Baby Steps: Switching to an All Organic and Non-GMO Lifestyle

How I plan on going 100% organic and non-GMO: Baby Steps.

Yes, there are plenty of not organic and even processed foods and beauty products in my household but I plan on finishing what I have and replacing them with their organic and non-GMO counterparts as they have been used.

Starting this week, I placed an order with Udder Milk, a creamery co-op for some farm fresh milk, eggs, yogurt, custard and berries. Was it super cheap? No. But I can tell you now that it was completely worth it. Everything we ordered was amazing and delicious and I can’t wait to order from them again. Not only were the products great, but if you aren’t close to a pick up zone or are too preggo/lazy to pick up (like me), they will deliver the goods straight to your house (no delivery fee!). Plus, I totally messed up my first order by accidentally saying I would pick up in Brooklyn (something must have went wrong on my computer that day) and they were able to deliver to me next day after I called them about my issue. It’s nice to deal with people who care about their business and want to make sure the customers needs/wants are met.

Although I frequently go to Farmer’s Markets when I am in the Catskills, I usually don’t go when I am home – which for now is most weekends. I know that the farmer’s market in Union Square can be pricey so I am never inclined to go too often and it’s not very close to where I live. This weekend, I made up my mind that we would go to the Bronxville Farmer’s Market. We were able to get some fresh caught Sea Bass from Montauk and several types of vegetables and fruits- all for very reasonable prices, yes cheaper than buying Organic/Non-GMO in the grocery store!

All in all, I was very happy about my first foray into official organic and non-GMO eating and I am recommending all of you to try it. Obviously, it can be expensive but if you play your cards right you will save money by ordering meats in bulk, buying produce (as much as you can) from a farmer’s market you can really cut down your food budget and still eat clean. Plus the health benefits are tremendous. There’s no need to put excess chemicals into your body when you don’t have to. It’s not the way we were intended to eat.

Now I just need to work on my meal planning and this process will really be taking off!

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standing up for yourself

Hello Everyone,

Today is #BossLadyWednesday and initially I struggled about what to post. Yes, I am new to blogging and my editorial calendar is still very much in the works. What I have promised myself is that at minimum I will post my Boss Lady Wednesday posts every week. So as I was sinking about what to write to you on my weekly post about how to be a boss lady, I realized that there was an issue in my professional role that I needed to address recently.

After the issue was mentioned to me – I immediately reacted but it did not express my true sentiments about the situation to the person who brought it up. I got on the train, read my book and on the walk home I realized how much this issue upset me. It served as a reminder to me that even though we have no formal rules against X, because you are one to bend when we ask, we are asking you to limit doing X.

I was pissed. I spoke to B about it and decided that I would write an email – which he attempted to convince me not to do. Then, I spoke to my mother about it. Finally, I sent an email that I would not regret. The response I received lacked heart but addressed that the issue should have never been brought up in the first place, as it was not an issue with our organization.

There was no negative backlash, no dramatic results, just an admission that “hey this should not have been brought up to you when there is no formal policy about it”.

It is hard to stand up for yourself, especially when it means standing up to a supervisor or even a higher entity, but it is so important to address something that makes you uncomfortable, or is inappropriate as long as you handle it in the appropriate manner. If you have an issue with your boss and it’s the first time this has happened, I think it is important for you to talk to them about how you are feeling. If it’s the second time, I would bring it up to them again in an email where you reference that this is the second time the issue has happened. Email trails can help you if anything goes sour one way or the other but we are hoping that this issue is minor. If it comes to this, three strikes and you are out. I find it would be most appropriate to speak to your HR department and if you don’t have one, I imagine that their boss would be the next place to go.

Standing up for yourself is not easy but it will help you appreciate yourself, be appreciated by others, and most importantly keep you happy. Stewing over an issue without addressing it will cause you extra stress and is bad for your overall well being. So if you are reading this and realizing that there is something that you need to take care of, use this as a source of inspiration to make things better in your life. If you have any questions about how to handle a situation, please feel free to comment below or email me.

Thanks for reading!

Cartwheel

Last night, B broke our French Press. It was very sad because ever since I started using a French press, I will never use a coffee maker again (unless I have to). The French press is wonderful for a variety of reasons:

  1. Combined with an electric tea kettle, you can make coffee very quickly.
  2. The coffee tastes much better, richer, etc.
  3. It is so much easier to clean than a regular coffee machine.
  4. If you make coffee in the morning and have leftovers, you can store it overnight and it’s equivalent to drinking cold brew DELICIOUS!
  5. It takes up very little space on your counter, which is great because we have limited counter space in our current apartment.
  6. It is inexpensive $20 and you have a brand new French press!

Armed with the need to replace our French Press and to stock up on food, we set out for Target. But this time, I was determined to benefit from using Cartwheel. I have yet to speak of my love of Target but it’s about to come out – Target is so wonderful, I love being in there and being able to buy a bunch of things (now new goal is only things I need) the prices are affordable but I have always felt that their sales were very limited.

The second Target came up with an app for the iPhone, I downloaded it. You can bet that every Target trip I made, I used the coupons available on the Target app. But, much to my dismay, they hardly ever applied to what I was buying. Later on, I downloaded Cartwheel but because I never took the time to understand how it worked, I never benefited from the app either.

Anyway for those of you who are avid Target shoppers and didn’t exactly think through Cartwheel, I am about to explain its glory to you.

  1. Go around Target with your shopping list and get everything you need. *I am advising you not to indulge here because a. I want to save you money and b. I want to discourage the idea of buying things you do not need. 
  2. When you are finished, pull out your phone and open Cartwheel.
  3. Press the little search button on top and then click scan bar code.
  4. Proceed to scan all of the items in your cart and if they have a coupon code, it will pop up and ask you to add to your list of 10 savings.
  5. If you have more than 10 deals, you are going to have to do some math on which will be most beneficial.
  6. If you know what you want ahead of time, and know exactly what you are buying you can front load your Cartwheel before getting to the store, but since I often do food shopping at Aldi, I was not sure what my options were going to be at Target.

Last night I was able to save on more than half of the items in my cart. I felt spectacular and now Cartwheel will be my best friend for any future Target runs. Happy Tuesday and Happy Shopping !