A town in Japan is on their way to producing ZERO waste

This is so impressive and inspiring! Kamikatsu, Japan is a small town of 1,700 people and ever since 2003 they’ve been working towards their goal of producing absolutely no waste by 2020. They currently separate all their trash into 34 different categories, composting their food waste. They have to wash everything, which is a hassle, but after a while they say it becomes second nature.

Can you imagine if the whole world followed by example?! Finding out about this town today made me so happy and I hope it’s the way of the future with many other towns and countries to follow in their footsteps and making the process more and more efficient as it gains popularity.

Our planet is not full of magical holes that make our trash disappear and so much of what we throw out stays in landfills for longer than we are alive. It sounds like this could possibly be the much needed and long overdue solution!

What do you think about Kamikatsu’s current recycling system and their almost-zero waste production? Would you participate in this type of recycling if it were available to you? I’m ready to get on board and start sorting now!

Yoga! | How to finally get into yoga and stick to doing it every damn day

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I’ve been interested in yoga for years. I dabbled in it here and there, and even took some lessons during my last year of university. But it’s pretty pricey for a university student who wanted to practice every single day or, at the very least, a couple times a week. But, I’ve learned that things come into your life when you’re ready for them… no later, no sooner. In comes Yoga With Adriene.

I found out about Yoga With Adriene back in January and have been in love with yoga and trying to do it every day since! It was the perfect time for me to discover her channel, because she had just begun her 30 Days of Yoga challenge. If you’re looking into finally getting into yoga or sticking to it “every damn day” (as the hashtag catchphrase goes), something like a 30 day challenge is an awesome way to get into it!

However, if that’s not your cup of tea or you’re not in a place where you can do yoga so often, Adriene also has videos for beginners, weight loss and an awesome foundations of yoga playlist where she shows you step-by-step how to do certain poses among many other videos for different types of needs. Since January, I’ve done about 99% of all her videos and I’ve done the 30 day challenge three times and I’m about to start my fourth go around.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who has caught on, because when I first noticed her YouTube subscriber number it was just under 500,000 now it’s over 1,000,000! I love how Adriene teaches and that she’s got free videos posted every Wednesday!

Yoga is great not only as an exercise for your body, but it’s also fantastic for your mind! Yoga was initially created so that meditating monks could become more comfortable sitting and meditating for hours at a time. I try to always end my practice with a 10-20 minute meditation session and I feel like yoga is a great warm up for it! Doing yoga is one of my favorite parts of the day and it makes me feel so good and want to be healthier in all areas of my life. I highly recommend it for everyone!

Do any of you do yoga? Have you heard of Yoga With Adriene?

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(Original Adriene image via Yoga With Adriene Facebook page)

Did you know…? | How to stop crying when cutting onions

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So, hey! Happy December! I want to commit to writing more blog posts because I love it and I love the blogging community. I start, stop, start, stop and want to finally get back to posting regularly. I decided to keep myself accountable by starting this ‘did you know’ series (a bit like my ‘life tips‘ and ‘good to know‘ past posts). And hopefully it helps me improve my finger writing and drawing skills, haha!

If you struggle with cutting onions because they always make you tear up to the point where you have to stop what you’re doing and run to get a tissue (this has happened to me… a lot), hopefully this will be your solution like it has been mine. I went my entire life not knowing this until a few years ago when I heard it in a movie. I tried it and it worked! And I’ve been using this method ever since. Placing onions in the fridge helps stop the enzymes from seeping out of the onion as quickly as a fresh, non-refrigerated onion would, which leads to our tears.

I usually have at least one onion in the fridge and just remember to put in a couple more once I use them up, but sometimes I forget. This method usually still works pretty well if you put in your onion first thing when you start cooking and get to the onion fairly late in the game (doing a little search online tells me that 20-30 mins is all that you really need).

I’ve read that it can possibly affect the texture of your onions and/or affect the other produce you have in the fridge, but I’ve never found this to be the case for me. However, if you want to be on the safe side, maybe stick to the 20-30 minute rule or try it out once to see what happens.

Do you tear up when you cut onions? Do you use the fridge method? Another method? What other kitchen tips do you have? Please, do tell!

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The real price of dairy

This short video is so powerful. I couldn’t watch this and not share. How we allow this to happen, all the time, I don’t understand. How this is the norm… I can’t understand. Actually, this is by no means the worst of the dairy industry.

Humans are the only species that drink milk past infancy and the only ones who regularly drink another species’ milk. These poor, sweet, too-trusting-of-us cows. I’m so sorry I ever supported this. My heart breaks for every animal that suffers, especially at the hands of humans.

I hope people realize what they’re doing, what they’re supporting, what they’re paying for and that this becomes a thing of the past soon. Thank you Evolve! Campaigns for sharing this video.

So much to see in Lake Como, Italy

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Surprise! I’m not done with my Lake Como series. I haven’t posted a travel post in a while and I know they’re one of your favorites so I hope you really enjoy this one… I made sure to pick a lot of photos to share. In my last Lake Como post, I mentioned that we visited a villa on the island of Bellagio. That villa was Villa Melzi. While the villa itself was lovely, it was the area surrounding the villa that really stood out to me. Take a look!

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P.S. I went ahead and took the plunge into Instagram Land. I’m thinking of posting “outtakes” from some of my trips there, so check it out and let’s follow each other! :)