Happy Camper’s Camping Hacks

It’s summer!! Time to go CAMPING!! Yayy!! But wait a minute, before you get too far ahead of yourself make sure you are organized so that everything will go off without a hitch and you’ll have nothing but happy campers 😉

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Sustainable Organic World: Circular Economy

There was a time in our, not so distant past, that recycling was just part of life. When something broke, we fixed it, period. Then the whole “New and Improved” era came along and changed us from, consumers, to, ultra consumers. Things started being “upgraded” before the original was even out the door. I, for one, think it’s time to bring back the old school ways!

Back in the day, there used to be such thing as rebuilding your car engine in your garage, bringing your coke bottle back to the store to get a deposit refund and actually putting a patch on a pair of worn out blue jeans. This was not considered radical or something “hippies” did, it was the norm. We were actually keeping stuff out of the landfills, we were living sustainable without even needing a movement.

So with that being said, it’s kind of funny running across the term “circular economy”. Which sounds a lot like old school ways to me. So, here’s the jist of it: Something gets manufactured, then it gets bought, then it gets used, then it either gets fixed by the consumer, reused as something else, refurbished to be something else or recycled. Companies are starting to take a look at using the circular economy model in their business. It’s not only cost effective, it produces jobs, helping the overall economy and it saves waste from clogging up our landfills. Zero waste, on steroids!!

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So if you’re a business owner, you may want to take a look at the ways you can use the circular economy business model in your company. By using this type of model, you may retain more value of the material, labor and energy inputs that go into your product.

Our throw away economy is overtaking us and we must find ways to eradicate waste—not just from manufacturing processes, but systematically, throughout the life cycles and uses of products and their components. If we are going to create a sustainable, organic world, we must solve the issue of waste at its source.

In a circular economy, the goal is for durable components, such as metals and most plastics, to be reused or upgraded in other productive ways, recycling through as many processes as possible. I would say that in the vain of what’s old is new again, it’s time to get back to basics and get away from the buy–consume–dispose view.

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This post was inspired by this article “Moving toward a circular economy

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER ROAD TRIP!

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Taking to the highways this summer? Join the club: 71% of us plan to drive to our vacation destination instead of fly according to a new Jiffy Lube survey – which means you’ll have a lot of company on the road (and a lot of potential stress)! Here’s how to make sure your road trip is one smooth ride:

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LIGHTENING YOUR LOAD!

The biggest drag on getting good mileage? Overloading the car! “The more weight you carry, the more gas you’ll use”, Says AAA spokesperson Geoff Sundstrom. So take a tip from the airlines and ask your passengers to limit how many “carry-on” bags they bring!

LISTENING FOR THREE CLICKS!

When putting your gas cap back on, listen for three clicks to make sure it’s sealed properly. If it’s not, gas fumes can evaporate, says Lauren Fix, author of Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car. If you don’t hear any click? “Your cap is probably broken, but a new one cost just $10 at an auto store, and you’ll make it up in gas savings.”

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AVOIDING A SPEEDING TICKET!

Sure, you know to keep to the speed limit, but seeing a police car on the road is still anxiety-provoking! Be prepared for speed traps ahead of time by logging on to SpeedTrap.org, which alerts you to speed traps along your route. Or download Trapster (Trapster.com) onto your cellphone or PDA, a free service that uses your phone’s GPS and internet to warn you of upcoming speed traps so you won’t be taken by surprise!

MAPPING OUT YOUR REST STOPS!

Before you start your trip, head to TripTik Travel Planner to map out your trip and find restaurants, hotels, rest stops and gas stations along the way. The site even gives you the cheapest gas stations on your route, with more than 100,000 listed – and their prices are updated every day!

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CRACKING THE WINDOW!

Even if it’s hot out and you have the AC on, roll down your windows when you start to feel stressed. British research found drivers who do experience less road rage, stress and fewer headaches by bringing fresh air into the car – and it also improved driver accuracy!

ADJUSTING YOUR SEAT!

Believe it or not, pushing your seat back for extra leg room can cause you extra stress! “It forces you to extend your arms to reach the steering wheel, locking them into place, which is tiring”, say Fix. “It can also cause back pain!” Instead, push the seat forward so your elbows are slightly ben, which is a more relaxed, natural way to hold the wheel. “You’ll feel more comfortable and have more energy.”

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USING YOUR HEAD!

About half of all adults and kids suffer from car sickness; if you start to feel queasy, keep your head back in the headrest and try to be as still as possible, says auto safety expert Jacob Nelson. “Car sickness is caused by a disturbance in your inner ear that can throw off your sense of equilibrium”, he explains. “Not moving your head is calming to your inner ear, and will make you feel better.”

NOT BREAKING OUT THE DVD PLAYER!

While a portable DVD player is a great way to entertain kids on long trips, “it’s the last thing you want for a child prone to car sickness”, says Nelson. That’s because when your eyes are fixed on something stationary, your brain and body still know you’re moving – and the system gets confused, intensifying motion sickness. Instead, play games that encourage you to look out the window. Go to MomsMinivan.com to find games, including car bingo games and a travel scavenger hunt you can print out.

The above information was taken from an article written by Alison Bell in Woman’s World Magazine July 2009

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I Think?

In doing research for this blog I came across some interesting information. My intention was to write about St Valentine and how we came to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. Well, to my surprise, there is no one St. Valentine and there is no connection between St. Valentines day and any of the three Valentines that were martyred at different times and buried on February 14.

There is a legend however, that tells of a St Valentine who was persecuted for being Christian. When being interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II, the Emperor tried to convert St. Valentine to paganism in order to save his life, but Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. For this he was executed, but before he was executed he preformed a miracle by healing the daughter of the jailer, who was blind. In the romantic version that was given to history.com by American Greetings, the night before Valentine was to be executed he wrote a letter to his “beloved”, believed to be the daughter of the jailer, and signed the letter “From your Valentine”. Nice story, but there is no historical proof that this actually happened.

Before 1797 there were a limited number of Valentine’s Day cards being printed called “mechanical valentines”. After 1797, a British publisher issued the Young Man’s Valentine Writer, which contained a mass amount of suggested sentimental verses for those who were unable to compose their own. Because of the reduction in postal rates, it became easier for people to send anonymous Valentines day cards to each other. So, by the 19 century paper Valentines Day cards became so popular in England that they started to be produced in mass, by factories. The United States started mass producing them shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland, whose father owned a large book and stationary store. She was inspired by an English Valentine she received from a business associate of her father’s.

So you see, here we are in 2012 looking forward to Valentine’s Day so we can receive our bouquet of flowers, box of chocolates and a heart shaped pendant, all in the name of love. It’s a day of proposals, first dates, date nights and weddings. All because of a romantic story perpetrated by a card company as a marketing strategy to sell more cards. What are we to make of this? Look, I am all about love and romance and I am all for giving our loved ones romantic gifts and cards, but why are we doing it the name of a saint who doesn’t even exist, because of a story that has no proof? Why do we need a specific day to honor our loved ones? Why can’t we make everyday a day that we cherish our loved ones and make them feel special?

We have become so commercialized nowadays that we don’t know real from fake, truth from false or fact from fiction. Our economy is the way it is today because of people trying to live a fake life, by living above their means. We have become a society obsessed with the need for things, judging ourselves by our looks and comparing ourselves to what others hold in high regard. Now is the time to get real! Lets get real about our finances, our relationships and our lives. Lets get our heads out of the sand and live our lives as authentic, real and truthful human beings, loving each other everyday, flaws and all and not just on one particular day set aside for love.

How To Heal The World One Step At A Time

Its Thanksgiving time, a time where we can focus on our blessings and blessing others. Its a time when we think of all the people who may not have enough to eat, a place to stay or someone who cares about them. Then we start to think, the problem is so overwhelming, especially with the economy taking a turn for the worse. There are so many people who need help, the problem seems so large that we become stagnant and do nothing. We can’t help but think that we do not have enough for ourselves, let alone try to help the world.

But, what if we stopped thinking about the big problem and started thinking about what is right in front of us. What if we started with our community? Our prayers shouldn’t be, “How can I help the world?”, our prayers should be, “How can I serve right where I am?”. We can get involved with organizations that are right in our own community that are already serving the poor. If we think to ourselves, “What is it that I can do on my worse day with my eyes closed?”, and then apply that knowledge to help the people around us, we can save the world one person at a time.

Everyone has something they do that they are really good at. Reading, writing, painting, mechanics, handyman, etc… The word volunteer may make some people think, “Oh no, not another thing to add to my  ‘to do’  list”, but it doesn’t have to be so daunting. Just think of the things that you are already doing and how you can apply it to help someone else. Get the kids involved, ask them to think of things they might be able to do to help others. Get excited about the prospects of helping out and the children will get excited too. We need to stop focusing on us and our problems and look around to see if there is someone who may be worse off than we are. Is there anything more important that we can think of right now than helping people out in our own communities that are less fortunate than we are? If we or our children are on any kind of comity or team, then why can’t we use that as our platform to come together and figure out what we can do as a group to help out the people who need us most?

We are the world, we are the ones who can make a difference. Lets come together and expand our passion to feed and heal the world one community at a time. If we do not create the world that we want, the world that will be created will not be the one we want it to be. If we don’t take the time to stop looking at ourselves and start looking at others then the world that will be created will be one that is not very pleasant to live in. It will be a world of selfishness, greed and a “what about me?” mentality. If we stay on the track that we are on, it will not sustain us into the future. Our resources will not continue to be here for us. If we all do our small part it will affect the bigger picture. The truth is that we are all one and we need each other, whether we want to or not.

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Why We Reject Ourselves

Are we rejecting ourselves when it comes to our passion, our vision, our dreams, our abundance, sense of receiving, or our self worth? And if we are, is it because we would rather reject ourselves, rather than have someone else reject us?

 

Sometimes self-rejection comes from feeling like we are never enough, we’re not good enough, we don’t do enough, we don’t learn enough, just a feeling that we are not good enough for whatever situation we are in.  We are always wanting to be more, in our families, with our friends, in our appearance or even in our money situation. We are not open to recieving the good things in life. We don’t think we deserve whatever good comes to us. And if anything good does come into our lives we look at it as if its a fluke. Sometimes, we even think that if something good happens to us, then something bad is bound to happen right away.

 

Sometimes self-rejection comes in the form of dimming our light. A lot of times we dim our light because we don’t want to be responsible for the expectations that are put upon us, or we are afraid of the lack of approval from others. We know that if we dim our light we can stay in the background where nobody will notice us, then, if we make a mistake, we won’t  be horrialby embarassed. Because it seems that the need for other people’s approval of us is more important than the need to approve of ourselves.

 

Often times when we get rejected, we spend so much time worrying about being rejected, that we don’t realize that there is something better waiting for us around the next corner. The important thing about rejection is that we learn from it and become a better person. Other people’s opinion of us should not define us. We need to give ourselves permission to be who we are reguardless of what other’s think or say about us. This is not an easy task, because we are so used to being who everyone else thinks we are, it is hard to show who we really are.

 

What we need to remember is that self-rejection is something we do to ourselves, whether conciously or unconciously. We need to stop taking things personally, because everyone comes from their own perspective, and that is their perspective, it has nothing to do with us. If we can develop our rejection muscle, and notice when we are in rejection mode, then we will understand and recognize, that is not our story. Once we start to recognize when we are being hard on ourselves, we can then, stop, and nurture ourselves, doing at least one kind thing for ourselves during the day. This will give us some balance, and help us learn how to give ourselves permission to be ourselves.

 

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