Interview With Green Writer: Becky From Glue and Glitter

I am starting a new weekly section here on the blog interviewing other green writers or activist. I want to make it a fun but informative post each week that everyone will look forward to reading. I hope you enjoy and if you have anyone you think I should reach out to let me know.

me vegI am excited that my first interview is with Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), from Glue and Glitter . She is a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. Her mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone! She even wrote a book 40 Days of Green Smoothies (which I am finding very useful since I got my Vitamix). She  is also an editor at Eat Drink Better and Crafting a Green World. She is also a fellow sister at The Green Sisterhood! [Read more...]

How To Decorate Your House For Halloween

How to decorate for HalloweenHalloween can be filled with waste if it is not done right. Decorating your house for Halloween is no different. I love decorating my house for Halloween and fall and I do not have to ruin the planet in the process. Here are some of my favorite tricks and treats on how to decorate.

Pumpkins

Seems to go without saying the pumpkins are a must for decorating. There are literally thousands of ways you can use pumpkins to decorate. The first thing you need to consider is where your pumpkins come from. If you have an organic pumpkin patch nearby then you are very lucky. If you need get conventional pumpkins I would not worry too much about it, they are not a crop that requires an excessive amount of pesticides (though any is too much for our environment honestly). [Read more...]

Weekend Of Awesomeness

Ok so I made up a word, I think, in the title but this weekend was filled with tons of fun and I am going to share it with you because I think you are going to benefit from some of it!

969534_630131687016667_963980653_nI got to see my whole extended family. I have a niece that is a few months old and we have not seen her enough since she was born so getting to see her two days in a row this weekend was a highlight for me and my kids. My son is only a year older than her and while their age difference now seems huge it will seem like nothing soon enough.

I went to the gym and had an excellent self-directed workout. I have been working out with a trainer once a month for a year and half now. I am just started to feel comfortable remembering our workouts together and doing them completely on my own. I am kind of uncoordinated, I am pretty sure my trainer laughs at me when I leave because I over think every move. I ask questions like should my hands be here or here? Do I exhale moving up or down? These questions have shown my trainer that things like making me jump rope will probably not be the best move for me. I feel particularly intimated when I do my self-directed workouts when he is training other clients, I feel like he is critiquing me (which I am sure is not the case). I still felt good while I was there and was sufficiently sore afterwards so I count that as win! [Read more...]

Some More Great Things On Etsy To Help You Go Green

Glass Cup with strawToday is the last day to enter my Earth Day giveaway Get Green To Go Green $25 Etsy giftcard. There are so many amazing things to buy on Etsy. Here are another five fun things you can purchase if you win the gift card.

ECO Friendly Glass Cup with Glass Straw by the Glass Cup Shop.  I love this cup it is perfect for the summer days where you want to head outside with you cup of lemon water and play in the yard.
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My List of the Greenest Chronicle Book

For the last two years I made a list of books that I would love to win as part of Chronicle Books Happy Haulidays giveaway. This year they decided to do away with that promotion but I still wanted to share with you a list of the books that I really enjoy or would like to own. I tried to pick only books with a green and environmental focus.

I love Chronicle Books they are an innovative book publisher that really gives a voice to some really creative and environmentally conscious people. You probably have seen some of their fabulous books at Anthropolgie. They are probably my favorite publisher.

Green and Health Interest:

Fed Up with Lunch $22.95 When an anonymous teacher ate the actual school lunch at her school one day she launched a blog that inspired the country and this book.

Penny Saving Household Helper $12.95 In this economy we can all use tips on how to save money. Many of the tips in this book also help you live a “greener” life so the book has two great purposes!

1,001 Ways to Save the Earth $9.95 Do I even need to say anything.

Farm Together Now $27.50 More and more people are thinking about the food they buy and what they can grow themselves this book looks at this issue in detail. It is described as “Part oral history and part treatise on food politics, this fascinating project is an introduction to the many individuals who are producing sustainable food, challenging public policy, and developing community organizing efforts.”

A Force for Nature $24.95 Memoir by John H. Adams, founder of  Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). I have a ton of respect the work of NRDC and this book will tell the interesting story of how they because the organization that they have become today.

Coffee Table Book:

Creature $60.00 This is a visually beautiful book that would look great on anyones coffee table. Photographer Andrew Zuckerman’s takes amazing pictures of animals from around the world. There are 175 wild creatures including two of my favorites baby leopards and bears. Photography buffs and animal lovers will love this book.

Cookbooks:

Chicken and Egg $24.95 I am fascinated by homesteading. I have written yet not published yet a bunch of blog posts about it. This book tells you how to do it from beginning to the recipes for the dinner table!

Fast, Fresh & Green $24.95 I am not a vegetarian as I state in my “about” and people email me about all the time… but we all need to eat more vegetables both for the environment and our health this book will help us do that. There are more than 100 recipes for appetizers, snacks, entrees, and side dishes, many of them vegan, make Fast, Fresh & Green an excellent resource for vegetarians and omnivores.

The Commonsense Kitchen $35.00 This book is hard to explain but awesome… I will let Chronicle Books description say it all: The Commonsense Kitchen… comes from an unusual source: one of the toughest colleges to get into in the United States, Deep Springs is an organic farm, school, and working cattle ranch in the high desert of the Sierra Nevada. This general cookbook has more than 500 recipes for delicious, honest staples and sassy regional specialties… this book features amazing food as well as lessons in life skills, from the proper way to wash dishes to how to make homemade soap. Ideal for anyone regardless of where they live.

From Seed to Skillet $30.00 This book combines how to plan and grow a garden with recipes. With this essential garden manual, home gardeners can learn how easy it is to plan a garden, design and construct growing beds, tend the crop without using harmful chemicals, harvest gorgeous vegetables, and cook a delicious feast using Jimmy’s favorite family recipes.

Love in Spoonfuls $19.95 I made my daughters baby food and will start making my newborn sons baby food in a few months so this book will help add to my collection of recipes. This is one of many books I could recommend to a new parent or someone who just wants to start making homemade food for their children. I am convinced that making your own baby food helps make good eaters and healthy children… a perfect gift for a new parent.

Simply Organic $24.95 I wrote a post about how much I love this book. Not to sounds like a movie trailers but “if you only buy one cookbook this holiday season make it this one!” I received this book as a gift last year after writing the post and I LOVE it!

Tips:

NRDC: Simple Steps Deck $14.95 I LOVE deck of cards with tips of things to do. Great gifts for people who want to make a change in their life, these beginner steps can help the person along.

Crafting:

Handmade Weddings $24.95 With the recent wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s who is not thinking about weddings. For those of us without the Queens money this book helps us make personal weddings that are handmade. There are pictures and step by step directions.

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas $24.95 The holiday season is filled with waste… Thankfully there is a book that can give us some ideas of we can do to make the season less wasteful, and more meaningful and healthy.

The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping $18.95 I wish I could have a personal shopper go out with me and teach me how to “do” vintage shopping but this book is the affordable way for me to learn!

Kids:

Twist it Up: $19.99 Written by a 12 year old chef who watched the Food Network while he battled Leukemia. Inspiring story and a great cookbook that even the kids will enjoy.

Create Your Own Planet $14.95 Create a world unlike any other with this one-of-a-kind jumbo coloring book. Best-selling illustrator and author Todd Parr takes kids on a quirky, inspiring journey through a planet they create. With the help of stickers and wacky drawings, kids will design out-of-this-world houses, bicycles, animals, pizzas, birthday cakes, and even underwear! Guaranteed to keep kids occupied for hours!

Heroes of the environmentt $16.95 If I win the contest I am going to give this book to a local school to help inspire a new generation of kids. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.

Simple Steps Toward a Healthier Earth $12.99 This one-of-a-kind activity book encourages kids to reduce waste and make their homes, schools, and neighborhoods more environmentally friendly. It’s packed with plenty of in-book and out-of-book activities and 2 pages of stickers. Kids will have a blast while they develop an understanding of local and worldwide environmental challenges.

Architecture and Design:

Sustainable Design $24.95 Written for students and practitioners in the fields of architecture and interior design, this book gives a concise overview of all the techniques available for reducing the energy footprint of structures and spaces. With clear, simple language and a practical “can do” approach. It is fascinating what architects and designers can do to make a long-lasting change in our environment.

Humor:

All My Friends Are Dead $9.95 This book is a humors look at everyday situations or things you simply never really thought about from a humorous but real perspective.

If you just cannot wait to win and want to order these books or any other great Chronicle Books get 35% off and free shipping when you use the code: Friends