Weekly Tips for April 25, 2011

Posted on 25. Apr, 2011 by in Uncategorized

Well, glad E. Bunny has come and gone.  He left those crazy Cadbury crunch eggs.  OD’d on them in less than 3 hours.  What candy did you enjoy this past weekend?

Looks like from the national weather reports that Spring has finally sprung! High heat in the south, warmer temps and less storms in the north and east and sunny skies in the west. Time to start focusing on summer, summer, summer!  What are your plans? Camps, vacations, pool parties or beach days?

NICE:

Time to take a long hard look at your life and appreciate what you have and how lucky you are!  Then tell your family how much you love and appreciate them.  You can do it by a card, email, flower or hug!

GREEN: Ways to Go Greener.

Food: Eat foods that are in season and don’t have to travel long distances to reach your table.

Food prep and storage: Avoid plastic containers when possible. Use glass and stainless steel to store your leftovers in.

Personal care: Avoid petroleum byproducts, fragrances, and other unsafe chemicals whenever possible.

Children: Choose toys made without toxic chemicals.

Cleaning: Simply cutting down on the number of cleaning products you use will save money and limit the number of toxic chemicals you’re exposed to.

Save energy: Save money, energy, and time by installing a programmable thermostat and programming it properly.

Save water: Buying low-flow showerheads and faucets will not only save water, but also the energy it takes to heat water.

Home improvement: Adding insulation to your home will cost money up front, but you’ll save on heating and cooling bills.

Garden: Avoid using synthetic pesticides and other poisons. Wweed by hand instead of relying on chemicals.

Transportation: Drive less often. Try carpooling to work or taking public transportation once or twice a week. Run weekend errands on your bike or by foot. If you need to drive, then bundle all your errands together so you take fewer trips in your car.

HEALTH:

Brazillian Blowouts have been all the rage.  However, what is exactly in there to straighten hair for three months? Well, the Feds are now interested, too.  Government regulators said they have found chemicals in a variety of hair products that are labeled “formaldehyde-free.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating complaints from stylists and hair salon owners about the products.

Formaldehyde, which has been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen, can irritate the eyes, skin and lungs and cause breathing problems and skin rashes.  For further information, click here.

FOOD:

Meatless Monday or any day you feell like making a fabulous dinner, here it is among rave reviews - Lentil Thia Chili.

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