Monday, July 30
Friday, July 27
This week, my dad did a more literal version of dumpster diving. He was taking some stuff to the dump, and he saw someone about to throw away a bike and a chair. Therefore, he asked if he could take them. He took them because he can sell the aluminum chair and bike for scrap metal. However, I am also trying to acquire a free bike somehow. Although, this wasn't wasn't as practical for what I need. But the chair is really lovely. If I had a real purpose for it, we would keep it.
Thursday, July 26
When it comes to buying organic produce, the general rule of thumb, is to splurge on the foods you consume the most. As a result, you can at least ensure you are lessening your exposure to harmful pesticides. However, there are certain types of produce that are more sensitive or easily contaminated by pesticides. Although it is always better to buy organic, there is no arguing it is a more expensive alternative. Therefore, to keep the cost down as much as possible, it is important to understand the different risk-factors associated with the produce you are buying.
Highest Pesticide Threats
- Apples, apricots, blueberries, carrots, celery, cherries, collard greens,cucumbers, grapes, kale, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, spinach, strawberries and sweet bell peppers.
- Apples rank as the most dangerous.
- Asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, kiwifruit, grapefruit, mango, onion, pineapple, sweet corn, sweet peas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon
- Onions rank as the least dangerous.
Wednesday, July 25
I won the Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Hair care line, valued at $250 for entering a letter to Glow magazine, quite a few months ago. I actually won several sets of the line. The above picture is actually only what I have left today, months later, after using some of the products myself and giving some as well. I was already of fan of Organix, because they produce sulfate-free, hair care products.
Every month the magazine chooses their favorite letter and gives away some form of beauty prize, as it is a beauty magazine. I wrote about an article I read in the prior issue of the magazine about when working out can actually cause depressive feelings.
"As a young woman struggling with depression and body image issues, "Is Your Workout Wearing You Down?" really resonated with me. I find it so easy to fall into a vicious cycle of black and white thinking, believing if I don't work out every single day - and work my body to its maximum intensity - I'm never going to see or feel any results. I end up setting unrealistic goals I can never accomplish and eventually just quit. But now I'm learning that my body needs rest days, so I can come back to my workout feeling energized and motivated - instead of fatigued and guilty. I'm finally on my way to being physically and mentally healthier."
Wildfox Couture Imaition Sweater Made With Glitter and Glue
DIY Greek Style Dress Made From a Maxi Skirt
DIY Converted One Piece to High-Waisted Two Piece