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Minor Changes [Nov. 29th, 2008|10:50 am]
Lanette
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First, Pan's Labyrinth is not really a fantasy movie as much as a horror movie with some fantasy elements. Ugh. Gross scary disturbing film. Not the feel good movie of the year.


This is going to sound so silly coming from me, but here are some of the easy things that I've been doing or plan to do that make NO difference to me, and have even saved me money, but are better for others in some way, be it the environment, animals, or hassle wise.

1. Always carry a few bags in the trunk of your car, including a tote. Not only does it mean less trash, but it's just easier to carry things. I love having an old backpack and then when I shop it hurts my back pain less to carry things. I use my workout bag to grab lunch from the grocery store sometimes too.

2. You all know what a total cosmetic and bath product whore I am, but this year I decided to care a little after seeing some of what animals go through to be tested when it really isn't needed. Here's some of the product exchanging I did.
a. Went to the Aveda store and bought a HUGE color safe bottle of both the shampoo and conditioner. These come with a pump. It was expensive at the time, but it has lasted WELL over a year and I am able to go twice as long hair appointments. Also, look at how long, thick, and healthy my hair is compared to the start of the year. Not only do they not test on animals, but my hair smells good and they have green practices.

b. Lush is amazing. Not only do you get a discount for reusing your shampoo bar tins, bringing in your own bag, but they wrap your soap up in paper and do not test on animals. They have a sale right now going on and you can get free samples too. Get yourself a bubble bar (if you like bubble baths), a bar of soap in the fragrance you like, and a massage oil solid bar. The solids that turn into liquids save on ton on bottles.

c. I've switched to Bare Escentuals mineral makeup. No animal testing, and I use to little of it that there is less garbage produced. Not only that, but it's better for your skin! Buy the starter kit and check it out. If you want to try it, I LOVE to do makeup. Let me know when you want to come over and I'll do your makeup.

3. Still reusing plastic. I get plastic to do the cat litter. I also reuse the bags. If you NEED plastic bags, still ask for them at the grocery store. If you reuse them, ask around to see if anyone has extras.

4. My friend Chaundra stopped using bags and wrapping paper. Instead she used cheap christmas fabric to make reusable bags for all of the gifts for the family but one! What a fun idea! When a good sale is on I may go for this one. Better yet, what a nice way to recieve a gift? Wrapped in a handmade reusable Christmas bag? That's part of the gift itself.

5. Breaking out the reusable traditions of yore. Because I am a bit broke, I'll be sharing some of my Swedish ancestry this year with amazing cookies as part of gift decore. This takes time, but if you've ever had a few of these, they are like crack! I am giving out the recipe too so that my Swedish great great grandma's creativity lives on. It makes me feel good to share some of this stuff that takes more work and it's from the heart.

6. Giving YOU a break. If you feel one bit bad about being broke for the holidays, it would mean more to me to know you aren't stressing about me than to have a gift. A nice note or even plans for the future to catch a movie, or join me for tea would mean so much. It's not about the stuff. Let's get back to basics and the spirit of Christmas this year. We've never had more incentive to do so. Also, I LOVE things you make, like even a burned disk of music is very cool to me. I love used books, hand me down outfits, and even help to do something. You don't need money to give a great gift.

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[User Picture]From: gfrancie
2008-11-29 07:18 pm (UTC)
I love Aveda shampoo. I am a big fan of their stuff. Quality I tell you.

A fun thing you can do is make/buy a bag for someone as a gift and make it part of the gift. My Mom has sewed little fabric bags and then wrapped things up in ribbon.

Of course it is fun to take grocery sacks and turn them into gift wrap by stamping them and then you can recyle them.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-11-29 08:39 pm (UTC)
I love the Aveda shampoo too. When I bought it I thought it was a big "splurge", but I need so little of it to wash my hair that really it lasts long enough to be worth the money.

I haven't stamped any of the other grocery sacks. If you do so, post a photo for me. :) I'm getting in to this reuse thing. I think it can be fun in addition to doing some good.
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[User Picture]From: gfrancie
2008-11-30 05:19 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who has a little girl and being a little kid she is invited to a number of birthday parties and so one thing she does is have her daughter draw on a piece of paper and decorate it to make wrapping paper. It is kind of a more personal approach. (they also make their own greeting cards)

I will try and get some pictures of done up home-made wrapping paper.
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[User Picture]From: gfrancie
2008-12-01 09:46 pm (UTC)
Another fun thing to do, make wrapping paper out of old calender prints. Obviously this would work best for small gifts but you can get double use out of the wall calender and often the prints are really pretty. I have a friend who makes envelopes out of them.
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[User Picture]From: chloe_child
2008-11-29 08:55 pm (UTC)

YA! SURE!

i too, am Swede!
recipe me!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-11-29 09:09 pm (UTC)

Re: YA! SURE!

I'll wait until I have the pictures to go with it! Photos and recipes soon. :) Ahhh, I love this part of the holidays.

Due to my emotional overeating and ongoing weight battles I have a holiday eating/cooking plan, so I don't make my cookies until 2 weeks before the real Christmas starts. That way they are fresh and tasty, but I'm not eating junk the entire month. I know some people have the restraint to just eat one and have a balanced meal, but I'm not there yet, so I have to work with a plan so I can enjoy the best parts of the holiday including the traditional food treats, but not end up making myself sick and crazy. It's hard to shop and decorate and spend time with friends/family when you are totally obsessed about eating another cookie (seriously, it's still that bad for me). Anyhow, yay Swedes! The red hair comes from my Swedish side. The great uncles had the red hair and blue/grey eyes that my brother and I got.
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[User Picture]From: stephanieanne
2008-11-29 09:44 pm (UTC)
I absolutely could not handle Pan's Labyrinth...I was FULLY expecting something else. I knew I would hate it when the poacher scene came on. That movie literally made me sick to my stomach :(
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-11-29 09:51 pm (UTC)
It was terrible. Bleh. OMG. What a disturbing movie. It was a HORROR film. I can't believe they tried to pretend it wasn't.
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[User Picture]From: puppie
2008-11-29 11:22 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, I love Lush. My skin loves Lush, too. Too bad there aren't any Lush stores in Austin. :-( I stocked the hell up at the St. Louis store before my move, but unfortunately the DreamTime bath melts all melted during the drive. The bath bombs made it, though.

I thought of you yesterday when I was flipping through the Lush Times newsletter and noticed all the bath bombs with glitter. :-)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-11-30 01:19 am (UTC)
You know, I love glitter, but I'm over bath bombs that relax me just to make me clean the tub. I'm into the bubble bars more now.

I really like the perfume solids too!
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[User Picture]From: alicroc
2008-11-30 12:21 am (UTC)
there was a scene involving someones head getting crushed with a flashlight..that literally made me sick to my stomach...i can't even think about it without wanting to the bathroom and hurl...i literally stopped watching it from there...after it was over i crawled out from behind my husband's shoulder and i probably went and watched one of my kids mvoies like Lilo and Stich to excorsize the demons that that film was putting in my head. My husband and brother watched it....they weren't terribly impressed either.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-11-30 01:20 am (UTC)
That was just GROSS, but not even the worst part. I kept my eyes shut during like half of the movie. It was so upsetting.
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[User Picture]From: alicroc
2008-11-30 03:16 pm (UTC)
wowzers! If that WASNT the worse part then I'm REALLY glad I stopped watching it after that...cuz its been months and months since i saw it and it still gives me the willies.
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[User Picture]From: alitria
2008-11-30 05:52 am (UTC)
I've been wanting to try mineral make-up but my skin is so picky I've been nervous. Perhaps we can make a girly make-up date?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-11-30 07:33 am (UTC)
That would be awesome! I can help you with the skin options. My skin is sensitive and peely sometimes too.
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[User Picture]From: dkstwin
2008-12-01 06:22 pm (UTC)
I kind of liked Pan's Labrynth. It was dark, and definitely had some horror elements. They do kind of leave you hanging at the end. Does the girl die or does she really go to live with the elves or whatever they were. There was the time Pan let her out of the locked room...but yeah, not for kids or squeemish people. The CG and makeup were amazing though. The most disturbing movie I've ever seen was 7. Holy crap! Talk about a psychological nightmare! After I watched that, suddenly horror movies weren't all that bad.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2008-12-01 07:34 pm (UTC)
With you on that one! I didn't really LIKE pan's labrynth - I wanted more closure in the end, but the movie 7 totally freaked me out. Awesome movie - but I can't ever even THINK of watching it again.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-01 07:40 pm (UTC)
I hate horror films, and the torture is just the WORST for me. I hate that stuff.

If you guys liked Pan's Labrynth, try The Pianist. They throw helpless old disabled guys over the balcony. I hate seeing the worst of human nature. I'm sensitive, so I don't need to see it to make sure it never happens again.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2008-12-01 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh! I'll swap my fudge recipe for your cookie recipe! I make big batches of fudge and as a family we walk around the neighborhood, Justin pulls Liam in the wagon and pass out plates of it on Christmas Eve (to those who are still home). I try to make divinity and cookies as well, but don't always manage.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-01 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'll phost once I make them with the recipe. They are a major pain in the butt, but SO good.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2008-12-12 01:21 am (UTC)
Are you making the Swedish sandwich cookies or the Swedish potato starch cookies? Because both our mother and I will be making the sandwich cookies this year.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-12 01:24 am (UTC)
Remember, I'm not going to be here at Christmas. I'll be in Portland, so I'm making both. I'll be at the cabin just the night of the 21st and the day of the 22nd.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2008-12-12 05:29 pm (UTC)
*pouts* Well we're not coming until Christmas night, so I'll miss you. So, maybe karaoke on the 20th? Amy and Angela are already invited and have said they're coming. I think I'll invite Kelley and Carla as well.
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