Oct 3rd – Make a home-cooked meal from scratch, today.

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.


Oct 2nd – Have a good, long laugh, today.

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!

Oct 1st – Boycott styrofoam, today.

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/

Sept 30th – Nice work on another month of changes!

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

Sept 28th – Buy eco-friendly/non-toxic baking and/or serving ware, today.

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.

Sept 25th – If someone gives you exceptional service today, tip them generously or be sure to let their supervisor know.

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.