2016 – Looking Back

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And just like that, 2016 is over. Boy, was this an interesting year full of ups and downs. I thought it would be fun to give you a little peak into our lives this past year.
It will definitely be a memorable year for me considering my husband and I welcomed our first little one this past May. 

Our whole world changed in an instant. He has truly been amazing. He’s so inquisitive, gentle, humorous, and lovable – I just can’t get enough of the little squirt! Aside from the 24/7 baby snuggles, there were a lot of waste issues I had to tackle with a baby. Cloth diapering, cloth wipes, copious amounts of baby clothing, plastic toys, baby food. Trust me, there are many draft posts still to be finished! But you know, raising little humans takes up ALL of your time!
Of course, that’s not all that happened this year!
I was able to reach more people locally by getting interviewed by the local University as well as local news station – you can find that article HERE

We went on a lot of walks – taking in the beautiful weather. Picking up trash along the way of course!

There were many sleepless nights. But who cares right? <3 

There was a lot of laundry! Thank goodness for my easy Zero Waste Laundry Powder for those sensitive baby bums!

We did a lot of camping! Spending time in mother nature has always been our favorite thing to do. Ollie had to get started early.

I turned 30!

There were many hours nursing – a good zero waste meal, right? 😉

 A lot of produce from our garden was canned – seemed like way more than normal.

There were more walks!

There was a lot of bulk chocolate consumed and a lot of single use disposable bags avoided!

We toured a sustainable, zero waste brewery for my husband’s birthday. Seriously, if you are ever in KC – check Boulevard Brewery out!

My husband and I celebrated our 6th Wedding Anniversary on 10-10.

Fall was extra beautiful this year.

We celebrated  Oliver’s first Halloween – he was a parrot.

I discovered some new bulk stores. It’s all about the hunt!

 We were all bombarded with a ton of useless, wasteful election flyers. Ugh…

We took our first family vacation to Branson – baby steps. 

I taught Ollie how to take selfies. He’s a natural. Oh, and I got my braces off!

We reflected after the election results and realized that no government is going to make a difference – we are.

My husband got into a 4 car pile up and totaled his car. Thank goodness he was ok!

I took Ollie on many zero waste grocery trips! Good thing he loves veggies!

My brother graduated from University with a mechanical engineering degree! So proud!

We celebrated our first Christmas as a family of 3! 

And tonight, we are celebrating my Dad’s 49th birthday.
What a year. 
I hope you had an amazing year as well. Remember to always focus on the positive, don’t dwell on the negative. 2017 may seem scary but let that drive us to prove it otherwise. It’s in our hands.
Here’s to another great year.

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