The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Holiday parties, Christmas cookies, and black and white Christmas movies are some of my favorite things. But don't let the idea of buy, buy, buy take over your holiday. Here are seven ways to have an environmentally friendly holiday....more
In many places, the cold weather has already set in. But here in Northern California, it is just starting to dip below the 70's. (Does it sound like I am bragging? 'Cause I am. I hate the cold.) Here's a few tips to help you save money this winter and use less energy.Open your blinds and curtains during the day. Though it is winter, the sun is still shining. Take advantage of this and keep your blinds and curtains open to let the sun warm your house. At night, shut the blinds to keep the warmth in....more
There are so many things that we can do in our everyday lives to help reduce waste and keep the Earth around for years and years to come. In our city, we can recycle paper, all types of plastic (except #6), tin, aluminum, and cardboard. Our family of 4 goes through so much recycling that we fill up our large container every 2 weeks. Our actual garbage is maybe, maybe a bag a week.
You would be suprised at how many people, young and old, who don't even give it a second thought and chuck everything in the regular garbage. It's not like it costs extra to recycle...more
If you have kids that are old enough for school then you’re already well aware that it’s back to school time! Most kids already started this week if not before the holiday weekend. It’s a great idea to teach your kids to be aware of their effect on the environment so why not incorporate eco-friendly rules for heading back to school? You should probably avoid the word “rules”, though. Your son or daughter will surely ignore you. Try “guidelines” or “suggestions” perhaps. ...more
As we dumped our bags unceremoniously on the living room floor, grateful to be home after six hours on the 5, I noticed it still sat on the side table: the back issue of National Geographic dedicated to the giants. Though I'd read it, I hadn't been able to toss it yet, for how often does a magazine feature your favorite trees on its cover? Not just any trees, but the largest trees in the world - trees that predate Christ, trees found only on your coastline?They're dramatic, those trees....more
Before you become pregnant you pretty much take the baby's nine-month gestation period for granted. It's a system that works - right? Then you become pregnant and you start reading up on things and you learn out about spina bifida, cleft palates, heart defects, anencephaly, fused limbs, and progeria and you realize that with all that's got to go exactly right in those nine months it's a miracle any baby is ever born healthy at all....more
I’m in love with this dress. Flouncy, lightweight, great neutral pattern, flattering fit– I could go on and on. The strappy nature + cutout detail means a blazer is necessary to make it office-friendly, so I grabbed a bright green version. Who says you can’t mix brights + patterns? Not me....more