4 zero waste habits to start today

Hope you guys enjoy this video and topic give it a thumbs up if you did. If you hate things about the environment let me know what you would like to see instead.

Learn More About Zero Waste:
Lauren Singer:
Ted Talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF72px2R3Hg
Blog – http://www.trashisfortossers.com
Bea Johnson:
Blog – http://www.zerowastehome.com
Some random blog posts for your reading pleasure:
http://www.ecocycle.org/zerowaste

WHAT IS ZERO WASTE?

http://www.greenlivingjournal.com/page.php?p=9103

Zero Waste Youtubers whom I love:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Gittemary
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSmBhccHcivrgm8V6akDGUw
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3pE1IqHqbdf3vqtaALL4nA/videos
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgjw6tZNyjR_8zIFDsIPpww
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVkJJk8SLNPIoLCd_K7ztng

Composting:
http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/5-reasons-why-composting-is-the-greenest-thing-you-can-do/
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/composting-helps-environment-23577.html

Second Hand Shopping:

Why thrift? The environmental, social, and personal impact of second-hand shopping

http://www.treehugger.com/style/10-reasons-why-thrift-stores-are-awesome.html
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/why-thrift-shopping-helps-the-planet-and-your-cool-factor/

My Links:
Blog: https://holderofmyheart.wordpress.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holderofmyheart/

Advent 2015 | The Promise of Christmas

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The Promise of Christmas

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6

As we countdown the Advent, we unwrap the promise of christmas. We discover the gift of Christ in our lives. The most popular explanation of what this gift is comes from that most infamous scripture John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send the son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him”

That is the gift of Christmas. Yes, on Christmas we are celebrating Jesus arrival to this earth, but we are really celebrating why he came to this earth rather than the fact that he did. Jesus, being God, stepped down from his throne to become flesh and live a human life. Then he died upon the cross out of pure love for us. Wiping away all of our sins. And thats a gift that is always there for you to unwrap, its always waiting for you and its a gift that never stops giving.

East of Eden | Book Review 3

And my love for Steinbeck grows! What a whirlwind of a book, vast and episodic yet focused and detailed. Set, mainly, in the ever changing hills of Salinas valley East of Eden is a novel that keeps your brain awake the entire time you read.  In East of Eden Steinbeck plays out the age old battle, good vs. evil, over and over through the life of Adam Trask starting from his birth. Steinbeck deals with the fight of good vs. evil in the world in general and also the fight between good and bad that is within each individual person.

The battle is best represented in Adams son Cal. He observes the battles between light and dark in the world around him but has a difficult time facing them within himself. He feels stuck in the shadow of his brothers purity and perfection. Cal struggles with the idea that if you are bad you are all the way bad and his love for his brother blinds him to Aron’s shortcomings. Though it is not till the end of the book that Cal has a revelation and realizes that no one is purely good and he must learn this.

I have two quotes from this book that I wanted to share with you the first being:

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect you can be good.”

I will let you all read the book to find out the context of this quote but I think standing alone this quote says a lot about pressure that can be put on people. How people deal with being held up to a standard of perfection when there is not a single person on this earth that is perfect. Reading this quote reminds me that once I stop pressuring myself to be perfect at every aspect of my life, I can be good.

The second quote is:

“We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal.”

I love this quote for its final line “virtue is immortal”. It makes one feel as though even with the constant battle of good and evil going on inside of ourselves and in the world virtue will always prevail because it is immortal.

I was so excited to read this book as I had read reviews and heard that it was one of Steinbeck’s best. And now I cannot wait to re-read it and fill the margins with notes and comments, and to highlight all of my favorite quotes. This book is amazing to read for fun but was for me a great learning experience. I feel that by focusing on how the book was written as I read I was able to learn more and more about Steinbeck’s writing style.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to take it on. It’s definitely a commitment as it is quite long, but I think if you do read it you will not be disappointed.

Written Wednesday

Driving Alone Early in the Morning

 

The frigid morning air has

Crept into my car, my frozen

Hands grip at the wheel.

 

Black coffee slides down

My throat, bitter it

Leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

 

Fog blocks my path

So thick I could inhale it

And puff it back out in rings.

 

Early morning

Light cuts through

 

The trees to my left

Bathing the world

 

In gold.

-Hanna Caroline

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn | Book Review 2

Lately  I had been dying for a good read, something to grab me, and pull me in. I needed a book that I missed when we were apart and couldn’t bear to put down for too long. Something that I could dive into and escape with. I wanted to remember my great love for reading and experience it again. Fate would have it that the book that would reignite my passion for reading would be none other than A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I feel that I had a stoke of luck in meeting this book,  I heard of it in a passing conversation and was intrigued, but it wasn’t until I saw it sitting on my great grandmothers bookshelf that I decided I really wanted to read it. I saw it there, a beautiful old copy, red, or maybe green with pretty swirling letters, worn and well loved like most old books are and it had an effect on me, I felt  strange pull towards it and  decided that I wanted to get a my own copy. I purchased it off of Barnes and Noble, which is rare for me because all of my books are thrifted or hand me downs, but I just couldn’t wait for this one.  It came in as a beautiful blue book that fit in my hands perfectly, with an untouched pristine look it was all mine. I am now  so happy with my decision to purchase this because with my own copy I can share this book with sisters and friends as I feel it is a book most woman can connect with and understand.

A Tree Grow in Brooklyn is an emotional chronicle of girlhood that reminds one of the beautiful and honest way a child views the world. The novel follows the Nolan family and their lives in early 1900s Brooklyn New York. Francie is the eldest Nolan child and the central character of this novel. The family is led by the hardworking and sacrificial Katie Nolan, whose perseverance is an unwavering constant display throughout the novel. Katie’s husband is Johnny Nolan, one of those unfortunate souls who is born with an horrid imbalance of romanticism and common sense, despite his short comings the lessons that Francie learn from him become invaluable to her in life. Cornelius, Neely, is the brazen younger brother who embarks on many adventures with Francie. Through the lives of the Nolan’s Betty Smiths delves into subject matter such as, poverty, alcoholism and literacy vs. illiteracy. We see the whole family crave an escape from their life of poverty and the social class they see themselves in. One by one we see each member find and follow the path that brings them each their freedom but all by different means.

One of the reasons I identified so strongly with Francie, and I think many others feel this way as well, is her great love for learning. A strong pull in Francie’s life is education, she craves learning, reading and discovery especially through books. Francie’s attitude towards knowledge is really what connected me so deeply to this book, she not only wants to know but understand and experience life around her. These attributes make her a vivid and well loved character who I have added to my list of literary best friends.

I would like to leave you with one of my favorite moments in this book. I think this quote really exemplifies Francie’s character and what her goals and desires in life are.

““Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry…have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere – be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”

Do It Yourself Fall Candle Decor

October has rolled around and the seasonal craziness has ensued, everything is pumpkin and spiced, everyone has leaves hanging on the walls and Bath and Body Works has once again relaunched all their fall candles.  I am a huge sucker for the fall and winter candles, not only the smell of them but the ambience of having them burn around the house. As I have not been able to purchase and BB&W candles yet this year  I decided to stop by Walmart and pick up some two dollar fall candles. They may not be as strongly scented but they work quite well in small spaces such as my room. The big downfall of these candles is unlike the BB&W candles they aren’t very pretty. Which leads me to today’s DIY, Do It Yourself Fall Candle Decor. These super simple candles don’t even look like they are from Walmart and are an easy way to decorate your space.

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Removing the Stickers:
You are going to want to start this DIY by removing all the stickers from the candles. The ones from Walmart came off without too much of a fight but if you are having trouble all you need is baking soda, warm water and a sponge. This will remove the sticker and any of the residue it leaves behind.

Twig Candle

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First you are going to collect a bunch of twigs from my yard and cut them all down in to even lengths. This DIY works best if you use sticks of varying thicknesses and heights to give it that organic look. Now, one by one, you just hot glue the twigs on to your 2 dollar candle. You can do this with multiple candles or on empty jars to create a super cute vase. Voila your Walmart candle now looks like you spent at least 5 bucksIMG_1754IMG_1756

Gold and Black Candle

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This DIY is pretty straight forward but I love the way this one turned out. You will need gold paint, black paint, a paint brush and a sponge. I started by painting the candle with the gold, i made sure it wasn’t opaque because I liked that look. After the gold paint dries lightly sponge on the black building it as you go to create this ombre black/gold candle. I can see this one loking super cool when it burns down.
And thats it! You can do this with most cheap candles you buy from Walmart or Rite Aid or wherever and it is quick and easy and so FALL.

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Thanks for reading

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Blessings

-Hanna Caroline

Back to School Hair Inspiration

Happy Friday! As I am starting school next week I decided to come up with two hair styles for the fall season and  share them with you. I recently chopped off a bunch of my hair, it was a much needed but scary hair appointment, and I  have been loving playing with braids and styling it. It has been so long since I have had short hair and layers, none of my go to styles work anymore. So I came up with two dos that are versatile and easy.  This first hairstyle I have actually seen on a lot of girls recently but I wasn’t sure if I could make it work with all the layers I have but luckily it turned really cute.

Dutch Fishtail Braid/Bun

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To achieve this look I dutch braided my hair until all the hair was combined then split the three strands into two and started fishtailing until I reached the end and secured it. What really makes this hairstyle look cute and easy is making sure you pull at the braid a little to make it look bigger. Not only will this make the braid bigger but it will make it seem as though you have super thick hair. This braid is cute as it is but if you take the fishtail and wrap it around itself and pin it it makes a super cute bun and gets the hair out of the way.

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Half-up Bun With Braids

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I am sure all of you Girls have seen and tried the half-up bun style that is sooo popular right now I also have and LOVE IT. It is a super easy way to toss up your hair without have to go for the full on top knot. I really wanted to do something cute and different with this half bun because I had been wearing it so much that I felt it needed a change. So I added these two accent braids to it. First off I separated the hair that was going into the bun from the hair I was letting hang down. Next I parted my hair on the right and sectioned of the hair for each braid. I regular french braided the lower one, and dutch braided the other. Then gathered all the remaining hair, and the braids, and twisted it into a bun the secured it with bobby pins. I think this hairstyle is edgy with out venturing to far out of my comfort, plus it is so simple and these braids also look good in a pony or pinned back with curls.

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Also while shooting the brain/bun style my cat (unfortunately for him) was napping in my room so I grabbed him for this!

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Such a positive little guy.

Blessings

-Hanna Caroline