"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." ~ Dame Agatha Christie

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Green Products I Recommend (my recent Wal-Mart trek)

Yes, I confess I love Wal-Mart (as if you as my friends didn't already know that LOL!) I was there Friday night and picked up a fantastic new publication from National Geographic called Green Guide www.thegreenguide.com/ggbt that just started a print version (their website has been a source of knowledge for me for quite some time). A print subscription is only $15/year and this is the first issue ($4.95 cover price). Great articles include info on safer foods, green cleaners, ingredients to avoid in cosmetics, the recycling codes (and safety of using) regarding plastics--very informative but also very user-friendly. A magazine that I will refer to over and over--I saved a stamp and paper and subscribed online!

Found another green product I'll happily purchase going forward--100% recycled content toilet paper (I know--I could have worded that differently, but I was hoping to get a laugh or raised eyebrow from some of you LOL). White Cloud Green Earth is a 4-pack (440 2-ply sheets/roll) of toilet tissue made from 100% recycled fibers. Priced between the cheapest 4-packs and the premiums, it is a solid value. Not the truly softest (but not the commercial quality TP that reminds me of newsprint) and not snowy white (hypoallergenic and probably not bleached as many papers are) but even the packaging is recyclable (and there is 15% less of it that in some 4-packs). The only true downfall is that the website is printed too small on the labeling for my seasoned eyes to read, or I would attach it here.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Blessed Beltane/May Day to All

"I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers;
Of April, May, of June, and July-flowers,
I sing of May-poles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bride-grooms, brides, and of their bridal-cakes." ~~ Robert Herrick

Today is May Day--historically a day for celebrating the earth and the renewal of life. Flowers and gardens are reappearing. What better time to read a garden mystery? Courtesy of my friend Beverly and her Mom, Veda, I have a new author to collect--Janis Harrison. Book four of her series, A Deadly Bouquet, really sucked me in today and left me wanting more of Bretta Solomon. I give it a 5/5 stars and entered it into my Amateur Sleuth Challenge list (see the bottom of my blog).

My compost bin is coming along well, but I still have no worms. I hope to find some at a local garden center this month.

Renewal is happening in other areas as well. My work hours will be changing Monday to accommodate staff changes--I'll now work a split shift Monday thru Friday with the advantage being I need not go back to Saturdays. My evenings may be interrupted, but I'll have a long enough break during the day to run errands.

Soon, you will see a post letting you know my Memory Works website is live. Once the new catalog is available in print, I'll open the website. We carry great products and have a monthly kit that combines great products from some of the paper industry's most popular companies.

Speaking of paper, Saturday is National Scrapbooking Day. If you are a scrapper or papercrafter, I hope you spend time that day creating. Here's one of my favorite sites for downloads (now she's featuring Mother's Day thru May 11): http://countdown.tentwostudios.com

What are you celebrating this May Day? What renewal is Blessing your life?