Saturday, January 31, 2009

Organic Clothing.

Katvig organic clothing for children. Victoria is wearing a pale blue
and orange velour all in one. It is so soft it makes her feel like a cuddly teddy bear. Melissa is wearing the cream and black cotton dress which looks great paired with black leggings.

I am loving the organic clothing. The fabric is so soft and so easy to wash and does not miss-shape.

Victoria also has a pair of Lola and Lucas pink leggings which are so adorable and great for layering in winter and thin enough for spring and summer. There are more and more organic clothing selections I can not wait to get my hands on them.









Lost

David and I have turned off cable. We are not bombarded with with constant adverts and repeat shows. That is why we have no cable and we have lots of DVD's plus we read and do other things to fill our days.

When trying to watch Lost on tv the amount of adverts made viewing challenging then they would repeat the same episode the following week and it went on and on until we became lost. So, we decided to purchase the DVD's and currently we are watching Lost.

It is a great show with fantastic actors and characters. They make unfunny moments funny! It shows how a large group form its own sub-groups, how they survive the elements and go through some strange unearthly periods. Is it a psychological experiment or is it fate that brought them to the island? Only time will tell.

Knitting Disaster!

Well I have done my knitting class and whilst it has been a very long time since I last knitted I have to say it is not like riding a bike. I have been practising and practising and it is somewhat fiddly and challenging. Little distractions (my kids) make it even more tasking so best to do it when they are sleeping but not when I am sleepy. Slipping stitches, making them too loose or too tight add to the frustration, however I am determined to make a hat even if it has a few flaws. If you never make a mistake you will never learn. Plus I have some beautiful coloured wool I want to use simply because you can not by home made in a shop.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inspired to eat local

So after reading the 100 Mile diet I am inspired to eat local. I plan to do my own veg garden which will also cut down our grocery bills.

My husband and I have found a great butchers called Hopcott in Pitt Meadows, they have a farm next door where their beef comes from and they guarantee no added hormones or anti-biotics, same for the chickens. Hopcott also supply locally produced seasonal fruit and veg.

Eating local and more importantly fresh food that has not travelled for months sounds like a nutritional step forward.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

100 Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon

Another book that I could not put down. This was a great easy read. Not preachy at all about the way people should live. It's about learning to live off the land finding produce within a 100 mile radius of their home, it also provides stats and some interesting history and facts.

A few thing that would have made this book particularly useful is if they had listed local farmers/producers and added a few more recipes or maybe this is something they are working on and will publish another book. Even their website does not list these things.

What I thought was pointless in this book was Alisa talking about her relationship with J, there are passing comments of her getting 'itchy feet', it was not at all necessary and a bit of a strange thing to add to a book such as this. Having said that I highly recommend reading this book.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Princess by Jean Sasson

If it was not for the book club I would not have picked this up but I am so glad that I have. It is an absolutely riveting read, I could not put the book down. I can not believe how women and royal women at that are treated even today by a culture where men dominate. Of course it is the point of view of a princess but even so she tells stories of those she meets from different classes and societies. Some of the things that go on within the royal family is harrowing and not for the faint hearted, it explains what mothers will do for the basics in life.

It's a must read for all.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Organic Toys

The eagerness for being greener has started off with a bang. I have sorted vigurously through the recycling and made sure we use the green bin, blue bin and garbage appropriatley. The girls have a few toys I purchased from the local store which are organic in everyway. The soft MiYim toys are adoroable using organic materials and colouring. Victoria has a stroller toy, a soft blue elephant which she can squeeze to hear it sqeak and touch its ears to hear the russeling. I got both the girls a Fairytale plush toy each, baby pink bunny named Victoria and a pink hippo which name is missing!

Melissa is into elephants, bunnies and trains, so I have a few books with elephants and bunnies and she has a wooden toy train that has been painted with non-toxic paint.

Victoria has Sophie the Giraffe made by Vulli. It is toxic free and she can wrap her fingures around the neck and legs with ease. Vulli have started to increase their product line which is great news.

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Years Resolution!

I am not one to make resolutions for the New Year but I am willing to make an exception for my kids future and the future of the planet. You guessed it, become that little more greener. I do the recycling but I could be better at it. It would help if the garbage company did more pick ups and took glass (what am I paying them for?). Anyway, it infuriates me that many companies still insist on using copious amounts of packaging which places a huge amount of pressure on the amount of garbage and the consumer has very little say in the matter. Particularly, the Canadian government do not look after the consumer which has become more evident since I have been living here, but I could go off on a tangent with this subject matter. I am not going to bore you with statistics, most are manipulated but by looking at nature you can see the changes in the environment, you do not need to number crunch to see what is happening in front of your face. Plus there are so many websites our there impressing us with their magnificent number skills.

I intend to take baby steps and I started these steps a while back. Things like purchasing items with little packaging. Toys are the biggest culprit for vast quantities of packaging, it took me five minutes to unravel a small toy car for my eldest daughter over Christmas. Look for local produce, my husband and I have found a local groceries that sell good quality meat and veg, little carbon footprint and as organic as it can be. If we can walk to it we do, since moving house we live in a neighbourhood that has a fabulous mall with everything one needs. A few grocery stores, a couple of hairdressers, Indian and Chinese food, sandwich shop, coffee shop, drug store, plus more and we have a great rec centre too, all in walking distance. Not only will it reduce our carbon footprint, it is already helping us to get fitter, fresh air is never a bad thing and great for the kids and the dog. It also save us money on petrol/gas, in fact we fill our car up every other week as opposed to once or even twice a week. I take public transport to work and my husband works from home. I think more companies, particularly those predominantly desk based should allow employees to work from home a few days a week, again helping the environment, it increases productivity (I get more done working from home) and reduce the amount of traffic on the roads.

We have switched our bulbs to energy saving bulbs, all of them. We switch lights off when we are not using them, even though our toddler thinks it is great to turn them on and off whenever we are not looking. Taking the plugs out of sockets, the TV, DVD, stereo, coffee machine, microwave, they all consume energy when plugged in and not in use. It will also reduce our bills. Using less plastic bags and use less water. It never ceases to amaze me that England is far more densely populated compared to Canada yet Canadians are on a par with America and China in relation to the amount of energy used.

We all need to help and eventually there will be no turning back, those greedy fat cats (oil companies and car manufacturers on particular) wanting to keep themselves 'fat' need to look outside of their little world and realise there will be no world left if they do not slow down.