Friday, November 21, 2014

MINDFUL ECO LIVING: 9 Things You Can Do Today To Live a Greener, More Eco Conscious Life



1. SAVE WATER
Turn off water while while washing hands and face,
brushing teeth or shaving in the shower.
Use a bin to wash dishes instead of running tap.
Install low-flow faucet & shower heads.
Re-use 'waste' water for plants, lawns or gardens.
Water lawns & gardens only 2-3 times a week, not daily.

2. RECYCLE
Clean and recycle all plastics, clean paper,
glass and metals, via local, home or office recycling,
or pack it up weekely and bring to recycling center.
Drop off all batteries, small electrical items via local HazMat programs/centers,
or bring it to a local Best Buy

3. REUSE
 Don't throw things out so easily. Save yourself money by resisting
the habit of 'go get a new one'. Before you do that, think if it can be
repaired, recycled, reused, repurposed or donated to others.
Have a Garage Sale and make some money off that stuff
cluttering up your storage areas. Give new life to something
you no longer need or want, to keep it from going into the landfill.
Make sure your 'Toss' bin is for 'Toss into Recycling'!
4. DONATE/GIVE
Do not throw out old clothes, shoes,
handbags, backpacks or tote bags anymore.
Go through your closet and clear out items
(For tips, see here)
Give to a church, local recycling, or your
local independent or a major thrift store.
(we love Out Of The Closet)
Anything not in good enough condition to donate should be
cut up and used as rags for dusting
and clean-ups instead of paper towels.
Also great for floor cleaning, house and window cleaning
and car clean-up and care.
Revamp your closets and repurpose or donate anything
you haven't used in the past year or more.

5. SAVE FOOD / EAT MORE PRODUCE
Buy less food, and freeze if needed, to be sure
you eat all you purchase and don't have to throw any out.
Grow a garden, got to farmer's markets for grocery shopping.
Buy more produce, beans and grains and less meat, as meats take
more energy and are very water intensive to raise and process.
Before  your produce goes bad, freeze or blend any that is getting overipe.
You can also consider going vegetarian or vegan.

6. STOP BUYING/USING TOXIC ITEMS
Read all labels of all your cleaners, cleansers, washing liquids,
shampoos and conditioners, soaps, lawn and garden care, 

and bug killers throughout your home.
There are now so many
DIY, eco-friendly products
and
effective and safe ways
to clean and get rid of pests,
that you should eliminate as many of the
toxic chemicals from your house as possible,
as many have been now shown to be so toxic as to be
dangerous to your health, even with limited use.
Seek to clear poisons from your house and yard to protect
not only the environment, but the groundwater, pets, kids,
wildlife, and your own health.
Breathing or touching these chemicals is dangerous.
If any you feel are a must, use gloves, eye protection and good
ventialtion in all cases and use with care according to directions.


7. POWER DOWN EACH DAY & NIGHT
Change light bulbs, but
do NOT use compact flourescents,
as they cannot thrown away or recycled
because they contain toxic mercury.
Do not use halogens because they
are a fire hazrd in many cases.
Buy LED lights, and even though initially expensive,
they will save you money for their efficient energy use,
and save you from almost ever having to replace them,
due to extremely long life.
For electrial use, turn off anything not being used
throughout your house. Set a particular circuit breaker strip
for charging small and personal electronics.

Disconnect all charged items,
turn off,
or unplug strip each night. 

Turn off all lights, TV's music, video, computer equipment,
modems, routers at night.
Even be diligent to clear your e-mail,
phone and all trash
  and unused  items often,
as it takes energy to store them.


 

8. USE NATURAL PRODUCTS INSTEAD OF PLASTIC
Try using naturally derived, and sustainable products,
in your home and at work, to replace plastics and disposables.

Clean and reuse plastics that are commonly thrown away.
Consider the source of a product for its
sustainability and eco-friendly qualities

and become a more conscious comsumer.
(for some great ideas for natural decor  for
the upcoming holiday season, see my post)

9. ALTER YOUR HABITS
Think everyday, of all your personal habits,
while shopping, driving, eating out, traveling, 

or even just your home routine...
and  think about how each one 

might be possible to alter just a little,
to gain a lot of good, green effect!

Clear your mind of Can't.
All you need do 
is set your mind to it.

Please add your own tips in the comments section!
I'd love to hear what you do to live eco/green & beautifully!

stephanie-

 

Fav Quote Friday | Body and Spirit: Lao Tzu and The Tao: 5 Ancient Tips to Help You Think Right, Live Happier, Enjoy More and Stress Less


"Do you have the patience to wait
until your mud settles and
your water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving until
the right action arises by itself?"
~Lao Tzu


 "The tree that is unbending is easily broken."
~Lao Tzu


"Return to the source of stillness, 
which is the way of nature..."
~Lao Tzu

"To the mind that is still,
the whole univers surrenders."
~Lao Tzu

 ok, this one's not by Lao Tzu. ;-)
But it is a great mantra.
Use these great thoughts when you're needing
extra help with the difficulites in life.

be badass.
live beautifully,

stephanie-

Monday, November 10, 2014

ECO LIVING | DESIGN: Rustic Elegance with Natural Elements and Organic Tableware | Spectacular Harvest Tablesetting Ideas

 
The food at the Thanksgiving Table always seems
to taste better when the table is set in festive fashion.

 
 I've found several spectacular setting themes
and ideas for your Thanksgiving table.
Check them out
at DecoratingYourSmallSpace.

 Then there's the Centerpiece,
the star of the Thanksgiving table.


A focal point that pulls the look of any
setting together and can clearly set the theme,
if you're decorating with one in mind.


 Here's some gorgeous centerpiece ideas
you can copy or get inspired by
from FabYouBliss.





Don't forget to dress up the napkins and place cards, too!


Start planning now for your Thanksgiving
table decor and your setting will be one they'll
remember for years to come.

Cheers!

live beautifully,
stephanie-



Sunday, November 9, 2014

MINDFUL LIVING | FASHION: 10 Step Revamp To A Detoxed, Organic, Organized Wardrobe, from Stylist Anouschka Rees of Into Mind Blog


Been feeling like your closet is an area
that needs a barricade of yellow crime scene tape?
W
ant more organic, ethical, locally made items in your wardrobe?
Never fear, help is here!
 
Twenty-something Anouschka Rees, now in Berlin,
has put together list of steps to get your closet
fantastically organized and  minimized
and you can also use her tips to fill it with
more eco-friendly, organic, ethical and locally made items,
so your closet speaks to who you are and what you care about, 
and you shine with beauty and confidence every day.

Anouschka list 10 Steps, each with detailed instructions,
so you can get to work on having your wardrobe go
from chaotic overload to a pared-down style center
that helps you instead of scares you! 





 


Here's my 3 Top Picks from the expert stylist's list:
 

RETHINK YOUR STRATEGY
Here's your chance to get started and
make the decision to align your personal style
with your ethical, caring and eco-conscious spirit.
Let your wardrobe speak for you.

"Step 1: Take stock. What do you like about
your current wardrobe and what needs to change?
How well do your clothes reflect your style?
How versatile are they? Use this flow chart to
diagnose your wardrobe’s individual weak spot.
Then: Write down your goals for the revamp
and a few basic guidelines, like these.
"

DETOX YOUR WARDROBE
Use this step to remove of any
guilt-inducing,
confidence-sapping pieces
or anything that doesn't
make you feel beautiful.

"Once you’ve analysed the current state of your closet,
it’s time for a thorough detox. Reserve at least a full afternoon to go
through your wardrobe piece by piece and get rid of
anything that doesn’t make you feel confident and inspired.
Check out the closet detox cheat sheet if you
need a little decision making assistance."

SHOP SMARTER
Here's the section that can be a real life-changer for you.
Change your thinking to become a savvy, enlightened shopper.

"Have a closer look at your usual approach to shopping and how you could improve it.
Are you a chronic bargain-hunter and impulse shopper, but want to change that?
Some steps that will help: Read up on some common shopping fallacies
and how to avoid them. Work with a flexible budget.
Learn about ethical fashion and develop an eco-conscious shopping strategy.
Use these 5 questions to figure out..." 
Access her entire
10 Step Revamp
to get all the details, and join her on
her beautiful blog 'Into Mind'.
 (and if your closet needs some serious help,
get her Workbook, to take control of your closet)

Live uncluttered,
live beautifully!

stephanie-

Friday, October 31, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | SIMPLE PLEASURES: Ghostly Musings for All Hallow's Eve


The lawn
Is pressed by unseen feet, and ghosts return
Gently at twilight, gently go at dawn,
The sad intangible who grieve and yearn."
~T. S. Eliot



“Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind,
Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,
Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,
Above, beneath, betwixt, between."
~Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book




"During the day, I don't believe in ghosts.
At night, I'm a little more open-minded."
~Unknown




Ghouls and Goblins, Ghosts and Bats,
Tricks and Treats and Witches' Hats,
Scary Creatures In The Night,
and Jack-o'-Lanterns Glowing Bright!

Hope you enjoy a safe, fun and
Happy Halloween!
live beautifully, stephanie-



MINDFUL LIVING: Taking Time To Reset - Discovering The Power of Solitude via Goodlife Zen

 
   The soul always knows what to do to heal itself.
The challenge is to silence the mind." ~Caroline Myss


Today's post is from Mary Jaksch's blog
Goodlife Zen, written by Guest Writer Scott Dinsmore.

"When was the last time you were alone?
I mean really alone?
No people, no noise, no technology,
no distractions what so ever. 
Just you and your thoughts."

"Being alone can be scary.
It causes us to question all kinds of things.
Ourselves, our actions, our life.
The distractions of the world are so many that
‘fortunately’ we can go practically our whole life
without ever thinking deeply about what we’re really doing.

 “To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul.
To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are  afraid of,
because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.”
~Deepak Chopra

All the chatter drowns out our deepest thoughts.
Without space to grow, 
our best ideas may never materialize...
We have to clear out some room."


Enjoy your time alone!
stephanie-



Friday, October 24, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | Body and Spirit: The Sweetness of Kindness Builds The Strength of Compassion


"Tenderness and kindness 
are not signs of weakness and despair, 
but manifestations of
strength and resolution." 
~Kahlil Gibran


"The measure of a country's greatness 
is its ability to retain compassion 
in times of crisis."
~Thurgood Marshall




"In separateness,
 lies the world's great misery;
in compassion lies
 the world's true strength."
~Gautama Buddha


___________

wishing you peace.

live beautifully,
stephanie-




Friday, October 17, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | MINDFUL LIVING: How To Be Happier - 4 Ways To Add Beauty and Joyfulness To Our Lives



“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
~The Dalai Lama



Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
~Lao Tzu



"May I be the wishing jewel,
the vase of plenty, a powerful mantra
and the supreme healing;
may I be the tree of miracles."
~Shantideva

 

"Pursue some path,

however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence."
~Henry David Thoreau 



be happy,
live beautifully,


stephanie- 








MINDFUL LIVING: How To Add Feng Shui Into Your Life - Tips For More Energy and Happiness | Sacred Space | Art Of Placement


What if rejuvenating your life 
was as simple as moving a few things around?

If you've ever gone into a room and suddenly
felt like you wanted to leave because it felt stifling,
or conversely, wanted to sit and stay in a place
because it felt so energizing, welcoming and 'happy',
then you very likely were feeling the invisible earth energy that is
the basis of the ancient Eastern practice known as Feng Shui.

"Welcome your brand new day by greeting the first hour
doing exactly what inspires, blesses and adjusts your energy
for vitality, wonder and happiness.
Maybe that’s meditation, movement, journaling,
aromatherapy bathing, offerings at your altar,
walking in nature, dancing or chanting
-whatever it is for YOU.
End your day the same way, with the last hour before
you sleep filled with meaningful quiet."

~Gwynne Warner,

Certified Advanced Feng Shui Consultant



Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway) literally means “wind and water"
in Chinese, and for many, can seem a bit 'new age-gy.
But it's a practice that uses earth elements and
makes use of those 'hidden forces' (also known as 'chi' or life force)
within an environment to direct that energy
for the benefit and well being of its occupants.






 "We experience organic beauty and wellness when
pure, vibrating energy—also called chi, ki, prana, ruah -
can flow effortlessly through us and around us.
When this energy is disrupted, or blocked in any way,
inner and outer balance may be compromised,
and that is when mis- fortune, discomfort, or dis-ease may set in.
True well-being; wholeness in mind, body, spirit and environment -
exists when this life force energy is optimized,
creating the sacred space for balance, harmony, growth,
and success to flourish."

~
Jayme Barrett,
Feng Shui Consultant, Author


 

Feng Shui is often called 'the art of placement',
and it's practice has the effect of enhancing and
harmonizing energy flow within and around your surroundings,
simply by paying attention to how you arrange
your living and working environments.



"The home is to us, as roots are to a tree…the more balance it has,
the greater the potential for growth & longevity.
The stronger the roots, the more we can withstand.
Our foundations are the birth place of all other aspects of our lives -
and our homes are most often the platforms
upon which we build our lives."

~Leah Jade, Feng Shui Consultant, Author
 
 
For resources
and more information,
connect with these 
talented experts and their websites:
Leah Jade's Sacred Space


till next time, 
live beautifully,
stephanie- 





Saturday, October 11, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | MINDFUL LIVING: The Beauty, Magic and Miracles of Nature and This Amazing Earth

"The whole world is a series of miracles,
but we're so used to seeing them...
we call them 'ordinary'."
~Hans Christian Anderson 


“Let’s take our hearts for a walk in the woods
and listen to the magic whispers of old trees.”



“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”
~Gerard De Nerval

 
“See the beauty in everything.
As you awaken to your divine nature,
you'll begin to appreciate beauty
in everything you see, touch, and experience.”
~Dr. Wayne Dyer



~enjoy~
 stephanie-

Sunday, October 5, 2014

ECO FASHION: Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Seek, Buy, Wear Sustainable Non-GMO Organic Cotton



1. Non-GMO:
As opposed to GM cotton, Organic cotton
gives the control and choice of seed back to farmers,
has no unknown side-effects,
no corruption of natural seed genetic makeup
and no coerced contracts with Monsanto or
other Agro-Bio-Tech companies.

(Monsanto currently controls more than
95% of all conventional cottonseed and sales in India.)

2. Saves Water:
Organic Cotton uses less water to grow, and does not
pollute the ground water in farming areas.

and uses less water to process

3. Naturally Soft
Organic cotton naturally produces a

softer,
smoother, more durable fiber
than industry-grown cotton, which then needs
additional chemicals to soften and smooth the fibers.
Organic has no harmful chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin, 

something especially helpful to those with allergies and sensitivites.

Organic cotton is safer for your baby


4. Helps Combat Global Warming, Improves Biodiversity: 
Organic cotton farming uses less energy and
creates healthy organic soils, which store more carbon and
produce up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions.
Healthy soils remove CO2 from the atmosphere,
helping ground water, biodiversity, and soil condition.


5. No Toxic/Carcinogenic Pesticides, Herbicides or Chemical Fertilizers:
Reduces air, soil and water pollution,
eliminating the source of cotton farmers and workers
illness and death caused by toxic pesticides.
Over 77 million farmers/workers of conventionally grown cotton
suffer from some level of pesticide poisning each year.
Also helps bees, bats, hummingbirds and all other pollinators.



Along with your organic food,
please look for
and buy organic clothing!

And, as always, 
live beautifully!

stephanie-

Sources: 
Soil Association
Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
Panna .org
Organic Trade Association
Harmony Foundation (Canada)
United States Department Of Agriculture-Organic

Friday, October 3, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | ECO FASHION: Choices To Create A Sense Of Empowerment, Connection and Well-Being

"Style is a way to say who you are,
without having to speak."
~Rachel Zoe, fashion designer,
editor, stylist



  “You might think people would buy clothes out of pity,
but they won’t. People buy clothes because
they want to be excited about themselves.
...it has to be great clothing
that just happens to be goody-goody, too.”
~
Katharine Hamnett,
Fashion Designer, organic cotton and
ethical fashion advocate



 
"If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired,
rebuilt, refurbished, refinished,
resold recyclcled or composted,
then it should be restricted, redesigned
or removed from production."
~Pete Seeger
Folk Singer/Songwriter, Environmentalist, Activist 





"Every time you spend money, 
you're casting your vote for the kind of world you want."
~Anna Lappe
Author, Educator, Sustainable Living advocate




"When one tugs at a single thing in Nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

~John Muir
Author, Naturalist and Wilderness Conservation
Pioneer




live beautifully,

stephanie-




Saturday, September 27, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | ECO LIVING: Environmental Destruction or Sustainability? The Need For Effective Action and Call for #PositiveChange


100% GMO canola/rapeseed field 
 
"We're in a giant car,
heading for a brick wall,
and everyone is arguing over where to sit."
~David Suzuki, geneticist, anti-GMO activist

 
 (photo of Central California Coastline by Rodney Washington)
 
"It's not too late to save the planet...
Every single one of us makes an impact
on this planet every single day.
But we have a choice
as to what impact we’re going to make.”

~Jane Goodall
De-forested Rainforest area
 People who will not sustain trees
will soon live in a world
which cannot sustain people."
~Bryce Nelson
Tar Sands production field in Canada

“There is a tendency at every
important but difficult crossroad
to pretend that it's not really there.”

~Bill McKibben, The End of Nature
Read the interview with Bill in The New Yorker


For me, ecouraging #positivechange
 is not just a slogan. It is a call to action.
A reminder that every day, all of us, as citizens of the Earth,

make choices that affect the earth.
And of how easy and how very important it is
to make choices that make a positive difference...

To make decisions that consider not only 
you, and your immediate needs or wants, 
but to consider the needs of others, as well,
and even those who will come after you.
#PositiveChange is about
your personal legacy 

to humankind and to the earth. 
Are you in?
What kind of #positivechange
have you made today?


I'd love to hear your feedback.
Agree? Disagree?

live beautifully,


stephanie-