Thursday, May 21, 2009


I'm sure you've noticed the 100+ degree oven outside already. APS and SRP have posted some helpful tips to reduce energy consumption, save you money and keep you cool this summer.

My tips: drink LOTS of water and provide lots of water for your pets, (if you think you've had enough, drink more!), head north for a break from the temps, enjoy monsoon season (RAIN!!!), invest in fans, lots of fans, -and- find your local pool or make friends with someone who has one! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

R.I.P. mini garden...

So...after a month or so, I've decided to start over in my pursuit of my mini container garden. We had an over-watering incident and I don't think the poor veggie & herb stubs are going to recover. (Pair that with our 'glorious' summer temps at 100 degrees and the poor things just couldn't hack it...tear). I'm a little bummed, I have to admit, but I'm determined (and stubborn enough) to start over and try it again. I would post pictures, but it's quite a sad sight, so I'll spare you that.

In loving memory of Mini Garden #1...
(I think a little "Taps" playing in the background is appropriate)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Push the pedals

Don't forget, May 11th-15th is Bike to Work Week! Air up those tires, bust out that helmet and get pedalin'! I know it's a bit toasty out, but just think of the pollution you'll keep out of the air, AND the great workout you'll get, (bathing suit season is here after all).

Photo Courtesy of Trek Bikes &

Friday, May 1, 2009

Do It Green

Check out the D.I.G. (Do It Green) event this Saturday from 8am-2pm at Haus Modern Living at Camelback and Central in Phoenix.

What is CSA and what's the big deal?

In all the talk about organic, you may notice the term CSA being thrown around. Another way to stick to an organic lifestyle (and to support the local growing community,) includes buying locally grown, organic products.

CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, organization is essentially a group of individuals or families that purchase a a share of crops prior to a growing season from a local farmer(s). In return, the farmer(s) will designate a portion or basket from the crop each week to each contributing member. This usually is a mix of whatever fruit or veggie is seasonal. This 'method' can usually end up saving families money and allows for more efficient meal-planning --- most CSA's offer a schedule ahead of time so ya'll know what you're getting. I also love that you get a variety of stuff --- (if you're like me, you tend to get in to a routine picking and preparing the same kinds of veggies every time). This has allowed for some great recipe experimentation/concoctions in our house.

Some CSA communities even offer free delivery...though not every community has this option available and you may have to drive to a drop-off or meeting point to pick up your produce on specific days. However, if you're looking to support farmers in your area and want to ensure a more healthy lifestyle for your family, a CSA group may be the way to go. For more information and to find your local CSA, visit Local Harvest.