Sunday, March 22, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: Celebrating The Cycle Of Seasons and the Blessings of Spring




"Came the Spring with all its splendor,
All its birds and all its blossoms,
All its flowers and leaves and grasses."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song Of Hiawatha 




"No Winter lasts forever, 
No Spring skips it's turn."
~Hal Borland



'No matter how long the Winter, 
Spring is sure to follow.'
~Proverb 


Happy Spring!!

enjoy every moment of it...

stephanie-

Friday, March 20, 2015

ECO LIFESTYLE: Organic Living: 3 Basic Reasons Why You Should Switch To Organic Clothing and Food

https://www.organic-center.org/organic-fact-sheets/how-choosing-organic-helps-the-world/
1. ORGANIC MEANS LESS DAMAGE, MORE HEALING
Because every organic prodcut is so well produced,
even if you buy  just 1 organic product out of 10,
it offsets and helps heal many of the things
damaging our planet, environment and health.
(infographic and more via The Organic Center )


http://theswatchbook.offsetwarehouse.com/2014/09/05/why-should-we-wear-organic-fabric-saves-lives/
2. ORGANIC MEANS NO CHEMICAL PESTICIDES,
HERBICIDES OR FERTILIZERS
Organic famers use no pesticides, but many kinds
of natural pest enemies and deterrents.
Chemical pesticides are one of the most noxious,
dangerous and damaging part of modern commercial
agriculture.They not only kill the pests, but also beneficial bugs,
and make farmers, workers and comsumers ill from the toxic,
often carcinogenic nature of pesticides. They also poison
the soil, the  ground water and waterways,lakes and oceans.
Organic farming has none of these destructive effects,
but instead works in concert with nature
to maintain a healthy, balanced environment.
(Infographic and more via The Swatchbook )


http://www.ota.com/
3. ORGANIC MEANS NO GMO
When you buy organic apparel, accessories and utility items
and eat organically grown food and produce, you are not ingesting
and are not supporting GMO products.
GM/GMO are not allowed in Certified Organic items.
(infographic and more via Organic Trade Association)


Hope this helps you have a greater awareness
of the not-so-beautiful side of toxic, non-eco,
non-organic realities of your daily modern life.


Are you trying to make the shift towards a 
less toxic, more organic and mindful lifestyle?
Share your #postivechange with us!

Hoping to help you
live beautifully, 
every day.

stephanie-




Saturday, March 14, 2015

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | BODY + SPIRIT: Thoughts On Beauty, From Beautiful People


"To be beautiful, is to be yourself."
~Thich Nhat Hanh




"Beauty
is about being comfortable in your own skin.
It's about knowing and accepting
who you are."
~Ellen DeGeneres


"The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode
but the true beauty of a woman
is reflected in her soul."
~Audrey Hepburn


"Over the years I have learned
that what is important in a dress
is the women who is wearing it."
~Yves St. Laurent


be beautiful. live beautifully.
stephanie-

Thursday, March 12, 2015

MINDFUL ECO LIFESTYLE: Why You Should Consider Organically Grown Fabrics Whenever Buying Clothing | Donna Karan and Sadhguru Meeting


 


 

  When picking out a new top, the latest dress, your scarf
or that cool jacket or jeans, the style and fit
are the obvious points we'd focus on before buying.
Cost is another. But it's now
quite important to also ask also
how? where? - and from what materials - is this clothing made?
This is not only an important question to ask yourself,
but with the misleading marketing from bio-tech corporations
for GMO seeds, or the push of big oil encouraging the
fashion industry to create and use more petroleum-based
polyester fiber, it has become an urgent one.

 

We know about the health benefits of buying organic food,
the safety and health benefits of using organic cleaning products
,
but besides the beauty and natural (non-chemically treated) softness
of it, what are the benefits of using organic materials
in fashion, accessories, utility fabrics and apparel?



  If you are one who cares about what goes into and onto
your body, loves the earth, loves animals and are concerned
with the welfare of others as well -  take note: wearing and using
organic fabrics has a major positive impact on
your health and the health of our planet.
It matters.


Promoting organically grown food and fibers
is something I'm passionate about. I enjoy informing and,
if possible, helping create positive change in your life,
but I try doing it in a way that works for you and your lifestyle.

 

Today I'm sharing a post and video that will be the first in a series
on why we should transition to organic and natural fibers
in apparel and accessories. The subject is quite complex,
and there are no simple answers, and I believe there needs to be balance.
But try to look for organic cotton, silk/organic silk/ahimsa(vegan)silk,
hemp and organic hemp fabrics, as much as you feel you can.
It will benefit you, your family's and
the earth's well-being.

Yogi, Spiritual Leader, Humanitarian Sadhguru of
Isha Foundation speaks on
why you should seek organic fabrics.
The post includes a video where he discusses
seeking balance between tradition and future change, with
Designer-turned-Yogi Donna Karan (Founder of DKNY & Urban Zen)
He speaks of the ways in which balance in possible.

 

Tell me your thoughts; Do you believe
it's important to use organically grown textiles?
Why ... or why not?

meantime...
live beautifully,

stephanie-



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-