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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

HOW LONG UNTIL YOU BURN – What’s Your Skin Type?

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People with fair skin are more likely to sunburn than are people with dark skin. That’s because people with darker skin have more melanin, which offers some protection from sunburn but not from UV-induced skin damage.
Skin color is determined by the number, distribution and type of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Dermatologists refer to the degrees of pigmentation in skin as skin types. Skin types range from very little pigment (type I) to very darkly pigmented (type VI). How easily you burn depends on your skin type and how light or dark your skin is.
Classification of skin types
Skin typeSkin colorReaction to sun exposure
Type IPale white skinAlways burns, never tans
Type IIWhite skinBurns easily, tans minimally
Type IIIWhite skinBurns minimally, tans easily
Type IVLight brown or olive skinBurns minimally, tans easily
Type VBrown skinRarely burns, tans easily and darkly
Type VIDark brown or black skinRarely burns, always tans, deeply pigmented
Regardless of your skin type, the sun’s energy penetrates deeply into the skin and damages DNA of skin cells. This damage may ultimately lead to skin cancer, including melanoma. Even people with type V or VI skin can develop skin cancer, often on the palms, fingers or other more lightly pigmented areas of their bodies.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Green Week – Three Things You Can Do To Make A Difference

Looking to make an impact this Green Week, but aren’t sure what you can do? Below are three great tips on how you can make a difference by changing simple, everyday things. It’s easy and these tips will teach you how to make a difference not just on Green Week, but all year long no matter where you are! 
In The Office
Working in an office you may see a lot of paper waste.This is a great opportunity to build team moral by going to your manager and asking to implement a recycling program. When others get involved it truly can make a difference. If you drive to work, cut down on emissions by carpooling. Send an email offering others to carpool with you. You may discover some great company while doing your part to keep our air clean.
At Home
When it comes to your home it’s easy to save energy. One way to cut down on costly utility bills and save energy is to change all your light bulbs to Energy Star bulbs. Each Energy Star bulb uses 75% less energy compared to regular bulbs and lasts up to six times longer saving you around $6 per year in energy costs. Though that figure may seem low when you think about changing all of your bulbs, it can really add up. Energy efficient appliances are also a great way to cut down on emissions. When you replace major appliances with these functional, yet money saving items you can be sure that you’re doing your part even when doing laundry or baking cookies! More helpful tips on how to make your home run as an efficient, energy saving and eco-friendly machine can be found here:
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Running Errands
We are all busy, but there is still time to squeeze a bit of Green Week friendliness into your everyday errands. Turn your car off if you run into a store or waiting to pick up your kid instead of letting it idle. This will cut down on harmful emissions. If you see litter on the ground pick it up and put it in the trash. Little things can make a big difference and you can be part of the bigger picture, too!
Green Week is a great excuse to get outside and have some fun in the sun, but you can also do small things each day to make a difference.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Green Week – It’s In The Bag

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Los Angeles brought in the free plastic bag ban this year which is excellent news. We have been using our own reusable bags for quite a while now.
Reusable bags can be bulky to keep with you ‘just in case’ and we still have heaps of bags lying around.
Two bag organizing solutions I came up with are:BAG BAN LA
Reuse old oatmeal tubs and large coffee containers that have a plastic lid.
Clean them out, cut a large X in the top and stuff in your bags.
Want to keep a couple of plastic bags hand in the glove box or hand bag? I reuse small soap boxes, they usually hold 2-3 which is enough for small unexpected purchases.ST GEORGE DISCOUNT SUN SLEEVES
NOTE – If you’re feeling crafty you can make them cute with spray paint, contact paper, glitter they make a great project for the kids and a useful gift for mom!
Do you bring your own bags? Do you have a great storage solution?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Brilliant Solution Using The Sun – Earth Day

We LOVE the sun!
Now this might sound a little odd to those of you who are familiar with my efforts to avoid further sun damage to my pale family.
However as part of a remodel we are taking full advantage of that giant mass of ultraviolet emitting gas.
There are several spots in our building that have been built without windows which means lights frequently being turned on and then just as frequently forgotten and left on which drives me bonkers, the above hallway is a particularly gloomy spot. 
Because we had solar panels installed last summer we also had to upgrade the roof to support the panels, it seemed the perfect time to install some skylights. As most of our roof has an attic space a conventional skylight is not possible plus skylights bring not only light but heat.
Instead we opted for skylight tubes that have a small hole in fact a 10” tube will light 150 square feet and a 14” lights up 350!
I was a bit nervous when the first holes were cut and despite the bright midday sun we only got a circle of light.
However once the tube was in place it radiated so much light that we actually keep trying to ‘switch off the light” out of habit!
The before and after photo shows a windowless hallway taken without flash. In the before picture we had to turn the light on in order that there was enough light to get the shot. The second picture shows the 10” tube installed, there is no flash and no light on, and it’s quite a difference!
How are you reducing your carbon footprint this earth day? 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Think Before You Shred

Now that Tax Day is behind us, what better time than the present for a little spring file cleaning both at work and at home. We want to remind you to recycle the folders and documents that you no longer need and to shred only information-sensitive documents. 
Why? Shredding (or manually tearing) paper lowers its quality for recycling. Think before you shred, because it  could mean the difference between that piece of paper being recycled into a well-read book instead of a disposable napkin!
Talking of paper waste I bought 2 cream eggs at Rite Aid this week and received an absurd receipt that was 28 inches long!
I tried pointing out the outrageous waste to the sales person who just shrugged and suggested I throw it in the trash totally missing the point…*sigh*


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Simple Trick to Save Water, Save $ and Save the Planet

California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades; we are now in our 3rd consecutive year of below-normal rainfall. Governor Jerry Brown has called for Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent voluntarily, and mandatory rationing could be ordered soon so that homes, businesses and farms don’t run dry over the summer. No matter where you live it just makes sense not waste this precious resource. Here are 2 super simple steps you can take to drastically reduce water waste in the kitchen.
We have a double sink in the kitchen, 1 was used for washing the other ended up being a dumping location and quickly filled with dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher, which drove me BONKERS!
Wishing to reduce our water waste and save my sanity I bought a nice new bucket and put that in one sink, into this we collect the water from vegetable peelings, hand washing and rinsing out the coffee filter. This bucket is used to water plants in the flower beds. This water is fairly clean but I don’t recommend using it in potted plants as the small amounts of soap, coffee etc may not agree with the plant or cause an imbalance in the ph. However Roses LOVE the coffee grounds.
Our family of 4 collects between 1-4 buckets per day SAVING 90 gallons per month!
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I also have an open top watering jug by the sink which is where clean water gets dumped. This where the half drunk glasses of water, end of the kettle water, water used to boil an egg etc goes. This is perfect for the potted plants.
Water collected 1-2 liters per day savings 10-15 gallons per month! 
How do you save water?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Aid Kit – Must Haves for Hiking

Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the great outdoors, whether you’re a serious trekker or just enjoy a short hike with the kids, it’s always best to be prepared so that if something unexpected happens, you’re ready for any emergency.
First aid kits come with typical items such as Band-Aids, antiseptic, and bandages, but you will usually want more for your kit.
Camping supply places are a great place to pick up a ready made kit or if you want to put your own kit together here is a list of some of the basics:
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Forceps
  • Splints
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Gauze
  • Antiseptic
  • Bandages
  • Exam Gloves
  • Hot/Cold Packs
  • Dry Wash Pads/Wipes
  • Syringe
  • Antibiotic ( Dicloxacillin)
  • Antihistamine ( Benadryl )
  • Anti-Inflammatory ( Ibuprofen )
  • Alcohol Swabs
  • Antiseptic Ointment
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Portable Water Container
  • Matches & Lighter
  • Flashlight
  • Bleed Arrest Powder ( To Seal Wounds & Stop Bleeding )
  • Required Medications
  • GPS Tracking
  • Long lasting energy bars
  • Electrolyte powder
  • Mylar Emergency blanket
  • Sunscreen
  • Arnica
Depending on your medical conditions, if any, you should always bring medication for at least 3-4 days. If you get lost, you’ll have essential medications on hand, and for those with heart conditions or diabetes, this could actually save your life. Make sure you have a GPS tracking device, and tell your loved ones where you’re going and when you expect to return; these simple steps could make all the difference in the event that you do become lost.
Keep a list of supplies in the kit so you can cross them out as they get used up, making it easier to remember what you need to replace before the next outing
Whether you’re going on a one day hike or plan on spending a few days camping, it’s critical to bring a first aid kit; it’s a must for hikers and outdoors men alike!
Have we missed anything? What are your must-haves for your hikes?