere wereld smaakte zelden zo goed.

De originele My Only Bottle heeft heel wat voordelen. 

  • de fles past op de meeste SodaStream toestellen (Spirit, Spirit One Touch en Cool) om makkelijk je eigen bruiswater te maken;
  • fashionable design met mooie metalen dop;
  • superhandig dankzij het draagkoord, zo kan je de fles overal mee naartoe nemen;
  • vaatwasmachinebestendig;
  • en last but not least, je bespaart duizenden plastic wegwerpflessen!

Blue, Pink, Black en Turquoise

De nieuwe halveliterfles voor onderweg is beschikbaar in drie kleuren: Icy Blue, Pink Blush en Black Noir. De speciale sportversie – in Bright Turquoise – is dankzij de aangepaste dop ook makkelijk te gebruiken tijdens een hardloopsessie of je favoriete yogales. Deze variant is vanaf september beschikbaar. 

 


Doneer 1 euro aan de Plastic Soup Foundation
Registreer je op www.myonlybottle.nl / www.myonlybottle.be en zorg ervoor dat je de unieke My Only Bottle als een van de eerste kan bestellen. My Only Bottle is verkrijgbaar voor €9,99 euro. Per verkocht exemplaar via SodaStreamStore.nl schenkt SodaStream 1 euro aan de Plastic Soup Foundation. Met deze handige en duurzame aankoop investeer je dus bovendien in onderzoek naar wegwerpplastic, waar de Plastic Soup Foundation zich voor inzet.

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Alisson

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Coconut Bowls From Plant Ahead

Today I want to show you a recent sustainable discovery: A coconut bowl from the brand Plant Ahead. Coconuts grow in more than 90 countries around the world. Every year, millions of coconuts are eaten or used via processed coconut oil and coconut milk. In the production process, the coconut shells are discarded and burned as a waste product.

When the founders of Plant Ahead learned about this problem, they came up to a solution and designed a coconut bowl. Together with their partners in Vietnam, they collect wasted coconut shells and give them a new life. The bowls are 100% plant-based and ethically made in Vietnam by local artisans.

From ZustainaBox I was happy to receive a ‘Plant Ahead‘ coconut bowl. The bowl is perfect to serve cold breakfast, salad, and even chips.

ZustainaBox is a subscription box with only sustainable products. The box contains between 7 and 8 products and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free and with a low environmental impact. At the moment they are still busy developing and filling the first boxes, but you can already sign up. Use my code ALISSONSIMMONDS15 to get a discount! Read more information here.

The coconut bowl is a little taste of what you can expect from the box. As ZustainaBox says: “Green is no longer for hippies. An eco lifestyle is hip.” ZustainaBox makes it accessible, inexpensive and super surprising because you never know which goodies will be in the next box!

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Do you have already a coconut bowl? Let me know in the comments below.

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Alisson

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13 Experience Gifts To Give On Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is just around the corner. In my opinion mother’s every day of the year. But because we live in a consumerist world, this day has been claimed to be mothers day by the commerce industry. With advertisings everywhere about mothers day, it is hard not to think of it and give nothing. If you want to make this Mother’s day a green one, try to give an experience instead of a physical thing. The research proves it, experiences makes you happier than things. I have gathered some ideas for you. Here they are:

High-tea
Invite your mom, or mom friends to spend a couple of hours with you while eating the tastiest cakes, scones, and cookies.

Brunch
If the person you are giving the gift is not a sweets lover, going for brunch is a better option than high-tea. This gift is a great option to catch up and spend time together. My favorite brunch place in the city I live in is Het Lokaal.

Museum tickets for two
Get cultural and go with your mom to a museum.

Movie tickets for two
Is there a new movie coming out? Go watch it with your mom or mom friends. At the cinemas, you can grab some candy, popcorn and invite the drinks.

Yoga/Dance/Sport passes for a month
Depending on the interests of your mama, you can give a monthly pass to their favorite activity. It can be yoga, Zumba, CrossFit, hip hop, etc.

Spa day for two
Spend the day with mom relaxing in the sauna. Or chilling in the swimming pool.

Facial
A great gift to pamper someone you love. My favorite beauty salon is Frank and Olive.

Cooking classes
Take a class with your mom and learn how to cook a different type of cuisine.

Music try-out lessons
Has your mom always mention how much she would like to learn how to play the violin? or the piano? Surprise her with a month of classes. Book the best piano teacher in Amersfoort here.

Photoshoot
Give your mom pictures she would like to hang in the living rooms. Starting at €70 you can book this talented photographer.

A food subscription box for a week
Give your mom well-deserved time off from going grocery shopping by giving her a meal box. Try for example the vegan box.

Beauty workshop
Learn with your mother how to make your own makeup. O maybe you prefer to learn to mix your own perfum? Check the difeerent DIY workshops you can go to in Amsterdam here.

Let her sleep in
This one is for the partners. Especially for those with little kids. The best mother’s day gift? SLEEP IN. Every mom it’s been desperately craving a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. Grab her a lavender eye pillow to make it extra relaxing.

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Alisson

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Documentaries To Learn More About The Environment On This Earth Day

There is no secret anymore that climate change is real. The effects of human impact on the planet are already visible with the melting of ice sheets, increased CO2 in the atmosphere, the potential of megafauna extinction, and massive garbage patches floating in our oceans. It can all be pretty overwhelming.

But what can we do about this? I have gathered my favorite documentaries for you to learn more about the environment. Maybe some of these movies can help us to get inspired and find the answers.

More than honey (2013)
Beekeepers, scientists, and others discuss the world’s declining bee population and what it may mean for modern society.

A plastic ocean (2013)
Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.

Cowspiracy (2014)
Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

The true cost (2015)
This shocking documentary is must-see for everyone. We all wear clothes. This sheds light on the real story behind the fast fashion industry, the true cost of fashion. Uncovering dirty secrets and encouraging positive change in society’s behavior.

Sustainable (2016)
Farmer Marty Travis watches his land and community fall victim to the pressures of agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

Before the flood (2016)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists, and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

Chasing coral (2017)
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers, and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

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Sleep Is Essential For The Mind And Emotions

Sleep is very important for health. Everyone has heard about it. But when life gets busy, sleeping is the first thing to get sacrificed. This is actually very bad. Good sleep is as important as eating healthy and exercising. While we are sleeping, the body is working hard maintaining the immune system and metabolic function, processing the day’s memories and maintaining normal body weight, is rebuilding muscles that have been worn down during the day and is cleaning away harmful plaques and waste that is produced in the brain.

Sleep is also essential for the mind and emotions. Being sleep deprived can increase your emotional response to negative feelings by 60%. A lack of sleep makes it difficult for the body to regulate appetite, the immune system, good metabolic function and the ability to maintain normal body weight. Sleep plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythm (AKA internal clock). This clock runs on a 24-hour schedule and regulates when you feel awake and sleepy. Not sleeping long enough, sleeping at odd times of the day and exposure to bright light at night may throw off this inner clock and the many processes it regulates.

The goal of this week is to sleep between 7 and 9 hours per night. If for you is really a challenge, start out by going to bed every day 15 minutes earlier than normal until you reach your wished night time. 

Hopefully, you will join me on this week’s focus. If so, let’s connect on Instagram and exchange tips on how to go to bed earlier.

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Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

We all know how important exercise is. When you exercise on a regular basis your health starts to improve.  Your heart gets stronger, your circulation gets better, your condition strengthens, you feel better and look better.

If you haven’t exercised in a while finding the motivation and time to start is always a struggle. Since I became a stay-home-mom ten months ago, I find it very challenging to find time to do exercise. My baby asks for a lot of attention and as soon as I get some time off, I rather cook, rest, read, write. Anything but working out. But, I want to change this. I remember from my times when I did exercise on a regular basis how satisfied and full of energy I felt. Exercising to me is a way of nourishing my body. Is a way to disconnect and release stress. To be honest, I don’t have the motivation to go to a gym. But I do have space in my house and a computer to watch fitness videos. The goal for this week is to make space on two days to work out for 20 minutes. If you have a gym membership, use this week’s focus to finally go back to it. Leave the shame behind and just do it. And if you don’t have the time or money to go to the gym, make the time for two days of this week to work out from home. After this goal is achieved let’s add exercise to our weekly routine.

Hopefully, you will join me on this week’s focus. If so, let’s connect on Instagram and exchange tips on how to find the motivation to start exercising.

 “You have to exercise, or at some point you’ll just break down.” Barack Obama

Exercise is good for your health

Exercising at home tips
Fitness Blender website
HIIT workout for people who get bored easily (25 min)
HIIT cardio workout (23 min)
No equipment lower body workout (20 min)
Cardio workout (24 min)
Cardio Abs workout (26 min)

Take Your Creative Mind For A Walk

Walking has a lot of health benefits. It strengthens the heart, burns calories, eases joint pain, it reduces the risk of developing a cold, it helps to improve your mood, it helps to clear your head, it helps you think creatively… Walking seems like a great habit we can easily do to boost our health. The best of all is that is for free!

During this week, make time to go for a walk after dinner. Start the first day with 10 minutes. Add every day 5 more minutes until you reach 30 minutes. This week, try to be more conscious about walking. If you use public transport to go where you need to go, step out one or two stations before and walk the rest. If you work in an office, go for a walk during the lunch break. If you live close to your work, walk instead of using the bike one day of this week. When you are outside walking, don’t listen to music. Put away your phone and any distraction. Walk mindfully. Looking around, taking in the fresh air.

The goal of this week is to walk every day. If you like the benefits of walking, you can add walking into your daily routine. You can park (your car or bike) farther away from your office than usual and walk the rest. Consider walking instead of driving when you run errands. You can complete your tasks and fit in exercise at the same time.

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Walk tips
The health benefits of walking
App to count steps

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Incorporate Meditation Into Your Daily Routine

Meditation is a skill. Learning to meditate is like learning any other skill. It takes practice to get comfortable. Meditation is training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. Is not about trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. Is about learning to observe your thoughts without judgment. Is about having thoughs but consciously decide not to interact with them.

When you meditate on a regular basis, you start to be more mindful. Mindfulness is the ability to be present, to rest in the here and now. To be fully engaged with whatever you are doing at the moment.

Meditating on a regular basis has its benefits. It helps to reduce stress, it controls anxiety,  enhances self-awareness, lengthens attention span, promotes emotional health, generates kindness…

The goal of this week is to start meditating one day of the week for 10 minutes. If the first day goes well, then do it again the next day. Continue to do so, until the end of the week. If you have never meditated before, I recommend you to start with a guided meditation. For example the app ‘Headspace’. The free version has a 10-day basic guided meditation course. You can start with that course and see how you like it. The goal is to incorporate meditation into your daily routine. Personally, I prefer to meditate first thing in the morning. You can search which time feels better for you. But take 10 minutes from your day and do the practice. The ultimate goal would be to finish the 10-day course, but as a starter, let’s focus on the beginning. From there we can decide to continue and finish the course.

Sometimes your focus will wander or you’ll forget to follow your breath. That’s OK. It’s part of the experience. What’s most important is to meditate consistently. It’s one of those things where the journey is more important than the destination.

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Meditation tips
Headspace app
The power of meditation with Andy Puddicombe
Meditation guide by Leo Babauta

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Cleaning Tips For Busy People

A clean house is the best way to start the day. It creates a good atmosphere which affects your mood in a positive way. But with our busy life and a full schedule, we might not feel like cleaning as soon as we have a spot free. Luckily, it can be an easy task to do. I have gathered for you some easy and effective tips:

  1. Set the timer for 20 minutes every night. Clean as much as you can during that time. You will be surprised.
  2. Clean the kitchen after every meal. Wash the dishes, or organized them in the dishwasher. Wipe the table and the surfaces with a wet towel.
  3. Use baking soda, vinegar, and lemon to clean everything.
  4. Make it teamwork. Divide the work with your roommate so it doesn’t feel that you are doing everything alone.
  5. Use that time to listen to a podcast. From sustainability to parenting and personal growth there are some great podcasts to listen to.
  6. Declutter your house on a regular basis. The fewer things you have, the less time you have to spend cleaning.
  7. Have a home for all the things in your house. When you use something, bring it back to its place right away.
  8. Fill a spray bottle with half water, half all-purpose cleanser. Put it in the bathroom. Spray every night after brushing your teeth and wipe it clean with a towel. You can do the same in the kitchen and spray the surfaces every night.

As a summary: do it regularly, make it more enjoyable, involve your roommates/kids and declutter on a regular basis.

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New Years Resolutions Doesn’t Work. Let’s Make Little Changes Instead

Happy new year! 2019 is officially here. Instead of setting New Years Resolutions, this year I have decided to set a different focus per week. By doing this, I will give myself the opportunity to challenge myself, create new habits and try new things. Little steps work better for me. I feel a sense of achievement after a goal is accomplished which keeps me motivated to continue pursuing my goals.

For 2019 I want to keep on developing mentally and spiritually. I want to be more conscious of the present and change some habits that don’t bring any value to my life. Week after week, I will share the goal that I am going to focus on. Hopefully, you will like to join me too. Let’s share our experiences and give each other tips on this journey to a more mindful life.

The Focus of the First Week of 2019 is: Cleaning

The first week of the year is going to be all about cleaning. A clean house is the best way to start a new year. It creates a pleasant ambiance which affects your mood. Making you feel happier, clutter-free and even more creative.

During this week, find one day of the week and clean all of the rooms. One by one. Organize, swipe the superficies with a wet towel, vacuum-clean, mop the floor and go to the next room. Take extra time in the bathroom to wash the walls of the shower. Also in the kitchen, clean the sink and the faucet.

Personally, I prefer to clean all the house in one day. But since I became a mother it has been a challenge to find the time to clean all at once. For me, it works better to clean the house divided by days. For this focus, the goal is to clean the house and maintaining it. Making cleaning the house once per week easier and quicker.

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Tips to read
Cleaning with baking soda and lemon
Ultimate cleaning guide
How to clean with baking soda