We’re Gettin’ Social!

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Making Connections

First, I would like to take the time to say hello to all of @greenearthbazar ‘s new follower’s.  Thanks for taking the time to say hello, leave lovely comments, and make me feel really good about what I’m trying to do with Green Earth Bazaar.  It’s always a pleasure to share what I know, what I think, and what I feel passionately about with others.  Thank you!

Secondly, I’m excited to announce the launch of a whole new community for those who follow this blog, and have an interest in all things green.  You can access Green Earth Bazaar’s Community on Blog Frog at the present, and once the kinks get worked out you’ll be able to interact with other community members without having to leave Green Earth Bazaar.  Simply click on the Community link (it’s at top right in the menu).  Totally cool!

My goal with the community is to share thoughts, ideas, and inspiration.  It’s a way to connect individuals who care about green, sustainable living, are interested in learning more about it, or who just want share their knowledge with the rest of us – we can always learn something from one another.

The discussions needn’t only be about living green.  If you’re into handmade, make jewelry (like me), love DIY with a passion, or are a consummate foodie, feel free to share.  All are welcome.

There’s much to discuss about life, love, and caring for our planet.  I hope to see you there! ;)

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Get Your Green On! Five Fabulously Green Blogs to Follow

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Go Green, Stay Green

I’d say most of us want to live healthy, happy, balanced lives – we want to leave our children of tomorrow with a healthy environment to grow and thrive in.  It may seem daunting at times to keep up on the dos and don’ts of green, sustainable living, but there is an ever growing community of people out there to help you make informed, ethical choices.

With technology making it possible to connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere, it’s easy to find answers, gain insights, and get inspired to make changes.

Here’s a list of five of my favorite green blogs and bloggers:

  1. Crazy Sexy Life:  If you’ve never heard of Kris Carr and her truly amazing cancer story, then you’re in for a very inspirational treat.  Her blog is dedicated to helping everyone live a healthy, happy, balanced life.  I love it!
  2. Food Democracy Now!:  Healthy foods, happy farmers, and a sustainable future.  Sound impossible?  Not if this grassroots movement has anything to say about it!  What do we want? Food Democracy.  When do we want it? Now!
  3. Glamology: There’s no reason being green means you have to give up looking great.  Eco chic Charmaine Leah has all the low down on what’s in and what should be out – so we can be pretty, green, and glamorous!
  4. Glue and Glitter: Crafts, recipes, tutorials – you name it, Glue and Glitter’s got it.  Plus there’s a great section for those interested in Yoga practice – so kick off your shoes and grab your glue guns!
  5. Tree Hugger:  Okay, TreeHugger is one of the big boys (or girls) when it comes to green news and information.  It’s more than just a website, it’s an entire community for those interested in living green and sustainably – a virtual green utopia!

Have a favorite green blog you follow? Leave me a comment below, or send me a tweet @greenearthbazar .  I’d love to know who you’re reading! ;)

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DIY Cord Necklace

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Easy, Classic, and Functional

If you’re like me, then you have a lot of lovely pendants in your jewelry wardrobe but seem to gravitate to a few favorites.  A good way to keep your favorite pendant pieces looking fresh is to wear them on a cord necklace.  This changes their look dramatically and makes them easier to layer with other pieces (think no more tangled chains).

Cord necklaces can be expensive to buy when purchased from a jewelry retailer, but with a few findings and some  jewelry making tools, you can easily assemble your own.

Here’s what you need:
  • Cord in your choice of color – hemp, leather, silk, whatever material you like best.  I chose black for my piece since it is a classic and goes with everything.
  • 1 lobster claw clasp (or spring ring if you prefer)
  • 2 split rings – a split ring comes in handy if you want to add a pendant to your cord that has a bail smaller than the finding.  You can simply take the split ring off to add your pendant and easily replace it again without the need for tools.  Think key ring here.
  • 2 crimp ends or flat cord ends – these are different from crimp beads
  • Crimping pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

First, determine the length you want your finished necklace to be.  Cut off the appropriate amount of material with your scissors.

Next, add your crimp or flat ends to each end of the cord, crimping them closed with the crimping pliers.

Now you’re ready to attach the clasp and the split rings to your crimp or flat ends.  Use a pair of pliers to help hold each piece in place if necessary.

Pick a favorite pendant, and viola! You now have a very chic, very functional piece of jewelry.  I love that I can easily switch out my pendant depending on my mood and outfit.  I save money and help lessen my environmental impact by not shopping for new pieces all the time.

Like this project?  Leave me a comment below, or send me a tweet @greenearthbazar . I’d love to know what you think. :)

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Whooga Ugg Boots Giveaway: Enter for Your Chance to Win!

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Win a Pair of Whooga Ugg Boots

Extreme weather calls for extremely warm and comfy boots.  Whooga ugg boots not only look fabulous, they’re also biodegradable, recyclable, and are suitable for people with sensitive skin.  Right now Whooga is hosting a giveaway for a pair of their ugg boots.  To enter, simply visit their homepage and sign up for their newsletter.  One winner is chosen at the end of each month, and the contest is open to anyone (sweet!).

If you can’t wait to win a pair, Whooga has been kind enough to offer Green Earth Bazaar readers a 10% discount for the next week.   Simply enter code 1500GREEN.

Remember:  warm toes equal happy feet.

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Easy Organic Meat Loaf

Easy Organic Meatloaf

Organic Grass-Fed Beef

We rarely eat meat at our house, but when we do we make sure that it’s organic, grass-fed beef.  It’s not only better for you, but it tastes much better too.  I find that I don’t need to drain off any excess fat when I cook organic beef, which is a huge plus when it comes to watching fat content.

Meat is usually just an accompaniment when we do eat it – an addition to pasta sauce,  casseroles, etc.  Every once in a great while though we like to have a little good old-fashioned comfort food, and nothing says comfort for us like a tasty meat loaf with some steak fries or mac and cheese on the side.  So here’s my own personal take on a classic.

Michelle’s Easy Herbed Meat Loaf

  • Approximately 2 pounds organic grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup organic milk
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 tsp salt (or to taste if you prefer less salt)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbs dried basil
  • 1 Tbs Herbes de Provence (you can find this in bottles at Whole Foods, or you can make your own from scratch)

In a large bowl mix together ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, onion, eggs, and spices.  Mix well.

Next, spoon mixture into a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan, making sure to level the top.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Once meat loaf is done, let stand five minutes at room temperature, draining off any excess liquid.  Turn meat loaf out onto a serving plate if desired.

Have a great organic meat loaf recipe?  Like my take on the classic meat loaf?  Feel free to let us know by leaving a comment below, or send me a tweet on twitter @greenearthbazar ;)

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