Quotable- Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotable: Desmond Tutu

When I think about how much change needs to happen in the world, it all feels so much bigger than me and I feel small and powerless.  Then I remember this quote by Desmond Tutu and am reminded that if we all come together to create change, we can be as vast and as powerful as the sea.

“The sea is only drops of water that have come together” – Desmond Tutu, I Am documentary by Tom Shadyac

 

 

 

No more paper towels! Bambooee!

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I wrote a post a while back on taking your time when working towards living a more eco-conscious lifestyle.  It is a process and a journey that we are all on..we do what we can, when we can.  I have gotten to a pretty good place in my home where we use all non toxic cleaning products, recycle, don’t use plastic baggies, don’t buy water bottles, eat organic food, use compostable trash bags, etc, but the one thing I was not ready to kick to the curb was my use of paper towels.  They are just so darn convenient!  Well, the time has come.  I finally got intrigued enough to buy a product I saw at my local Whole Foods called Bambooee.  Bambooee is a roll of 20 reusable towels made from an organic bamboo source where it is harvested using sustainable and green practices.  Once harvested, bamboo regrows new sprouts every year.  The harvesting techniques used by their growers assures that the bamboo forests where Bambooee comes from continues to grow and yield the same amount of bamboo yearly.  Regular paper towels are made from trees.  Trees do not regrow once harvested.  Well, I can now tell you that they are freakin’ AWESOME!!  They are just like paper towels except, stronger, softer, and best of all, washable and reusable!!!  One roll of Bambooee is equivalent to using 286 rolls of paper towels!  I used to use 2-3 paper towels when cleaning up my toddler after a meal.  Now I use one Bambooee towel.  I wet it, wring it out, clean his hands, face and tray. Then I rinse it, squeeze out the excess water and hang it on my dish rack until the next meal.  I can even use one for more than one day!  I keep a little bag under my kitchen sink, and when I’ve used one enough I’ll pop it in there until I have a few to wash.  You can wash them in the washing machine, with your clothes, in cold or hot water and hang dry.  They say that one sheet will last up to 100+ washes.  Amazing.  I am so happy to have found a way to replace my paper towel use, that is proving to work even better than paper towels!  This does not feel like a compromise at all.  Go get them, you won’t regret it.

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Below are some other ways Bambooee suggests you try to save trees and  join the anti paper revolution..

1. Use Bambooee.  No need to use regular paper towels any more. One roll of Bambooee replaces up to six months worth of paper towel use.

2. Use cloth napkins.

3. Ask yourself, “Do I need to print this?” We all get printer happy at times.

4. Bring your own cup to the coffee shop and to work.

5. Re-use paper bags or bring your own reusable bags to the market.

6. Share magazines with friends and family or just browse the magazine online.

7. Curb junk mail. Call and ask to be taken off their mailing lists.

8. Make your own cards for birthday’s and thank you’s.

9. Pay bills online and ask for paperless statements.

10. Say no to paper plates. Bring your own ceramic plate to work and leave it there. It’s easier than you think.

Quotable- John Lennon

“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…”

-John Lennon

GMO OMG- A documentary

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Hey guys.  So today I share with you a project that I am working on and am extremely proud to be a part of.  About a month ago, I was asked to come on board as Executive Producer of a documentary about genetically modified foods called GMO OMG.  As many of you know, the GMO issue is growing and yet most people still have no idea that they are eating them every day.  That’s why, when I was asked to come on board, I jumped at the chance.  We completed our film a few months ago and premiered it at the Berlin International Film Festival and already the response has been overwhelming.  Our film is very different from any other film on this topic, in that our number one goal is to awaken and inspire the millions of people who have no idea what GMOs even are.  We want to educate the masses and inspire people to demand much needed change in our dysfunctional food system. 

 We are working with an amazing team, some of the best, in the hopes of releasing our film in theaters this September.  However, we have to raise most of the funding ourselves to make this happen. We have a few more weeks to raise $200,000.  This would secure the release of GMO OMG into theaters in five cities (LA, NY, Seattle, Boulder and DC), as well as pay for advertising, marketing, publicity and premier events to make sure this film gets the attention it deserves.  I could not be more honored and proud to be part of this project.  Please watch the trailer here!  If you would like to donate to support the release of our film and the start of a movement to educate the masses and demand the right to know what is in our food, please donate here.  A million thanks in advance for your generosity!!   

Everything in its right place

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I have been reading the book You’ll See It When You Believe It  by Wayne Dyer over the last few years.  Yes, it has taken me this long to get through it. Not because the book is long (it isn’t), but because it is one of those books where you need to be just in the right place in your life to be able to take it in.  I have been in transition ever since I was pregnant with my son, which is when I started reading this book.  I was struggling with what I wanted to do with my life.  Did I want to continue to pursue acting, did I want to be a stay at home mom or did I want to try something completely new?  And “what was I meant to do with my life?” was a big question looming over me.  So, slowly over the last few years I’ve been coming back to this book, and I am having an incredible experience with it at this moment.  In this moment in my life, I happen to be doing exactly what I know I should be doing, but nothing I could have told you that I would be doing if you would have asked me a few years back.  Simultaneously, I am reading about synchronicity in this book.  Which talks about giving up the notion of coincidence, of mistakes, of our belief that people are imperfect, and embracing the idea that every single event has a deeper meaning and is happening in perfect timing.  Now, in retrospect, I realize that the timing of me reading this book over the last few years was silently supporting me through this transition and to this place of happiness and fulfilment.  It’s as if I’ve been learning about this stuff for the first time at the exact same time as I’ve been living it for the first time.  I feel like the universe is winking at me, and I love it.  It really is all about being introspective and an observer of your thoughts.  You gotta want to look at yourself, the good and the bad, and believe that there is a way to have everything you want in your life.  That action in itself will manifest the life that you want.  I’ll end this post with a quote from the book:

“Life is a  series of events which we have created and attracted to ourselves.  The universe is also a series of events, all of which occur independently of our opinions about them.  It all just is, and it is perfect.”  -Dr. Wayne Dyer, You’ll See It When You Believe It

Quotable- Wendell Berry

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
-Wendell Berry

GOOD FRIENDS. GOOD FOOD. GOOD CAUSE.

We had our 2nd GOOD FRIENDS. GOOD FOOD. GOOD CAUSE. dinner on Saturday night, which also happened to be my hubby’s birthday.  As always, it was full of great peeps, good conversation and lots of laughs.  My friend Barrett over at Valleybrink Road catered it and she knocked it out of the park. Check out her blog for the menu and some great photos of the delicious food.  This months charity was Chrysalis, a charity dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.  I’m proud to say that we made $460 for them!  I’m loving this new tradition and am already brainstorming for the next one.

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