Dec 7th – Support the arts, today.

In our education system, it tends to be the first thing cut from kid’s programs, but  the arts – performance, musical and visual/studio arts – provide incredible enrichment and therapy to peoples lives regardless of your culture, socio-economic status, beliefs, or your mental, emotional or physical state.

Show support today by attending a show, taking in some fine art, or going to a concert… or do an art related project at home.  During the holiday season, there is plenty of creativity to experience.  Enjoy and value it!

Dec 2nd – When putting your holiday list together this year, sit down with yourself and your family and put together a giving list.

It’s always fun to write out your Santa list of things you want and share with any family and friends who may request it, but along with your letter to Santa, write out a list of all the people and places to which you would like to give.  A tradition I plan to start with my kids, before we even get to Santa’s letter. 🙂

Oct 18th – Wash your take-out packaging that can be reused and save for future use, today.

Inspired by my wonderful mommy friend, Linda :)… If you happen to get take out that comes in a plastic container that can be reused, wash and save it for future use.  For example, when you are sending home goodie bags of leftovers for family and friends.  I use some plastic containers for craft and art supplies as well.

Oct 16th – Be sure to keep your own reusable water bottle with you at all times, today.

Or at least simply having it with your in your travels throughout the day, so as to avoid the need to use a disposable cup for a drink.

Just yesterday, I had forgotten my water bottle in my bag while attending a meeting and ended up using a non-recycable cup for a few necessary sips of water.  Imagine how many times that happens across the country every day.  That brief moment to throw a cup into a landfill that will last there for a lifetime… what a good reminder to never forget it again!

Oct 15th – Get yourself a safe deodorant, today.

Our skin is our largest organ and it while it is a barrier for our bodies, it is also permeable, meaning things go OUT (sweat) AND IN (absorbs) through it.

Wonderful if you can go without deodorant, but we all have times you may desperately need it.  So for the times you need a little more “fresh”, be sure to make sure you had a safe, non-toxic one so your skin is not absorbing those bad chemicals.  I like Tom’s of Maine, but there are several from which to choose.  Check out http://www.ewg.org/skindeep to see the best ones and/or how your current one rates.

Oct 14th – While shopping for Halloween treats, consider a little less junk, a little more healthy to hand out this year.

Halloween is a fun time of year, and of course it wouldn’t be the same if kids didn’t have some goodies.  Consider helping out a parent (oh, and the kid’s health too!) by taking a little sugar and artificial dyes out of the Trick or Treat bag and consider a slightly healthier option.

Costco has awesome barrels of halloween pretzel packets, Tasty Brand makes cool Spooky Orangic (and non-GMO) Fruity Snacks, or consider a non food items such as pencils or little Halloween notepads (though try to skip the plastic items), or even money (small coins).  Please share if you have any ideas as well!