I Am Obsessed With My Sugar Scrub and Flash Giveaway!

Just to be up front and clear.  I am a consultant for Simply Aroma but I’ve only made one sale in one year so I’m not pushy about it.  However, if you click through my links and shop it will benefit me.

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I love essential oils.  I’ve become obsessed with experimenting and seeing which ones work best for my family and our different needs.  I started by trying various oils in my diffuser and then I began experimenting with recipes.  One thing led to another and soon I discovered a favorite product – Wild Orange Sugar Scrub.

I love butternut squash.  I swear this is related.  Just hang in there with me for a minute.  I love butternut squash but anyone who has ever cut up a raw butternut squash can tell you it is painful on your hands.  The butternut squash has a natural defense mechanism.  When a squash is cut it will ooze a little substance out which is used to protect the rest of the squash from going bad.  Ideally if the squash is fully aged it shouldn’t happen as much but it almost always happens to me.  As I’m cutting up the squash my hands become dry, sticky and look as if they have been dipped in acid and start to peel.  Normal soap and water does  NOT remove the substance from your hand.  Some might wander why in the heck would a person continue to eat butternut squash?  It is so yummy!  It has a rich nutty flavor and a hardy filling texture.  I use it to replace white potato in almost recipe I use.  Lentil soup – great addition.  Beef stew – awesome replacement for potato.  I wasn’t giving up my squash but I need a solution and I discovered one.

Last Fall I had to chop up several butternut squashes for my daughter’s Thanksgiving dinner at school.  So did one of my best friend’s for her son.  The night I was cutting it up we were texting back and forth about how our hands were dying a slow painful death.  I decided to mix up a quick sugar scrub with Wild Orange.

Wild Orange Sugar Scrub

Wild Orange Sugar Scrub

1 cup of sugar (I like

1/3 cup of coconut oil or sweet almond oil (I use coconut oil since I keep large tubs of it around.)

15-20 drops of Simply Aroma Wild Orange Essential Oil

Rub on your hands or body with light pressure letting the sugar do the scrubbing work.   Then rinse.  Store in a cool dark place.


I threw this recipe together and did two cleanings of my hands with it.  I was butternut squash defense free!!!  My poor friend was still suffering so I put half the recipe together in a jar and dropped it on her porch in the morning.  Soon she was suffering free as well.

If you would like to learn more from my friends we are having a Simply Pampered Facebook Party on Friday, March 27th at 9 pm EST.

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Several of my fellow bloggers and essential oil fans have gotten together to share our favorite essential oil uses and to provide a Flash Giveaway!  You can win a 10mL of Peel, the Simply Aroma Citrus Blend, and a bottle of coconut oil.  Peel  includes Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Wild Orange, Bergamot, Tangerine, and Vanilla Bean.  I bet it would be an excellent substitute for Wild Orange in my sugar scrub.

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If you want to check out the other awesome posts with great essential oil tips click over to the Cluttered Genius.

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Putting Action Behind the Ribbon – Teal Ovarian Cancer Version

Let’s be honest here for one second.  We all know Cancer Sucks!!  Am I right?  Of course, I am.  It’s a curse.  People like to spend their time pimping out the ribbons and the colors for us to “raise awareness.”  Is there a person in the U.S. above the age of 14 who does not know cancer exists?   If so, I want to live in their idyllic world.  I’m not against the ribbons and the colors.  If you have lost someone or watched someone suffer, it feels good to do something in honor of their memory or their struggle.  I get it and have the ribbon paraphernalia to prove it.  I’ve lost close family members and watched others suffer from cancer; my grandma, several aunts, uncle and my sister to name a few.  I’m not some cold-hearted wench against people trying to make a difference.  I was extremely close with my Great Aunt Katherine when she went to the hospital for her cancer when I was 12.  I remember vividly every single time I walked in and out of her hospital room as she slipped further and further away from us and writhed with pain.  It was my first cancer experience.  It was painful to watch.  Cancer Sucks.ovarian-cancer-ribbon-magnet

The problem I have is with it stopping at ribbons and colors.  That is not enough.  Raising money for some organization which may or may not be giving the money towards finding a cure is great if it makes you feel like you are doing something.  I’m not knocking those actions.  I am calling for people to do more.  If we really want to do something about ovarian cancer, we have to step it up.  I’ve made a list of suggestions:

First Step: Early Detection

Get regular (as in yearly) exams with your gynecologist.  The American College of Obstretrics and Gynocology guidelines suggest women over 30 who have had 3 consecutive negative (as in clear) PAPs only need one every 3 years, however, regular bimanual pelvic exams and clinical breast exams can detect serious issues.  If it has been more than a year since your last exam, call today and make an appointment.  Now is fine.  I’ll be here when you get back.  In fact, make the appointment, tweet/instagram/Facebook about it challenging ALL the women in your life to do the same.  The next best thing beyond prevention is early detection.

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I realize we can never be sure what does or doesn’t prevent cancer.  Sometimes it is genetics and there is not much we can do about genetics.  The only aspect of genetics we can deal with is to test for the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 mutation.  A woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits the harmful mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2.  We have heard about the cases where some women after discovering they have the gene had their breast removed and/or a hysterectomy.  This is a drastic decision and one I’m positive they didn’t come to lightly.   With my family history, I have considered the test which is expensive for me but have not yet gone down that road.  While I still weigh this heavy decision, I do feel there are habits we can adopt which will help with prevention.  The catch-22 with this topic is we can’t prove you prevented cancer just because you don’t get cancer.  You might have been a person who wouldn’t  have gotten it anyway but I like to err on the side of caution.  I would rather not get cancer and will do what I can now.

Heath and Eating Habits

I recommend yogurt if you can for the good bacteria it introduces but other fermented foods such as Kombuchi is wonderful for your health.  Fruit and garlic are good for your bodies Ph balance and bacteria health.

Kegels.  Your body will weaken as you age.  Happy Happy Joy Joy.  Doing kegels lessens your chances of urinary accidents and improves your sex life.

Having an active sex life helps lower your chances.  If you are not in a relationship or otherwise active, there are other ways to reach the same result.

If you notice anything out of the ordinary with any part of your private area, discuss it with your doctor.  You will never regret over worrying but you will regret if it  turns out to be something and your chances would have improved with a quicker diagnosis.

Feminine Care

Women, we need to refocus our attentions on our feminine care.  The vulva (outside part of the vagina usually called the vagina but the vagina is the inside tube part of your organ)  may be washed with no-frills soap and thoroughly rinsed with hot water.  The vagina should never be washed with soap.  It needs to maintain a certain Ph level to promote healthy bateria and deter unhealthy bacteria.  It goes without saying don’t be douche.  Seriously they are never a good thing.  It totally screws with your Ph level.  HealthyHooHoo has a line of feminine freshness products free of harsh chemicals, fragrances and parabens.

Please consider getting a menstrual cup and/or using cloth panty liners.   My pads are Pink Lemonade.  Another great place for pads and The DivaCup is Lunapads.  Many friends recommend the Luna Cup or a menstrual cup like the SckoonCup.  The Word of Nerd has a fantastic post on Cloth Pads.

If you do use tampons, change them frequently.  If you use pads, only use them as long as you have to and change them frequently.  I must tell you to read this article at Naturally Savvy by Andrea Donsky before choosing this option.  She explains the toxin issue so much better than I ever could.

Cotton underwear is best.  Your privates need air.  Let your vulva breathe.  At the very least, consider going commando at night to give your privates time to air out.

imagesThird Step: Now we talk Awareness

Before you give, know the organization.   I like Charity Navigator.  You can see exactly how an organization divides up its money, how much is spent on programs, fundraising and paying their head honcho.  I know some people can get hung up on a CEO getting paid $300,000 but if the organization brings in over $300 million it is really a drop in the bucket and I am more concerned about where the bulk of the money is going.  Information is power.  What is important to one person is less important to another.  Know your organization and give where you feel most comfortable.

The ribbon color for ovarian cancer is teal.  Wear it proudly if you feel called but please when asked share more.  Talk about early detection and prevention.  Do not partake in buying teal items from businesses where no money is going to a legit organization or even worse businesses such as conventional tampon and pads makers whose products they are unwilling to share what is in them and are unwilling to prove they are not toxic or harmful to vaginas across the country.

Full Disclosure:  I have not been asked by any of the companies, blogs or links I have provided to write this article. In fact, there are many more products you can find and I hope you do search for the right and SAFEST products for you.   I receive no kick back from this article.  I am simply an average Jane who feels passionate about this topic.  I don’t have a medical degree.  I’m not a scientist.  I search for information and share it.  I suggest you do your own research.  Let this be a jumping off point to learning more about being proactive in your health.

Essential Oils

A to Z Blogging Challenge.  Today’s letter is E.

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I have experimented in essential oils for years now.  I would still consider myself a novice.  Recently I had the opportunity to join a brand new company.  Since I already use the oils I thought what the heck.  I signed up and got my box of oils and this awesome looking diffuser.  Everyone in my house was sick when I received my kit.  I figured it was the perfect time to try out the new oils.

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The diffuser has a tank you fill with water and then you put in about 4-6 drops of the oil.  Plug it in and let the magic happen.  I started with an Oxyzen blend which was designed to help improve your respiratory health.  I could tell there was a tingling in my nose and I felt like I could breathe better.

A few nights later I was stressed out when I got home and needed to relax.  I put in a few drops of our anti-stress blend, Relaxation.  Within minutes I was so relaxed I thought I was going to fall asleep in the middle of dinner.  Wow!

Now, I am hooked.  I’m studying away to learn how to use all the oils.  There is so much to learn.  What oils can and can’t be used with children.  How can the oils be oils?  What can be made with the oils?  This week I’m going to experiment with making bath salts and sugar scrubs.  I love that feeling you have when you find a topic of interest and you want to devour all the information you can find.

Have you tried essential oils?  Are you an expert at EOs or novice like me?

I Love Green Kids Crafts!

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I love Green Kids Crafts!  This is the most amazing monthly subscription box I’ve gotten in the past few years.  It is a small green box delivered monthly geared towards ages 3-8.  There are so many things I love about these boxes.  For the record, my daughter is only 2.5 and we love doing these boxes together.

Green Kid CraftsThere is a theme.  Our first theme was weather and included a weather chart, a cloud viewer to distinguish the different cloud types and a wind sock.  All simple but intelligent crafts.  All the instructions are easy to follow.  Open the box and let the fun and learning begin. I admit science is not one of my strongest areas of knowledge.  These boxes make me look like a science genius to my daughter.

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The main thing I love is they truly stand behind their green stance and even the box has a use!  One month the box could be used to show how to cook things in the sun and once it was able to be turned into a cash box complete with toy money.  There are usually ideas for the plastic as well so there is basically little to no waste generated with this product.  LOVE!!!

For ONE week only (3/13-3/20/14), you can save 40% on your first month of any new subscription to Green Kid Crafts!!  Use offer code 40FIRST at checkout when ordering 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions.  Your subscription will start with an all new Feathered Friends Discovery Box and will ship around April 10th.

Green Kid Crafts is a mom-owned company that uses only planet and kid-friendly materials and donates a portion of every sale to environmental charities.

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 I am a Green Kids Affiliate and may receive compensation for your purchase.  I would recommend Green Kid Crafts if I only got a hug for someone buying one.  They are simply that awesome!  Do you love doing crafts and science experiences with your kid?   This is totally the box for you.  Get it now!

Whole Foods Market Savannah Sneak Preview

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I snared myself an exclusive ticket (really not all that exclusive – I just followed a link from their Facebook page) to preview the new Savannah Whole Foods Market.  I’m a fan of Whole Foods and have been looking forward to this store opening for a long time.  Here are a few highlights from my quick tour.

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Our awesome tour guide, Christine, from the Buckhead store up in Atlanta made sure to point out the store’s commitment to procuring local suppliers.  Besides the food suppliers, there was a selection of local health care products and and art work.  It won’t replace my shopping at the Farmer’s Market but gives me good options when I need something during the week.

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We tasted one of their cakes.  Dang it was good!  We, also, tasted peanut butter on a cracker and a salsa(I didn’t taste the salsa because I saw cilantro in it).

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I located the restrooms.  This is important.  I always need to know where the restrooms are when I enter a place.  Kind of like a spy needs an escape plan.

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A really cool feature I can’t wait to come back and try is in the Health and Beauty Wholebody section.  Notice in the middle of my picture is a white dome monitor looking contraption next to the laptop?  Supposedly you put your face in there and it will scan it.  A list of everything wrong with you will pop out as if you were having lunch with your mother.  It is not sponsored or developed by a single company.  It might tell you your face is dry and list products which might help you fix your dry face problem.  Some people are going to hate it.  I am going to love it.   I’m a glutton for punishment.

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Opening Day is Tuesday, August 13th.  There are going to be tons of specials.  One of them is this Low Country Boil in a bucket.  It is usually $49 and will be 1/2 price on Tuesday only.  Worth the trip and braving the crowd.

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Now, I am a proponent of NON-GMO food and GMO labeling.  I understand the controversy which mostly is dealing with second generation GMO contamination.  However,  I would still prefer to shop at a store where I am likely to find the best NON-GMO products whether they will label it or not.  I can do my own research until those in charge realize how important this issue is to our health.  We have to support the positive steps when we can.   On that note, Whole Foods does boast a great Gluten Free section.  This is a huge positive in my book along with the local products and the desire to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

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My favorite part?  Bulk foods!!!   See those red lentils on the top right?  Yep!  My favorite.  Pretty red lentils.

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Overall, I recommend checking it out.  Even if you still end up continuing to do the bulk of your shopping via other stores, the Farmer’s market or your co-op box, you will find something you didn’t even realize you needed before you walked in the door at Whole Foods Market.  Nearby businesses are going to include PetSmart, Zoes Kitchen and Chipotle.

How I got my Granola Card Suspended…

Back before it was hip to be green and after it was so yesterday to be hippy there was granola.  A typical granola wore flannel shirts, Birkenstocks and thought they could save the world by eliminating one aerosol can at a time.  That was me, sort of.  I couldn’t afford real birks back then so I had fake birks from Wally World.  I have been environmental my whole life.  It wasn’t ever a choice for me.  Being green, as they say now, is who I am as a person.

I reuse everything until it can’t find another purpose or pass it on to someone who can use it.  I started my grandparents recycling when I was 13.  I started the recycling program at my sorority house and at most jobs I’ve ever worked.  When possible I only buy the items with the least amount of packaging.  I tote home my goods in my canvas bags.  I have bags that are 20 years old and still carry home my groceries like they were new.  I love thrift stores.  It is my belief reduce should come first in the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy.  I don’t beat people over the head with my granola ways.  I lead by example and hope others follow.

The whole 9 years I’ve been trying to get pregnant I had grandiose ideas of how granola of a parent I would be.  I would use cloth diapers.  I would buy only organic toys and clothing.  I would breastfeed.  I would be the perfect green mom.

Then I became an adoptive mother with less then 24 hours notice.  I was completely unprepared.  As soon as I saw my daughter every other part of me disappeared.  My only thought was her.  I was getting very little sleep.  How was I going to spend up to two weeks in a hotel with her alone?  Can I really do this?  Will I be able to give her the life she deserves?  People were demanding to know what I needed.  I panicked.

We rushed to the big box store of baby stuff.  While strides have been made in eco-friendly living let’s be honest and admit it is still not convenient and easy when on a time and budget constraint.  I bought plastic bottles (BPA free – I wasn’t completely off my rocker), the formula in the little glass bottles(thrown away at the hotel not recycled – hanging head in shame) already made up so you just have to screw a nipple on, packages of (gulp) disposable diapers and registered for all kinds of plastic crap.  In essence, I lost my ever loving granola mind.  I, also, forgot to eat or drink anything for two days so I really was not functioning on all cylinders.

After being home for a week and unpacking another box of wonderful gifts, I was cutting off more plastic when it hit me – I was as far from my granola self as I could be.  Everything is attached with a ton of plastic.  One package of socks had 8 plastic ties in it!  I’ve been recycling the boxes and everything I can recycle.  However, this is not me.  I need to find me.

Now, I’m not stupid.  I’m barely functioning with a colicky baby.  So I’m going to take it in baby steps.  Baby Bug is seven weeks old but still in newborn and the cloth diapers I want to use I can’t until she hits 10 pounds anyway so I’ll order them and hopefully she will be there soon.  I was going to switch to glass bottles but after a crazy incident with my best friend, her 2 week old and glass bottles last week, I will be tentatively trying them.  After careful consideration, I will not be attempting the hormones to possible breast feed.  However, I am looking into the formula options and whether I should be making my own.  I’ve gladly accepted hand-me-downs and will eventually hand-them-down myself.  I looked over my registeries and deleted a few items.  Do I need all that stuff?

I lost myself for a minute.  Curled up in my yoga pants on a hotel bed with a screaming 6 pound baby wiggling on my chest and crying with her – I changed.  Nothing matters more than her and her constant needs.  Down deep I am still granola.  It will just take me a minute to get into a new routine and come to terms with the reality versus my careful plans.  I have no doubt once I get some sleep I will be able to start greening my life up again.  I wonder if they make baby Birks?  I want my daughter to learn from my example.

Weekword – Recycling

This week was hosted by Elisabeth at Textilspanieln.  I love recycling.  Crazy?  Perhaps.  I have been an avid recycler since I was 13.  I got my grandparents to recycle our newspaper and pop cans.  When I moved to college I instituted recycling at my sorority house and one of my jobs.  Since then I have started recycling programs at most of my jobs or just plan did it myself.  I think I would be a hoarder if I didn’t love recycling.  In some odd way I feel better about letting things go if I am recycling, upcycling, reusing, etc.   In a recent purge I got to shred lots of paper and today was a trip to my local recycling facility.  I have curb side recycling but like to take my cardboard to the center so it doesn’t get wet.  Shots of my local recycling center.

My mounds of shredded paper.  Isn’t it pretty?

Where the TV goes to die.  I learned that they will take my three old DVRs I have stored at the house.  Yeah!!
It is hard to see but that is a kids four wheeler type vehicle.  

Funny thing is that lately I have been thinking about reducing more.  Sure I recycle but if I bought less packaging to begin with then all the better.  I love all my reusable grocery bags of which I have an extensive collection.  The pink one to the right is my new one.  Isn’t she pretty?  Why yes that is a big blue IKEA one in there.  And Target and Dillons/Krogers and Jenkins(from my CA vacation last year) and Publix and Whole Foods and somehow a Nascar one.  I’m itching to get one from the Piggly Wiggly.

 I’m now moving towards more to trying to come up with artistic ways of repurposing items.  For instance, I have a pile of VCR tapes to get rid of.  Ideas for crafts?  Any truly artistic ways of using old VCR tapes?

10 in 10 – Did you see that pig fly by your window?

Ok.  Did you see the pig?  Remember the box of shoes I’ve had on my list to send to Nike recycling for…oh…I don’t know….five years?  The box of old tennis shoes that I’ve schlepped from GA to KS to apartment?  That’s right I moved it three times!!!  I’m insane!!!  I’m sure there are people out there who can just throw away their old pairs of tennis shoes but I’m not that person.  Sometimes I wish I could but than something down inside of me says “Wait!  How long will they take to break down in a landfill?  Will my great-great-great-great (hypothetical) grandchildren have to live with them because there is no where left to live that isn’t a landfill?”.  I’m sure that is not normal thinking but that is the way I have always been.  These shoes will now be turned into a playground floor for underprivileged children.  Doesn’t that feel much better than worrying about my grandchildren’s future?  I have the guilt of carrying over this goal for three months to thank for finally getting it done.  It felt so great!!!  I can’t believe I took so long to get this done.  Is there anything you took five years to do that was simple?  Did you finally make a goal that was delayed out of pure laziness? 
My June 10 in 10 is me going a bit easy on myself since it is my b-day month and all.  Remember that my family celebrates our b-day month, b-day week, b-day weekend, and b-day.  I’ve been enjoying this list and it has been a great way to finally get some things done. 
Got to go.  Today is important day.  Why?  Well, my favorite spelling bee is happening today or my revered enumeration of letters communal gathering is here and now.  Oh, and company is headed my way.

So far I’ve learned that:
The bank’s phone menu instructed callers to press 1 to hear their account balance or 2 for ostracism. 
Ostracism: exclusion, by general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc.
Ahhhh.  Geeky spelling humor.  Isn’t it grand?  

Thankful Thursday – Maybe not so much. Updated

Reenactment of yesterday:
In my head:  “Oh, my bleeps are being so supportive today.  Just what I truly needed.  Maybe they are right.  Maybe I should go get a test right after lunch.”
After lunch before I go spend any money I discover a house guest I can’t pack in a box and ship to Madagascar: “&%^%*&&*( piece of ^*&%*&%^&%!  Who hates me this much???” Sigh.  I don’t even have time to shed tears.
End Scene. 

Today’s Scene:
The socks are on people. 

The reason I don’t take a damn test anymore was proven once again.  As soon as I start to think I will go get a test AF shows up.  So yes yesterday turned into cd1.  I am calling dr. first thing in the morning and will have to go in and have a test anyway.  Called dr. and have the sonogram in an hour.  Please pray that the cecil the cyst has left the ovary so we can do the IUI this month.  Friday will be garage sale.   Just for fun it’s supposed to rain, too.  Yeah!
 
We got the apartment and will be signing the lease today.  I’m going to be busy putting the garage sale together but I try to make time each night to return all comments and attempt to check out some new ICLW blogs.  I’m trying to prove I’m superwoman after all.

Happy Earth Day!!!  One of my favorite holidays.  To celebrate the three R’s (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce) I’m
mailing off my used tennis shoes to Ni.ke’s recycling program(Recycle), getting rid of more papers/magazines (Recycle) and preparing for my garage sale(Reuse & Reduce).   I’m selling(at a deep, deep discount) some items to my cousin that I love(love cousin and items) but know she would greatly appreciate(Reuse & Reduce).  Are you doing anything to commemorate the day?

I’m adding a gift of Vodka(actually the recipe includes vodka I’m not actually mailing out vodka). Don’t ever say I don’t love you!!  Anyway, a friend of mine from college has written a book with lots of martini recipes and now has a blog to share some recipes.  Today she has a martini and a recipe for asparagus in honor of Earth Day.  Check her out at sips-nibbles.  

My gift to you today is printfriendly.com this handy little website allows you to type in a url and it will basically know in some cosmic magic way what stuff to remove (like adds and four hundred comments, etc) so that you can print just what you want.  Sure you could cut and paste into some program but this seems so easy and fun.  I have not given it a whirl yet but I hope to soon.  I know that printing doesn’t seem very eco but if you have to print isn’t it better not to waste paper by only printing exactly what you want?
Also, the big O has compiled a nice list of great eco gifts (my b-day is coming up you know).  Anyway, I just love to droll over all the fabo eco products that I can only dream of one day affording.  Besides I love to browse all the slightly more affordable fabo products at Etsy.
Speaking of drolling…we all know by now how much my gypsy blood loves to travel.  One of my fav travel sites is Responsible Travel.   You can find the perfect Italian B&B that serves organic milk you obtained yourself(procured from a cow not you).  Well, maybe that is a bit far fetched.  They do showcase great places and adventures all with being eco in mind.  My list of places to visit increases every month when their enewsletter arrives.
Wow, that all just sort of popped up in my head.  Honestly the gift I gave myself this year was in the form of a break.  I’m always feeling like I’m not doing enough. I’m not eco enough.  However, as I looked at the list of things I could do to improve this year there wasn’t much left.  Mostly my next area of focus will be with food (composting, gardening, organics, etc) but for where I am in my life I do all I can.  It was a nice feeling to know that I made it. I’m not trying to be eco – I am eco(I used to be called granola and actually I think I prefer that moniker).  I have been for over 25 years(I was green before green was cool).  I can relax now and know that I do the best I can and that is good enough. 

Short and sweet today.  I’m sort of busy.  :-)  Sure wish I could just sit at home and enjoy the fun of ICLW.  Thank you all for being kind to me this month.  It helps me so much. 

Monday Musings

I want to write a great blog. Something interesting and funny. However, all I can think about are lists and plans. Did I combine the lists from my purse with the ones by my computer? Have I completed the prep for Plan A, B, C, D and F? Oh crap! I forgot Plan E. What was Plan E? I guess I just need to focus on what I have done rather than what I haven’t done.
 

 I’ve made my moving folder complete with my list of who needs address change, whether they are paperless and which will be canceled.  Plus my long to do list. 

I went through my closet and this is all that is left.  The suitcase holds my winter clothes.  My workout clothes, jeans and personal items are in my dresser. 

I got rid of about three huge garbage bags full of clothing.(The picture is only half of what I got rid of.)  In the basement I went from four tubs to 2 and 1/2.  That is clothing for costumes and the theatre plus a few special items like my mother’s wedding dress.  I am so freakin’ proud of myself.  I can not believe how much I have gotten rid of.  Luckily most of it is clothes I can not wear anymore.  :-)  I tried every single piece on.  What was weird is some of the things that used to be my favorite looked just awful.  When I wore them when I was heavier I thought “Oh, I look so cute” but now they look awful. 

I have done tons of sewing.  I just have one more pair of pants to hem for hubby.  Then I have lots of buttons to fix.  I’m just trying to find the darn buttons.  They have to be somewhere.  Where do these things go?  The same place as single socks? 

Sigh!  Today I have the car oil change scheduled, talking with them about our currently defunct truck, hope to throw in a workout, and it all better start out with some *bucks.