When the stars align I blog about climate change and sustainability ideas. Here I catalog innovative ideas that I think contribute to a sustainable and authentic lifestyle. I love art, design, technology, and to travel. I love the idea of minimalism and philosophies that discuss creating value so those ideas sneak in here and there. 

Simple Expressions of Love


This weekend is Valentine's Day, and like most overly commercialized holidays I try to keep it simple and focus on creating valuable experiences with the people in my life versus filling it with stuff. After reading that greeting cards, flowers and candy are the most wasteful V-day gifts, either ending up in the landfill or containing trash bound packaging, I thought about some easy alternatives...

E-cards or DIY cards

So one way to avoid "stuff" is to go digital. But although digital can be super funny (like these Greenpeace cards) I prefer to go homemade. I like to use materials I have left over from other projects... last year I made this for my other half which and because it's a bit sculptural it can be displayed a little longer than the traditional hallmark card. And I love these woven and pop-up cards by Kate from Minieco!


I love cut flowers (they are one of my guilty pleasures)... but I do make efforts not to indulge too much because it isn't particularly sustainable. Instead of giving a gift that dies in a week, give one that will grow with your relationship! This year I think I will try out these darling planters and succulents like Liz's from Say Yes since last year's gorgeous jade plant did so well last Valentines.

A Nice Meal 

And finally, I don't think there is any greater expression of love than making and sharing a meal with your lover or friends and definitely with family! Instead of candies (or in addition to..) try making a meal all other will live up too. I thought that Bri's (from Design Love Fest) stack of red velvet pancakes were beautiful and so fun! And I know my pancake loving hottie would be super impressed by these.

All in all the cliche is correct, it is the heart that matters. And for those flying solo, maybe these #climatepickuplines will make you appreciate your single status more, at the very least they will make you laugh-cringe from all the cheese!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all, have a beautiful love-filled weekend!!