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What I'm Digging - June Edition

My update is this: I'm home this summer and working with a few clients on a few part-time writing/researching projects, so that's pretty cool. A good start. I'm also selling cabi clothing and that's been fun and challenging, and gives me a community to be a member of, which I like.

Here are the other things I'm liking right now ...

Mina and Karen On My TV
HGTV continues to be my go-to for TV programming. I'm not sure how I'd unwind without the good folks bringing me more home fixer-upper shows than I have time to watch. Recently, I binged the entire first season of Good Bones on demand. The new season also just started, so I've got some new episodes waiting for me to enjoy. I love how capable Mina and Karen are, they're mixed up family and their positivity. And they're brilliant designers and builders. I would immediately buy one of their houses if I lived in Indianapolis.

Also, have you seen Home Town? There's only a few episodes of this gem of a show, that's similar to Fixer Upper but with a more down-south disposition. Erin and Ben are instantly adorable and genuine. I fall from them with every episode I watch.

This week the girls are taking a day camp at the Chicago Botanic Garden, which is a 30 minute drive. I found Wow in the World, a podcast created by NPR and it's brilliant. The girls are completely in love with the Guy Raz and Mindy and I love the conversations the show starts. Like moving to the moon! Or how long ago dinosaurs lived. Or how COOL scientists are because they're job is to be curious. Unfortunately, the podcast just started, so we've quickly listened through what's available.

Lastly, a quick shout out to the Tile on our Apple TV remote. That remove it TINY and is often getting eaten by the sofa or wandering off to other rooms. I attached a Tile to it a few years ago and it has saved us a few times from tearing up the whole house to find it. Also, I've used it a few times to locate my iPhone, which it's linked up to. Just press the Tile, and my phone rings. Genius.

On a side note, I've noticed these chunky wooden beads and messages on felt boards are everywhere for home decor. Are they having a "moment" or is it just me? Also, I can't get enough of "The Obvious Child" by Paul Simon. It's on heavy rotation on my Amazon Echo.

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Reusable Cotton Rounds

Maybe one of the things I'm digging so much about this plastic-free venture is getting to be a little creative and crafty. It's a fun challenge to figure out the better choices and make them.

When looking through the bathroom for easy swaps, I zeroed in on those little cotton pads I use to remove mascara and swipe on face toner.  Harvesting cotton, pressing it into little disks only for me to use it once and throw it away!? Plus, I'm spending 5€ for a plastic bag of them every few months? I can do better.

A little Pinteresting found a quick step-by-step to make these reusable pads. You can find better direction here, but basically I....

1 - traced circles in color flannel fabric using a water glass.
2 - Pinned three pieces together.
3 - Used a tight zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine to close up the edges.
4 - Last, I trimmed around the edges and repurposed a pickle jar to store them. 

Nothing to it.

I wash them with the kitchen rags on a hot water setting. And I've i…

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. 
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My Tips for Visiting Paris

One of the absolute joys of being an expat living in Paris is that I can be a tourist without the jet lag and limited luggage space for new shoes. It's such a privilege! Having traveled to Paris several times, with and without kids, I have a few tips I can share to make your trip here enjoyable.

Wear good walking shoes. Paris is one of the most walkable cities. You can start at the Notre Dame, walk to the Louvre along the river, and up the Champs-Elysees in one day. Or over to the Palais Garnier. And just strolling through neighborhoods, picking up snacks, desserts, etc., is the reason to come here. It's beautiful. But it can also be hell if your shoes are too tight. I love my grey Nike sneakers or a pair of trusty Birkenstock sandals for when the weather is nice.

To blend in with the local gals, you'll want to pack a scarf. Or two. I love a scarf and always travel with one, because it's a blanket/pillow on a plane, and an extra layer while walking around -- adding jus…