Let's Talk About Recycling

Let’s talk about recycling. It’s something that I have been passionate about for a long time. Minimizing waste and making sure that I’m properly recycling what I’m using! There are so many things you can do that make a big difference. Our studio doesn’t have the greatest system for recycling. Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets angry when someone throws a bottle in the garbage! I can’t tell you how many times we’re taking out the office garbage and find a whole bunch of bottles just sitting in the garbage bin! Recycling is easy, and it’s so important. Anyway, we both have become bottle dumpster divers when we see that happen and chuck them in our own little office recycling bin to later be returned. There is a Return-It Express just down the street from our studio, so Lindsay often throws a bag in the back of her bike, or I drop them off on my way home.

Ok so I need to talk about how EASY this is to do. I’ll be honest and say I gave up dropping off my bottles because it seemed messy and inconvenient, but this is anything but that. We have a little bin to throw all our bottles into over the week, throw them in the bag, and drop them off! Once you get to the Express depot, you type in your phone number, a label prints, stick it on your bag and throw it on the conveyor belt and you walk away! The money is deposited into your account where you can redeem it for cash back, gift cards, or donate it to charity!

I’m sure all of our bottle money will soon be cashed in for more Kombucha, because we are seriously addicted.

Raspberry Nettle Iced Tea // Pregnancy Mocktail

I've been drinking this concoction almost daily since I've hit the third trimester with this pregnancy. I made an iced tea using just the raspberry leaf (recipe here) a few years ago, this one adds nettles leaf tea which has lots of benefits in pregnancy as well! Every other night I brew 2 large mason jars with a combination of red raspberry leaf tea and nettles leaf tea. Once they're not scorching hot I stick them in the fridge because I find they're just SO much easier to drink chilled, especially in these Summer months! 

Benefits of Nettle Leaf + Raspberry Leaf Tea

Nettles leaf tea is high in magnesium, calcium and iron! It's not recommended in the first trimester but is safe for 2 and 3 as it's known for it's stimulating effects. It also aids in production of breast milk. It also helps with numerous stomach issues such as IBS, constipation and bloating. Stinging nettle has been found to be great for other ailments too like arthritis and asthma. 

Raspberry Leaf is probably the most well known third trimester preggo tea because of its uterine stimulating qualities. It is also high in magnesium, potassium, b-vitamins and iron and is also great for your skin! We actually use red raspberry leaf tea in our Pink House Raspberry face cream,  it helps with eczema and rosacea. 

For this fancy schmancy mocktail I combine the following:

  • 1.5 cups of brewed iced tea
  • 1/4 cup of pineapple juice or any kind of juice for sweetness.
  • splash of apple cider vinegar (I just love the added little bit of sour! and it's great for your gut)
  • frozen blueberries to keep it chilled without watering it down
  • a splash of sparkling water if you have it on hand. 

There you have it, a simple, healthy and beneficial little mocktail for you mamas!