Weekly Recap: Ice Cream, Paninis and Lifestyle Changes

This week was a busy one, but not a ton that I ended up photographing for the blog. I had my cousin’s very small backyard wedding and then my brother was in town and we spent some quality family time together. All that aside I do have some good eats and a few new products to share!

Last week when thinking of what I wanted to eat for lunch I had been really craving a toasted sandwich, and what better way to toast a sandwich than with a panini press?

Panini

I’ve been doing some variation of chicken, avocado, bacon, tomato, cheese, mayo or pesto on sourdough bread all week and I’m still loving it! I just assemble everything, and place it on the Breville Panini Grill for about 5-7 minutes on low.

Panini

One day my friend and I were supposed to go for a walk but it started raining so instead we stopped over to the Pittsford Farms Dairy and got some ice cream!

Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream

This place is so cute, with a little grocery section as well as a bakery/cafe. Their ice cream is made from scratch and includes some pretty unique flavors like black raspberry or key lime custard or seasonal favorites like pumpkin! I’ve been on a serious peanut butter kick, so I went with the peanut butter fudge.

Last but not least I want to share a couple of items I ordered on Amazon last week. One of my goals for this year is to transition to a more sustainable and less wasteful way of living. Each month I am going to try switching to something new and I’ll share those items with you!

This month we have:

Reusable Cotton Grocery Bags

Reusable cotton produce bags:
This is something I was thinking about every time I went to the store. I would try my best to avoid the plastic bags in the produce section, even to the point of trying to balance 4 apples in one hand until I got them into my cart. These bags are awesome because they come in a set of 6 (2 small, 2 medium, 2 large) and can be washed in your washing machine. I love that you get 2 of each so if I need to wash a set I still have another one on hand. They are also color coded and labeled what size they are, so I can easily grab and go from my car! Honestly, for the cheap cost of $9.99 there was really no reason why I couldn’t make this change and what’s great is I can use them for other things too, like collecting veggies from my garden!

Wool dryer balls:
I honestly didn’t even know these existed until last week, but they are amazing. I had been reading up on how the soaps we use in the shower and laundry can impact the environment/water and realized just how wasteful that garbage can full of dryer sheets really is! These came in a pack of 6 and are so easy to just pop in the dryer and for people like me with insanely sensitive skin, they’re fragrance free. They are also known to speed up drying time and no more dryer sheet residue. Added bonus, if you pop them in with sheets or blankets they prevent them from getting twisted up. I used to use tennis balls for this, but these are much quieter and now serve both anti-static and anti-twisting purposes! And lastly, they can be used for about 2-5 years depending on how much laundry you do.

Bamboo toothbrushes:
This is one change I was pretty hesitant to make and had to do a lot of research for, because my normal toothbrushes are the ultra soft bristles. I have really sensitive gums and didn’t want to buy something that would tear them apart. The bristles on this set in particular are a big reason that I purchased them as they are pretty soft compared to the look/reviews of other bamboo toothbrushes. They came in a pack of 8 for $7.99, so about $1 a toothbrush, which I think is a great deal. The ones I linked from my order say they are a pack of 4, but the picture contains 8 toothbrushes and that’s what I received. Not sure if that was a fluke! What’s also nice is they are numbered, so if you share a bathroom you each can identify your own (or just do a dot of nail polish on the handle!). Some other brands do have colorful options as well! Reasons I wanted to make this switch is because bamboo is biodegradable compared to plastic and a renewable/sustainable resource (it grows really fast!). While the bristle portion is nylon and not biodegradable I am happy to reduce the amount of plastic I’m using. Overall, I’m really happy with them and this ended being a much easier change than I thought!

One last thing to note is that the packaging for all of these was either some form of cardboard/recycled material or a cotton bag. This is also something I want to be more conscious of when making purchases as most items come wrapped in layer upon layer of plastic packaging!

Can’t wait to share what new items I transition to in August!

What’s something you have done to transition to a more sustainable/environmentally friendly lifestyle?
Do you have any favorite eco friendly products/suggestions for me?

Let me know in the comments!

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