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Episode 6 – Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Episode 6 – Easy Ways to reduce your carbon footprint

Welcome to episode six! This week on the podcast, I discuss easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint for 2019! There are dozens of free and inexpensive things that you can start doing right now to reduce your carbon footprint. I also included a few ‘investment’ options as well, for those of you looking into buying new appliances, a new vehicle, or making your home more environmentally friendly. Listen to find out!


Want to learn more?

What is a ‘carbon footprint’?

Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of green house gasses (typically carbon dioxide) which were created by your activities in a given time frame – typically a year. Its usually measured in tons of CO2.

So for example, each activity you participate in would cause a certain amount of CO2 to be released. Any energy you use would apply. So, for example, driving to the store would release a certain amount because of the gas burned in your car. The foods you buy have a certain ‘carbon footprint’ because of the way they were grown, packaged, and transported. The energy used to heat or cool your home, has a footprint. The water heated for your shower, the amount of water you use, etc.


Why do we need to reduce carbon emissions/energy usage?

A few months ago (at the beginning of October) The UN released a report written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It essentially outlined the impacts of a global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (which is 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.) You can read this report here. 1.5 degrees is our best case scenario, and its detrimental to our way of life. If current trends continue – and we do nothing – we are on track to reach 1.5 degrees of warming by 2040 – thats 22 years from now. I’ll be 48.

If we are able to curb our warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius – the best case scenario – we are up for:

  • Nearly all coral reefs will have died out
  • Wildfires & heatwaves will sweep the planet annually
  • The interplay between drought, temperature, and flooding will mean that the worlds food supply will be dramatically less secure.

So what happens if we go past this 1.5 degrees ‘best case scenario’? (Im taking this information from a New York magazine article and this great interactive site here. )

At 2 degrees, only slightly higher than our best case scenario, the melting from the polar ice caps will result in massive flooding and sea level rise across the world. 400 million more people will suffer from water scaricty and even in northern countries, heat waves will kill thousands every summer. Along the equator in places like India, there will be 32 times as many extreme heat waves, each lasting five times as long and exposing 93 times more people.

At 3 degrees, southern Europe will be in permanant drought. The average draught in Central America would last a year and a half, and in the Caribbean – almost 2 years. In Northern Africa – 5 years. The areas burned by wild fires would be twice as large in the Mediterranean, and six times as large in the US. Beyond sea level rise, which will already be swallowing cities from Miami to Jakarta, damages just from river floods will grow 30 fold in Bangladesh, 20 fold in india, and as much as 60x in the UK.

At 4 degrees, there would be 8 million cases of dengue fever each year just in Latin America. Global grain yields could fall by as much as 50% – leading to annual or close to annual food crises.


Ways to reduce your carbon footprint:


  1. Reduce your meat & dairy consumption. The single best thing you can do to curb carbon emissions is to go vegan or at least reduce your meat consumption.The agricultural industry accounts for about 25% of all greenhouse gases globally. 80% of that is specific to animal agriculture. Animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector!Livestock production accounts for 70% of agricultural land use, and 30% of all the land on the planet. Livestock production also accounts for over 8% of global human water consumption.Cut back on red meat, eat one vegan meal per day, try ‘Meatless Mondays’ etc.
  2. Keep your house a little cooler in winter, and a little warmer in summer. Lowering or raising the thermostat by even just one degree has a impact. In Winter, open blinds to let light in to warm the room. In Summer, keep them drawn to keep it cooler. Invest in a ‘smart’ digital thermostat – you can easily set it to turn off when you aren’t home or raise & lower the temperature when you’re out or asleep to save money (and it can be controlled from your phone!)
  3. Limit how much you drive (or carpool). Run your errands all at once, instead of running out individually. Take public transport if you can. Use Lyft or Uber pool. Bike. Walk. Public transport saves 37 million tons of carbon emissions every year.
  1. Avoid buying into ‘fast fashion’ as much as possible. You can try alternatives like investing in higher quality clothing that will last you years and years, go thrifting, do clothes swaps with your friends, and support small businesses who create handmade garments.
  2. Be aware of lights left on, things plugged in when not in use, TVs left on, etc. Unplug when not in use, or use power strips. Unplug laptops, phones, and devices once they are charged. Devices that are turned off still suck energy from outlets. You can put things like your television, stereo system, DVD player, etc all on a power cord so you can easily unplug when not in use.
  3. Be more efficient with water usage – if you have a dishwasher, use it – it is more water efficient than washing by hand. Turn water off when brushing teeth, scrubbing a large pan, etc. In summer if you have space, you can collect rain water to water plants with. You can even do things like putting a ‘brick’ in your toilet which raises the water level in the tank and ultimately results in less water used when flushing. Take shorter showers – you can even use a shower timer.
  4. Reduce trash/waste: Compost or order a composting service for food scraps. Recycle (make sure things are cleaned and can be recycled locally). Recycle plastic bags. Find ways to reuse things or avoid getting more bags when shopping (check out my first podcast about reducing plastic waste).
  5. If you can, grow some of your own food, buy local, buy organic, or at least buy in-season. Visit your local farmers market when in season (typically Spring through Fall), and opt into buying a CSA box through Fall/Winter. CSA stands for ‘community supported agriculture’ – basically a farm share. If you miss out on the deadline, or they are full of ‘shares’ – you can look into companies like ‘Misfits Market’ which deliver local produce to your door – typically left over or ‘ugly’ produce.
  6. Line dry clothes – if possible. One dryer cycle uses 5x more electricity than a washing machine load. One dryer load is equivalent to turning on 225 light bulbs for an hour. Try using an indoor rack and hang dry delicates. Even washing clothes in cold water can help since the energy doesn’t have to be used to heat the water.
  7. Seal drafts and fix leaks when they occur in your home. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact flourescet (CF) or LED bulbs.

Long term/investment options:

  1. Look into alternative energy for your home – solar panels, geothermal, wind, Passive solar heating, etc. Some states even have incentives for these options and you may even end up getting paid every month selling energy back to the grid.
  2. Look into getting a hybrid, electric, or more gas efficient car for your next purchase. Ideally, you’d be able to charge an electric car with solar panels. But if that isn’t possible, go for a hybrid or high mileage gas car. Some states even offer incentives to switch to electric cars so do a little research if you’re looking into a new vehicle. Something free (and easy) you can do is to drive carefully and avoid speeding/reckless driving/tailgating/ speeding up and braking or avoiding rush hour traffic– it reduces milage by up to 33%. Properly inflated tires improve gas milage by up to 3%. Remove excess weight from your car.
  3. When purchasing new larger appliances (dishwashers, ranges, washers dryers AC units, refrigerators etc) look for Energy Star Efficient ones. Look for shower heads, washing machines, toilets, and dishwashers that are more water efficient.


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Episode 5 – What is Reiki? and How Does It Work?

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Episode 5 – What is Reiki? and How does it work?

Welcome to episode five of The Home with Willow Podcast! On this week’s episode, we’re discussing Reiki and energy healing. What is Reiki? And how does it work?

This week’s episode is particularly exciting because I hosted my very first guest – Alyson Wernly. Alyson is a Reiki Master and a Certified Health Coach. Over the last week, I asked everyone on Instagram and Facebook, “What would you ask a Reiki Master?” and we got a lot of questions – I asked Alyson what you wanted to know, and she took the time to thoughtfully answer.


What is Reiki?

(From Alyson’s Website) “Reiki is a healing technique through which the therapist channels Universal Life Force Energy into the client by means of touch. This activates the natural healing processes of the client’s body and helps to restore physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Reiki is gentle and non-invasive and helps with pain, depression, anxiety and stress reduction, as well as re balancing stagnant or excess chakra energy.

This form of therapeutic touch has been called The Laying on of Hands, Therapeutic Touch, Angel Therapy, Spiritual Healing as well as many other names throughout history. Rei refers to universal spiritual wisdom while ki represents vital life force. The powerful combination of the two energies allow for healing to take place for all beings involved! Reiki is not only safe but therapeutic for all ages as well as animals and plants. Reiki energy works with the combination of the intelligence of the mind, body, heart and soul to flow where it is most needed.” 


Some of the Questions Answered in this Episode:

  • “What is a reiki master?”
  • “How does it work?”
  • “Why should I believe that reiki works?”
  • “What first made you realize that Reiki healing is not BS?”
  • “What do you think about the placebo effect?”
  • “If you want to try reiki healing, where is the best place to start looking?”
  • “Are you able to tell anything about your clients from the energy exchange?”
  • “Can you see my aura?”
  • “What do you see or feel when you do reiki?”
  • “Is reiki for physical healing only, or also for psychological and spiritual healing? Would I see a reiki practitioner even if I had no (physically manifesting ailment)?”
  • “What source do you receive healing energy from?
  • “What is Qi?”
  • “How might at beginner tune into their Qi?”
  • “How can we use reiki in daily life without a certification?”
  • “If you’re interested in becoming certified, where is the best place to start?”
  • “How does attunement actually work? What is the difference between distance attunement and an in-person attunement?”
  • “How do we work on helping people become more receptive to reiki?”
  • “I’d like to know more about the positive effects of using reiki in nursing home/palliative care settings.”


Recommended Books for those interested in Reiki:

*Mentioned in the Podcast


More about Alyson:

(From her website) “I am a Kundalini Reiki Master, Integrative Health Coach and Herbalist in Philadelphia, PA. I believe the body is always capable of returning to a state of wholeness :: Upon providing the body with what it needs, balance can be restored. My natural wellness journey began over six years ago and has enabled my own personal expansion in ways I did not know possible.

Alignment of the body, mind and spirit are necessary for wholeness and healing. Daily, preventative health measures and spiritual connection are the key to living a full life! I am blessed to lead others in the realm of natural wellness, for it is the true way to finding peace. It gives me such joy to help others live their healthiest and most balanced life. I look forward to assisting you on your wellness journey!”

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Episode 4 – The Importance of Self-Love & Healing Your Self-Worth

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…On today’s episode, I’ll be discussing the importance of having a good sense of self-worth & really finding self-love as a foundation for healing from abuse.


This week, the topic is a little different than what I’ve been discussing in previous episodes. Today, I’m discussing self-love increasing your self-worth – specifically after enduring an abusive relationship. This topic is very near and dear to my heart, because it is something I went through not so long ago.

So on today’s episode, I’ll be discussing the importance of having a good sense of self worth & really finding self love as a foundation for healing from abuse.

Ways I was Able To Get Back my Self-Worth

Using Positive Affirmations
  1. Recognizing the poor behavior (Blame & negative self talk).
  2. Stopping the negative self talk.
  3. Replacing it with a positive affirmation.
My ‘Slow & Steady’ Method For Using Positive Affirmations
  1. Write down your affirmations.
  2. Think them.
  3. Whisper them.
  4. Say them out loud.
  5. Go to a mirror – think them while looking yourself in the eyes.
  6. Whisper them while looking at your reflection.
  7. Say them out loud while looking at your reflection.


Other things that helped raise my self-worth
  1. Connecting with my Higher Self
  2. Writing/journaling
  3. Sharing my experience with others (realizing I wasn’t alone in my pain).
  4. Time, patience, forgiveness. 
why it was so important for my healing process
  1. Raising my self-worth built my confidence back to where it used to be, and even higher. It helped my paranoia and anxiety. It helped me feel like I had a purpose again.
  2. Finding ways to love myself helped with my depressed feelings, and feeling of hopelessness.

     Self-love is a good foundation for healing because once you have that strong sense of self worth – once you can really say you LOVE yourself – everything becomes easier. You KNOW that you deserve the best – that you deserve to be treated well. You know that what happened to you wasn’t your fault. And you start to feel safer and more secure. When you value yourself, you are more interested in and more likely to continue this pattern of healing and self care – which can only move you forward and into a better place mentally, physically, spiritually.


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     Have you ever wondered if you could make your own apple cider? I wondered this myself, and quickly found out that in fact, its extremely easy and hands-off! I was able to make nearly a quart of apple cider for Thanksgiving this year that was not only delicious, but also had no preservatives, thickeners, and very little added sweetener. Read below to get my customizable homemade apple cider recipe!

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Episode 3 – Plant Based Diet Q & A with Katie

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Welcome to episode three of the Home with Willow Podcast! Last week we discussed transitioning to a plant based diet. I spoke a little bit about my own journey, some reasons for making the transition to a plant based diet, and my top tips for making the process a little bit easier.

So this week, I’m continuing that discussion by answering all of the questions I got over the past few weeks about plant based diets. So on today’s episode, I’ll be strictly doing a Q & A session – answering all of your amazing questions I got from Instagram and Facebook. There were a ton of great questions here that I believe a lot of people have been wondering about so… I’m pretty excited to answer them!

Questions Answered in this podcast:

  1. “I’d love to have some super cheap/simple plant based meals for times like now, where I’m very low on money. I’m currently living off bagels, pb&j, eggs, & tuna fish.” – Taylor
  2. “How can I curb cravings for non plant based things like meat & cheese? Why do I have cravings for meat and dairy?” – Liz
  3. “Easy/last minute meal ideas & things you should always have in your pantry?” – Taylor
  4. “How do you get adequate levels of taurine & B12?” – Jake
  5. “Best way to make it convenient, time wise?” -@poleandpropsper
  6. “The link between chia seeds, low blood pressure, and periods? I’m confused about it.” -@rainbowprojects
  7. “Any necessary supplements besides B12?” – @rainbowprojects
  8. “Thank you so much for sharing! Your posts are inspiring and relaxing to look at. I’d love any prep tips you have! What stays good cut in the fridge vs freezer? How long you’ve noticed things last. Also, anything I could bring for lunches when I don’t have the ability to heat food (extra points for no dairy, cashews, sesame seeds, or dates!) It’s been a struggle!” – Brittney
  9. “How many meals do you eat a day?” – Jessica



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Episode 2 – Journey to a Plant Based Diet

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      “How can I have a more plant based diet, and what does that process look like?”

On episode 2 of The Home with Willow Podcast, the topic is all about transitioning to a more plant based diet. I’ll be discussing my own 13 year process to becoming plant based (including all of the ups & downs that went along with it)!

Additionally, I’ll be talking a little bit about my top tips to make the process easier and turning it into a long lasting lifestyle change!

Next week, I’ll be taking questions from Facebook and Instagram to do a little Q & A session to answer all of your pressing plant based diet questions.

Continue reading “Episode 2 – Journey to a Plant Based Diet”

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Episode 1 – Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste

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I am pleased to announce the first episode of the Home with Willow Podcast! In October, I toyed around with the idea of starting a weekly Instagram live, or a weekly Podcast. After a lot of deliberation, I decided to bite the bullet and do it – creating this first episode as an instaLIVE show.

For this first episode, I wanted to talk a bit about easy ways that we can reduce plastic waste and our plastic consumption. As it turns out, there are so many free & low-cost ways to reduce your plastic use (a majority of them are under $40)!

Listen to the entire episode for free here to learn about dozens of ways that you can easily reduce your plastic waste and consumption.

Continue reading “Episode 1 – Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste”

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     Looking for something to satisfy your chocolate craving? Something that isn’t packed full of sugar? And is grain free? Look no further! Try out this amazing vegan chocolate cookie recipe! With only 150 calories per cookie, and less than 2g of sugar, these ‘healthy’ sweets are sure to satisfy every craving!


     If you’re just stepping into a healthier lifestyle and diet, or cutting out gluten/grains, you may be missing a lot of your old favorites! Dishes like spaghetti, fettuccini alfredo, macaroni and cheese, etc. And let’s face it – pasta is amazing! It’s a staple comfort food!  Luckily for us, in the past few years many alternative pasta brands have been cropping up at the grocery store – and they aren’t half bad! In this blog post, I’m going to share my favorites (because I’ve tried A LOT), and where to buy them. Consider this your guide to the best gluten free pasta brands!

Easy Watermelon Sorbet Recipe | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt


     Summer is definitely the best time for fresh fruits & veggies! There’s nothing better than a big fresh, juicy watermelon cut up in the fridge to snack on all day, make smoothies out of, and freeze to make watermelon sorbet! Not only is watermelon delicious, it also has some great health benefits. In honor of National Watermelon Day (August 3rd), I’m sharing my Easy Watermelon Sorbet Recipe!

     Homemade watermelon sorbet is so easy to make and only requires two ingredients. It makes a fantastic snack, dessert, or breakfast! No ice cream maker needed! Scroll down to get the recipe.