Eco-Friendly and Money Saving Tip #1

19 04 2010

Tired of trying to get the dried, yucky food off the inside of the microwave? If you heat a cup of water (in a microwave safe container) in the microwave to boiling, the food particles will come off with a wipe of a sponge. This method is not only quick and easy but environmentally and budget friendly too. No need to buy harsh-chemicals and you can reuse the sponge.

Here’s a bonus tip: Clean and disinfect the sponge by rinsing with water, then microwave on high for 2 minutes.

Stay-tuned for more Eco-Friendly and Money Saving Tips! Namaste.





Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: In that Order

18 04 2010

The Recycling Princess by urbanwoodswalker on Flickr

What an exciting time to celebrate Earth Day! Forty years ago, when the first Earth Day was officially celebrated,  few people knew or even cared about the state of the earth. Even a decade ago, when I received my Environmental Science degree, I was often ridiculed for my views on being kinder to the earth. Today, more people are recognizing that to stay healthy and save money, we must find new ways  to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Reducing our consumption (and our waste) is the number one way to help the Earth and frankly, our own pocket books. By saving energy, buying less, driving less, and using less, we are conserving our natural resources and saving money at the same time. The next best way to reduce your footprint on the planet is to reuse.

Reusing items to save money and the earth is somewhat of a family tradition. My parents were frugal and aware of their impact on the environment. Our family found ways to throw less in the trash by finding new uses for items or reuse items when possible. Finally, when all else fails, recycle.

Recycling, although toted as an easy way to save the environment, is your last resort. Recycling costs money, increases carbon emissions and gas, uses chemicals to breakdown the material, and often has unwanted by-products. As technology finds new and cheaper ways to recycle, this option will increase in value, but will never surpass the need to reduce and reuse.

In honor of Earth Day, and in the name of saving money, I will be posting a new Eco-friendly and budget friendly tip each day this week. I can’t wait to share with you all the easy and budget friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day EVERYDAY. By taking care of the earth, we take care of ourselves and our children. Namaste.





Using Hardships to Get What You Want

17 04 2010

When we encounter hardships in our lives, it is easy to get discouraged. We ask questions like, “why me?” And make statements like, ” I never get what I want.” Instead, try asking, “how can I use this circumstance to propel me forward?” Make statements like, “Everything that happens is exactly how it should be at this moment. I will use this experience to get what I want.”

In fact, stress and charged emotion can accomplish miraculous tasks and overcome the worst of fears. We are living in an amazing time of both hardship and renewal of both loss and faith. I challenge you to rise to the occasion. Use the loss of a job as a springboard into the career you always wanted. Use the loss of a house as a fresh start where new opportunities exist. Use the loss of a loved one as a reminder to live each day to the fullest, because you never know which day will be your last.

I know that times are tough for many of us right now. It is only a reminder that we are all one. We are all living in the same world, using the same resources, created by the same God. Our struggles unite us. We are not alone in this world, we are all one. Namaste.

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snow flake” – M.B. Ray





Feeling Blessed: A BIG thank you

26 03 2010

Has it really  been a whole month since my last blog update? What a busy little beaver I have been lately! Please give me this moment to thank everyone who reads this blog, who comments on my facebook page, who makes me laugh on Twitter, and who encourages me to keep following my dream of Doing What I Love. It is proof that one small gesture can make a difference in the life of an individual. Be good to each other and yourselves. Have a wonderful weekend. Namaste.





Translate Your Blog (or Website) Into Music

25 02 2010

Codex is a cool new tool that allows a person to “play” a URL. An algorithm uses the body of the website to define a key style, synth style, and drum beat. I tried it out for my blog and really like it. Not surprisingly, my drum beat and key style are upbeat. The synth style is an organ (which I love). Take me to church baby. The music helps me reaffirm that I am staying true to the mission of this blog, to uplift, to nourish, and to DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Just too fun not to share. Click on the link to get started. I hope everyone is having a great day!

Namaste.

If this website played music, what would it sound like?





Quick Chili: Perfect for Cold Winter Days

10 02 2010


Alexis and her awesome chili

Originally uploaded by santheo

Part of living a balanced life involves cooking and eating nutritious and filling food. People often find it hard to find the time to cook, leaving a trail of takeout and frozen food wrappers. Fortunately, there is hope. My family has been making a version of the following chili for a few years now. It is a little spicy, but not too spicy for our toddler. It is also easy, economical, and quick. See below the recipe for tips on how to make it a little healthier. We made it tonight. It went perfect with the blizzard.

This Recipe is originally from allrecipes.com

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1 white onion, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 (15 ounce) can ranch-style beans
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Directions

In a large pot, cook beef over medium heat until brown. Stir in onion and cook until onion is translucent. Stir in tomato sauce, water, ranch-style beans, kidney beans, chiles, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 364 | Total Fat: 16.5g | Cholesterol: 57mg

For a healthier version: I usually buy at least 85% lean ground beef, but ground turkey would add less fat and calories to the meal. I usually leave the grease from the meat in the pot, however; you can drain the liquid after cooking the meat for less fat and calories. In addition, substitution of fresher ingredients along with organic ingredients, will increase the nutritional value of the meal.





All in the Name of Love

18 01 2010

I'VE GOT A LOVE THAT I CLING ON TO.. By Niffty on Flickr

Read at weddings and framed on walls, most people have heard a version of Corinthians 13:4-7 (Love is patient, Love is kind). Some people would say the passage is a little played out and annoying. Or is it?

I found an exercise that brings new meaning to the overly used Bible passage. I encourage you all to try it and share what you think. All you have to do is read the passage below, inserting your own name where there are blanks.

_____ is patient, _____is kind. _____ does not envy, _____ does not boast, _____ is not proud. 5 _____is not rude, ____ is not self-seeking, _____ is not easily angered, _____keeps no record of wrongs. 6 ______does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 ______always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Do you embody this passage fully? Has this exercise changed the way you see this passage and your life?

Making the passage so personal, gave me better insight into my own life. I am not always patient with my child, or kind to those who do me wrong. Envy, I am sad to say, can consume me. I often boast and am proud when something great happens to me. Let’s face it, I can be rude, especially when tired or annoyed. I can be self absorbed. And anger, well, let’s just say don’t push me too hard. I keep a mental list of all the things my husband has done (or not done) in order to win the next fight.

Even if you do not read the Bible or believe in it, you can not deny there is some great stuff in there. Sometimes we just need to look at it from a different angle or in a new way. May all your days be filled with Love, Hope, and Faith, but the greatest of these is Love. Namaste.








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