Remembering Memorial Day

Remembering to Buy Local, Treat All Others with Kindness (especially your enemies) and Above All Be Green!!
As I type this I’m flying home from a very soul enlightening journey that I had in Nepal and Thailand.  It was the best sabbatical that I have ever been involved in.  It taught me that those with the fewest possessions can be the happiest and engaging people to talk with.  And I learned how to harness all of Nature’s great resources to bring light and power to the remotest parts of the world; to bring heat where there are no trees or oil or coal; and to bring food to some of the highest and coldest villages in all the world. Well in honor of learning so much from these wonderful people in faraway lands, I am encouraged to give back to some businesses a little closer to my home.

Vegan Coco-Cauli Cinnamon Pudding

Tired of artificial sweet-treats that add everything to your hips, but nothing to your well-being? Who better to help make dessert delicious & health-giving then cauliflower. Surprised? Think of cauliflower as broccoli’s blonde sister: she’s a little lighter, a little more fun, but just as nutritious as the green cancer-fighter. And there’s so much more […]

Toy Story 1,2,3 to Infinity

Now that Grey Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over with, let’s talk real money savings.  As an aspiring parent, I have to give props to all you out there raising children.  I calculated how much it is to raise a child from birth to 18 and it ranged from $410,000 to $530,000 dependent upon specific factors including location and whether upper education is being paid by the parent.  With food, energy and general living costs on the up-and-up, finding new/old ways to bring down expenses is welcome with open arms.

Shop Small, Help Big

Now I have heard everything.  Apparently some retailers are open on Thanksgiving, calling it Grey Thursday and many are not happy about this unorthodox shopping day.  This year make an effort to avoid the big box stores, crowds and crack-of-dawn shopping excursions so you can take the day off.  I have not shopped on Black Friday for as long as I can remember for the previously mentioned reasons.  What I will wholeheartedly support is Small Business Saturday on November 24th, which is the Saturday after Black Friday after Grey Thursday.

The Doctor Is Magic

I have been seeking out natural replacements free of cancer causing parabens for my personal care products.  Well I am so happy with this amazing bar soap, I had to tell all.  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are truly magic.  The smell is like aroma therapy, the feel is clean to the touch and it does not even burn the eyes if you happen to get a bit in there.   The Dr only uses organic oils and ingredients that are fair trade.  The only downside to this soap is the price tag which ranges from a sale price of $2.99 to $5.49 per bar.  It can be obtained for less, but how much less?

 

Buy Greens, Yellows, And Purples From Farmers Market, Keep Your Budget In The Black

For the benefit of our health and wellness we should all be eating the various colors of the rainbow through our vegetables and fruits.  A great place to acquire your local rainbow is at your farmers market.   Many believe that shopping at farmers markets is always more expensive than at stores with four full permanent walls.  While generally true there are ways to reduce your costs.  Here are some tips to keep your costs down while shopping locally and supporting the smaller farmers.

The Emperor Probably Isn’t Wearing Any Organic Clothes

I used to strictly shop at Banana Republic, where I would get the same shirt, just a slightly different shade of blue and the pocket would be in a different spot.  Now that I am greening up, shopping locally and supporting small business, I needed to find a new supplier for my clothing needs.   At the 2011 Green Expo in Los Angeles I stumbled upon an organic, Made In The US of A clothing company called Bgreen Apparel.  I have been wearing Bgreen organic clothing for over a year now and I love it so much that I’m expanding my organic wardrobe as needed.

Why consider organic cotton clothing over less expensive conventional cotton clothing?