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Getting to Know You – Back to Basics

Every month our Bloggers choose three responses to a series of Questions we compile, called Getting to Know You. This month is all about getting Back to Basics, so we wanted to know:
  1. Name one modern convenience, the generation before you did not have, that makes your life easier.
  2. Recommend the one beauty product (natural or not) you cannot live without, and please tell us why.
  3. Finish this thought – I feel I get back to basics when?
  4. Have you ever experienced a time when you thought you were using something “natural or organic” and found out you weren’t?
  5. Finish this thought – I will never try to get back to basics by ____ ever again.
  6. Looking forward, what hasn’t been invented that would make your life easier?

CarliCarli

Name one modern convenience, the generation before you did not have, that makes your life easier.

They call my office the Tropics. I think it’s why I’ve managed to keep the one and only plant that I’ve managed to keep alive, alive. Sometimes when someone stops by they almost physically recoil – sometimes they come for that purpose— to bask in the warmth of my mighty, incredible, soul warming space heater. I seriously don’t think I could get any work done without it—which is probably why no one has tried to steal it.

Recommend the one beauty product (natural or not) you cannot live without, and please tell us why.

 Two words: Coconut Oil. I’m new to it, but just absolutely amazed.

Seriously it’s everything from moisturizer to cooking oil and between. Want some tips? Check out Courtney Luper’s post on the “80 Totally Awesome Uses for Coconut Oil” here.

Looking forward, what hasn’t been invented that would make your life easier?jet

It’s a toss-up between a dryer that folds and sorts the massive amounts of laundry that miraculously three people in my household go through, or the Jetson’s “oven”. You know—the one that when I want something, but I don’t really know what I want, I can decide by just pressing a button to have it magically appear. (Let’s be honest nine times out of ten when you are indecisive it’s because you don’t feel like cooking) Or when my kid or husband is whining cause he’s hungry and I truly don’t feel like cooking- BAM, dinner is served.

Seriously, someone please get on this!

Rachaelrachael

Recommend the one beauty product (natural or not) you cannot live without, and please tell us why.

Klorane Dry Shampoo. It saves me from washing and blow-drying my hair at least once or twice a week!

Finish this thought – I feel I get back to basics when:

I sit down to work on a piece of beadwork, and use stitching techniques that are thousands of years old.Cairo-collection

Looking forward, what hasn’t been invented that would make your life easier?

I’m totally cheating. But, I want what Carli said. 🙂

Ellen

Name one modern convenience, the generation before you did not have, that makes your life easier.

 The Internet. The Internet and faster computers make my working life much easier, while at the same time, likely more complicated. I can do my banking online for example, and even deposit cheques without having to go to the bank. Well, I could if I set that app up on my phone, which I will do after I set aside some down time to finish updating all my programs on my many computers and electronics devices for the upteenth time this year. But seriously, it is difficult to believe the Internet has only been accessible to ordinary users for a little over 20 years. It has entirely changed my work and the industry I work in. Sadly, a lot of work now has to be done on the fly, with my deadlines shrinking in half. If only I was paid as fast as I work (I’m not)! Of course, there is the worry that work isn’t as thoroughly checked and rechecked as the old days when more time was allotted (it isn’t). But hey, on the Internet I can check a fact (most often correctly if I use my brain) in moments. And because I am so tied to my computer working all day, I can also do my shopping — ordering a book, or a pair of pants and have them delivered to my door the next day. How’s that for making life easier? Of course, I am a little worried about my ability to converse with a salesperson when shopping in person. Spend enough time on the Internet (for work or for pleasure) and you will start confusing inner monologue with public discourse.

Recommend the one beauty product (natural or not) you cannot live without, and please tell us why.

 DSC_05671-1024x682My hair care stash. It takes goop to tame my curly mane. And let me tell you, the days before creams, potions, mousses, de-frizzifiers, oils, treatments, serums and haircuts designed for kinky, wavy, curly, or frizzy hair, were not good days. They were the dark ages. Just go to the Internet and punch in Janis Joplin, or Tiny Tim. They died before “moisturizing curl cream” was invented. Curly tops of the past do not look like the lovelies so romantically depicted in film and television today. It takes a bit of goop and some “method” to make curly hair look good. So, do I have one product I can’t live without? Nope. I have a stash of products both “natural” (whatever that means) and produced via the most up-to-date chemical processes known to humankind. I can battle (sometimes successfully and with great ahem, “stability”) humid weather, rain, dry winters and indoor heating, the frizzes, limp sections, two days after cleansing, and four days after cleansing. You name it and I’ve got it or tried it. Although, if you want to know an actual product, of late, some of my favourites are: organic coconut oil (I can bake with this stuff too, or slather it on my body), John Masters Organics citrus and neroli detangler, John Masters Organics Shine On treatment, and Bumble and Bumble curl conscious defining creme.

Franziska

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Name one modern convenience, the generation before you did not have, that makes your life easier.

Spell Check

Finish this thought – I feel I get back to basics when..?

I put on my big, warm boots, go out to the backyard, grab the ax and split myself some fire wood

Looking forward, what hasn’t been invented that would make your life easier?

Teleportation