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29 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

What To Do in The Last Days of 2011?

environmentalism, research, references, books, documentaries, films, reading

In the last days of 2011, there are some books and documentaries I highly recommend you read and watch. Since June of 2010, I vowed to read one book a month, which I am proud to say I have done thus far. Most books I have read I found enlightening and well written with only a handful that were slightly disappointing in the quality of the writing and content. With the plethora of books and videos out there, I encourage you to share any books or documentaries that you have discovered and enjoyed as well.

26 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Put Down That Cookie: How to stay healthy & trim

eat healthy, healthy eating, weight management, weight loss

If you are like me and many others this holiday season, it is easy to over eat and eat all of the most unhealthy foods. There are pies, cookies, chocolates, fudge, candy canes and the list could go on. You also do not want to offend anyone so you may indulge even when you had to unbutton those jeans half way through dinner. I, however, have tips that help me get through the holiday season without gaining weight and over indulging on sweets.

  • Stay hydrated - remember to drink eight glasses of water. For example, alternate an alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.

22 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

The Meaning of Christmas

meaning of christmas, christmas day, christmas, holidays, family

For those that celebrate Christmas, I think some things have been lost in regards to the meaning of Christmas. All I hear about is "stuff" - toys, gadgets, gift cards, etc. It is a time for shopping, a time of excess, a time for greed, and a time of wants and not needs. I recently heard on the news that the average American will spend over $700 this holiday year. This seems outrages to me. In hearing all of this, I start to think back on my childhood memories and what was the most special part of the holidays for me and my family. Frankly, it was not the gifts.

20 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Go Green With Your New Year's Resolution

new year resolution, green resolutions, green habits, go green

Between 40 and 45 percent of American adults make a New Year's resolution. And on average less than half of those people maintain that resolution after the first 6 months; but this year is different. This year your New Year's resolution must start with discipline and persistence. When you fail at your New Year's resolution, it is usually because of a lack of discipline, or self-control, and, therefore, the inability to persist with the resolution.

14 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

A Chili Recipe You Cannot Resist!

chili, soup, winter meals, beans, recipes, cooking, vegan

I love making homemade chili. The smell of it fills the house and it is the perfect dinner for a cold, winters day. This recipe can easily be made with or without meat, depending on if you are a meat lover or a vegetarian. You can make this soup over the stove, but is best when it cooks in a crock-pot all day. Getting hungry yet? If you don't know what is for dinner is your answer!

Chili Recipe

16 oz bag of dried kidney beans

32 oz tomato juice

16-24 oz beef broth [use vegetable or mushroom if vegan]

The Electric Car: A waste of time?

electric vehicle, plug-in electric car, conventional vehicle, zero emissions

Electric cars are becoming more and more popular. The three major reasons are that people want to purchase vehicles that are more environmentally friendly, want to become less dependent on oil, especially foreign oil, and want to purchase vehicles that are more economical.

9 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

The "Healthy Child" Grass Roots Movement

healthy child, hazardous chemicals, green baby, organic baby products

Thursday I listened to the "Lunch and Learn with Healthy Child" webinar on December 8, 2011. The keynote speakers were Elisabeth Rohm and Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff. This is the first time I had really heard of this grassroots campaign to empower parents through education. It focuses on ways to provide a safe environment that is free of hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides in the backyard. The webinar was a great way to learn about what the "Healthy Child Healthy World" campaign is really trying to do to improve our environment, products and children's health.

3 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Change is Slow Among the 99 Percent

sustainable lifestyle, #OWS, occupy movement, U.S. citizens, consumerism

Although we seem to be seeing a change in some Americans' ideology with the Occupy Movement, there is a huge shadow hanging over this movement. This shadow is our own inabilities to make lifestyle changes, even when we are proclaiming at the top our lungs that we want the government, corporations and the top one percent to change their ways. If we want to be taken seriously, we need to seriously re-evaluate our lifestyles. This lifestyle change, however, is not going to be easy.

2 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Must Haves on Your Holiday Wish List!

holiday wish list, eco-friendly gifts, green gifts

So my previous blog was about gifts to buy for friends and loved ones, but what about your gift list, or wish list. This holiday season, don't just buy eco-friendly gifts, but get others to buy eco-friendly gifts as well. If we want change to occur then there is no better place to start than with us - the consumer.

Eco-Friendly Wish List For Women

30 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

The Buzz About Arsenic in Juice

arsenic in juice, apple juice, safety concerns with juice, inorganic arsenic

Recently a Consumer Reports study found abnormally high levels of total arsenic [organic + inorganic arsenic] in juices. The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, claims that this study is a gross generalization, partly due to the small sample size. According to the FDA, apple juice is perfectly safe to drink. But what are the facts so you can make the best decision for you and your child now?

  • Organic arsenic is when arsenic atoms are bonded with carbon, and is found in water and plants. This is considered a less harmful form of arsenic compared to inorganic.