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

Financial Focus 2019

Focusing on your finances does not have to be a dreadful task this year (or ever for that fact).  We recently posted the image below on our Instagram page and wanted to continue the conversation with a few tips on how to focus this year.

1. Start a savings envelope by putting away a few dollars here and there in it and larger amounts when you can. Yes, this works! Many people think of a savings and the number of commas that will appear on their monthly banking statement. BE REALISTIC – you may not have an inheritance, or a job that allows you to put a large chunk of money to the side to get you started but that does not mean that you shouldn’t start somewhere. A little goes a long way and adding money and not counting it (if you can resist) brings excitement to the process.

2. Don’t buy what you don’t need.
Look at the bigger picture of if it is a want or an actual need. You may really, like or even love it, but instant gratification is often followed by not using the item after its been purchased, looking for a lost receipt to return it, or realizing that that money could have been used towards something actually beneficial.

3. Sign up for online banking with your financial institution to keep track of what you are spending monthly.
All modern day financial institutions (banks and credit unions) offer online banking and you can always ask a representative to show you how to get started. Each banks online access offers something different but the main features across the board are your real time banking history and bill pay which allows you to pay bills or send money to another person.

4. Write out the financial goals that you wish to achieve in the next month, 3 months, 6 months and by the end of 2019.
Writing things out makes thoughts and ideas more clear and concise. Plus, you do not have to wonder about what those goals are in case you do forget. Some people create a vision board, which are creative and fun, but they are busy to the eyes, unlike in our earlier school days, its probably not something that you want hanging on your wall. Between the cut out words and pictures, sometimes a good ol’ note pad or desktop document looks and works better.

5. Only buy what you can afford aka live within your means
. Yes, the newest iPhone or Android just came out and it is trending at the top of the tech industry must have list, but is your phone even broken? And if it is broken, look at older models, the features will be mainly the same and anywhere from $100 to $500 less than the newest version. Use this technique as a way to have a conversation with yourself and be reasonable with your wallet.


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Best Regards and Happy New Year!
Kadesh Carter