500 Days of Summer

April 16, 2009

This movie looks delightful! How come I just found out about it via Le Love? I am out of the loop!!

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Keepin It Green: Laundry

April 15, 2009

A few months ago I started using “environmentally friendly” liquid detergent from Trader Joe’s. No complaints here, but I wanted to make things even more green. I’m also not a fan of dryer sheets. Sure they get rid of static and make your clothes smell good but they’re just more garbage and additional chemicals for us to smell.

While at the Housewares Show last month, we entered the cleaning and storage hall a little bit before closing. I was not digging it so I kept telling my Mom and friends that we should just leave. And then I saw it: The Nellie’s booth. I ran over and told my Mom “See this is the green stuff I’ve been telling you about”. A nice woman started to tell us all about the products including dryer balls and their laundry soda. A gentleman came over and gave us a lil brown bag that was quite heavy. Well, it should be because inside was a package of dryer balls and a full sized container of laundry soda. We also managed to score full sized container of their oxygen brightner!

image: nelliesallnatural.com

image: nelliesallnatural.com

We were also shown their super cool PVC Free Dryer Balls. These lil guys have a little slot where you insert an all natural fragrance stick. So now you can get static free, reduced drying time, & a great scent all in one product! Unfortunately the dryer balls we received were the regular ones without the fragrance stick option. Oh and FYI, these babies are on back order over at Delight.com.

image: delight.com

image: delight.com

My Everyday Routine: Breakfast

April 14, 2009

I usually start my day off with a bowl of organic flax cereal from Trader Joe’s with some fruit (today it was organic bananas, also from TJs) and extra flax mixed in. A few weeks ago I bought a gallon of organic milk from Trader Joe’s but I didn’t even use half the bottle. I’ve read plenty of not so great things about milk lately (I just Googled “dangers of milk” and a website called Not Milk appeared, hmm) so I decided to switch to soy milk. Soy Dream organic vanilla soy milk to be exact. It is DELICIOUS!

image: babiestravellite.com

image: babiestravellite.com

I also drink a cup of tea in the morning and once again, my tea is from TJs. I usually drink pomegranite white tea in the morning, Yogi organic ginger tea after lunch, and blueberry green tea later in the day. Occassionally I drink a glass of organic chamomile or Yogi St. John’s Wort tea at night. I’m also one of those folks who drinks tea sans sugar. It took a bit to get used to but now I love being able to taste the amazing flavors of the tea and not just the sweetness of tea.

image: yogiea.com

image: yogiea.com

My next goal is to purchase only organic, fair trade teas. I’d also like to grow my own herbs to make homemade teas- Body & Soul has a great article in it’s current issue about growing your own herbs and directions on how to make your own tea. If growing your own is not an option but you’d like to make your own tea, you can purchase herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Rebel Green

April 14, 2009

I just saw a post on Black Eiffel about Rebel Green. How cute is the packaging??

image: rebelgreen.com

image: rebelgreen.com

I love the designs of their produce bags! Most produce bags I’ve seen are plain and boring, but not these! How fabulous would it be to go shopping for organic produce with one of these guys??

image: rebelgreen.com

image: rebelgreen.com

Gorgeously Green

April 13, 2009

I just got done reading “Gorgeously Green” by Sophie Uliano. I started reading it almost a year ago and sort of put it off to the side for a while. I’m so glad I picked it up again- it’s such a lovely book!

Gorgeously Green

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In honor of this fabulous book, I’m going to do a special post (or postS) sometime soon detailing my “green” life. I’d also like to hear from all of you on what your favorite “green” books are. I hope to be hitting the library* very soon so I need some great suggestions!

*Speaking of the library, I’ve always been the kinda gal who purchased a book, read some of it, and then put it on a shelf. Sometimes I pick the book back up again, sometimes I don’t. It’s now occurring to me what a waste it is to do that. Why not take a book out from the library and then return it so someone else can enjoy it, instead of it sitting on a book shelf collecting dust for years. Seems like a no-brainer to me!

Japanese Masking Tape

April 9, 2009

I’m sure you’ve all probably seen this by now, but Japanese Masking Tape is too awesome to not post! I don’t know what I would do with it, but I want it… NOW!

Japanese Masking Tape

Japanese Masking Tape

Check out Happy Tape for more options.

The Layoff

March 10, 2009

As some of you know, I was laid off from my job on Feb. 19. I continue to view the layoff as a good thing as my former employer continues to prove to me that he is ignorant and disrespectful to his current and former employees.
Over the next few blog posts, I will share with you incidents and emails from my former employerer. I’ve often worked for people who have made me think “Wow, when I own my own company I would never do that!” or “I can’t wait to own my own company so I can treat my employees with respect and value their opinions”. Looking back, I think I made these statements multiple times every day. And also, in retrospect, maybe I should have walked away sooner….

Who’s reading my blog??

February 27, 2009

I’m just curious… who’s reading my lil blog here? I know my format and everything isn’t very visually appealing and so I’m debating on investing some money to have someone jazz it up. But before I do that, I want to make sure I actually have an audience. Just leave me a lil comment if you’re reading my blog (and bonus points to you if you actually like it!)!

Drink Calculator

February 20, 2009

I often suggest to clients that they provide their own liquor whenever possible. The markup caterers and restaurants place on liquor is often ridiculous. We all know it but sometimes convenience outweighs the money.

Of course, whenever I suggest this, the client also asks me for help determining how much liquor to buy. I found this handy dandy drink calculator on Evite via Totally Tabletops.

Image: evite.com

Image: evite.com

p.s. Evite also has some other planning tools available.

Spotme

February 19, 2009

Wow! This is the kind of thing I look at and just think “wow!”. I wish I could have come up with an idea like this. I feel like it’s the next big thing.

Think I can sweet talk my way into a job with Spotme??? =)