December 20th, 2013 - 10:05 pm § in Sustainability

Rebel Without a Car – Seeds of Change

When we moved into our new home this year, my husband and I decided that the front lawn, that was mostly covered with dried grass and lots of weed, will have to go and must eventually be replaced with something sustainable. We didn’t know what that something was going to be, but nevertheless we started prepping the lawn by laying down cardboard and putting lots of mulch over it to kill the existing lawn without chemicals, while at the same time fostering the growth of beneficial insects.  read more

November 30th, 2013 - 10:00 pm § in Sustainability

Rebel Without a Car – Turn Your Time Into Dollars

“We define others not by what they have but by what they lack. Rather than examine what they can offer,” writes Edgar Cahn, recipient of DC Human Rights Award, author of No More Throw-Away People and founder of Time Banks USA, “we categorize vast swaths of our society by what they need.[...]

October 30th, 2013 - 9:55 pm § in Sustainability

Rebel Without a Car – It’s Challenging Being A “Natural” Mama – Part 2

Last month I wrote about how I found it challenging being a Natural Mama here in Los Angeles – and the challenges that I described were from outside influence, which is hard to control and difficult to manage. People in restaurants don’t understand that we don’t want a plastic cup for o[...]

September 30th, 2013 - 9:46 pm § in Sustainability

Rebel Without a Car – It’s Challenging Being A “Natural” Mama – Part 1

A few years ago my husband was telling me about a cousin of his in Australia, who moved out into the woods, far away from civilization, in order to raise her children from “modern” influence. Well-meaning relatives and friends had a difficult time adjusting to her desire to raise her kids withou[...]

July 30th, 2013 - 9:42 pm § in Sustainability

Rebel Without a Car – A Trip to a Sustainable City

In May my family went on a trip to Minneapolis to attendNeighborhoods, USA (NUSA), where we did a presentation on Website and Social Media How-To practices and where we also met a lot of people from around the country, who believe in taking care of their neighborhoods. Neighborhoods, USA is “a n[...]

May 30th, 2013 - 9:32 pm § in Sustainability

Rebel Without a Car – Back to Basics

Since my pregnancy, what we eat has become a very important subject in our lives. Before Sydney I was avoiding foods that had additives, food coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, sugars, and anything that I could not pronounce. But now that Sydney is in our lives, I’m even more willing to spend ext[...]

April 30th, 2013 - 9:17 pm § in Sustainability

Rebel Without a Car – Composting Means Giving Back to Nature

I’ve been composting in two large planters for about four years and once I got used to it, I always felt guilty when I had to throw food scraps into the wastebasket instead of the compost bin. (This was and is always the case when we travel.) Now finally I have the opportunity to compost […[...]