Thursday, May 31, 2007

Finding Investments in an Eco Conscious World

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When I set out to invest my money, I know that I like to find things that support the earth in an eco friendly way. That is why I like to know what kinds of things are in the funds I buy. For example, I would not want to have a mutual fund that featured stocks from Procter and Gamble because they test on animals.

One great way to invest is to purchase gold bullion from Monex enterprises. They've been helping people invest in gold and precious metals for a while so you know that they know what they are doing. Gold is one of those timeless investments. It has been highly valued and prized since ancient times. The next "big" company could collapse at any minute. Gold, however, will always be in style.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Chamomile Body Oil

I made this body oil recently. I accidentally put twice as much chamomile essential oil as I intended. The end result is that I got something that was a lot more decadent and smells a lot nicer than I intended! I use this for a facial moisturizer and a body oil. I also use it to remove makeup.

Chamomile Body Oil

1/2 cup cold pressed olive oil (the good stuff!)

20 drops chamomile essential oil

Mix the two together and store in a glass bottle in a cool place. I go through mine so quickly, however, I have mine by the sink in an uncovered ramakin for easy use. Not the best method of storage, but it will be gone in no time.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Still Have Winter Weight to Lose?

Ever notice that there's nothing quite like fresh fruit in the hot summer days? Well, take advantage of that. Eating tons of fruits and vegetables is a great way to lose that extra winter weight. Here are my favorites for right now:
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Chickweed (wild green growing by my outdoor faucet)
  • Asparagas

The Asparagas are in season right now where I live in Massachusetts and the strawberries will be following shortly. And the chickweed patch is looking great - though I can scrounge for chickweed even in winter.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Vacations are Relaxing and Good for the Soul


This is the time of year to start thinking about taking a vacation! Summertime is popular, especially if you have kids. The children are home, so you don't need to worry about missed classes. Plus there is something so relaxing about a hot summer day. Why not consider buying Universal Studios tickets as part of your Florida/Orlando vacation? This is a great vacation for the whole family because you can find something for everyone. Check out for some discounted ticket prices. In addition to providing tickets for Universal Studios you can also get tickets for Disney World, which has four theme parks and a lot of other activities. Treat your family to something special and thanks to this website, it doesn't need to break the bank.

White Tea - My After Dinner Tradition

I love white tea. It is made from the same plant as black tea and green tea so it has a similar antioxidant count. The best white tea will be delicate in flavor. If it is a little bitter it means that the tannins are too high and that it isn't as high quality. But lately, I seem to be craving it. It is my new tradition for after meals. In fact, today I think I may add angostura bitters to my after-meal tradition.

Greek Style Steamed or Boiled Greens

In the Greek culture, "horta" is the word that refers to steamed or boiled greens. Usually, this indicates that the greens are wild. In Greece that usually means Lamb's Quarters, amaranth, and other greens such as dandelion. In the United States, any number of greens can be used including spinach, escarole, mustard greens, and kale. All you do is steam or boil as usual and season with the juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon, a touch of olive oil, and a pinch of salt. I am eating steamed kale prepared that way right now and it is delicious!

Changing Your Business, Changing Your Life

When it comes to making the world a better place, people often do not realize how important their every day actions are. Individuals and businesses can both make a huge different. One person may influence another, and that person may influence two people... Now there are four people who are influenced in making this world a better place. Another option is for business and for business owners to get an MBA. Capella University has a great program for people to further their business education. The more business owners know, the easier it will be to change the world for the better. And we know that the staff is dedicated to this concept - a Staff member just penned a publication called Appreciative Coaching: A Positive Process for Change.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Nourishing Herbal Infusions

After a long hiatus (too long) I am now back in what I call "herbal mode". This means that I drink nourishing herbal infusions by the gallon, trek outside to learn about the wild plants, and in general work on building my health.

Right now, the herb I am obsessed with learning about is stinging nettle. It has long been my favorite, I've just been neglecting it for quite some time. I guess I just didn't want it.

In case you are curious, nourishing herbal infusions are prepared as follows:

Measure one ounce of dried herb into a one quart mason jar. Cover with boiling water and cover. Let stand for 4-8 hours and then refrigerate.

Herbs for nourishing infusions:

Only certain herbs are suitable for infusions. Here's a list:

  • lemon balm
  • stinging nettle
  • red clover (mixed with a pinch of mint)
  • alfalfa
  • mullein (with a pinch of mint)
  • chickweed

You need to use the dried herb in order for it to be effective.

I learned the information about the nourishing herbal infusions from the teachings of Susun Weed.

You can find out more in one of her books Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal Series) (Wise Woman Herbal Series)

Friday, May 04, 2007

Taking Long Walks is a Perk of Spring

I remember how much I love taking long walks. And it makes me realize that I have been missing out! It has been SO LONG since I've let myself walk for over an hour. But there is this place that I can walk to called Great Brook State Park that is about a thirty minute walk one way, and I think I may give that a shot today. The road where the park is located is very quaint and should be pleasant on such a gorgeous spring day.