Today is the last day of September which means it is also the last day of the Oregon state-wide Bike Commute Challenge. I was happy to participate and to clock in my bike miles this month. My co-worker and I were the only ones on our bike team, but he was good motivation to ride [...]
This picture harnesses the beauty and serenity I find living in Oregon. From the sky, the river, the mountains and the trees, here lies an essence of Oregon. Art can bring nature inside, and with it can come the refreshing or serene sense nature brings.
This product is the epitome of simplified. It is one soap you can use for your body wash, hand soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, dish washing, shaving gel and even toothpaste (they recommend using peppermint for that use). Their product is thoughtful and I consider the company to be doing a beautiful thing. Here’s why:
Last Wednesday I took part in a Zen meditation group. I am fairly new to meditation (within the last few years) and I have done pieces of it in my yoga classes or for infrequent short time spans on my own. Joining this Zen meditation was a reentry into meditation and a time for deeper [...]
Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
In my last post I talked about why department store lotion is a waste of money. So now we should discuss what is the alternative.
Plant based oils is one alternative to store bought lotions. I started using oils because of my concern regarding the preservatives and chemicals in the lotions I was [...]
Typical body lotions are mixtures of water, alcohol, and chemicals. What sells the lotions is the headlining ingredient they advertise, such as cocoa butter or olive oil.
The Body Shop represents the majority of beauty companies that sell poor quality ingredients labeled as something else. The lotion that grabbed my attention was Cocoa Butter, Hand [...]
How often do you clean out your products?
As a consumer there are too many things to buy and think about. It seems we often use a product because we heard, think, or have been taught it is necessary to use.We use toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, deodorant, creams, pastes, gels, and cleansers everyday. I often [...]
A study done by the University of Washington brings attention to some unknown hazards of using scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets. During their study they found that air vented from laundry machines using popular name brand laundry detergent and dryer sheets contained more than 25 different volatile organic compounds with [...]
I have been without texting and Facebook for about 9 months now. Facebook by choice and texting sort-of by choice. This is quite the deviation from what my generation is into.
Life is quieter now. I am hardly ever on my phone, it is often on silent or sitting somewhere where it can not disrupt [...]