Hooked on Green

I attended a trade show last week in sunny San Diego, my former hometown; while there I had the chance to do some shopping of course; for some reason, important things sometimes escape my attention, and sometimes, I have to admit it takes me a while to catch on to the latest and greatest happenings.

Ok, so, has anyone heard of TOMS one for one movement?  I’m sure everyone has and I’m probably one of the last people to realize who they were and what a great company they are!  How it works, basically you indulge yourself buying these cute shoes, and you can even feel good about spending the money, because, for each pair of shoes you purchase for yourself, one pair is donated to a needy child, how great is that! I bought three pairs instantly! And I’m planning on buying for Christmas a pair for each member of my family, a total of about 20 pairs!  TOMS even makes itty-bitty ones for babies, I got some of those too!

Needless to say, I came home with renewed commitment for Ammee’s Blankets for Babies fund.  We are implementing our very own “Love One, Give One” movement and you can be a part of it!  It’s simple, buy a blanket only, enter coupon code LV1GV1, for every blanket you purchase at full price, we will donate one to a needy child somewhere around the world, and you won’t even have to pay the shipping for your blanket! (Valid only in the USA, sorry)…coupon is also valid for blankets only and it does not apply to sale or clearance items.  I know, if we give everything away we won’t be around very long:)

We have use the LDS Humanitarian Center since 2008 to take the blankets we donate to needy children; they will take your donated blanket to a needy child somewhere around the world:)  Truly, together we can make the world a little softer and warmer for a needy child.  Think about it, how much easier can it get? It’s a win-win situation!  Here is a list of other companies that offer the same one for one opportunity www.mashable.com you might want to do some Christmas shopping:)

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550x250 whats new organic terryWe’re so excited to use a different fabric for our hemstitched products, our hemstitching machine prefers to work with flannel only, whenever we try a different material it throws the biggest fits and decides not to sew!  For this very reason, we are thrilled to say that organic cotton terry is now one of our fabrics of choice.

Our terry towel and burps are soft and luxurious for your special baby, they are washable and so functional; they are meant to be used many times over.  Available in 3 Burp Bundles and a large, 27″ x 27″ Towel with Hoodie.  Sorry, available in natural color only.

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Check our new organic baby accessories.  These  baby accessories do not require finishing, they are ready to use!  For those of you looking for a unique Utah designed baby gift, we’ve got it!  We know you will love these soft, comfortable, washable and chic baby accessories.  You won’t be disappointed, we promise, or your money back.
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Double-sided Blankets, Bibs, Hats and Booties!  available in three different colors, Leaf, River and Earth.  Available now!

TNNA show in San Diego, more new products coming February: Car Seat Canopy & Embellishments!
Of course we had to have an excuse to take my new natural gas car to San Diego, yeap, TNNA.  The National NeedleArts Association trade show was taking place in SD over the weekend.  We were able to stop and shop for a few hours, check to see what’s new and exciting in the yarn and thread industry and pick up a few goodies.  Make sure to check back to see what’s new; we will be posting pictures of the new products soon

Our new product for February is an awesome Baby Car Seat Canopy.  This useful baby shield will keep your baby protected from the cold winter winds and snow and will protect him/her from the sun on those hot sunny days.  We suggest you try finishing the edge our traditional way, with a crochet edging, or you may finish the edge with satin or any other way you might want, let your creativity guide you!  We picked up a couple of embellishment at TNNA to finish your canopy; make it fun and playful with our new big, round, colorful, eye candy buttons or make it fancy with a touch of ribbon.  Enjoy!

California here we come!
For those of you wondering if you can drive to San Diego from SLC in a natural gas car, here’s some helpful information.  So, I finally got my green Honda NGV, and I’m ready to try it out and push it to its limits.  I get on www.cngchat.com and start searching for gas stations along I-15 from Provo to San Diego, I actually live in Highland, but the first gas station is in Orem, which is right next to Provo
J; I found great info at www.cleancarmaps.com, for stations in Nevada and California, I print the list of gas stations that sell natural gas in Utah, Nevada and California and we are on our way!  We leave Orem with a full tank; Orem has a great gas station with very easy freeway access, open 24/7 and takes VisaJ. Next we stop in Fillmore, UT, this was a bit scary, the pump actually smelled like gas and we were a little intimidated by how old it was; you have to pay inside, it doesn’t take a credit card and we are told they close at 10:00 pm M-S, this means, on the way back we have to make sure we make it by 10:00 to that gas station, or we will be stranded for the nightL.  Our next stop is in St. George, UT, we find that the gas station there is a Shell location right off the freeway, it takes Visa and it’s open 24/7, I’m so excited we’ve made it to St. George!  We make a stop in Vegas, the station there is off Cheyenne exit, new and well kept, the pressure is great, off we go to the next stop in Barstow, we got off the wrong exit, so we actually had to drive the length of Main street to find the city’s refill station on the other end of town, the pressure was great, we did get off the right exit on our way back, and found the gas stations just off the 58 freeway, the station was clean and well kept.  We have plenty of fuel to get us to San Diego, where we arrive with a quarter of a tank; we filled up at the Shell gas station by the airport, also a regular gas station with a great pump.  We make our way back stopping at the same locations, total fuel cost, $56.50 for the round trip, my NGV Honda performed great with a total of 34 miles per gallon!  All in all, our trip was uneventful and fun, even if the prices for regular gas were about the same as natural gas, zero emissions is definitely a plusJ.  

Your NGV car is here, would you like to come and pick it up?
After six months on a waiting list, I finally received a call from the dealer.  My Tea Leaf Green Honda Civic has arrived!  It’s a bit scary to think about how limited my choices will be of places to gas up, one station in Orem, about 15 minutes south from my home and a few more around the SL area, and that’s it!  I ask the salesman, can I drive it to San Diego?  “Sure”, he says, “I’ve heard of customers making the trip down there, you’ll have to research where the gas stations are along the way”.  I pick up my new car with anticipation; I hope it will be as nice as I remember it, the color mostly, I’ve always had a thing for black cars, and now I’m buying a tea leaf green one???

I’m delighted with the color and we drive it home, my excitement grows as I tell my husband, let’s go to San Diego next weekend!  I really want to know if it’s possible to drive my new natural gas car to SD, I want to know how much it will cost me and I want to test the possibilities.  So, last week we decided we would go to San Diego and do a thing or two while we’re there.

My commitment to go green. . .Go Prius!
After I was introduced to the many possibilities on how to be a better citizen of the world, and with the desire to make my life simpler, and greener, I don’t know if this had to do with being in my late forties, but regardless, I felt the need for a change; first, I started to read more about our environmental issues, then I hooked up with www.treehugger.com, where I learned many tips on how to be green!  I was also tired of my gas-guzzler, black, Land Rover, I was ready for a greener car.  I researched for months, surfing the internet and checking out chat rooms, where green people go, you know; that’s were I found out about the Prius.  I decided I was ready for a green change and I finally went for it, I traded in my Land Rover for a Prius.  Needless to say, I’ve had my Prius for over two and a half years, with over 69K miles and still performing to my pleasing, I have to say that I loved and still love it.  Is it bad to love a car??? I don’t know, but I love this one!  Of course, since I was getting 43 miles per gallon, yeah, I know, I was never able to go above 43, even though some people claim above 50s, mine just didn’t want to do that
L, however, 43 has been great for meJ, my boys always wanted to borrow it for long trips, specially last summer when gas prices hit over 4 bucks per gallon.  I have to say that, if you ever want to make the move, I can tell you that my Prius has been a great little green car, we took it to San Diego, several times, it has been every where!!!  AND still does, AND, I have never had a problem with it, it has a lot of torque, speed, with aggressive tires, it performs well when we have tons of snow, yeah, if you don’t invest into a good set of snow tires, you will be sliding all over the road, and for some reason, the Prius just stops as soon as it senses it’s slippingL, my husband hated it when it did that, that’s why he took off one day and went and got new tires for itJ.

Well, my little Prius is ready to be traded in for an even greener car, I have done a lot of research on NGVs, (natural gas vehicles), and the idea of having a car that has zero emissions was very inviting.  After weeks and weeks of research on the internet and talking to people that owned one, I decided to go for it; I went to Larry H. Miller, in SLC, put my $500 deposit on it, and went on their waiting list; I was proudly number 390 on their waiting list!  It would take six months to get my Honda Civic NGV, Tea Leaf Green, and basic model.  I have no problem waiting, I’m not in a hurry, I still have my Prius and it should be go through the gas price craze.  So I wait, for six months, hoping that some one would drop off the list and by some miracle I get moved up to the front, but, no such luck.  

You decide what gets in
Here’s a great site I found while reading a little “green book”; log on to this address, www.catalogchoice.org, create an account for free, and start getting rid off all those obnoxious catalogs in your mailbox!

What’s your “Carbon Footprint”?
If you’ve ever wondered how much energy you and your family use, stop wondering! Here’s a link for you to find out what your carbon footprint is, take a few minutes to figure it out; you can learn how addicted you are to fuel and most important, how to overcome your addiction.

Good Reads
I recently purchased a little book that caught my attention, “Go Green, Live Rich” by David Bach. I remember the moment my green light went on. It seems like I knew it all along. I was born to be green, I just didn’t listen to that little voice inside my head. Then, I came across one of my favorite sites, treehugger.com. Just by accident, I discovered a whole new “green” community! Since then, I have made changes in my life to live a green life; three years ago, I traded my Land Rover for a Prius, which I absolutely love; I make sure I use green products and I stay up-to-date on energy saving tips. Hence, my purchase of the little green book; its easy reading, sound advice and practical tips, will help anyone that’s interested in riding the wonderful green road get started, and save money too! And, who doesn’t want to save money?