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Green Team x New Year’s Resolutions

A new year calls for new resolutions! Here’s what Allie from the Blowfish Malibu Green Team has on her list for 2021.

We have to be realistic this year about what we can accomplish, especially in terms of New Year’s resolutions. We’re going through an emotional and unprecedented time, and it’s important to take a step back and really hone in on what we think we can realistically achieve. While many New Year’s resolutions of the past may have included things like “travel more” and “sign up for a gym membership,” 2020 has taught us that our resolutions should be a lot more realistic. This is why I’m continuing my focus on being a conscious consumer and doing my part in helping the environment.

When it comes to our Green Team, we had made a variety of changes in and to our office last year to ensure our entire team was working in a more eco-conscious way. But then came March 2020. Our entire team went full remote so it became important to adapt and make greener choices in our new work environment (aka home).

This year, as we continue to work from home, we are aiming to keep channeling the same “Green Team” attitude.

Here are some realistic resolutions I’ve made for 2021 in order to cut back on my own waste and to eliminate as much plastic as possible:

Use a reusable water bottle:

To say I’m obsessed with my Hydroflask is a massive understatement. I even gifted a couple of them to friends for the holidays! I upgraded my lid for one with a straw, so it’s fun (and easier!) to drink out of. It honestly feels like an adult sippy cup and I constantly find myself refilling it three times a day. Drinking more water AND cutting back on single-use plastic? A success!

Carry reusable straws with me

I try to avoid using straws as much as possible when I’m out and about, opting to drink straight from the cup. For Christmas, I was gifted these great reusable straw kits and I plan on sticking one in my purse so I’ll always have a straw on hand if needed!

Refill water jugs

I moved home during the pandemic, and one thing we’ve realized is we go through A LOT of water. I always have a water bottle by my side. To cope, my family got these large water jugs, which we refill with filtered water at a small, local grocery store whenever we run out. Not only are we refilling the same plastic jugs and cutting back on waste, but we’re also supporting a local business. A win/win!

A Brita filter is also a great idea, especially if you are living with a smaller household.

Stock up on Tupperware

With a family of four, there tends to be a lot of cooking – and a lot of leftovers. Enter Tupperware! We’ve upgraded most of ours to glass containers, so not only are they great for storing food, but they’re also easy to stick in the microwave and heat up once you’re ready to eat. We have them in all shapes and sizes, and honestly, leftovers always tend to make for the best lunch anyway.

Recycle Nespresso Pods

Most people are fully aware of Nespresso, but did you know they offer a recycling program for the pods you use? You can get these recycling bags through Nespresso and either drop them off at a Nespresso location or at the post office. For people who drink a ton of coffee (like my family), this is the perfect way to get a caffeine fix at home without doing harm. To learn more about the Nespresso recycling program, check it out HERE.

What sort of steps are you trying to take from home to live a greener life in 2021? We’d love to hear!

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Daphine Bush Holiday Gift Guide For Your WFH Bestie

Our Holiday Gift Guides Series conclude this week with Daphine Bush from @simplydaph who has done us the favor of putting together her top picks for your bestie, who is currently working from home. 

Hey good people! I know many of you are scrambling trying to find gifts for loved ones and those closest to you. 2020 has been quite a year right? Well, we still have a few weeks left, and getting the perfect gifts for those you love will give you a sense of joy! 

When you think of a “best friend” what comes to mind? It can be described as many things. To some, it could refer to a sibling or a family member, to others it could be a bond with someone that exceeds even the closest family members. Let’s be real, many of our best friends are literally like part of our actual family soooooo I think we should start gifting them like it. 

A lot of you are inquiring about gift guides and since most of our besties are working from home, I’m sharing my “WFH Bestie Gift Guide.” 

I have picked out my favorite items for a typical best friend and compiled them into this blog post in hopes that I can make suggestions that will make this task a bit easier for you. I tried to cover every type of BFF, from the friend that has it all to the one that has the greatest need. 

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It’s finally the winter season, so I’m alllll about staying cozy, especially while working from home.

You’ve got to think: meetings, zoom calls, lots of time at the crib, so I wanted to provide gift ideas that she will need/use on a daily basis.

Going with a theme like “cozy finds,” which would probably include items like cool printed or soft pajamas, fab sneakers, a monogrammed plush robe, fun fuzzy socks, or a nice pair of fur house slippers. I like to think about pieces that my bestie will need and actually get good use out of! 

Crissy’s long socks: These fun knee-high socks will definitely make a great addition to your custom cozy gift package for your friend. These socks are super soft and will go perfectly with my next cozy recommendation for your WFH bestie!  

I know most of us like to wear socks in our boots! So now that you got the perfect socks, let’s talk about my faves for boots this winter. I’m talking about the Blowfish Malibu Rauly boot, available via Zappos!

These are my absolute obsession right now! So cute, so unique, and perfect for the season! The Rauly boot is a comfortable combat boot featuring zipper and buckle detailing as well as functional laces for a perfect fit. I adore these boots because they are so fashionable and on-trend and such a great price! They come in 3 colors as well. My faves are the taupe! 

You can snag these now on Zappos for $69.99.

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I’m also loving these cute velvet PLAY sneakers from Blowfish Malibu, also available via Zappos.

These are another great cozy find for your bestie while she’s working from home! The Play sneaker is so unique and so comfy. Your bestie can throw these on with a pair of jeans and a cute lightweight sweater. They come in several other colors as well.

Shop the Play sneaker now on Zappos, available for $39.99.

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The Urban Biscotti Minky Couture plush blanket: To finish off your cozy themed gifts, feel free to add in a cute hat or blanket/scarf which is perfect for that casual friend who just wants to be comfortable all the time. This is one of my favorite throw blankets.

A soft beanie and throw blanket, or a beautiful cashmere scarf, will always be well received. Think about it, have you ever been disappointed to open up a box and see a cashmere anything? 

Voluspa candles: Now, if you want to be more personalized, you can purchase scented candles or something with their initials engraved in them. While I understand these types of gifts can be pricier, it will leave a lasting impression on those receiving them. I particularly love Voluspa candles! My all-time fave is the Japanese Plum scent. If you’re into scents like me, you’ll want a few for yourself, I’m sure of it. 

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe Espresso and Coffee maker Bundle:  Y’all, this will put a smile on ANYONE’S face! Especially someone working from home, and it’s currently on major sale! Retails for $249 and is only $171 right now! This is good if you’re dealing with a coffee drinker! Yes, the price tag is a bit more than the average gift price but it will save your bestie money in the long run. No more door dashing coffee from the local cafe while in-between zoom calls. She can brew her own and make it just like she wants it! 

A perfect mug: Now that you’ve got the coffee maker, she needs an amazing mug! I like to give gifts with some sentimental value and mugs can always be funny or heartfelt. And a good price! Every time she uses this, there’s a good chance you and your awesomeness will come to mind. 

This wraps up my gift guide of ideas for your bestie who is working from home. Let me know what you think, and if you have any other suggestions, feel free to let us know!

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