Little Green Steps

Go paperless from investment prospectus documents. Eco-action #3 Most banking institutions have a paperless option, which I’ve signed up for over the years for general banking. However I am hesitant to go paperless with my investments out of paranoia – what if a robot deletes my account and I have no proof of my recent…

Little Green Steps

Eco-action #2 – Reduce catalog subscriptions. I’ve been calling a bunch of catalog companies, using their general customer service number on the back of the catalog and removing myself from the mailing list. Here’s the batch from today! This cuts down on: 1 – carbon foot print from making and mailing these things 2 –…

Eco Tip – Get rid of junk mail

Eco Action #1 I get too much junk mail! It’s a waste of time to handle it – and a buzz kill for anyone wanting to save the environment. Those lime green sandals don’t look so cute printed on hacked down tree parts. Some sources site a year of junk mail in America is equivalent…

Cleansing oils – a slippery proposition

– Oil is for cooking not my face, mom! (Me, at age 16) I first unwittingly tried a cleansing oil in Tokyo, at my moms place when I was 16. I squirted face cleanser in my hand, rubbed it in my face and shrieked. It was oil! And I had serious acne! Shocked, I thought my…

Cherry tomato success and fail 

Update on what I’m growing – Snow White, Blue Boar Berries, and Sungold cherry tomatoes. (Pictured left to right) I love the variety of colors and flavors! The Snow Whites are coming out pale yellow and taste mild and sweet, the Blue Boar Berries are a deep purple red with a cute light star on top…

K-cup recycling 

It’s a great perk that the City of LA takes quite a bit of materials for recycling, and with a little work k-cup parts can be recycled. Since it takes a bit of time to disassemble, I collect them in a box and then do it all at once every other month or so. Even…

How to prevent obesity and lose weight

Stop eating Sugar. She’s a nasty little demon, a sister of alcohol. Sugar charms her way into almost everything processed. She comes in a gazillion forms and hides behind weird names, but you can stop buying that sneaky Sugar. Take a long hard look at your connection to Sugar and seriously think of ending your…

Cherry tomatoes 

   I got a little excited at Descanso Gardens Tomatomania last weekend and bought three cherry tomato plants plus a shishito pepper. They had so many varieties and colors, it really was fun to browse and make my selections. I picked white, gold, and blue/black cherry tomatoes. The three plants looked so tiny and cute,…

Water saving ideas

Since we are in the throes of drought in California, I wanted to share some of the things I do to conserve water. A few I was taught the first time my family experienced drought here in the early 90’s when brown-outs were ordered, meaning no more water for your lawn. It became pretty obvious…

Crest Flouride – The Big Toss

 Edit    I dropped these off at the front desk of my dentists office today, explaining I use a different toothpaste (xyliwhite) and mouthwash (hydrogen peroxide). They were samples from my last three visits. I didn’t want them anymore and also didn’t want them to go to waste if one of their patients will use these…