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Three New Plastic-Free Swaps

This week I've been thinking about the plastic-free swaps that are slowly getting added to our home. One thing I read a lot is the misconception that you need to "buy all this new stuff" to go plastic-free. And that's kinda silly. I mean, the idea of buying a lot to become sustainable is a littlecontradictory, right?

Chances are, you have a reusable water bottle and shopping bag rattling around the house, or you can probably ask a family member for one. And you've already created a pretty good swap.

While I DO like shopping, I'm a touch frugal. So, I'm swapping out plastic items that are ready for replacement with more renewable sources as they need to be replaced. Here are the latest three.

First up, replacing our plastic toothbrushes for bamboo. 
While usually I buy Preserve toothbrushes, made of 100% recycled plastic, mostly yogurt cups, I wanted to switch to a sustainable material. Bamboo! This Bam and Boo company offers a 3-month subscription and, mos…

Camp Paris 2018 Recap

I called the open time between when school got out and when we left for the States "Camp Paris 2018" (see first post here). I worried about keeping the kids busy and there are still a ton of sights in Paris on my list. So, off we went. And, I will add, we didn't wait in line anywhere. Maybe the first week of July is the best time to visit Paris? Who knows!?

It wasn't all good news. The girls staged a mutiny after the first week, refusing to go to another monument or museum. Sigh. So, we spent more days than I care to admit to watching movies, crafting and hanging out around the (very warm) apartment. Such is summer, I guess.

Here's a breakdown of the places we DID see ...

Parc Zoologique de Paris (also known as Zoo de Vincenne) 
Link: https://www.parczoologiquedeparis.fr/
Price: 50€ for 1 adult, 2 kids
Summary: Loved it!
Even though it was 40 minutes on the metro from our apartment (on the opposite side of the city), the ride felt quick. Maybe because we were so exci…

Upstairs Hallway Makeover: Before

This hallway is at the top of the stairs and is between the girls' bedrooms. I love to store books here and the kids masterpieces in this little DIY art hanger (here's how to make it). But this space has always lacked a nice, cohesive look. And that's been driving me crazy. Even from Paris.

So this first full week of being home is all about getting cleaned up for all our upcoming visitors and this is one spot I really want to focus on.


First, I want to repaint. White, probably.

Second, I want to find a plan for this space that includes built-ins, so it looks really clean and on-purpose. Not a storage area for random things.

I have two options I've been thinking about a lot.

Option 1: Do a built-in desk along this wall. Coincidently, in the original plans for this house, that's what's planned for this space but the original builders opted out of the feature. (See the post for the details.)

Option 2: Do a built-in cabinet and shelf that goes to the ceiling. I could…