Who has the time, right? But there are in fact, a lot of great simple recipes, or even just cook plain food without a lot of pizazz if you don’t have time. A home-cooked meal most likely means whole food without the processing, less additives and preservatives, less sodium and more nutrients.
Laughter is the best medicine, right? It is known to be a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict. It boosts the immune system, releases endorphins (the feel-good chemicals) and is fast to bring your mind and body back into balance. It simply makes life a bit lighter.
I was driving home tonight with my 5 yr old who could not stop laughing (at something hysterically dumb that I did, I might add!). The entire car felt like is was filled with pure happiness… I couldn’t stop laughing myself because of her!
While some styrofoam can now be recycled, why not just avoid the problem all together. If it’s in a landfill, it never breaks down, burning it creates a toxic ash, and if it is recycled, it still takes resources and energy to do… though reusing it is of course a great solution if you already have it.
Our city does happen to accept styrofoam to be recycled (though I am not sure if it is only #6 or others), however no matter where you live, put your styrofoam trash in your Recycle Bin and let them decide what to do with it. If it is not currently being recycled, a large influx of it may add pressure to deal with it.
If you want added info on the eco-issue of styrofoam, read a great blog spot on it at: http://www.opb.org/news/blog/ecotrope/recycling-101-styrofoam/
Great job on making any new changes this month! Below is the recap:
- 1st – Be thankful for your work and having been compensated, and proud of what you have done
- 3rd – Use plastic shower cap for covering bowls that do not have lids
- 4th – Skip the trash bag, use actual containers/cans and clean as necessary
- 5th – Be kind
- 6th – Eat whole foods for your snacks, not processed
- 8th – Share your special talent in a charitable way
- 9th – Dispose of old drugs properly
- 10th – Practice calmness
- 11th – Don’t give up
- 12th – Skip heat drying in your dishwasher
- 13th – Close your window blinds to save on heating/cooling energy
- 14th – Optimize your efficiency with technology
- 15th – Take a nature walk
- 17th – Share a kind word
- 18th – Be brave
- 19th – Gain wisdom from someone older than yourself
- 20th – If you eat meat, eat only the recommended amount (3-6 oz)
- 21st – Spend 15 minutes drawing or painting (re-run)
- 24th – Reduce your added sugar intake (36 g for men, 24 g for women)
- 25th – Tip generously or give a good review for someone who give good service
- 26th – Think twice before you buy something
- 28th – Buy eco-friendly bake or serving ware
So, my daughter is now in kindergarden, which means I have 12 years of wonderful fundraising products from which to subscribe for her school (if that didn’t sound a bit sarcastic, then it came out wrong 😉 ). I was pleasantly surprised to find two great items, a silicone splatter/steamer cover/drain cover and a silcone baking sheet, which I have been meaning to buy. I admit, glassware and cast iron is a more favored option as silicone still has a few drawbacks including the added unknown chemicals needed to make it into products with the silica, as well as the “end-of-life solutions”, meaning it is not commonly recycled and it does not bio-degrade… but silica itself is non-toxic, is oven and freezer safe with decent heat resistance (428 degrees F), and the products are super easy to clean, are non-stick (and better than PFOA which you may know it as Teflon).
As mention, glass and cast iron are even better solutions, but silicone it is an additional option.
I am not against consuming and supporting retailers, particularly ma pa shops, however, if it is a disposable item that is not completely necessary in your life and may end up in a landfill in the near future, consider passing on buying.
Great service is something that should be supported and appreciated, not simply expected. It’s a gesture to let someone know they have done a job well and it can be a motivation for that person to be even better. Not to mention, I love seeing good people succeed.