Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day & I wanted to write a blog on why Steve & I find that important. :)

Steve & I do all we can to help the environment; which isn't easy with all the medical supplies we have, as some are not able to be recycled.  Because of this we are very conscientious to make sure we recycle what we are allowed to.  We do other efforts as well that include eating locally/supporting organic sustainable farming/take reusable grocery bags/using only what we need/etc.

So why is Earth day important?

Well the Earth deserves a day because hello without the earth there is no us (think people sometimes forget that), but much like valentines day isn't the only day you should show love, one day of paying attention to the Earth is not enough either, but it's a great day to get people to start paying attention.

What can I do to help the Earth?

Lots! :) Contrary to popular belief, you CAN make a difference. I know people often say, "My few plastic bottles & cans don't make a difference." Well, did you know just one can saves enough energy to run a TV for 2 hours?  If one can does that imagine if you recycled every can.  Recycling one plastic bottle can give a lightbulb power for 6 hours. That's some knowledge that makes you realize every effort does make a difference.

So how you can help:
  • Recycle (thankfully it's become easier to recycle this day & age---if you don't have a company that comes to your house you can drop it off at several places click here to find a place.
  • Reduce your use (this includes only buying foods you will eat/turn lights off when not using them/turn water off while brushing teeth)
  • Use a reusable grocery bag (Did you know it takes 400 years for some plastic items to decompose)
  • STOP buying plastic water bottles---use a britta, fill up a to go cup of water
  • In general plastic sucks.  It's clogging our oceans and killing our wildlife & it's overused in the US.  If you can buy something that is a plastic alternative (paper cartons of milk, paper or glass straws, reusable bags, paper products, etc) 
  • Plant a tree---yes---the world needs more trees everywhere!
  • Eat locally (farmers markets, shop the local section at grocery store, etc) It uses energy to ship your food from somewhere else.
  • Eat organic.  The pesticides that some non organic farms are using are causing so many problems beyond what happens when you consume them.  It gets in the air, it gets in the oceans.  There IS a link between lots of diseases (including ALS) with exposure to pesticides.  
  • Now I am the first to admit if the bug is in my house, I tend to kill it rather than pick it up and place it outside (wish I could do that but shutter, just can't) however, if the bug is outside let it live,  it's serving a purpose out there. 
  • Don't litter.  Sounds common sense right---well if so then the roads, oceans, forests, etc wouldn't be so covered with litter.
  • If you see litter & can safely---throw it away!  

Those are just a few ways to help.
The world is a beautiful place and it's our only home.  It's up to us to take care of it.   

I know this isn't the normal update blog, but wanted to write about something important to us.  Side note: Steve is doing pretty well still fighting off some infections but is doing pretty well at it, he's gaining healthy weight, and is noticing more energy.  

We love y'all just as much as we love the Earth! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I believe in the good things coming

Some exciting things to write about.

For starters with the weather getting warmer mostly it's been a lot easier to get Steve out & about so we've done some fun outings & have some exciting ones planned. :)  Lots of concerts & things we plan to get out to so keep an eye out for us. ;)

Biggest thing I want to talk about is our premier for our documentary!  So exciting we have the date & time that people will get to see our film!  Wanted to give some details, the link to buy tickets, as well as answer some most common questions for you all. 

So Mark your calendars, June 1st from 3-about 6 or 7 come to Buckhead Theater to experience some live music from two of our wonderfully talented friends who's songs are featured in the documentary; Gareth Asher & Zara Sky, bid on some exciting silent auction items, enjoy the cash bar, and great company, followed by the viewing of the film.  After the film shows we will have Q & A with Steve, myself, & the crew, & announce winners to the silent auction.  

If you would like to join us click here to get your tickets now.  

Common questions: 

Who do I contact if I want to be a sponsor or make a donation?
You can contact anyone in our crew.  Including me or Steve :)  Yes Steve gets facebook messages. 

Where can I find out more about sponsorship?
We have an electronic version of our sponsorship packages as well as Sarah, Matt, Taylor, or I would love to chat to you about it. 

What items are you needing for silent auction?
Anything you would like to give.  Jewelery, Art, Restaurants, etc. 

How else can I help?
If you would like to help reach out to me & I will let you know more specific needs. 

**Also, word of mouth is a huge way you can help.  Share our story, share the trailer, share the ticket sale site, share this blog, share anything & that would help a HUGE HUGE way.  

When can we buy a DVD if we can't make the premier?
We plan to have DVD's available by the end of June.  We will give you updates as we get closer to the time.  We will make sure you all have a way to see the film.  

Again thank you all for the constant support & love you surround us with.  Thank you for helping make this documentary a reality we couldn't have done it without you all.  

Here is the trailer for the documentary.  Enjoy!