Archive for April, 2012

Blog Love.

When everything seems too horrible, stressful, negative, hurtful… I can come here and know that everything here is 100% GOOD. Whether it’s dealing with people who are some of the previously mentioned problems or if it’s just life in general… There is so much peace and love to be found in writing about what’s good in the world and what kind of changes we can make to support the future of our planet. 

Last night I watched a documentary called “I AM“, by a famous movie director who has gone through some of the same mindset changes that I have. It was a deep and inspiring movie that all boils down to how we think about life, each other and the world. I loved it, and I hope more people will be inspired enough to make similar changes. 

This morning I found out that the Diva Cup was on babysteals for over 50% off. Such great news to wake up to! I have been wanting to get one of these for awhile now and just wasn’t ready to shell out the $ yet. I was able to buy 2 of them for the price of one, with shipping included. I’m a very happy lady as this is just one more step to becoming as “green” as I can! 🙂 

Tonight I watched a documentary called “Farmageddon” about small, organic, raw farms in the USA and how the FDA is trying to put them out of business. It was extremely eye opening and so sad to see these hard working, honest and eco-friendly people being put through so much hell by the government. It is so important for everyone to support their local and organic farmers and stop contributing to the massive and corrupt organizations that are polluting the world. 

Before I am tempted to write about things that are making me mad at home, I will sign off and leave you with a picture that makes me smile from the inside out ❤ Goodnight! 

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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IF YOU CAN DO IT AT LEAST ONE MEAL A DAY, OR A FEW DINNERS A WEEK, YOU ARE MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE. NEVER EVER LET YOURSELF THINK THAT YOU AS ONE PERSON CAN NOT MAKE A CHANGE IN THE WORLD. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I HAVE FELT IN MY JOURNEY SO FAR IS BEING TOLD THAT MY CHANGES HAVE INSPIRED OTHERS TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHANGES. EVERYTHING YOU DO EFFECTS THE PLANET AND EFFECTS OTHERS. DO GOOD AND YOU WILL SEE RESULTS ❤ 

Getting my “Crunchy” On!

In a few ways! 

Today we went crunching (and squishing!) through the woods around my neighborhood, foraging for fiddleheads 🙂 My 4 year old had a hole in her boot so we used some of the leftover plastic bags under the sink and tied them around her feet and the boots worked good as new LOL. This is a trick my mom always used to do with me as a kid. My daughter thought it was great! She was such a big helper looking for the fiddleheads and bringing me handfuls of them for our collection. We got pretty wet and muddy, but it was fun and we ended up with enough for dinner and 3 frozen batches for later use. I’m so sad that fiddlehead “season” is almost over and won’t be back again til next spring!! I hope we get a chance to go one more time in the next few days 🙂 I want as much FREE, organic, local, healthy and delicious food in my freezer for all year round use as I can possibly get!! Here’s a link (for anyone who wants to know) of a video showing you just how to get fiddleheads ready for the freezer and future use. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r89mzxs91Oc

This evening while I was getting dinner ready (Steamed swiss chard with butter, vinegar, salt/pepper and Mashed Potato/Turnip with milk, salt/pepper and Cottage Cheese and Mixed nuts on the side) I decided that there is pretty much no way to buy crackers from the store and avoid the plastic bag that contains them in the box. This bothered me a lot, because I really like crackers and cheese or salsa or peanut butter/jam or whatever. The grainier and crunchier, the better! So, I figured I’d call up my BFF Google and see how hard it is to make my own, since I have tonnes of grains already on hand. Turns out it’s super easy!! I used organic whole grain flour, ground flax, ground peppercorns, dried rosemary and thyme, sea salt, sesame, poppy and flax seeds, quinoa, an egg and a bit of water. Its pretty much the same procedure as making sugar cookies except way healthier and takes much less time! They turned out great and by request of my 4 year old, needs more rosemary in it next time lol. I feel great that I have just eliminated one more thing that comes in plastic from my life and learned a new skill! Below is a picture of the finished product, Yummmmy! 

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Staying “Green” While On Vacation

Well I’m back from my mini vacation to Harrison Hot Springs with my best friend and my 3.5 month old. It was a GREAT time and I can’t wait to go back there again. So much nature surrounding you… the air smells so clean and it’s quiet and peaceful ❤ It really made me miss the island (Comox Valley mainly)… Can’t wait to go back there in June! 

I’m proud to say that I was able to remain vegetarian while eating out at every meal while I was away. Since I’m new at this I didn’t know just how tempted I would be… especially with such few vegetarian options on the menus. Every time I thought of having something with meat or getting sad while smelling meat cooking, I thought about the movie “Earthlings” and about my blog earlier on and all the reasons to go meatless. It worked and I’m so happy!! 

While we were gone I did my best to stay “green” as much as I could. Things I did were : brought food/snacks from home to cut down on how much I’d need to buy, bring my own glass container for leftovers when eating out, only drink water from my own steel canteen, eating local food at every opportunity and asking questions about what I was being served (is it organic/local/etc), and hanging up my wet clothes/towels and re-using them rather than doing laundry or using new ones. I also picked a bunch of fiddleheads and chickweed and brought them home with me 🙂 

All in all, we had a fantastic time and indulged in lots of sweets, nature walks and relaxing. I love my best friend, she is so supportive of my changes and cares about me a lot. ❤ 

Picture below is one that I took of some fiddleheads! 

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Too much junk in the trunk!

Today was the first full day of cloth diapering! I’d say that it was mostly a success 😛 Changing poopy diapers is much more difficult and messy than it used to be tho. Hopefully it gets easier as I learn how to use the different types. I can definitely see how this is going to up my laundry duties so I am thankful that I am now wearing clothes more before washing them and that should counter-balance the amount I have to do. I must admit that I have laughed on more than one occasion at how ridiculous my baby looks with such a huge butt. She really looks like “one of those rap guy’s girlfriends” LOL. The most important thing, I suppose, is that she does not seem to be uncomfortable and is her same happy self as she was with the disposables. 🙂 

Another part of my lifestyle change has been to eat all local food (ok so it’s not 100% local but I am doing my very best)… and to make myself get used to things that I generally did not ever like before. For example, mushrooms, turnips and peppers. I have always given them dirty looks, avoided them and refused to eat them or picked them out of my food in the past. Now I am buying them on purpose and finding ways to incorporate them into my meals in ways that are not as offensive. So far it has been not that bad and I find that the green peppers are the hardest to hide the flavor. Mushrooms have always grossed me out to no end as they are fungus and I don’t like the way they smell or how they always look dirty… but I have found if I chop them up small enough, they are fairly easy to hide in food. Since there are so many wild varieties that grow in BC and I am going to take up foraging, I might as well try to like them a little bit 😛 

Speaking of foraging, I found some fiddleheads in my neighbours backyard today and grabbed them up (while my other neighbour gave me weird looks LOL) and cooked them up with dinner tonight. They were DELICIOUS! I am so excited to go looking for more and not have to pay for them in stores 🙂 Living in BC is going to pay off for foraging since there are more varieties of plants, mushrooms, berries and seaweed that are edible and wild here than in any other province! Yay BC ❤ 

Tomorrow I’m heading to Harrison Hot Springs with my best friend and my baby… it is my first “girls trip” and my first time at the hotsprings, so hopefully it goes well. I will be bringing the last of my disposables with me so that I wont have to do laundry while Im there and I wont have to waste them since my babe is quickly growing out of them. Then once I get back we will be 100% cloth from now on! I am going to do my absolute best to not buy anything with excess packing, to only drink from my steel container or glass cups at restaurants and to keep my footprint as green as possible while on holidays. Wish me luck and I’ll blog about it all when I get back on Monday 🙂 

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I’m starting to feel rather crunchy

BUT I LOVE IT! 

I would have never though, going back a year ago, that I would make all of the changes I’m making now. No way in hell did I ever think I’d become a vegetarian or give up plastics or cloth diaper my baby! But here I am, doing all that and more and feeling so wonderful about it. I keep thinking of what other ways I can effect the environment in positive ways rather than negative… it seems that the possibilities are endless.

The only things that could make this experience better would be more available $ to spend on making my home and life more green friendly and more like minded friends to share this excitement with. I have a few people who are happy with what I’m doing and share some of the same interests and ambitions, spend the time to comment on it and encourage me… but most just ignore it and probably talk about how “crazy” I am behind my back. That’s fine with me though, because I know that crazy is the farthest thing from what I’m becoming 🙂 I am proud of myself 100% for making these changes and doing everything I can to be a better person for my kids and the earth. 

My 4 year old and I have a new mission: to clean up our neighbourhood and pick up garbage wherever we go. What good does it do to just walk past the litter you see on the ground and think that someone else will deal with it? What if everyone thought that way and no one picked it up? I can’t stand how much people seem to litter around the Surrey area, it disgusts me! So, no more complaining about it 🙂 It’s time to change it as much as one person can and HOPEFULLY we will inspire others to do the same. Between walking to and from my daughter’s ballet class and storytime program yesterday and today, only 2 blocks from my house, we picked up almost 2 grocery bags full! (Don’t worry, we washed our hands directly after, both times, and were very careful not to pick up anything sharp or dangerous)

Today I have decided to stop using the “natural” babywash Burts Bees Baby as my 3 month old seems to be getting dryer and dryer skin, especially between her chubby creases. On the advice of a like-minded friend, we had a bath using organic oats and coconut oil. It felt great and I’m hoping it works if we keep it up. It sucks having to stop using even the more “natural” of the beauty products… because it smelled lovely and I thought it would be so much better than using evil Johnson & Johnsons but it’s obviously not good for her if it is giving her that kind of reaction. I was not planning on buying anymore beauty products from here on out, but I was going to use the higher quality ones that I have left until they are gone… guess I will give to give them away too! 

Also, today is the first day of our life as cloth diapering parents. I always said I’d never do it, didn’t want to deal with the extra laundry and hassle… but after hearing the horrifying statistics about how many disposables end up in the landfill every year and how long it takes them to break down… and all of the plastic packaging that goes into the diapers… and monthly costs piling up with buying them all the time… it was definitely a no brainer for me! I got a great deal off of a friend and hopefully all of this will last me until my 3 month old is potty trained some day 😀 

Below is a picture of an organic trail mix that I made today, using all bulk bin organic items! (raw sunflower seeds, roasted soy nuts, mixed nuts, dried cranberries and chocolate chips) MMMMM so good! 

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Foraging Future & Grapefruit Skin Savers!

OK so I am super pumped and excited about this website I found that has really in depth lists of berries, plants, mushrooms and seaweed that are edible and easy to find! I can’t believe I didn’t think before to “forage” for other things besides the common berries I grew up with. So many things that I see on a daily basis when I go for walks, or that I’ve seen in the woods on the island when I go for a visit… or at the beach on the shoreline! All free, all edible and good for you 😀 Can’t wait to try new things, my 4 year old is going to be elated! (Before you go warning me to make sure things are not poisonous before we eat them, do not worry, I will be extremely careful!!) Here is the website!
http://northernbushcraft.com/

After I ate a grapefruit tonight, I went to throw away the peels and thought to myself “these smell wonderful… I wonder what I can do with them rather than throw them away”… So I used my best friend google and found a few neat ideas which I will try tomorrow and the next time I eat grapefruits!

1. using it to make tea 2. make a salt skin scrub 3. using it to make household cleaner 4. making candied peels

Here’s the site: http://www.livestrong.com/article/290920-uses-for-grapefruit-peel/

Pictured below are “Black Rasberries AKA Black Caps” which I found growing around my neighbourhood last year but didn’t know what they were… They looked like a cross between a blackberry and rasberry so I was naughty and tried them… they are good and I didn’t die (obviously!! LOL) and tonight I found them on the edible plants website and confirmed what they are so am really looking forward to picking them like crazy this year!

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