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Sip, Slurp

This is day 21 in my 31 Days series on sustainable dwelling. For an introduction and more posts, head here!


Adam taught Brooklyn how to drink from a straw when she was about 9 months old. As a result, she's never really done sippy cups, which is great at restaurants, but a little more trouble at home when she insists on having a straw for her almond milk every morning and can't use the paper ones that I prefer.

Fortunately, there's a lovely local soda fountain that carries reusable aluminum straws (at a very reasonable price) and Brooklyn is very excited about her special silver straws.


Last week was such a contrast of temperatures (yay Fall). On Wednesday, it was 90 degrees and my limeade melted on the way home (it's sad to buy straws and not get a drink)...


...and then by the weekend it had dropped to high  60s/low 70s and we made our way across the breezy parking lot to Mugs as quickly as possible. There was a huge line (I guess I wasn't the only cold person in need of breakfast and coffee), but that just gave us more time to warm up. {Also, this month's Fair Trade Friday earrings-of-the-month came just in time to brighten a grey day - dear little fabric twists from Clothed in Hope that may be my favorite pair yet!


I've been fending off the cold (and a cold) with many, many cups of tea - which means enjoying my (somewhat extensive) mug collection. Adam proposed a "one mug a day rule" after finding the top rack of the dishwasher filled with nothing but mugs, while the bottom was practically empty. I stared at him, then cited Surprised by Oxford, which I'd just finished reading - "I'm very particular about mugs: I can taste how it influences my drink." Which reminds me - I need to run the dishwasher, as I'm out of mugs again.


Reuseable straws, hometown drink stops, fair trade teas, and local mugs - there are so many ways to sip sustainably!

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