We all know that a penguin is an aquatic, flightless bird that lives primarily in the Southern Hemisphere, mostly in Antarctica. The Emperor Penguin is by far the largest penguin in the world, and the only one to actually breed in the harsh winter of Antarctica. An emperor penguin can dive up to 1,750 feet below the surface and stay submerged for up to 20 minutes at a time.
Every year it happens. The annual holiday bonanza that begins around Halloween and continues throughout New Year’s Day is filled with parties, celebrations, lots of friends and family, and of course food. And of course, the star of the average American holiday meal is the turkey. Though we’re all used to making wise choices when it comes to purchasing groceries—we seek out locally-grown, or organic products and we’re willing to pay a bit more for them—when it comes to the turkey, eyebrows get raised. Before you bring out the serving platter, make your choice of the right bird for your family. Continue reading
From bed and bath linens to rugs, pillows and more, there are a lot of textiles in our lives. We come in contact with these things every day, from the sheets we sleep on to the clothes we wear, and even the air we breathe. Synthetic materials, or even natural fibers treated with a lot of chemicals, can do something called off gassing—which is basically leaching chemical gasses into the surrounding air. Not a nice thought when it comes down to it. While it’s virtually impossible to completely avoid all chemical exposure (even the greenest laundry detergent is technically a chemical), it is possible to reduce negative or harmful chemical exposure by choosing natural fibers that are treated in a safe manner. The other alternative, of course, are recycled materials that have been specifically created to create no harmful off gassing. Continue reading
House going on the market? Whether you’re downsizing, upsizing or simply relocating, if you’re about to put your house on the market, it’s time to start thinking about your potential buyers. Home trends come and go, and while some major changes can be worth the investment, most aren’t. But there are things you can do to maximize the appeal of your home, and still keep it within your stylish, sustainable values while you’re living there.
Slavishly following any trend can result in a cold, less personal look, whether it’s your wardrobe or your room! Embracing a trend doesn’t have to mean giving up your personality. You can have the best of both worlds, personal décor that reflects you and your style with a trendy feel. Here’s how! Continue reading