For a long time I thought that I had to have a really fancy apartment or outdoor space, expensive kitchenware, and honestly a huge circle of friends, in order to entertain. But I like setting up a good table, and I like preparing to sit down to a nice meal or gathering the ingredients to mix up a good cocktail (cute garnish and stir sticks included). If I waited for all that I’d never get to entertain. Lately I’ve been learning that the party doesn’t have to be big as long as it’s got the right people, and the table just needs a few chairs. Whether your own summer parties are big or small, I think it’s all about having a few staples that you can use in new ways each time.
Signing off and heading out on a weekend camping trip is one of the best ways to practice mindfulness, especially in the summer. But just because you’re in the woods doesn’t mean you’re automatically being mindful. To make the most of your time off the grid, you still want to consider all the details when planning, and find moments of calm to take in your surroundings and appreciate the present moment. Here are our camping tips to make the most of your adventure:
Good morning and welcome to the Conscious Shop Collective blog. Soon we’ll be officially launching our collective of ethical + sustainable shops, but for now we wanted to start off with a quick list of conscious living tips. To us, conscious living isn’t any one thing; it’s more about being intentional about all aspects of life: the objects we welcome into our homes, how we dress ourselves, the food we put in our bodies, you get the idea. Over the last couple years I’ve started to try to live my life in a way that more closely aligns with my values—like caring for the environment and shopping small.
Since I appreciate both those things, I wanted to start living in a way that reflected that. Whatever values you want to start living more consciously by, there are so many ways to get there—and it certainly won’t happen overnight. We hope these tips will get you excited about making positive changes, and really supporting those values.
Last year around this time Charity and I spent an unbearably hot afternoon in my apartment studio space mixing up and photographing summery cocktails. Since then I’ve been trying to better my mixology skills (you can find my watermelon mojitos here + three other fun drinks here) without having to spend too much on individual bottles of alcohol, mixers, and garnishes. Major amounts of added sugar spells instant hangover for me, so I like it keep it simple and just let real fruit and a few select extras (in this case, cucumber and thyme) take things up a notch rather than things like grenadine and syrups. Still sweet, yes, but not quite as bad.
I liked the taste of my watermelon mojitos, but this time around I had thyme on hand, not mint. Plus, a little cucumber that sounded refreshing on this particular 100 degree day.
One reason we share everything from recipes to shopping guides to conscious living tips to travel ideas–such a breadth of topics–on this blog is that Charity, Jennifer, and I have creative conscious living at the forefront of everything we do. It’s not about becoming minimalist and purging everything you own or quitting crafts and DIY in favor of a zero-waste lifestyle. Instead, it’s more about celebrating creativity (which is why we care so deeply about the makers behind the products we use), while at the same time being thoughtful and intentional.