Luv Green Freebies + Ethical Consumerism

Luv Green Freebies

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Is a “healthy” free lunch possible?

Do you like free stuff?  Actual quality free stuff…

Hello!

My name is Charlene, merry meet.  If you have been browsing Eupterra’s pages for a while, you have probably discovered that I am a fan of organic, all-natural, raw/paleo food, medicine, and personal care orientated items. (I do hope you have enjoyed many of my articles)

What you may not know is, I am also a hunter and a sucker for freebies, too 🙂

Since I have been doing this for a while and apparently have gotten rather successful at it (from $20 Android Turbo smartphones to free Abercrombie sweaters), by popular demand I have put together a list of some hard-to-find, but really great quality freebie offers centered around something useful in the green/all-natural department and a couple of fan-favorite deals.  Let’s just say I have found this to be a way to try something out that is new, get something real cheap (if not free!) that I like for a while, or just buy gifts for people (you didn’t hear me say that). Check them out, and read below if you want to hear my thoughts on the “system”:



This one is popularly liked for clear reason; Disney movies have a tendency to be good, but expensive and over-priced.  But Disney is known as a leader in hospitality 🙂 If you click the picture above and its link, you can join the Disney Movie Club to get 4 movies for just $1! Simply pick your movies, join the club, and build your library.  That is all it takes, enjoy!



Kiwi.com is becoming a pretty big deal. It allows travelers to find and book the cheapest flights possible. With an extensive database of low-cost flights and traditional airlines, interactive maps, and guaranteed arrival, you can more easily fly with less stress. Due to its success and rapid growth, Kiwi has actually been featured by Business Insider, The New York Times, USA Today.  Want to see nature’s wonders?  Now, you might get to Hawaii on the cheap!  Just click above.



A good wrinkle reducing cream?  Yes, they are out there, and they do actually work to a certain extent.  Here is one good one that provides a free trial, and promotes natural cellular regeneration.  Called Naturacel, I find this great as a gift and as a product.



Grocery gift cards, aren’t they nice?  No matter how good you are at homesteading, urban gardening, or foraging through the woods, you inevitably have to go to the store, right?  Well, here is a chance to get some of those necessities covered.  Check it out, one of my faves!



Here is another one.  Upon taking a survey, you can potentially win a gift card for $1,500 for groceries.  Wouldn’t that be a lot!  Also, it is mobile friendly.

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The logic behind my success, and why consumerism is not a bad thing

To explain how I got to be so good at hunting for freebies, especially ones that are truly good quality, here are my thoughts on how I developed a mindset in what to look for and some thoughts on how our culture of consumerism isn’t as self-destructive as it appears made out to be:

Most of us live in a capitalist system, or are connected to it by respective countries.  After the advent of mass production technologies, the largest and pre-dominant corporations among us have as you may have noticed encouraged the development of a consumerism-centric culture to market and employ all sorts of snagging techniques to get you, the consumer, to buy something from them.  Let’s face it, you may have realized this by now, it’s rather hard to resist (Superbowl ads and their cult following, Amazon – how easy is Prime, Walmart – nuff said, Chipotle – gosh, I’m hungry, Coca-Cola – even 3rd world countries in Africa have billboards advertising Coke seriously, etc.).

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Now some of this has been really good for us (let’s not forget Ford Motors and the Model T car making automobile ownership accessible to many Americans), but sometimes it kind of feels like we are being taken advantage of – being pressured to buy all the time!  Rather than debate ethically how “bad” this might be, I think it wise to point out the bright side of this bombardment of sell, sell, sell tactics…

These companies have deep-pockets.  Deep enough that they have no qualms about giving away a lot of “free samples” to get you to buy.  When I say a lot, I mean A LOT!

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Think about this…how many times have you gone to the grocery store and purposely hit up all the “free sample” stations?  Uh-huh, you can be shameless here. The point is, even your local farmer, rancher, winery, deli counter, (insert producer here) is doing it.  And the reason why…Marketing.  They want to market new, or refresh your memory of their product.

So, to take advantage of this online, you can search for almost any high quality deal out there and get a sample of what they have to offer.  The question is knowing the best places to look, and that is the hard part; hence, my above compiled list.  Sometimes, it is a matter of timing – like AT&T stores will sometimes host big giveaways if you just know to keep tabs on when.  Most of the time, it just boils down to a huge amount of digging.

Know somebody who wants to lose weight in your family healthfully?

Or what about one who wants to travel?

How about Disney movies (The Lion King, WALL-E, Bambi, Jungle Book, Free Willy, Disneynature’s Oceans)? Check out this cool guide to Disney’s top eco-themed movies by Smithsonian.com.

All these and more can all be gotten for a heck of a deal, and you know what, you should not feel bad about it.  Not. One. Cent.

Why?

Because consumerism is built to take advantage of you, the consumer, by employing such a plethora of marketing and advertising techniques that somehow, someway you will eventually be convinced to buy from them.  It is just a matter of time and your specific individual desires and needs. Those companies/producers know eventually they will get a return for their samples and efforts – aka profit.

This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, nor does it mean that you can’t take control of yourself. In fact, this gives us, the consumer, a democratic voice.  Yes, that is right, capitalism and democracy go hand-in-hand on the free market for this one  – what you choose eventually determines the next course headed in by profit chasing corporations.  That is, we – together – can be the ultimate influence on our environment…

Ethical/Conscious Consumerism

Here me out on this one.  When one chooses to buy, let’s say a new flatscreen TV or a new grass-fed beef to grill, the “producer” or company earns a profit.  They want profits.  So, if they notice you buying only the cheapest, most likely to break item without care or concern for the sweat-shop labor that probably produced it, then they will respond as “the consumer wants more of these” and produce more of the same kind.  However, what if people chose something different?  What if you chose to buy quality, long-lasting, hand-made, sustainable/fair trade goods that inevitably had a positive impact on the world in terms of: jobs had, bio-degradable/less landfill space occupying, more effective medicines/less side-effects, healthier for you food, less disease causing pollution/pathogen methods, and more humane practices for animals.

Maybe even a boost to your local economy?

The companies would respond in kind, right?  They would respond by producing what you the consumer wants: a better world.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at some natural examples, as I am so fond to do, of this principle in action.  What did Darwin call it – survival of the fittest!

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Ex. A – Bees & Flowers

Bees and a large variety of other insects select flowers to collect pollen and drink nectar on.  What flowers they choose end up propagating more seeds (plants can’t easily propagate themselves). Those plants go on to dominate the next generation in terms of numbers of offspring.  Thus, if one plant produces extra large amounts of nectar or really beautiful attractive flowers, the bees will come en masse to those ones and perhaps not pay as much attention to the rest.  A choice?  The bees have as consumers in essence directed what flowers the flowering plants will produce more of over time.

Perhaps this explains why we have such a wide-selection of wonderful flowers everywhere…they are all trying to advertise and market to us!

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Ex. B – Seeds & Beaks

In one of Darwin’s famous examples of presenting evolution through natural selection, he provided the case study of the Galapagos Island finch.  Or should I say, finches.  Although the Galapagos Island bird population started as just one species, in order to get access to all the different kinds of seeds more easily across the islands, the bird’s beaks adapted to the shape best fit for each seed.  Thus, the birds became many different kinds of finches, albeit rather related to one another. Thus, the choice of specializing as consumers of seeds produced caused a change in the species itself.

What kind of conclusion may we be drawing from this?  Could we say that nature is…

*gasp!

…a consumerism-centric system?

Whoa!

Well, maybe nature is not consumerist in the sense that capitalism is, but there is definitely a relationship between consumers and producers.  The same relationship we see in human civilization today.  The difference is, unlike our animal counterparts, we are actually sentient.  We can make choices much more thought-out then our furry, feathered, scaly, slimy, buzzy brethren friends.

If we choose to make our world a better place today by employing conscientious consumerism that takes into account the ethics, methods, and long-lasting effects of the goods and services we desire on top of the quality of those same things that we need, can you imagine 7 billion people choosing for society to change for the healthier and more sustainable way?

We can do this everyday 🙂

Capitalism and consumerism need not be mankind’s destructive legacy.  We do not have to suffer in thought of a bleak future caused by our ignorant actions to rape our planet, drain our resources, pollute ourselves to disease and misery, and replace our jobs in every single way.  We can in fact use it to our greatest advantage, a weapon that would be our greatest strength.

The choice is yours, I only encourage you to choose sustainably~

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For more information on how to benefit your local economy, check out Northern Indiana’s Purple Porch Farming Co-ops message on how local farming co-opoeratives really help make a difference in your part of the world:

Visit Eupterra Foundation’s page for the video.

Also, if you want to learn more about Fair Trade or hand-made items, check out the info provided at Just Goods – South Bend, IN.

Want to teach your kids to be conscious consumers, check out The Huffington Post’s take on this!

As always, feel free to browse Eupterra, hit us up on social media, and sign-up to our seasonal newsletter for more tips, tricks, and all-natural fun!

Together, let us delve into the past for a healthier more sustainable future.

Charlene A Rountree

~Charlene A. Rountree

Founder of Eupterra Foundation

A Thought for Today

Coven Life®

We as Pagans and Witches have a hard time because of stereotyping and society not really having the knowledge to accept us for who we are. To help counter-act this I stepped out of the “broom closet” many years ago. Sometimes this is a good thing and I can enlighten others on what a witch/pagan really is. Other times I get called names and told I will be rotting in hell. Well since I do not believe in a hell as the Christians and many other mainstream religions do this doesn’t really bother me. You know those people that coming knocking on your door or stand at railroad stations and other places to tell you the “Good News” complete pamphlets? When they come to my door or approach me somewhere I tell them, with my pentacle in full view,  “I will happily listen to you about your beliefs if when you are…

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‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for May 26th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

It has become increasingly noticeable how the power grab has reached even the lower levels of living. It is a right thing for us to try to raise ourselves. To fail to try would earmark us for failure….and yet up the shaky ladder of success climb, so many bodies without spirits, so little understanding of what is ahead….and often less of what is past.

If we could only realize our power comes not from grasping the coattails of others, but from a higher source that knows the way….that places before us the right steps, the correct manner, the much needed wisdom and inspiration.

Why is it that when all this guidance is available to us, we let the littleness of our souls hold us back, believing all the time that any forward motion is because we have learned how to twist situations to our own avail.

How sad the lot of those who discover all the rungs on their ladder are on the same level. “Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads,” wrote Caleb Colton. “No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.”

 

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – May 26

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – May 26

“The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization.”

–Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX

There is a concept that says you move toward and become that which you think about. If we think about everything as interconnected and interrelated, we will begin to accept the greater whole and that there is a power who is in charge. If we see the cycles of life, if we see the inner powers, if we see the interdependence of the universe, then we will participate in a harmonious way. We all need to pray and meditate on this. We need to understand the property of unity.

My Creator, let me have the insights of nature and give me the power of acceptance.

May 26 – Daily Feast

May 26 – Daily Feast

Little children should be allowed to imagine, to let their minds run ahead to things that can be and things that never were. The imagination lets us see beyond the actual outline of things as they are. A mind freed of bias can detect times and times ahead. Go back and recapture the imagination you never allowed to develop. Give it the freedom to examine your motives, your feelings, your heart. It will reveal joys and purposes and realign things gone wrong. There is no drab space in the imagination, no tears, and no losses – for that is the purpose of imagination, to remove and heal and let go.

~ The roots of a plant go down deep, and the deeper they go the more moisture they find. ~

SHOOTER – TETON SIOUX

“A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II” by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

The Daily Motivator for May 26th – Quality matters

The Daily Motivator message for
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Quality matters

by Ralph Marston

Quality matters. And where quality matters most is in the way you live your life.

The moments of this day are precious, and overflowing with possibilities. Remind yourself to live them with quality and meaning.

If you are doing things just to say you’ve done them, you can do much better. A quality life is guided by love, not by the need to keep up appearances.

When you find yourself feeling envious, impatient, angry or resentful, step back. Take a deep breath and focus your energy on all the things you can do to create a higher quality life for everyone.

Rise above everything that is urgent just because it’s urgent and popular just because it’s popular. See all the opportunities to create meaningful richness, to love, to care, to make a lasting difference, and act on those opportunities.

Quality matters, and a quality life is yours to live right here, right now. Today, and always, life is well worth all the quality you can give it.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/160526.html

The Daily OM for May 26th – Send Healing To Yourself

Send Healing To Yourself
Bounded By Wellness

by Madisyn Taylor

So often we are busy sending love and healing to others that we forget to send healing to ourself.

Most people, when given an opportunity to aid someone in need, are eager to do whatever they can to be of service. Those of us who have chosen to make healing the world a vocation are grateful for any occasion to send light and love to people in our immediate spheres of influence and beyond. As we apply our passion and our principles to this altruistic endeavor, we often forget to send ourselves the same bountiful gifts of wellness, though we ourselves may be in dire need of it. We overlook ourselves, not because we forget, but because we fear that focusing on the self is an indicator of selfishness. It is moreover much more difficult to heal oneself than to heal others because the seeds of uncertainty are more easily banished when we act on another’s behalf. When we send healing light to ourselves, it is important that our intentions and our self-trust be stronger than ever to counteract doubt.

As we bless ourselves in this way, we serve as both an active channel and a passive destination. This should not change the way we interact with the valuable energy we wish to receive, however. Though we may be tempted to consciously direct or influence the manner in which light impacts our lives because we know ourselves most intimately, we should not try to control its path. When we draw the white light of protection and purity to our bodies, taking it into ourselves with each inhalation, our belief in the fact that it will naturally move toward areas of dysfunction will ensure that it flows through every muscle and organ. And when we fill our spaces with this light, our environments are cleared of all the negative energy that can sap our strength and our spirit. Surrounded inside and out with healing light, we feel safe and protected, healthy, relaxed, and content just as those who regularly receive such loving gifts from us do.

If you sincerely believe that there is a part of yourself that exists independently of upset and illness, the love and light you send yourself will help you connect with it. You will see the affirmative impact of this connection almost immediately when you include yourself in the recipients of your healing gifts, as life’s frustrations become more tolerable and your bliss becomes ever more palpable.

 

 

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Daily OM