Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

A Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

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Deer in the Snow by Aaron Huber for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Aaron Huber

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We're under feet and feet of snow here so I'll be observing wildlife from my window.

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

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What are your plans for the weekend?

Make your Own Watercolor and Calligraphy Cards

Handmade Calligraphy Watercolor Cards by Conscious by Chloé

At the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to find a way to stay in touch with friends and let them know that I think about them which would not involve a phone or a computer... on only a little.

I don't know about you, but I get as excited to get a postcard now as I was when I received an email in 1997.

I haven't kept many material memories from my childhood, but, for some reason, there's a box at my parents' full with all the letters and postcards I've received in my lifetime.

Two friends of mine are really good at written correspondence: one sends postcards, the other sends a yearly recap which includes personal anecdotes and pictures.

Handmade Calligraphy Watercolor Cards by Conscious by Chloé

So yes, back to the pandemic... I was going crazy at home and was not only looking to being in touch with friends but also to staying busy and creative while under lockdown.

So here's what I did.

I texted friends and asked them what's the first word that would pop into their head.

Then I would use my watercolor and calligraphy supplies to craft a card, write whatever I wanted to tell them that would be worth writing on an actual physical piece of paper and mail it to them.

Handmade Calligraphy Watercolor Cards by Conscious by Chloé

Here's what I used:

Handmade Calligraphy Watercolor Cards by Conscious by Chloé

Oh, I also took pictures of the process because that's who I am.

Writing this, I realize that it's been a while since I last sent once. But also, will I ruin the surprise now that the whole story is on the interwebs? Nah, none of my friends read this blog anyway, or do you?

Send me a postcard if you do! Or write a comment below, if you understand how to sign up via Disqus.

Handmade Calligraphy Watercolor Cards by Conscious by Chloé

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Colorful Incense Sticks by Josh Ellwood for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Josh Ellwood

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend?

I woke up with a migraine so I'm gonna take it slow (hence the late publishing time) but I'm looking forward to tending to my worm bin tomorrow.

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

Note: If you buy something through my links, I may earn an affiliate commission, at no cost to you. I recommend only products I genuinely like. Thank you so much for supporting my work.


What are your plans for the weekend?

Make your Own Caffeine-Free Chai Mix

Zero Waste Caffeine Free Chai Spice Mix Recipe by Conscious by Chloé

Sometimes I buy things without even thinking that I could make them myself or without even realizing that I have all the ingredients right at home!

That's what happened when I opened my pantry and looked for what I could learn how to make this year.

Chai was on the list.

Zero Waste Caffeine Free Chai Spice Mix Recipe by Conscious by Chloé

I've spent a fair amount of money ordering oat chai lattes at a number of coffee shops and thought that I'd try to make them at home from time to time since I live with the world's best barista.

First, I bought chai concentrate from a local maker but ultimately looked for a sugar free alternative.

Then I purchased chai spice mix from another small brand and studied the ingredients list.

And finally I found the Minimalist Baker's caffeine-free recipe and that sealed the deal!

Zero Waste Caffeine Free Chai Spice Mix Recipe by Conscious by Chloé

Six ingredients, five minutes, I never thought it could be that easy!

I did regret only having cardamom pods instead of powder and spent way too much time grating some of the ingredients by hand. A spice grinder is now on my wishlist but I'll wait until the right second-hand option pops up (also I've been on a shopping ban since January 1st and plan on keeping it going for as long as I can).

But that need not happen to you, get the powdered ingredients if you can, or don't if you're better equipped than I am!

Zero Waste Caffeine Free Chai Spice Mix Recipe by Conscious by Chloé


What's something that you used to buy ready-made and that you've recently learned how to make?

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Soup Bowl by Ella Olson for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Ella Olsson

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend?

I'm hoping to go on a long hike tomorrow?

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

Note: If you buy something through my links, I may earn an affiliate commission, at no cost to you. I recommend only products I genuinely like. Thank you so much for supporting my work.


What are your plans for the weekend?