Archive for ‘Environment <3’

December 13, 2011

Eight Reasons

To use glass instead of plastic!

1.  It doesn’t react with it’s contents and BPA won’t leach into your food.  For an interesting article on BPA and cans, see here.

2.  No discoloration.  No elaboration needed on this one.

3.  Easy cleaning, especially in the dishwasher.  It gets nice and shiny without melting.

4.  It can go from the freezer or refrigerator straight to the oven or microwave.

5.  It’s pretty.  You can tie it up with ribbon, label it with dry erase markers, and store it on an open shelf.

6.  It’s easy to carry wherever you go.  It has a tight fitting lid and old peanut butter jars fit in your cup holder!

7.  It environmentally friendly.  It last longer than plastic and it doesn’t even need to be carried to and processed at a recycling center.  All you have to do is wash and use, over and over again.

8.  It’s free!  No purchase necessary!  Just use what you already buy.  Most of my lunch is carried in peanut butter and salsa jars.

Are you convinced?

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30 Minutes Movement:  Yoga!  It’s improving my posture, decreasing my stress, and making me feel stellar!  Sun

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December 8, 2011

Gearing Up For Gardening

How’s that for rushing things?  I do apologize for that.  I don’t like to wish my time away.  That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the planning for spring though!  Today was the first cold day after some unseasonable warm weather.  I thought that was a perfect time to think about spring!

I already set some goals for my 2012 garden way back in early October.  Now the action has begun.

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Garden journal, check!  That was an easy one.  Now actually using it throughout the season, that’s a bit harder.  However, the good news is I’ve already transferred last years planting and garden layout from the folded paper to the official journal.  I’ve also started a list of what I’d like to plant this year (it’s longgggg) and where I plan on planting it.

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This lead me to sweetly asking Steve to help me dig two more garden plots and he so graciously agreed.  Yippy!  I promised they didn’t have to be raised beds this year and that seemed to the the trick convincing him.  Cross your fingers we find time to do it when the ground shows the first sign of thawing!

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Plant more heirlooms, well on it’s way to being checked!  A few days ago I got my Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog (which by the way is completely FREE)!  I was giddy when I saw it in the mail.  I had completely forgotten that I even requested it.  If you are even considering planting heirloom vegetables or flowers, request it today!  Even if you just like pretty pictures it’s worth it.  They are frame worthy and make my mouth water.  They may have also contributed to my growing wish list of seeds!

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Tonight I also subscribed to the quarterly Heirloom Gardener magazine and bought The Heirloom Life Gardener.  If you order together you save $12.  It’s a steal.  I’ve been reading not only about heirlooms, but also about seed saving and food politics.  It’s fascinating and these purchases should be a wealth of knowledge!  I’ll be sure to share some tidbits with you as I learn more.

While I know you’d just love to read more of my gardening ramblings, I must go work on garden goal number 3, tracking the cost/savings of the garden.  It’s time to nail down the seeds to buy and how much they will cost!  Surprised smile

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**Note:  I get nothing if you purchase products from Baker Creek.  I promote them solely because I have enjoyed their products and hope that you can do the same.

30 Minutes Movement:  Walking outside and breathing in the cool crisp air.  As usual I didn’t want to go, but once I was moving the walk was very enjoyable!

Activity Factoid:  Some physical activity is better than none.  Studies show that benefits start to occur after 60 minutes per week and increase as activity increases.

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