Sunny and Saturday

In Las Vegas this morning, it is slightly chilly with clear BEAUTIFUL skies.  My goal today is to take my plastic gallon milk jugs and cut them into almost perfect planting containers.  I also have a few larger tin cans that I plan on starting my herbs in.  I’m getting creative here.  The only thing I want to HAVE to buy is my potting soil and seeds.  I’m gardening on a budget this year.  I’ve got my new Urban Compost Bin outside and I can’t wait until everything breaks down so I can start using the fertilizer.

This is the time that I usually put my thoughts together and plan out the rest of my day, but I have a small person in the next room that has decided to be fussy today.  I’m going to ATTEMPT to put his Convertible Crib/Toddler Bed together today.  We’ll see how it goes considering that I’m “carpenter-ly challenged”.  His current pack-n-play is going to be his new “time out” center.  Yes, even at 13 months, the child has begun throwing temper tantrums, testing my limits, and challenging his boundaries.  Parenting is just now starting to get FUN!    I’ve found that being a SAHM/WAHM can be even more challenging than a 40 hour a week desk job.  It sure takes much more discipline.  Gardening will happen during naps if he continues to take naps like he has been.

If you are a SAHM, WAHM, or if you work outside the home, how do you keep your individuality when it seems that you spend ALL your time with your children?  I’d love to know how you keep your sanity.  I’m baby talking in public because of the time I spend with my son… lol.

On the fiance front this morning, I don’t think he was trying to reduce his carbon footprint, but he did carpool this morning to his RC car race today.  I was really excited about that.  His reasoning was that he wanted to conserve gas, but I was proud of him anyway.  I’m working on him although I’m still going through the trash after him and picking out the recycle-ables.  It can be a long process and I’m being patient.

Remember to check out our contest in the prior post.  I’ll repost it again in tomorrow’s post.

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Spring is just around the corner…

Are you planting anything for the spring?  Some parts of the country it is time to start planting seeds and watching things grow.  I know that here in Las Vegas, it has already warmed up enough to start planting.  Of course, I can’t have a traditional garden like people do in more rural areas due to the fact that the neighbor’s home is less than 6 feet from mine.  But I will attempt this year to grow things in pots.  I found a great list of veggies that can be grown in pots (http://achingdebts.com/12-vegetables-you-can-grow-in-a-pot/) which include beets, spinach, leaf lettuce, patio tomatoes, radishes, green peppers, green beans, squash, eggplant, swiss chard, and a variety of cooking herbs.  True there are of some on the list that I haven’t heard of, but if I can grow my own eggplants, green peppers, and cooking herbs, I’ll be proud of myself this year.

In my wonderful obsession with frugality, I’m looking for anything in the house that I’m not using right now to use as planters.  Have several plastic totes that we haven’t used since we moved.  They are just sitting in the garage.  Since Milo goes through almost 2 to 3 gallons of milk a month, we have a supply of plastic jugs that I could cut up and use.  On http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf545317.tip.html , I found people starting seeds in egg cartons and using emptied yogurt containers as planters.  They used the lids as saucers to catch the water.  Let your imagination “grow” wild.  Tell me what unusual container you’ve used as a planter… (Leave your comments!)

So, after I find my planters, I will go find my seeds or starter plants the first part of next week.  I found potting soil at the “99 cent only” store for only… (you guessed it!) 99 cents!   I should be rocking and rolling next week.  I’ll take pictures and post them of the messy effort.  For fertilizer, why should I go out and buy some when I can just about make my own with the leftover food from our meals.  Even living in an urban area like Las Vegas, I can have my own compost bin without stinking out the neighbors.  My company actual sells a self contained compost bin made out of recycled plastic bottles.  The price is $75 and it comes with the Bokashi mixture that quickly breaks down the food scraps and eliminates the food odor.

Urban Composting Kit

 

For the month of February, I’m having a contest on my blog.  The contest is for a free Urban Composter and Bokashi mixer in either black or white.  How do you enter the contest?  You do that in the following ways:

1) Follow me on Twitter!  If you are already following me, CONGRATS, you already have on entry into the contest!

2) Comment on the current blog (1 entry per post limit)

3)  RT on Twitter with “A Chance to Win a Free Urban Compost Bin… http://www.milosmom.wordpress.com @nicoleisgreen”

The contest ends when one of the following happens:

1)   I am able to book and hold 10 Eco-Workshops for emagineGreen either online (U.S.) or in the Las Vegas area.

2.)  Sell 40 Urban Composting Bins by March 31st 2009.

3.)  Get 500 followers on Twitter!

 

Good luck everyone and I can’t wait to see who wins!

A Leap Forward…

Many of you know that my main form of income is direct sales.  I was working as a consultant for a great company called Learning is an Art that ceased it’s direct sales operate at the end of February and now only sell products through their E-commerce website http://nicole.learningisanart.com .  They were gracious enough to let me stay on as an affiliate to help sell their remaining inventory.  For your information, Learning is an Art is a company that has games, toys, and DVD’s that help individuals with Math, Reading, Social Studies, and Science.  With this company, I have been able to help several children with their core school subjects.  Not only did I help children, but I was even able to help a couple get their citizenship through our games about the government so they could pass their knowledge exam.

Direct salles has been very rewarding for me.  That’s the reason that after Learning is an Art made their decision, I decided to stay in direct sales.  I love the freedom that I have over my own work.  I decide what form of advertising that I find best.  I can sell to whomever I want without a manager looking over my shoulder preaching to me about policies and procedures.  I’m able to do fundraisers for schools, churches, and charity organizations whenever I choose to.  It’s a lovely feeling to have control over the work that you do.

That being said, yesterday I was officially entered into the system at emagineGreen as a new Green Coach.  emagineGreen is a newer company located in Scottsdale, AZ.  Their goal is simple:  To take thoughts of being ‘green’ and turning them into positive action.  I’ve always been one of those people that has needed motivation to try something new.  I have all the good intentions in the world, but until I put them into action they will continue to just be thoughts.  emagineGreen has many different products that can be used in and out of the home that helps individuals use less plastic bags and disposable bottles.  It has a variety of products that show how you can reuse the things in your home that you really do consider junk.  One of our products is a picture frame made out of a bike chain.  Our products “Inspire”!

My Green Moment of the Day:

My wedding is a little over a month away.  I STILL have not purchased my wedding dress.  I have NOTHING to wear yet.  It is partly due to the fact we’ve been trying to pay off bills with an ailing job market, but another reason is that I’ve gotten “picky”.  Yes, I’ve been married before and that wedding dress hangs in the closet at my Mom’s house taking up space.  I don’t want another dress that I can only where ONE time.  What do I want?  Well, I want something that I can wear again.  I want something that i can throw on different jewelry, add embellishments, or throw on a colored wrap and make a completely new dress out of it for ANY formal occasion.

I’m sure some of you will think, “Why not wear your old wedding dress?”  Don’t worry, it’s not because of connection of my ex-husband.  I would wear the dress again if I were still a size six, but I still have much of the post baby belly and it’s not coming off quick enough.  I’ve decided that I am going to sell my previous wedding dress on Ebay.  I’ll let some other lucky bride buy it for a steal.  I’ll take that money to buy a new dress that I feel that I can re-use later on for the company Christmas parties.  If you are preparing for a FIRST wedding, do you still have prom dresses in your closet at home that you completely forgot about?  Sell them!!! If you don’t have a sentimental attachment to them, SELL THEM!  Save money on your NEW wedding/formal party dress!

When I finish putting the details on the rest of the wedding that isn’t covered under our wedding package w/The Las Vegas Wedding Company, I’ll let you know!

Making Lunches for the MAN

I can’t believe I’m blogging TWICE in one day.  A thought occured to me today how many Ziploc sandwich bags I go through a week.  In one lunch I usually pack carrots, celery, a sandwich, and maybe a dessert.  I waste four bags a day for five days a week.  I’m wasting TWENTY plastic bags a week and I’m pretty sure they aren’t being put into a recycle bin at work.  I got to looking and I found this very neat lunch container that seals pretty well around each compartment so I don’t have to use the plastic bags.  They have two of them for sale and I can’t pick out which one that I want.  I’d love your feedback on which one I should get!

The weblink is:  http://tinyurl.com/bdkxd9
or if that doesn’t work:

https://nettrax.myvoffice.com/emaginegreen/ShoppingCart/Shop
.cfm?CurrPage=FrontPage&NextPage=CategoryDetail&CategoryID=2
20&pid=4358632767854092

FYI, this is one of the new companies that I’ve signed on to represent.  I’d love to know what you think about our products.  Comment and let me know what you think about the products.

Sometimes it just takes a little time…

I had every intention of blogging daily, but with a child, having Fibromyalgia and some kind of joint condition… Just didn’t happen.  Yesterday, I was able to do something extraordinary after disaster happened.  No, I didn’t lift a car off of someone.  Not THAT special… lol.  Our car broke down yesterday after I had decided that that day was going to be a great one.  We had to have the car towed back to the house.  Brandon had asked me to clean out the garage so the tow truck driver could back the car in and have plenty of room.  I was tired.  I was angry that the car was incapacitated.  But I got out and started cleaning the garage. 

I guess since it’s always been rather dark in there, I didn’t realize how much “junk” was just stacked in the garage.  There were cardboard boxes thrown everywhere, plastic bottles in the corners.  Suddenly I had a green glow about me and I said very audibly, “I CAN RECYCLE ALL OF THIS!!!”  I went into the house and obtained a knife so I could start breaking down the boxes and taking the labels off the bottles.  I separated the cardboard boxes into two piles:  “big enough to reuse if we have to move” and “no further use–recycle”.  I was so proud of myself.  I didn’t get to sweep the garage out, but I will keep the recycling truck driver busy on Friday when they come by.

Now I’ve got it in my head that when I’m done with something plastic, tin, or cardboard, I automatically think of cleaning it up and putting it in the recycle bin.  If I could just remember about what kinds of paper I can recycle, it would be WONDERFUL.  I’m always scared with paper about people getting identifying information even if it just has your name and address on it.  I guess I’ll be investing in a shredder soon.

Daring to Start the Green Journey

When I was growing up, we really didn’t talk that much about recycling in school or at home.  In Jonesboro, LA, the only time anyone mentioned recycling was when someone had enough aluminum soda cans to take into Monroe, LA for money.  It really wasn’t a priority.  I remember hauling two and three 33 gallon black trash bags full of garbage to the huge garbage bins out by my high school.  I couldn’t believe how a family of four could create that much garbage in a week or two period.

I’ve moved a few times in my life.  I even moved back to Jonesboro for about 6 months.  Living in Las Vegas, NV has been an eye opening experience.  We are living in a very crowded subdivision that has garbage pick up.  Realize that this is the first time I’ve lived in an area with trash pick up.  When we signed up for garbage pick up, I couldn’t believe all the information they gave on how to Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce.  Trash pickup actually gives you the option of having 3 recycling bins.  The Republic Services website actually has a lot of information about what in your household that you can recycle. 

Of course, after viewing the website, I couldn’t believe how many things were were just trashing that we could reuse or at least recycle.  So, I’ve decided that if I at least do a “green” thing a day, I am doing just a small part to help our environment.  I’m one of those people who has to take baby steps to eventually be a pro at something, that includes my goal of becoming more green.

My first attempt at recycling has been to find anything that is cardboard that I normally put into the trash, break it down, and put into a box for recycling on Friday.  Believe it or not, I even went out into the garage and found un-useable cardboard boxes, broke them down, and am ready for pickup for tomorrow.  Not only am I doing my part to recycle, I’m FINALLY getting the garage cleaned up.

Oh, and if you’ve never heard of Freecycle, you need to check it out.  (This is part of that “Reuse” thing I was talking about?)  We needed a dresser for our bedroom since our old one is falling apart.  Fixing this dresser is pretty much out of the question considering that it’s not actually made out of wood.  It’s made out of particle board.  I joined Freecycle when I was in Washington State, so when I moved to Las Vegas, I joined their Freecycle group too.  I waited until I found someone wanting to give away a wooden dresser.  She gave it to us for FREE, but it had writing on it and some of the drawers needed fixing. 

It took an entire $15 for paint, sandpaper, nails, and a piece of wood to fix the drawer track.  After sanding it down, it’s a beautiful dresser.  I’ll be painting it after this weekend.  I can’t wait to have more room to put our clothes.  Freecycle is definitely worth it if you are good with your hands or want to take on a project.  Sometimes you can find things that are in perfect condition and people are just reducing the things in their house!

Remember that it only takes a little bit of effort to become more green.  I challenge each and every one of you to do one of the Three R’s of Recycling:  Reduce, Recycle, or Reuse!  I’d love to hear what you are doing in your house as well!

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www.republicservices.com

www.freecycle.com

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