I am going to combine the two options this week and choose a challenge that will benefit my wallet as well as the planet. I struggle sometimes with remembering how must waste is generated by eating out. It often feels easier to just buy food for lunch instead of preparing it at home, and stopping by Starbucks often sounds delicious... But most fast food or to-go establishments generate waste--not to mention it costs more money than just eating the food already at home, and…
This morning, my family and I went to our town's downtown farmers' market to enjoy the company of our community, enjoy the fresh air and fresh produce, and to get a knife sharpened at one of the booths. I also was able to snap some photos for the green tips guide I'm editing for the City.
After we dropped off the knife to be sharpened at one end of the market, we wandered back down to Main Street and explored an art gallery, which sells locally crafted art, paintings, and jewelry. I observed that the jewelry prices were all at least $40, which seemed high to me. Then I realized that in order for a local artist to make a living selling jewelry and in order to use fine quality materials, that is the true cost. I'm so used to prices you might see at big chain stores where the jewelry is made in China out of cheap materials. Though I stopped buying lots of jewelry awhile back, realizing this made me want to be selective and thoughtful the next time I do want to get some je…
My sister and mom have been growing and nurturing our backyard garden this summer, and I am always amazed when I go out there to see the growth that can occur over just a few days. We have tomatoes, watermelons, pumpkins, corn, squash, sunflowers, strawberries, and myriad different flowers thriving and brightening up our backyard. Here are some recent photos of the beautiful sanctuary of life existing right here at home.
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Starting this blog 3 years ago was probably one of the best
decisions I ever made. I didn't quite realize how important the blog would be to my life or that it would become a valuable
place for me to explore my writing style, learn innumerable new sustainable
lifestyle tips, and truly hone in on what I’m passionate about.
Around the same time that I started the Green Gal blog, I
also started a literature blog called perennial Thoughts. My whole life I figured I’d study literature,
and I was right. But I also figured I’d go on to become an English teacher or a
writer of fiction. In eighth grade health class we had to create a
timeline for our lives, and on mine I put that by age 25 I would have published
my first book. I figured it would be creative writing, or something fictional.
I participated in NanoWriMo a few years in high school and joined the school’s
writing club. I wrote for our local Patch back when no one else knew what Patch
was (and I actually got that job because our …