Archive for June, 2010

Hide N Seek @ Etsy

I want to be rich and I want lots of money

I don’t care about clever, I don’t care about funny

I want loads of clothes and f*ck-loads of diamonds

I heard people die while they are trying to find them.


And I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless

‘Cause everyone knows that’s how you get famous

I’ll look at the sun and I’ll look in the mirror

I’m on the right track, yeah I’m on to a winner.


*I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore

I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore

When do you think it will all become clear?

‘Cause I’m being taken over by the fear.


Life’s about film stars and less about mothers

It’s all about fast cars and cussing each other

But it doesn’t matter ’cause I’m packing plastic

And that’s what makes my life so f*cking fantastic.


And I am a weapon of massive consumption

And it’s not my fault, it’s how I’m programmed to function

I’ll look at the sun and I’ll look in the mirror

I’m on the right track, yeah on to a winner.


* (repeat)


Forget about guns and forget ammunition

Cause I’m killing them all on my own little mission

Now I’m not a saint but I’m not a sinner

Now everything is cool as long as I’m getting thinner.


I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore

I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore

When do you think it will all become clear?

‘Cause I’m being taken over by fear.

– lyrics to “The Fear” by Lily Allen 

(I like the live version performed at Q @ CBC — listen after the cut)


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Freya Art Design @ Etsy


Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent in the ideas of living.

– Miriam Beard

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(source: Dr. Bronner’s)



Not going to lie, I had  a wacky weekend and kinda annoyed at myself for letting my pride and pissiness get the best of me.  I also see how karma is biting me in the ass, but I’m sucking it up and accepting it because it’s true that what goes around does come around…and admittedly I was the culprit of some assiness due to some poor choices on my part. 

So, let’s get that boo-hoo blah out of the way, and talk about some fabulosity goodness.  In order to decompress and let off some steam due to the aforementioned situation, I went for a run outdoors.  Fresh air, glassy waterfront view  — what I needed.  Came home in need of a shower, and my mood was enhanced in a positive way even further by the uplifting peppermint scent of my Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (okay, see? I finally got to the point, ha!). 


I’m so pleased with my magic soap.  It is, no joke, magic!   I prefer the liquid (not bar) magic soap, and although I’ve tried rose scent and citrus-orange scent, my absolute favorite is the peppermint.  It’s incredibly uplifting, fresh, cool, and tingly — which is perfect after a hot shower, and even more perfect after a cool shower on a humid, sticky, stink-hot day.  I squirt some on my scrubby japanese washing-towel contraption and suds away.  


What makes it “magic”?  Here’s a checklist:

✓ Completely Biodegradable and Vegetable-Based

✓ Made with Certified Fair Trade and Organic Oils

✓ Multi -Purpose: 18-in-1 Uses (!!)

✓ No Synthetic Foaming Agents, Thickeners or Preservatives (RE: no icky sulfates, parabens)

✓ No added chelating agents, dyes, whiteners or synthetic fragrances

✓ 3 times more concentrated than most so-called “liquid soaps” on the market

✓ Encased in 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Cylinder Bottles and Paper Labels

✓ Uses fair trade ingredients 

✓ No Animal Testing 


Water, Saponified Organic Coconut, Organic Palm and Organic Olive Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils, Citric Acid, Vitamin E


Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Almond, Rose, Citrus-Orange, Lavender, Tea Tree, Unscented, and Baby Mild

18-IN-1 USES

There are actually more than 18 uses for the Magic Soap (in pure or diluted forms).  I use it as a body wash in the shower, as bubble bath, as a spot cleaner on laundry, and liquid hand soap.  

People have also used it, among other things, as a heavy-duty housecleaning cleaner * shampoo * laundry detergent * pet shampoo * shaving cream * massage lotion * deodorant * mouth wash * breath freshener * foot bath soap * vegetable wash * pest spray * and toothpaste.


So, when you read the label there’s a whole lotta rantings about “morals” and all that.  I find it quite quirky, even though the first time I decided to read some of it, my eyes got a bit cross-eyed from the confusion.  Ha!  Anyways, Dr. Bronner may have escaped a couple mental institutions, but the good thing is he was a firm believer in sharing the wealth.  Apparently, the company’s executive pay is capped at five times the lowest paid position in the company, and part of the company’s profits are given to charities.  Sweet. 


I buy it from a local health food shop and it’s sold in places like Choices, Capers, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods.  I’ve even spotted it in the organic section of Save-On Foods supermarket chain. And I’m sure a myriad of online wellness shops carry it too, along with the magic soap website. 

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Valentina Design @ Etsy


The important thing is this:  to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

– Charles Du Bos, French literary critic  

(although often credited to Charles DuBois)

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♡ Love our planet

The Color Bee @ Etsy


There is no business done on a dead planet. 

David Brower, legendary Sierra Club executive director

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deka animals @ etsy

Sometimes I try to forget and pretend that the horrors of our greed don’t affect me and happen “over there”.  Then other times I am reminded and feel blue.  Then I realize that no matter how blue I get, this will not help anything.   So it’s up to me to feel empowered to be active and effective to make a difference every day, even if with a simple gesture — recycle, use reusable containers, turn off lights — yes, simple but effective in their own quiet way.  

So then it doesn’t make images of the BP oil spill seem a lost cause after all.  I remember to keep the plight of the people and the animals and insects and sealife and plantlife in my thoughts and pray. 

If you need a reminder of how of what you’re doing this for…be inspired to make a difference from this:

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“Go Your Own Way” | Industrial Fairytale @ Etsy

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