Thursday, February 2, 2012

Big Move To Cali

Hey All,
It has been forever since my last blog post and I'm sure you're all so very sad about this.  I guess you could say a lot has happened in my life since then and I would love to share with you.  In October, Jason and I (along with our 3 critters), packed up all of our belongings (at least the ones we had left after donating & selling many items), and headed West to beautiful California.

All packed up and ready to go

 We both drove in separate cars, which made the traveling a little bit harder, but we managed. Jason rode with our dog and I with our two cats.  I have to say they did a phenomenal job and were all troopers.
Ziggy and Roxy slept most of the trip

I had never even been to Santa Cruz before our move out here and I knew that I would just love it.

Our hotel "home" for 10 days while house hunting
We checked out a few places and finally found a condo less than two blocks from the ocean. Perfection!

Truman is loving the new digs
There are many more California adventures to come I hope you stay tuned...

First walk by the ocean

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pixie cut!

Here's the moment you've all been waiting for (well, maybe not but here it is anyways):

     But first, here is a picture taken from this weekend for comparison:
Ms. Alexa and I at our graduation (and Wanny in the background:)
I decided to go all out and do the short one, thanks for the encouragement guys! I absolutely LOVE it! I still have to play around with it a little bit and learn the many ways of styling it.  I'm so excited to not have to carry a hair binder with me every where I go.

A big thanks to Suzanne Krause at Hair District SLP!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pixie Haircuts

So, I've been seriously considering about getting a pixie haircut!  I guess that I have always liked them, but never had the guts to get one, for fear that I would look like a boy, or that men prefer women with longer hair.  But now, I am blessed with such a wonderful husband, who has said that if that's what I want then I should just "rock it!"  What a sweetie!  So I don't know if it would look good or not, but I'm willing to give it a try.  Now all I need to do is just choose the perfect cut for my somewhat wavy hair.  Here are a few that I absolutely adore:

I like this messy one

Loving the waves in her hair

I like the bulky bangs on this one

Again, loving the wavy hair
This one is a little shorter, but sassy
Another short one

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Food for thought

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.  ~Dr. Seuss

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day

I believe that every day is Earth Day, but I do think that it's a great day to remind people that we need to take care of our Mother Earth.  I just wanted to take a minute to write down a few easy tips to greener living.  I know sometimes it feels daunting, but every little thing we do can make a difference.  Here are 10 things we have done to reduce in our home, they are in no particular order.

1. Reusable shopping bags.  This is such an easy thing to do and usually places only charge $1 per bag.  Not only are these bags more durable than grocery store bags (with long handles to throw over your shoulder), but most places will give you $.05 back per each bag that you use.  What an easy way to reduce waste of plastic and paper bags.  Just keep them in your car for easy access.  It might be hard to remember to bring them into the store at first, but in no time it will be habit.

2. Reusable produce bags.  The ones we have are called BYO bags, they are washable and allow your produce to breathe unlike those plastic bags.  If you don't want to invest in these bags, just leave your produce loose in the cart.  I really have grown to love these bags and think that personally they are a great investment and an easy way to reduce the need for plastic.

3.  Cloth napkins. These are a great way to reduce the use of paper towels, I love that they are heavy duty and versatile.  I bought a 4 pack at Target for pretty cheap.  I think the best tip is to make sure to get dark ones, so that if you get some serious stains, they won't show up as much.  Also, they are fun for packing in lunches and picnics. 

4.  Reusable water bottle.  This is a must for me and my husband, we don't go anywhere without ours.  They are sold pretty much everywhere these days and are so handy to have.  I really like my Sigg, and they have them for the whole family, including little ones for the kiddo's.  I drop mine all the time, so it has dents in it, but I like to tell myself that it adds character.  Try not to buy bottled water, because water should be FREE! If you haven't already, check out Tapped, this documentary really put things into perspective for me.

5.  One word: Recycle.  If you don't already do this, shame on you, but seriously it's so easy. Give it a try!

6.  Compost.  All you need to do is buy a compost pail, available at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc.  When the pail is full, throw it in the garden and stir it up.  Voila, rich nutrients for your soil & plants.

7.  Natural cleaning products.  According the EPA estimates, indoor air pollution can be as much as 100 times higher than outdoor air, oftentimes due to toxic cleaning supplies.  You can either purchase environmentally friendly cleaners or make your own using things from around the house (vinegar, lemon, baking soda are all good cleaners.)

8.  Shop second hand.  Instead of purchasing new items, try shopping Goodwill, Savers, garage sales, or any other place where used items can be purchased.

9.  Turn off your lights.  If you are not in a room, turn off the lights.  Even better, if you have enough natural lighting in an area, don't even turn on the lights in the first place.

10.  Eat your veggies.  The United Nations has acknowledged that eating less meat and animal products will have a positive impact on the climate.  Currently, the livestock industry produces more that 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, uses more than 8 percent of the water use, and is a major cause of deforestation and lack of biodiversity. 

HAPPY EARTH DAY!  Today and every day let's celebrate this beautiful earth that we live on.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Being Vegan

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. We feel better about ourselves and better about the animals, knowing we're not contributing to their pain.
--Paul and Linda McCartney

I often have people ask me if I like being vegan and I guess that if I didn't like it, I probably wouldn't continue this lifestyle.  What's not to like about being vegan though?? I know that people think that it's all about "giving up" things that we really like, but when I look at the big picture it's so much more than that.

Yes, everybody has that one thing they find is more difficult to "give up" but when you think about how that is going to change the outcome of things, it's all worth it!

I love animals and what better way for me to show them that I appreciate and respect them.

There are so many great alternatives to using animal products that I just think the choice is simple.

Aren't they just so sweet?!?!

I love being a part of something different and being able to speak for those that can't be heard.

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi