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#FreebieFriday with Wama Underwear...

Friday, January 18, 2019

Hey, hey, hey!  This week for #FreebieFriday, I am happy to share that the peeps over at Wama Underwear have agreed to give two lucky winners the pair of undies of their size/style of choice!  

I can tell you from experience that these hipsters are soft, comfy, fit well, and don't ride up at all!  They are perfect for lounging around the house, but are just as great under a pair of jeans for the whole day.  Oh, and they're made of hemp and organic cotton, which makes them anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, AND eco-friendly!  

To enter: 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @wamaunderwear
: follow @greenchiclife
: tag at least 2 friends in separate comments (You get an entry per tag, so feel free to tag all of your pals!)


This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 25-January-2019.  A winner will be chosen at random and contacted via direct message.  The winner will have 24 hours to reply to accept their prize or a new winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is open to US entrants only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.  By entering this promotion, you are confirming that you're at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

Random cowboys, random horseback rides...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Have you ever gone for a hike in the mountains and while minding your own business, a cowboygallops over to you on his horse and asks you if you'd like to take a quick ride? 

Yeah... me neither... until last weekend. 

SunStars and I were trying to maximize our weekend and get out into the world a bit (it's soooooo easy to just stay in and watch too much Netflix when it's chilly outside, but after having been all over the country, visiting family, during winter break, we still had a bit of wander left in us.  He's lived in the Denver area for several years now, but hasn't truly been a tourist in his own town yet.  Since I'm new here, I've been finding all sorts of fun local things to explore.  

We set out, with puppy in tow, to hike North Table Mountain in Golden.  It was a great, and obviously, super popular trail.  There were people with their dogs all over the place and it made me happy to see that so many people had also opted for nature instead of Netflix. 

I was also a bit shocked to discover that I was super out of shape.  The trailhead is on an incline, 'cos duh... you're hiking up a mountain, but I got winded every 3 minutes or so.  When we got to the top, things flattened out a bit (yep... it's called Table Mountain for a reason!) and while I was being silly and trying to scale a rock face, a cowboy literally galloped over and demanded that I take a short ride on his horse.  While I'd been shocked to find how easily I got winded, I was super stoked that even though I haven't been on a horse in about 5 years, I didn't need any help to climb into the saddle and I knew exactly what to do when SunStars' dog and the pony weren't getting along.  

I proceeded to spend the remainder of the hike saying, "I got to ride a pony" and giggling.  I was so incredibly happy with my surprise mountain-top horseback ride!  

I guess that just goes to show that getting out into the world can have an awesome payoff! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the tee is ethically made in the US
: the sunglasses are sustainable bamboo
: the leg warmers and beanie are handmade








Save the bees...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Emily Dickinson once wrote that, "To make a prairie, it takes a clover and one bee," and at first reading, it doesn't really seem likely.  However, if you do a bit of research, you'll quickly find that it's totally true.  Just one bee has the ability to pollinate up to 5,000 flowers in a single day!  

Bees make it possible for trees, plants, and flowers to grow.  It's relatively easy for most people to imagine a life without honey, but bees are actually responsible for ensuring that about 1/3 of what we eat actually grows and exists! 

However, in a phenomenon called "colony collapse," the bees of the world are dying.  According to a study by CNN, 44% of the bee population in the United States mysteriously died between April 2015-April 2016.  While some blame urban sprawl and loss of habitat, other scientists are baffled as to why bees are perishing at such an alarming pace. 

While scientists are busy at work trying to figure out what the actual root cause of colony collapse is, there are a few things that we, the average non-bee-keeping humans can do to help honeybugs and bumblers from dying out!  

: plant wildflowers... like everywhere... in all the climates where it is sustainable
: consider growing herbs on your windowsill (especially in cities)
: if you keep a garden, do not use pesticides
: if you see a bee, don't squish it!  

... I'm going to be honest with you on the last one ^.  I used to be a bit afraid of bees, but once I learned how important they are to the ecosystem that is the natural world, I taught myself to talk to them when they get too close.  Maybe I'm crazy, but more than once, when I've literally said out loud, "Hey, little bee.  Please don't buzz too close to me!  I don't want to accidentally smash you," only to have said bug buzz away.  I truly believe that speaking to critters with compassion makes a huge difference.  Go ahead... give it a go! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the tee donates to bee-saving efforts
: the kimono was purchased from a small local company
: the jeans were thrifted
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the bracelets are handmade
: the boots are fair trade and handmade






Jeans = thrifted

#SustainableSunday with Wama Underwear...

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hey, y'all!  Look at these freaking hipsters from Wama Underwear! I'll level with 'ya... these snaps made me a wee bit nervous to take, but I have to show you how awesome these new hipsters are!  They are made of hemp (and organic cotton), which has kinda sorta evolved into one of my new favourite fabrics (along with bamboo).  Hemp is super groovy because it's anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and has anti-odor properties...  really... they're just kind of abilities that just come naturally with hemp!    

These hipsters are super comfy, the fit is perfect for me, and I can honestly say that after taking these pics that I really didn't want to get dressed.  I wanted to lounge around like this all day.  If hipsters aren't really your thing, I have good news!  Wama is getting ready to unroll women's bikinis and men's trunks and if they're anything like these hipsters, they'll be pretty darn awesome.  If you're trying to keep your skivvies organized, Wamu also sells these hemp pouches to help you with that.  They come free with 10-pack orders and the more I think of it, I think they'd be kind of awesome to take while traveling or camping.  

What do you think?  Have you ever tried hemp undies? 


What's sustainable about this outfit? (if you count this as an outfit)

: the hipsters are hemp
: the beanie was handmade
: the bracelets are handmade
: the belly ring is handmade
: the bedding is organic cotton








Sweet Home Chicago...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ok, ok... bear with me... I know I'm a bit all over the place here.  If you've been reading over the last several weeks, you'll know that I ended up going from Denver to Chicago, then SunStars came to visit me, then we flew to Atlanta, and rounded our winter break out by driving back to Denver.  I've literally been all over the  place.  

Today, I wanted to check in quickly to say how 1) Strange it is to be in a relationship with someone that I didn't grow up with (not sure how, but I've basically only ever dated people that I've known for most of my lite) and 2) How lovely it was to show this out-of-towner around my neck of the woods.  

Since SunStars was only in IL with me for about 2.5 days, we had to cram all sorts of things in.  I showed him the house where I grew up, the house where I lived at the end of high school and that I visited while in and just after college.  He got to see all of the places that I worked before I caught the travel bug and ended up moving all over the place.  I took him to my favourite local coffee place and favourite couple of bars.  Then, I had to take him downtown.  It was a total whirlwind.  

We barely made the train (hooray for delays), but got to walk over the lake and see the Sears (yes, Sears) Tower on our way to the Art Institute.  Since my mum is a member and SunStars managed not to pack a jacket, we spent some time wandering around the art before checking out the Cloud Gate aka the Bean, and waiting in probably the most chaotic line ever at Giordano's for pizza.  Yes, my favourite is actually Gino's, but we were getting hangry and it was right there.  After a late lunch, we Ubered to the Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM (I've been talking about it for the last few months) and ate our cupcakes at a pretty adorable Starbucks Reserve shop up on the north side.  Then, because we were in a super serious time crunch, we Ubered back to the Art Institute, had a quick wander through the lobby at the Palmer House and then sprinted back to Union Station where we, of course, missed our train.  

... but it was aaaaaaaaall good! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the white tee is sustainably made from hemp
: the Chicago bracelets are vegan and handmade
: the boots were stolen from my mum's closet







System reboot...

Monday, January 7, 2019

Each and every day, we are given innumerable opportunities.  Since today is my first day back at work after winter break, I've had lots and lots of reminders that it's easy to get bogged down in all of the negative or sad or frustrating things that occur in the course of every day.  It's especially easy to feel this on the day I've come back from two glorious weeks of travels and adventures with SunStars.  

However, the wonderful thing about having SunStars around is that even after a long day of meetings, he's still willing to go on a tiny adventure with me to help add a bit of magic back into a long day.  As often is the case, time outdoors is just what is needed for a quick system reboot.  

What do you do to relieve stress?   


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings were made from up-cycled metal
: the sweater was thrifted
: the mala necklace was handmade
: the boots are handmade and fair trade






#FreebieFriday with Earth Bands...

Friday, January 4, 2019

If you've ever visited a place, fallen in love, and wished that you could take that place back home with you, Earth Bands are truly made for you.  Each Earth Band has a small bead (modeled off of 200-year old Native American marbles) made from sand and/or soil from a specific place around the world.  All other materials that go into these bands are vegan and sourced with in the US and even the tags and packaging are printed on recycled paper with plant-based inks! 

These bands are just too much fun to customize, show off, and use to help remember the places that we love, so I've hooked up with Earth Bands to offer three lucky winners the custom band of their choice!  You can also snag 25% off of any order with code: greenchiclife! 

To get the goodies: 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @earth.bands
: follow @greenchiclife
: tag at least 2 friends in separate comments (You get an entry per tag, so feel free to tag all of your pals!)


This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 11-January-2019.  A winner will be chosen at random and contacted via direct message.  The winner will have 24 hours to reply to accept their prize or a new winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is open to US/Canadian entrants only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.  By entering this promotion, you are confirming that you're at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.