How To Be More Self-Sufficient At Home

Being more self-sufficient in the home is a great way to help the planet; the more self-sufficient you are, the more eco-friendly you can be, as you’re not relying on big deliveries in trucks or even really using your vehicle much at all. The more you can do for yourself, the better it is for the planet. Not only this, but being self-sufficient is a skill and something that, once you understand how to do it better, you can be proud of and see as an outstanding achievement in your life. 

Here are some great ways to get started; these are things that everyone can do, no matter what their budget or lifestyle might be. 

Grow Your Own Food 

If you’re just getting started, then the idea of growing all your own food might seem somewhat overwhelming. It can be so problematic that many people choose to forget it altogether, even if they would dearly love to be more self-sufficient. The key to this idea is to start small – very small – and build up as you gain more confidence. 

Picking one or two vegetables to start your self-sufficiency journey with is the best idea. Choose things you are going to use a lot, such as tomatoes or corn, and start with these. Even if you don’t have any outside space, you should be able to grow some vegetables indoors, and although this might mean you have a more limited choice, there are special indoor planters that will help you with this task. Take a look at this Planted Shack review for more information on the best ones for you. 

Go Foraging 

You won’t be able to grow everything you need to survive on your own land unless you are farmers. You’ll still need additional items to make tasty, healthy meals, and this is even more true if you don’t have much space to grow things from scratch at home. 

An alternative to growing your own food (at least in part) and certainly something that can reduce or even eliminate your trips to the grocery store is foraging. This means going into the wild to search for food. It’s crucial that you’re able to identify which plants are safe to eat and which should be avoided, but this can be learned and is a worthwhile pursuit if you want to be more eco-friendly and self-sufficient at home. 

Use Reusable Cloths 

If you were to take an inventory of the amount of plastic packaging you use each day, the total might surprise you. And it might horrify you. Instead of using plastic, switch to reusable cloths. Many of these can be hand-washed, which is even more eco-friendly than using a machine, and they can easily replace the plastic you use on a daily basis. 

Reusable cloths are ideal for wrapping packed lunches and leftovers, for example. They can even be used instead of paper towels and other items which, although they may not be as dangerous to the environment as plastic, are still waste when you throw them out. If you prefer not to buy reusable cloths, simply make them yourself out of old clothes such as t-shirts. 

How to Respond to a Sub-Standard Medical Experience

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When we go to a doctor or any other kind of medical professional, we expect to be properly taken care of and to have our needs and interests put first. Our health is more important than anything else, so when that’s not the case and something goes wrong with the health we receive, it can come as a huge shock.

But what should be done when you find that you’ve been on the receiving end of a less than acceptable medical treatment or care experience? There are steps you can take and we’re going to talk about those now, so keep reading.

Start by Reporting the Issue

The first thing you should do is report the issue to the relevant authorities. You can start by reporting your experiences to the clinic, hospital or healthcare facilities where this happened. They should then be able to process the complaint for you and investigate it. It might also be necessary to file the complaint with the local medical authorities who can then also investigate what happened. They’ll want to know about these kinds of incidents.

Seek Out Any Further or Corrective Medical Attention That Might be Needed

If something went wrong with the medical attention you recieved, you might still be experiencing problems or you might now have further medical issues as a result of the failed medical interventions carried out. If so, you shouldn’t waste any time seeking corrective medical attention. Of course, you’ll no doubt want to get these medical attention from an entirely different professional at a different facility. It’s not a good idea to go back to the same place again.

Speak to Your Insurer 

Speaking to your insurance provider and seeing what kind of redress you might be entitled to is a good idea. If you have medical insurance and something goes wrong, you should always notify your insurer, even if you’re not sure what they can do to help or assist you. Let them know and discuss things with them. And seek out further advice if you feel as if your insurer isn’t doing enough to assist you in these matters. 

Consider Your Legal Options

It’s also a good idea to consider all of your legal options when you experience something like that. If you’ve been injured as a result of medical negligence or malpractice, you’ll definitely be entitled to compensation, so a personal injury lawsuit is something that should be considered. There are plenty of personal injury attorneys who’ll treat your case with utmost respect and do everything they can to ensure you get the compensation money you’re entitled to.

Think About the Need for Proof

If you are going to push ahead with a legal action against the people responsible for your experience, it’s important to know that you’ll need to be able to provide proof. That’s why taking photos, being assessed by an external medical professional and having them testify as to what’s happened to you can be so important. Having that proof will make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to fighting your legal battles in the courts.

Accept That it Might Take a While

Another thing to understand is that these kinds of proceedings can often take a lot of time to resolve and there’s not much that can be done about that. That’s not necessarily a reason to avoid taking legal action, but it’s important to go into the process understanding that this is not necessarily going to be the quick fix that you might want it to be. But if you can come out of the process with a positive outcome, it’ll make it all worthwhile for you.

Continue to Put Your Health First

If you continue to put your health before anything else, you’ll find that this yields the most positive long-term outcomes for you. It’s easy to feel bitter about the whole experience, but rather than placing an emphasis on those emotions, it might be better for you to put your health first and to focus on getting in good shape and good health. That’s what matters more than anything else in all this.

Medical malpractice situations are tricky to deal with and no one wants to find themselves in a situation of this kind. Nevertheless, these things happen and it’s up to you to make sure you take the right steps to look after yourself and also receive justice for what happened for you.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

I have had a long time love affair with all things Japanese. It doesn’t matter what it is, if it is Japanese, I love it. I love Japanese cuisine, culture, art, design, movies, clothing… the list goes on and on. I mean, the Bonsai Tree, really? Who couldn’t love a miniature Cedar or Juniper Tree? Goodness, I even have a tattoo on my lower back that is written in Japanese. Ha! You know, college?

Every year, we plan at least one full day at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. This way I get my fill of Japanese cuisine, art, culture, design, and landscapes (including those lovely bonsai trees). The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens opened in 1977 and has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida ever since. It has a fabulous rotating exhibition in its galleries, (you can see the collection here) tea ceremonies performed in it Seishin-an Tea House, and several lovely events throughout the year.

The Morikami Museum’s collection includes 5,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts. The 200 acres that surround The Morikami’s two museum buildings include lovely vast Japanese gardens with an amazing winding path, small lakes full of Koi (my fave), and tons of lovely Iguana’s roaming free throughout the gardens. We had a lot of fun getting close and personal with the Iguana’s, they are very used to people and didn’t mind us at all. We also had a lovely Japanese lunch overlooking the gardens and enjoy a day together as a family. You can help The Morikami grow by donating here. You can see more photos from one of our trips at The Morikami here.

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5 Tips To Make Moving House More Sustainable

If you are thinking of moving house soon, you probably have a lot of things to do before the big moving day arrives. Planning ahead helps make the move that much easier. Something you should consider is how to make your house move more sustainable. Quite often, people try to make the move as efficient as possible and this can result in resources and energy being wasted. To help make your move more eco-friendly, here are some tips you can follow. 

Empty the food cupboard

When you are moving house, you need to use up some of the food items in your cupboard or freezer beforehand to prevent food from going to waste. By doing this, it will stop you from throwing food out and it will help free up some space when moving things over to the new house. If you are unlikely to use these food items, consider giving them to local food shelters who can then give them to people in need. 

Have a clear-out

Likewise, have a clear out of your closet, drawers, and cupboards. Put aside any clothes you no longer wear or want, as well as any toys, books, and DVDs. These can be given to family or friends, or your local charity. This can help the environment as it stops things from going to landfills, but it can also help reduce the size of the removal van you need. Some removal companies charge based on the size and weight of your belongings, so it will save you money and reduce the CO2 footprint.

Use reusable moving boxes

Boxes can be one of the most unsustainable things about moving as they create so much waste once you have moved in. Instead, opt for reusable moving boxes that you can easily rent. These are a great sustainable alternative, and most of these companies even offer drop-off and pick-up services. 

Wrap items in biodegradable packaging

Find alternatives to wrap your belongings in. Things like bedding, towels, and clothing can help protect delicate items like artwork or furniture. You can also use old newspapers and magazines to help secure items. As an alternative to bubble wrap, you can get Greenwrap, which is biodegradable and recyclable and works in the same way. 

Remember to recycle

Unfortunately, when moving there are inevitably going to some items that will need to be thrown out if you don’t want to take them to the new house with you. But it is important to be mindful of the amount of stuff you are throwing away. This is why it’s good to plan, as it gives you time to work out what needs to be recycled and allows you time to find where your nearest recycling center is. Put these items into piles to make it easier to work out what is going where. 

Sustainable moving does require a lot of planning and patience, but if you start this way before your moving date, you will be able to make your house move eco-friendly. 

Eco-Friendly Beauty: Swapping To A More Environmentally Conscious Routine

You’ve decided that the time has come to swap to a more environmentally conscious beauty routine. You may have been thinking about it for a while or it might be something that you’ve just decided on, either way, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to overhauling your entire beauty routine, isn’t there? The good news is that swapping to a more eco-friendly beauty routine doesn’t have to be a struggle – it’s just a case of knowing what steps to take, that’s all. 

Wondering what steps you can take to swap to a more environmentally conscious routine? Below are a few tips, ideas, and hacks to take note of and implement when it comes to your approach to beauty. 

Go reusable 

The first step to making your beauty routine a little more eco-friendly is to go down the reusable route. Instead of using disposable products, such as disposable makeup wipes, for instance, consider swapping to a zero-waste alternative, such as reusable makeup removal pads. The great thing about reusable products like these is the fact that not only do they help reduce your beauty routine’s environmental impact, but they also help to cut costs in the long-run. Not only can you buy reusable makeup cleansing cloths, but also reusable cotton buds, sanitary towels, and makeup products. 

Opt for natural products 

Wherever possible, opt to use natural products. Products that contain chemicals and additives are not only bad for the environment but they’re also damaging to your skin and hair. Instead, opt to use natural products. Say, for instance, you want to swap out your normal shampoo for a more eco-friendly alternative, you could try Grahams Natural Shampoo. The good news is that there are lots of fantastic natural brands to choose from, it’s just a case of finding the one that offers the right products that meet your needs. Take the time to shop around and find the right products to meet your beauty needs, that also offer a more ethical approach to beauty. 

Look for ‘naked’ products 

Another great way to reduce your carbon footprint when it comes to your beauty routine is to look for ‘naked’ products wherever possible. Naked products come without packaging and thus, are ideal for anyone creating a zero waste beauty routine. There are lots of fantastic packaging-free products to choose from, from solid cleansers and shower gels to perfumes and lip balms. You will find that stores like Lush offer a fantastic range of ‘naked’ products. 

Refill where possible 

When it comes to products that you cannot buy ‘naked’, consider looking for brands that offer refillable products. By choosing products that come in packaging designed to be refilled, you can help to cut your environmental impact and make your beauty routine far more eco-friendly. You should be able to find refillable products at your local eco store or you can purchase them online. 

There you have it, a few simple steps for swapping to a more eco-friendly beauty regime.