This is the first Friday Faves of 2014. You may notice a few changes today in what you can expect from now on. I will still give you a variety of subjects but will cut back on the number of pictures I include. Sorry about that. It turns out after only 2 years of blogging I have nearly reached half of the allotted space allowed. Rather than compromising content I will try to limit the number of pictures.
I mentioned my word for 2014 is “More”. More of everything which makes life good and enjoyable for myself and those I meet. Many of you commented you liked this so expect a follow-up post at the end of each month where you can share how you fit “More” into your life. I hope you will join me, I think we can inspire each other in these monthly collections.
Now on to my Favorites of this week.
- I have always loved the color blue, but imagine my surprise when I realized I liked blue paired with orange in art! Marina has a lovely blog where she showcases her art (available through her store). Take a peak around and see which images you like.
- With resolutions taking center stage it was no surprise to find many blogs discussing ‘going green” as the focus this year. Here are 4 simple green ideas you may want to check out from The Daily Green.
- Our identity is tied to who we think we are. For Rara Saur her identity was being sickly and klutzy. She was always ill or injured until she joined her husband in making a simple change in her life and after more than 20 years it all disappeared. We can change the course of our lives, sometime intentionally other times by pure accident. What would you want to change if you could?
- Yesterday I asked you to consider another way of looking at your ecological foot print. Later, I read this post What is the difference between lifestyle and luxury. When I came to the end of the article I realized Vikram Roy was saying exactly the same thing I had said, just in another way.
- When I talk about a healthy home I have achieved this by limiting the amount of products I purchase. Here is a list of reasons to keep Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar on hand.
- It has been over a year since I adopted the “no-poo” method for cleaning my hair and scalp. My choice is a baking soda wash and white vinegar rinse. I have heard some say baking soda is too drying to their hair, so with that in mind here are some alternatives to a baking soda “shampoo.
- Ever wanted to own your own homestead but didn’t think you could afford it? You might be able to if you are willing to relocate. Check out the beautiful pictures of this 13 acre homestead which has been operated for the last 8 years as an ecological farmstead. This simple home and property make my heart sing.
- Having a beautiful home shouldn’t be expensive or come with a need to purchase a lot of materials. This beautiful back splash was created using simple paints yet looks like expensive tile, any one can do this with the easy tutorial.
- Want a tray you can use every day but don’t want to spend a lot of money. This DIY tray is from a picture frame, quick head to the thrift shop and make one for your home.
- Need a lamp for your bedside table? Look no further than this tea tin. Instead of tosssing these old items in the landfill you can repurpose them into something lovely and useful.
Thoughts for a New year
- Jean shares a list of her best practices for a happy and healthy life. No gym membership required. :-)
- Letting your light shine to be your happiest this year This is a rather long article but it spoke to me, I think you might enjoy it.
Good Green News
My schedule was off with the holidays and I missed giving you my Good News of the Week. This week I am excited to learn the EPA found a way around the Dick Cheney exemption for the fracking industry in the Clean Water Act, to levy the largest fine yet in Fracking. Here is part of the complaint:
The federal government and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) allege that the company impounded streams and discharged sand, dirt, rocks and other fill material into streams and wetlands without a federal permit in order to construct well pads, impoundments, road crossings and other facilities related to natural gas extraction.”
Here’s how they did it:
Section 404 does not apply directly to fracking brine, which is exempt from federal disclosure regulations under the Clean Water Act. It covers general construction activity common across a wide range of industries.”
Where there is a will there is a way to attack their polluting practices. You can read the rest of the article here.
I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? ~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985
Have a wonderful weekend, and please share your good news with us.