Monday, July 27, 2009

Choose an Organic and Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Before 2 or 3 years ago, I didn't realize that I had a choice about the type of lifestyle I was living. I don't know why this didn't occur to me - but the only conclusion I can draw on is lack of information. As soon as I started to be informed I realized that things are really simpler than we've made them.

I realized that before we had 15 different laundry detergents and 25 different soaps to choose from, there was a lemon. And there was vinegar. And together they were and still are able to kill 100% of germs - unlike the chemical based versions we buy from the store who can only kill 99%. What happens to the 1%? The World Health Organization and the American Medical Association have an answer.

But to be completely honest, the thought of changing over all the current products I was using was exhausting! Change can be intimidating and when you have been trusting and using a product for a very long time, you do develop a relationship with it. You know how your body responds to it, or have certain emotions associated with the experience. So my fiance and I started by replacing just one product at a time.

I frequently run out of shampoo & conditioner. So the next time I had to replace my supply, I chose an eco-friendly and organic option instead. I did my research and learned to look for things that did not include such toxins as sodium lauryl sulfate, which is known to be included in almost every cleanser out there. It is also known to be directly related to things as serious as cancer, and less serious, but still shocking, skin irritation. I suffer from a skin condition called eczema and I was shocked to find out that my condition was probably being perpetuated by my daily shampoo I thought I loved. This list from my aromatherapist at Nature's Creations is also a great resource for what ingrediants to avoid and why.

I knew to avoid artificial fragrances from the preliminary articles I had read. Take this one from a UK newspaper in 2004 that investigated the ban on fragrances by a handful of North American cities including Halifax, Nova Scotia and Santa Cruz, California. The article discusses a catch-all disease that has been named to describe many conditions that most of us take for granted as normal symptoms of daily life. Imagine how much happier, more energetic, and productive we would all be without that sluggish feeling, interrupted sleep, or occasional headache some of us experience on a weekly basis.

After eating organic food and using all natural body and households products I can report that both my fiance and I have noticed the improvement in our overall health and well-being. We have also started to use essential oils to replace artificial fragrance and achieve all natural results in terms of treating common ailments, including acne, headache, bug bites, sunburn, sleeplessness, and congestion. No doubt we still turn to modern medicine should something serious occur, but for our daily lives these solutions are a fulfilling and low cost alternative!

I can only report on my own experiences and share my story. I hope that by sharing my experiences I can motivate a few others to make changes too. I would love to hear your story as well! Please comment below.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Inspiration from Peterborough to Muskoka

I'm sitting in my living room, relishing in the comfort of home, after a busy three week vacation to Ontario! I lived and loved every day of my trip, drinking in the company of my family and friends. I was able to reconnect with many people in my life, like I haven't been able to do in a couple of years. It felt good. Really good.

I started the trip in Sarnia, spending a week with Mom & Dad in my hometown of Sarnia. What I loved about Sarnia was it's revival. I was so impressed with the boutiques and shops downtown and the attraction of people to the waterfront area with First Fridays - when on the first Friday of each month local citizens are invited to connect with downtown businesses, artists, and musicians.

The second week of my trip was spent in Fenelon Falls with my fiance at Mom & Dad #2's home. What I loved about Fenelon Falls was the lake, the dock, the stars, the loon calling, and the slap of the beaver's tail. I made close ties with new family members and basked in the warmth of this lake side home.

The third leg of my adventure landed me in Peterborough. I loved this town's inviting boutiques, friendly people, and sense of community. Twice a week all summer there are free music concerts hosted by the Festival of Lights. And I'm talking free concerts with top notch muscians - those that you would generally spend money to see! The sights and sounds of this gorgeous city drew me in, and I thoroughly enjoyed every eventful day there.

The final chapter of this trip ended in the Muskoka region. I stayed in Hunstville and explored culturally and artistically rich streets, decorated with Group of Seven paintings and funky, unique store fronts. I loaded up on art supplies and spent my days painting by the lapping lakes while soaking up a few rays of sunshine.

Now I'm back home, and finding joy in a few simple tasks - wiping down the surfaces, stocking up on organic foods, replenishing my essential oils from Nature's Creations, folding fresh laundry, decluttering our living room, BBQing homemade dishes, and exploring my neighbourhood through a fresh set of eyes.

I'm in the studio creating new designs for Portobello West - Vancouver's premier fashion & art market. I'd love to see you out tomorrow between 12pm and 6pm at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. See you then!

Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Ontario Eco Style Watch

I've moved on to the next few days of my Ontario travels, after a wonderful week in Sarnia catching up with friends & family - new & old! My days have been restful and rejuvenating, full of laughter and good times! I always feel a sense of my being returning when I'm able to reconnect with the people I love in Ontario. Now if I could just lure them out to the West Coast...

ecocessories has received an overwhelmingly positive response here in Ontario. My inventory is shrinking, and I've seen lots of beautiful pieces go to wonderful homes. When I am creating I try to instill as much positive energy as I can into my jewelry, and it means so much to me when my designs find their way to beautiful individuals who will love and cherish my wearable art.

I'm finding inspiration everywhere these days, and am practically itching to get back into the studio and create. The beachy sands in Sarnia, my mother's beautiful garden, lush fields of green, fluffy white clouds, and the lapping lake in Fenelon Falls have all fed my soul this trip.

I have a few more days to enjoy with my in-laws here in Fenelon Falls until I move on to visit Peterborough where my bestest lives! My friend Ashley is the organizer of a well known concert series in Peterborough called the Festival of Lights. On Saturday, July 18th ecocessories will be a vendor outside the music stage so you can shop my one-of-a-kind, sterling silver & recycled bead designs before listening to the classic Canadian sounds of 54-40, a musically diverse and well-established rock band.

Lately words have been drawing me in, particularly the inspirational ones decorating our bedroom here at my in-laws. May these reassuring & inspirational words greet you this morning too:

"Live with passion"

See you in Peterborough on July 18th, then back to Vancouver for Portobello West on July 26th!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sarnia Eco Jewelry Party

I'm settled in at my parent's house in Sarnia, my hometown and where my artistic roots were born. I am taking a break from the blog for a few days, while I enjoy the company of family and friends.

Please note, I am still filling online orders during my trip, so please don't hesitate to place an order from the online shop.

I did want to take a minute though to invite you to the ecocessories Garden Party.

When? Saturday, July 4th, 10am - 2pm
Where? 1105 Gurd Street, Sarnia, Ontario, Backyard Garden
What? Sale of handmade, one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry
Why? Shop for a gift, or treat yourself to high quality handmade designs

Bring recycled jewelry for 15% my new sterling silver & recycled bead designs. See you there!