Friday, April 25, 2008

Welcome to My Journey....and a PRIZE!

Welcome to my new journey. For a little over a year now, I've been slowly becoming more "green" and conscious of my family's health and impact on our world. I'll admit that this journey started more as a result of wanting to take better care of my family and less because of wanting to take care of the Earth. As time has gone on, I'd say that I have learned that those two things can indeed go hand in hand.

I've never been one to jump on the latest trends in society and I once was a staunch cynic when someone started to talk about "going green" or buying things organic. Or recycling or using less energy. I gave little to no thought to what was in the foods I eat or the things we used in our home on a daily basis. Some things that I actually made fun of two years ago are now common practices in our family and I can't imagine life without them.

Don't get me wrong. I am no expert and I have a long way to go before I think I'm even well informed. That's where you come in. I know that if I'm thinking about these things and researching them, chances are good that other women out there are, as well. So, I invite you to join me on this journey as I try to go from grey to green, one step at a time. We can discuss, offer ideas to each other and share products that we love. We can share issues that we are having and help each other come up with solutions that fit our families.

I'll share more about the beginnings of my journey in the next few days. For now, I want to give two readers a chance to get a head start on this journey with me. I recently bought the book, Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life, by Sophie Uliano. Believe it or not, I bought it before she appeared on Oprah and impressed millions of other people in one fell swoop.

This book spoke right to me from the first page because I am a girl who loves being a girl. I love wearing make-up. I love hair products. Oh, how I love hair products. I don't have to stop shaving my legs or give up lip gloss to be healthier or help out our planet. Thank you, Jesus.

I have two copies of this book to share with you! Just leave a comment on this post before May 1, 2008 and I'll draw two random winners on that day. If you would like an extra entry, write about this contest (and new blog!) on your own blog and link to this post. Be sure to let me know you have done so with a link to your post. Also, if you don't leave me a valid email address, you can't win. Clear as mud?

I can't wait to take this journey. If one person takes it with me, I'll be happy. More than that will be icing on the cake!


Tara said...

Good for you! I'm just starting on the journey too.
taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

Michelle said...

I'm trying to be better about things to and finding ways to use less etc...sure would be interested in a book that makes it easy! :)

Christy said...

That book is on my Amazon list! I'll take the journey with you, it's something I'm working on too!

Maternal Mirth said...

Impressed ... now if I can only get Dummy to give up his MONSTER s.u.v. then maybe I won't feel so guilty. He's got a big old size 12 carbon footprint.

I'll be glad to spread the word!


Lona said...

It's a process, isn't it? Some things I do without giving it a second though. Others I think LONG and HARD before taking the plunge.

Good for you!

justabeachkat said...

I'm slowly getting on board and trying to do my part too. I recently did a post about using the re-usable grocery sacks. The amount of plastic grocery bags and disposible diapers we Americans use is astounding. Every little bit helps. Here's the post I did -


Amy said...

You Rock! Can't wait to hear all the things you've incorporated into your life! I've recently started using green cleaning products. We've been using the energy conserving bulbs for a while - why the heck not! This things are supposed to last years! It's been on my mind a lot lately. I think I'm gonna invest in the reusable grocery bags too.

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

This is exciting Heather! I'll journey with you! It was a lot easier to be "Green" in Vermont - that's a given, right! :) But, I am going to o the very best I can down here in New Mexico.


Crystal said...

I've gotten some of the reusable bags and they are great! Also using the bulbs cause like Amy said...WHY NOT! LOL!

Amy said...

Here's what I want to know, why can't the new "green" lightbulbs cast off better light. I mean UGH! For sure.

My diaper genie recently took a dump, and now I just use grocery bags to save money and buy less "stuff" to throw in the dump later.

Heather said...

I've been trying to move towards a more green lifestyle. I'm looking forward to learning how your doing it. The book sounds great.