Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day is today ~ April 22nd


Earth Day was established in 1970 by a Wisconsin US Senator. It started as a national "teach in for the environment".  I can remember planting a tree on school property for the 1st Earth Day.

Many from my generation focused on being green. Saving our plant. Sad thing is my generation also was instrumental in producing the products which today fill our landfills.  

In the 70"s......
  • No one bought water in plastic bottles.  
  • Very few used disposable diapers. 
  • Trash bags were the brown paper bags from the grocery store. 
  • Clothes were dried outside on a clothes line. 
  • Clothes were mended and reused by family and friends. If not able to re-wear - the clothing was cut up for rags to clean.
  • Paper towels were not used - dish towels were washed.
  • Gardens were planted and fertilizers were manure
  • Plastic bags did not exist -  paper bags were what was used in all stores
  • Fertilizer for houseplants was made using egg shells - veggie scrapes - coffee grounds
  • Electronics were not filling the waste dumps because there were no disposable electronics - the majority of all items were repaired not replaced
Living green has been basically easy for me. I learned as a child how to use vinegar - how to use baking soda and how to reuse and re-purpose. My parents and grandparents made items from scratch - they reused and re-purposed. 

This Earth Day I wish for everyone to develop one green habit. 
Just one!  
If everyone in the USA developed one new GREEN habit - what a 
huge positive difference it would make.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Items I needed to start my Kayaking Adventures

Since this is my first year of Kayaking there were major items I needed to purchase.


I started off with buying my Kayak & paddle.  I took advantage of Black Friday and I got a very good deal at Dunham's on both.



Then the shopping started!  

Here is a list of my purchases to get ready for my Kayaking adventures.

  • Life Jacket - turns out I bought 2 - one full vest that is so uncomfortable that I recently bought a NSR Kayaking vest that I love. 
  • Diesel a Life Vest
  • Waist leash for Diesel
  • Life Cushion
  • Tow Rope with buoy
  • Oar hand grips and water splash guards
  • Paddle lead to keep paddle to kayak - with whistle
  • Waterproof bag
  • Waterproof camera - not risking taking pics with my iPhone
  • Cart to roll kayak
  • Buoy for camera
  • Buoy for keys
  • Jeep Rack - Hullavator plus tie downs - locks - etc
  • Decals for kayak
  • Bags to hold items
  • Water Proof Jacket and Pants
  • Water-shoes
  • Tow rope
  • Phone waterproof holder
  • Fanny pack
  • Open netting bag for wet items
  • Foam to cushion kayak sides
  • Sunglasses safety rope - so my sunglasses do not sink to bottom of lake 
  • Small plastic paddle to keep in storage area just in case I loss my paddle
  • Kayaking gloves
  • Kayaking water clothes - clothing that dries FAST
Crazy amount of items - to be safe. All are very valuable!
A few hints:
* I highly recommend that you go to a paddle shop to purchase your life vest. Your life vest is your single most valuable item. Getting the right fit for you is priceless ~  Not only in comfort but also in safety. Connie at Rutabaga Paddlesports helped us for over a hour to find the perfect life jacket for our needs! I never would of thought a quality life jacket could be so comfortable.

*Go to a paddleshop and ask tons of questions - kayaking info is valuable.  My paddle shop of choice is Rutabaga Paddlesports in Madison. They are amazing - their kayaking knowledge is unreal and they offer the best customer service. 
  I can not forget the guys that installed my Hullavator - excellent service! They took their time to ensure that I knew how to work and keep my kayak safe while traveling.  
Here is a goofy pic taken at Rutabaga after they installed my Hullavator!!

*Amazon is a great place to fine odds and ends - reasonable prices.

My Jeep is loaded for my kayaking, camping, and hiking adventure in Arkansas. 

If there is anything I forget ~ PLEASE comment below. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Evolve ~ Adapt ~ Change ~ Survive ~ Live

Sometimes in life you are thrown a curve ball that just knocks you for a loop.  Mine came about a year and a half ago.  I was forced to turn my world upside down and back and forth. Moving after 38 years of living in a home - then moving with only me and my dog Diesel. Living alone for the 1st time in my 62 years.

I can not tell you how thankful I am to have my two amazing kids. My daughter and her family were life savers - they helped in in so many ways. My son lives over 700 miles away but he was willing to uproot and come help me if I needed him - thankfully I did not need him to disrupt his life.  

To have your children give their all for you is such a rewarding experience. I will never be able to pay them back for the support and comfort they gave me. 

Now lets jump forward 1.5 years......... 

I can not express how wonderfully amazing my life is.  I am me! Only Me! Not the shell of someone - but really ME!!!

I have my wonderful family and fabulous friends. I have ventured past my comfort zones and am living a life of happiness and excitement.  I truly am blessed.  What I thought was one of the worse events in my life - turned into one of the best things to ever happen to me.  NOW I AM ME!!!

I am hiking and even plan to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail in May.  My newest hobby is kayaking. Gosh I LOVE it. It is even better when my best-est friends also are in love with kayaking. I enjoy camping and living life.   I laugh more than I ever have and it is really hard for me to find fault in anything. I LOVE LIFE!

I guess what I am trying to say...is ......when you think your life has hit the lowest point - it might not be for the bad. It just might mean it is time for you to change your course. Time for you to venture out of your comfort zone and make the most of every day.  One thing a life changing event does to you is it makes you cherish people and moments....because you know all too well that your life can change in a second. 

So if you stumbled on this blog and were wondering "What the heck this lady is talking about"  please remember this.  

Life is Precious and ONLY YOU can bring happiness to Your Life!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Honey Wipes

If you are looking for a different wipe - I have found the perfect wipe for you.  Honey Wipe is a foaming wipe that refreshes and moisturizes.  I get so tired of using wipes and I either smell like a baby or alcohol. Finally a wipe made for an adult ~  Honey Wipes by Savannah HoneyBee Company. I keep them in my backpack for a quick refresh while hiking. 

Honey Wipes are made using sustainable and biodegradable bamboo fibers.  The Honey wipes scent is made of honey, vanilla, and lemon zest.  Perfect to refresh!


Ingredients:
Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Jaminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, HONEY, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, BEESWAX, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Potassium Sorbate

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Car Vent Oil Diffuser

As many of you know I am a green nut.  Yep I love organic and no chemicals.  I use essentials oils for Cleaning ~ Arthritis Relief ~ Sleeping Aid ~ etc. 

Check out my new Car Vent Oil Diffuser

The diffuser came with felt pads to absorb the oil.  I currently have Lemon Oil in the Tree Diffuser.  Smells fresh and clean.  
Plus, it is good to refresh your mind and
soul.

Using essential oils is so much better than filling the Jeep up with chemical scents.