Zen Luxury Bamboo Sheets

If you read our last article you’d know I really like the many uses of bamboo. Well, upon moving to Vegas I learned very fast that the type of bedding that you sleep in between really does make a difference when it comes to the city’s extreme weather. It was in the high 90’s when I first moved here and within a month or so it had reached as high as 114 degrees.

Yes, you read that right. Ninety plus degrees.

For most when coming to Las Vegas it’s usually for a conference, convention, concert, eloping, gambling, vacation, attend a Strip attraction… anything (reason) is possible when it comes to Sin City. Whatever the reason, when coming here many forget that its actually a city where locals live. In the desert. Where it gets extremely HOT during the summer, air conditioning is a must and its hard to cuddle with your lover for more than a few minutes without becoming stuck together from each others sweat.

As I had initially purchased sheets that went along with the décor of the bedroom; white and winter green, but I knew there had to be sheets that could make sleep more comfortable with less tossing and turning.

First, bamboo bedding is even softer than cotton.

Keep in mind that there are two kinds of bamboo sheets, some that are mixed with other materials, and the other which is made of 100% premium bamboo.

I was shopping with my partner at the Fantastic Swap Meet when a man at a kiosk got our attention. I honestly wasn’t interest, but my partner walked over to learn more. They were selling the bamboo sheets that  I told my partner we should purchase a month prior. I then remembered when I first discovered this type of bedding I did do some research on them.

With him remembering that I wanted them, I asked the sales man if the bedding that was being sold was 100% bamboo. He replied that the ones he had on display were not, BUT he could order some luxury bamboo sheets to be shipped to our home. He had a swatch for us to select a color and feel the texture. Right then we decided to go ahead and purchase them.

Bamboo sheet’s will bring you comfort in any climate.

Sleeping between them is so comfortable! In fact they are cool, durable, ultra soft & silky – hypoallergenic might I add. Looking online through Google’s shopping part of their search engine, and at Bed, Bath and Beyond, I did discover that bamboo sheets are such good quality that their prices ranged from the low $100 (on sale) and as high as $240.

Above is a picture of the sheets that we received in the mail. Though they cost more than the previous sheets that I would find at Ross for $16.99 – $48.00, they are totally worth it living here in Vegas. Sheets that are cool in the summer and comfortable during winter is a must for living here.

Fact: Las Vegas gets really hot during the summer and very cold during the winter.

In fact it snowed about a month ago and locals were taken aback!

San Francisco Japanese Botanical & Tea Garden. Photo by Kadesh Carter.

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Kadesh Carter

In Our Home: Organic Reusable Bamboo Utensils

The first time that I had ever come across a bamboo utensil was about 5 years ago while shopping at a Whole Foods. I actual stopped to read about the company because I thought that it was a great concept! They looked nice as well. Oddly or maybe, conveniently for those who brought lunch from home to work, the item was sold as a single bamboo spoon. I also recall that around the same time there was an individually ran start-up who was looking to mass produce bikes made of bamboo to distribute in Africa and possibly sell here in the United States because of the plants sustainability and durability.

Bamboo, for many is the plant that brings to mind panda’s chomping down on as their favorite meal. Or, depending on if you live in a metropolitan area where there is a Chinatown, you may see them being sold, as decor or potted and placed around alters of stores, and restaurants. For me that is what I grew up relating bamboo to. I was born in Oakland which has a Chinatown and would be often taken to San Francisco to visit with family, which is where the largest Chinatown in the United States is located.

Bamboo was primarily associated with Chinese culture before I knew anything about its many uses. When I moved to Las Vegas I knew I wanted to live even more of a holistic, organic, sustainable lifestyle. Owning eco-friendly household items was a given factor of what would be included in that lifestyle. Both our eating utensils as well as cooking utensils are made from bamboo.

Reasons that I use bamboo kitchen utensils include; they are biodegradable, very easy to clean, decorative, the cooking utensils wont stick or scratch pans, and are long lasting.

Few tips:
– Wash by hand
– Purchase reusable bamboo utensils for home and disposable ones for events or gatherings.

Purchase bamboo eating utensils here.

Purchase bamboo cooking utensils here.

Do you own anything that is made of bamboo?

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Naturally Living,
Kadesh Carter

Finding Gratitude Through Mindfulness

What are you thankful for today?

Day to day we wake up, go about our day, return to rest, to it over again the next day. Some days we may focus on what we don’t have, which can be very draining, disappointing, and for some, overly dramatic.

Instead of letting the lack of something you want in physical form, a relationship or monetarily, find a favorite or new book, cook your favorite dish, cook a new dish, meditating also helps, get out to hike, or make art.

Find something that you enjoy to transform negative energy. As you are doing something positive, your perspective will adjust to be motivated and thankful.

– Kadesh Carter

Experiencing Life Through Exploration

Lake Chabot is the most beautiful lake in all of the Bay Area.

I would hike it’s trails alone, with friends who wanted to keep in shape, and sometimes with friends just to enjoy the scenery.

One thing about nature that reminds you that humans are connected to the earth is how fresh and clean the air is!

It’s trail offers 20 miles of hiking trails, which then connects to 70 miles leading through Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Lafayette and further…

– Kadesh Carter

Photo By Kadesh Carter

Nurtured By Nature

Tea tree oil, aloe vera and rose water are staples in my natural body care daily routine as well as for short term ailments.

I have found the three to top the list of natural oils, herbs, ect, that I use.

What are your natural favorites to use?

Talk With You Soon,

Kadesh Carter