Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ocean Potions for Body, Mind & Soul

Ocean Potions For Mind, Body and Soul by Shanti Johnson (Book) in Diet & Health

Ocean Potions For Mind, Body and Soul

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Kick off your shoes, and take a deep relaxing breath! Sit for a while, put on some ocean music, or sounds. And let this book take you away! To another time, place that is always waiting for you, the beach! Let the Ocean cleanse your heart, heal your head, and relax the soul! Sink into your seat, even smile a little. This is all about your connection to the ancient wisdom, and time of healing that you can access, thru nature, thru the beauty and the sights and sounds of the beach! Re remember your greatest beach memory, relieve it now! NoW! You can be right now, be at the beach, in your mind, body and skin!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fun is good!!

If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good!
-Dr. Seuss

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Do Something Green Friendly Today!

Happy Monday! Do Something Green friendly Today and Live your life accordingly! Green is a Lifestyle not just a colour!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Purchase Recycled Baq for 1.99 at Payless and Help Plant a Billion

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Green Shoes From Planet

Green Glossary: Green Shoes

Mickey Z.

By Mickey Z.
Astoria, NY, USA | Sat Apr 25 06:00:00 EDT 2009

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Fair Trade | Green Glossary | Organic | Shoes

When one considers that humans evolved to walk barefoot on dirt, grass, sand, and stone, it becomes even more bizarre to witness the shoes we've created for strolling a paved planet. So, after evading those blue suede kicks and the inevitable red dancing jammies, those in the eco-community feel most comfortable in—you guessed it—green shoes.

This means recycled and it means vegan and it even means soy based ink on the shoebox. Oh yeah, keeping the soul on your soles also includes organic and Fair Trade varieties. Wait...there's more: Let's not forget the options of buying hemp shoes or perhaps best of all, buying used or swapping shoes.

Another aspect of greening your footwear is re-purposing those shoes you no longer want and never forgetting to recycle that shoe box. Last, but not least, recycling your shoes will enable you and the planet to make beautiful music together.

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Use Seeds Instead of Beads for Jewelry From Planet

Use Seeds Instead of Beads for Unique Jewelry

Trade traditional beads for natural charms on your next jewelry project.

Blythe Copeland

By Blythe Copeland
Great Neck, NY, USA | Thu Apr 23 12:00:00 EDT 2009

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Aside from those candy necklaces that were all the rage at elementary school birthday parties—and of course ring pops, which are a hit at any age—not many pieces of jewelry are made to be edible. And, okay—these necklaces may not be as delicious as their candy counterparts, but using real seeds instead of beads will leave you with necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that are undeniably one-of-a-kind.

DIY Network’s Michele Beschen makes the look work by combining Indian corn kernels and beads with traditional jewelry clasps, wire, and, in some cases, medallions or gems. Learn from her experience: larger seeds are easier to maneuver and manipulate; stock up on Indian corn when you can; and drill in the center of the seed to prevent breaking. Find the rest of her tips and instructions at DIY Network.

Bags for the People Sew and Socialize from Planet

Socialize and Sew with "Bags for the People" in Brooklyn

Make some friends—and some bags—at these "upcycle socials."

Blythe Copeland

By Blythe Copeland
Great Neck, NY, USA | Thu Apr 23 14:30:00 EDT 2009

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Still high on that Earth Day buzz? (We know—so are we.) Take advantage of your motivation by branching out into the world of upcycled crafts. Even if you've never made anything, groups like Bags for the People, Etsy, and STC Craft will show you how to turn your old clothes into fun, funky, reusable shopping bags. You bring the fabric—think old t-shirts, sheets, jeans, or, if you don't have any clothes lying around, check Goodwill for prints and patterns—and they'll supply the tools, sewing machines, scissors, and instructions. Hit up one of these "upcycle socials" and carry your Earth Day memories all year.

Thursday, April 23: Bags for the People Sweatshop Social, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Spacecraft, 355 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Monday, April 27: Bags for the People Sweatshop Social, 7-10 p.m., 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, May 7: "Get Felt Up" Springtime Social (they'll provide old sweaters for felting—or you can bring your own), 7-10 p.m., $10, 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Friday, April 24, 2009

Holidays on Earth Today: April 24th from

Ok Today is my B Day. And I wanted to find out what exactly is celebrated or important on this day. And here it is..FYI!

Holidays are such an important part of each countries tradition along with supporting its culture. Some of the most popular holidays on earth either revolve around the Christian belief such as Easter and Christmas however there are
other popular ones such as Independence Day, New Year Day, and Valentines and so on. Then there are strange and weird holidays that really have no meaning besides the mere purpose to have an excuse to celebrate something. Have you ever wondered what is going on around the world today?

Today marks the 114th day of the year!

251 days left this year!

1. United States:

*National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

*National Remembrance of Man's Inhumanity To Man Day

*Rattlesnake Day: Magnum, Oklahoma Only

*Native Son Day: Alton, Illinois Only

*Feast of the 3 Holy Maries

*Hostage Heroes Day

*Plumber's Day

*National PC/Typing Contest Begins

*Ambivalence Day

*Arbor Day

*National Hairball Awareness Day

*Global Youth Services Day

*Ryan Newman Birthday: 1998

*Kelly Clarkson Birthday: 1982

*Sam Doumit Birthday: 1975

*Melinda Clarke Birthday: 1969

*Cedric the Entertainer Birthday: 1964

*Michael O'Keefe Birthday: 1955

*Barbra Streisand Birthday: 1942

*Shirley MacLaine Birthday: 1934

2. Armenia:

*Armenian Genocide Memorial Day

*Armenian Martyr's Day

3. Niger:

*National Concord Day

4. China:

*Birthday of the Sun

5. Iceland:

*Children's Day

6. Australia:

*Kapyong Day

7. Gambia:

*Republic Day

8. Nepal:

*Democracy Day

9. International:

*Feast Day: St. Egbert; St. Mellitus; St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen; & St. Honorius

Finally Payless Launches the Green Footwear we have been waiting for!

Payless Launches Greener Footwear and Will Plant 100,000 Trees

As part of the release of its green brand of shoes and accessories, Payless ShoeSource has committed to pay for the planting of 100,000 trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

Payless unveiled the first items in its green line, Zoe & Zac, this month. For every item sold until May 4, Payless will donate to The Nature Conservancy $1, the cost for the group to plant one tree, with a commitment to give at least $100,000.

The money will go towards The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign, which aims to plant 1 billion trees by 2015 in the Atlantic Forest, which has been degraded to seven percent of its original size through coastal development, urban expansion, agriculture, ranching, exotic plantations and illegal logging.

As part of this effort, Payless is running a buy one, get one half off sale on all items, including the Zoe & Zac line, which was first announced last October. The first set of items includes eight women’s shoe styles, two handbags, three girl’s shoes, and jewelry and socks. All of the items sell for less than $30 each, a conscious decision Payless made, it says, “to democratize green footwear and accessory products” by making them widely available and affordable.

The products are made with organic cottons and linen, natural hemp, recycled rubber soles, water-based glues in the shoes, natural materials like dyed Tagua and Acai nuts in jewelry, 100 percent recycled content shoe boxes and soy-based inks.

Payless also released a reusable shopping bag made from at least 50 percent recycled plastic, and will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy for each bag sold through May 4.

From our friends at Deal Hippie

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Einstein Qoute on Technology

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our
-Albert Einstein

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Sea Otters, Lobstermen and Calendar Covers

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Overfishing is one of the biggest threats facing our ocean — we simply catch fish faster than they can reproduce. But things are beginning to change.

We recently met up with NBC Nightly News and talked about the success of our work in the Gulf of Mexico, where we've successfully reversed years of overfishing. Red snapper populations have rebounded, but there's still a long way to go.

Plus, we've just unveiled our "Fishery to Fork" web site that engages fishermen, buyers, retailers, and seafood lovers in doing their part for the future of US fishing and the health of our ocean. Like I said, things are beginning to change and you can help be the catalyst.

Thanks for knowing that every day is Earth Day,

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Earth Day Everyday Part One

By Shanti Johnson Green Lifestyle Junkie Blogger

Ok now we are done with the festivities, the fun, and all the celebrating, (which we should do). It's back to business as usual. Rolling the sleeves up, and digging into our commitment as well as focus on how we can each individually and in unity live greener lifestyles. No longer is it about being hip, cool or fashionable to be green, it is a absolute.

There will be changes we will be making in our lives. Riding Mass Transit, Biking more, driving less. Washing Clothes less, means go longer between washings, ok within reason! Doing without Air conditioning, turning off and unplugging all items not being used, as well as recycling of course. When a purchase is made, then something is donated or sold. Growing our own veggies, fruits, as well as purchasing locally and organically thru farmers markets, which means eatting locally what is in season. Using the library for reading books, magazines, or online.

These are just a few changes that we make and really is only scratching the surface. But to stay commited and focused on the goal of change for our Mama Earth which will bring us all together as well as unite the world in this Global Cause!

Oh and by the way we can of course look good doing it as well as have a blast!

As the Green Lifestyle journey continues....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day! - Who Was the Original Founder? From Real Green Girl

Glorious sun after heavy spring rains.

First of all...Happy Earth Day. And what a year for it. Seems like everyone is back in tune with Earth Day, a revitalization if you will. But how did the Earth Day idea get started? What's its history? Who was the original founder and organizer? Who concocted this crazy idea anyway?

If you look up or "google" Earth Day you'll find several sites with historical information about Earth day. Most of the information talks about the troubled times of Vietnam and how the environment was degrading - the Litter Bug campaign was failing. In steps a Senator. The major name associated with Earth Day is Gaylord Nelson Senator from Wisconsin. Denis Hayes was in charge of the event and the rest..well.. is history...almost.

It's kind of unusual that a Senator comes up with an idea like this - a grass roots (let's have a party) and rock against the establishment sort of event. After a little digging there does indeed happen to be more to the story.

Ever hear of Morton Hilbert? Probably not. Well this is the man who actually laid the ground work, no, did the work for the first Earth Day. Gaylord was the one who "proclaimed" the day to get National attention and poor Mort never got much credit.

Morton Hilbert was an associate Professor of Environmental and Industrial Health at the University of Michigan and eventually became Chair of the Department. Here are some quotes about Morton Hilbert's involvement at the time beginning in 1968:

"Earth Day had its beginnings that year in a conference sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service. "

"Mr. Hilbert served as a consultant at the conference in Washington, D.C., that drew 150 people to hear scientists discuss the effects of environmental degradation on human health."

"He helped several students obtain a government grant and met with them regularly for two years to establish the first Earth Day in April 1970. Former Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson sponsored the federal proclamation of the day, widely considered the beginning of the modern environmental movement."

This was 2 years before the actual 1970 Earth Day. And from his Obit:

"Materials related to Earth Day consist of newspaper articles about the event and Hilbert's involvement in establishing it and a photograph of those who participated in the founding seminar."

"In 1968, Hilbert and the U.S. Public Health Service organized an environmental conference for students to hear from scientists about the effects of environmental degradation on human health. This was the beginning of Earth Day. For the next two years, Hilbert and students worked to plan the first Earth Day. In spring 1970—supported by a federal proclamation from U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson—the first Earth Day was held."

Some of the articles (there aren't many) refer to him as Co-founder perhaps out of respect for Gaylord who really brought the idea National attention. However I think this academic who seems to have done all the ground work and had the passion deserves most the credit.

Morton Hilbert was also a Unitarian.

So the idea of Earth Day did start with a small number of people and grew 30 years later to an eye opening National event. What's that saying about never underestimate what a small group of people can do?

Thank you Morton Hilbert. We'll do our best to carry on your dreams.
Happy Earth Day. Go make him proud.

Happy Earth Day Earthlings

Happy Green Day!
Happy Earth Day, Earthlings! What a beautiful day to enjoy the Earth and all the sentient beings that inhabit and share our Planet. We care and are very concerned for the wellbeing of our Planet and everyone and thing on it! Luv Shanti

Let̢۪s take time today to do something for the Planet, as well as make a commitment to change one thing that can lead to awareness for our Planet. Here is a list of ideals that we can all implement (and a lot of us already do) on a daily basis.

1. Recycle cans, bottles, and plastics and use glass bottles for water on the go.
2. Take a cloth or recycled tote whenever you shop.
3. By recycled goods instead of new. Furniture, bikes, dishes, etc. is a great find for gently recycled objects!
4. Write down everything you purchase new. See if it was really necessary and where you can curb spending and consuming. When purchasing something, donate, give, sell something else, making for less clutter.
5. Plant trees, bushes, and plants. Give plants, and small trees as gifts for holidays, birthdays, etc.
6. Use green products in your home, for household cleaning, yards, cars, as well as skincare, body care and doggie/animal care.
7. Donate that which you don't use and haven't used in over a year. Clear space and have a relaxing clutter free home, and commit to reducing buying of new products. Borrow and share products and items with neighbors, friends and family.
8. Use recycled and green products when remodeling. Use items that are gently used (cabinets, countertops, even flooring!) You can remodel and build using almost all recycled and green products! *go to for more info!
9. Bike, and walk more, drive less. And make it a family fun event, going to the grocery store, beach, park, etc. See how long a tank of gas can last you~
10. Join a group that is making a difference for our Planet. Get involved in locale events that create awareness. Or create your own group. By actively doing something we can create awareness on a community scale~

Journey toward creative blissful living!

Ghandi Quote on Non-violence

Sunday April 19, 2009
Non-violence does not signify that man must not fight against the enemy, and by enemy is meant the evil which men do, not the human beings themselves.
-Mohandas Ghandi

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Submit Anonymous Thank You Story From: Happy

Saturday April 18, 2009

Ok This is way green! No More Thank You Cards! Just submit it at this site and email the link!

A New Internet Friend

Today I received a message from Tom over at He wanted me to have a look at his site and let him know what I thought.

Of course, I thought the idea was awesome and told him so. It is good to see other people who are like-minded, wanting to make a difference in other people's lives.

The beauty of the site is in its simplicity: Submit a story about something positive or "thank you" to someone who has helped you.

I would ask that you click over and please pay Tom's site a visit. He's doing something good and we can support him.

All the best,

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Green Color Economy by Van Jones

Tuesday April 7, 2009
The book Green Collar Economy by Van Jones is the book our Green Book Club.. He is Prez Obama's Green Czar! It is a eight week class at UU in Ventura! His Website is: Also check into Green for All! And join the movement!
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Green Book Club UU of Ventura Overview

Wednesday April 8, 2009
Last nite at the UU in Ventura we had the first of four Meetups on the Book: Green Collar Economy by Van Jones. Ok for starters the book is accesible reading to everyone and he has such passion and commitment to all of us partaking in Green Sustainable Conscious Living on Earth. I have included of my favorite Paragraphs in the Intro:
From the Book Green Collar Economy by Van Jones:
A serious shift in our energy strategy would open a new chapter in the story of human civilazation. Right now, we are still scurrying about on our planet's surface, eking out our living as part of a vulture society-living off the dead. Out of the Earth we suck the liquefied remains of dead organisms. We burn our ancestor's remains in our engines, without ceremony. Then we go back to the Earth, like vampires, to suck out even more oil. Our coal-fired power plants munch daily on the black bones of our ancients-and belch out death. Today, the climate itself threatens to bring everything full circle: if we keep pulling death from the ground, we will reap death from the skies.

That paragraph from the Green Collar Economy says so much to me. Our time has come to change from taking from the Earth without thought, consideration & love, to a shift of concern, care and gentleness for the Earth, for each other and seeing the connection to all that exist.

No matter what we do, and it can seem overwhelming... Being on a Green Action committee, part of a Green Awareness March, starting a Green friendly Business, or creating Green friendly Jobs.There is alot we can do. And yet what am I doing daily to move toward this goal that we are as a whole? Recycling at home? Recycling at work? Setting up Green Goals at home and work that are attainable within a certain time frame? Going on a Shopping Fast? Recycling Paper at home and work, taking the bus, carpooling, walking, biking to work? Purchasing Green friendly Paper Products, Cleaning Products, Styrofoam Free Zone, Bottle Water Free Zone?
Bringing Lunch, and making as little impact on the environment as possible? That's a start for most of us who still are in a Non Green Collar Job.

Moving forward toward goals, of what a Green Collar Job would look like for each one of us. What is your talent, and how would you use it in a Green Collar World? Building Sustainable Housing? Starting a Green House Cleaning Business? Selling Green Eco Flooring? Creating Jewelry from Repurposed broken old Jewelry? Investment Brokerage for Green Stocks?
We no longer have to think in limitations that a non Green Collar Economy offers, The opportunities are Vast, Wide Open and Far Reaching. And it's time is now!
Green, is not just a color but a Lifestyle!

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Organic Spa Magazine Spa Wisdom

Wednesday April 1, 2009
Jane Iredale


Create Your Happy Space

What's the best way to cheer up a room in your home? Fill it with things you love. Instead of focusing on a set style or time period when decorating, fill your rooms with things you truly love. You'll discover that your favorite pieces will work together and that the outcome will be a space that makes you happily fulfilled. Happy spaces bring joy and comfort, and they ultimately lead to healthy spaces for you and your loved ones.

Posted 4/1/2009 at 7:15 PM

Itouch and a Greener World

Monday March 30, 2009
Ok I thought when I got the Itouch it was another style of Ipod with kewler features like the album covers that you can use your finger to swing thru and external speaker, internet connection, etc.. I had it a few months and downloaded music, then pretty much didn't use it alot... Well for some strange reason my new Mini Inspiron by Dell 9 inch laptop that I got around the same time (yah Gift Giving came early for me!) petered out.. And I had to send it back to Dell :(... So realizing I needed to still get online, I started using the iTouch and OMG my life changed from then on! Can you be in love with a inanimate object? I dunno, But I am! I love it! I noticed something on my iTouch called Apps, ok then I really feel deeply and forever in love. When I realized that a whole new world was opening up to me and that there was this very green, paperless way of doing different tasks, fun stuff, etc.. I was hooked!
I can do so much on my iTouch and yet it is still being underused! I have a calender that I fill up (like a PDA, I guess), then a notepad I use daily, Weather I check in the AM for my hubby, and those come with the iTouch, basic stuff.. Now for the goodies on my iTouch!
*The Weather Channel (I don't have to turn the TV on to see what is going on for the next ten days!)
*Oakley Surf Report (I can check to see what the surf is and High and Low Tides, great for walking on Beach!)
*Sunrise and Sunset (Ok this one is for taking pictures of the Sunset for my family of friends back in Florida!)

*Pandora Internet Radio (I can put in a Artist and it will automatically give me music related to that artist and style!)
*Phulki Indian Music (It is awesome plays the top 15 Indian Songs, like Jai Ho, etc!)

These are only a smidgen of over twenty five apps I have! If you have Itunes, go to Apps, and do a search or better yet see the featured, or newest ones! They are addictive! There are apps for Suntanning so you don't burn, for Meditation, Mantra, Yoga, blogging, weight loss, tasks, grocery shopping, etc! Unreal really how many there are! Also books you can download and read on the Itouch, I have Autobiography of a Yogi, of course I have read it a few times, but it's nice to read it when I am waiting at dentist, in line, etc!

Oh also you can purchase (I plan on this week) and Solar Power Charger for the Itouch! Since Cali gets alot of sun like FLA it should come in handy! And how green is that!

Rumor has it in Sept. They are coming out with a new model, I imagine it will include a mic,,,, fingers crossed!
Oh did I mention there is a buzz on the internet that the new form of mobile phones will be VOIP over internet with iTouch and the likes of... At this time you need to purchase a mic/headphone from Apple or a knock off on Ebay, and download a VOIP App, they are still in their infancy, but they work ok, from what I have heard.. I will be trying it out within the next few weeks, thru my Skype Accout.. And opps forgot to mention rumor also that Skype will be coming out with a App... Fingers and toes crossed! That would definetly be a Green Eye Grrl Three Winks!

Posted 3/30/2009 at 8:20 PM

FREE March/April 2009 Green Issue Organic Spa

Thursday March 5, 2009
For a free Online GREEN Edition of Organic Spa! I grab a copy at the Borders every time I see it out! LOVE IT! BTW the name of my Spa in Titusville, Florida was The Organic Spa! That's how I found out about this Mag, I did a google for Organic Spa! I recommend reading it online. Although I get the hard copy, it works for me since I am a Esthetician, in the field of Organic treatments, etc.

Posted 3/5/2009 at 7:2 AM