Archive for the ‘Green Life’ Category
by David Alan Basche
1. Buy small containers or bottles to keep your natural, chemical-free grooming products in
Toss one in your gym bag and one in your travel bag, that way you’re always ready with the stuff that’s best for your hair, skin and the planet. Read more
By Laine Seaton
Isn’t it ironic how often the things which are supposed to make our lives better and easier, end up adding more stress, complication and sometimes even harm? Take your cell phone, for instance. At first you’re in love with the zillion-and-one things it can do for you. The ultimate convenience, you say to yourself. But then this seemingly innocent device starts to own you, sucking up excruciating amounts of attention, and you find yourself utterly compelled to check your email at 3 a.m. just because you can.
An article from iDigitalTimes reveals that U.S. smartphone users check their phones at least 100 times per day, and often more. Kyle McMahon of the Huffington Post writes, “We aren’t experiencing life. We’re losing moments with every tap. It’s cheating, really. We may be physically present with our friends and loved ones but we’re texting someone else.” It’s no wonder, then, why the word “unplug” has become a popular term for disconnecting from the 24/7 noise of our digital world. In fact, “unplug” was the fifth most popular New Year’s resolution on Twitter for 2015, right behind stopping smoking. Read more
Green Living magazine is having a citrus recipe contest! In the comments, submit your original citrus drink or smoothie recipe along with a photo for the chance to win prizes such as local restaurant gift cards or the opportunity to be featured in the June issue of Green Living.
Please join us at our May issue launch party on Thursday, May 7 where we will announce the winner(s). We will also announce them the following day online if you cannot make it to the party.
By Clayton Kammerer
There is an old farmers’ rhyme sung while planting corn: “One for the blackbird, one for the crow, one for the soil and one to grow.” It reminds the grower that it is best to plant a little more than you intend to harvest, since it’s of no certainty that a single seed will be a sure bet to yield an adequate harvest. This is an important lesson we can teach our children about farming and food growth. Local farmers’ markets are a great place to teach kids of all ages about local farming and where their food comes from.
Thanks to Arizona’s mild weather, many of our farmers’ markets are year-round endeavors. Family-friendly vendors can be found at nearly every farmers’ market, including St. Philip’s Farmers’ Market in Tucson. There are food and delicacy vendors targeted mainly to kids, like organic cotton candy vendor Fluff It Up, and others that are more focused on education, like Dreamflower Garden who sell seed starters and pods that teach children how to grow their own plants.
There’s no doubt that children of all ages love the farmers’ market and the goodies that can be found there. Getting children involved early in the shopping decisions can also positively affect their healthy eating habits by getting them out of the processed food aisles in the grocery store and out to the market where they can see, smell and taste real food from local vendors. This can also instill independence, the idea of community values, and also help them get away from their phone, computer and television screens for a while.
Farmers know that planning ahead for good measure is a critical component of ensuring the ability to sustain the farm long-term. It makes sense to plan this way, since if you are not in it for the long haul, then why are you in it at all? This, and other important life lessons that can be learned from local farmers and vendors, is yet another reason to bring your kids with you during your weekend trip to the farmers’ marke
By Emily Doan
32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire
Every year in March, you can find lovers of Irish and Celtic culture taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Phoenix. Come out on Saturday, March 14th, for the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Margaret Hance Park, adjacent to the Irish Cultural Center on Central Avenue. A few years ago, the parade took green to a new level and started a sustainability initiative, implementing the theme “Be Green, Go Green,” tying in recycling with the iconic St. Patrick’s Day color. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 32: 32 Counties and 32 Parades” to acknowledge the 32nd anniversary of the parade and the 32 counties in Ireland. Mary Moriarty, operations manager at the Irish Cultural Center and the co-treasurer and faire chair for the St. Patrick’s Day parade committee, explains that the purpose of the parade is to showcase Irish and Celtic culture and share it with others. Read more
Growing up in a small town in California that was minutes from the beach and known for its strawberry fields, I still took the natural beauty of this planet for granted. As I grew older and moved from California to Arizona, I learned to love and cherish the variety of ecosystems and landscapes we have on this planet. I want to help raise awareness about the protection of our natural resources and the people and creatures that inhabit it, for both current and future generations. Here at Green Living magazine we aim to bring the concept of sustainability and living green to everyone regardless of income or lifestyle – green is for everybody
I’m very pleased to be the new Associate Editor of Green Living magazine and to be part of this wonderful publication. My entire life, I knew I wanted to work in publishing – reading and writing were my favorite hobbies growing up, and I quickly discovered I also had an eye for editing. I graduated with my BA in English Literature from Arizona State University in 2013, and caught a lucky break when my first job interview led me to a technical publishing company in Fountain Hills. I loved the work, but discovered the subject matter was not my passion. I met with Dorie Morales and discovered the breath of fresh air that is Green Living. Read more