Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Update

I really need to finish up my books for our income tax, so that is the plan for today. Needless to say I'm not going into the office or anywhere today. I can also say that I'm having a difficult time getting motivated - hence the blogging.

Saturday's Earth Hour didn't go quite as planned, though we did turn off all the lights and the computer for the whole evening. We did cheat a bit and watched the newest James Bond movie "Quantam of Solace" - so our Earth Hour evening wasn't entirely pure. Though I did look up and down our road and saw neighbours with their lights on - disappointing. I just looked up our city's stats and am totally surprised that we managed a 1.5% cut in electricty up from the paltry 0.2% of last year. The provincial average is down from last year's 2% to a 1.1% for 2009.

Yesterday, it felt like spring had finally arrived. Though the snow has gone down over the past week, yesterday was a glorious sunny day. Our house faces south and we have a front porch with large comfy chairs. Husband and I spent most of the day sitting, drinking coffee and soaking up the vitamin D! It was a wonderful lazy Sunday. (This morning it is snowing again with 4cm expected - UGH!)

My parents came for dinner yesterday and I made a ham. It was wonderful! I purchased a very large ham (bone in) from the butcher. I purposefully bought a large one as then the kids will put it on their sandwiches for school, we can make soup with the bone, and use the leftovers in other meals.

We stopped buying luncheon meat (other than salami) several months ago. Husband has hated the thought of luncheon meat for a long time, and with the Maple Leaf listeriosis outbreak last summer, we were finally prompted to stop purchasing deli meat. I'm glad with the decision, as last week I read another news story about sewing needles being found in deli meats. Hmmm, I'm resourceful, perhaps I should think about ditching the salami too and making my own.

Speaking of making my own... I ran out of my Dove deoderant and I really don't want to buy any more.
Some of the reason I no longer want to purchase it is because it is not a natural product, and Dove which is owned by Unilever, has a lot of criticism against it involving deforestation, race issues, sexism and mercury dumping. Here in Canada it seems hard to imagine because we are constantly being bombarded with Dove's 'Campaign for Real Beauty'

I have tried using natural deoderants in the past, but I feel like at the end of the day they made me smell worse than if I had used nothing at all. This morning I am experimenting with a homemade deoderant which I found at One Green Generation. I changed the formula a bit to 2 parts baking soda to 3 parts cornstarch. I'll let you know how it works.


Mary said...

I stopped using regualar underarm deoderant years ago, because of the aluminum content, which has been linked directly to breast cancer and alzheimers. I have a wondeful little routine that I do.
First, if you need something that will work against odor, go out and buy Addidas, Aluminum free. You will still sweat, because it isn't an antiperspirant, that is why aluminum is in the regular products.
Let me know how you like your mix, and if you don't, email me and I'll give you some other suggestions.

Hot Belly Mama said...

Hi, just found your blog and can't to read more. On the deoderant issue - most of the "natural" leaves me smelling worse, I swear. Right now I am using one buy adidas because it is at least aluminum free. But when I run out, I am going to try something else.

Here's a great place that has reviews on different natural ones...

Hot Belly Mama said...

I also forgot to mention that sometimes it can take a few month for a deoderant to work since the old one still needs to leave your system/pores.

Cicero Sings said...

I haven't used deoderants of any kind for YEARS ... even when I was working. Perspiring is your body's way of getting rid of toxins. It may take a little while but as your body becomes less toxic ... I have found that one smells less. I don't buy any toiletry products and make what I can ... even tooth powder.

Sometimes, if I have been VERY nervous, I have found myself stinky ... so I go into the washroom and wash down (paper towel if not at home) ... and that does the trick.

Carpe Diem Acreage said...

Thanks for all the deoderant comments. So far, the homemade is working great, if not better than my old Dove and far better than any of the natural products I have used in the past.