One of the best purchases I have made for my kitchen is the BRITA VINTAGE WATER FILTER PITCHER. For years, my family and I drank filtered water out of plastic disposable water bottles, adding to the over flow of waste at our islands dump site. Eventually we switched to stainless steel reusable bottles but I was still having filtered water delivered to our home each month. I took it a step further several years ago, eliminating the need to purchase filtered water by getting the Brita Pitcher at my local Costco. Having filtered water all the time has never been so easy. Each FILTER lasts 2 1/2 to 3 months. The pitcher comes with an electronic indicator that keeps track of the life of the filter. I love this pitcher so much that I take it with me when ever me and my family will be away from home so that we can use it at our vacation spot. When purchasing replacement filters, I shop at my local Costco. You can find it at other locations including online but I’ve found that you get more bang for your buck when purchasing in bulk.
At this time of year, I’m not in the sun as much as I am between the months of April-September so I do give my skin a break from wearing sunscreens with high SPF protection. I still have to protect myself because I’m still exposed to the sun when I’m going from place to place. One of the products I use year round that I love is the WATERMANS APPLIED SCIENCE LIP BALM WITH SPF 33. The lip balm is silky and smooth with a sheer color. My lips are left feeling very soft and immediately healed if they are chapped and damaged from the weather. It has been a product that I use almost everyday and I also have one in my beach bag for days at the beach as well. For more information, go to WATERMANS APPLIED SCIENCE
SPROUT makes eco-friendly watches for men and women that I think are very unique and affordable. Prices start at $30 and go on up to $80. There are different styles and colors to choose from including tyvek, corn resin bracelets, organic cotton and fish leather. My interest immediately went to the FISH LEATHER style because the dial face is fairly plain and medium in size, giving all of the attention to the fish leather which is soft on top and durable on the bottom and the color of the leather is a tone that is neutral making it a daytime piece that would compliment a casual outfit very nicely. These retail for $65 at SPROUT.COM
This gift idea is something that would be appreciated by most people because it’s something that is useful for everyday living at home. THE WALTON COMPANY makes these eco-friendly cork coasters with a fun design on the front and an amusing story on the back. You can choose one or create sets of 2, 4, 6 or more from a variety of themes. I’m a lover of the beach and most things that remind me of it. My home is no exception. I have a lot of beachy/coastal themed decor. The images I’ve included come from the Coast to Coast theme. Each coaster retails for $5.98
Here’s a Christmas gift idea that would go far beyond the person you are giving it to. The CAMELBAK LIMITED EDITION WATER BOTTLE is not only a handy water bottle to have for people like me who want to significantly reduce the use of plastic water bottles but $10 of each limited edition bottle purchase will go directly toward providing clean drinking water for people in need. Purchases can be made at Amazon. Click on the links under each image for more information.
These days it’s so important to be planet-friendly. As much as possible I use ECO friendly products to help lessen my foot print on this beautiful planet. My daughter loves flats and I’ve chosen this Zoe & Zac Dittany Twist Flat for her from PAYLESS made of ECO friendly materials. Right now it’s on sale. Regularly priced at $34.99, it’s now on sale for $25.99 and is available in the colors black and khaki.