May

05

Gluten-Free & Paleo-ish in Japan

Just about a year ago, my mom and brother visited me in Japan. We had a wonderful time traveling, but I was a little worried about food. I wasn’t sure how adventurous they would be, as it was their first international trip. But I was super proud of how flexible they were and how willing […]

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Jan

29

Surprise! It’s GMO

This was just originally going to be an Eat This, Not That! GMO short-list for my family and I, but then I thought, why not share it with you all? For the complete list, please check out this incredible, original blog post, courtesy of Eat, Local, Grown, which lists the company, their products, and how […]

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Aug

26

August Donations

What we buy, or where we put our money, creates the world we live in. This is a principle I live by, and why I strive to always find products that are produced in a way that is kindest to my body and the environment. I also make it a principle to donate 5% of […]

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May

07

Wrap Up & 30 Day Meditation Challenge

Well I completed the Live Below the Line Challenge – and it went as well I as had expected. My main source of food was the chicken broth I made from $1.00 chicken bones, and the only time I noticed a pinch was when I went to the vegetable market. I’m used to buying whatever […]

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Mar

12

No Spend Month: Did it actually happen?

Yes, it did. I failed once. I bought a mechanical pencil because I wanted it. Before I would have said I “needed” it for new kanji study, but that just isn’t true. One thing about this experiment is that it helped me recognize my true wants and needs, and also the reasons, justifications, or excuses […]

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Feb

05

No Spend Month: February 2013

Inspired by the Paleo Parents, I am doing my own no-spend month in February. I want to concentrate on buying only what I need, using what I have in my fridge, thinking of other people’s needs before my own desires, and re-prioritizing. You can read all about the no-spend guidelines here. A few points that […]

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Nov

13

Tuesday Green Tip: Holstee “Block” Friday

Let me get this out of the way first – I have a bias against Black Friday. I don’t like crowds; I don’t like stress; I don’t like competive jostling for junk just because it is on sale; and I really don’t enjoy shopping all that much unless it is of the grocery variety. But […]

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Aug

07

July Shop with a Cause Recap + Coconut Oil Giveaway!

* This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who left comments and participated. You are amazing and I appreciate each one of you. I’ll announce the winner Tuesday!* I’ve talked about how I love shopping with a cause because it is a win-win situation. I get to support local, eco-friendly stores, find useful […]

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Jul

25

Shop With a Cause: 5 Favorite Eco Things

Added bonus – my five favorite things are available at a local business too! This is my favorite store, period. It’s called Just Act Natural and it is located in lovely downtown Appleton, WI. The owners, J.C. and Dianne, are my inspiration for easy, green living. I love going in and checking out the fun […]

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Jul

03

Green Tips: Buy Local & Shop for a Cause

Over the next few weeks I’ll be covering a theme I like to call “Shop with a Cause”. It’s about supporting local businesses, companies, and products that work for you, your health, and are sustainable or provide opportunities for others to lift themselves up. I’m all for donating to a good cause (here are many […]

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