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Play it safe!

Children are curious but they are also more sensitive to substances in the environment.

Protect children from accidental poisoning by locking up your household cleaners, pesticides, paint thinners, and other substances.

Household products are safe and effective when used properly. (yet most of them quite toxic)

Remember to read the label.

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Want more tips? Visit EPA’s Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.  http://www.epa.gov/earthday/tips2.htm
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Melaleuca tree

There are a multitude of non-toxic and non-caustic cleaning products available on the market.  We found the tea tree oil based Melaleuca products to work the absolute best without spending more.

Another BENEFIT of the Melaleuca products is that those engineered with the tea tree oil are magnified with safety! 

The tea tree oil is the strongest naturally occurring cleaning, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral substance known to man. That natural power goes a very long way to living in a safer environment!

Reducing pollutants into our waterways is not thought of typically; this is yet another benefit of these products!

Can’t put a price on our Children’s safety but it sure is nice when we don’t have to go over budget for that safety!!!

CSea Perkins

Small Steps to Lasting Change

… from Seeds of Success taking a look at weight control.

Fitness trainer Chris Freytag believes people should educate themselves about making healthier choices and then share that information with friends. Freytag, a contributing editor to Prevention magazine, believes in a grass-roots effort to improve the overall health and fitness of Americans. “Results happen from setting goals, making small changes and doing the work,” says Freytag author of Shortcuts to Big Weight Loss and her latest, 2-Week Total Body Turnaround.

To make lasting change, she offers these tips:

Move more. “People are going to have to program themselves to move more and be more willing to fit exercise in whenever they can.”

Eat real food. “Typically, if you eat more real food, you have accidental weight loss, because there’s a lot less calories in eating apples with a tablespoon of peanut butter than eating a snack pack of pretzels or other packs of this and that. When people go back to eating real foods, they don’t have to be deprived, and they end up eating fewer calories because real foods have fewer calories.”

Push yourself. “It can’t be totally comfortable. I don’t want to make it sound like, ‘Go exercise for five minutes, and everything is going to be good.’ At the end of the day, you do have to push yourself.”

Get comfortable with failure. “Failure means you are trying. You have to be willing to throw things up against the wall and see what works for you.”

Give fitness more time to become a habit. “Anyone who has raised kids knows that potty training is not a two-week thing. Getting kids to sleep in their own bed is not a two-week thing. It takes time, every step of the way. You are in this for the long haul. You have to have this same stick-to-it-ness. Otherwise, you are letting yourself down. Give yourself 30 to 60 days.

Give your body a chance to set a habit. Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

Surround yourself with oxygen and food, inside

66 Things You Can Grow At Home: In Containers, Without a Garden
From apples and figs to bananas and guavas — and hops.  Did she say hops?

By Rachel Cernansky
Boulder, CO, USA | Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:55 PM ET

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Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don’t have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles theyand you—have to travel.

As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil’s about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. All on a tiiiny little terrace (with the help of a little DIY carpentry).

If you’re up to the challenge—and it really isn’t much of one—growing your own food can be so rewarding. And so much cheaper! Just be sure to choose the right planter or container, learn how to maintain it properly, and go find yourself some seeds! (Or starter plants.)

Here’s a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home.

apple tree in container photo

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Tree fruits – including apples

1. Apples can be grown in a container; you can also grow them on the balcony or other small space using a technique called espaliering.
2. Kumquats
3. Avocados (plenty of extra tips online if you search)
4. Blackberries
5. Blueberries (sometimes helpful videos are available online)
6. Pomegranate
7. Cherries
8. Figs
9. Pears

lemon tree photo

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Citrus fruits

Citrus trees in particular are said to be good for beginning gardeners and are easy to grow indoors, so don’t let inexperience or lack of outdoor space stop you from enjoying fresh-picked, hyper-local fruit.
10. Dwarf oranges
11. Grapefruit
12. Tangerines
13. Meyer lemons
14. Limes

Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits can also be surprisingly easy to grow indoors, even in non-tropical climates. Such as…

15. Bananas (look for container gardening tips online)
16. Pineapple
17. Papaya
18. Guavas (several varieties)

hops plant

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The real surprises

19. Hops—yes, as in the “spice” ingredient in beer. Turns out they’re easy to grow!
20. Aloe Vera
21. Strawberries
22. Tea (well, herbal tea)
23. Quinoa!

tomato plant

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The non-surprises

24. Tomatoes
25. Summer squash
26. Other squashes, like acorn and pumpkin
27. Hot Peppers
28. Sweet peppers
29. Cucumbers

Melons

30. Small cantaloupe
31. Jenny Lind melon (an heirloom cantaloupe)
32. Golden Midget Watermelon

herbs garden photo

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Herbs

Just about any herb grows well indoors—just be sure that if you’re going to do any container-sharing, you do your research first about which herbs co-habitate well together. (Some will hog water, for example, and leave the others dried out.)

33. Basil
34. Oregano
35. Parsley
36. Rosemary
37. Chives
38. Catnip
39. Thyme (cascades very nicely, Mints will do the same.  Putting a thyme with a pineapple mint makes for the ultimate kitchen hanging plant and natural air freshener … pick for breath freshener)
40. Sage
41. Parsley

kale container garden

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Leafy Greens

42. Kale
43. Mesclun greens
44. Spinach
45. Swiss chard
46. Lettuces (plenty of options there, from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)
47. Mustard greens
48. Collard greens
49. Arugula

Root Vegetables

50. Carrots
51. Beets
52. Potatoes

growing wheatgrass photo

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Other healthy-sounding stuff

53. Sprouts
54. More sprouts: mung bean and lentil sprouts
55. Wheatgrass
56. Kohlrabi
57. Turnips
58. Rutabagas
59. Celeriac
60. Parsnips
61. Jerusalem Artichoke
62. Sugar snap peas
63. Rhubarb (not ideal in a container, but it can work)
64. Mushrooms (again, more tips online if you look)
65. Pole Beans
66. Aaaand… asparagus, although some disagree that it does well in a container. Try it if you’re ok with a risk!

Bonus 67: You can grow your own loofah, too, but you’d need a garden rather than a container for that.

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    Eco-Friendly Printing and Office Tips

    Posted: 23 Apr 2010 01:18 PM PDT

    Paper is a big problem from an environmentalism perspective.  Every day, we come in contact with a lot of paper, and we mostly throw it out!  Americans consume more paper per capita than any other country in the world – more than seven hundred pounds per person! Others have serious paper consumption problems as well (Western […] Related posts:

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    Ditch your Answering Machine and Switch to Voice Mail

    Posted: 23 Apr 2010 12:46 PM PDT

    Although not an idea that jumps right to mind, experts are showing in study after study that by using voice mail, less energy is consumed and results in less hazardous waste than the use of answering machines. In the same way that power plants are responsible for producing considerably less pollution than if everyone ran their […] Related posts:

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    Avoid Overnight Shipping

    Posted: 22 Apr 2010 05:50 PM PDT

    Little Things Make The Difference Did you know that the way you have goods shipped could be having a big environmental impact?  Overnight shipping burns a lot of fuel per item – the most inefficient means of shipping.  That means that it’s important to select regular ground transportation for your mailing needs, not rush delivery, if […] Related posts:

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    Video updates, raw milk, drinking water, himalayan salt

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    Sunday eco tip

    Just bag it!

    Help protect the environment when you shop. Keep reusable bags on your car seat or near your door so they are easy to grab when you go.

    And you can even combine shopping bags – just tell the cashier that you don’t need a bag, then put all your purchases together in one bag… just be sure to hang on to your receipts!

    Play the podcast (MP3, 687KB, runtime 0:42) | More tips for shopping.

    Want more tips? Visit EPA’s Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.  http://www.epa.gov/earthday/tips2.htm

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    Philippe Cousteau Talks About How Far Environmentalism has Come, and Where it’s Going

    by Guest on 04.22.10

    This guest post was written by Philippe Cousteau, Co-Founder and President of EarthEco, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.

    TreeHugger: What are the major advances have you seen (in your field) during the past 40 years? What, if any, were the major failures

    Philippe Cousteau: There have been many major advances during the last 40 years, but the most significant is that I am writing this blog for a major online network dedicated to the environment. Networks like Treehugger and Planet Green which are dedicated to “green” would not have been conceivable just a decade ago.

    Environmentalists were seen as sandal wearing, granola eating hippies for the majority of the 20th century and being green was often perceived as a passing fancy sulking on the fringes of society. That has finally changed. Green is no longer the hobby of eccentric nature lovers…it is a big (and growing) part of popular culture as people realize that a healthy environment is critical to a healthy society not to mention a healthy economy. Evidence of this trend can be found in the public’s reaction to the latest economic downturn.

    Over the last 50 years of the modern environmental movement, every time the economy has gone into a recession, often the first thing to get eliminated from the popular discourse is the environment. The refrain is always the same, “a time of economic downturn is no time to worry about the environment.” Instead, growth has been the mantra, growth at all costs which often meant throwing environmental caution to the wind. Public polls consistently supported this opinion that recession meant we had no time for the “luxury” of conservation.

    Finally…something has changed. During the latest economic crisis the opposite happened. While the country suffered from a terrible recession, some would argue the worst since the Great Depression of 1929, talk of green did not die. In fact, it seemed to grow as politicians and businesses alike began to advocate that going green was not just an environmental strategy but an economic one as well. From green jobs to clean energy the tone has changed. While it is true that some still proclaim that conservation is a surefire way to kill the economy and desperately cling to the notion that a carbon fueled economy that poisons our air, the lungs of our children and our water is still the wisest course, the tides seems to be turning.

    This is especially true amongst the young. I travel the country lecturing and working with over 100,000 youth a year and I can tell you from personal experience that a new generation is maturing, one that is more engaged, empowered and ready to act than any that has come before it. They see the coming challenges and are facing them head on with a determination and drive that should give us all great hope for the future. That is true change and shows that we are making progress.

    As for failures there have been many but perhaps the most serious is that while we have made progress on environmental education and conservation we are still struggling with a public (at least those over 25 yrs old) which is almost evenly split between those who think climate change is real and those who do not. Despite the fact that an overwhelming amount of science supports the climate change reality, we are rarely a science driven society either politically or socially. Instead it often seems we prefer pithy soundbites that support our worldview rather than intelligent arguments that challenge us to learn and expand our understanding and the media is no different. This morning I picked up a major national newspaper and as I flipped to the metro section I was greeted by a large picture of a Koi fish.

    The cover story was about the National Arboretum in Washington DC and how they were conducting their annual Koi fish auction. It wasn’t until I glanced down at the article that was unceremoniously squeezed beneath extensive coverage of a fish sale and the bottom of the page that I found what I was looking for, a brief story covering one of the most incredible achievements of human kind. This weekend, in addition to being the groundbreaking time when a national institution auctions off oversized goldfish, is also the time that we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Trieste descending to the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest point on earth 7 miles beneath the shiny waves of the Pacific Ocean. Only two men have ever gone that deep in the history of all humanity, and that was 50 years ago!

    I was fortunate to attend a gala last night with some of the world’s leading scientists, filmmakers, and explorers; people who have changed the face of our understanding and pushed back the limits of human knowledge often forging ahead in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Don Walsh and Jacques Picard both risked their lives to descend that deep, only the former is still alive and he graced us with his humble and brilliant presence at the events. More men have landed on the moon than have landed on the deepest part of our own planet and that…I would argue…is perhaps our greatest failure. That despite the progress I wrote about earlier, we are a still struggling to recognize that this planet and all its wonder should be valued above all else. Pop stars and sports figures are fine but we should equally value those who continue to fight for a more just, enlightened and hopeful future. Teachers, scientists, explorers and the like are heroes that walk amongst us every day and deserve more than a passing mention at the bottom of the newspaper.

    TH: What does a bright green future look like in this field?

    PC: A bright green future means that we transition from a carbon based society as soon as possible. That is the most critical thing we can do. From air pollution (that causes the deaths of 25,000 people in the US each year alone) to climate change and ocean acidification, the output of carbon into the atmosphere threatens our existence like no other challenge we have ever faced. My field is environmental education, exploration and conservation and my utopian vision of the future is a society empowered with the knowledge and tools to move beyond petty arguments and realize that we must all take action in our daily lives. We must all take action to build the sustainable world that we all dream of and that our children deserve.

    TH: How would we realistically transition into that sort of ideal situation? That is, how should we move forward in this field to try to reach this goal?

    PC: There are millions of individuals in this country with a great deal of free time and an overwhelming desire to take action to make their communities and their planet better; an army of willing individuals who have are quietly changing the world but who need more help if they are to reach their full potential. Who are these agents of change? Look around you, I have no doubt you encounter them everyday…you may even have them in your home. That’s right…youth. A year ago I had the opportunity to work with a group of three middle school boys who as part of a service project in their community did some research and found that lead wheel weights through improper disposal cause a considerable amount of lead pollution in the environment. These young men took matters into their own hands and worked tirelessly to pass a law.

    Feed that stag bananas

    goes bananas for bananas

    If you own one of these wonderful ‘staghorn ferns’ (Platycerium) they absolutely love bananas, as do many other plants.

    How to Use Bananas as Fertilizer

    Contributor

    By an eHow Contributing Writer

    Bananas are rich in both phosphorus and potassium which are important macro-nutrients plants need. Rose bushes in particular benefit from added potassium; however, all potassium fertilizers are extremely expensive. Banana peels are a natural source of the phosphorus and potassium found in expensive fertilizers, but why buy when making your own banana fertilizer is as easy as tossing the skins?

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Instructions

    1. Step 1

    Add banana peels regularly to your compost bin, if you happen to have one. The high levels of phosphorus and potassium are an essential addition to your homemade fertilizer. Whole banana peels break down fairly rapidly; however for faster decomposition, cut the peels into small pieces.

    1. Step 2

    Cut a banana peel into small pieces and mix them up with fresh soil for an added boost when planting a new plant. Banana peels can be mixed into the soil around plants, shrubs and trees at any time for an added fertilizer. If you happen to have access to a banana tree, add leaves, stalks and skins to your soil as well.

    1. Step 3

    Toss a banana peel onto the ground around your shrubs, flowers or in your garden as an extra fertilizer every time you enjoy a banana. The peels disintegrate and are absorbed into the ground quickly.

    1. Step 4

    Use small pieces of banana peels to add fertilizer to your garden mulch. When cleaning up the yard in the spring and summer, adding a boost of potassium and phosphorus rich banana peels can help your plants grow and flower better than ever.

    Vehicle Air Conditioning proper use

    Special thank you to Beverly Preston for submitting this warning:

    Car Air -conditioning

    No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before.  We wonder where this stuff comes from but here is an example that explains a lot of the cancer causing incidents.  Hmmm.  Many people are in their cars first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, 7 days a week.   As I read this, it makes me feel guilty and ill.  Please pass this on to as many people as possible. Guess its not too late to make some changes

    Car A/C (Air Conditioning) MUST READ!!!
    Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.

    Open the windows after you enter your car and turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes.

    Here’s why: According to research, the car dashboard, sofa, air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen – take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car).

    In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage.

    Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50mg per sq.ft. A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.

    If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.

    People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.

    Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver.  What’s worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.

    So friends, please open the windows and door of your car – give time for interior to air out -dispel the deadly stuff – before you enter.

    Thought: ‘When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.’

    This is what snopes.com says.  It is not the air conditioning in the car but the Benzene producing agents that cause cancer.

    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/benzene.asp

    Learning from Einstein’s Creativity

    by Ron White

    One of the most famous quotes from Albert Einstein is, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” You see, Einstein placed incredible value on creativity. His theories and ideas were all about creativity. He made a toy car for his young son out of shoestring and some boxes—that was creativity. When he was down and out and needed money, he posted an ad for tutoring lessons—that was creativity in making money.

    Since Einstein was one of the most accomplished and greatest thinkers of our time, an argument could be made that he was also one of the most creative people of all time. You can know more about your product than anyone and have more degrees than anyone you know, but if you don’t have a little bit of creativity to take advantage of what you do have, then it is useless.

    Credentials and knowledge will do you little good if you lack the creativity to take advantage of them. Einstein once said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” I think he was being a little humble and a lot humorous here, but he was once again acknowledging the importance of being creative!

    So you may ask yourself, “What is creativity?”

    That is an excellent question. Let’s go straight to the source to answer it. Einstein said, “Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else has thought.”

    Robert Kennedy said the same thing this way: “Some look at things that are and ask, why? I look at things that never were and ask, why not?” Robert Kennedy was talking about creativity, just as Einstein was.

    So how do you do it? How do you model the creativity of Albert Einstein? First, we need to address the idea of the limiting belief that you are not creative.

    There is a prevailing belief that creativity is an inborn trait—you are either creative or you’re not. Well, while creativity is an inborn trait, we are all born with a creative brain (your right cerebral hemisphere) and have many creative skills.

    Children are naturally curious and eager to explore the world around them and spend hours playing with toys, making up imaginary friends and pretend games. But as we get older, we begin to lose some of our natural creativity as we learn and use more left-brain thinking skills in school and at work.

    Research shows that our propensity to generate original ideas drops from 90% at age 5, to 20% at age 7, and even further to 2% as adults! However, unless you have suffered brain damage in your right hemisphere or had it surgically removed, you still have a creative brain; so you are still creative. It’s just that maybe you don’t use your creativity skills as much as you used to.

    Now for the good news! You can reawaken your creative brainpower.

    What would Einstein tell you in regard to increasing your creativity? Well, we don’t have to guess on that one, because he told us. He said, “The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

    Develop the curiosity of a child. Leonardo da Vinci, who is said to have been one of the greatest geniuses of all time, also had this creativity. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that Da Vinci and Einstein were both extremely creative and that so many years after their deaths we are still talking about them. Let me give you a few of Da Vinci’s credentials.

    Five hundred years ago, Da Vinci:

    • – drew blue prints for the world’s first helicopter
    • – drew blueprints for a submarine
    • – built an extendable ladder whose design is still being used by fire departments today
    • – built the world’s first hydraulic jack
    • – built a rotating stage
    • – built a water-powered alarm clock!

    Those are some pretty amazing credentials if you ask me.

    While curiosity might have “killed the cat,” it can help you think like a genius. Leonardo da Vinci had a book of questions. In his journal he would write down questions as fast as they would pop into his head. He would write down questions such as:

    • Why do birds fly?
      Why do they slow down as they land?
      What do their feathers do?

    The interesting thing is that he didn’t worry about the answers. He simply wrote down the questions because he knew something about the power of the human mind. He knew the subconscious mind was powerful and if he wrote down the questions his subconscious mind would continue to work on the answers.

    Creativity is defined by Webster’s as “creative ability or intellectual inventiveness.” This is a skill that everyone has, to some extent. There are ways to improve your ability to create and generate new ideas. Not everyone can be a great artist or a creative genius, but it makes sense to make the most of the potential we are given.

    Brainstorming is an extremely good way to practice creativity. A brainstorm can work with an individual or a group. This technique requires the generation of as many ideas as quickly as possible to solve a problem.

    It does not matter how outlandish an idea might be. All ideas are written down. The ideas need to be written down, and a time limit should be imposed for accepting ideas. If this is a group brainstorm, an individual should be appointed as recorder to write down the ideas. If this is an individual project, the person should write as the thoughts come. Remember, the less judgment of ideas, the greater the number of ideas generated. Although many of the ideas may be unreasonable and ineffective, they may lead you to the idea that will really work. It is helpful to set a goal for the number of ideas you wish to generate. This will give you something to work toward, and may unleash the perfect solution.

    Journal your thoughts for future use. This includes writing down dreams, insights, experiences, quotes, problems with friends, and any other information that is pertinent to you. This should have some kind of organization so you can look back on it periodically. You may find the answer to a problem in last month’s dream, so remember to review these personal logs frequently. This system will complement the complex subconscious mind, and allow you to retrieve from this boundless resource.

    Allow your ideas to develop and follow through on them. It is said that a good idea is worth 50 cents, and the plan to implement that plan is worth millions of dollars. It has been said another way as well: Anyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It is the man who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who changes the world.

    As you learn about creativity and the techniques that work best for you, a whole new world will open up to you. Creativity can be helpful in problem solving, dealing with people, and creating success in all areas of your life. Take the time to tap into your greatest power, the power of the imagination and increase your creativity in all areas of life.

    Sometimes when we face a problem we struggle with our thoughts so much, our energy is spent. The stress that comes with this kind of problem solving also affects how we think. If the anxiety level becomes too high, parts of the brain will shut down and it is impossible to generate the ideas needed to deal with the problem. When faced with too much stress the mind goes into the “fight or flight” mode. This allows the mind to deal with only two alternatives: fighting the opponent or fleeing the danger.

    You can avoid these mind-numbing emotions by altering your environment. When you feel yourself getting stressed out or you begin losing your focus, walk away from everything for a change of scenery. Allow yourself to focus on another task. Some people golf, juggle or exercise to get away from their mind blocks. When you return to this important task, you will have shifted from your stressed-out mindset to a new relaxed and ready-to-conquer attitude.

    Blaise Pascal said, “Almost all of the problems of mankind arise from the inability to be alone with oneself in a room for any period of time.”

    Getting away from the problem allows your subconscious mind to problem-solve, while your conscious mind is occupied with other things. Sometimes you will find the solution to your problem in your sleep. This is when the subconscious mind is most active. Basically, all your experiences and knowledge are stored in this part of the brain. This is where your creativity gets turbo-powered. If you can tap into this force, you will have creative powers beyond your wildest expectations.

    Another good way to help your creativity is to read. That’s right, read. When you read, your subconscious mind is automatically creating pictures whether you like it or not. So develop a passion for reading and watch your creativity increase. Both Einstein and Da Vinci were avid readers. Model this behavior and watch your creativity increase.

    Einstein said that he would simply imagine it so and then go about to prove it. In other words, the creative process occurred before the experiments.

    Maintain Appliances – todays green tip

    Proper maintenance reduces waste!

    Keep your appliances in good working order and follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for operation and maintenance. Shop for products with high consumer satisfaction and fewer breakdowns. If kept in good working order, your appliances should last a long time and not end up as waste before their time.

    Play the podcast (MP3, 697KB, runtime 0:42) | More ways you can reduce waste.

    Want more tips? Visit EPA’s Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.  http://www.epa.gov/earthday/tips2.htm

    EWG Supporters Push Chemicals Act Reform

    Posted by Nils Bruzelius in Featured Articles, Follow Kid-Safe Progress on April 15, 2010 | no responses


    The campaign for Kid-Safe Chemicals shifted into high gear this week (April 14) on a glorious spring day in Washington D.C. as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) presented petitions signed by more than 85,000 Americans to key Senate backers of chemicals regulation reform.

    On the day before Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced his much anticipated bill to make chemicals regulation reform a reality, EWG President and Co-Founder Ken Cook met with the veteran lawmaker in his Senate offices and rolled out a 188-foot long scroll containing the names of the signers of EWG’s petition.

    “We can get this done,” Sen. Lautenberg told Mr. Cook as the two leaders in the movement to protect Americans from chemical hazards thanked each other for their efforts and promised to press the campaign to a successful end – enactment of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010.

    Earlier in the afternoon, EWG Chief of Staff Heather White and Senior Vice President for Research Jane Houlihan presented a copy of the same names to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in the imposing hearing room of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which Sen. Boxer chairs. The committee will have jurisdiction over the legislation in the Senate.

    On the House side, Ms. White and EWG Legislative Analyst Jason Rano delivered the same petition to Rep. Bobby L. Rush, chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.

    Lautenberg introduced his bill in the Senate on the same day (April 15) that the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a “discussion draft” of its parallel legislation. Rep. Rush, along with Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif), chairman of the committee, and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass), chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, plan to hold a series of meetings with key interest groups in the coming weeks as they write the final language for a House version of the bill.

    Sen. Lautenberg and his aides were visibly impressed as Mr. Cook unrolled just the first 12 feet of the scroll of petition signers, whose names were typed single-spaced across five columns on a continuous sheet 188 feet long. The senator read aloud the language of the petition calling for legislative action, which cited studies by EWG and government agencies showing that babies are being born “pre-polluted” with more than 400 chemicals, including a number known to have potentially serious effects on development.

    “When you see these external influences that invade our opportunities to have healthy lives,” Sen. Lautenberg said, it highlights the need to pass legislation that will ensure that chemicals are tested for safety before they go into wide use. “I believe that, I believe that deeply,” the senator said.

    Sen. Lautenberg, who is undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma, described how a sister and two grandchildren had been afflicted with pediatric cancer, asthma and diabetes, all diseases that may be linked in varying degrees to chemical exposures in the environment.

    Sen. Boxer, accepting a copy of the same list of petition signers, assured her EWG visitors that “I care about making sure that we keep this planet habitable for our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.” Standing beneath the seal of the United States and a high ceiling festooned with the signs of the zodiac, the California senator learned that the petition signers included 12,700 of her California constituents.

    Boxer will be the key figure in scheduling committee action on the Safe Chemicals bill, whose broad outlines have thus far been endorsed by a broad array of environmentalist, academics and industry.

    It’s not too late to sign EWG’s petition. If you want to let your senators and representatives know that you, too, support chemicals regulation reform, please go to the Kid-Safe Chemicals campaign page and add your name.

    How to Go Green: In the Kitchen

    [by Team TreeHugger]

    The eco-friendly kitchen begins with eating green, but it doesn’t end there. Energy-efficient food preparation and cleaning habits, using equipment made from sustainable materials, and dodging toxic chemicals are also important if you want to have a truly healthy kitchen.

    Fortunately, making the right choices for your well-being is also good for the pocket and the planet. Our straightforward and simple suggestions for preparing earth-friendly meals–from fridge to food to cleanup–will turn you into a greener gourmet in no time.

    Many kitchen solutions begin with non-toxic products as mentioned above.  Check out http://Melaleuca.com for a proven 25 year green (less expensive) solution.  Call CSea at 970-300-4015 for more information.

    ..it happens; how will you act or react?

    Positive Thoughts

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    “Breathe” Posted: 13 Apr 2010 06:59 PM PDT (Author unknown)

    Breathe

    Breathe …
    Take in the light of the universe.
    Let its energy course through your body like an infectious joy disease.

    Breathe …
    You are connected to the source from which all is created and conceived.
    Possibility is unavoidable,
    limit a trivial point of ill logic.

    Breathe …
    Know that everything that happens today is for your betterment
    and for the betterment of everything and everyone around you,
    thus, everything is wonderful.

    Breathe …
    Contemplate and marvel at life’s perfection,
    the mystery that is this infinity of which you are a vital part.

    Realize that we are all particles in a singular entity
    and every day grants us the opportunity to contribute
    to the health and well-being of that entity.

    Breathe… Love… Be.
    Embrace the Day

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