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World Wildlife Fund
April 17, 2013, 11:44 am
Filed under: Compassion, Nature


How many hidden animals can you find in this image from the World Wildlife Fund? They have a great site, by the way. See if anything inspires you for Earth Day ahead.

(Click on the image to enlarge.)

“Look for the Helpers”
April 16, 2013, 11:12 am
Filed under: Compassion



Wise words from Mr. Rogers and his mum. For all of the terrible things that happen around the world everyday, let us be thankful for the helpers.

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john masters organics
April 11, 2013, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Beauty, Clean, Health

johnmasters1. lavender rosemary shampoo | 2. zinc & sage shampoo with conditioner | 3. sea mist | 4. lavender & avocado intensive conditioner | 5. pomade | 6. bare shampoo

Far from a product junkie I mostly skip beauty products in exchange for home concoctions like homemade masks or repurposed tea toners, but that doesn’t extend to hair care products (except for a seaweed water rinse!). And while I have no desire to make my own shampoo, I should also admit that I used to find myself missing conventional shampoo: the fun of trying new brands, the ease of shopping, and the excitement of a good hair day that follows when you switch formulas. Squeal! I can totally see why so many people call themselves junkies.

The truth is that most “natural” hair care products either completely suck or are anything but natural. And that combined with my missing gene for hair styling, and my usual hair routine of drying my hair…in the car…with the window rolled down, leaves me needing as much help as I can get from a shampoo and cream rinse. So with all of these things to consider, it’s no wonder why I love the John Masters line of products. Killer products with great ingredients I have all the elements I miss from conventional shampoo but without the cocktail of toxic ingredients.

Check out their strict standards for ingredients:

No sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs | No GMOs | No animal testing | No artificial colors, fragrances, or fillers

And check this out, good stuff to know:

All products must be made with 70-100% organic content |All essential oils used must be steam-distilled and not extracted with propylene glycol – which kills the effect of the oils | All plant oils must be cold pressed, not heat distilled – which kills the therapeutic properties of plant oils | All ingredients must be harvested in an environmentally-friendly manner (wild-crafted)

If I remember correctly (its been so long) the price is comparable or even slightly less than salon products. I alternate between the products here, but also have one less expensive brand in the mix as an attempt to prolong the life of each of them. They last us quite a while (even with long hair) and it’s an easy way to save some dough.

Available at Whole Foods, Pharmaca, or Madison Market for Seattle friends.

[PS – the sea mist is awesome and infinitely better than the one from bumble and bumble!]

April 10, 2013, 10:23 am
Filed under: Clean, Green, Health, Organic

I took an extra few days off from posting to relax and unwind, and really, I didn’t do much of anything. Even the chickies are a little annoyed since their time to run around outside was shorter than usual. They’ve even started pouting when I herd them back into the coop.

Outside of the work with the hens, we’ve spent most of our time researching and collecting seeds for our sexy new raised beds in the soon-to-be garden. I was sure we were making it more complicated than it needed to be, but there are a million varieties to learn about, and our selection is narrowed to only heirloom and non-GMO seeds. We’ve found a couple of resources, but perhaps it’s not us that’s making it so difficult to find. Chemical agriculture is everywhere, and avoiding it takes a lot of work.


GMO OMG  A film by Jeremy Seifert of DIVE!


Somewhere in my searches I came across this documentary that premiered yesterday at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale. At once it’s exciting because this very important cause is slowly but surely gaining momentum, but also alarming and sad in that it’s not as well-known or appreciated as I would wish it to be. Regardless though, it’s movies like this that will help the movement along and hopefully add a few more people to the cause.

A quick summary from an article on Rodale.com:

GMOs are not necessary feed the world | GMOs have never been tested for long term health impacts | 60 other countries require GMO labelling | 3 companies control 53% of the seed market | 500 species of bugs are resistant to pesticides and are now “superbugs” | Haiti- one of the poorest countries in the world would not accept GMO seeds after the earthquake in 2010

April Lookbook at Zara
April 4, 2013, 10:04 am
Filed under: Fashion

Some beautiful florals, crisp whites, and summer shift dresses at Zara this month. As much as I love the explosion of beautiful floral outfits, and the idea of mixing prints, it’s definitely a trend that I’d rather not splurge on. These Zara pieces hit the trend and won’t take a toll on your pocketbook. For more spring floral inspo check out my pinboard here.





Tarte BB tinted moisturizer
April 3, 2013, 10:50 am
Filed under: Beauty, Clean, Health, Organic


I still don’t really get what a BB cream (blemish balm) is and to be honest I moved passed it as a silly cosmetic trend, but now that my favorite product and vanity staple has been “rebranded” to include “BB” on the label I guess I knew more about it than I thought.

Like every schoolgirl venturing into the make-up world I tried wearing a mixture of primer, cover-up, foundation, and powder when I was in high school. And after exactly one attempt I knew that routine was not for me. Aside from the process of it all, I hated the cakey and artificial look all those things combined to be. So I quickly moved to a simple tinted moisturizer and have never looked back. A tinted moisturizer evens skin tone with a light coverage, and also provides SPF protection. It’s one step, gives a natural look, and with Tarte’s version it’s as clean as you can get in cosmetics. For me it’s everything, or more importantly free-from-everything:

phthalates | parabens | petro-chemicals | GMOs | sulfates | dyes | fragrances | oils

Who knew we had to worry about genetically modified make-up, but we do, and it matters. Our skin absorbs up to 5 pound of make-up every year. It matters.

I was concerned because with the new BB rebranding the packaging did not mention the GMO and petro-chemical free formula, so I sent a note to Tarte and they promptly responded to reassure that the formula was the same and it is still free from those elements. Too bad those weren’t considered selling points any longer, but regardless, having Tarte’s toxin-free coverage as a cosmetic staple is a great step for cleaner living.

Tarte Amazonian clay BB tinted moisturizer $36


Dance of the Honey Bee
April 2, 2013, 10:22 am
Filed under: Clean, Farmer's Market, Green, Health, Nature, Organic

I knew the bees were struggling, but everything I’d read last year and my chats with the apiarist at the farmer’s market led me to believe, or at least, hope that they were doing better. But sadly this article from the NY Times last week confirmed what I knew was the reality. To me there is no “mystery” as to why the bees are dying; it’s pretty freaking obvious. I truly hope that forward thinking farmers and apiarists can help combat monoculture crops and their rainbow of pesticides before we lose our honey bees.

For Seattle friends who want to help support our bees check out The Pollinator Pathway project and see what native and even some foreign plants can help encourage our bees. They have a great list of plants and even some garden designs that will make it even easier to get your planting strip bee ready.

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