Clearing clutter – New Year!

With much sadness I’m saying goodbye to Birchbox. I’ve enjoyed over five years of opening their gorgeous boxes and sampling hundreds of products. Some fun (teal eyeliner), some useless (eyeshadows and other products that are still using parabens), and many interesting to try (I now use dry shampoo). But as someone who is trying to…

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…

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…

Colgate – The Big Toss

I don’t think I have to explain too much on this selection for purging, but I have been avoiding fluoride and this is one source of it. I’ve also become blind to this tube, that has sat unused in my cabinet for almost two years and taken up shelf space. In addition to the fluoride,…

Vitamin C Serum!

Vitamin C is one of those vitamins you’ll see added to many beauty products across the board. There are many studies that cite Vitamin C as necessary to skin health and is depleted when the skin is exposed to health. By adding it to our bodies externally and internally we can combat sun damage, and…