Los Angeles Auto Show 2018 (Part 1)

Hey Guys!

In Los Angeles, the auto show was held and had incredibly important debuts. Each brand brings out some very class competitive cars out to the automotive field. This year, there was a lot more debuts than last year, with a lot of concepts coming out. The show is ten days long, so there are many more vehicles to come.

Ever since 2014 when the Subaru Tribeca was axed from Subaru’s lineup, there was a void with the Subaru Forester being the largest car. The Forester is a compact SUV, so Subaru needed to do something quick to increase their sales total. Unfortunately though, they never had great success with mid-sized crossovers. The B9 Tribeca came out in 2004, and critics were infuriated with its “donkey like” grille and a very large rear overhang. The interior felt cheap and the passenger space was a bit too cozy for enthusiasts. They updated it for 2008 but everything stayed the same except the donkey mouth and the B9 nomenclature being lost. Now in 2018 as a 2019, Subaru brought back a three row crossover, called the Ascent. With a more rugged, and conservative approach, the Ascent turned heads with this massive car even though it is pretty much an extra large Forester. It competes in one of the fiercest markets and in my honest opinion. I think it will sell really well, especially in Seattle because tree hugging families will adore this Ascent.

In 1999, the best selling luxury SUV was introduced, the Lexus RX. The RX was a Toyota Highlander except it had much better sales and had a plethora of luxury features. However, even though it had impeccable sales, it lacked something that the Toyota Highlander had which was a third row seat. The reason was because the Lexus GX and LX SUV’s offered third rows already, even though they are just Luxury-laden 4Runners and Land Cruisers, respectively. The problem with these two SUV’s is that the rides are awful and are not car based. So for 2018, the brand did two things, first off there is an option to ditch the third row in the LX to increase cargo room while in the RX you can now get a third row seat. Lexus was able to add a third row by stretching the length by 4.3 inches. This will indeed increase sales and I predict next sales for the RX will go up by 33 percent.

Minor debuts were the questionable Nissan Kicks, since it is a subcompact SUV and Nissan just debuted the same sized Rogue Sport. Mazda refreshed their 6, as well as Infiniti did for their QX80 full-sized luxury SUV.. Lincoln changed names for their mid-sized SUV. But for the first wave this concludes the action at the Los Angeles auto show. Stay tuned for next weeks updates guys!

 

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Week 13

The playoffs are a month away, and this week has a few crucial match ups that can change around the playoff mix

Patriots @ Bills 10:00AM Sunday

The Patriots have a controlling lead in the AFC east over the Bills, who are in the wildcard hunt. The Bills made an abysmal decision benching Tyrod Taylor last week and it came to haunt them. This week he will start as the Bills are currently in a wildcard spot. The Bills control their destiny right now, but a loss could throw them completely out of the mix.

Lions @ Ravens 10:00AM Sunday

Both teams have a 6-5 record and are second in their respective divisions. The Lions remain one game behind the Seahawks who sit in the wildcard spot. The Lions need help to gain a spot as well as continuing to win out. The Ravens sit behind the Bills in a wildcard spot and with the Bills in a tough game against the Patriots, a win is Ideal for the Ravens and would put them in the wildcard spot.

Panthers @ Saints 1:25PM Sunday

This should be a fun game to watch, with both teams tied for the division lead at 8-3 this game will be crucial to the playoff race. Whoever loses this matchup will remain in the wildcard spot while the winner takes control of the NFC south.

Eagles @ Seahawks

The Eagles are one win from a playoff spot already, and are very close to clinching. The Seahawks come from an opposite way, they are sitting second in their division behind the Rams and need a win to get in control of the division. Only one team has won in Seattle this season, also from the NFC east, the Eagles hope they can do the same and cement a playoff spot early on.

Around the League

-The NFL is offering $89 million to give a group of about 40 players to end the anthem protests. The NFL has openly allowed its players to protest, which it should, and is now trying to stop the protests, hoping to gain back a little lost viewership.

-Former Patriots back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will finally make his 49er debut against the Chicago Bears, with two losing teams out of the playoff races, this is Jimmy’s chance to prove if he is the solution to Shanahan’s terrible season.Image result for garoppolo

Check around here week 14 for more previews and updates!

Birdemic is so bad its horrible (better late than never?)

So I’ve made a decision to drop the character, he wasn’t really going anywhere anyway. So from here on out, I’m just gonna give you guys a straight review.

In recent years it seems like “so bad its good movies” are all over the place. you cant scroll through youtube or any movie blog without someone talking about a SBIG film. This film is one of the crown jewels on the trash crown. After viewing the film I can’t help but agree.the film is very heavily inspired by The Birds By Alfred Hitchcock. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING is done wrong in this film. So I’m going to outline the most obvious issues that I could find. To start the whole film is shot on video. It really stands out because every shot is steeped in this ugly VHS discoloration. It really hurts to watch the movie, and it doesn’t help the pacing is slower than a snail going uphill on roller skates. no birds actually attack anyone until 40 minutes in. until this point, the characters try to make you care about them, everything goes right for them. But it is almost impossible to grow attached to these characters because they have about as much depth as a cardboard cutout of Nick Cage. the plot is so cliche and slow paced that I can guarantee that you may think that you have seen this movie before but just under another name. If you can do NOT watch this movie, it is not even worth it for a joke.

 

 

Cool Title Cancelled, Only Pain

Just like the monstrous creature I’ve put into existence through illustration, I too am in high levels of pain. 

Hi, I’m that stuffy nose that can’t be blown out of your system and I’m here in all my mucus covered glory to throw tissue balls of advice at your screen. My body has literally betrayed me and has made me miss 2 days of school, where all I could do was lay in bed, sleep, and play Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. So instead of giving advice to questions that have been already asked, here’s a guide on getting back on track after missing school for sickness.

Step One: THE E-MAIL IS YOUR BEST FRIEND                                                              Currently what I’m doing is writing multiple e-mails to my teachers apologizing for my absence and telling the harrowing tale of what I had been going through for the past five days. I’m also begging for assignment extensions. The simple act of sending this digital message shows that you are proactive to what life throws at you, and even if you really don’t, makes it appear that you care about your schoolwork.

Step Two: ACTUALLY START ON YOUR MISSING WORK                                               Hahaha this is the worst step because it means you actually have to do work, and after spending 5 days doing nothing, who would want to do work? There’s really nothing to say at this point you just kind of got to, do it. It sucks and you could be on your phone getting more animals to visit your campsite, but you’re a student. This is your life until you graduate years and years of school or till the system buries you into the ground. That is the fate of a student.

Step Three: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING READY FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL DAY                                                                                                                     I’m the kind of person who likes to always look tip-top-all-sharp on point, I don’t want people to be able to find flaws in simple petty things, so if you look put together, you pretty much have that out of the way. However, this means having to go to school sick is “h-e double hockey sticks” and most of the time I’d rather skip school, but my parents won’t let me unless I was in large amounts of pain and with a raging fever. So luckily I was for the two missing days. Putting all of that aside, I like to look like I still have my life together in some way, so the night before, set out your outfit, organize your backpack and check if there aren’t any last minute assignments you forgot about. It’ll be worth it just to check.

To all reading, I hope you never have to go through the pain that I did. It’s terrible and the worst and I never want to experience it ever again. Stay hydrated, get lots of sleep and submit your questions to https://goo.gl/forms/BJRMlvdiBgfFuqKq2

“Keep it 10% Pisces and 90% freaky.”

-ab-so-lutely 

Some Cars to Avoid for 2018

Hi Everybody!

It is me again, the Car Guy, and today we will talk about some of the cars that you all should cross off your shopping list for your next cars. These cars are dinged for their reliability, owner satisfaction and other elements.

The first car goes to the brand new Fiat 500L. It essentially is a stretched Fiat 500 with two more extra doors. Although the Fiat 500 is a worldly known car for its “cutesy” looks and its “bang-for-your-buck” nature, the stretched version is just a failed car. There is only 1 engine, and its a miserable 1.4 Liter 4 cylinder with 160 hp. That doesn’t sound too like failure, but according to consumer reports, the car rides terribly and is also very busy, with problems going up the hills. The car also has one of the worst reliability records this year due to faulty transmissions, and electrical elements which could leave you stranded. Overall avoid this car at all costs. If you would like a car in the Subcompact class, you are better off getting a Honda HRV, which is a reliable, and more attractive car.

One of the most popular cars, the Ford Explorer, has been a reliability disaster for 27 years. After the firestone tire recall, the car never recovered itself. In all honesty, the car is not horrible. It has 3 engines that produce powerful numbers, and the amenities are very upscale, but the MyFord Touch system is a complete disaster to use and is also known to break down quick. Just avoid this car, and you are better off getting a Toyota Highlander and a Honda Pilot.

Some other cars are avoidable as well, the Mitsubishi Mirage, which is puny in power. The Cadillac Escalade, for its known electrical problems and for its reputation for getting stolen, the Toyota Yaris, which is a very spartan vehicle. But other than these bad cars, there’s a lot of great options to choose from. Try to go Japanese for reliability, because reliability is the most important aspect of a car in the long run.

In the end. Please avoid these cars for your safety! There’s so many better cars than these, remember to look at owner costs, reliability records and fuel efficiency to buying your best car. Happy shopping and hope you all had a nice thanksgiving!

Top 5 Favorite Disneyland Sweets

It’s Fastpass Master here! Since I did my top five favorite rides in Disneyland last week, I wanted to now share my top five favorite treats in the park! People often don’t think about amazing food when they think of Disneyland, yet the delicious food should not be overlooked. I have looked at many Disney food blogs and have spent too much time flipping through amazing treats. Also, this list is limited to only the Disneyland park, and does not include treats in California Adventure as that list would be extremely difficult to create and I’ll probably save that for a later post! So without further ado, here’s my top five favorite Disneyland treats!

  1. Beignets- These baked treats will change your life, they for sure changed mine. These delicious treats are deep fried and covered in powdered sugar. There first time I tried them with my family we were near tears. Disneyland makes them fresh everyday, making them warm when you buy them. You can get them from both Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney, or their express location. Yet the ones sold at Cafe Orleans are Mickey Mouse shaped, somehow making them a million times better. They also offer different flavor based on the season including candy cane, pumpkin and butterscotch. They are out of this world and easily make it onto my list.
  2. Dole Whip- If you have any knowledge about foods at Disneyland, you probably know about this classic Disneyland treat. Dole Whip is a frozen pineapple-flavored soft-serve dessert that is found in the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland. The line is always very long as people cannot get enough of this treat. Pro tip: there’s a line inside the waiting area for the Enchanted Tiki Room that is always shorter! My family and I love the classic Dole Whip in addition to the Dole Whip Float they serve that is just Dole Whip but covered in pineapple juice. I feel as if getting Dole Whip at Disneyland is a rite of passage that everyone who goes should experience.  
  3. Churro- Disneyland is known for its churros; for a good reason. These churros are always were and are completely coated with a thick layer of cinnamon and sugar. You can find these classic treats at various churro carts around the park. There’s about thirteen between Disneyland and California Adventure. In Downtown Disney, they also have a cart with various flavors of churros including strawberry, apple cinnamon, and piña colada. I once had an Oreo flavored churro that was filled with Oreo cream and it was out of this world! You have to try this widely popular Disneyland treat.
  4. Matterhorn Macaroons- Disneyland has a rollercoaster ride in Fantasyland called the Matterhorn, which is modeled after a mountain in the Swiss Alps. Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe makes the Matterhorn Macaroon; a coconut macaroon that is shaped to look like the Matterhorn ride. It’s also covered on top with white chocolate and dusted with white sprinkles to resemble snow. This treat is so tasty and the tall shape of it makes the macaroon even better. My family and I once found a recipe online and attempted to recreate them. They actually turned out surprisingly well and were pretty similar to the original. I 10/10 recommend this dessert!
  5. Tigger Tail- If you like marshmallows covered in caramel and dipped in white chocolate, you need to try Tigger Tails. Located in Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country, this treat resembles the tail on the classic Tigger from Winnie the Pooh! This treat is perfect for marshmallow lovers. I have recommended Tigger Tails to many of my friends who have gone to Disneyland and they have loved them! I can’t suggest these treats enough; they are definitely worth the try!

Hopefully I’ll do many more posts about food in Disneyland!

And remember, “To all those who come to this happy place: Welcome.”

~Fastpass Master

Pumpkin Bars

Hey everyone! 

I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and are having a relaxing few days off. As many people do on Thanksgiving, I definitely ate too much. But it was all worth it and I do not have any regrets. I wish I could say that I was a good daughter and helped with preparing the food, but this year I was lame and I did not. My mom and aunt did a wonderful job though and outdid themselves once again. Even though I filled myself up at dinner, I still had some space left for dessert. I have to say that pumpkin flavored things are not usually my favorite but the pumpkin bars my mom made this year were delicious. They really did hit the spot. So, naturally, I have to share so you all can maybe, like the snickerdoodles, make them for yourselves one day.  

Pumpkin Bars–

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 ½ cups sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves 
  • 4 beaten eggs 
  • 1 16-ounce can pumpkin  
  • 1 cup cooking oil 
  • Cream Cheese Frosting 

Directions:  

  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cloves. Stir in the eggs, pumpkin, and oil till combined. Spread batter in an ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan. 
  2. Bake in a 350° oven 25 to 30 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 2 hours on a wire rack. Spread cream cheese frosting on top. Cut into bars and enjoy!  

Xoxo,

SpiceGirl

Healthier Milkshakes

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday and break from school.

This recipe is not really related to Thanksgiving at all, but I greatly enjoyed it for breakfast this morning. It was filling and tasty.

I really, really love a good milkshake. Like, just a chocolate milkshake with Haagen-Dazs ice cream could be considered my weakness, or even the caramel milkshake from our local XXX diner.

And this morning, that’s what I wanted: something cold and creamy and sweet. So I grabbed my blender, a some frozen bananas, and set out to satisfy my craving, but in a little bit more a healthier way. Basketball just started, and the sugar from the ice cream doesn’t really give me energy. I mean, it does, but it doesn’t really fuel me.

For actual fuel, I set out to have a high source of protein, a healthy source of carbohydrates, and some fat.

So the recipe for my chocolate, peanut butter, banana “milkshake”…

1 frozen banana The serving was big enough for me. Add as many bananas as you would like.

4 ounces of soy milk. Use what you have, whether that be milk, coconut milk or even water. I think the soy milk makes it a bit more creamy.

1 tablespoon cacao powder. Raw cacao powder has a lot of antioxidants, and is a lot better for you than coco powder, but use what you have and what you like. By itself, it is bitter, but if you have a ripe banana, the sweetness with balance it out.

Vanilla protein powder– another thing that added sweetness, and added to the thickness. You can also use a chocolate flavored one.

1 tablespoon peanut butter powder– I actually used a powder to keep my fats lower so the calorie count didn’t build up. Also, because my topping were pretty high in fats. If you wanted more fats, add the actual peanut butter, or even almond butter.

And then blend it up until it’s smooth. The less liquid you put, the thicker it is, and the more “milkshake-y”.

I topped it with cacao nibs and coconut shreds. Yummy way to start the day and stay full until the turkey comes to the table.

God bless, everyone!!

Classic Rivals

A few years back, some devious Coca-Cola employees sneaked off with the formulas to the best-selling soft drinks on the market and attempted to sell them to Pepsi. These fellows thought they were going to be rich! Little did they know, their futures entailed jail time.

With cooperation from Pepsi, these thieves were caught and Coca-Cola’s corporate secrets were safe once again. Now you might be thinking, why didn’t Pepsi capitalize on this opportunity to make huge profits? Were they just trying to “do the right thing”?

Well it turns out, knowing Coke’s secret is probably worth almost nothing to Pepsi. Here is why:

Scenario one: Pepsi decides to release Coke’s Formula to the public.

Under this situation, numerous producers would enter the market producing drinks that taste just like the Coke’s products. At stores, there would be options to buy a variety of generic Coke knockoffs that would cost less than the Coca-Cola brand. As a result, the price for Coke products would plummet which is obviously bad for Coke. However, it would most likely be bad for Pepsi, too. With cheaper soft drink options, consumers would drift from purchasing Pepsi products to cheaper varieties of Coke. Thus, Pepsi would lose profit.

Scenario two: Pepsi decides to produce their own Coke-like beverage.

If Pepsi decides to withhold the formula from the public while introducing their own line of Coke-like products, would it help them make a profit? In economics, Coke and Pepsi are considered substitutes. Consumers would often decide on one or the other to satisfy a certain need. However, if Pepsi started to produce their own Coke-like drinks, the products of the two companies would now be considered perfect substitutes. If there is no difference between the products of the two companies, consumers will always choose to purchase the cheaper ones. This effect would lead to what is called a price war which would ultimately drive down the prices of both companies resulting in less economics profit.

Stressing, Snacking, and Zero Shaming

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Hello again, my wonderful Fake Phillies! Hope your week’s going well! Mine has been……ahhhhhhhhhhh. I’ll have to say, this was quite a change from my previous weeks. Again, I don’t want to say it was all bad as it wasn’t, but seriously, this week was intense. I was pretty stressed and really annoying to everyone around me because my mood was off all week, but I guess everyone has a bad week once in a while. Of course, there is always a better way to deal with stressful situations, and that’s what I wanted to talk about for today’s post.

Life is going to happen. It might be crazy, it might be horrible, it might be fantastic, but the one thing we can count on is that it’s always going to happen. And we have to be prepared for that. There’s a few things to remember in order to deal with stressful situations. I’m going to call it Wannabe Philosopher’s Guide to Stressful Situations (WPGSS).

  1. Talk To Yourself.

Talking to yourself may feel stupid, but it actually helps a lot. Even if you don’t feel positive enough to give yourself a pep talk, talking out your problems with yourself is quite beneficial. It often puts things into perspective; you may discover that your problems aren’t as bad as you thought or that there aren’t as many as you thought there were. And hey, who’s going to understand you better and give you a better response than yourself?

2. Eat.

And no, I don’t mean to go buy five bags of chips and drown out your sorrows in all the fat you’re consuming. (Not that I’m shaming anyone. We’ve all been there.) For me personally, I like to eat when I’m stressed regardless of whether I’m hungry or not. And most of the time, I end up consuming a lot of unhealthy stuff. However, the actual concept of eating gives you something to focus on and takes your mind off of whatever you are stressed about. So, the best option would be to keep healthy snacks easily within reach. When I’m upset, I usually grab the first thing I find to snack on, so if you keep something like carrots at the front of your fridge, you can stress-eat while benefiting your body. After all, being generally healthy also makes you feel better, so it’s as if you’re killing two birds with one stone.

3. Take Breaks.

Taking small breaks between tasks is really helpful for me. Of course, don’t go and take hour-long breaks (like I tend to do) because that will just end up being a setback for you. Instead, set goals for yourself. For example, telling yourself that you can take a twenty minute break as soon as you finish your project outline motivates you to get the work done more efficiently and effectively. Then, after your break, you can tell yourself you can take another twenty minute break after finishing all your research for the project. This makes the entire task seem less daunting and relieves some stress as a result.

And let’s just call this part one of WPGSS, so you can look forward to part two of this next week! Hope you guys all have a great weekend!

Until next time, Fake Phillies. This is Wannabe Philosopher, signing off. *finger guns*

 

Running heroes

Photo by Lawrie Robertson

All runners have a hero. A runner usually looks up to a specific individual who they believe embodies the sport and all the accompanying facets that goes along with it. The hero or idol is someone that the person is likely to either have known or seen during a large meet such as the Olympics. Many people follow their idol or heroes accomplishments and goals, in a way similar to their own. Often the goals are seen paralleled by the runners. Many runners use their idols as inspiration. These heroes or idols often are more than just an inspiration, but often are friends.
These idolized runners will become heroes when they help the other runners. One of the greatest aspects of running is the team community. Runners run (surprising, I know) mainly with runners closest to them in ability and friendship. Groups often form from friendships and vice versa. Running and racing with groups means that many times teammates become your idols through their encouragement. This positive loop leads to many opportunities for improvements and better teams.
I have found that often the greatest heroes are those we run with, not those we see on TV. Being with our friends and training partners who encourage us through everything, not just the good, but the bad as well, is the most important community that runners can have.
Running partners are only one type of hero. Many also idolize some of the fastest people ever. These idols are some of the biggest influences on people to them keep running.
While both provide an unmatchable inspiration, no runner can go without some inspiration. Idols and heroes are often the most influential people in a runner’s life.

Seahawks Fall To Falcons

Don’t blame Blair Walsh on this one Seattle fans. Yes, if not for a couple Walsh misses, the Hawks would be 8-2. But for every Seahawks player or coach not named Russell Wilson, do better.

At first glance, it appeared certain that the 52-yard field goal was going in. Replay showed the kick missing by inches. But the Seahawks should not have relied on Blair Walsh’s juice to save the day—it was Pete Carroll who made the uncharacteristic risks that ultimately cost us the game.

Coach Carroll, who usually uses his challenges wisely, was ill-advised to believe that Doug Baldwin had completed the catch with less than ten minutes left in the fourth quarter. By throwing the challenge flag for an indisputable incompletion, the Seahawks lost a pivotal timeout that could have spared another 20-30 seconds on the final drive. With extra time, Russell Wilson could have comfortably rallied his offensive troops closer to the goal line, potentially giving Blair Walsh a shoe-in three pointer. Alas, a 52-yard kick was all we got—just one yard closer, and there would be overtime, with all the momentum on Seattle’s side.

One more thing. What in the world was that fake field goal? Aside from the embarrassing execution, I cannot conceive a logical argument for why Carroll pulled the trigger with less than ten seconds left in the half. Was the special team’s unit committed to scoring a 25-yard touchdown on that play? If not, why not just take the field goal going into halftime? I strongly admire Pete Carroll, the heart of the Seahawks organization. But there were several coaching decisions last game that left me shaking my head.

We must remain patient. At 6-4, there is still a lot of time left in the regular season to make a seismic statement. Let’s not forgot the one advantage of losing a game—it compels the team to properly reflect on why the game was not won.

LAFC Update

Hey guys,

LAFC has made another signing! The club has agreed to sign Egyptian defender Omar Gaber from Swiss giants Basel on loan.  Gaber will not be one the clubs three designated players since the signing is said to be made with Target Allocation Money (TAM). Gaber, 25, is a Cairo native who played for Egyptian giants Zamalek professionally from 2010-16 after coming through the youth ranks there. An Egypt international since 2011, he played for his country under new LAFC manager Bob Bradley from 2011-13. He recently helped Egypt qualify for their first World Cup since 1990. Gaber moved to FC Basel last year, but after getting some playing time in his first season with the Swiss champion, he has seen very limited action this season under Raphael Wicky. Currently on transfermarkt.com Gaber is listed to be worth 1 million euros.

In addition, LAFC is rumored to be targeting Egyptian attackers Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan and Abdallah Said. Hassan, 25, is currently on loan at Turkish club Kasimpasa from Belgian giants RSC Anderlecht. According to transfermarkt.com he is worth 2 million euros. Hassan’s playing style is said to include a great deal of flair but also some indecisiveness. LAFC manger Bob Bradley has recently been attempting to convince Hassan to come play for him stateside. Said, 32, is a crafty midfielder who plays for Hassan’s former team Al Ahly in Egypt. He played under Bradley on the Egyptian National Team. According to transfermarkt.com he is worth 1 million Euros. Considering his age and transfer value he would likely only require TAM money to sign.

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Eco-Friendly Gift Tips

Hey Everyone!

Given that we are about to get  into the full swing of the holiday season, I thought it would be an appropriate time to go over some environmentally friendly gift ideas! Often, things such as wrapping paper and plastic end up in landfills and create excess waste. Instead of piling up lots of junk this gift-giving season, use these two helpful tips below to have an eco-friendly holiday!

 

Reusable Gift Wrap

In the U.S. alone, we create 4 million pounds of gift wrap waste each year. Because of this, there is over a 25% increase in landfill waste between Thanksgiving and New Years. Instead of contributing to this waste, reusing items such as newspaper, fabric, shopping bags, blankets, or recycled wrapping paper keep our landfills cleaner. In fact, there are many brands of reusable wrapping paper ranging from cloth sacks to custom sewn encasings. Companies such as Lilywrap, a business dedicated to environmentally friendly wrapping, have plenty of festive options for the holidays.

 

Reduce The Amount Gifts

To avoid the amount of waste created, focus on high quality gifts rather than many gifts for each person. Giving a loved one a larger gift instead of several smaller ones is often more memorable and enjoyable for both you and the recipient. Not to mention this method can reduce wrapping waste by more than 50%!

 

Use leftover newspaper as a fun and unique gift wrap

Those are all the tips I have for now! I hope that you all try to implement eco-friendly ideas into your holiday season, our planet will thank you for it!