Monday, January 7, 2013

A Peace Of Love // Reviews v. 01

In about two weeks while working at Ross Dress For Less, our car broke down. At first, everything seemed like hell. Going to run errands, getting groceries, going to work...all of it. Just pure hell.

Toughing it out, we walked everywhere on a daily basis. In combination of a three person household with a child, we each walked at least seven to ten miles per day. In total, that is far more than any average US citizen would walk in a given week if they were even lucky. But to add that on every single day for six months straight?

That would give the average US citizen a heart attack just from the thought, let alone having to actually do it.

There was this one instance where David, Zak (in a stroller, one mile is enough torture for a kid to walk) and I ended up walking all over town (approximately seven miles, not including the rest of what we had to walk later on that evening) to get food at food banks.

Just for the record, before anyone wants to judge us on our circumstance, we live in a home that has a total of $1500 in bills (which is the state average for those with two-individual income and a child on the minimum with no cable, no phone and no luxuries). At the time, Wilson and I did not have a job and was solely supported by David's income. So it was a major blessing for Wilson and I to have found a job when we did, or we really would have been on the streets and that just wasn't going to happen. What we did without a car and three jobs, was to support us in every way possible without starving ourselves to death (it would have been nice to receive Food Stamps, but we were "over-income").

My main goal in 2012 was to support my family and to get them back on their feet. That meant to have a job long enough to get everyone on their feet and to get Food Stamps so we could get bus passes while we waited on getting the car fixed. Adding Andre to the addition of our already three individual home with a kid, was just the icing on the cake. It helped me with being able to stay-at-home to watch my son and our animals, to manage the home, to start the jobs I originally wanted to do while working at Ross and to have more time for things that truly meant something to me, while he worked alongside Wilson and David at an operational business.

                                                                       [ c/o Fred Novicki & Dumpster ]

But back to the original story of walking seven miles to Food Banks across the entire town of Grand Junction. We ended up leaving at 10 and wound up arriving back home at 3 in the afternoon. Five hours people, five!? Add that onto the 20 pounds of food we each had to carry.

You would think that we would have slowed down just to smell the roses. Wrong!

David and I ended up organizing all the food we got into our refridgerator and pantry (which took at least some 30 odd minutes) before deciding on taking a break. This break so-called turned into watching a documentary named Dive! Living Off America's Waste.

"Inspired by a curiosity about our country's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food - resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action."

You would think that since we live in an economy with millions of families who starve on a daily basis, the economy would do something about it. Well you my friend, are most definitely wrong. At least for some people out there, they wind up like Jeremy Seifert who have been given the wrong hand in life and turn it into something positive. Something ful-filling and what can seem like the world to those who really need it. To coordinate and transport food to homeless shelters, food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens, seven days a week.

To me, this man is truly inspiring. Inspiring enough that I will dwelve into the realms I would have never wanted to go in because of the waste involved, just to put more food on the table for my family and to coordinate a plan in order to reduce the amount of food just thrown out...

...when it can clearly be given to those who truly need it. Our economy.

Beauty, Hair & Style // Hair Secrets v. 01

Have you ever watched Shameless (the American version anyway)? Just note on why I ask specifically for the American version: much more raw (can you handle nudity? our family can..), easy-to-follow, and entertainingly brutal than the British version can ever be. Props to the British version for being the first, but Michael Hissrich (the producer) made the US version more appealing to its audience.

The American version follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk (even leaving the states several times without knowing, which is extremely hilarious in my opinion - but that's up for you to decide when you watch it), his kids learn to take care of themselves (mainly with Fiona, the eldest girl, in charge).

Now let me tell you, raising one kid is NOT easy (even on a two individual salary)...but five others to feed, house and what not, I honor Fiona's ability to do so without loosing her sanity. She makes sure that e.v.e.r.y. single dollar is stretched so it makes a good use for what the children and the home really need, without Frank's back-stabbing help.

[ c/o Examiner ]

In honor of the show and the mere fact that every little thing must count, I decided to take the action upon myself a month ago when we had no money toward shampoo for like a few days (mind you, we're not poor...we just forgot to buy shampoo before we paid the bills!). I figured that since I really needed to wash my hair and our Dawn dish soap was available, I figured heck, why not?! The worst it can do is make my hair dry for a few days. The reaction of the Dawn in my hair as opposed to what I originally thought, took me by shock. It was so silky after a normal shampoo and conditioner routine that I had to try it again the next time I washed my hair.

The same thing happened the very next time I washed my hair, which simply made me fall in love with the idea of saving money on shampoo while helping the environment of grease spills. Fiona, you're a lifesaver.

(What I recommend is to use it every week, at least once a week to clarify your hair of all the natural oil build-up. I used regular shampoo the third time and it made it even more silkier than what my hair originally felt like the first time before I used the Dawn dish soap).

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