D is for Disposables

Melissa, November 20, 2012

When you throw things away, where do you think away is? One place it absolutely shouldn’t be is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnUjTHB1lvM).  Buy cloth napkins to replace paper napkins.  Buy a set of stainless steel chopsticks instead of wood ones in paper sleeves. Buy food safe and leak-proof storage instead of using tin foil, plastic baggies and disposable containers. Ditch the plastic water bottles for a tried, tested and true refillable one. Give litterless lunches a try – not just for our kids at school, but at work also. School and office lunches contribute significantly to our huge stream of waste. Keep in mind it takes a while to get used to any new routine, but once established, it’s your routine. The choices are endless. You’ll find reusables that suit your style and lifestyle…guaranteed. TAKE ACTION source the best tools for eating on the go FREE Downloadable Litterless Lunch Guide  (scr.bi/MXRFE1)  Lisa Borden, champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.” You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.

Herbed Olive Oil Cubes

Melissa, November 13, 2012

Wondering what to do with the last bit of herbs from your garden? Luckily there are some creative ways to store and preserve these fragrant gems into the winter months. Of course you could dry them out and crush them for teas or a dried powdered version or better yet why not submerge them in some extra virgin olive oil! This technique is called an infusion – as you are basically infusing the herb with the oil and it’s precious oils disperse in the base of olive oil. What you are left with is deliciously intense fragrant oil that can be used for anything from marinades, to sauces or even salad dressings. Choosing from herbs such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil or parsley these are some great ones to start with. Here is what you need: 4 wean green cubes 2 tbsp – 8 tbsp of herbs cut into small pieces, leaving them whole (attached to stem) 1 cup olive oil, divided into four –       Place individual herbs in a glass container or do combinations of two or more herbs for even more flavour. –       Then pour in the olive oil to submerge the herbs. Be sure to leave enough room at the top incase you decide to freeze the cubes (as theys will expand) –       Allow to “infuse” for 24-48 hours. Then use right away or freeze for use later in a delicious recipe!

C is for Corn

Melissa, November 6, 2012

Go corn-free…we don’t mean corn-on-the-cob, we mean corn-fed meat, corn-sweetened juice and pop, corn-oiled salad dressings, crackers and cereals with corn, corn syrups, corn solids, corn starches and more GMO, processed food product! Corn-stuff is in way too much of our food and everyday products, especially from packages and restaurants. Corn has many ways of disguising itself, so get familiar with its different names and look for it on ingredient lists. Corn has been found in dryer sheets, instant coffee, contact lens solution, different cheeses and even some toothpastes! It may be challenging to steer clear from it all, but you won’t believe how avoiding it will change your life (and our world). TAKE ACTION  watch a great documentary that will change your relationship with corn forever www.kingcorn.net read a little Marion Nestle, it goes a long way www.foodpolitics.com  Lisa Borden, champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.” You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.

Happy Holidays! 2012 Gift Guide

Melissa, November 5, 2012

B is for Batteries

Melissa, October 23, 2012

Powering up all the gadgets in our lives with conventional batteries and then dumping them in landfills creates a toxic mess. Instead, try rechargeables. They are 20% less harmful than tossing out a one-time-use one and if stored properly – you can get a lot more charge out of the battery life.  Read up on how rechargeables are better for us and our world, and tips on how to get a long lasting charge here. Also take a look at wind powered, solar powered or hand crank eco-gadgets coming on the market with great force. If you do use batteries, make sure they are put in the right place when you are done with them.  TAKE ACTION find out how and where to recycle batteries in your area, and why throwing them out does more harm than good http://earth911.com Lisa Borden, champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.”. You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.    

Making Change

Melissa, October 16, 2012

Are you ready to make a change in your families eating habits? Are your children resisting your efforts? Here are some steps I often suggest parents take when they are trying to change family eating habits: Take a look at your child’s current menu and pick out the healthiest foods they eat, incorporate these foods as much as possible in their meals. Begin to offer new foods with the favourite healthy foods. When you offer new foods, offer small portions…just a “taste” to begin, and expect your child to make faces, silly sounds, etc. as they make a drama out of tasting it. If they don’t want to try it, don’t force them. If they don’t like it, don’t worry. Just smile and say thanks for trying. And then…try again next week J Slowly reduce the “junk” foods you are bringing into the house, replacing them with healthy foods. If the “junk” foods are not in the house, they can’t eat it. Make the healthy alternatives easy to get so your child has options when hunger strikes. Get your children involved. I know your trip to the grocery store is much quicker without them, but involving them is important.  Let them help decide what is on the menu for dinner, let them help with meal preparation, and so on. Involving them in the process means they are more likely to enjoy eating it. These are just a few first steps to take when you are working to change family eating habits. Keep in mind changing habits is never easy. You have to keep trying. Know this when you start, set small steps for your family and change only a few things at a time. It is a process, a journey; it does not have to happen overnight. And remember your children are always watching…so make sure to set a good example. What steps have you taken to change your family’s eating habits?

Wean Idea-iPod Shuffle Holder

Melissa, October 9, 2012

Keep your iPod’s safe in a Wean Bowl.

A is for Anti-Perspirant

Melissa, October 9, 2012

This blog is part of a series based on Lisa Borden’s book, The Alphabet of Avoidance. Each time Lisa writes, she will highlight one thing we all should avoid (and rant about it a little bit to bring awareness to things that we need to consider changing). She will also include (what she takes great pride in) solutions to those problems. A is for Anti-Perspirant Do sweat the small stuff…that’s how we can change the world. You may even perspire as you consider how much you need to avoid! So, before you roll on, read the labels and ingredients on your deodorant. There are plenty of safe, healthy options on the market, and for the DIY’er at heart, you can make your own personal deodorant with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard!  Read these helpful suggestions by Environmental Defence’s very own Communications Manager for tips on how to beat the stink – naturally.  Don’t just stop at your anti-perspirant – check the ingredients on all your other personal care products too. Do you know what they are? Can you pronounce everything? Are there parabens in there? Is there even an ingredient list? Remember, if it’s on you, it’s in you.   TAKE ACTION shop for safer personal care products using this “wallet” sized guide evaluate what you use, and research safe alternatives   Lisa Borden, champion for change, mom of 3, and owner of Borden Communications believes, “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention.” You can follow her on twitter @LisaBorden for rants, raves, inspiration and information.

Wean Green – Grown Up Style

Melissa, October 3, 2012

I love things to be planned, organized and…well…pretty.  Every Sunday I (mostly) plan out my meals for the week, it motivates me to make good choices, and it takes the thinking away in the craziness of my days.  I always plan dinners, but this week I decided I was going to plan my meals AND prepare snacks for a few days at a time.  I get so busy that I forget snacks…and for me, eating every three hours keeps my energy up during the day and my cravings down in the evening. I portioned out the first four days and on the fourth day will do it again for Friday-Sunday. Now here at Wean Green we love to show off how we are using these cubes in fashionable and functional ways.  I love this..I should have taken a picture of how great it looks hanging out in my fridge.  Motivation, yes.  Inspiration, for sure.  I am pumped to go through this rainbow of goodness as my week progresses.  No thinking, just grab and go. I have a small lunch cooler if I venture out.  Perfection. I bet you are dying to know what some of the snacks are that I have planned right?  Here is what I have in the picture (other than the coffee): Morning Midday Monday Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries & Almonds Raw Veggies & Hummus Tuesday Watermelon & HB Egg Cucumber, Ham Slices and Spreadable cheese Wednesday Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries & Almonds Coffee meeting! Latte & Mini Treat      

Wean Idea-Candles

Melissa, October 2, 2012

Create a romantic ambience with tea lights in Wean Cubes.

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