Sunday, December 21, 2008

Today has officially become "catch up on blogs" day! I have decided that helping save people money totally falls into the saving the world category so here I go with this new post.

When I watched the Sex & the City, I desperately wanted to find a parallel to the bag swapping done by Carrie's lovely intern, Louise. Once again, College Candy has come through in a pinch with their blog on You pretty much just exchange clothes/outfits with cool kids all over the globe. I just signed up and will keep you posted about how it works and my success (I'm only assuming it has to be awesome).

Organic Babies!!

I nanny for a family with two adorable children. The mother is trying to go green with their diets and toys to keep them as safe as possible. I stumbled across the perfect Christmas present today (yes, I am politically incorrect and you can politely bite me if you don't like it) and purchased it immediately. It's a book, apparently the first of at least a two part series, written by Lynda Fassa entitled, "Green Babies, Sage Moms". The book is only $14 on plus shipping. I can't wait to take a peek after I give it to the mother.

Fassa is quoted on the site saying, "I wrote this book because it took me years, and tons of mistakes, before I figured out what the really important, doable, and not-too- expensive choices are that will protect my kids and family."

How cute is the baby on the front?!

CB Goes {Green}

Refer to Lisa's lovely post on fabric wrapper! Always happy to pass on the word of Little Lisa (:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

RRR, not always

As we all know the 3 easiest steps to saving the planet are REDUCE, RECYCLE, and REUSE. Well, this may not always be true. With the wave of environmentalism that is sweeping the nation, and don't get me wrong, it is a good thing, people are not asking enough questions. Attempts at "going green" may end up a little misguided. Many more people are recycling but centers are filling up quickly with no where for the recycled materials to go or lack of resources to move the items and break them down for reuse. Case in point, according to, only 8 out of 10 plastic water bottles become landfill waste!! That's an alarming number.

I work in the town next to where I go to school and my boss says they are taxed to make recycling a lighter burden on the city but their recycling machines have been broken for months. Don't hesitate to ask questions and get the facts!

Don't fret that processes are slipping through cracks, there are many things you can to to reduce. First of all, the biggest filler of landfills are plastic bottles. There are many options including Brita pitchers, Nalgene bottles (who recently removed BPA from bottles), etc. Also, there are many household projects for recycling goods. If anyone makes anything from these ideas, let me know!

I want to thank miss Lisa for sparking this blog with her own post, featuring yours truly.

Monday, November 24, 2008

second greatest vice = music

For all those who have read my blogs about shopping to do your part, this blog is a close second. I love, love, love music. I love going to concerts (big woo for my lovely tailgating crews, too). I love buying random Cd's and playing them out. Well, I have a few music related ways to do your part.

First off, GREEN OWL who are quoted as being "a NYC-based record label started by artists for artists with the idea that great music can be sustainable—both economically and environmentally. GREEN OWL is committed to respecting this planet through the use of green technology." Where can I sign up?! GREEN OWL's website has tour dates, events, and many more more ways to get involved. Participating artists have posted their music on the website as well. There are definitely some different sounds which I can sink my teeth into! Whether or not you like this style of music, you have to give big props to their teams for actually putting forth the efforts of sustainability.

Second, Putumayo World Music whose Cd's have been selling since 1997. Relatively new to the music world, their songs and ideas have been selling through the roof. PWM now has 21 offices in 15 countries around the world. I came across their music at a little shop in Cameron Village Shopping Center called Ten Thousand Villages. This store in itself is enough to blog about. They are constantly having days of sales donated to various organizations. I actually bought the Putumayo Presentation of One World, Many Cultures. I listen to it all the time while I'm getting stuff done around my apartment. I'm pretty big on cross-cultural interactions. At Putumayo Online, they are currently selling lots of Christmas and other cultural mixes that are great stocking stuffers, not too expensive, and simultaneously donating to a great organization. What's not to love??

I will leave you now so you can shop through these pages and find your musical niche!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

to croak or not to croak

I truly believe that making lists and post-it notes are the key to success in life. I cannot throw lots of thoughts into my head and expect them to stay sorted and get done. I also make lists about EVERYTHING! Long before the movie came out, I have been working on personal lists. Things to do before I die, 10 steps to being a better person, and the like. I have made a master list, my Croak List, of all the things I want to do with my life. I thought I would keep them here so I could also find my list and it would never get thrown away on accident or washed in my jeans. I thought it would likewise be a good idea to share it with those I love to inspire them to better themselves. Here goes nothing...

visit all 50 states
- NC, SC, MD, VA, TX, MA, CA, GA, FL, AL, LA, & NY.
visit all 7 continents
- N. America, Australia, & Europe.
visit 10 major cities
- Sydney, AU, Berlin, Germany, Mexico City, Mexico
10 Cultural Events Outside my Own
- WWE-Raw, Aborigine Fair, AU

- Guitar (in process)
- Solve Rubik Cube
- Surf (Once, in AU)

- Change 2 things about myself.
- Let go of one thing in my past that holds me back.
- Teach someone else something that matters to me.
- Learn to love someone completely.
- Get over my ex-boyfriend for real this time.

Still a work in progress (:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Shop Gap and Save

Who doesn't love to shop and simultaneously be doing your part? I know I do!! It's almost my mission of choice. This weekend Gap is giving 30% of your sales to organizations of choice. I chose WWF, World Wildlife Foundation.

WHEN: NOV 14-16
WHERE: Online or in store: Gap, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic, Banana Republic Outlet Stores, and Old Navy.
HOW: Print the coupon to use in stores or type in the bar code letters for online checkout. Use as many times as you like!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

sustainable shopping, yes please!

I ran across something unique while reading blogs today. Now, whether or not you are dead set on organic everything (I'm not), sustainable is in. John Patrick has a clothing line appropriately named Organic. The brand is tagged as "proving ground for eco-minded innovations like recycled fabrics, impact-free dyes, and local sourcing." What's not to love? For starters, his designs are a little expensive but gorgeously put together. I really like his simplistic style with an earthy edge. This is not an easy combination to nail but Patrick does just that. Nice work.

There's only one store in North Carolina and it's in Charlotte. Good thing I love to shop online!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

happy veterans days !!!!

thanks to those who serve, those who once served, and those who never made it home. freedom does not come free <3

Monday, November 10, 2008

My First Blog!

I have another blog site that is mostly about things in my life but I wanted somewhere else, unique to my soul. I want to do more and the blogosphere is a wondrous resource. I cannot wait to get started. I have so much to talk about!