FL next????

A true testament to what a great place Portland has become. Hopefully we can follow suit!

The decisionThe Portland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Thursday that prohibits plastic shopping bags at checkstands of major grocers and certain big-box stores. The new rules, designed to curb pollution, take effect Oct. 15. Fulfilling a pledge from last year, Mayor Sam Adams introduced the ban this month after the 2011 Legislature declined to enact Oregon-wide restrictions.

The result 
The ban targets supermarkets with $2 million or more in gross annual sales plus stores with pharmacies and at least 10,000 square feet of space, such as Target and Walmart. Adams considers those types of retailers the biggest source of disposable plastic bags in the city. Several chains that fall under the new rules, such as Fred Meyer and New Seasons, already don't use plastic checkout bags in Portland. 

Portland City Council adopts plastic bag banPortland City Council adopts plastic bag banA small group rallied against the use of plastic bags outside City Hall prior to the Council's decision to ban plastic bags in the city of Portland.Watch video
The catchThere still will be plenty of discarded plastic bags floating around Portland. The ban exempts plastic bags used for produce, meat and bulk food at grocery stores. Pharmacists dispensing medicine may use plastic bags to protect a customer's privacy. Also untouched by the new rules is the Portland Farmers Market, which prohibits the sale of plastic water bottles but will continue allowing vendors to use plastic bags. 

The falloutUnlike the failed statewide measure, Portland's ban won't impose a mandatory fee on paper checkout bags, though retailers have that option. That means there's less incentive for customers to switch to reusable bags, one of the goals of the ordinance. "Without the fee, there is a risk people simply substitute paper for plastic, and the environmental benefits of that are negligible," said state Rep. Ben Cannon, D-Portland, one of the sponsors of the state bill.

-- Beth Slovic


mac nut cheeze please!

Macadamia & Sun-dried Tomato Cheeze

I have been "cooking" lots of new recipes lately and dabbling in the world of raw living foods.
This is one recipe that is worth the little time and effort that it requires.

1 cup macadamia nuts (soaked 2 hrs & rinsed well)
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped
1/2 lemon juiced
pinch Celtic or Himalayan salt
1/4 cup parsley chopped

blend in blender or processor and enjoy!!

great to add into salads or wrap it up in a sheet of nori with sprouts and baby spinach

organic of course!!!

thank you Kim Snyder!

My family is well aware of my Amazon addiction. It's just too easy!!! My next purchase will hopefully be a dehydrator! I am so excited to learn how to create satiating food without killing off all those amazing enzymes!

I head out today to have my colon hydro therapy. I'm a bit nervous but excited to let go of all that junk hanging out in my colon! I never thought I would hear myself say that! My newest read is a book all about the importance of colon health. I'm loving it!

With rain comes rainbows



"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."
 -Leonardo da Vinci

This is a lovely little quote I saw on Darbsters newsletter today......
                                                       rockin' vegan restaurant!!

Just something to chew on.....or not!

On a lighter note:

Josh has welcomed yet another new singer into his band!! This Saturday down in Lauderdale will be their first gig together. merde!

Stuart Recycling is on the verge of expanding, so,  before I am locked into Stuart for the next year I want to squeeze in one more trip. Atlanta Georgia.....here I come!
Through my reading I found a Living Foods program by Brenda Cobb. She wrote a fantastic book that explains the benefits of a raw living lifestyle.

Living Foods Lifestyle, Brenda Cobb

She shows through her experience and many others how cleaning the colon can keep us from disease and how you can reverse disease as well.
She offers a 10 day program where I would learn how to prepare a ton of different recipes, the healing benefits of them, and the importance of colonics & enemas.
Pretty cool! 

This Friday I will be going to HHI to partake in a colon cleanse and a lovely dinner!
I have not been back since I "stopped" working there. I have only positive vibes for them and can't wait to learn more from them.

moral of the day:

leave the animals alone and keep that tushie clean!!

peace & light xo


Beauty Detox....thank you Kimberly Snyder

I was recently introduced to this book, Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder, by my Aunt Marcy. I read it cover to cover and I am forever a changed person......again! This is how I became a vegan.....from a book I read and could't ignore.
This book is refreshingly different. It is a culmination of many books that I have read presented in a simple way. It teaches everyone how to eat in a healthy and detoxifying way whether you are vegan or a meat eater.

very cool!

I strongly recommend it for anyone who is looking to feel and look better, have less gas! and clear skin.

sounds good to me! and in one week I feel a difference.

moving onward.............

My bro's adorable girlfriend, Chandler, has started her own blog. The Sweet Cupcaker!

She made vegan cupcakes the other night....super yummy! I'm not a baker so I GREATLY appreciate her sweet tooth!

Summer is also in full swing! Rainy days and lots of fresh berries! It's the perfect time to curl up with a book & a bowl of strawberries! or a cupcake!!