Sunday, March 19, 2017

Give Environmental Gifts - Good for Any Occasion!

Giving to a cause makes for the very best gift - as it certainly captures the true spirit of the act itself, which is needed now more than ever.  This is part of a series I am doing this year, after we've all been through the wringer with political, community and world events this year. So many have been looking to DO something, and requests have poured in for suggestions of what to give or ways to give that will help the world. Please subscribe or bookmark to be able to see the whole series. And please share this link - even that is doing something very good for our world!  

And these make perfect last minute gifts - and can be added or gotten up till the day of giving! While a card or acknowledgement usually is sent via mail or email, you can print out photos and descriptions of the cause, write a personal note of why you chose it or why you think it's so meaning fun and wrap it in a box or like a scroll to have something to open if you prefer!

Why give a gift card when you can give something SO meaningful for whatever cause you or the person you are gifting finds important?

First up: Water. I personally think water is just about the most imperative cause out there.  "Give the gift of drinkable, swimmable, fishable water" - the phrase for WaterKeeper Alliance.

The Conservation Fund:  "At the Fund, we make conservation work for America.  By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity.  Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect 7.8 million acres of land since 1985."

TIP: From now until December 19th, your online donation to the Fund will be matched; up to $150,000. Make your gift go twice as far and donate today!

The National Resources Defense CouncilThe Kennedy's started this and is my sister's favorite:

CLICK HERE to donate to NRDC in honor of your special someone or CLICK HERE to give the gifts below! 

SIERRA CLUB: Achieving ambitious goals requires mobilizing unprecedented people power. The environmental movement of the future must be bigger and more diverse. It must better represent and amplify the voice of the American people. And we are in a great position to help build it.This is conservation today: habitat, water, air quality, ecosystems – viewed through the lens of climate solutions with an eye toward justice for all."

When you make a commemorative gift, please provide the name of the person(s) being honored, as well the address where we can notify them about your gift. The Sierra Club Foundation will send a letter notifying them that you have made a gift in their honor, with the gift amount being left out.  You'll get  a separate acknowledgement for tax purposes. Just call (415) 977-5653 or download this form.

Environmental Defense Fund: "We forge solutions that make people and nature prosper"  Links science, economics, and law to create innovative, equitable, and cost- effective solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Clean air and water. Abundant fish and wildlife. A stable climate. Our work protects nature and helps people thrive. What sets us apart is how we make this happen: By creating solutions that also carry economic benefits.

CLICK HERE to donate to the Environmental Defense Fund in someone's name and have them send a note to that person via snail or email. TIP: Again, you can wrap the info before and let them still get this after! 

And here are some other highly rated charities that deal with the environment, nature, climate change, hyperlinked to the page where you can donate in someone's honor (and they mail a notice to that person).

Keep American Beautiful: "We inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment." Donate in someone's name by clicking the little box under the Donate Amount field that says: "dedicate my donation in honor of the memory of someone."  
Earth Justice: The premier nonprofit environmental law organization. “We fight for the right of all to a healthy environment. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to take on critical environmental issues and bring about positive change. We exist because the Earth needs a good lawyer!” The person you honor will get both a card and a years subscription to their quarterly magazine. 

Earth Works: Their mission: a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. They stand for clean air, water and land, healthy communities, and corporate accountability, and work for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources and our communities.

They fulfill that mission by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. And they expose the health, environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of mining and energy extraction through work informed by sound science.

Check back for more blog posts in succession, each covering a different area of giving: Civil Rights, Animals, Education, Communit, Food and Health!!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Back Up Your Phone Photos in a Flash with Picture Keepers

Their slogan is "No Storage, No Data, No Wifi, No problem"

As someone who's broken a sweat more than once working with my tech guy trying to come up with a user friendly way to store my photo library, which, as an archivist, is almost as big as my music library, I present yet another option.

I'm hearing from several friends who've tried it that this is a good thing - whether or not you are backing up your photos somewhere with a sophisticated and often expensive external hard drive like a Lacie or Drobo. Key to it all?  They report it's incredibly easy to use.

Instead of having your pictures spread out between your phone, tablet or laptop... or losing them because you lost a phone or due to crashes... or if you are keeping a lot on your phone because it's so much easier than digging them out of those hard drives or finding them on a cloud service - check out the Picture Keeper. 

Be aware: There are a two kinds, with different storage capacities and features, and prices vary based on that. There are some outlets that offer them for discounts.

Picture Keeper Connect:  
"PK Connect actually connects to your cell phone and downloads directly from there. It's especially good if you're on vacation or someplace where you're taking a lot of pictures and aren't able to download them to your computer right away. If you have pictures on your computer that you want to download, you'll want the regular Picture Keeper.  They come in different sizes. Everywhere from 4G to 32G. I found a 16G online that was a much better deal than the 4G was with Groupon", says Elaine SCott-Mee who first introduced me to the Picture Keeper. 

Picture Keeper PRO
Backs up your photos, videos, music and documents. Store and protect your most important files one click. AND there is an option for turning your pix into custom prints and gifts that get delivered to you.

TIP: Currently on their website, you can get 15% off if you give them your email. I have seen it advertised for 40% off with the code PK40. Give it a try!


Friday, March 17, 2017

This Spring - Try Garden Genie Digging Gloves

While we're still getting a dusting of snow and temps are frigid hopes of Spring springs eternal - and gardening is on folks mind.  These look like something that could come in handy... nyuk yuk. But it's true! In fact,  I just ordered myself a pair.

DIG THIS: One hand (the right) has built in claws to make it easy to dig and not need tools to break up a root ball, spread mulch, create seed rows and the like.

Made of resin Garden Genie gloves claim to be puncture resistant and  waterproof, which many gardening gloves are not. They easily rinse clean while your hands stay clean and protected.

Here's the Garden Genie Website. Right now they have a two for deal for $10 though you pay for separate shipping on the second pair - which may not be much of a deal. At the time of this publication, none of their order now buttons worked, which ain't great for business... But you can at least see a video of them in action on that page and order them elsewhere if needed.

GOOGLE for the best price - because prices on this item vary widely. You don't normally see that, which makes me scratch my head. Either someone robbed a truck, or someone is making these up to almost double -or there are imitators out there. I've seen them for everything from $3.95-14.00 for a solo pair. They are easily found on Amazon, Walmart and Ebay to name a few. If you don't want to gamble, you should be safe ordering ones that in the As Seen on TV packaging to be sure it's the genuine article... Hopefully the website will repair their links and you can buy directly from them.

TIP: If its online at a chain store like Walmart, don't assume it is also in the brick and mortar store.  Best to call first to see if your local store actually stocks a speciality item like this - and better yet, ask them to hold your pair, if you are driving there to get them - even if you need to give them a credit card for it. You don't want to make a trip only to find they have no idea where that one pair in stock went, or find it sold. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wake Up to This Gift Idea: The Reggie Alarm

There are many people who have a hard time waking up - and you know who you are. You set one alarm next to the bed, then one across the room in your college days to get you up... and it often failed. Or do you set your phone for two different times, and press the snooze countless times on both?

This innovation should do the trick - An alarm is set into a small soft rug that you place right where your feet would land when getting out of bed... And when it goes off in the morning, it won't shut down until your feet have been standing on the mat for 30 seconds.

And bonus: you can program it to say something positive or an affirmation to boot. Not a bad thing!

It is apparently very effective, and you can even upload your favorite music to greet  your day.

You can find this at Reggie's website, as well as Amazon and other outlets.  And it costs: $99.00

I know, it's double what you hoped, but for those who really need it, it's a bargain!