Tune in Daily at 5PM for the entire month
of April and watch Alison with special guests.
They will share tips, tricks and information
on reducing waste and impact.

30 Days, Zer0 Waste, Zer0 Impact

Hey Metro Vancouver!

I'm Alison Richards and for 30 days, starting on April 1st, 2011 I'll be monitoring and documenting my actions and activities while striving to live with the least amount of impact and creating zero waste. This interactive web site is meant to serve as a portal for your participation. Chat with me during my daily 5PM web cast or post your tips and suggestions on the Facebook page. I hope to create a ripple of change through awareness and focusing on making one small change each day.

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Day Twenty Two - April 22nd, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

*Earth Day Celebration*
Not Your Average Walk in the Park

April 22nd, 23rd & 24th - 10am to 4pm
Robert Burnaby Park

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Link of the day - Scraps 4770 Main St. - The Green General Store

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City woman explores
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By Jennifer Moreau,
Burnaby Now link



I just picked something off the kitchen floor and ate it thinking it might have been a piece of pretzel, but it also could have been pet kibble or a dried up piece of shiitake mushroom. Wasn't wearing my glasses... Still not sure what it was! Oh well...WASTE NOT, WANT NOT! Despite the fact that Shun is fussy about the garbage recycling, and I'm a total freak about our clothes, we both have a cavalier attitude towards cleaning house! Guess I didn't get the clean-freak DNA that our fabulous mothers seem to have so much of! LOL!

Anyway, that's not why I'm writing. I just wanted to let you know that the plum, peach and cherry blossoms are finished, and it's now time for the azaleas and rhododendrons; the cityscape and countryside is going to be covered in miles and miles, and mounds and mounds, and banks and banks of fuchsia, pink, red and white blooms. The wisteria has also started opening and we're going to have over 200 (!!!) blooms this year covering the arbor on the roof! So excited I could wee!

This is also not why I'm writing! The latest blooms reminded me that the warm weather is right around the corner, and it's time to start getting ready for bare arms and legs, shorts, t-shirts, sandals, bikinis, little dresses and strapless evening gowns. Time to start beautifying!

PEDICURES! Feet should be scrubbed, buffed and properly cared for! That includes all you guys out there as well! Your women folk do NOT like gnarly feet! There is nothing more off-putting. Gnarly hands are kinda hot, but grungy feet and toenails are just plain gross!

EXFOLIATE! Nothing like a good scrub down once a day to get rid of dead skin that clogs pores and makes your skin look dull. I find loofahs too stiff, so always use a scratchy long towel-like thing to keep me radiant! Bathing is a very important part of Japanese culture; onsen (hot-springs), sento (the neighbourhood bath-house), and the family bath at home, and everyone scrubs down until they are positively pink and glowing. Teenagers with problem skin will also benefit from a daily light exfoliation! (Don't overdo it though; go gently!) Hairy guys with hairy backs that are prone to ingrown hairs will also notice a difference a good scrubbing makes. (Ali, you should add the link for that YouTube video of the guy with the sebaceous cyst on his shoulder!). LOL!

MOISTURIZE! I used to use all the fancy skin products, but gave up and just use Nivea on my face after every time I shave. Does the trick. Olive oil is also amazing for your skin. Not the cooking kind, but the kind you get from a drugstore; lovely to smooth all over yourself. Have a hot bath, get all squeaky clean, then SLATHER yourself from head to toe. This is lots of fun to do with a friend! Then lie down on a beach towel or old sheet and chill for about an hour to let the oil work its magic. Blot yourself lightly and put on old pyjamas (the oil will stain) and go to sleep still slightly oily. When you greet the rosy-fingered dawn the next day you will be ASTOUNDED at how soft your skin is!

TAN TOPLESS! Nothing more unsightly than tan lines when you're wearing a barely-there evening gown or cocktail dress. My mom ALWAYS tanned without a top for just that very reason! (Think she'll kill me for writing that?!). I'm not the sun-bunny I used to be, but still like a bit of colour. Don't forget the sunscreen!

WAX! Don't forget to deal with all that unwanted hair that grew in over the winter! That includes you guys as well! A lot of women prefer their men smooth and buff while others like a hairier version, but I think that most women are totally grossed out by back and shoulder hair. Get rid of it! The first time will hurt like hell, but it's totally worth it. Suck it up men! For a really good laugh, watch Wanda Sykes on YouTube talking about the first time she got a bikini wax!!!

HYDRATE! Lots of water and my favourite, GREEN TEA! If you're not a huge water fan, as I'm not, add a splash of something sour, like grapefruit or lemon, to jazz it up a bit!

Well sweet cheeks, it's time to get my bag packed for a theatre weekend out of town, and have a bite to eat. Maybe I'll go see what I can forage off the kitchen floor! BUWAHAHAHA!!!



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