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sustainable living vs. sustainable budget

A Win for Walmart May 3, 2010

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I know, I know…Walmart?

Yep. I can honestly say I am impressed by Walmart and their move toward supplying more organic and “green” products. Say what you will about their employee policies and business ethics, but they sure made my organic gardening easy and affordable.

On a random trip to my local Walmart, I was shocked to find biodegradable seed starters with organic soil, organic potting mix and plant food and organic seeds. Hooray! I was preparing to order from catalogs and hunt down supplies throughout the Portland area.

I felt so much better knowing that was I was growing was organic, and being sown in organic soil. No harmful pesticides or chemicals will get into my food this growing season.


If I wasn’t convinced before… March 3, 2010

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Check out this video, it’s pretty eye-opening.

The Story of Stuff


Green Train… February 23, 2010

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I started this journey into “going green” about five years ago when my second child was born; it was actually when I met Katelan. It started when she would come over to study and say, “My mom would have a fit if I ate this”. I am naturally a curious person, so I asked why, more than once. As I realized the importance of what I was putting into my kid’s bodies I slowly began changing things that I brought into our home. I have had many trial and errors and am still having many to this day. There are times I fall off the “green train” because I feel overwhelmed with reading labels and shopping at different stores. However, the more I get educated the more enthusiasm I get to get back on the “green train”. My hope is that our journey into this green world might make it easier for our readers and they might “stay” on the “green train” and give it a go!



Most of the Time… February 21, 2010

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My mom has always said “it’s not about what you do all of the time or some of the time, it’s what you do MOST of the time that makes a difference.”  This mantra was applied to everything from exercise to practicing  musical instruments to eating.  As a successful personal trainer and herbalist, she is able to motivate people into healthier lifestyles everyday, so her theory must work.  Being a procrastinator myself, this always made sense, though I rarely follow through (I have even put off writing this first blog post for some time, ha ha) .

Jumping into my mothers footsteps, I have decided to partner with one of my best friends on a journey to lead a healthier more sustainable life, and to share this adventure with others. Sure, we are flooded with the knowledge that organic food is better for you, that plastic is bad, this and that cause cancer, blah, blah, blah. But, how can we translate this knowledge into our fast paced, consumer driven, disposable lifestyles? Will it really be worth the time, energy and higher price to seek out local farmers that commit to sustainable, organic practices instead of running to my local, affordable, convenient Wal-mart just down the street? Sometimes I want to throw up my hands and say that since everything will kill me (or so it seems) why even bother?

Ok, I am throwing up my hands, raising them up in a little prayer that I will make it through this experiment, that I will find some truth, perhaps a better way, and that maybe, just maybe, someone out there will benefit from all this.