I subscribe to a lot of blogs, and thanks to laziness and procrastination, I get really behind on reading them. There are times that I wonder why I don’t just unsubscribe to most of them if I can’t keep up. But then there are days like today when I have the time to catch up on my reading and I find so many interesting things out there. You may find this surprising, but many of these blogs have nothing to do with food. So today I thought I’d give you a short tour of some of the other things that fill my mind when I’m not dreaming of all of the delicious ways to enjoy food.
I don’t obsess and I don’t preach to others about being green, eco-, and natural, but I do try to take small steps toward a greener and healthier lifestyle. Examples from the last year include taking reusable shopping bags with me always (or as close to always as possible), switching to an all-natural lip balm (my current favorite is Weleda Everon Lip Balm), and giving up paper towels at my apartment (probably the most extreme-sounding step I’ve taken but surprisingly easy. If you’re interested in how I did it, let me know in the comments). So in an effort to find other little steps I can take as well as just stay current, I subscribe to blogs like ecosalon and Lighter Footstep. Here are a few of the highlights from my backlog of eco-reading:
Organic, Eco & Vegan Lipsticks – I don’t wear much lipstick as it stands but I like the idea of having one that I can feel good about wearing
Eco-friendly giveaways & deals – One of the issues with shopping for the “eco-friendly” products is that at most stores these products are priced higher than the mainstream items. This link at ecosalon lists out several saving tips for online eco-shopping. My favorite example: Seventh Generation products – buy one, get 50% off the second.
Handbags born of old leather jackets – I love this. More for the inspiration than anything (I love to see people and companies reuse things creatively). Seeing as how I’m nearly “funemployed” (check out this article about others choosing funemployment from the LA Times), the bags are kind of pricey to me, but not more than most handbags these days. If I were going to splurge though, I’d take a good look at their bags first.
Then there are those times when my creativity needs an outlet but my thighs and bum need a break from the cupcakes so I turn my energies to crafts: sewing, paper, knitting, … Michael’s and Joann’s are like drugs to me. Hello, my name is Patricia and I’m a craftoholic. So to get a quick fix without leaving home and endangering my wallet, I turn to several crafty blogs. A few of my favorites are Angry Chicken (and her apron blog Tie One On), Sew Mama Sew, and Crazy Aunt Purl (she just seems real… four cats and all). Here are a few of the projects that caught my eye today:
Cute invitations to print out – Sending paper invitations kind of go against my preference to be greener, but these are really cute. My favorite part is the petal closure. These are simple and adorable, so if I were going to send paper invitations I’d give these serious consideration.
Ruffled summer shirt – Easy, breezy,… cover girl. Oh wait, that may be trademarked. It’s definitely cute though. And I’ll bet you could adjust the pattern to make a little girl version too.
Just in case you are still with me, one last link…
Four myths about staying hydrated debunked – Apparently you don’t have to drink eight glasses of water a day. I feel liberated. And oddly refreshed.