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2/24/2015

Recently, I finished reading Start Something That Matters By Blake Mycoskie.



I have been inspired to not only do good for the world, but also doing good for myself, both inside and out. I need to change my consumption habits. I drink soda, love candy and chocolate, and I only use a few health/beauty products that are considered natural/organic.
THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE.
I am usually not very personal on this blog, and the wall I have built up needs to come down.
I want to let you all in on this journey I am about to embark on. Here we go!

I am proud of companies like TOMS, Honest, Lush, method, and even the Melrose Trading Post. I have started to admire a few bloggers: Scratch Mommy, Trash is for Tossers, and even Crunchy Betty, although she has not posted in a while.

I have itchy skin all the time and I think it is a combination of the hard water in Los Angeles and the reaction to the unnatural ingredients I am putting on and in my body. Detoxing is never fun, but I have read that I need to detox even my armpits if I think of switching to homemade deodorant.

SO, What-Ya-Gonna-Do-About-It?

Where do I start? Maybe setting out clear goals will help me in this whirlwind I am feeling:


Goals To Change My Consumption Habits:

- Use and create my own natural, organic, and if possible: zero-waste beauty and health products (toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, lip balm)

- Eat natural, organic, and fresh meals

- Volunteer

- Commit to a solid yoga, meditation, and fitness routine

- Make my own condiments

- Change my grocery shopping habits by focusing on reusing containers, buying in bulk and recycling. This will decrease waste and is mostly inspired by Lauren from Trash is for Tossers!

Honestly, I don't know where to start. 
I have a grocery list and I have not had the chance to locate all the items on the list. 
It is mostly just a list of the basic starters for someone looking to make their own beauty and personal health products. When I have the items on my list, I will begin my journey. Maybe my journey has already begun just by me thinking about changing my habits.

My list to begin my DIY Lifestyle. Prices are from www.thesage.com so I can compare the prices online to what I find in the store. Oh, and shipping from the website is $17! So high!
(Note: I ALWAYS need milk and frozen berry medleys!)


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1/23/2015

I love to paint and I have recently come across a lot of old wood window sash's. They are all different sizes, but they came from the same house so they all have the same paint. 
I went to Michaels and picked up some Martha Stewart Glass Paint. The set is normally $30 for 8, but I had a 50% coupon so for $16, these 8 glass paints are worth it! 
Go for the Opaque so it won't look like you are trying to pull off stained glass!!

Two Yellow Birds In The Wind
Buck Head 1

Buck Head 2

How do I do it? Well, to sketch out my paintings, I use dry erase markers on one side and paint on the other:


Notice: I did not have a white, purple, or yellow Dry Erase Marker, so I kept the marker next to the color I wanted it to represent. I did not want to forget or second guess!


These are just a few of the windows. I will show you all more when they are dry!

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

- Heather





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1/13/2015


I have always used coupons at the grocery store and this is the secret to keeping them organized!
Get a 3x5 card box - you can find these at Staples, Office Depot, or anywhere 3 x 5 cards are sold.


You can find Coupons in the Sunday paper, in the mail, or online.


I usually clip coupons in my pajamas before I go to the grocery store. I pile them up according to category and then I put them away in the coupon box. I think this is easier and faster because I am not filing each coupon individually, but in groups. It works for me.


My Coupon Box Categories for Tabs: 
Baking, Beverages, Bread, 
Cans, Cat, Cereal, 
Chips/Snacks, Cleaning, Dressings/Condiments, 
Dairy, Frozen, Health, Meats, 
Pasta, Plastics/Paper, and Veggies!!

I also have a VIDEO if you want to see mine! 
What do you use to stay organized with your coupons? 
I know we can use digital coupons now, too. But, sometimes they do not offer them online, only in print - this works well for me.

- Heather

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1/10/2015

This recipe comes from very simple ingredients, but when you put them all together - POW! 
Out comes this fantastic seasoning you will want every time you make taco's!

1 Serving = 3 Tablespoons of Seasoning for 1 1/2 lbs. meat

How to use:
Brown meat in a saucepan, Drain off fat and
Add 3 Tablespoons of Seasoning and 1/2 Cup (Up to 1 Cup) Of Water





As you can see, I make a large batch - note the "3x" next to the larger amounts.

For one serving, the recipe is:
1 Tbs. Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 Tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 Tsp. Crushed Red Peppers (Add more for extra spice!)
1/2 Tsp. Dried Oregano
1/2 Tsp. Paprika
1 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cumin
2 Tsp. Salt 
1 Tsp. Pepper

To make a large batch (3 Servings) to keep handy in a jar, the recipe is:
3 Tbs. Chili Powder
1 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
3/4 Tsp. Onion Powder
3/4 Tsp. Crushed Red Peppers (Add more for extra spice!)
1/2 Tbs. Dried Oregano
1/2 Tbs. Paprika
1 1/2 Tbs. Ground Cumin
2 Tbs. Salt 
1 Tbs. Pepper


What would you like me to show you how to make next? Have a great weekend!!!!

Love,

Heather




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1/06/2015

We went to the Getty Villa in Malibu on a very cloudy day, but the gardens were still beautiful!



I always take a picture of where we parked so I don't have to worry about it when we leave.


We could see the Pacific Ocean!


The Hall of Colored Marbles was truly stunning!!!


Look at the floor!


I love these walls!!!! I have seen this look in granite in some 
people's kitchens - they used it in the entire room.


Even to trim the ceiling.





Yes, this is the decorated ceiling of the Getty Villa.


Hercules! Hercules!


I loved this view of the garden!




They have turned off the water due to the drought in California.


Alex and I - The sunset looks as though it is burning!!


The exit - what a view!



This is a photo of sun-rays coming out of the clouds and onto the Pacific Ocean. Just beautiful!

I would highly recommend you make a reservation and go to the Getty Villa in Malibu. Reservations are required, but admission is free - parking is $15 per car.

The museum is mostly focused around its beautiful gardens and Greek and Antiquity art such as jewelry, paintings, and sculptures. Have you been? What did you think of your visit?

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12/22/2014




I unbox my December @LoveWithFood box! 
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12/19/2014




The Menu /\   Our delicious drinks \/




The BTLA!



Crispy Chickn' Plate


Crispy Cauliflower




Carrot Cake


Honestly, do I even need to talk about this food? It was crispy and delicious! I have nothing negative to say and I hope you find a VeggieGrill in your area. Good luck and happy eating!!

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12/12/2014

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