Monday, April 21, 2008
I have been doing a lot of reading lately about plastics, and wanted to share both some disturbing articles about the proliferation of this popular food/drink storage trend, and some healthier alternatives. Please pay close attention especially from now on to the recycle symbol (three arrows in a triangle) on the bottom of your plastic containers. If the numbe inside that triangle is 3, 6, or 7, please please recycle it and find another alternative to your storage. I recently learned that my much-beloved Nalgene water bottles have probably been leaching plastic into my drink, and have resigned myself to discarding (i.e. recycling) them. Of course, though plastic numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 are "safer," we should strive to store things in glass or ceramic whenever possible. For those with children, I've put some good glass/ceramic alternatives here (i.e. the sandwich wrapper). And I've also learned to get your cheeses or meats away from plastic wrap the second they've been purchased, wrapping them instead in biodegradable, unbleached wax paper.
So without further ado, here are the links:
In honor of Earth Day, which is today, I couldn't resist sending these links to everyone, if only for your own personal information. please feel free to forward them to friends.
enjoy the links below .... happy earth day!
http://www.shaklee.com/index.shtml (we use the cleaning products in our school ... i highly recommend them to you - they are super-concentrated so you use much much less, organic, and come in biodegradable packaging)
http://www.reusablebags.com/store/wrapnmat-p-2.html# (this link has a really cool, kid-friendly sandwich wrapper for only $7!! I prefer the red gingham myself).
http://www.kleankanteen.com/ (they have kid-sized bottles, too!)
http://www.newbornfree.com/ (good baby bottle link)
the last page of this article has some decent tips:
and here are some of my reasons for going yet more green:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/15/AR2008041501753_pf.html (definitely read this one)
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Here is some of what we saw at the University of Kentucky's arboretum.
Of course, it's still early in the year, so there wasn't much in flower.
They have an entire section for medicinal herbs, and one for cooking herbs! How neat.
In any case, though it was overcast and didn't rain. Afterwards, we went to a local coffeehouse for lunch and reading and, for me, nearly napping. what a comfy couch they had! enjoy the pictures and be inspired ...
(the castle wasn't actually part of the arboretum ... but it was a beautiful sight to behold on the Bluegrass Parkway driving home through horse country ...)
We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs
Today was a getting-back-to-basics day, in many ways: a great meeting on my progress at the school. I feel as if for the first time in my life, I am not afraid to stay planted somewhere for a while. Ironically, that's liberating. From what, I'm not sure. The pressure I put on myself to find the right thing? Who knows. Also, today I took a three-hour adventure, most of it walking. It wasn't to a very nice park, strewn with litter and flooded with water, and the road there had no sidewalk and i shared road space with semis and blowing horns, but i did get a nice lunch i'd packed of watermelon and a peanut butter sandwich with orange marmalade. yes, i picked some of that up at whole foods today. i've always wanted to try it. i find it fairly bitter and it doesn't match so well with PB ... hm next time, with cheese, maybe?
Friday, April 4, 2008
i'm determined to take pictures soon of the beautiful trees blooming here: magnolias and cherries. magnificent! if only the rain and cold weather we're having would go away ...