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Pretty Green Mani

Did you know most nail polish is not vegan? I didn’t, until I saw this line of nail polish by SpaRitual advertising itself as vegan and free of DBP, formaldehyde and toluene. Now, I’m not vegan (this green girl has gotta have her yogurt, cheese and ice cream), but it’s good to know for those who are trying to eliminate all animal products.

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Wikipedia says all nail polishes have been rid of DBF since 2006, so that’s not really an issue, but it’s still great to see a company dedicated to sustainability and eliminating toxic materials. According to the website:

SpaRitual is committed to creating eco-friendly products and packaging perfectly crafted for the enlightened consumer. We use Vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are wildcrafted OR organic. The formulations are naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes. SpaRitual is constantly monitoring sustainability issues and strives to be on the cutting edge of environmental awareness…. In addition, our bottle is crafted in Italy from reusable glass with up to 50% recycled materials and is recyclable with proper care.

Gotta love that.

Anyway, I picked up Days of Wine and Roses (oh, how I wish that is what my days were actually filled with!) and it’s super cute. A nice dark purple with hints of sparkle. I found it at a cute beauty supply store in my stepsister’s neighborhood, which is sadly going out of business. Remember: support your local business if you want them to stick around! Anyway, it’s MadKat in North Beach for any SF locals, and all their products are 30% off until they close at the end of the month. They also have a few eco-friendly haircare lines, in addition to this nail polish.

Now I know the most eco-friendly thing to do would be to skip nail polish all together. But I love my pedis, and a nice manicure can really pull together a cute outfit, so this is a great option for the pretty green girl in all of us!

Tell me: What’s your favorite “green” beauty product?

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I love my Saturday horoscope.

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Leo: Little changes make a difference. Do something eco-friendly today and you’ll feel fabulous!

I mean, I wrote it, but whatever. It’s still sage advice. 😉

(I apologize for the horrendous grammar in many of these horoscopes. I have to write a lot of them with tight character limits! Oh well, the “kids” seem to like them!)

My challenge to you today (and everyday): make one fun, fabulous eco-friendly change today. Bring a cute reusable bag, go to a Farmers Market, choose NOT to buy something that comes in plastic, buy something used. Maybe do something you wouldn’t normally, and then let me know what it was and how good it made you feel!

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The Next Day an Asparagus Came and It Was Not Friendly

Hello, spring!

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I was happy to find asparagus at the Farmers Market two weeks ago – first crop of the season! I had been planning to title this post Waiting for Asparagus, but then I remembered this story my mother transcribed. I have a whole book of stories I told her when I was between two and four years old. I really encourage those of you with children, or those planning to have them, to do this. They’re so fun and adorable to read now. My Mom and I cracked up when we first found this again.

October 2, 1984
Once a time there was a kitty cat. The kitty didn’t meow, it said woo(f). And the next day it meowed again. But not really. It really woofed, woofed, woofed.

The next day an asparagus came and it was not friendly. And the next day it was good again, but a dog bit it in the leg and the arm because it hit the dog.

That’s all, that’s the end. An asparagus is not real, it’s pretend, just make-believe.

I have so many more of these stories, but I don’t want to go all Kathie Lee on you guys. Maybe I’ll post a few from time to time. A shocking number of them are about candy. 🙂

Friendly Roasted Asparagus (it’ll make you believe!)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Trim or snap dry parts of stems (then compost them)
Drizzle with (organic) olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Perhaps a sprinkle of garlic powder, if you’d like.
Roast under bright and tender.
Eat!

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How to Score Organic Produce While Simultaneously Not Getting Hit on By Cute Guys

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Yup, I pick up my produce at SF’s LGBT center. I’m not making light of it – I think it’s a great resource and I’m glad it’s around! But it’s funny carrying this bag back each week. So that’s why those cute guys I walked past last week weren’t checking me out. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. 😉

(Excuse the ugly post-gym hair. But check out the cute hoodie I got at a thrift shop for $8! Post on that coming soon.)

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Pretty Green Tip: Keep Your Carrots Fresh!

I often get a bunch of organic carrots from my CSA, or pick them up at a Farmer’s Market. The problem is, they don’t last very long! Whether I keep them in the fridge or on the counter, a day or two later they’re always shrunken and rubbery. Ewww. But I remembered that when I was a kid, my mom would put out carrots sticks in the middle of the table at meals, standing upright in a cup with an inch or two of water at the bottom. Using this as my inspiration, I’ve started peeling carrots right when I get them home, and putting them in a jar with a bit of water at the bottom. This works great – they’re fresh in the fridge for days, even weeks. If you’re planning to keep them a long time, change or add more water every once in awhile.

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My sister says you can actually just stick the whole bunch of unpeeled carrots in water. I haven’t tried that yet, and like the convenience of having peeled and trimmed carrots ready to go when I want one. But you actually don’t really need to peel carrots – sometimes I don’t (I just trim the tops!), but this batch was extra dirty!

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5 Tips to Go Green for St. Pat’s

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (hmm, I feel like I’ve started a post like that before!) here are five simple things you can do to Go Green today!

1. Use a bar of soap instead of body wash/liquid hand soap. It saves plastic and lasts so much longer! I’m liking Dr Bronner’s Almond soap right now. It smells great!

2. Switch to a reusable razor and toothbrush made from recycled yogurt containers. You can even send them back in a pre-paid mailer when you’re done, and they’ll give them “a second life as plastic lumber for park benches, decks and more!”

3. Make your green beer a local one! Try ordering a beer from the closest brewery you can find, even if that means a few states over.

4. Find street parking (if you have to drive that is!). Last night, I could have parked in my gym parking lot, but I opted to park on the street instead, so I didn’t have to take the little parking slip from the machine. It’s a tiny change, but every little bit counts! Of course there will be times when parking in a lot is your only option, so if you have to get that slip, save it! Trust me, having little bits of scrap paper in the car comes in handy when you need to scribble down a phone number or note. Not that I’ve ever done that while driving of course. No, not me. 😉

5. Bring your own spoon, or save your plastic one! Caitlin had a great suggestion on one of my past posts to keep a spoon in your purse in one of those roll-up jewelery containers. You could also wrap the top in recycled foil, or reuse an old plastic bag, like the kind English muffins come in. And if you’re in a position where you have to get a plastic spoon, don’t toss it out! You can easily wash it or run it through the dishwasher for many uses!

Just a few easy changes we can all make today. What’s your favorite green tip? Which changes have been hardest for you to make?

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Tom’s of Maine: Do Not Want

As the name of my blog (hopefully) implies, I’m always on the search for new, fun, cute, convenient eco-friendly products. However. Even I have to admit that sometimes the versions available do not cut it. Like Tom’s of Maine. The company has a lot going for it. They don’t test on animals. They give back to the community. They tell you what all-natural ingredients are in their products (a lot of companies do not). I really, really want to like their toothpaste. But I don’t. I’ve tried several kinds. My sister thinks I can convince myself to like it – she convinced herself to like chard when she had an abundance of it in her school garden, after all. But blech. I don’t like it. Do Not Want.

But maybe I should give them another chance. Has anyone tried a flavor they like? Or are there any other eco-friendly toothpastes that don’t make you want to gag?

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