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Castille Hand Soap

Scoop Founder, Stephanie, here! I think Holly from Seattle Elderberry was the first person who told me how to make my own foaming hand soap. It is SO easy! I love how using one of the foaming dispensers helps the soap to stretch a lot further. I feel like it is a very economical way to do hand soap. I also love the the foam helps my kiddos to see where they are putting the soap and to make sure that they get their hands totally clean.  Curious to learn how to do this yourself?  Step one: find a foaming soap dispenser. I just asked on my Buy Nothing group and I had a couple of people offer to save...

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DIY Christmas Gifts!

Oh man, you guys, this holiday season has taken me by storm! I had great intentions to do a whole series on how to "use what you've got" to make your own gifts this holiday season and I just never got around to it! I do really love to make gifts myself, usually in some form of food, when I have the time, and even when I don't. Here's a quick roundup of some of my favorite DIY Christmas Gift ideas! These are all things that I have made and enjoyed myself.  1. Homemade Granola Homemade granola is such a treat! I feel like the flavors and crunch are always far superior to most store-bought granola's (with the exception of...

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Make Your Own Fire Starter

My husband was so confused when I gave him this gift. He just opened up the box and stared. I was so excited about it, that it didn't occur to me to explain it at first. I quickly realized that he had no idea what I was so excited about and blurted out - "Fire starters! I made you fire starters! Aren't they cool??" He loves building cozy fires for us, so he appreciated it once he knew it wasn't just a box of garbage.  He also thought it was funny that just the day before I had rescued some orange peel that he was trying to put in the compost and he said "unless you need it for something"...

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Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays quickly approaching, we wanted to give you a simple guide for zero waste gift giving at Scoop! In my family, there is a broad range of interest and awareness in sustainability. I made the resolution for myself this season to only purchase small, local, and with as minimal waste as possible. For me, this meant visiting some local craft markets, making my own gifts, and buying gifts at Scoop Marketplace!  1. Zero Waste Starter Items First thing on the list is the items for the zero waste newbies in your life. These are things like our glass and stainless steel straws, reusable grocery bags, and a nice little set of utensils for eating out. Each of these...

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Detox Bath

My husband is a firefighter and he recently sent my a message while at work saying that he really should start taking detox baths when he gets home from work. This should have been totally obvious considering everything that he is exposed to while at work, but we had never made it a part of our regular routine. I started doing a little research and began to see the same, or at least very similar, detox bath recipes popping up all over Pinterest.  Here is what I came up with: 2 cups Epsom salts 1 cup baking soda ½ cup apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp of Ginger Essential oils *All of these ingredients are available at Scoop!* Forgot to include...

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