|November 17, 2013||Filled under Green Holidays, Uncategorized|
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Do you have other favorite eco-friendly holiday cards? Share in the comments below. Also be sure to follow the Green Holiday Guide on Pinterest for more great green holiday tips and come back here for more holiday posts now through Christmas.
|July 11, 2013||Filled under Uncategorized|
This month’s grocery shopping was a bit strange. My mom ended up having to take an unexpected trip to California to be with a sick family member so we didn’t end up shopping together. I also really needed to get things done at home so my husband ended up doing our grocery shopping this time. He also had already gotten some things because I hadn’t been planning to go up to Whole Foods and he was already up there. I forgot to save that receipt so don’t remember what he got. I know he got lettuce, meats, grapes, cheese, and things like that.
Anyway, here is what he got us yesterday, of course I made the list for him but he added a few things. We also ordered some refined coconut oil from Amazon because he couldn’t find any at Whole Foods. Oh and he only went to Whole Foods and I got some vinegar at a local store.
- 2 Organic Frozen Broccoli Florets
- 2 Organic Green Beans
- Organic Shoestring fries
- Chocolate bar (this was my husbands, I know it’s almond and chocolate but not sure past that)
- Organic Yukon Gold Fries
- Organic Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Organic Medium Salsa
- Peppermint Water
- Popchips Cheddar
- Organic BBQ Chips
- Organic Sea Salt Chips
- Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunnies
- Organic Chicken Broth
- 5 Baking Soda
- Annie’s Pizza Snack Mix
- Annie’s Strawberry Fruit Bites
- 2 Organic Whole Wheat Pasta
- Organic Raw Coconut Flour
- Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Castile Soap
- Raw Fiber
- Chicken & Sage Sausage
- Chicken & Maple Sausage
- 2 Organic Salami
- Organic Cheese Blend
- 2 Organic Cheese Sticks
- 3 Organic Cheddar
- Organic Smoked Gouda
- Shaved Parmesen
- Organic Muenster
- Grated Parmesen
- Fran’s Salted Caramels
- 2 Chocolate Jerky bars (don’t ask, my husband says this is great, sounds nasty to me, ha)
- Whole Wheat Sandwich Buns
- 2 Organic Whole Wheat Bread
- Organic Romaine Hearts
- 3 Organic Lemons
- Bag of Organic Limes
- Several Organic Pink Lady Apples
- Organic Blackberries
- Organic Bananas
- 2 Jalapeños
- Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk
- Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk Ice Cream Bars
Next week I pick up my coop haul and I will be sure to post that when I get it. If you post grocery hauls, I would love to see it, just post in the comments below.
|June 29, 2013||Filled under Uncategorized|
I’m super sad that Google Reader is disappearing. It has been my favorite way to read blogs for a few years now. I pretty much freaked out when I saw it was no longer going to be available. I have found another option and while I don’t like it as well, it does have some nice features and gets the job done.
The site is Bloglovin’. They do make it pretty easy to switch your blog list from Google Reader to their site, which is really nice. You will find my blog over there and I’d love if you would be sure to follow me there. Readers are a great way to get all of my posts.
There are some other options for following my blog if Bloglovin’ isn’t your cup of tea. Check out my FeedBurner page for more options, including email and several other readers. I hope if you have been following me through Google Reader that you will continue to follow me in another way.
|May 6, 2013||Filled under Uncategorized|
The other day we got a new car. I’m sure most of you won’t be surprised to hear it’s a Prius. However, if you know my husband you may find this surprising. When we were dating he drove a 2002 Trans Am (sorry for the terrible photo below, my husband isn’t home and he has the good ones). He loves fast cars but he commutes around 30 miles (both ways) to work. He was tired of paying for gas on his Camry SE, which was sporty but had good gas mileage for that kind of car. He got around 30 MPG but with gas prices and a wife telling him all the time that they will only get worse, he decided it was time for a hybrid. Of course I’m quite happy.
We looked at a Ford Focus electric car but the range just wasn’t long enough with the number of charging stations in Oklahoma. We really want a Tesla but we can’t afford one. (Hey Tesla, if you read this, why not give me one to review or something? That would be really nice!)
So we choose to get a Prius. We looked at other hybrids but Prius is well reviewed, reliable, comfortable and most say one of the, or the, best hybrid. My parents have had a Prius for a long time now and love it. Their next car will be another Prius.
My husband misses the power but likes a lot of the gadgets and such. And really loves that he got 58.8 mpg on the way back from the town where we bought the Prius!
So any of you have a Prius or other hybrid or electric car? Do what do you think of it?
|April 22, 2013||Filled under Uncategorized|
Growing up we had several great locally owned grocery stores around me. We had a Walmart but it wasn’t a “Super Center” but we ended up getting a “Super Center” and slowly our locally owned grocery stores closed. Now we are left with Walmart and two locally owned grocery stores. People have gotten so used to getting everything at one store and having endless choices that when people hear that I don’t shop at Walmart they are shocked.
And I have to say, I do have to go out of town once a month to go to some locally owned natural food stores. But if I wasn’t trying to eat organically I could shop here. You have to rethink how you shop and be willing to not have two rows of cereals to choose from, but really do we need that many choices? I’ve learned we don’t. Now I go to a big chain grocery store and feel overwhelmed with all the choices.
After people ask how I do it, they ask why. There are many reasons.
- I get stressed at Walmart. People are rushing and often rude, this can be stressful.
- It takes forever! Need a few items? It will still take forever because the store is huge and the lines are always long.
- You will end up find more things you “need” because of great product placement.
- The parking lot is a mess and if you don’t want harm to come to your car you have to park a mile away.
- When you shop chains very little of the money stays in your community.
- You have no idea where the food came from, try to ask and someone will give you an “are you crazy” look. (I get these often!)
That last one is a BIG one for me. I try to only use animal products if I know where they came from and how they were treated. Labels like “free range” and “cage-free eggs” mean little to nothing. But when I know who produced the food I can ask questions. The other day I found a local farm that sells bison through the coop I’m a member of, it didn’t had info on the treatment of the animals and didn’t say if they were always grass-fed, it’s common for grass-fed meat to be corn fed for a few months. No looks for asking these questions, the producer was thrilled to answer my questions. I can’t tell you how many farms and ranches will invite you to come check out the farm if you ask questions. Farmers and ranchers take pride in their products and want to show them off, unlike factory farms which work very hard to keep us from seeing what goes on.
It’s not just Walmart, that just happens to be what we have in my town. While I do still go to Target at times for non-food items, these trips are rare and small. I also try to give more of my money to the locally owned natural food stores and just use the chain natural food stores for sales and items I can’t find in other stores. Over the years I have even become friends with many store owners and employes. This has been very nice, I have often walked into a store to have someone tell me there is a new product they know I will love, or even Facebook me to tell me they got something in that I may want. A chain isn’t going to do that!
The advantages to shopping local are endless. And overall I just feel happier going to small locally owned stores where everyone loves their jobs. When I picked up my coop order this week we had a bit of trouble finding somethings and the ladies volunteering apologized, I told them it was find and “still quicker than Walmart.” And it was much more enjoyable. We always enjoy chatting about all the yummy food and other food related issues, not everyone in this area is passionate about local food so we always have lots to talk about.
So this Earth Day, I urge you do to do some research on local businesses in your area, not just grocery stores. Even if you already use some, see if you are missing out on some. Shopping locally is good for the environment, economy, and even the soul.
What’s your favorite thing about shopping local? Share in the comments below or join the converation on Facebook.