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The Flashing Lights of LA Fashion Week

Posted by sweet sistah on February 19, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (8)
Top Models. World Class Designers. Beautiful People in Beautiful Clothes - Are the main attractions for Fashion Weeks all over the World. And the top places in the world when you think of Fashion Week are Paris, Milan and New York. Not Accra or LA. Although what I've seen in both of those places can rival the big fashion capitals of the world easy. LA, although a fashion-forward and innovative city is not always the first to come to mind when it comes to Fashion Week. If you make the mistake to not put California at the top of your Fashion Week list you will regret it. I've been to Fashion weeks all over the world as the owner of AfroSwag International. I've been to Fashion Week in Accra where the designers were unmatched in technique, style, and grace. I've been to Fashion Week in the Virgin islands, where the show was hosted by Taraji P. Henson and as media press I partied and yachted with the models and designers - straight VIP. I've been to Fashion Week in New York, the Fashion Week Capital of the World. Yet, none of these places impressed me quite like the Fashion Week in Los Angeles, California. Let me tell you why LA Fashion Week is Everything - full of Creativity, Innovativeness, Drama, Extra Spice and Extravaganza... From the moment you walk the red carpet to the flashing lights of the paparazzi to the street artist painting a huge floor mural to the people buzzing around with glasses of champagne exchanging business cards and small convo to waiting in line to be photographed at the motion picture booth - LA Fashion Week is straight out of a Hollywood Movie! Porsche Beverly Hills as a sponsor, the showroom floor featured two of the latest models that you could even sign up to test drive! LA Fashion Week - The atmosphere alone, just being in the building makes you feel like you are a part of Hollywood's elite. Even more exciting than just being in the building is taking your seats and preparing to have your couture knocked off by the show. Before each designer hits the runway a drop-down screen expresses their creative flair. Each short film goes behind the scenes and into the creative process of the designer, giving you an inside look of what's to come. Once the Music drops don't expect to see a straight runway show as you would in New York or Milan. Expect the unexpected, for each of the models to come out in full character as if they are on a Hollywood big screen. Each designers set is unique. One set was so futuristic, that it took you into The Jetson's fashion mode, asymmetrical sleeves over neon plastic. Another designer highlighted all of the fashion icons of the past from Diana Ross to Coco Chanel to Grace Jones. Each model embodied the fullness of their character in style and attitude. Another designer made clothes reminiscent to a Jean Michelle Basquiat painting and he himself was the king of his masterpiece, as he sat on a hand-painted throne while each of his models showcased around him. The final set of the evening was the most out of the box.. As the showroom floor was shut down and the audience was led out the back door to the behind the building where the loading dock was. The dock was transformed into a Hollywood Red Carpet complete with fake paparazzi, lighting, smoke, and voice-overs. Each model paraded from behind scenes to the red carpet as the paparazzi chased them to get the just right shot. Over the speakers we heard inside of the actor / model's mind and got a deeper look into all of the nuances and mentalities of a typical Hollywood star. You would think with all the theatrics that the fashion would fall second in the show but No. The fashion was more eccentric and more out there than any other show I've ever seen. THIS is what it means to be at LA Fashion Week. A show within a show. Yes in typical big city Fashion Week form, the Designers will be on point and Celebrities (Ceelo Green, Amber Rose and Estelle) will be in the front row. But outside of that - Nothing at a LA Fashion Week Show is Typical. Expect a full Experience, something much bigger than just Fashion. written by Nzingha Byrd of Beach Birds Travel Nzingha Byrd attended the Spring Show of 2018 in Hollywood California at Neuehouse. Check out for more information.

Winter Is Hot In Miami

Posted by sweet sistah on January 21, 2019 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)
The biggest snow storm in the last three years decided to blow through Cincinnati mid-January 2019. So like a good Beach Bird, I decided to fly south. I flew as south as this country would allow and I landed on the sandy white beaches of Miami, Florida. It's a known fact that due to the lack of sunlight and fresh air, many people with Melanin develop seasonal depression during the Winter months. We absolutely need that sunlight on our skin for survival - being that the sun and fresh air activates our Pineal Gland, Melanin and Soul! So treat yourself to a Winter Get-a-Way to somewhere Hot... And just so you know, Winters are always Hot in Miami! My cousin Kalama turned 42nd and he was born in the Congo. So just imagine what the Winter months does to an individual like him. When he invited me and another one of our cousins to Miami for his Birthday, I was completely open to the universe blessing me with a trip to my most sacred and divine place - The Ocean. This was a much-needed getaway for us all. It's a dream of mine to live on a beautiful island or somewhere on Mama Africa's continent - so that I can escape Winters 365. Until that happens, I give thanks for the south of Florida because again, Winter's are Always Hot in Miami. When traveling during the cold months to somewhere warmer, make sure you book a hotel or resort that sits right on the beach. You don't want to waste any of your precious trip time having to travel to the ocean - as the ocean is the main attraction. We stayed directly on Miami Beach right off of Collins St. We had a oceanfront view room on the 9th floor of the Best Western (which also has a heated pool during the Winter months). Every morning from about 7 a.m. to noon was spent on the ocean lounging and playing with the Beach Birds. The water is a little chilly in January, even for Miami but not so chilly that you couldn't at least get in knee deep. Both of my cousin's took full body dips! In Miami the waters are clear and the waves are aggressively playful. Have Fun! 75 degrees on the beach is not the only thing that makes Miami Hot in the Winter. To have a true Beach Birds Travel experience, explore the Culture of everywhere you go and Miami has plenty to check out. Journey to Little Haiti for authentic, historical Culture. Have lunch with all of the local Haitians at Naomi's Garden Restaurant and Lounge. There's plenty of vegan options like red peas and rice with black bean gravy, steamed spinach and vegetables, and fried or sweet plantain. Or try other traditional Haitian dishes like conch stew or ox tails. Eat your lunch in Naomi's backyard garden, which is beautifully draped with flower bushes and dream catchers. Before you leave Naomi's check out the nearby strip of murals of Haitian gods and goddesses. If you're in Little Haiti on a Saturday head to the Haitian Cultural Center which is outlined with book and grocery stores. Inside the center you'll find beautiful photography showcasing the voodoo religion, artwork, authentic crafts, live performances and more. If little Haiti isn't enough culture for you - head down to Little Havana for a Cuban explosion. Stop in a Cigar Shop, Bar or Restaurant. And please go see inside of the Molina Fine Art gallery. The Cuban owner and artist sits humbly with his friend and cat. I glanced in and quickly received the hand wave inviting me in further. The artist must of felt my energy because he took me to every painting he had of every Orisha. He sweetly broke each God and Goddess down for me and explained how Cuban's ancestors come from Nigeria and that they brought this Yoruba Spiritual system with them. Now this wasn't new information for me but how was dope was that, that he took the time to share. And his artwork was beautiful. Also, in Little Havana is Domino Park. You want an Authentic Cuban Cultural Experience? Go There! Into the Arts? Miami has plenty. It's a colorful city, full of colorful people. And no neighborhood has more color than Wynwood. Wynwood is full of cool Murals. Stroll the streets and take selfies with Jean Michel Basquiat, Jimi Hendrix and Mermaids. Stop in Coyo for yummy Tacos and Margaritas. There are plenty of shops to shop, a really cool vintage car and guitar spot and Brick or Wood are 2 good Hip-Hop Bars in the area. What about Miami Nightlife? For the Cool Cultured Grown & Sexy - This is not Miami's strong suit but if you are down to drive about 20 minutes to this Ft. Lauderdale Jazz Lounge - You won't be disappointed. NYSW Jazz Lounge is so sweet for live music and good food. It has that Love Jones Mo Betta Blues vibe. Ray Charles and Nina Simone look on from off the walls as people mingle, dance, sip and sing along. It's Dope. On your way back to Miami from Ft. Lauderdale stop midway in Hollywood, FL and check out Ginger Bay Café. The reggae band that played the night we slid through was super on point! Miami has a lot to offer in the ways of Culture, Good Food, Art, and of course the Beach. This makes it the perfect place to quickly get away from the snow and cold - I mean if that's not your thing. If you're anything like me, a simple long weekend in Miami is enough to bring the Sunshine back into your life. By Nzingha Byrd of Beach Birds Travel


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Trazana A. Staples

June 17, 2015



"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system."- Bill Mollison (from the website)


Wouldn’t life be grand if every single human being on Mother Earth adopted a ‘Permaculture’ lifestyle? Nothing would go to waste and everyone would have basic needs and necessities such as clean air, clean water, clean land, shelter, food and clothing.


When I began taking a permaculture course offered by EarthMatter TN in 2009, I had no idea what it entailed. My only goal was to become a master gardener. It was during this course where I learned sustainability was more than just gardening. In order to be fully sustainable we must be able and equipped to not just grow our own food but help to sustain the entire planet and everything within it. We are all part of a finely orchestrated web which if one cell of the web is destroyed the entire web will become weak.


There are some things we can do in our homes, individually, to begin a permaculture lifestyle and you would be amazed at how beautiful your space can be with just a few minor changes. I found the following article by Christina Luisa from NaturalNews Website, be on point on how to begin practicing permaculture.




According to Bill Mollison, permaculture integrates ecology, organic gardening, architecture, landscape and agro-forestry into the creation of a rich and sustainable way of living. Not only does it use appropriate technology that provide high yields for low energy inputs, it strives to create a resource that is both stable and incredibly diverse.


Permaculture design ethics include:

• Care of the earth ("Earth Care")

• Care of people and all other species ("People Care")

• Limiting consumption; sharing surplus ("Fair Shares")

The core principles of Permaculture are explained in detail here.


Here is an easy-to-follow guide on four great ways to start incorporating permaculture practices into your own life.

Get into the habit of observing nature


Start to closely observe natural elements and designs such as sunlight patterns, moon phases, the direction of tree growth, where and how water collects and where plants don't grow well in your native area.

Don't forget to extend your observation to patterns in human nature as well.

For example, pay attention to what kinds of work young children enjoy and don't enjoy, or how your coworkers tend to behave at certain phases of a project. What time of day is your mind most receptive to trying new ideas?


It is also important to observe the needs of anything you want to nurture, whether it is a garden, a plant, an animal, a friend or a business partner. If you want to grow herbs or raise chickens, find out what conditions they need so you can adjust your micro-climate accordingly.

Develop a design-oriented mind


Look around you and imagine ways to apply the permaculture ethics and principles to the design of everything you notice.

A good way to begin developing your eye for design would be to choose a permaculture principle that especially resonates with you personally and find ways to implement it in various areas of your personal life.


For example, if you really love the permaculture principles of "using and valuing diversity" and "using small and slow solutions," then make a list of ways you can diversify your daily activities in a simple, non-wasteful way.

Design grocery shopping lists that include a variety of simple, local and seasonal foods, and make your shopping trips include tasks for the whole family, since one of the most important aspects of permaculture is the rebuilding of community.




Create a simple and ecological permaculture garden


Ecological gardening involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants and can be done on any scale.

It's a fun and easy way to create a "backyard ecosystem" by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including:

• Composing and maintaining soil fertility

• Catching and conserving water in the landscape

• Providing a habitat for various animals, insects and birds

• Growing an edible "mini forest" that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods

Many beginning books on permaculture as well as online sources explain how to complete a variety of useful projects such as making your own herb fertilizers and compost or creating homemade organic sprays for pest control.


To learn more about creating permaculture gardens, check out this article.

Take a permaculture design course


Study and practice permaculture principles in-depth by looking into affordable local permaculture design courses.

You'll learn to practice sustainable design in your everyday life, strengthen your connection with nature and develop your creativity and intuition. In the process, you'll also get an interesting tour of various permaculture practices from all over the world - all of which you can adapt to your own situation.

Most permaculture classes offer an extraordinarily rich community as well, giving you the opportunity to improve your understanding of this holistic design system and create lifelong friendships and business partnerships.

If you don't want to take a general course on permaculture design, research specific elements of permaculture such as,

• local food systems

• self-reliance

• growing food

• traditional skills

• beekeeping

• small-scale organic farming

• ways to build community



Super-foods that can boost your child's Immune Health

Posted by asknaturalwoman on April 7, 2015 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2)

With everything that a mother has to do, wouldn't it be great to know we can have peace of mind know we can prevent our children from getting the pesky common cold? Below are 4 foods that can be added to meals that will build up a strong immune system to prevent colds


  • Pumpkin Seed
  • Watermelon Seeds
  • Squash Seeds
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Wheat Germ


Check out Azizah Nubia's Natural Homemade Apple Sauce

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Baltimore Natural Hair Care Experience

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Using Emotional Intelligence with Money

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Written By: Azizah Nubia

April 6th, 2015


Have you ever wondered why making the kind of money you want is difficult? Are you one of those people who have to live paycheck to paycheck? Well what if I told you that your emotional vibration effects your monetary flow? Yes, that's right how you are vibrating emotionally is the reason why your pockets are so thin.

I had the opportunity to speak with Author and founder of Vangile Makwakwa and her new book Heart, Mind, & Money explains our emotional connection with money and how we can change it for the better.

It wasn't that long ago that this MBA graduate with debt in excess of US$60,000 (R600, 000) – along with poor spending habits, a failing start-up company, and alienation from family and friends – I had an unhealthy relationship with money.

"The frustrating part was that I followed the path everyone told me was necessary for success. I spent years working hard to advance my education and move up the career ladder. But instead of fulfillment, it left me broke, sick, miserable, desperate, and feeling very alone. It wasn’t until I saw the connection between my worry and my finances, through meditation, that my situation began to change."

Vangile shared with me the little known secret to greater wealth and that is "your finances are directly related to your emotions. How you make, spend, save, and invest money is affected by your emotional state"

What helped Vangile turn the corner in her personal finances was counter-intuitive to most people under financial pressure. "I stopped trying to get rich."

I started focusing on changing the way I felt about money and which led to develop the 12 Keys to Wealthy Money and to a publishing deal for my book,Heart Mind & Money.

"When you understand the relationship between emotion and action, you can easily change your behavior with money." Vangile shared with me

The Benefits of Oatmeal for your Skin

Posted by asknaturalwoman on February 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (2)

I’m sure you’ve heard of how healthy it is to eat your oats. But did you know this about


what oats can do in skin care?


  •  Oatmeal is moisturizing and helps remove dead skin cells.
  • Oatmeal can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes
  • Oatmeal can helps relieve symptoms of aging skin



Interesting isn’t it, and to think all this time we was only eating oatmeal for breakfast!!


Using oat meal in our hair and skin can be very beneficial to you in several ways. The


only thing you need to get started is oat flour ( Which you can buy at the store) or you


can make right there in your home. Place the oats in your blender or food processor


and there you have it- a fine powder that can be used on your skin and in your hair!


Oatmeal Scrubs


Mild Face Scrub:


Mix 1 part oatmeal flour with 1 part carrier oil (such as olive), wash off with warm water.


Finish with some oat milk toner.


Oatmeal body scrub


Mix equal parts of olive oil and sugar with a bit of a carrier oil. Use as a body scrub


instead of soap, wash with warm water. You’ll probably not need to moisturize after


using this scrub.


Oats as a dry shampoo


Ground oats is a fantastic dry shampoo. Just rub some over your scalp, and brush


excess oats out with a boar bristle brush.

Beauty On a Budget by Shanell Bowles- Russell

Posted by asknaturalwoman on February 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

All you need is these for items for a

fabulous daily look with out paying a hefty price.


1. Facial Wash $6.99


Garnier Clean


The Charcoal draws out the dirt for a clean and clear complexion.


(Made with Charcoal)


You can use it daily as ascrub.


Great for black heads and blemishes to even out skin tones



2. BB Cream $7.99


As stated in our previous issues a good foundation is the start of it all.


BB Cream stands for beauty and blemish balm.


You can get moisturized, protection from sun­rays and it works as an


excellent primer.


A Little BB cream goes a long way for all day wear, which makes it perfect for youthful skin.


3. Lip Gloss


There's so many out there. If you have a favorite stock up!!! A little gloss will add some


color to you face.


Here are my favs


Revlon Colorstay $6.29


CoverGirl Lipslicks $5.00 ­$8.00


4. Nail Polish


You wont be able to make the nail salon every week but you can keep your


nails strong and pretty with ...


Sinful Colors professional nail polish you can find it at Walmart or other drug


stores for less than $2.00 a bottle.


Have a Beautiful and successful school year.


Have more beauty questions???

Growing Herbs inside your home is easy! Trazana A. Staples, MELP January 14, 2015

Posted by asknaturalwoman on February 25, 2015 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (1)

People often tell me that it is difficult to grow plants, specifically plants that are consumable who live in an apartment. However, I am here to tell you that growing edible plants are easy while living in apartment, especially herbs.


Herbs have a wide range of uses from cooking to medicinal. They are easy maintenance and they do not require much sunlight or water in most cases. They can also be grown year round from the inside of your kitchen window seal so that you can just sip and use at your convenience.


When considering growing an herb garden in your home, purchase local and organically grown non-gmo, seedling or seeds if possible.


Below are some of the ’10 Easy-to Grow Herbs for a Simple Kitchen Herb Garden’ published in Mother Earth Living, Natural Home, Healthy Life written by Barbara Pleasant July/August 2011



Grow It: Plant seeds or seedlings of basil, a warm-season annual, after the last frost during a warm spell. When flowering tops appear, cut them off (toss them in salads!) to encourage new leaf production. You can sow a second planting of seeds directly in the garden in early summer. Indoors, a pot of basil repels flies.

Eat It: Basil is best fresh. Always toss it in at the end of cooking—heat damages its flavor. Preserve fresh basil by making an infused oil or freezable pesto.

Recommended Varieties: Genovese is best for cooking; ask your nursery about specific varieties for spicy flavor, compact growth habits or frilled foliage.



Grow It: A mild onion-flavored perennial, chives produce edible flowers in spring and early summer. You can grow chives from seed, but it’s faster to start with plants. Plant as soon as the last frost has passed. Trim regularly to prolong production. Every few years, divide and replant clumps to encourage new growth.

Eat It: Toss chives into almost any savory dish—add at the end of cooking or they become bitter. You can freeze excess chives; use them as you would fresh.

Recommended Varieties: Compact Grolau is great for containers; Grande features big, broad leaves; try garlic chives for bold flavor.


Grow It: A fast-growing annual, cilantro can be planted in spring and again in late summer. Cilantro is among the easiest herbs to start from seeds sown directly in the garden, but it suffers badly when transplanted. The ripe seeds are the orange-scented spice known as coriander. To harvest coriander, allow plants to flower and then collect seeds after they turn brown. Store seeds in a cool, dark spot.

Eat It: The entire cilantro plant is edible. Enjoy the leaves, the brown seeds (coriander) and the roots (in soups and stir-fries). Toss the flower heads in salads.

Recommended Varieties: Santo lasts longer than most varieties; Cilantro has lacy leaves.



Grow It: Plant mint, a hardy perennial in most areas, in spring. You can start mint from seed, but plants you buy often have better flavor. Mint is a notoriously aggressive spreader, so it’s best to grow it in

containers. Clip growing tips monthly to encourage new growth.

Eat It: Mint is versatile and easy to dry. Crush it with sugar and vinegar for a wonderful mint sauce.

Recommended Varieties: Peppermints and spearmints are best for cooking; pineapple mint has beautiful variegated leaves.



Grow It: Oregano (and similar marjoram) varies in size, flavor and growth habit; all are easy to grow from seeds or rooted cuttings (see “Growth Spurt” at right). You can pot and overwinter hardy oregano in an unheated garage, even in colder climates.

Eat It: Oregano leaves’ flavor is strongest in summer. Dried oregano leaves hold their flavor well, and excess oregano can also be mashed into butter. Pick flowers as they open to add to soups, baked potatoes and roasted vegetables.


Recommended Varieties: Greek oregano has the best flavor. Italian oregano is a delicious marjoram-oregano cross. Sweet marjoram may be the only true marjoram.


Grow It: You can grow parsley from direct-sown seed, but the seeds are slow sprouters. Plant young seedlings in spring, handling roots gently.

Eat It: Parsley’s flavor is best fresh and used at the end of cooking to enliven flavors. To preserve parsley, freeze leaves or turn them into gremolata, a condiment of parsley, garlic, lemon and olive oil. In autumn, try pulling up a few plants and use the roots as you would carrots.

Recommended Varieties: Curly parsley is a lovely edging plant, but most cooks prefer the flat-leafed version, often called Italian parsley.



Grow It: Superior rosemary cultivars are best purchased as plants. A woody perennial, rosemary can be pruned back, potted up and kept indoors through winter in cold climates.

Eat It: Rosemary accentuates many foods, especially baked goods and roasted vegetables and meat. Varieties differ in size and flavor, though all produce pungent leaves and sturdy stems that can be used as skewers. The leaves dry easily for preserving. Harvest the small flowers as they appear in spring and summer to add to egg and veggie dishes.

Recommended Varieties: Arp and Hill Hardy tolerate more cold than other varieties. Try compact Blue Boy in containers.



Grow It: This 20-inch-tall woody perennial is pretty cold-hardy, but new plants should be started from rooted stem tip cuttings every other year. Or start with transplants. Variegated varieties are less cold-tolerant and more petite.

Eat It: Preserve an abundance of sage by drying it, packing it in salt, or mashing it to create a flavorful butter. The sweet flowers are an ideal accompaniment to dishes with light flavors.

Recommended Varieties: Compact Berggarten is great for tight spaces; White Dalmatian features silvery leaves; Tricolor foliage has pink and white stripes.



Grow It: Start with transplants, and French tarragon will grow to 24 inches tall with stems that tend to sprawl. If a stem rests on the soil, covering it with soil often coaxes it into developing roots. In midsummer, cut back plants by half to stimulate new growth.

Eat It: The leaves have an anise flavor that is sweeter earlier in the season. In spring, use the entire sprig, rather than just the leaves. Later in summer, the leaves benefit from long cooking, as in stews. Tarragon is easy to dry, but also makes fine vinegar. Steep leaves in white wine vinegar in a sunny windowsill for 4 weeks, then strain.

Recommended Varieties: There is but one true French tarragon, which must be purchased as a plant. Nibble a leaf before you buy—it should have a zingy licorice flavor.



Grow It: This hardy evergreen can be grown from seed, seedlings or rooted stem tip cuttings. Cut back blooming branches to increase production of leaves.

Eat It: Thyme boosts the flavor of meat and vegetables, and the oil in thyme helps to break down the fats in many foods, making them more digestible. The leaves are easy to dry, and it also makes nice vinegar. Steep leaves in white wine vinegar in a sunny windowsill for 4 weeks, then strain. The leaves have the strongest flavor before the plants flower, but you can pick the flowers when they open to sprinkle over vegetable dishes.

Recommended Varieties: Upright, green-leafed French and English thyme provide the best flavor; variegated forms are excellent in containers.

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10 Simple things kids can do to save the planet. By Trazana Staples, MELP

Posted by asknaturalwoman on February 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

School is back in session for children and adults, and what better time is it to learn something new that is beneficial for Mother Earth and all who reside in it. Many are becoming health and environmentally conscious and we all, both children and adults, can contribute to help the planet by reducing our carbon foot print.


It is not difficult or time consuming for anyone to participate. In doing so, we are adding life to Mother Earth. Children love to help; in fact they are fast learners. No one is too big are too small, and we all can make a huge difference!


Below are 10 simple things kids can do to help save the planet:


1. Bring your own bag when you go shopping. 600 bags are thrown away every second in California! Many of these bags litter the oceans where they can injure marine animals.


2. Plant a tree. A single tree can help clean the air.


3. Ride your bike for errands like going to the grocery store or video store - get your Mom and Dad to ride their bikes too. It's fun, and bicycling is much cleaner for the air than driving a car.


4. Unplug your appliances and TV when you're not using them. Even if they're turned off, electric appliances still use power if they're plugged in.


5. Use reuseable containers for your lunch. If you take a disposable lunch to school every day, you're creating 67 pounds of garbage a year!


6. Use rechargeable batteries. They last longer, and throwing disposable batteries in the trash is against the law and dangerous for the environment.


7. Don't buy things you don't need, and donate your used clothes, toys and books to someone who can use them.


8. Eat mostly vegetables and grains - they require less energy to grow and create less pollution than meat.


9. Turn out the lights when you don't need them.


10. Help your family eat locally. The average meal travels a long way to get to your plate - 1500 miles, but there is lots of food grown close by. Check out your local farmer's market and shop at the Co-op - or plant a garden and grow some of your own food!