ShiftCon: Inspiring Change

October is a busy month. The month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Vegetarian Awareness, and even more health related awareness campaigns. There are important days set aside to speak out for important causes: World Animal Day, International Day of the Girl, and even today is Octopus Awareness Day.

Re-Think The Pink

#ReThinkThePink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No more pinkwashing! photo via @floursackmama

But this year October is also a power month, ready to take on the awareness and effect real inspiring change. It was also the inaugural ShiftCon Conference in Los Angeles. What does this mean?

1. I was able to spend time in person with influential bloggers, non-profits, and brands that are educating and effecting change for eco-wellness. It isn’t every day you are in the same room as Leah Segedie, Dr. Greene, Healthy Child Healthy World, Women’s Voices For The Earth, Breast Cancer Fund, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Traditional Medicinals, Stonyfield, and the other amazing keynote speakers, panelists, and change makers.

2.  I was able to remind myself that collective wisdom is powerful. I don’t need to know everything so long as I align myself with voices that complement mine. Together we are a deep well of knowledge.

3. We don’t have to always agree to effect change. I may not alway agree with another blogger’s tactics, or a non-profits specific campaign, but when we stand together more often than not we make things happen.

4. Just because it is a conference with hundreds of people does not mean we have to sacrifice quality of food or resort to lots of waste. Sponsors provided amazing food, drinks, cocktails, and more – plus composting! It was incredible.

5. It is important to bring people together in this way to spark that inspiration that may be hiding under endless soccer schedules, laundry, other work, and sometimes the depressing nature of what we do. I don’t think anyone came away without optimism and a goal for the future. That is something to celebrate!

 Are you ready to make the SHIFT? Let me know what you are most passionate about in the comments!

Tea on a Rainy Day, Changing the World


Traditional MedicinalsIt is a sit by the window, watching the rain fall, sipping tea kind of day. The wet drops from the sky we’ve so badly needed in West are finally here, and here to stay for a while. The weeks packed with early mornings rushing to school and work, then at a turn of the hat to music lessons, soccer, rock climbing, football, or laughing with friends over a good book.

In one week I get to fly to sunny LA and meet with many like-minded people from all over to escape just a little into the world of change makers. I imagine this will be quite the experience and I hope you follow me on Facebook and twitter as I update as often as possible with the great information that will be presented.


I was given this box of tea goodness from Traditional Medicinals for my participation in ShiftCon. My opinions are my own as they can never be bought.

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Top 7 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cast Iron

Eco-Friendly Cast Iron Benefits

I grew up in the era of nonstick cookware reigning supreme. My first set of pans in college were all coated in, what we know now to be, toxic chemicals that are found in the bloodstream of almost every American. This includes newborns.

Yet, I continued to buy several more sets because that was one did when the coating inevitable became flaky, pieces coming off into our food, and became sticky. Why I thought pans needed to be replaced so often I am not really sure.

Now I have realized the wonders of cast iron and will never go back. What are the benefits of cast iron, why should you use it too? So glad you asked!

Top 7 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cast Iron 

1. Safe from potentially harmful chemical nonstick ingredients. This includes PFCs (perfluorocarbons), like Teflon (PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid), chemicals linked to endocrine disruption, liver damage, cancer, and developmental problems among others.

2. Inexpensive and lasts a lifetime (sometimes longer!), plus you can often find great used cast iron. A typical skillet will cost you only $20 or so and last long enough you may be able to hand them down to another generation. Treat your cast iron well and it will do the same for you. 

3. Easy to clean and maintain. All it takes is a little hand scrubbing after use and dry immediately. Seasoning, and repairing seasoning, is simply baking vegetable oil on your pans. Simple. Even rust is not enough to bring down a cast iron pan, just scrub it off and re-season! 

4. Made in the USA. This is a big one. How great to support a company that still manufactures here and produces heirloom quality products?

5. Well seasoned, it is nearly as nonstick as any manufactured nonstick surface. It is better in this regard than stainless, aluminum or even copper pans, plus you won’t need as much oil to cook with making it a healthier alternative.

6. Additional iron intake. Globally anemia is a larger issue, but even in North America there are many who need more iron. Cooking with cast iron, especially in combination with certain foods (acidic and higher moisture), can increase iron content by as much as 20 times.

7. Emergency and camping-ready. You can use cast iron over any heating source, so even in a natural disaster, you’ve got a way to cook your food even over a fire. Perfect for car camping for the same reason as well (you definitely wouldn’t want to lug one of these guys too far). 


Are you ready to switch to cast iron yet or are you already on the bandwagon?