Welcome 2012!

Happy New Year to Everyone!

I am sure we are all considering ways we can improve ourselves and our planet this year.  I could make the typical “greening” list including our usual suspects: Eat Local. Buy Local. Upcycle. Recycle. Reuse…. on and on….

But, hey- you know all of that from dedicating your time to reading this Journal 😉   Here is a new focus for the beginning of the year- SIMPLIFY.

Take it easy on yourselves and on your lives.  Try to add one small green living addition to your routine for a month.  Just look at it one month (or week) at a time.  Eventually, some things will become part of your routine, while others that do not work for you will be removed.

You are not failing at a resolution or at helping the Earth… you are TRYING.  Let’s start a conversation about what we are doing that is working for us and what we have tried that was less successful.

I’ll start us off…….


  • family recycling all recyclable items
  • hygiene: reduction of “products” and increase in natural items (like olive oil)
  • making most meals from scratch
  • donating/freecycle–ing items versus trash


  • teenager using natural ingredients
  • reduction of plastic
  • homemade laundry soap
  • using the sewing machine
  • commitment to wheat versus processed

So, what do you have to add?


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