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50 Shades of Green #25

Posted by Roch Boisvert on April 8, 2015 - 12:26pm

Create an Emergency Kit & Family Plan

Whatever you decide to use for creating a family emergency plan is not as important as getting a plan in place for those unforeseen incidents. The idea of an emergency is that it is not planned! Many of us fly through life by the seat of our pants and work hard for time to get food on the table. Yet emergencies are difficult enough to go through; why make it harder? Different types of plans, with varying degrees of complexity can be created and an online tool, such as one of the links below, can make that necessary...

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50 Shades of Green #24

Posted by Tammy Hrab on April 1, 2015 - 3:06pm

You Can Make your Own Cleaners... Really!



For some, this is a therapeutic activity that relieves stress and calms the mind.  For many others, however, it is quite the opposite.  The act of cleaning one’s home can sometimes bring up feelings of stress and anxiety, not to mention the assault of chemicals needed to clean.

But there is a natural solution!  Natural cleaners are easy to make, so so so cheap, and make you feel so productive and homemaker-ish!  Think about the satisfaction of...

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We Did It In The Dark

Posted by Tammy Hrab on March 31, 2015 - 4:22pm
North Peace, NEAT

On March 28, Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) held their 3rd annual 5 K Run to celebrate Earth Hour at the Northern Lights College  in Fort St. John.  Participants were encouraged to turn everything off at home and do something outside.

All ages and abilities attended the run.  Participants ranged from children to adults and Chihuahua s to Rottweiler’s as they stood ready at the start line.  The first person across the finish line completed the 5 K in just over 20 minutes!

A big thank you to the supporters of this event: BC Hydro, GFL...

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50 Shades of Green #23

Posted by Tammy Hrab on March 24, 2015 - 5:03pm

Compliment Someone Every Day

I turn on the radio in the morning to listen to the news while I get ready for work.  The top headlines are usually how many were killed by a suicide bomber, who was shot on the street, a body was found in the woods, or a plane crashed and there were no survivors.  This doesn’t get anyone started on a positive note.  Why don’t good things get more attention than the bad?  I follow that negative start with complaining because my kids wouldn’t get out of bed, or that it is too cold outside....

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50 Shades of Green #22

Posted by Susan McGarvey on March 18, 2015 - 10:45am

Red Cup, Blue Cup, Green Cup...Reusable Cup?


Hey, I get it.  Really, I do.  Coffee, that warm,steaming cup of pure golden bliss, I get it. I get the desire, need…even the addiction to that beautiful cup of caffeinated heaven.  It’s my favourite morning treat.  Some would say it’s my morning necessity (I admit it; mornings and I are not friends, not even close acquaintances.  Mornings are, in fact, my nemesis!).  And let’s not forget you drinkers of tea.  You are not exempt from the...

50 Shades of Green #21

Posted by Fort St. John Office on March 12, 2015 - 1:10pm

Check Something off you TO DO List!

We often feel that we are juggling multiple balls in the air and don’t know how we can possibly get everything done. One of the best ways I have found to organize my day is to write everything down on a TO DO list. It is a great reminder of things we want to complete or certain thing we have planned throughout the day. One of the best things about creating a TO DO list is that there is no wrong way of making one.  It can be done in any way that makes the most sense to YOU. Pen to paper, cell phone app, working...

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50 Shades of Green #20

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on March 3, 2015 - 2:32pm

Use Real Towels

I was wondering through the one of the dollar type stores in town a while ago. I have no idea what made me do it, but I picked up this pack of toilet paper and flipped it over. There on the back, in big, bold letters was this: MADE FROM 100% VIRGIN FIBRE.

Now, juvenile chuckles aside, what the heck are we doing being proud of cutting down trees to wipe our butts then flush it away? Anyone have any ideas, because I’m stumped on this one! As Yoda could have predicted, this got me thinking about all of the paper products that we...

50 Shades of Green #19

Posted by Fort St. John Office on February 24, 2015 - 1:08pm

Get Outside!


GET OUTSIDE! I’ll be honest with you. I was extremely excited about this week’s blog topic. I love the outdoors. I love running, I love hiking, I love camping, anything that allows me to enjoy nature and the great outdoors. Now, you might be thinking, “Jacquie, it’s February and we just had a cold snap averaging -30… Why would I want to be outside?” Good point, it IS February, and it IS cold. But I would like to point out that it can be just as much fun spending time outside during the winter...

50 Shades of Green #18

Posted by Students and vo... on February 18, 2015 - 10:48am

Composting all Winter!

Ok – I’ll be the first to admit that this winter, I totally slacked at continuing to compost once the cold weather hit!  Actually I had a valid excuse (I mean reason); FRUIT FLIES! I was honestly trying to avoid those nasty little bugs and by not having my compost pail full of fruit and veggie scraps, they wouldn’t have any reason to make my kitchen their home.  But then, the non-composting continued beyond fruit fly season and I started to feel pangs of guilt when I tossed my potato peelings and carrot tops...

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Do you Re-use? Please take our Survey

Posted by Tammy Hrab on February 16, 2015 - 12:05pm
North Peace, NEAT

Do these shelves look like something you would like to create in your home? What are your options for getting these materials? NEAT is researching the possibility of a "re-use" store in Fort St. John. We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to answer this survey to give us a better idea of the interest for this in our area.

Building Material and Re-use Survey

Thank you for your help!