Sustainability & Wildlife

With being an environmentalist and striving to live a more sustainable lifestyle, I wondered if there were any organizations that exist in Saskatoon which focus on sustainability or the environment. I just completed my fourth year in Renewable Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan and I am working towards completing a soil science minor and a certificate in sustainability. Being aware of some local organizations that support these values is important to me. Luckily, I was able to meet with two women that run very different, but important charities here in Saskatoon.

Since I started my blog in September of 2013, I have given myself the freedom to present my interests and passions creatively and freely. One of my initial passions was sustainability and caring for the environment. Each year, I researched more, I learned more and challenged the modern way of life, which led to changing my way of life based on what I was learning about sustainability. I have changed multiple ways that I live my life and I keep making changes each month. Slowly but surely, I am working towards living a sustainable life.
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Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Allyson from the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. The Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) is a non-profit, registered charity located in Saskatoon. They work on projects all across Saskatchewan. The SES concentrates on sustainable energy and climate solutions, water protection, resource conservation, biodiversity preservation and the reduction of toxic substances. Pretty badass, am I right? The goals that this society is working towards are vitally important and their focus on education is crucial. They even have a helpful page called Stuff I Can Do, which outlines some options of how to live more sustainably at home and at work. Their site is packed with useful information and can help aid you in your own personal research, as they provide many scientific publications for you to read. I was very excited to learn about the SES and I am very interested in the work they do.

I also had time to visit with Jan from the Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation Center here in Saskatoon. Animals take precedence over people here, that’s for sure. They provide treatment services that are needed to rehabilitate small birds and mammals. This includes providing a safe place for the injured or orphaned animals to mend until they are returned to their natural habitat (if possible).
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Both of these organizations are charities, which rely mostly on volunteer work. If you want to support either of these charities, they would greatly appreciate it. One of my favourite quotes is by Anna Lappe: “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”

– Tiara

Don’t Get Left in the Dark

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I love many things, and reading happens to be one of them. During the school year I am busy reading research papers, class slides and textbooks and in the summer I try to make a dent in my “to read” book stack under my nightstand. The more I read, the more I develop a particular interest towards certain topics. Right now I am reading The Hidden Life of Trees, Silent Spring & Beren and Luthien. Admittedly, I am really bad at making time to read a book, however these current books have me hooked. I usually only find time to read before bed and reading with a light that is soft and that has adjustable brightness is something I never knew how much I would like! This AUKEY lamp is the perfect reading buddy with touch-controlled adjustable brightness and the option of coloured lighting. This lamp is rechargeable, so it can be moved and carried to just about anywhere! It’s minimal design helps this lamp to fit into any space & help you tackle that stack of books in the perfect ambient setting. AUKEY_2
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– light received from AUKEY, all thoughts and opinions are my own –

– Tiara

Monthly Listen – February 2016

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I present to you, my favourite album of the month! I know what you’re thinking, I listen to other artists besides Fleetwood Mac and Meat Loaf? What? However here I am with this months favourite: The Beach Boys by The Beach Boys. I recently dusted off this record and while it was playing I couldn’t help but dance around and be filled with pure joy. Since then I think I’ve almost worn it out with the amount I’ve played it! The Beach Boys have that irresistible upbeat summer vibe that I can’t get enough of. Songs like “It’s Gettin’ Late” encompass a sound that breathes life into my soul.

Happy Listening,

-Tiara

 

Shania Twain Concert 2015

My dreams came true during Shania Twain’s Rock This Country Concert this past Sunday. I first started listening to Shania Twain on cassette when I was 3 years old, and she has remained one of my favourites to this day. Her music is iconic and timeless. She did not disappoint, her concert was unreal! From fireballs to fireworks, and she is still the hottest woman alive.
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I loved the consistent red and black theme, and all the sparkle on Shania’s outfits!
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Here she is joined by Wes Mack to sing Party For Two.
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If this concert wasn’t already awesome enough, Shania got into a saddle that suspended up over the audience and sang Up!
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The performance of You’re Still the One left me with chills and tears. Shania is still very capable of blowing me away with just her voice and the guitar.
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Shania left us with the song Man! I Feel Like a Woman, while wearing a bodysuit that proves in every sense that she’s still got it.
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Shania did not disappoint, it was a stunning concert full of glam, sparkle and flame. She interacted with the audience and her band members, reminding me how down to earth she remains after all these years. We were kept entertained between costume changes by her band playing cool instrumentals of her songs or videos of her on screen. The backdrops were amazing, and the stage set up was really well organized. Shania left me with a night I will always remember and cherish, it was a concert to remember!

This was the best Sunday night of my life!
– Tiara

Monthly Listen – March 2015

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I decided to start something new and talk about albums that I am currently loving. This Meat Loaf record is my monthly favourite, it never stops playing! This 1983 album is full of all that rock and roll, upbeat and lively music that I crave. I love how whatever encompasses Meat Loaf’s music, it keeps me coming back, 32 years after it was released. This is not one of Meat Loaf’s well known albums and for some obscene reason gets a bad rep. Which is why I want to share it, as I believe that there are so many hidden gems on this album.

My top picks: Fallen Angel & Midnight at the Lost and Found

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happy listening,

– Tiara

The Juice on Aloe Vera

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So even though it is snowing here in Saskatoon, I like to pretend that it is warm like Spring should be so I bought another plant. I got an Aloe Vera plant because they are quite pretty as well as very beneficial to have on hand.

General Care: An Aloe Vera plant should be planted cactus mix soil. It should also be planted in a container with drainage holes. My container did not have a drainage hole so instead I added a variety of rocks at the bottom of the container to help with better drainage. I will have to take special care not to over water it. Make sure to let the soil dry out really well between watering it, letting the soil get crumbly and light in colour. Allow the soil to dry 2 to 3 inches deep to discourage rot. Try watering it every 2 weeks and adjust to what works for you. Make sure your plant gets a lot of sunshine (if the leaves are lying flat they aren’t getting enough light and if the leaves turn brown they are getting too much light).aloevera2

Repotting: I repotted my plant into a prettier container when I got home. Make sure the container allows for a lot of room for the roots to grow. Make sure to do this outside or over an area that is easily cleaned. I added rocks to the bottom, added cactus mix, and gently loosened the roots into the new soil. Be very careful as the roots are not connected very well to the plant, the plant will wobble a bit in its new container. Try not to water it for a couple days after repotting.

Benefits: An Aloe Vera leaf is filled with a gel-like substance. This substance can be applied to burns, cuts, rashes and bug bites to relieve pain, soothe and prevent itching. Aloe Vera can also reduce the pain and swelling of acne and if applied often will help give an even skin tone. You can try replacing your lotion and replacing it with Aloe Vera gel for a great and natural moisturizer.aloevera3

How I Use It: My favourite use for Aloe Vera is using it in homemade hair masks. It deeply hydrates the scalp and hair, in return providing extremely shiny hair and no dandruff! I massage about 3 tablespoons of the gel into my scalp and use the rest on the length of my hair and let it sit for 1 hour. The crazy thing is by the end of the hour my hair is completely dry, it absorbed all the Aloe Vera! Then I shampoo and condition as usual. This can speed up hair growth and promote healthy and strong hair.

There are many different opinions about if consuming Aloe Vera gel is safe, so I choose to only use it externally. I am very impressed about how moisturizing it is and will continue to use it as a lotion and in my hair masks. Tell me what you use it for!

– Tiara

Air Plants

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I recently got an air plant and I wanted to share how cool these plants are! Air Plants improve the air quality of your house and are a very simple way to decorate – there are limitless display options! They are also resistant to pests and disease!
Air Plants, or Tillandsia, are from the orchid family. Despite their name they do not just live on air, they need water! They also need sunlight but it cannot be direct sunlight as that will kill an air plant. If your plant’s leaves look silver it is probably time to water it. To take care of an Air Plant you must submerge it in water about once weekly for about 30mins. Then you must allow it to completely dry on a dry surface before you return it to its normal spot.
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I was attracted to the uniqueness of this plant and its beautiful bloom. However, air plants usually only bloom once in their lifetime. They are relatively simple to care for and are quite forgiving.
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The roots on an air plant are not used to soak up water like a normal plant. Instead they are actually used to anchor onto a tree or rock in its natural environment. An air plant absorbs all its nutrients and moisture through its leaves.

– Tiara