Earth Day is Everyday

earth day

Today is Earth Day. One of my favorite days. It reminds us to stop what we are doing and celebrate our world and all of creation.

But we need not have a special day on the calendar to remind us.

Around here, we like to live as if everyday is Earth Day. Everyday we seek to notice the beauty on this Earth – to climb her trees, to explore her creeks, lakes, rivers, and ponds.

To watch the tiniest of ants to the biggest of animals do what they were created to do.

We watched a really amazing special on PBS the other day. (We don’t have cable TV anymore – but this was at a relatives’) It was all about Beavers. How they hear the sound of rushing water and it causes them to be alerted to start creating a dam.

Their instinct tells them what to do. And when they are finished with their day and night engineering, the water levels rise, and they keep the ecosystem running smoothly.

They even can make deserts that were completely dry heal and hold water again. There is something really beautiful about their story and how they help hold the ecosystem together by creating these amazing structures – adding strength to the river bottom and securing their future in the land.

We each can do our part – no matter how small – to keep our Earth’s ecosystem running properly. We can recycle, reduce our consumption and spending, repurpose, teach our children to care for the Earth, and generally take sustainable actions to heal the land.

Every little bit helps.

If you want to read more about saving our Earth – check out The Story of Stuff. It’s eye-opening.

the story of stuff

And this post I reposted from Holistic Moms Network back in 2009 talks about some ways we can help save the Earth.

I hope you take some time today to go exploring out in nature with your children. Discover a new place locally to get outdoors. Have fun and be grateful for the beauty of nature – today, and always!


*If you like:

simple living,


getting outdoors with your family,


holistic living,

holistic mothering,




family fitness,

bike riding,

cooking over an open fire,

slow food,

local and real food,




DIY projects,

natural living, and

green living –

then you’ll LOVE this new project I’m starting.

I’ll be sending out emails, photos, videos, and more with great places to adventure, explore, and see with your children, and lots of great ideas to live the simple life you yearn for.

Want to be included? Sign up here!

Leave a comment below after you sign up listing some topics you’d like me to explore or naming your favorite outdoor adventure location! Thank you!



{Best choices for gluten free foods for health & wellness}



Best Choices for gluten free foods and general cooking/health via repost from cindalou

August 10, 2007

Best Choices:

1. Brown rice over white rice: cook long grain organic varieties for lowest G.I. and to avoid genetically modified rice strains (GMO)

2. Purple or red potatoes over white potatoes

3. Fresh kernel corn or frozen corn
* over canned creamed corn

4. Bean flours: (garbanzo, fava, soy- except soy has many health drawbacks, etc), nuts flours (almond, hazelnut, etc), coconut flour, hemp, ground flax, quinoa (ground or flakes), rice bran, teff, and amaranth
* instead of white rice flour, potato flour, or white or yellow cornmeal/flour

5. Fresh nuts and seeds

6. High fiber organic beans: black soy beans (low carb, high fiber and protein), black beans, garbanzos

7. Lentils: over rice or potatoes

8. Good fats: flax (omega 3), hemp (the ideal Omega 6 and Omega 3 balance), olive, avocado, coconut (medium chain saturated fat to boost metabolism and act as antivirual), walnuts (Omega 3), almonds (best for women for Magnesium content), brazil nuts, hazelnuts
* instead of non-organic peanuts (contain carcinogenic mold), cashews (fine nuts, just not as good as walnuts or almonds as far as good fats and minerals), any vegetable oils- the long chain unsaturated fat is now linked to heart disease instead of saturated fats like coconut (see current research and Udo’s book).

9. High Quality Protein: Wild caught Salmon (fresh and canned), tuna (low mercury, low to no salt if possible; limit ordinary “mercury-full” tuna to 2 cans per 50 lbs body weight per week), grass-fed (local if possible) beef, bison, turkey, chicken, tilapia, lamb
* instead of shellfish, bottom feeders (catfish), pork- most traife (non-Kosher) meats. This is since the traife meat has health detriments due to close contact of these animals with humans and the animals’ lifestyle- they tend to carry diseases which are easily transmitted to humans. Swordfish is very high in mercury, so pregnant women should limit canned tuna and swordfish. Farm raised fish is of lower quality since the ponds are overcrowded and the fish feed is of low grade- most fish end up becoming bottom feeding off the sunken decaying feed.

10. Cooking Oil: coconut oil is the only oil which does not break down and become toxic at medium to high temperatures; Raw butter (full fat preferable) for high heat is okay also- see Udo’s book
* Olive oil, flax, and hemp oils for salad dressings, marinades, etc (no high heat or frying).

{earth day giveaway}



It’s Earth Day tomorrow, so in honor of the Earth, I am giving away my Tree Of Life Eco-hoodie in size X-tra Large (retail price $49.99) to 1 lucky winner.

Pull it on and go! Women’s eco-heather pullover hoodie made with our unique blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and naturally occurring rayon. Rib binding around neck and hood; raglan; rib sleeve cuffs and bottom band. Wash in cold water, dry on low heat.

•Regular fit
•38% cotton (6.25% organic cotton), 50% polyester (6.25% recycled poly), 12% rayon
•Low-impact yarn dyed, fabric washed
•No shrinkage

This hoodie is a one-of-a-kind, wrap-around print of my original illustration. It has multiple prints on both sides making this a very statement piece for your wardrobe. Perfect for a rainy day, out for a jog, or just out digging in the garden. The kangaroo pouch in the front is awesome for warming your hands on chilly days as well.

You can show the world that you are about the Earth every time you wear this shirt!

So here’s the rules of the giveaway:

1 – You must plant a tree in honor of Earth Day. {Planting more than one tree is ideal, though…}

2 – Take a photo of you planting the tree & send it to

3 – Deadline to receive photos is Friday April 24th.

4 – A winner will be chosen at random from the entires, and will be announced on April 28th.

5 – Tell your friends and family to get involved too! Get out there and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

{like a box of chocolates: vegan choclate truffles}


I had been searching for some dairy-free chocolate on Etsy for Easter, and I found

A box of 15 truffles is around $20.00. And they are so yummy!

Clover & Clutch is a bakery and confectionery committed to providing delicious treats made from the highest quality, completely vegan ingredients. Whenever possible I use fair trade and organic ingredients, and I am currently working to offer more raw products and more products free of gluten, soy, and nuts.

I got a sampler pack and it was absolutely delicious, with gourmet ingredients & beautiful packaging.

It included:



These smooth chocolate truffles begin with a tea-infused chocolate ganache, using the finest fair trade earl grey and organic lemon zest. The truffles are then hand-dipped in dark chocolate and garnished with a sliver of organic candied lemon zest.



These delicious chocolate truffles begin with a smooth chocolate ganache, infused with rose water and organic ginger. The truffles are then hand-dipped in dark chocolate and garnished with crystalized ginger.


Vegan Organic Fair Trade Pomegranate Truffles


Delicious pomegranate truffles, made from the finest ingredients (Fair Trade and Organic whenever possible). Each truffle consists of smooth, luxurious pomegranate-infused chocolate, rolled in rich cocoa powder and topped with a pomegranate garnish for an elegant and beautiful finish

**If you need a great Mother’s Day gift that is healthy & Vegan — check out Clover and Clutch!

{Simple Ways You Can Help Save The Earth}

{Simple Ways You Can Help Save The Earth}

earth day


{info reposted from Holistic Moms Network Newsletter }

Click Here to download the PDF of the Earth Day Worksheet info you read below…

Earth Day is the annual global celebration of the environment and a time to assess the work still needed to conserve the natural resources of our planet. The idea of the earth day has been conceptualized by Gaylord Nelson, of the U.S. Senate 88th- 96th Congresses Democrat from Wisconsin and organized by Denis Hayes. More than 200 million people in 141 countries participate worldwide, due in large part to the efforts of hundreds of local organizers. Earth Day is now an annual event in April.
For more information:

There are various environmental crises that our planet goes through everyday. Most of them have been created by several human errors, which if addressed today, would make it a better place for the coming generations. Some of the
primary focus issues for Earth Day include:
• Air quality
• Water quality
• Water conservation
• Energy/energy conservation
• Waste
• Agriculture and land use
• Food
• Transportation

For more issues and information visit:

“Resolving the global environment crises starts at home, in our own consciousness and lifestyles, our own backyards an“and our own community.” ~Amy Belanger
We can do our part by taking small steps to make big changes without having a whole lifestyle overhaul. It starts with
adopting simple habits and also incorporating them into your kids so they may grow up to be more eco-conscious.

What YOU can do:

• Use less.
• Turn the tap off while brushing.
• Switch to more efficient and water saving appliances.
• Check thoroughly for any leakage.
• Rinse the empty cans and bottles mostly to keep the pest away, small amount of
food wont hinder with any recycling works.
• Start rain collection to water your plants and garden.

• Switch lights off when not in use.
• Use the energy efficient bulbs and appliances.
• Switch from hot to cold water wash.
• Switch off the computer when not in use for more than 2hrs.
• Switch off the monitor when not in use for more than 20 min.
• Plug everything into power strips on/off switches.
• Turn down your thermostat 1-2 degrees in the winter and up 1-2 degrees in the summer.
• Turn your hot water heater down a notch.

3. Food:
• Buy organic as much as possible, follow the shoppers guide to pesticides in this file
• Eat local, eat seasonal and eat less meat. Avoid mercury-contaminated fish (like tuna and swordfish).
• Go easy on processed and canned food. Try to buy things that are not in a lot of packaging.
• Never microwave plastics.
• Avoid Teflon coated pans.
• Plant your own garden and teach your children about where food comes from.

4. Clothing:
• Wear more natural threads like cotton and wool.
• Buy more from flea markets & thrift stores.
• Hang your laundry out to dry or get an indoor clothes rack.
• Wash with eco-friendly detergent, use vinegar instead of fabric softener and avoid bleach.
• Recycle your shoes:

5. Cleaning and personal care products:
• Use eco friendly products. Or make your own from vinegar and baking soda. Check out our cookbook, GrowGrowing
Healthy Families, for some ideas!
• Make your own personal care items too! Lots of recipes can be found online.
• Don’t take a shower everyday (it is also good for your health) or cut down on your shower time.

6. Baby items:
• Use cloth diapers and natural baby care products.
• Buy used or borrow baby items so your baby starts out life with a small carbon foot print!

7. Waste disposal
• Avoid plastic or paper bags as much as possible for groceries. Carry reusable bags.
• Use less tissue paper, to dry hands use hot air if possible or use towels. Put a basket of towels
in your kitchen, where you would normally have paper towels.
• Do not throw away household stuff when not in use, send them to be recycled. Find the appropriate recycle centers
on this website. or use
• Start composting.
• Save paper that has an un-used side. Rip and make it into scrap paper to keep for phone messages, kid’s drawings,
shopping lists, etc.

8. Cars & Travel:
• Turn it off if idle for more than two minutes.
• Bike or walk to places whenever possible. Invest in a bike trailer for your kids or get them out on their own bikes
and encourage the exercise and freedom they have to get themselves around.
• Use mass transit or carpool.
• Take trains instead of flying.
• Consider a gas-electric hybrid when planning to purchase a new car. Or save gas and money with a manual
transmission/stick & clutch.
• Buy carbon offsets when you fly.

9. Educate Yourself:
Learn online or check out some of these great books:

You Can Save the Earth: 7 Reasons Why & 7 Simple Ways. A Book to Benefit the Planet.

50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth: Completely New and Updated for the 21st Century.
John Javna, Sophie Javna, Jesse Javna

Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying. David Bach, Hillary Rosner
The Green Book. Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

{Earth Hour}


{Cosa Verde :: earth-friendly marketplace}


Cosa Verde has selected Cloud9 Design to open up a shop with them! You can see my new cosa verde shop here.

“Cosa Verde is a new marketplace connecting independent and emerging artists with environmentally-conscious consumers”

Their slogan is…”think big, shop small” and they plant 10 trees for every new shop that is opened! 😉

Cosa Verde is a web-based market where independent artisans and craftspeople showcase their environmentally-friendly wares. Visitors to the site can buy handcrafted goods directly from the artists, shortening the supply-chain and helping small businesses thrive. Shoppers can browse by product categories or by ideology—browsing or narrowing searches by criteria such as “cruelty-free” or “recycled.” {via the site}

I’m really excited to be a part of this new marketplace, and many of my EcoEtsy Street Teammates are on Cosa Verde as well! {chakrapennywhistle, 2ReVert, plum, infusion, & more!}

If you are an artist or designer that makes things that suit the Cosa Verde site, please CLICK HERE and I will receive referral credit and you may even receive credit $$ toward your account.


{hurt not the earth} for she is your mother


My Tree of Life tee is featured in an Etsy treasury, {hurt not the earth} for she is your mother – check it out.

Here is the shirt featured. The image is a largescale, hand-drawn tree. You can get it here for $29.00.


Cloud9 Emporium :: Indie Marketplace

So the economy stinks, but buying handmade is an important way we can all contribute to a new, more earth-friendly economy & help put an end to mass production by supporting artists, buying local, & purchasing items made with love.

Here are 101 reasons to buy handmade from the Poppytalk blog.

After seeing the success of both the Holiday Gift Guide & my Valentine Gift Guide, I’ve decided to have a monthly juried online marketplace called “Cloud9 Emporium” featured on the Cloud9 Blog.

This is just one of the many NEW regular features that Cloud9 will use to showcase & promote emerging indie artists and designers which encourages building the indie community by shopping local & buying handmade.


If you are an independent artist, designer or artisan that sells your wares on you can apply to be part of the Emporium. The 1st marketplace will be called: “A Greener Spring” which will focus on earth-friendly Spring-related goods to fit in with the theme. The “A Greener Spring” Emporium will run from March 13th – April 22nd giving you 6 weeks of promotion.

The deadline to apply is February 27th.


Just e-mail me if you are interested. Put “A Greener Spring Submission” in the subject line. **And please give me the URL link to the Etsy shop you wish to be considered.

There is only a limited amount of space available; so only the top applicants will be selected. The submissions must have a strong design aesthethic, impeccable, compelling photography that fits into the theme, and must be high-quality, earth-friendly handmade wares. The fee for being a part of the Emporium will be $40.00.

The Emporium will have highest, top placement in the sidebar.

The Emporium will be marketed on: other blogs, Etsy, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, TwitterMoms, Ning networks, We Love Etsy, IndiePublic, with my Etsy Street Teams: CAST (Christian Artists), EcoEtsy, & EtsyAustin {just to name a few!}

***I have a VERY large following on these social networking sites which gives me a wonderful arena to introduce new and interesting handmade goods, and increases the exposure & traffic to my blog & the visibility of your shop!

This new opportunity for increased visibility for your shop is a great way to help your shop be seen in the sea that is Etsy….Here are some stats for the blog:

We use Quantcast to verify our traffic figures, obtain audience information and to supply our Cloud9 Media Kit. Our audience is 59% female, and 65% of our members are college graduates or hold advanced degrees. Below is a snapshot of demographic and lifestyle attributes of the Cloud9 Design audience.

screenhunter_05-jan-30-1126screenhunter_04-jan-30-1013Some of the lifestyle attributes the Cloud9 blog readers have are the following:

screenhunter_02-jan-30-1008Sitemeter information for my blog states that the Cloud9 blog has had 48,077 visitors(since I joined sitemeter) with an average of 177 per day and growing!!!


My WordPress stats since the blog started:screenhunter_03-feb-23-1541