Sustainable Living

What you should watch this Earth Day!

I love documentaries and there are so many great ones out there about the environment and ways to be more sustainable. It’s Earth Day, a day to remind us all that climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is up to us to change our behaviors before total catastrophe. A little heavy for Monday?

Maybe.

But tonight when you get home from work and you’re sitting down to decide what to watch you should choose one of these amazing documentaries, here are a few of my favorites.

1. A Plastic Ocean

From island shores, the ocean floor, to instead animals. Plastic is plaguing it oceans. This documentary takes a deep look at how the plastic build up is harming people, animals, and the overall health of our environment. Hopefully this documentary will inspire you to actually use that reusable water bottle in your kitchen, bring a reusable mug to the coffee shop in the morning, and stop buying single use plastic.

2. Chasing Coral

I love this one! See the beauty that is our deep ocean and learn how global warming is threatening the coral reefs. If you’ve never heard the term coral bleaching then you have to watch this one, it will break your heart! After watching this documentary you should look into your cities carbon neutral goals, or lack their of, and get involved! Write to your local representatives and ask them what they are doing to reduce carbon emissions in your home!

3. The True Cost

This is one of the first documentaries that really inspired me to make a change. Fast fashion is one of the biggest polluters on earth. Not only so many fast fashion brands pollute water and the air, they participate in dangerous and in humane labor practices. Think before you shop!

4. Our Planet

A Netflix 8 part series that covers our jungles, coral reefs, frozen tundras, and all the other ecosystems that make up our planet. I’ve been watching this one and it is gut wrenching to see the destruction we as a human race have caused. I wouldn’t recommend binging this one, it is a lot to take in.

Happy Earth Day everyone, let me know in the comments what you’ve don’t recently to love more sustainably!

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Spring Garden

Well after a small break from blog posts I’m happy to be posting this adorable spring outfit. March is tough in Boston you want to do fun spring content but it is still very much winter outside. Now that it is finally warm out I love strolling through the public gardens. The flowers are all in bloom, the duck boats are up and running and it is finally warm enough to get outside and enjoy!

Love this spring outfit, classic navy and white stripes never gets old. I paired it with an older white vineyard vines skirt, silk scarf, and classic sperry boat shoes.

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Ward 8

This weekend I got to check out Ward 8’s fabulous brunch menu! They have a little something for everyone from avocado toast to s’mores crepes! They also have my favorite, buckets of bubbles. For those of you that don’t know Boston, tragically, has laws against happy hours and bottomless drinks. It was put in place to try and reduce drunk driving, good intention, but it really puts a damper on things sometimes. Bucket of Bubbles is a great compromise! Buy a bottle Champagne and you get a variety of juices to make your own mimosas. They also have a great cocktail menu if you’re not into mimosas, I would recommend the Aperol Spritz or a Bloody Mar!

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I can never decide between sweet and savory, so we decided to order a few things and share! To satisfy my sweet tooth we got the s’mores crepes. If you love chocolate this dish is for you! Covered in chocolate sauce and crumbled up graham crackers topped with mini marshmallows. It was so good. We also got a brunch classic, eggs Benedict, you can really never go wrong with eggs Benedict. Of course we had to get the avocado toast and the pork hash, both delicious. My favorite was probably the avocado toast, it was topped with poached eggs and spicy mayo, I love anything spicy!!

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Ward 8 is located conveniently near the Haymarket T-stop. They have a great bar and plenty of seating if your planning on a group brunch. It has a really great vibe! Thank you so much to Ward 8 for hosting me, we had such a great time! As always all opinions are my own.

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Xtend Barre Newbury

One of my goals this year is to spend more time taking care of myself. 2018 was a bit crazy between graduation, working on a congressional race, blogging, and working several side jobs. I definitely did not prioritize my health. By the end of campaign season I kept getting really sick, my body was literally rejecting the way I had been treating it. I was eating like crap, not working out, getting just a couple hours of sleep every night, drinking way too much, and the stress was crippling.

The last few months I have been focused on getting healthy, body and mind. I did barre classes my junior year of college and they were always a great workout. I have been going to Xtend Barre for about a month now and I absolutely love it! I go to the Newbury St location, the instructors and staff are all so friendly, upbeat, and positive. Which is exactly what I need and want in a fitness studio! I love walking into a bright positive environment every time I work out.

I am so excited to be Xtend Barre Newbury’s new ambassador! Everyone should have a workout that they love, it makes it so much easier to pull yourself out of bed on Sunday morning and go workout when you love where you go. There are a lot of options for barre in Boston but I love Xtend, each class is different so you don’t feel like you’re doing the same thing every time. And I have definitely noticed a difference in my body after a month, I’m more toned and my clothes are fitting a little better!

The studio is bright, beautiful, and clean. It’s conveniently on the green line, right by June’s convention stop. The studio has plenty of lockers, changing rooms, and water available. If you’re new to Xtend you can get one week unlimited for just $35! I’m there 2-3 times a week and I hope to see everyone at the barre!

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Woodstock Vermont Guide

Vermont is a magical place no matter what time of year you go. In the summer there are amazing hikes, fall there is beautiful foliage, but in the winter Vermont becomes winter wonderland with endless skiing! This weekend we did a little girls trip up to Woodstock Vermont. It was actually my first time in the charming little town, though it had been on my list for a while.

I recommend leaving early in the morning to beat any traffic. From Boston it was a 2.5 hour drive. We still haven’t had any real snow in Boston so it was great to see all the snow capped mountains and snow covered pines as we drove up, seriously some beautiful scenery. Once we arrived in Woodstock we checked out the down town area, it is so charming!

First we decided to head over to Sugarbush Farm. There they offer free cheese tasting, you have to try their award winning 3 years aged sharp cheddar! They also do maple syrup tasting, the farm is 500 acres and they tap the trees right in the property. It was way to icey to check out the maple walk but we took in some amazing views from the sugar house, and made friends with some horses. If you’re visiting Woodstock you have to stop by Sugarbush Farm, in addition to cheese and maple syrup they also sell all kinds of jams and spreads!

After a little more exploring down town we were so ready for lunch. We ended up at Worthy Kitchen. Amazing farm to table food and a great craft beer selection. Me and Lauren got the Mac and cheese and I added buffalo chicken to mine. They also had a great selection of hard cider and cocktails for those who aren’t big on beer. The casual friendly atmosphere was the perfect retreat from the cold. Lana got the Lamb Grilled Cheese and truffle fries, you should all know by now truffles fries are my weakness and these did not disappoint. We also split so cinnamon sugar donut hole that were fresh from the over warm and gooey! It is definitely worth a stop next time your in the are.

There are so many great places to stay in Woodstock, lots of bed and breakfast, cozy inns, and even Air BnB options. Something for every type of traveler. If you’re looking for nearby ski options Suicide Six one of the older ski resorts in the country is just a quick drive down the road! Let me know you favorite things to do in Woodstock Vermont!