I’m cold tonight so I will start with a picture of inspiration to warm you up if you are feeling like I am.
Now that we are all in our happy place it’s time to share this week’s favorites. It’s a bit shorter than usual, which I know some of you don’t mind, because work took precedence this week over fun computer time.
- I was first introduced to Meighan through a giveaway on Reduce Footprints of Meighan’s children’s book on the environment. It’s a beautiful book you may want to take a look at for your little ones. Since then Meighan and I have begun to follow each others blogs. Meighan and I share a deep love and concern for the planet but that’s not the only thing you will find visiting Meighan’s blog. This particular post and short video is so moving it brought tears to my eyes. It’s called 100 Wishes and reminds us that traditions do matter a lot more than money.
- If you are missing spring and summer now while freezing your butt and fingers off Abundance Symphony has an uplifting post with plenty of pictures to warm you up. The last one in particular I want to create here in my field.
Things we need to face
- El Nino describes a particular weather pattern which used to happen once every 20 years. But scientists are predicting this weather phenomenon to occur once every 10 years and bring us extreme weather patterns. This map from NOAA shows how the weather is disrupted worldwide.
- As if things aren’t bad enough I found more bad news this week thanks to TreeHugger. We already know radiation from Japan’s destroyed nuclear plant has reached the western part of the US but now the air pollution from China is coming our way. When you think about giving up on a path of sustainability just remember that what happens in your neighborhood and community affects the rest of the world.
- Enough bad news, how about something you can actually do something about? What is your neighborhood like? Do you know your neighbors? This article from New Dream shows how different things are from one community to another and how to initiate changes in your own neighborhood.
- When I think about minimalism for me that also came with doing away with the television. John has a witty way of pointing out society’s obsession with news and the “always being connected” mentality. He also offers a list of activities we can do instead.
- What is more minimal than a tiny house. I am still obsessed with wishing I could somehow make my apartment smaller but for now simply striving for that more spacious feel. This tiny house is named City Cottage, but if this is a city then I will have to reconsider my feelings on living in a city. ;-) I love everything about this house from the views and the simply layout to the brilliant storage ideas.
natural health and beauty
- A while back I shared with you a new book titled Glowing that I had won and gifted to my daughter-in-law because of her and my son’s frustration with acne. Yes it worked and their skin is glowing. But I also came across information on healing a break out with banana peels.
- Want more information on a non-toxic home Kirsten is giving away free a PDF copy of her book Less Toxic Living.
- Recently I shared a small heating solution using candles and clay pots All About Small took the idea and ran with it. She found it works quite nicely for her small apartment and with the record lows in the US, I thought you might want to read more about how she adapted the original idea to add better safety into her eco-heater.
- And finally, this TED-X video Sustainability is fun sums up my feelings that we can start anywhere and know we are making a difference.
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” ~~ Mahatma Ghandhi