Saturday, January 31, 2009
I remembered the Glad Rag flyer from way back and immediately got a box to try out. They actually smelled like nothing (unlike perfume-y throw away pads), they were made from organic cotton, the fabric was soft & smooth and there was no glue or creepy fillings. They snapped on really easy, didn't move around when I wore them and shockingly they weren't that hard to wash. I quickly overcame the gross out factor and became totally comfortable with seeing my own blood - something that is absolutely a bunch of brainwash cr@p many women (and men) are still taught today!
Learning to care for your glad rags may take a little trial and error depending on your situation. It's super easy if you have an electric washing machine and dryer, which will get them perfectly clean. But I didn't always have that and sometimes had to hand wash and hang dry...
Here's some suggestions to help make washing your pads easier :
1. Soak them first - This allows most of the blood to release from the pad and keeps staining to a minimum. Make sure to keep the container you soak them in very clean. (If you are feeling a wee bit hippy water your house plants with the blood water, it'll make them awesomely healthy!)
2. Use vinegar - Obviously you don't want to bleach the pads (dioxins are not good for your vagina), so if you take issue with some discoloring from the blood you can use vinegar instead! It totally works, it even takes out some of the older stains before you discovered it's magic. I use apple cider vinegar.
3. Boil them - Maybe you soaked them a day too long and you are afraid they are now funked out and don't want to shell out the cash for a new box? Try boiling them with some baking soda in a pot (that you don't use for food). If they still don't smell right after being boiled and washed, you may have to let them go... cause rank smelling germs and vagina don't mix. But at least you can rest at ease knowing the organic cotton will safely biodegrade into the soil with no ill effects.
Glad Rags might not be as convenient as a throw away pad, but reusable pads really are easy to take care of. They are a great alternative for women who want to use the diva cup but can't do to allergies to the material it's made of. And for those of us who want to keep some waste out the landfill, and keep chems & glue away from our precious V!!!!
PS - The average woman will use 16,800 disposable pads or tampons in her lifetime. Now that is way gross!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I know this after pic above might not say volumes of the power of baking soda, lem and vin mix but trust me, this is as clean as they can get ... well 95% as clean. I am sure if I unleashed my mom + a scouring pad on this surface it could get at least 5% cleaner! ;) xoxo
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
1. Modern Leather Tanning: Cutting right to the chase, here are some of the synthetic chems used to tan the modern hide... chromium (VI or III), sodium sulphide, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, sulphuric acid, various solvents (which release volatile organic compounds), bactericides, paints, dyes, degreasers and surfactants. Reactions to chromium can cause such symptoms as gastroenteritis, shock, toxic nephritis, & perforation of nasal septum (really bad nose bleeds). That's some nasty stuff to wear against your skin - and luckily the EPA has some some standards (and oh, some exemptions) for the tanning process, problem is since the companies couldn't dump all the left over chromium & byproducts into the water and soil here they thought it was better to just move their facilities over to China, India, and other countries with less chem policies. Basically in summary these companies are assholes who really tan my hide by poisoning other people working for them, practicing animal cruelty and who want money more then the health of the planet - so don't buy into their toxic leather magic.
2. Vegetable Tanned Leather - I thought this type of leather was actually tanned with veggies (don't laugh...it might be dyed with some), but actually veg-tanning is a process which uses the "tannins" from the leaves and bark of trees (like the oak or chestnut tree). It is considered the "truest" form of leather tanning although is gives a stiffer less soft end product, that is also not as resistant to water damage. It may have the reigning crown of the "truest" but it does not mean the only natural or oldest way. Vegetable tanned leather is miles away from being as toxic as it's modern successor, but still needs to pass the cruelty check on how the animals were raised & killed - not all hunting practices are equal. Interestingly enough I wasn't able to find a good resource for buying this type of naturally tanned leather, except for bird toys. (This is because the slightest chem exposure can kill a bird and I am sure modern tanned leather as described in #1 would easily kill your pet tweety.)
3. Brain Tanning: If you are vegan, vegetarian or have a weak stomach this one might make you throw up a little in your mouth so read with caution! This method is extremely rare and is not used in industrial manufacturing practices, it is for the DIY leather maker who wants to actually use all the parts of the animal they hunt - creating a lower impact and far less waste then any other method. I recently learned about this type of tanning in a survivalist book from the library - here is a summary of what takes place: 1.Soak the hide in untreated water for two hours if you keep the hair and two days to remove it. 2. Stretch the hide. 3. Warm up the animal's brains on a small fire, while continually smooshing it up into a thick solution. 4. Rub the brains into the wet animal hide until it becomes soft (do both sides if there's no hair).
Monday, January 26, 2009
This is a quick, easy and completely void of any sushi making equipment recipe - I have loved sushi since I moved to Manhattan back in 1998 & discovered it at one of the many delicious vegan eateries throughout the island. I was so addicted to it that I'd show up at Fairway weekly for the goods made by the "sushi boy" (cute boy who's too young and makes one sushi and gives one free endamame beans from his pocket cause they have crush on each other). Ehem, anyway... here is what you need to make your own simple sushi rolls:
*cooked brown rice
*veggies (like avocado, carrots, cucumbers etc...)
*salmon (cooked) or tofu
*ume vinegar or grain free soy sauce (for dipping)
*nori seaweed (unroasted if you don't mind roasting it yourself!)
FIRST: Roast your nori seaweed over your burner till it turns brighter green and crispy, then lay it flat and place a strip if rice on a far end. SECOND: Layer your thinly sliced veggies. I lightly steamed my carrots to make them easier to digest, but you can use them raw too- which is especially good in the summer. :)
THIRD: On top of the veggies layer your protein of choice. The cooked salmon is really good, but for those who are vegetarian tofu and tempeh work awesome too.( Tofu is my favorite kind of sushi!)
I always over stuff my sushi rolls (sushi burrito?), so if you want a tighter roll just add a little less of each layer to control the size of the roll when your done. I am sorry to say, but this pic below of the roll (below) before it's cut into circles kind of grosses me out... remember the part in Caddy Shack when the little girl screams "Doodie, Doodie!!!" about the candy bar in the pool?!?
Ok... so moving right along, LAST: You'll want to have some water ready to roll the sushi tight and make the seaweed stick together properly. I used lemon juice and water for flavor, rubbing it evenly all over the roasted nori. Then once it's done like in the pic above, take a sharp knife and cut one inch sushi rolls (as shown below).
Sushi is best paired with a salty flavor for dipping it in grain free soy sauce or ume vinegar. An extra squeeze of lemon will give it some yummy kick too!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Check out the new organic bralette, her original organic bloomers design, and the upgraded organic bloomers with cute little fuzzy hearts on the back to accentuate each cheek.
I am in love...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
That is why is is essential to start buying green during days of celebration cause being sweet on the planet as much as your sweetie, is just... well hot!
Eco Valentines Gifts For Those You <3
1. Organic & Eco Lingerie - Once a tricky endeavour to actually find something saucy and eco all in one- now the problem will be which hot outfit to choose! Unbelievably playful eco designs from Enamore, Clare Bare, & On The Inside makes these smoken' gifts that will keep on giving back to you, I promise. From the simple lace trimmed cami top to the luxurious chemise, or racy pantie with naughty eye mask set - in sizes XS- XL with prices ranging from affordable to 'oh my gawd I just broke that bank'. Some designers make these items to your order, so you can discuss your special sizing requests!
2. Soy Massage Candle - Here is a candle that not only sets the mood with romantic lighting but also as it heats up and burns it turns into soy oil for massaging! An unscented version can be bought here at The Oko Box . "By using soy wax, you don't have the toxins you get by burning typical candles (you know the black junk that comes off of them) and you don't have the lead wick burning in your home that 99% of the candles use. The wood wick sets the mood with a gentle crackle while the melting wax transforms into warm massage oil, that can be lathered safely on your skin."
There are also soy wax massage candles that are scented from Babeland, which you can get here! "The melting wax, made of gentle, skin-safe soy, transforms into a warm, deliciously scented massage oil. Blow out the flame, drizzle the warm oil on your lover's body, and unwind with a massage as good for the body as it is for the soul." Comes in Chocolate Hazelnut, Mango Vanilla, Mojito Peppermint, Rice Flower, & Jasmine Ginger.
3. Eco Sexy Adult Gift Sets - Feeling like Valentines is a good time to experiment and get frisky? (You are probably on the right track!) Babeland has a growing selection of eco minded adult toys and kits made just for those who want to get an their earth friendly freak on. Gift sets run between $59 - $130 "Great sex just got greener, thanks to the planet-, body-, and orgasm-friendly contents of our Eco-Delight Kit. Make ‘conscience’ pleasure yours: slide onto the non-toxic, rechargeable deluxe Delight vibrator, get wet with organic flower-infused Naked Lube, indulge with a soy-based melting wax Massage Candle, and sheathe yourself in silky, vegan Mamba latex condoms (made by a Swedish non-profit). Even the packaging is good to Mother Earth—just plant the recycled paper studded with wild flower seeds and watch your pleasure blossom". Go to Babeland and put "eco" or "elastomer" in the search box for a full range of safe choices.
4. Flowers That Grow - I know traditionally that cut flowers are given, but those store bought bouquets are dowsed in pesticides and chems to make them bug free and long lasting. While I can be woo'ed with a handful of wildflowers from a field, there is something much more amazing about the gift of something you can plant and cultivate. A good metaphor for the reality of love! There is a funtastic and sultry selection of trees and bonsai at Organic Bouquet ranging from flowers & herbs to yummy edible fruit trees. You can also try your local organic farmers and nurseries for affordable & ultra eco choices.
5. Organic Cut Flowers - For those of you who love traditional romance and plan to show up with a big bouquet of flowers to go with that sexy organic lingerie, you can order organic cut flowers online here at Organic Bouquet or check out your local organic nurseries for the freshest selection.
6. Feed The Soul & Belly - It's not only about chocolate! Feed your lover's soul too by sharing organic fruits, romantic organic meals, or try the Lovers Gift Set from Diamond Organics. "Plump, sweet, hand-selected fruit, award-winning artisan cheese, a sourdough baguette, organic wine or sparkling juice, silky body lotion and 1/4 lb of fine organic European chocolate truffles all conspire to let your special someone know how much you care."
7. Something For Ya' Mama - Organic Clothing!!! Or peruse Viva Terra's ecological gift selection including home decor, robes, jewelry and beautiful pottery- perfect for anyone's mom!
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Take the little twist and cross it over towards yourself, then repeat the twisting & crossing over and over.