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Valerie
On the coast of Virginia
Living green for the everyday gal
Interests: yoga, green living, cooking, walking the dogs, time with my family, finding eternal happiness!
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Update your address books, change your Favorites links, tell your friends, write it down, spread the word.... It's Not Easy Being Green is MOVING! And changing names (gasp!) ..... is now...... In the brief period I have had this blog, I have realized two things: Though Typepad is a wonderful platform and some of the most beautiful blogs I have ever seen use Typepad, it is not worth $9 a month for me at this stage in the game --- sorry, Typepad. Blogger is just more of what I need right now. I had every intention of creating a green... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
Wow- look at all of this gratitude! My top three at the moment (though there are so many more) 1) My mama's health 2) Wagging dog's tails at the end of a hard day 3) My yoga practice
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2009 on more gratitude (is a good thing) at SouleMama
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Amidst all of the chaos and craziness going on right now, I feel it is incredibly appropriate to discuss a little thought provoked by my yoga teacher a few weeks ago. In our dharma lesson at the beginning of class, the always insightful Asha spoke of choosing to respond and not react. Reactions are an immediate response the body and brain create as soon as something happens. A response is something you are active in creating along with your body and your brain. Get it? Here's the Dictionary.com definition of the two words: re⋅spond –verb (used without object) 1. to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
I would wear any of her necklaces with just about anything- but especially my favorite jeans and t-shirt combo!!!
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2009 on Orangepoppy + A Giveaway! at love forever
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My darling friend Cate is so dear to me. She lives her life to the fullest and I admire that tenacity. She and her husband travel the world, are SCUBA certified, and are just generally cool people. I want to be Cate when I grow up. She rocks. She rocks so much, in fact, that she brought me apples picked from trees in Western Virginia when she was out that way this past weekend. I was home tending to my husband and his ankle sprain and couldn't make the trip and Cate thought of me! Look at these gorgeous apples!!!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
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"You're so weird." "Why would anyone do all of that? You're crazy." "Why do you always have to be so....so....difficult?" We hear it over and over again. And by "we" I mean all of us who try their hardest to make each day a little greener than the last. To leave a little smaller footprint, to change the world (or at least our own little corner of it). And people think we are weird, we are challenging their ways of thinking, we are going out of our way to do things differently. Yes, we are. We want to challenge you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
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If you know me, you know I am into crafty things these days (remember the Handmade Home post?). I am loving making things for my friends and family (and occasionally for myself!) When I heard about the book Green Guide for Artists over at a blog fav of mine, Crafting a Green World, I knew this was one I had to rush to the bookstore to pick up! This book is a gem and, while I haven't read through every project, I have plans for many future gifts. Check out the full review by the darling Wenona Napolitano over at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
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I love a good theme. The give you a purpose, a knowledge of what is to come, a sense of security. I think about that scene in Legally Blond (yes, I've watched it, so what?) where Elle comes to the "costume party" dressed as a Playboy bunny and no one else is dressed up in costume- how mortifying! Well, this theme is much simpler and does not require costumes on your part-- though I really don't know if you are wearing a costume while you read this so who am I to judge? I give to you: Fashion Friday! Every... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
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Well, it's been a bit of a crazy time. My darling husband is gimping around after spraining his ankle on the job so I have been house-maid and nurse. Awww. It has been so busy, in fact, that I haven't kept up with my other blogs on my Google Reader account and I nearly missed some exciting news! The ever-so-fabulous Marisa Miller Wolfson at Vegan at Heart included this little blog in her recent post on blogging bliss in the vegan/eco-active world. AND my boy Michael Parrish Dudell wrote about Marisa's list over at Veg Daily! Woot! Check out the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
I most enjoy Cathy the caged cougar- such good alliteration from your little one!!
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2009 on how to make applesauce at SouleMama
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One stitch at a time, one moment, one breath, one step at a time. It's an important lesson we can all stand to learn and be reminded of constantly. Thank you for your gentle words, and for sharing your days and nights with us.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2009 on right now :: time to knit at SouleMama
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Oct 13, 2009
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This weekend was a whirlwind of crafting and little projects to get ready for the gift giving season (and maybe also to treat myself). Without giving too much away, let me see if I can share some of what was accomplished. I made the above "Mama Bag" (since I am a Mama to my four-legged kids) from the gorgeous book Handmade Home. As always, Amanda Soule brings incredible crafts to life and breaths new breath into cast off items. The above bag was made from some leftover upholstery weight fabric that's been sitting around my craft room wondering what it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
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This is the life. Full Quiver Farm is an all-natural, organic farm in Suffolk, VA. It's about 25 minutes from our house and well worth the trip yesterday. This farm, run by the Wilson family, is located in the heart of the farmland in Suffolk. Just listen... you can hear the calm quiet stillness... Happy chickens (the true definition of free-range organic) eat what they want, when they want. Meeting of the minds. The Wilsons turned a trailer into a chicken coop. This makes for easy moving to rotate the crops they graze on and also re-uses items they already... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
Well I don't have audiobook suggestions for kids beyond Harry Potter (that's what my husband and I are listening to!), I do have well wishes for you and yours. Here's hoping you get that nap soon! PS- I just picked up your book Handmade Home and it is beyond beautiful. I was flipping thru it at the book store and couldn't put it down- now I don't have to!
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2009 on naps are lovely at SouleMama
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My composting post was pretty popular- thanks for the shared tips and ideas! I think the words everyone shared are so important, I wanted to do something creative with it. So here it is, my Wordle: Cool, huh?! Get your very own Wordle here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
Thanks, Mandy! And thanks for the link to check out- I love a good project! On 10/6/09, typepad@sixapart.com wrote:
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2009 on Tis the Season! at It's Not Easy Being Green
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[photo: how about orange] Unlike the masses, I shop all year for the perfect gift for holidays (birthdays, Christmas, because-it's-Thursday) I love to go to my local craft shows and fairs and find the ideal item for my loved ones. That is if I'm not already making it myself, of course. But I do have an under-bed bin full of things I have picked up through the year just in case or just because. (My hubby's gifts are well hidden and not in the bin- so don't even go there, mister!) Any way you do your gifting, you're going to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
Thanks for adding the tips on yard stuff- so important to add those nutrients! I'm happy to share my compost anytime!
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2009 on Composting How-To at It's Not Easy Being Green
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No one likes gross things. Well, no one except Mike Rowe. That's a man who likes to get down and dirty. Now I am all for digging your hands into the earth, feeling the soil you work with, letting nature be a part of you-- all that. There is just one thing I find disgusting and fascinating at the same time: my compost bin. I love that pretty much all of my food scraps can go in there. (tip: I don't eat meat so no meat scraps!) I love that I put a box of worms in there a year... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
If you ever want to bring them to me at the studio, I would be happy to take them in for ya!
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2009 on newspaper project at It's Not Easy Being Green
Thanks! The camera is a Canon Digital SLR that my father-in-law handed to us when he bought a new (fancier) one for himself. And the pups are hand-me-downs from the pound, and they are the best pups ever. Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2009 on a bit of home at It's Not Easy Being Green
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Going to the beach always reminds me of the big picture. We are all parts of a big bad awesome world out there and every moment of our lives can affect it. Don't take it for granted. Appreciate all the world has to offer you at every moment. Life's a beach- go play!!! [ahhhh] [consider me warned] [just as I suspected] [i love jerusalem trees] [see you again soon] Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
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It's easy to be true to yourself when you are at home. Home truly is where the heart is. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2009 at It's Not Easy Being Green
It's *almost* apple season down here in Virginia and I can't wait! My good friend in Montana was just telling me the other day about all of her applesauce making and canning and, between that conversation and these photos, I am so inspired to go picking very soon! itsnoteasybeinggreen.typepad.com
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2009 on celebrating autumn :: apples at SouleMama
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