Philadelphia Recycling Do’s and Don’ts

Please forgive my prolonged absence! I’ve been in a funk this past week with all motivation zapped to do anything productive, including blogging. Naturally, I spent the week curled up in bed rereading the Harry Potter series wishing I was a witch and Harry was my best friend. Anyways, I’m (almost) ready to rejoin the real world and be an adult again (of the Muggle kind, sadly…).

A week and a half ago before my hibernation from the real world, I came across Philadelphia’s recycling guide and wanted to share with you all.

I’ve been called a recycling nazi once or twice in my life, but I have to admit, even I get confused on what is recyclable and what is not at times. And each city has differing standards and rules so it can get rather confusing. Broken light bulbs? Styrofoam? Batteries? Pizza boxes with grease? Do they go in the recycling bin or the trash???

I should have done my due diligence sooner but when in doubt, I usually just put it in the recycling rather than the trash. Until recently I finally found THE LIST of Do’s and Don’ts of Philadelphia single stream recycling. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means but it does clear up a lot of confusion on certain things. At least it did for me.

I know plenty of people who don’t recycle for various reasons but for those who do and who kind of care about recycling, hope the list below is kinda sorta enlightening.

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Cara Park Wedding

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I’m realizing that I really enjoy the creative side of events. A huge event where I appointed myself “event designer” was for my own wedding. I started forming a very specific vision in my mind early on and spent months creating details and elements to pull the vision together.

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I loved how everything turned out and it seems like the Knot did too since they featured our wedding in their spring/summer 2014 Real Weddings section :) All the details in the photos were made/designed by me or with the help of amazing bridesmaids/friends!! The flowers were of course in collaboration with my amazing florist, Peicha from Falls Flowers. Photos courtesy of Carina and Amanda of Love Me Do Photography.

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Baby library themed baby shower

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Last weekend, I had the privilege of “organizing” and decorating for a baby shower for some friends (I use the term “organize” loosely here because the parents-to-be made most of the logistical arrangements for the luncheon). They gave me free rein for the decor part so I went to town on Pinterest to brainstorm for some ideas. The one request that the couple had for the shower was for some baby books to start a baby library so I decided to use that as the starting point of my inspiration and the “theme” naturally evolved from there.

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Since most of the guests were bringing baby books for the shower, I knew I wanted to incorporate them into the overall design as a part of the decor. I also mixed in some stuffed animals, some DIY pinwheels, simple DIY banners, and a pair of oversized candlesticks (which I had used at my own wedding). I borrowed a cake stand and a cupcake stand, which another friend baked cupcakes to fill, and voila, came up with the arrangement below. The key for the table decor below was to mix displaying the baby books horizontally, vertically, and forward facing well as getting in some height which I used the candle sticks for. The lighting in the restaurant was pretty bad (and I have yet to master my DSLR) so unfortunately the first photo above was one of the best shots I got of the whole table.

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Valentine’s day crafts

Happy Valentine’s day, everyone! Here are some simple but pretty crafts to spruce up your home, school, or office in honor of this heart crazed holiday :) The best thing about these crafts is that they can be made with whatever you already have at home–paper, scissors, stapler, twine–and can be easily recycled!

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Conquering the wine aisle

Now that most of my friends and I have already teetered or are soon teetering on the edge of our late twenties into our thirties, we’ve become more “classy” which means a screw driver or red bull vodka is no longer our go-to drink during social occasions (except those times when we want to pretend that we’re still 24, of course). When there’s a get together at a BYO or a dinner gathering at someone’s place, a bottle of wine has become the standard. But no matter how much wine you’ve consumed so far and no matter how many wine tastings you’ve been to, if you’re anything like me, when you’re at the wine and spirits store faced with aisles and aisles of varieties of wine, the process of choosing the right wine for the right occasion is usually a time consuming and stressful process.

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Bridal shower gift DIY

For my friend Sharon’s bridal shower last week (who is one of my most ardent supporters of this blog btw!), rather than buying her a gift that she might not need or want, I decided to make her one instead (one hopefully that she would like). For my own wedding, I had made a 3D shadow box with my husband’s and my initials with our wedding colors for part of the wedding decor.

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Everybody loved it so I thought I’d make a customized one for Sharon with her wedding colors as a gift.

Here’s how I did it.

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Green cleaning

Cleaning. Not my favorite chore in the world. Like I regularly tell my friends and my husband, I’d rather cook than clean and so it works out when I cook for them and they in turn do the dishes. When it comes to household cleaning, I’m guilty of letting dust gather till you can legibly write messages in them. I’ll let the bathroom sink accumulate water spots till the natural shine of the ceramic is dull and hard water stains are clearly noticeable. I’ll let clothes pile up in the closet and not feel the need to organize them for days. Not to say that I’m super dirty and messy. I think I’m naturally a “cleaner” person (you know what I mean when you’ve been around truly messy people) but I don’t take it upon myself to have the kitchen floor polished and scrubbed at all times and the shelves meticulously dust free at all times.

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