This year has been quite the excitement. I started this blog this year, and had many changes throughout the year. In my area of the world, we had a tornado, the first that many had ever seen, a huge scare that changed many lives and caused many to lose their homes. I was blessed in being safe and being equipped with the opportunity to help out. almost a full season after the tornado, the clothing drive I started has ended, we have cleaned up, and shut the doors. And the tornado was not the only dissaster. There was the other storms, and during halloween, the snow storm that put many out of power again and killed many trees along with it. And now here we are, in a winter without snow, about to start the new year. Personaly, I have also had quite a year. I have learned a lot this past year. A little over a year ago I first started dating my boyfriend, who I am still madly in love with now. I don't know what I would've done without him through it all. And then of course it was about a year ago that I finally decided on being vegan and staying that way again. My family has been wonderful throughout everything we've gone through together, and I am greatful that they are in my life. Another life changing experience was my time in ANYTOWN, a camp I went to over the summer. I learned so much and met so many beautiful people that have changed my life, and my outlook on it. This year was also the year I became obsessed with crafting and making my own things, driving my family nuts with all the recycled containers lying about the house. This year was a sad year, and angry year, a hard year. But it was also a happy year, a productive year, and a year of change. I can look back on this past year and be proud of myself.
Here is a few of my most viewed blogs this past year:
The Jersey Knit Bracelet
Equality Of Life
No Electricity Day
Protein in the Vegan Diet
And Some of My Favorite Inspirations:
Quotes On Slavery, this is a great blog about animal activism and is filled with inspiring ideas and quotes.
Girlie Girl Army, this is the perfect site for anyone who thinks being vegan is all about cutting back and having less to eat and less to own- boy are you wrong! Check out this site for vegan and eco ideas on living a rich lifestyle full of the stuff us girls love.
Healthy Life Deals, this is the blog for those of us who can't always afford to spend money on pricey organic, vegan foods, but know we need to eat that way! Full of coupons and sales!
Reduce Footprints, this is a blog with weekly challenges to keep us being green and good to our planet!
I'm hoping to fix up the blog a little to prepare for the new year! Hope you all like the new ideas that are soon to come!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
- 4:00 pm - make spin drums and paper noisemakers for midnight
- 5:00 pm - play a board game
- 6:00 pm - eat dinner! :)
- 7:00 pm - bake new year's eve cookies
- 8:00 pm - play "flashlight" limbo
- 9:00 pm - watch an old home video and eat desserts
- 10:00 pm- write down new year's resolutions
- 11:00 pm- go outside and watch the stars, make snow angels at night
- 11:45 pm- get ready with noise makers, spin drums, new year's drinks, "confetti" balloons, ball drop on tv
- 12:00 midnight, the new year! - make as much noise as possible! use noise makers, pop confetti balloons, say cheers to all, call loved ones not present, and ring in the new year!
The confetti balloons will hang from the ceiling and be filled with confetti, so when the new year hits, we pop the balloons and watch the confetti fall!
What are your plans for New year's? I hope you all have a wonderful new year!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Generation Green is a book written by Linda Siversten and Tosh Siversten, mother and son. They write about a bunch of very interesting things to help the environment, and describe what it's about. They explain climate change, the "dwindling fossil fuel reserves", worldwide water shortages, loss of topsoil and trees, desertification, electropollution, and the increase of waste. They give the facts and ways to fix it! They have a chapter on eating green- a mostly vegan lifestyle :) and they talk about organic food and pesticides.
The most shocking quote, in my opinion:
"A pet project of Adolf Hitler's during WWII was the development of poisonous neurotoxins, or nerve gas. After the war several scientists figured out how to use an offshoot of this poison on plants as a pesticide. The World Health Organization estimates that pesticide poisoning kills twenty thousand people worldwide every year."I highly suggest reading this book, it's a good read! I got it from my library, I'm sure it could be in your's too.
Interested? Check out their site here. And take Tosh's Green Challenge to see how green you are!! My results: Greener. good, but I'm gonna get a better next time!
Monday, December 26, 2011
|Oh, Christmas Tree|
|An old-fashioned Christmas|
|Angels are all around us during Christmas|
|Ice skating on the town pond|
|blanketed in snow|
|Santa and the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph|
|An elf preparing for Santa's ride|
|Fairy dust on the tree|
|"And stockings were hung by the chimney with care"|
Sunday, December 4, 2011
This year I am extra excited, as this year I have many gift ideas. And not just that, but many inexpensive gift ideas! They are green and animal-friendly too! I have fallen in love with a few different sites for gifts to buy, such as Ethical Ocean. Try the holiday helper elf to look for some special gifts for some special people :) Then you can create a list of what you want for Christmas (mine includes stuf I want to get other people) and you can share it with others!
Another site I love is Fur Is Dead from Peta2, which offers a "free gift"~ anything ranging from a discount on something or a vegan recipe~ every day until Christmas! And don't forget to sign the pledge agreeing to go fur-free!
The only problem about this time of year is being green while still enjoying the holidays. Around this time of year, most of us use Christmas lights or other electronic decorations, cut down a tree or use a fake tree with plenty of chemicals, have heaters on full blast because of guests, have the TV on more often to watch the holiday movies and shows, give gifts that may be thrown away or waste more electricity, use wasteful wrapping paper or bags, and more! It sounds like a nightmare when we put it that way doesn't it?
But of course, it doesn't have to be that way, and many of you know that. There are LED lights, solar lights, etc. There are blankets and sweaters, there are eco-friendly gifts and wrappings. But there are some things we just can't seem to get around. How do you be good for the planet but have a Christmas tree, real or fake? How do you watch your favorite holdiay movies and shows that are a tradition?
Personally, I feel like this is my most wasteful time of year. And it's hard not to be, because so many of these things are just tradition.
This year, I have some ways to be eco-friendly, to cut back on the wastefulness.
- Lower the heat and bundle up with blankets and layers. This one I find difficult because I have a love of heat. I have raynaud's, so I'm very sensitive to the cold, especially my fingers and toes. I will have to work on this one!
- Turn on the Christmas lights only when it's dark, or even use a timer. With lights, you can use LED lights and have a timer so that they go on only when it's dark for a little while and then turn off themselves.
- Take short showers. I know this one is hard! But it's important!
- Reuse, Reuse, Reuse! This is a great thing to do this time of year! All those things you usually throw away? Take another look at them. Can it be used for anything else? Something I've fallen in love with recently is Pinterest, a virtual board where you can share all sorts of things! Check out the DIY & Crafts section for the most amazing crafts! And recycle what you can't reuse.
- When you shop for gifts, use reusable bags! Stock up so that you can have enough bags~ it's easy to run out! And if you're feeling creative, make your own! This is a cool idea for a reusable bag for fruits and veggies from an old shirt!
- Compost. This is such a great resource to limit waste and save on fertilizers for spring!
- Shop consciously. Know what you're buying. Does it contain animal products? Was it tested on animals? How far did it travel to get here? Can the packaging be reused?
- Eat less animal products. The leading cause of climate change? meat. Going vegan actually does more for the planet than switching your car to a hybrid! *check out more facts at peta2.com
- Give away unused gifts or misc. items around the house and donate it to a second hand store, organization, or shelter. Or even hold a "greencycle" where everyone brings their unused stuff and people jcan take whatever they want- for free! It's a great way to show holiday spirit this time of year!
- Always be conscious. Whether it's what you're buying, what you're asking for for the holidays, what you're wearing, or the energy you're using. Always think twice and have an open mind- you never know what crazy idea could lead us to saving the planet next!