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How to become a Queen of Green Coach

February 20, 2015 | 2 comments
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Wanted: Queen of Green Coaches. Last fall, 75 per cent of families strongly agreeded that having a coach helped inspire change in their home. (Credit: Nada Jamal)

I'm recruiting!

Join my sixth round of Queen of Green Coaches by completing this survey by March 6, 2015. Then recruit five families from your networks to "green." We'll meet online, every three weeks (March 3 to June 8, 2015), to chat about waste, food, toxics, community action — and much more.

What's it all about?

I've considered other names for the Queen of Green Coaches program:

  • It's About Relationships, Stupid
  • How Not to Feel Alone
  • There's No Going Back
  • The Power of Community
  • How to Combat Apathy
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Community action starts with you

February 17, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Slow down, even just a little, to check-in with family, friends and community! (Credit: Stephanie Rosloski)

Ask not what your neighbourhood can do for you — ask what you can do for your neighbourhood!

In one word, what's one thing you love about your community: ________.
In one word, what's one thing you'd like to see change: _____________.

The proposition that a few simple, selfless acts will make your neighbourhood a better place to live was tested nation-wide by my Queen of Green Coaches and their recruited families during Module 4: Community Action.

They:

  • Donated clothes and children's toys
  • Hosted clothing swaps and potlucks
  • Organized an e-waste drive for their school
  • Proposed to their town's Sustainability Commission to ban food waste from their landfill
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How to make deodorant

February 12, 2015 | 11 comments
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I share a favourite 5-ingredient deodorant recipe that works!

Creating a national energy plan for Canada might be easier than finding eco-friendly (Dirty Dozen-free and not tested on animals) deodorant that works!

So I'm sharing my favourite deodorant recipe — it even works on "TV sweat" (when I'm live, on-camera talking about the toxics in cosmetics).

And it's fit for the whole family — even winning over some hard-core skeptics — as revealed in the last Queen of Green Coaches program, where 50 families took steps to confront the toxics in their lives.

You already read what happened during Module 1: Waste and Module 2: Food. Module 3: Toxics is often cited as the most difficult for families going "green". It's a real game-changer, yet it consistently yields the biggest changes!

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How to make all-over-your-body lotion

February 6, 2015 | 29 comments
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Before whipping up lotion, make it nutrient-rich by infusing the oil with herbs.

Plants are medicine.

Sigrid of Sigrid Naturals (@SigridNaturals) had this epiphany when she tried a homemade comfrey salve after being in a car accident. "Within a day, the infection was smaller, the swelling was reduced and the healing was fast."

Now she grows, collects, extracts and infuses herbs from local fields, forests and gardens around her home four hours north of Toronto.

I've shared lotion-y recipes — baby butt balm, cocoa butter lotion and lip balm (PDF) — to help you avoid the Dirty Dozen ingredients in personal care products AND encourage DIY wisdom. But, I've never whipped a lotion before...

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How to write a bucket list

January 28, 2015 | 2 comments
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My mom and I riding our horses in the Canadian Rockies. Under this cliff I discovered a wolverine den!

I scoff at New Year's resolutions.

In my experience, they're laughable, especially when it comes to execution — take up running, eat fewer sweets, etc.

Then I was inspired by a friend's annual bucket list Facebook post. I wrote my own (shared at the end of this blog) and invited my Mom to join me.

Thirteen tips for a great bucket list (from a first timer):

  1. Be aspirational — aim high!
  2. Stay positive
  3. Write it down
  4. Be bold — make it your own, not what you think others expect
  5. Pick some easy ones
  6. Pick some hard ones
  7. Start writing it today
  8. Include one thing you can do TODAY!
  9. Mix it up — activities can touch all aspects of your life (work, play, family, etc.)
  10. Make it fun — your life is likely already filled with nagging "to do" lists
  11. Do it with a friend, your kids or your partner (you can share ideas, talk through your choices and even hold each other accountable in the long run — but only if you're into that...)
  12. Share it and post it — Facebook, your blog, work cubicle or your fridge
  13. Don't just write it — DO IT
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