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Inspiration

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If you’re looking for crafty inspiration – head over to Crafster (in the same vein as instructables) “a repository for hip, off-beat, crafty diy (do it yourself) projects.”

And don’t miss the eco-friendly way to craft:

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August 26, 2008 at 1:17 pm

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Walk Score

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’ll be moving in less than a week! Part of the excitement of the move comes from living in an area that will allow me to use my own feet as my primary source of transportation. To get a real sense of my current location and my new location I’m going to enlist the help of Walk Score.

Walk Score ranks 2,508 neighborhoods in the largest 40 U.S. cities to help you find a walkable place to live.

The ratings are 1 to 100, 100 of course being the best.

Current home in Leicester: 23 out of 100 CAR DEPENDENT

New home in downtown Asheville: 86 out of 100 VERY WALKABLE

So hop over to Walk Score and see how your neighborhood ranks. This tool is especially useful for anyone planning to move soon who wants to reduce their gasoline bill and environmental impact. Anyone moving to San Francisco is particularly in luck, as SF is THE most walkable city.

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August 26, 2008 at 12:32 pm

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Win $1,000 … seriously.

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REV

REV

One of our new clients, REV, is having a seriously awesome contest.

(I want to enter but I can’t!)

Here’s the deal about REV – they are a company producing naturally derived epsom salts with all natural herbs and essential oils. You can take a longer gander at them here : Rev-Life.

The contest is geared towards Moms who ‘do it all’ and still find time to recharge. A big focus of the contest is to create a space for mom’s to share insight into how they get it all done while still having energy to take care of themselves. The REV-Life community will allow moms to trade videos, photos, and write blogs.

They will be picking 5 new “spokesmoms” for the REV product and lifestyle. Winners will receive a 6month supply of REV and $1,000!

So – if you know of any moms who could use a cool $1000 and enjoy natural bath products – send them on over to the REV site.

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August 20, 2008 at 5:09 pm

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Acupuncture

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In the last 3 months, I’ve become a complete convert to Chinese Medicine. It all started after a recommendation from my boss led me to the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic. I originally went to help alleviate some pesky allergies and a lingering sinus infection. I wasn’t sure how the session would turn out but I was desperate for relief.

The clinic has a lovely and relaxed atmosphere. The moment you walk in – you immediately smell a mix of herbs lingering gracefully in the air. The converted house, right next to Montford park, is serene and charming. The staff are kind and calm, just what you need to get into acupuncture land.

I was nervous before my first session began – not knowing what to expect. Once I was flat on my back with needles delicately placed in carefully selected pressure points I went into a state of complete relaxation. My body felt abuzz with electricity, my mind was sharp and steady, and i eventually drifted off to sleep and lucid dreaming.

When my acupuncture session came to an end I received a muscle-rejuvenating massage.

Along with the acupuncture itself, I was prescribed some herbs to help clear up my sinuses. Two days later – I was breathing like a pro again.

Since that session, I’ve returned as many as 4 times a month to work on other various ailments. Mostly, I’ve gone back to work on my flight anxiety.

I’ve always been prone to terror when I even think of flying, but being on a plane can be a real drag for me because my body goes into a panic that is impossible to calm.

Well, it used to anyway.

Since my acupuncture sessions I’ve become an almost bored passenger during my routine work and pleasure flights. I sit calmly, an observer of her surroundings, and I do not keep tabs on my heart rate and i do not lose feeling in my hands. I also can actually get out of my seat if necessary, without my knees buckling.

To me, it is a little like magic that I am able to do any of these things. The dramatic change came after visiting the Acupuncture clinic – so I do hold the clinic completely responsible for my recovery.

My sessions these days are shorter and less frequent. I look forward to them like the most celebrated birthday, though. I find that my brain becomes more clear and flexible after a session. It is my best habit and my favorite way to spend money. ?(By the way, it isn’t much money at all.)

Since I began routinely visiting the clinic – I haven’t needed a single visit to the traditional doctor.

I do try to lead a healthy life of activity, vegetarianism, and meditation. Acupuncture has been a beautiful addition to my life, one I hope to have for years to come.

To find out more about acupuncture – check out the Clinic’s website for a list of treatable conditions as recognized by the United Nations. Here are fantastic articles that will help you learn more about acupuncture.

PS – It doesn’t hurt. 🙂

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August 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm

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Resources Section

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I’ve just added a resources section which has over 100 links to sites that I think are interesting. Most of them have a sustainability slant. I will be adding and organizing more blogs, sites, books, videos… you name it, in the next few days. So – click around and see if you don’t encounter something new and interesting.

Here’s a good place to start : EcoFuse

EcoFuse is a relatively new website founded by a husband and wife team that, in their words, “wanted to do ‘more’ than just recycle and conserve.” They have a helpful weekly tip section – which is currently about reducing junk mail – right on!

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August 15, 2008 at 5:09 am

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Instructables

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Just a quick note about a recent find ala Etsy and the DIY movement.

Instructables

From their site:

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others. Read more about the history…

Gotta love the worm bin bag for indoor vermicomposting!

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August 14, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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For my new apartment

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I’ve been looking around for little items to put into my new apartment. Here’s a gem that I would actually consider – especially in light of my recent trip to Alaska.

From NEL the global warming rug:

Showcasing the plight of the polar bear, adrift on one tiny piece of ice in a sea.

Of course, their Iraq rug would also make a nice addition.

Coming soon – more items to furnish my apartment, how social networks can improve your nourishment, and my review of the organic skincare line from Juice Beauty.

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August 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm

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