I’ve also gone DIY on the cleaning products in my apartment:
-I made my own laundry soap and it was so cheap and easy (I mean pouring things into a jug and shaking it kind of easy) look for hipsteaders.com no-grate liquid laundry detergent, the updated recipe. Add white vinegar for liquid fabric softener
- Also, using the same ingredients (borax and washing soda) you’ve got yourself some dishwasher soap. Add white vinegar for shiny dishes.
-I haven’t gotten my boyfriend to go for the homemade vinegar cleaning spray yet, so I buy Seventh Generation cleaning spray, and also their dish soap.
-And then I try to get my roommates to use the cleaning clothes and paper towels.
-And also to put their food scraps into my compost container (each with varying levels of success)
-I buy recycled toilet paper when I can
- Also for my laundry, I made (again super easy from hipsteader) wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.
I’ve reworked my beauty products to be even greener and made most of them myself. New version of my green list:
-I’m going no (sham)poo after I get back from Thanksgiving and I have my new “shampoo” ready to go it’s homemade coconut milk and aloe vera gel.
-Homemade exfoliate scrub with coffee grounds (upcycled from my morning joe)
-Homemade toothpaste with coconut oil (tastes better than I thought)
-Homemade blemish remover with grapeseed oil
-Still using the witch hazel and the preserve toothbrush
-Soapwalla deodorant, which has no aluminum and it’s all natural (if a bit pricey but it lasts for months) after struggling with Tom’s all natural for a year and still smelling, this stuff really works.
-Still using commercial hand soap and face wash until I use up what I have and then I’m going to replace with castile soap and an oil blend respectively.
-Same with my make up, I’ve made bronzer, but I’m still tweaking it and waiting until I finish up my current stuff because I can’t stand to waste it.
-I’m also only painting my toenails in the summertime. Hahaha, big sarcrifice.
If any of this is interesting to you, this blog has been EXTREMELY useful to me and it could be to you too: thankyourbody.com
11. Teach Yourself Latin American Spanish – Juan Kattán-Ibarra
12. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
13. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
14. Wherever You Go There You Are: Minfulness Mediation in Everyday Life – Jon Kabat-Zinn
15. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
16. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland And Led The Revels There – Cathrynne M. Valente
17. Mercy – Toni Morrison
18. Dead As A Doornail – Charlaine Harris
19. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
20. The Constant Princess – Philippa Greggory
This has been very helpful to me. Some days I don’t even get close to the 5 hour limit and other days I have to cut myself off when I get there and sit around wondering what to do. But I always end up finding something and, occasionally, it’s even something productive, which is awesome. I’ve cleaned more and done more yoga because I had the time. So though it’s been great I am going to add one more exception:
4. Just listening to music on my laptop while in no way looking at the screen or touching the keyboard (unless skipping songs) shall be exempt from the time limit.
1.The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
2.The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Society- Mary Ann Shaffer (These first went well together. 1 happens during WWII and 2 involves the aftermath)
3.Flight to Canada- Ishmael Reed
4. Discourse on the Origin ofInequality- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
5. The Communist Manifesto- Karl Marx
6. Discourse on the Arts and Sciences and Polemics- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
7.Madame Bovary- Gustave Flaubert
8.The Black Book of Secrets- F.E. Higgins
9.Paris Spleen- Charles Baudelaire
10. A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play- Vivien Gussin Paley
And away we go.
The key is frequently checking in on the fridge to what’s about to go bad so you can use it up.
Also I’ve found going to the store more often and buying less, especially in terms of produce, to be helpful.
My goal (for now) is spend 5 hours a day or less on screens. Now, this sounds like an outrageous amount of time and it is, especially that within a 24 hour day, if I’m spending 8 sleeping, 8 at work and 5 on screens, then that’s just 3 hours to do everything else. It’s no wonder that I can’t get anything else done.
That’s just so much time do nothing. Yesterday when I went to bed after 3 hours of totally stupid tv, including cooking shows and shows about female killers (and adventure time, but I love it). Then it was a snow day so I know I spent at least 2 hours on the computer doing whatever. So, though 5 hours is a lot, I’m going to make it my baseline and, with enough willpower, reduce from there.
So here are the stipulations and exceptions:
1. I’m definitely going to stop watching tv that I don’t even like just because someone else puts it on. (Tosh.0 -we’re over)
2. I will make an exception for social tv: I can go over the limit to watch shows or movies that are intentionally put on as a social activity (not just as drones to whatever happens to be on).
3. I’m also not going to include work-based screen time.
That’s all for now. The sad thing is that 2 years ago in school I didn’t even have cable and now I’m having trouble thinking of what will fill the screen time. So far I’ve got read, crochet, work out and clean. Pathetic. There’s a whole big world out there!
(And so far I’ve already used a half hour)
All 3 of my wisdoms are out, as of a few weeks ago, and healing nicely. So I scheduled my 3 fillings at the end of next month. Then I’ll do a little whitening and call this done.
I’ve purged through: clothes, jewelry, makeup and reserve beauty stuff.
I still need to purge: the white bin, the paper bin, the pink bin (perhaps bins in general), craft stuff and anything possibly lingering in my suitcase.
Bonus points for: books, kitchen stuff and green box files.
AND since my challenge ends tomorrow, I that means I pretty much have to do it today…
in my larger resolution to simplify my life… and the easiest because it’s physical. I’m going to give myself a month to go through the rest of my stuff.
41. Charlie Bone and the Red Knight – Jenny Nimmo
42. Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne
43. Collected Sonnets – Edna St. Vincent-Millay
44. The Sweet Far Thing – Libba Bray
45. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
46. Dead to the World – Charlaine Harris
47. Americana: And Other Poems – John Updike
48. Quicksand- Nella Larsen
49. A Breifer History of Time – Stephen Hawking
50. Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories – James Thomas ed.
Finished the last at 7PM December 31. Hurray!
31. The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
32. The War of the Worlds- H.G. Wells
33. Spanish Course 2A- Pimsleur
34. Battle of the Labyrinth- Rick Riordan
35. The Last Olypian- Rick Riordan
36. Trickster’s Queen- Tamora Pierce
37. Life on Earth- Frederick Siedel
38. Charlie Bone and the Shadow- Jenny Nimmo
39. The Epic of Gilgamesh- Anonymous
40. First Test- Tamora Pierce
21. Sea of Monsters- Rick Riordan
22. Caucasia- Danzy Senna
23. I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World- Eve Ensler
24. The Titan’s Curse- Rick Riordan
25. Modern Man in Search of a Soul- C.G. Jung
26. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making- Catherynne M. Valente
27. The Island of Dr. Moreau- H.G. Wells
28. Invisible Man- Ralph Ellison
29. Club Dead- Charlaine Harris
30. The Best of All Possible Worlds- Steven B. Verney
I was going to do a 3 day detox, but I just lost a couple of days on my weekend. So, 1 day will be fine and if it goes well I’ll do it again. My detox is based on one I found on gaiam.com where I pretty much drink water w/lemon and fruit&veggies juices straight from the blender.
I’m also going to do some yoga, meditate and clean and organize my apartment. Then I’ll probably and work on grad school apps.
Now, to begin.
I e-mailed 3 professors and asked if they would recommend me and if they all do then this goal is done. Ta da!
I’ve switched to almost all of the things I use daily to greener alternatives (except for makeup, which is a whole different beast).
They are as follows:
my shampoo & conditioner are Garnia Fructis which don’t have parabens or dyes and are 94% and 92% biodegradable, respectively.
My face wash is local,
I use witch hazel as astringent,
my face lotion is neutragena with the least chemicals I could find, my toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and deodorant are Tom’s of Maine,
my toothbrush and razor are recylced, thanks to Preserve,
and my scrub has no parabens
Hurray to putting less chemicals on my body and into the environment!
so I’m going to try the gaiam detox (below), BUT if I get sick I will have quinoa, brown rice or yogurt to settle my stomach. I researched and these foods are also used for some detox plans AND I already have them in my house. :)
My tentative dates are October 1-3. For a few reasons… I have them off from work during the day with just a few afternoon commitments, it starts on a Monday so it will detox from the party I’m going to the previous weekend, AND it starts on the 1st on the month, which just feels right.
I want to pair with a mini-retreat (at my apt)
I want to base it on this: http://life.gaiam.com/article/1-2-3-detox-radiance
Though I worry I will be hungry…
Just awaiting edits from my prof.
Too bad it’s already mid-September…