Saturday, February 28, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | Purple Potpourri: Thoughts on Simplicity, Elegance, Beauty and Transformation

  
  "Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates."
~Kate Angell 




"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."
~Coco Chanel
(scarf is Beau Monde Organics customer favorite 'Daybreak-Glimmer Sans')


 "She does love lavender -
because it's the color of transformation."
~
Felicity Huffman 



 ~wishing you a beautiful weekend!

stephanie-


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Friday, February 20, 2015

ECO LIVING | Real Kitchen Nightmares: Think Before You Drink - The Horror Story Behind The Fun of Single Cup Coffee-Makers


I found this K-Cup/Pod/Capsule drawer on Pinterest yesterday. It may
seem to be a 'dream home' idea, in reality, it's a real 'Kitchen Nightmare'.


 Introducing... 
Eco Living Horror Stories From The Real World.
 My new series in which I'll (occasionally) write posts
to inform, enlighten and, (I'm hoping ) entertain you.
I'll give you the info you need to bring beautiful #positivechange into
your life.
I'll guide you with small 'pain-free' shifts you can make to
turn your
chic, modern urban life into the beautiful,
eco-conscious, mindful lifestyle you'd love it to be.


I hope you'll enjoy! 

 A small batch of the billions of aluminum pull-tab and pop-top tabs
from beverage cans that have been polluting the planet since 1962.



"Civilization 
is a limitless multiplication 
of unnecessary necessities."
~Mark Twain

- Real Kitchen Nightmares: Issue 1 -
"Trash vs. Convenience"

 Like some zombie monster that just won't die,
there are still companies that have
(apparently) learned nothing about sustainability
in the past 50 years. 

In this first issue post, I ask the question:
Why would major corporations, ones with
limitless innovation and design skills, 

huge research and development resources,
still blatantly choose to NOT design new products
within modern eco and sustainability standards?

Why would they choose to design  as if
they were still living in the early 1960's?
My guess?

 Profit, over everything, always.
*sigh*... 
So in this case, it's
Keurig Green Mountain and 'K-Cups'
(the inventors of the single serve coffee maker)
and  Nestle Corporation, and Nespresso Coffee Capsules.
Both of which create a wonderful cup of coffee,
but produce a horrific amount of non-recyclable waste.


 Used K-Cups heading off to join the other billions at the landfill.

Cute, tiny cup. Ugly, massive problem.

The K-Cups alone produced enough waste for those
cute, fun, tiny K-cups to encircle the globe over 11 times (by 2014)

and there are an estimated 60 BILLION in landfills over the planet.
I am appealing to these companies 
to take responsibility for the 
mind-boggling amount of earth-destructive trash 
they've created and do something about it.
Nespresso was trying recently, after customer inquiries,
and teamed up with famed recycling manufacturer, Terra-Cycle.
Too bad, however, that all the Nespresso capsules
still cannot be sent to your local recycling plant.

To get these recycled, you must save them and ship
to Terra-Cycle's 'Capsule Brigade'. Not perfect, but, it's 

still better than having them go the land fill.
And Keurig's recent attempt is similar, but restrictive,
as it's only for workplaces with a Keurig machines.
And again, your business office, not Keurig, has to
deal with saving and packing up the cups and shipping
them to the specialty recycling company, Grounds to Grow On.

There is no current program for individuals to recyle K-Cups. 
If you're as addicted to your machine as much as your coffee,
please do set up a small bin in your kitchen to capture the used cups 
and contact either of these recycling centers.
The recylers do try to make it easy for you.

Hoping both Keurig and Nestle will redesign their 
proprietary cups with easily recyclable materials for their
next versions of their single serve brewers.
But not holding my breath for it... 

Or... you, the eco minded consumer,
could get all 'retro-chic' and green at the
same time and use this incredible device:



*gasp* a non-electric brewer?!
Yes! It brews 1 or 2 servings,
in less than 2 minutes,

has a reusable (non-disposable) inner filter,
and you can use any kind
of coffee or tea you want.
It will save you hundreds of dollars

and last you for generations.
If you must have an electric, go for it!

 Use any small capacity automatic coffee-maker 
or electric percolator
with a reusable gold/metal mesh filter


Simple. Green.

Kill the K-Cups and Capsules and Pods.

 For yourself. For your kin. 
For those who will live on this earth in the future.

  Enlighten yourself 
with the following informational links:

- How much waste comes from single serve coffee pods?  

- Single serve trash is one of many eco waste
issues we have. Here's another.
-Enjoy this fun, over-the-top parody video, in which you can get more
 info while watching a giant Cup-zilla Monster take over...
 - Adopt the 'Seven Generations' concept into your daily life.

 Hope you'll let me know what you think of my new series.
Comment to let me know, and 
add your own #positivechange coffee brewing tip.

and, as always, remember to

live beautifully.

stephanie-










FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | SPIRIT: Sacred Wisdom on Peace, Philanthropy and Connection

"Man did not weave the web of life - 
he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, 
he does to himself."
~Chief Seattle, Suquamish 




"Let peace fill our heart,
our world,
our universe..."
~Shinto Prayer



"Whoever saves one life, 
saves the entire world."
~from The Talmud


♥ may the blessings of a peaceful heart be yours today.

live beautifully,
stephanie-


PHOTO CREDITS:
Kindra Clineff
  for 'Spider Spiral' via Science Blogs-Bioephemera
Stephanie Gale for 'Raindrop on Nasturtium leaf via stephaniegbeaumonde on Instagram
 Unknown - Piled stones via Sister Jean

Friday, February 13, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | SPIRIT: Living with Wisdom, Kindness and Compassion

 "The dew of compassion is a tear."
~Lord Byron
(via screene.com)


"That best portion of a good man's life;
his little nameless, unremembered acts of
kindness and love."
~William Wordsworth
(via dandelionmuse.wordpress.com)




"Love and Compassion
are necessities, 
not luxuries; 
without them, humanity cannot survive."
~Dalai Lama

 
Enjoy a sweet weekend.
Be kind to everyone you meet...
live beautifully.

stephanie-

Monday, February 9, 2015

LIFESTYLE: 10 Romantic Things To Do In Wine Country For Valentine's Day via Adrienne at 'The Rich Life On A Budget' Blog


While looking for subjects that combined
'fashion bloggers' that I like along with what they
might enjoy doing for Valentine's Day, I came across one
post by a favorite blogger of mine, 
the lovely and charming Adrienne Shubin of
'The Rich Life on a Budget' blog.

She writes from Wine Country in Northern California about the
things we love; wine, fashion, travel, and living well!
This post is a reblog of her wonderful
"10 Romantic Things To Do In Wine Country".
I've shared just a few of the many
lovely suggestions she has for you...

"Lush and green and full of flowers and birds and bees,
it’s also quiet. Most of the time when we visit,
we are the only people there. It’s perfect..."


"Few things are more romantic than watching
the sun set over the ocean with the one you love."
(Find out where Adrienne and her husband love to catch it.)



"Pretend you’re with your lover in Paris, enjoying a glass
of Bordeaux, or enjoy a delicious lunch on the outdoor patio."
(find out where this Parisian-style bistro is hiding)

Even if you can't get to these particular spots, 
I hope her suggestions inspire you to find
the special little places near you,
so you can also enjoy a romantic time
on Valentine's Day, or any weekend!

To catch all the beautiful, romantic locales,
visit her blog and get inspired!

As always...
live beautifully,

stephanie-





Friday, February 6, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: ECO LIVING: On Love, Roses and Romance - My Earth-Love-Song For Valentine's Day

 
"Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place." 
~Rumi


“They are not long, the days of wine and roses.
Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for a while,
then closes, within a dream.”

~Ernest Dowson




'...and the waves roll on in the air
like invisible horses.'
~Pablo Neruda




 “She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me." 
~,Antoine de Saint Exupéry The Little Prince 



I send you love and gratitude, 
and, in the words of Albert Camus, 
 "I embrace you with all my heart."  

 stephanie-



Sunday, February 1, 2015

ECO LIVING: Be My Eco Valentine! - Here's 6 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas (for Her AND for Him!) via USA Love List

Green Valentine’s Day: Six Eco Friendly Gift Ideas
(for Her AND for Him!)

This post is a Re-Blog of a post written
by Tracey Hanson, Green Family Living Editor at USA Love List

Looking for THE perfect Valentine’s Day gift
for your special someone?
Giving a gift that is American Made AND
Eco friendly shows that you really put thought into
the gift buying process this Valentines Day.
Whether you are on the hunt for a gift for her,
or a gift for him, USA Love List has it covered with
these made in the USA Eco friendly gift ideas!

Eco friendly gift ideas for Her
____________________________________________________

A luxurious, organic scarf

Eco Friendly Valentine's Day gifts for her: Beau Monde Organic scarves
beau monde organics’
scarves are
100% made from certified organic materials.
Even the thread used to stitch these gorgeous, double sided
scarves is made from organic cotton, and not polyester!
The unique designs on these colorful scarves are the original artwork
of designer Stephanie Gale. I LOVE my beau monde organics’ scarf
and I get compliments on it every time I wear it!

A token of love

Eco Friendly Gifts for Her #madeinUSA Dogeared necklace
If you are looking for a gift with meaning, than you MUST
check out Dogeared jewelry. Each design is created to inspire
it’s wearer, and harness positive energy.
Handcrafted in the USA, the charms
on each necklace are made from recycled silver.


A Hot Toddy nightie

Eco Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Idea: Hot toddy nightie #madeinUSA
SNOA Sleepwear is designed to be both warm AND sexy!
All of  SNOA Sleepwear pieces are made with Eco-friendly fabric,
and this Hot Toddy Nightie is made from organic bamboo fleece.
SNOA Sleepwear donates a portion of their sales to protecting polar bear habitat.

Eco friendly gift ideas for Him

An exotic fine fragrance

Eco Friendly Valentine's Day Gifts: Jack Black JB Eau de Parfum
All Jack Black products are colorant free, cruelty free
and created with the most natural ingredients possible. 
Jack Black’s JB Eau de Parfum contains 18% essential oils.

A ‘neat’ bottle opener

Eco Friendly Valentine's Day gift- reclaimed bourbon barrel bottle opener
Made in San Francisco by Wood Thumb,
a reclaimed bourbon barrel plank makes up the
backing to this fabulous wall bottle opener.  
A powerful magnet is built into the bottom 
and can hold up to 30 bottle caps at once.
This keeps the man cave, or your kitchen, bottle cap free on game day.

A unique card case

Eco Friendly Valentine's Day gift- reclaimed circuit board card holder
These stylish, unique
business card cases by ecoxoxo
are made of repurposed circuit boards.
The metal bottom is made from recycled metals.
This gift will not only keep your man’s business cards
in pristine condition, but you will feel great knowing
there is one less piece of e-waste in America’s landfills!

 

Post by Tracey Hanson

Tracey Hanson is the USA Love List Green/Family Living Editor. 
Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest

Friday, January 30, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | LIFESTYLE: (Eco) Love Is In The Air - Words To Inspire A More Sustainable You



"One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself
'what if I had never seen this before?
What if I knew I could never see it again?
~Rachel Carson


 "When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves."
~David Orr


  
 "But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature
is inevitably a war against himself."
~Rachel Carson


 
What is the use of a house if you don't have
a decent planet to put it on."
~Henry David Thoreau 



 'We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.'
~First People's Proverb



love and live beautifully,
stephanie-

Friday, January 23, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: The Wonder and Joy of Simple Pleasures and Surprises




“Even in the familiar, 
there can be surprise and wonder.”
~Tierney Gearon






 
 



simple pleasures are life's treasures






May you have a Happy Weekend 
full of sweet surprises!


 live beautifully!
stephanie-


Sunday, January 18, 2015

BODY and SPIRIT: 7 Simple Steps to Healing Mindful Meditation - via GoodLifeZen


Mindfulness meditation is a simple, effective way to meditate for your well-being.
Whether you want to become calmer, be more present, improve your health
or simply become more 'grounded', mindfulness meditation will help you.


By Mary Jaksch of GoodLifeZen.com
Your 7 Steps To Mindful Meditation:

1. Sit upright
Upright posture helps the mind to come to rest. You can either sit on the ground with a firm cushion to elevate your back side, or sit on a straight-backed chair. The main thing is to keep your spine upright but relaxed. It’s much easier to keep your mind focused if you’re upright. 


2. Pay tender regard to your body
It’s helpful to connect with your body in order to settle into meditation. Start at your feet and slowly scan the body with your mind. What do your feet feel like? What do you legs feel like? Let the soft light of your attention move slowly through your whole body. 


3. Be still
When you first start to meditate, you may feel fidgety and may want to adjust your posture constantly. It’s really important to be still physically during meditation. Every time you move, your mind responds with random thoughts. So stay steady and still. 


4. Be silent
Outer silence helps you to become silent within. In our Western culture, silence has become rare. In order to become still within, make sure that you are in a quiet environment. It’s only when you are still that we can become aware of your mind.

5. Focus on your breath
Pay tender regard to your breath flowing in and out. Your breath is a doorway to stillness. Notice what your breath feels like in your nose, chest, and belly.

6. Let go of inner chatter
Mindfulness meditation means becoming aware of the present moment, without judgment.Notice your thoughts coming and going. When you notice that you are caught up in an inner dialogue, gently let the story go.

7. Bring your attention back when it wanders.
Gently bring your mind back to your breath whenever it strays into the past or the future. Our mind tends to wander. That’s a natural condition. If you train yourself to gently return your soft attention to the breath, your mind will become steadier. And you will be able to immerse yourself in the present moment. 

Be patient and persistent in your practice for best results.

Start with short, 5 to 10 minute periods, gradually increasing the time to 30 minutes, or whatever works for you. 

Learning to immerse yourself in the present moment can help you experience deep joy and serene peacefulness. Meditation has immense health benefits, too, as it strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure and pulse rate, and lifts your mood.



Read Mary's original post here.

Live beautifully, 
stephanie- 


Saturday, January 17, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | MINDFUL LIVING: 4 Things You Can Do To Lighten Up Your Day and Get Instant Stress Relief

This week's Fav Quote Friday post comes with a bonus;
each quote is also a tip for instant stress-busting relief.
Use as needed to lighten the moment and your heart.
Ready? Here we go:

 1. BREATHE
"Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile..."
~Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

METHOD: Take slow breaths,

counting each,
inhaling and exhaling deeply,
for a total of 10 breaths. 
Relief is on the way...


2. KISS
 "Keep Calm and Kiss Me."

METHOD: Find your co-worker, your cat or your dog,
your lover, your spouse or your mate, or any friend that you love,
and give them a great big smooch.
It will make you both happier.


 

3. LAUGH
 "After all these years, my favorite thing to do in life 
is to be laughing until the tears well up."
~Robert Downey, Jr.

METHOD: Laugh out loud. Be silly for a few moments. 
Let things go. Smile. Repeat as needed.


4. JUMP
'Don't wait for the perfect time, 
sometimes you just have to dare to jump.'

METHOD: Do 5-25 jumping jacks (high or low impact) 
to de-stress and get your smile back in a minute. 
(Feel free to combine multiple tips at any time,
such as 3 & 4, like Dean and Jerry are doing here)

Use any or all of these stress-busting techniques
any time you need a break. 
  ~
Do you have any tips of you use to lighten yourself up?
Comment below, we'd love to hear your tips!


live beautifully,

stephanie-