Keeping Green Resolutions

I was talking to some colleagues about New Year’s resolutions and one said his resolution was to try to not use any plastic bags.

This surprised me in that he isn’t the sort of person that you would readily identify as the “tree hugger” type. But then on further reflection I realized it actually made sense because the “plastic issue” seems to have gone pretty mainstream. I myself blogged about it last May in a post, “The Scarlett P.”

I’ve made a few resolutions myself this New Year and, I am happy to say, I am doing pretty well at keeping.

Except one.

The one that’s turning out to be the doozy is to drink less bottled water.

Death by Chocolate

My name is Julie and I am a Chocaholic.

Not to belitte anyone else’s addiction, but this is a serious problem for me.

And it’s become virtually impossible to control, because I am not sure if you’ve noticed, but right now chocolate is EVERYWHERE!! It’s in Holiday gift boxes sent to my office, from well-meaning friends bringing over hostess gifts and perhaps most importantly and most surprisingly in EVERY SINGLE DRUG STORE AISLE IN THE FORM OF VALENTINE’S GIFTS.

What did I miss?

Since when does Valentine’s Day start on January 4th?

Hello. We should at least have a 2-week grace period until January 15th. Right?

I know retailer’s are hard up…but trust me there is just not that much love to celebrate.

One of a Kind Gifts, On Demand

Here’s an interesting article in the New York Times: On the Web, Workshops That Help Shoppers Create One-of-a-Kind Gifts.

Sites like Zazzle.com, Blurb.com and Blue Nile can help you create everything from personalized stamps with your family’s photo, to a recipe book with pictures and handwritten recipes, to a custom designed diamond ring.

Unlike past customizable products (t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads), advances in manufacturing have significantly increased the quality, range and degree of customization of products.

Elf on the Shelf

Have you heard about this newest Christmas sensation and budding tradition? elf

It’s called Elf on the Shelf.

I think it’s been around a few years, it seems to be really gaining momentum with parents this season.

My understanding is the Elf watches the children to see if they’ve been naughty or nice. Every night he returns to the North Pole. And every morning he re-appears at a different location in the child’s house.

This last bit is what I think is so clever. By a simple act of moving the Elf, he is then rendered interactive.

Not in the wii or Nintendo DS Way, but in a much simpler and perhaps more powerful way through a combination of parental love and effort and childhood imagination.