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November 20, 2015

drink coffee. save the earth.

drink coffee save the earth with gojava

What could possibly go better with your breakfast than a cuppa coffee in the morning?


That’s what.

It’s a hug in a cup and who doesn’t love that kind of start to your day?


My obsession with coffee, especially mushroom coffee, is well documented, particularly if you follow me on Instagram.

I love taking the time to brew it so I can add warming spices like cinnamon and cardamom, or turn it into a butter coffee for extra customization.

What can I say? I love me a fancy coffee.

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But if I was time crunched, or travelling, then single-serve coffee pods, like those offered by Keurig and Tassimo, would be very appealing.

The problem the convenience these coffee pods bring us however is an environmental tipping point.

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  • In 2014 enough Keurig K-Cups were sold to circle the world more than 10x
  • In one year, people in Toronto tossed 10 million (or 90 tonnes) non-recyclable cups into the garbage which then made its way to the landfill
  • Approximately 30% of homes and businesses in Toronto use some sort of single cup machine so this environmental issue is only going to grow


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Ok you and Harrison Ford aside, rather than toss your beloved single-cup machine there’s a company in Toronto that’s working to lessen the environmental impact of these coffee pods.

GoJava has partnered with TerraCycle to offer you not only a free next-day delivery service, but will also come and collect your coffee pods to recycle them, again at no cost to you.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to GoJava and order your coffee (right now they only deliver to: Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Markham, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan)
  2. Your order will get delivered the next day for free (except on weekends and holidays)
  3. Enjoy your hug-in-a-cup coffee and collect your used pods in the GoJava Recycling Bin (which they will give you)
  4. When you place your next order, leave your GoJava Bin outside on the delivery day for them so that they can pick it up (or if you’re an office, they’ll come right in and collect it)
  5. What happens to the pods once they’re collected? TerraCycle Canada takes it to a special processor who is able to grind down the pods and separate them into their components (e.g. coffee and plastic). The coffee is then used for compost, while the plastic is made into plastic lumber and used in applications such as flooring, park benches and playgrounds. Go Java pays a fee for each pallet to make sure that the products are properly recycled, but it’s all free for you


Give them a go and save $10 on your first order by using the code DISCOUNT10 at checkout.

And you could also win a $100 GoJava gift card! Just enter below for your chance to score a whole latte coffee.

Open to residents of Toronto Etobicoke, Mississauga, Thornhill, Markham, Richmond Hill or Vaughan only

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This post was sponsored by GoJava, but I’m 100% behind their mission to find a solution for this growing environmental problem. If you use coffee pods I wholeheartedly encourage you to try them out!

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November 12, 2015

thursday’s thought

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For the past 5 months I’ve been working on a project (the one I’ve been hinting at on Instagram!)  that literally has me running through this 6 step creative process erryday.

And just when I think I’ve nailed it, I find something I don’t like about the formulation that makes me go back to the drawing board.

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But the satisfaction and validation of getting to step #6 is what makes it all worth it.

Happy Thursday blushers! Let your creative energies flow today and try to aggressively reject letting your mind wander through steps #3 and #4. Make it a HARD REJECT!

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November 11, 2015

november picks

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I’ve been pretty hit and miss lately with treating you guys to a roundup of goodies that are catching my eye.

Ok way more miss than hit.

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But starting this month I’ll be adding it as a regular monthly series!

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Here’s what’s making the November cut for what’s worthy of your guilty pleasure:

  1. Kate Spade Two of a Kind Mask bottle opener ($40USD) – no explanation needed, this is a must have for the holiday season
  2. Oak + Fort D01 ring ($10) – simple and trendy I’m loving how easy on the wallet this ring is
  3. Alima Pure Natural Definition mascara ($28) – what do you get when you combine the no-flake power of a Kjaer Weis mascara with the drama you get from W3ll People? This. You get this and it’s bloody brilliant
  4. Rudsak Fleurat hat ($55) – I’m obsessed with the pom-pom on this hat. Does it make me feel like I’m 8 again? Yes. And I’m still obsessed.
  5. True Nature Botanicals Dead Sea Salts ($48 USD for 383 g) – the latest release from TNB, this blend of mineral rich, certified Dead Sea bath salts that moisturize, detoxify, and feng shui the mind would make for a super special holiday gift
  6. Province Apothecary Limited Edition Sweet Orange + Bay incense sticks ($12) – cinnamon, clove, orange 100% evoke such happy, happy memories of Christmas and it’s for that reason I’ll most likely definitely buy this in BULK
  7. Osmia Organics Special Release Holiday Evermint soap ($18 USD) – Sarah and the team at OO have taken soap making to a true art form and this vegan special release one is no exception. Pink clay, shea butter and coconut milk swirled with black spruce and wild mint is basically a candy cane for your body


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Now, I’m not sure exactly what happened, but autumn seems to be vanishing at an alarming rate!

It seems as if I was just trying to manage my oily face, caused by summer heat, but now with Christmas only 53 days away (utterly terrifying non?) and temperatures dipping to uncomfortably low figures, my mind is fixated on a new skincare survival guide that will keep my hands soft and hydrated all winter long.

Sudsatorium Dahl in the Family soap ($3.95) – on average we wash our hands 3-4x a day so its important not to use a drying soap. Women in India have been using ‘dahl’ (Hindi word for lentils) for centuries as a skincare aid because it helps with the production of collagen (who knew?!) and that coupled with the addition of soothing rose and chamomile essential oils is what makes this soap perfect for calming skin made sensitive by winter’s cold

Odacité Intensive Hand & Heel Therapy hand cream ($49 for 4 oz) – non greasy and extremely hydrating this cream is my daytime go-to option as you can massage it in and then immediately get back to the business of life (click here for my full review)

Beret Jane Miracle Salve hand treatment ($19 for 1.83 oz) –  Beret, a certified aromatherapist, created a salve infused with the strongest calendula extract in the world. Calendula, one of nature’s most potent healers, protects and repairs dry hands and is what makes this salve particularly special. I’ve been using it at nighttime with my cotton gloves and have seen a noticeable difference in the softness of my hands in the morning.

Curious to try Beret’s Miracle Salve? From now until November 30, 2015 GET 25% OFF when you use code “LIB25” at checkout.