Here’s an innovative apartment building in Sri Lanka. It uses recycled water (including rainwater) to water the outdoor plants and flush toilets, and a solar panel to run the lobby lights and other shared resources.
When it’s completed in 2016 it will be the tallest residential vertical garden in the world, with planted terraces circling the entire structure. The 164 apartments, each with 2300 square-feet of floor space and an open feel, are designed to give residents a sense of ground-level living, as well as privacy and tranquility in a bustling city.
The planted terraces for each apartment will help absorb sound, provide shade, and cleanse the air. They’ll be automatically watered using a drip-irrigation system of rainwater, and along with recycled water to flush toilets, will help to reduce intake from the national water supply by an estimated 45 percent.
Check out this innovative Sri Lankan apartment building here. Thanks to Gizmag for this article.
You know all those books that tell you “just have a positive mental attitude?” Well, this book is the manual on how to achieve that effortlessly. Read this mix of practical examples, storytelling, science, and you can be in easy world as well. If you believe there could be parallel universes or realities…why not parallel worlds of difficult and easy? This book gives tools to actively (or at times quite passively) change your perspective to make joy your main operating source instead of fear/control/worry.
Julia Rogers Hamrick’s writing style makes this book a fast read. I can see how many of the good things that have happened to me, the “wow, I can’t believe my luck!” experiences, took place when I was in what this book refers to as ‘Easy World’. It’s the world of flow, of connection, of joy and fun and hard work that ends in satisfaction. This Easy World perspective isn’t a striving place or a place of pushing, worry, stress, etc. And it’s not a pill you take once and everything is peachy. It’s a place to live. Take a journey through Choosing Easy World by Julia Rogers Hamrick, and see if your perspective changes for the better.
With colder weather around the corner, here’s a snuggly warm submission from contributor Margaret Kumma. Plus, she’s got creative uses for some of these items that go beyond sleeping.
The bathrobe is a plush robe in pink. The fabric is 100% cotton. The brand is Hotel Spa Collections. I purchased it from Amazon a few years ago in the winter. What I like about it is that it’s very warm for those cold winter nights. I also like the mid-thigh length. I love how soft and comfortable Continue reading
Why have brown grass when you can be feeding people? This gentleman planted a food forest in the parking strip in front of his house. Neighbors come by to walk the paths. What a great community builder, sharing food, peace, and care. Here’s Ron Finley talking about the Food Forest in his yard:
Thanks to Upworthy for this story.
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Last mid-week I visited my sister in a small rural town for a few days. We enjoyed visiting with her women friends at her house for a potluck dinner. My sister and I walked through a local forest munching a snack of woodland sorrel and the first ripe salmon berries as we smelled the fresh ferns, and viewed the straggly moss hanging off the vibrant green trees and crumbling nurse logs. We took her small perky dog to a field and my sister combed out copious amounts of the dogs winter undercoat to take off the weight/warmth for spring, allowing the fur to blow through the field to be picked up by birds for their nests. We went to a local teashop for sandwiches, tea and brainstorming. When my sister was at work I journaled, read, and took a hot bath in the quiet privacy of her home. It was bliss. One thing I didn’t do was go online, as my sister’s home has no Continue reading
ReVamp! salonspa in Uptown Minneapolis was voted “Best of the Twin Cities” by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, and is regularly featured in local and national print, radio, television and internet presentations. Christopher Hopkins’ original vision continues with the mission: “To inspire beauty and enrich lives in a spirit of friendliness, professionalism, and joy.”
From the website of The Make Over Guy here’s a bunch of make-over videos of women 40+!
Such fun to watch, and a great way to get better ideas on what might work for me/you as well. If you can afford it and are in the Minneapolis area, go for it!
Here’s just one example of how to show yourself love: a make-over from the site.
Like mom giving you encouragement before you leave for work, or like a relaxing and calming voice of affirmation before you go to bed after a long day, enjoy listening to this 3 minute verbal encouragement by Jennifer Becker of the Conscious Product Center.
Taking vitamin and mineral supplements internally can give a body what it needs to stay healthy. Patches that deliver small and slow amounts of medication via the skin can help heal as well (i.e. nicotine patches, hormone patches, sea-sick prevention patches). So it should be no surprise that science is (re)discovering a hybrid of the two – minerals you wear, in the form of Therapeutic Gemstones.
When my doctor prescribed Therapeutic Gemstones, the image of a woman draped in jewels lamenting “I have a headache – bring me the emeralds!” came to mind. I looked into Continue reading
Here’s my yoga shoes. I wear them when I get out of the shower for half an hour or so to strengthen my feet. You know in yoga class where the instructor always tells you to spread your toes so your weight is distributed better for balance? These shoes help you do that. And after you get used to the strange feeling, they feel great.
These are for around the house wear – you don’t want to wear them all day because your feet would probably get fatigued. But used as part of a healthy body and strengthening/balance regime, they are a nice addition.
Rosemary is an easy-care edible evergreen herb for your yard/garden/patio. It smells great, and can be used in cooking fresh or dried – especially with meats and roasts. I keep dried rosemary in a jar next to the stove and take out about a teaspoon, crush it, and add to turkey burgers or other meats. I also prune off a fresh sprig, rinse it with cold water, then let it steep it in cup of hot water for a refreshing and revitalizing tea. I’ve heard you can use it as a hair rinse to keep brown hair shiny, and in bathwater to revive achy muscles or droopy Continue reading
Where can you get your make-up done for free, have a personal shopper scour the store for just the items you want, eat a healthy meal, and find clothes that fit (or have them altered so they do)? For a pampering experience in fashion, I think of Nordstrom. Nordstrom is a regionally owned socially responsible company that caters to what the Northwest views as upscale casual. Their products are a good price for quality. But the real treat comes in the customer service extras they offer.
Personal shoppers will take your size and tastes and find you things to try on. So if you’re in a rush, or if you hate shopping, they’ll basically do the legwork for you. In the lingerie department Continue reading
Here’s a really cool technique for treating wastewater that treats up to 52,000 gallons of human waste a day, and produces clean water, fertilizer for food, and solar energy in the process. Makes me want to go on a retreat to the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies just to try it out (well, and take a rest, do yoga, get massages, learn stuff – basically my ideal retreat). This is yet another creative example of cradle-to-cradle technology, where one being’s waste is another’s food. This is a larger scale and power supplying version of my previous articles on home-use composting toilets and home use herb garden/worm bin/fish tank. This is also a practical solution to update our current faulty national sanitation system. Thanks to Yes! magazine for the link.
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Sometimes you just need a nap. Or a good book and then a nap. Or being with a good friend on a sunny day outside with a good book then a nap. Naps are relaxing. You know you feel comfortable with a friend when you can take a nap together.
Also, when the rest of the world seems to be going crazy is a good time for a nap. Sometimes a person can get so tired/frustrated that they aren’t able to think straight or make good decisions – a nap would be appropriate during these times as well. Adults need naps. College students need naps. Why are naps only seen as a necessity for young children? (Maybe the kids should stay up and play and the parent(s) should take the nap?)
I recently discovered a simple, free, do-it-yourself way to help relieve stress. It’s called Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT and I learned about it in a book and then searched for more information online. EFT is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories, fear, and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate physical healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and Continue reading
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My email has stealthily accumulated myriad subscriptions to political, commercial, and hobby interests. I’d open it and be bombarded with frantic pitches to donate money, sign petitions and buy now! These were all organizations I believe in that I at one time signed a petition, or purchased something I liked/ needed, or asked to receive their newsletters/coupons.
So this past week I unsubscribed. As I received emails, I thought over each one. If I need their product or service in the future, I can easily Continue reading
We are gainfully self-employed now, but when my husband and I both lost our full time jobs back in the 1990‘s we were rather stressed. So we revamped the way we looked at our work/business/home life. One of the things we did was come up with what we call our Bare Bones Budget. This isn’t just about budgeting money, but also budgeting/balancing time and the enjoyment of life. So for those who are looking for a different approach when under stress (besides doom and panic), here’s what helped us – and we continue to follow today.
The Bare Bones Budget Mantra Continue reading
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I love my family – a quirky bunch of creative adults and teens who accept each other’s differences, and are often entertained and amused by each other.
Christmas day was an all day relaxed affair that started off with lounging at the breakfast table opening stockings. Then lounging in the living room opening presents one by one. Each present was looked at, talked about, used or partially read, before we moved on to the next present. This made for hours of Continue reading
This is a picture of Guinea Pig Porcellino (little pig in Italian) and her babies that we fostered for the Humane Society. She was pregnant when we first brought her home, and we fostered her through her pregnancy, birth, and 2 weeks afterwards so she could wean her babies. What a lot of fun!
Some people choose to foster all animals, others choose just dogs, cats, or in our case just small rodents (rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs). When you decide you want to foster, Continue reading
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon: “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” So she decided to do something about it – to research and apply happiness to her life.
With humor and insight, she chronicled her adventures during the 12 months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Since Rubin is a mom and loves her city, she didn’t uproot herself; instead, she focused on improving her life as it was.
Her conclusions: money CAN buy happiness when spent wisely, novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness, over ‘treating’ yourself can make you feel worse, and Continue reading