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Meredith Bay Tyack  Blogger & goofball. Mom of 2. Minimalism. Zero waste. Plastic free. Experimenting and tinkering. Enjoying the journey. 🌎 Winooski VT, USA

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We're going away for the weekend to visit family (and the sea 🌊). I'm excited and nervous to travel with both girls but I'm mostly looking forward to a stellar summer weekend with loved ones and salty air. At this point I know I can't possibly anticipate everything we'll do or encounter so I try not to overthink my #plasticfreejuly prep. ☺️ I am bringing along reusable utensils and a stainless straw stashed in a @togoware case, a drawstring cotton bag for produce (or bulk items ...or a pastry), a cloth napkin and a reusable snack bag. This little stack, along with [not pictured] a foldable shopping bag and a couple jars should help us avoid a lot of unnecessary single use plastic. #bethechange #plasticfree #plasticoceans #ecofriendly #ecotravel #traveltips #travelingwithkids #travellingwithkids #zerowaste #eco #minimalismwithkids

Farmer's markets are a great place to buy delicious local food and other products but I am also realizing more and more that I just love the sense of community. Even if I don't stay long or talk to anyone, I still get a boost from the feeling of my neighbors coming together. There aren't that many opportunities to find community these days in my experience, so I relish it. What do you go to the market for? Produce? Coffee? Live music and people/dog/baby watching? πŸ˜‰ #farmersmarket #community #findyourvillage #buylocal #supportlocal #smallfarms #organicfarming #vermonting #madeinvermont #btv #vermontbyvermonters #vermontlife

I've been thinking a lot about making minimalism work for me. As in, how in big and small ways does it help me in practical ways? After the streamlining, paring down, what next? Enjoy the mental and physical space, sure. But I've been getting stressed about ever adding anything back in. The passenger side pocket in my car was gloriously empty but I realized when I sat there I was often wishing I had two things - something to clean my glasses with and a nail file. So now they're there. Maybe this isn't revolutionary but that's not really what I care about these days. πŸ€— These days I'm all about curating happy and/or helpful moments where I can and letting go of perfectionism. #lettinggo #minimalism #minimalist #minimalistmom #wannabeminimalist #konmari #slowliving

Went on a solo date with my girl and accidentally participated in #nationalicecreamday πŸ¦πŸ€—! Even though it was an impromptu decision we had on hand two items that are so versatile/useful for avoiding trash >>> a cloth napkin and a jar, first used for water and later used to take home the #compost of uneaten cone & paper/napkins. #PlasticFreeJuly is still in full swing ... how's it going for you? As always I march to the drumbeat of #progressnotperfection 🎢 πŸ₯ Side note as (almost) always everything my daughter is wearing is secondhand. #greenmama #zerowastestyle #zerowaste #greenmomblogger #momof2 #plasticfree #zerowastekids #instakidsvt #vermontkids #vermonting @churchstreetmarketplace @benandjerrys

Fancy (ha, no) unpaper towels heading to their storage under the sink. It's a beautiful mish-mash of cut-up t-shirts, flannel sheets and towels. I've been thinking a lot about barriers to reducing waste. Finding the "perfect"/"best"/"prettiest" solution can be a big one. At least it was for me. My advice: Just jump in. Trust me, even if it's not perfect it's going to make a difference in your life and for the planet. #plasticfreejuly #switchtosustainable #ditchtheplastic #ditchthedisposables #reducereuserecycle #reallife #slowliving #sustainableliving #sustainability #eco

Head over to @tinyyellowbungalow today to learn my DIY cleaner tips and more during my takeover today! #zerowastehome #eco #diy #ecofriendly #makeityourself #slowhome #greenmama

No filter, just pure #plasticfreejuly goodness. πŸ₯—βœ¨[swipe >>> to see what's inside!] #plasticfree #summerbbq #potluck #buildalongertable #honoryourfood @khalacloths @1percentftp #zerowaste #frugalhedonism

This #plasticfreejuly, I'm happy to be participating in @balmbaby #switchtosustainable again. It's all about taking a closer look at products and items we use everyday and finding more #ecofriendly alternatives. Use up what you have, inspect and explore the materials and ingredients used to make it, and then see if there's a more sustainable version. I love tea πŸ΅πŸ’•but the packaging and oftentimes even the bags are landfill-bound (yes most bags are made with plastic and NOT biodegradable - search @treadingmyownpath for more on this 😩) so I buy loose leaf tea in bulk instead. Not any more expensive (in fact usually less πŸ’°) and as easy to make as the disposable "convenient" version. This definitely wasn't my first sustainable switch but it's something I'm thinking about because I inherited this box of tea from a family member recently and I am kinda blown away by how much trash one innocent little box of tea creates. πŸ™„ANYWAY! I love that the #switchtosustainable challenge isn't about being perfect but about being aware and celebrating changes big and small πŸŽ‰. Step by step you can make a big impact, but here's my two cents: you have to go "all in" on the mental switch. Commit to at least NOTICING unnecessary uses of plastic. I bet you'll start making more sustainable changes quickly! On the flip side >>> also consider where it would be difficult to give up or change certain things. Medication is one area that comes to mind. And it's no secret that my family has decided to take on a bit more plastic packaging from meat this year so we can support local farmers. Focus on changing the things/areas where it would maybe be a tiny bit more effort up front but wouldn't be personally unsustainably to keep up in the long run. Do what you can, when you can, ... just keep moving forward. Together we can take care of our beautiful home 🌏✨Long story long 🀣, please also go check out the awesome prizes and giveaways @clothdiapergeek and @balmbaby are hosting to celebrate the #switchtosustainable πŸŽ‰πŸŒΏπŸŒŽ #earthfriendly #trashfree #plasticfree #strawssuck #goingzerowaste #makelesstrash #lowwaste #closedloop #greenmama #eco

Happy birthday America! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈβœŒπŸΌβœŒπŸ½βœŒπŸΎβœŒπŸΏπŸŒˆ #RESIST #dissentispatriotic #wearetheoneswehavebeenwaitingfor #shepersisted #plasticfreejuly #lakechamplain #vermonting #vermontlife #vermontbyvermonters #july4th

Ever feel like you care deeply about helping the earth 🌏 but you're too busy, too small, too focused on/distracted by other stuff that you don't think you can make a difference for yourself and the planet? Yeah...I've been there. A lot. My latest post is for you. Actually, all of this is for you.😘 #linkinprofile #newblogpost #plasticfree #plasticfreejuly #bethechange #unbusy #minimalism

Its #PlasticFreeJuly! Maybe you know all about it, have seen mentions or don't know what I'm talking about. Whatever the case, you don't need anything special other than a tiny desire to reduce the plastic garbage you produce. You can take big or small steps - but I'm pretty sure once you start you'll take on larger and larger challenges. Check out the official @plasticfreejuly page and keep a lookout tomorrow for my post. Who's in? Pic from today when I was - as is unfortunately typical - the only person at the coffee shop with a reusable mug. We can do better! β˜•οΈ 🌏 ❀️ #zerowaste #plasticfree #sustainableliving

Announcement 1: I made tiny #grainfree biscuits. GAH/YUM. We're having them tonight with #instantpot chili but we also ate our fair share during the day with @shelburnefarms cheddar chunks (because that stuff is amazing) and @fourthandheart #ghee. Yes my toddler has expensive taste. Biscuit recipe is on @ash_myheartbeets site. Her recipe calls for making them larger but I opted for #tiny. Announcement 2: I'm going on an Instagram vacation πŸŒ΄πŸ‘‹πŸΌso you won't reach me here for a little while. If you tag me or message me I'm not ignoring you! 😘 Please email me meredithtested@gmail.com with comments or questions big and small, I love hearing from you! [UPDATE: Ugh you guys WHY did I basically upload the same photo twice haha - first radishes, now biscuits. I swear I'm not always holding tiny food at my counter. 🀣] #glutenfree #scratchcooking #fouringredients #4ingredients #paleocooking #toddlerapproved #zerowaste

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