Summer and Being Green

Summer and Being GreenSometimes you are able to stick to what you believe in and sometimes you don’t. These last few weeks have not allowed me to stick to my vegan commitment or my workout commitment. I blame summer… ok maybe I should blame myself but really summer has not allowed me to stay committed.

When did it start? Vacation… where it starts for most people in the summer. I had a fantastic week off with my family and my husbands entire immediately family. Tons of little kids and great beach weather. You could argue I got excersize carrying children over hot sand dunes but the reality is I did not get the right amount of physical activity that I should have. I layer around as much as I humanly could which is more than I have since my daughter was born over 6 years ago. [Read more…]

Vegan Update… I Am Still Alive

Vegan UpdateI got an email from my mom after I posted that I was going vegan as close to 100% as I could feasibly do living with a family that probably will not do this with me. Her concern was a typical American concern… we seem to think protein is an issue for vegans. Some how the food pyramid has made us all think that meat is the best/main/key/only resource for us to get protein. It is not, and it is not hard to get enough protein.

She also worried that I would be tired or pale. I have to be honest with you I am a full-time working mom with two kids who LOVES writing in the evening so I am tired because of that not because I stopped eating animals (or was eating animals). But I will say I understand her general concern, diet changes can affect your energy level. I am happy to report that even with the baseline contrasts on my level of tiredness I do feel more energized eating vegan.

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Want To Meet Other Environmentalists? #ShiftCon

Shiftcon 2015

Have you ever wanted to go meet other people who share you passion for the environment but did not really know where to start? I have been writing about the environment, healthy living and other general interest pieces for over 8 years but I have never found an event of conference that really spoke to what I wanted to write about. I have attended many festivals that were focused on selling me green products but I have not found a great place to go to meet like minded people and get more tips and resources on healthy green living.

That all changed last year when I went to the first ever ShiftCon. It is always risky to go an event or conference the first year…who will be there, will be good, is the information valuable, will like minded people be there. I honestly went with some trepidation. I knew many of my virtual friend that I talk to more often than some of my close local friends were attending so I went in with the feeling if I got to spend a few days with them and got nothing else out of it that would be great. [Read more…]

Why Was I In Iowa #climatereality

Why was I in IowaMany people have asked me why I was in Iowa earlier this month. I had an amazing opportunity to train with Al Gore and see his presentation up close and personal presented by him at Climate Reality training. Having Al Gore train you on his Inconvenient Truth slideshow is an amazing experience. He is, as you know from seeing the movie, an amazing presenter and speaker. He is engaging with the audience and keeps your attention the entire time even when he is presenting heavy science and bar graphs. I told my husband when I called him from the training that I am happy Al Gore is using these skills to talk about climate change because he could probably sell anything to anyone. I mean that in the most positive way, he makes a connection with his audience in a masterful way and makes detailed information easy to understand.

Who else was there with me? The training was amazing that the connections were also just as amazing.
I was there with millennial’s in high school and college. I was there with the original environmentalists who remember the first Earth Day. [Read more…]

What You Need To Know About Safe Sunscreen and Review Of GoddessGarden

s​afesunscreenIt was a long winter for many people in the country. Many of us were cooped up for a long time but now that the weather is nice we want to get outside and feel the sun on our face… not so fast you need to wear sunscreen, safe sunscreen. You should have been wearing it all winter to be honest but if you have not you really have to now. Goddess Garden is a favorite in our house because all of our different skin sensitivities.

Why is Goddess Garden our favorite sunscreen?

My daughter was our sunscreen guinea pig. I must have tried at least 10 different sunscreens on her in the first few years of her life. Some would not rub in easily, others felt greasy, and a few even irritated her skin (she has the least sensitive skin of the entire family!). Putting sunscreen in the morning everyday was an ordeal there were times where I was basically chasing her around the house. At the beginning of last summer I saw a huge display of Goddess Garden sunscreen and tried it, she said she liked it and every morning when and got it for me to put on her before school and camp! [Read more…]