Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Writing, networking & volunteering



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Emily Breder is the Editor-in-Chief for The Content Studio, producing digital content for entrepreneurs and small biz. She is also a Zen practitioner and sits on several nonprofit boards and planning committees. Emily is here to share her experiences in the world of writing, volunteering, networking, and more.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Enabling People with Chronic Issues

 
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Grace Quantock is joining us today – a speaker, teacher, wellness consultant, author of the book Sick Chick to Trail Blazer, and co-founder of Healing Boxes ; a non-profit sending boxes of information, support and comfort to those with illness and in life crisis. Grace is yet another example of how the small ideas, when set into action, can have a big impact on the world

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

camping foods

 
I had some amazing food products sent to me for evaluation from eFoodsDirect

We waited until we went camping in our little RV trailer to test the foods, since one of the recommended applications is for outdoor activities like camping and hiking. The first meal I tried was the Tortilla Soup, and before it was half cooked I hear “That smells good”, and turned to see hubby Dave poking his head into the camper while I was cooking it for our lunch. We both found the meal to present a lovely Mexican flavored thick soup with very healthy ingredients including sea salt (my personal preference) although it was a bit salty for me. However Dave felt that was probably a good thing for outdoor activities after perspiring when one is typically prone to reach for the saltshaker. I was using a thin copper camping pot and found that it did scorch a bit on the bottom of the pan, as the instructions did say to boil for 12-15 min – however I feel a slight simmer would have been better. Covering the pot would keep it from getting too thick, and would help it cook more efficiently. It was a warm soothing kind of meal –perfect for cooler or rainy days and cooks fast enough that you don’t have to hover over a stove very long – all you need is water. The veggies were, surprisingly, still flavorful – the carrots tasted like fresh carrots, the bits of red pepper were sweet and tasty. The second day we tried the Creamy Potato Soup for lunch, which we both loved. It had a nice thickness and good texture. The flavor was almost like it was made at home, but I think it would be improved with a dash of Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, salsa or garlic. The next day we made the Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole and had a container of leftovers to serve along with lunch the following day. This was a delicious meal and I was surprised at how satisfying it was.

Only 20 minutes from our gas stove to the bowl and hearty enough to satisfy two very hungry adults. The nutritional facts section shows the meals as being able yield four servings, however we found that without a side dish it was really good for the two of us… with the exception of the Chicken Casserole, which could definitely serve three people, or four if there was a side dish too.  One note of concern was raised when we read of the high sodium content in the nutritional facts section for the three meals we were sent (ranging from 19-38%).

The most impressive point of these meals was in reading the list of ingredients where we learned that the meals were vegetarian and focused on nutrition. We also learned that the company is dedicated to using farm fresh, dehydrated ingredients that are grown without harmful chemicals or processed with preservatives. The fact that these thin envelopes could produce such hearty meals was also impressive. And I really loved the idea their long life – some of their meals are said to be good for 20 years in storage.

Despite having an aversion to instant or prepackaged meals, I certainly recommend that people check out eFoodsDirect where they can find individual meals or a range of different sized packages of bulk food supplies that will feed a single adult anywhere from one week to a year. Great for areas that are prone to food transport disruption or areas that are prone to natural disasters. For the survivalist this is a dream come true and for the outdoor person – well you couldn’t get any easier, more nutritious and convenient than eFoodsDirect LLC (www.efoodsdirect.com).




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Friday, July 27, 2012

Green Construction


 --  Green Construction --

Going Green - Construction, Which the Environment Loves!
*Today's article was written by Ali Bhutta - of AB Contractors NY, a leading General Contractors firm in New York City, New York is an expert on all related market trends and can help you with every step of your construction project.

Sustainable building, green building, green construction or simply "going green" is a concept about eco-friendly construction. It involves the application of practices and technologies that are environmental friendly, right from the construction, to occupancy, maintenance, renovation and finally demolition. This concept first started rising in the '70s when concerns regarding harmful impacts of construction industry on environment, and its resources, started growing.

Although no international agreement is available regarding carbon reduction and eco-friendly construction, there are organizations present that are working for the sustainability of natural resources, toxic reduction, recycling, waste reduction and application of energy efficient practices etc, such as EPA in the US. The EPA requires the construction industry to design and build buildings with eco-friendly materials and methods. This is not the only reason why construction industry has started following green trends. Many environmental-concerned companies and individuals have started emphasizing on green building, when doing a new construction or renovation project in their homes, commercial properties or work places. This is a very good sign because it educates and encourages the construction industry to work towards developing new sustainable building techniques. The need of going green gets more imminent as a recent study shows that the Ozone layer had depleted by 40%, which is alarming.

The basic principles of sustainable building in new construction projects and retrofitted properties include:
· Efficient use of land, water, energy and other resources.
· Improving the health of everyone living in a building.
· Providing clean environment to increase employees' performance.
· Reducing pollution and other waste emission in the environment.
· Educating public about the need and merits of green building.
· Using local materials and manpower so as to avoid transportation cost of these brought from other towns and areas.

Not only it is important to derive methods for going green, it is equally important to use the present resources in an intelligent and efficient way.

Water Efficiency:
Two-third of the Earth consists of water, not all of it readily usable. It takes a lot of work and energy to make water usable which means there's a shortage of water and therefore, we need to use it efficiently. A popular way of maintaining the quality of water and reducing its usage is to use dual plumbing system, which recycles the water with every flush of the toilet. Low-flow showerheads and low-flush toilets can also increase water efficiency during the life cycle of a building.

Energy Efficiency:
There are a lot of ways to use energy efficiently. Few simple methods are to use light paint colors on the exterior and interior of the building. The exterior light colors will reflect sunrays and as a result the interior of the building will remain cool reducing the need of air conditioners and such. Interior light colors will also help reflect the natural light, which will reduce the cost and need of electric lighting. Modern insulation systems can also be installed in walls and floors to use the energy efficiently. Building can be designed with passive solar building ways that uses windows and walls to help shade the property in summers and provide natural light in the winters. Other ways to use energy efficiently are solar power, hydropower and wind power etc.

Material Efficiency:
Using material that are recyclable and re-usable is an important part of sustainable building. It involves using natural materials such as straw bale, clay and bamboo for the construction or renovation of the building.

Waste Reduction:
Compost bins are a great way to reduce waste emission by the occupants or work force in a building. Waste reduction can also be achieved by recycling the waste into fertilizers. Use of water instead of paper towels can also reduce waste going in the landfills. Some highly sophisticated waste reduction techniques can also be applied, but they may be a little costly.

We only have planet Earth to live on. We don't have any other place to go. We need to keep earth and our environment safe and healthy, and Earth's natural resources sufficient for our generations to come. We've already harmed the Earth enough. Now is the time to go green.


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Plastic Bags and Alternatives


 
Data taken from the International Bottom Trawl Survey and the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme by CEFAS indicates that plastic bags makes up around 40% of all the marine litter evaluated at stations across UK waters and the North Sea. In the Bay of Biscay most of the waste items found on the seabed were plastic (92%) and of those 94% were plastic bags (OSPAR, 2009). In this respect over 30 NGOs are making a final call to EU Environment ministers ahead of the July 15 deadline for setting marine litter targets, as required under EU law.

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Today's show will focus on Plastic Bags and eco-bag alternatives.  

Stefanie Kushner  is joining us today to share how her passion for environmentally friendly bags inspired the creation of the Bag Inspiration business. Today this company focuses on selling fair trade bags made of recycled or repurposed materials, which highlights their goal of helping change the lives of people who would otherwise have very little hope for a better life. The company also finds ways to help their clients raise funds for a variety of worthy charities… we’ll learn all about their efforts in encouraging consumers to make a huge difference with their purchasing decisions.   

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bio Fuel & Business



-- Quote of the Day --

“Leadership depends on the people who report to you – the majority of the people who report to don’t enjoy their job. …75% of workers today fall into two categories: 1) being not engaged at work – and 2) actively not engaged at work. The people in the first category can be identified as clock-watchers. The other group is actively destructive at work; costing 3 billion dollars of lost revenue in the US. …25% of the people like their job, they are excited and creative at work – they have the opportunity to utilize what they love at work. …You have to care about the employee. …95% of happy executives will take a call from a recruiter today, 90% of those executives will leave their your organization in 30 days for an opportunity to contribute more. So you have to provide an environment …that will give them the opportunity to do what they love to do.”

~ Derrick Miles


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-- Positive News -- 

*Source: JapanFS.org

Aichi Prefecture, in central Japan, started producing carbonized biomass fuel on April 2, 2012, utilizing sewage sludge at a facility built in the Kinuura Tobu Sewage Treatment Center

It plans to produce 2,700 tons of carbonized biomass fuel annually for at least the next 20 years. 

Incidentally, the biomass market in Japan has grown by over 210% since 2010.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Sanctuary at Home


-- Quote of the Day --


“If we tell our stories with intensity and focus… 
we’ll break the spells that bind us. 
We’ll start to want that other world 
we say is possible with such intensity
 that nothing can stop us or deny us.
 All it takes is our willingness to act from vision, 
not from fear, to risk hoping, to dare to act for what we love” 

~  Starhawk – Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising



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Jan Denise is here to share her passion for defining true love, and for creating a sanctuary at home. We’ll learn about her gardens, and animals that share her land – and how this home became a retreat for others as well. She’ll share her experiences in the realm of writing and so much more today.
 
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Packaging, & the Arts



-- Quote of the Day -- 

“…There are two types of artists – the ones that are just going to have fun and want to show their stuff to the world, and the ones who are going to have to live off of their productions.  …There are people who are going to like it, and there will be people who hate it; But you can’t let those people intimidate you. You can’t work around other people and what their thoughts are. …One of the biggest problems with artists is they let people dictate their art. …You have to get out there and communicate with people. One of the main reasons they will buy your stuff is because they had that connection to you – and by talking about your piece you might be able to open their eyes to something they didn’t see. …You have to have a good marketing strategy.  …You do want to make sure that wherever you are going to show your stuff that you know the demographics of the area …you have to tailor your work around area’s financial demographics.”

~ Jason Dowd

Today’s quote was excerpted from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: The Business of Artisitc Endeavors 

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-- Positive News -- 

*Source: Recycling Product Newsletter: http://rpn.baumpub.com

The vision of a world without packaging waste may very well be around the corner. A new packaging design guide for North America will soon be made mainstream – offering strict guidelines for sustainable packaging. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is a project of GreenBlue, a non-profit that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable; including PAC NEXT is an initiative of PAC – The Packaging Association. PAC and with its 375 member companies; and Éco Entreprises Québec is a private, non-profit organization. ÉEQ’s mission is to represent companies with regard to their responsibility to finance their share of the net costs of municipal curbside recycling, establish reasonable fees to ensure program financing and, in partnership with other stakeholders, promote efforts to increase the quantities of recovered materials through curbside recycling at the lowest possible cost.


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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Preserving Food via Canning


-- Preserving Food --

Today's article was submitted to us via Stacy of Extra Space Storage on behalf of the author: Tim Eyre works with customers on behalf of  http://www.extraspace.com, helping them with their self storage needs. Tim also write on self storage, recycling, energy conservation and other topics at http://blog.extraspace.com

Can Do Attitude


What You Can and Can't Do When Canning

Canning may be a fairly simple process, but it does have its pitfalls. Especially when we're first learning to can, it can be heartbreaking to find a lid unsealed after processing, or a green bean going black or moldy after a few weeks in the jar. Fortunately, we can not only learn from our mistakes, but we can also lean on the advice of other canning masters in order to avoid future "jams" in the process. Over the years I have had the opportunity to learn from several great canners and while I still worry a little over each batch, with every try I become more confident, especially when I hear that positive little "pop!" of a well-sealed lid.


The Process of Canning

With canning, cleanliness is the most important rule. Clean your prep area, clean your tools and most importantly, sterilize your jars, lids and screw bands (jar rings) before filling. To sterilize, wash your jars, lids and screw bands with warm, soapy water and rinse. Then place your lids in your pressure canner and put your jars on top of the lids to keep them from floating away. Using a pressure canner is important if you want to be absolutely sure about your final product. With a pressure canner, you can be certain that the right amount of pressure is being applied during the final boil and that the jars receive the correct processing. The screw bands can either be placed in a basket inside the pressure canner or boiled separately. Boil all items for 10 minutes to sterilize.

A quick note about your jars: you can reuse jars and screw bands as long as both are in excellent condition. And by "excellent," that means no dings, dents, nicks, scrapes, bends, rust, bits missing or anything that might weaken the overall integrity of your product. Lids should always be brand new for each jar.

If you're preparing a cold recipe, or one in which no heat is used, make sure your jars are warm but not hot when you add your product. Jars that are too hot might crack when the cold product hits it. Jars can be removed from the sterilization bath and placed upright on a towel to cool, or removed just as you are ready to add your product. No matter what, place the jars on a towel while filling to keep them from sliding away. A canning funnel works wonders for those with unsteady hands or big pots of preserves.

Check your recipe for the amount of space you should leave at the top of your jar while filling. The distance is an important factor in the sealing process. Leave too much or two little space and your lid might not seal correctly. When measuring how much to add, the very top of the jar, or the lip, is considered the top, not the area below the screw rings. Once filled, run a small, thin spatula or knife around the inside edges of your jar to remove any air bubbles. Air bubbles might cause the level of your product to drop in the jar while boiling and either cause the jar not to seal or discolor any product sticking out above the water line. Lastly, place the sterilized lid on top of the jar and gently screw the screw band into place. Don't apply too much pressure - just enough to hold the lid down while it's boiling.

The last step is the actual processing. Again, follow your recipe precisely on this one. Place your jars in your pressure canner so that they aren't touching each other and make sure the water comes to at least two inches above the tallest jar. Close the canner and boil as instructed. Once done, remove the jars and place on a towel, allowing them to cool for up to 24 hours. If your canning went as planned, you should hear gentle popping noises from your jars throughout the night as each lid seals in place.

After the jars have cooled, test your final product by depressing the center of the lid. If it doesn't "pop" or move up and down, it has sealed correctly. Another way to test this is to remove the screw band and attempt to remove the lid. If you can bend it slightly or if the lid comes off, then the jar did not seal. Fortunately, most recipes can be reprocessed within two days as long as you follow the processing steps precisely.

Screw band suggestion: While some canners prefer to leave the screw band on their final product, it can be beneficial to remove it. The band could harbor moisture and potential bacteria, and a well-sealed jar doesn't need the band to hold the lid in place. It looks good for decoration, but it's not necessary http://www.thekitchn.com/tip-store-canned-jars-without-rings-170421

Once done, your canned products will last at least a year as long as you store them in a dry place with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to label and date them, and once you're happy with the recipe and confident in your canning powers, share them with friends!


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Free E-book & more



-- Quote of the Day --

I may not have gone where I intended to go, 
but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. 

~ Douglas Adams


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Registered listeners will now able to connect their BlogTalkRadio.com accounts to Facebook and begin automatically sharing the BTR shows they are listening to on their Facebook timeline, in addition to seeing what their Facebook friends are listening to on the network.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Healthy Lakes & Blog Hop Contest





 -- Blog Hop Contest -- 

Vacation Reads Giveaway Hop - July 19t to 25th



Hosted by: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & The Bookish Mama

We are thrilled to participate in yet another blog hop contest along with more than a hundred other bloggers. Our prize offer will be an e-book copy of the first volume of the Trash Talk - It's Easy to be Green series:


You have the power to do the right thing. This book is packed with ways to re-use and re-purpose waste. Trash Talk inspires the reader through education about recycling, offering tips on reducing, refusing and rethinking "waste" issues. Save money at the same time too!  *Click on the hyper-linked title above to find more information about the book series and to find sample chapters that you can read.


To enter - simply subscribe to our blog (look on the right side of the blog) if you like what we do here, and enter your name and email address below in the comment section for today's post. Names are drawn randomly so anyone has a chance to win this e-book. 

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