Ethical Spending, just another fad?

What is ethical spending? Ethical spending is a form of consumer activism, where consumers favor ethical products and companies, and stop negative spending, or putting their money towards unethical businesses.  You can find several websites that list companies based...

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Where have we been?

  If there is anything that life has taught me, it is that it constantly changes. The moment you lay back and get comfortable, life has a way of shaking things up. There are a few ways to look at change, and I suppose it depends on how you deal with it. Do you embrace...

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America: Baseball, Apple Pie, and a Glock

  Ingrained in American culture The 2nd Amendment created in 1791 to protect an individuals right to keep and bear arms is still strong and thriving today. In spite of the growing number of gun related deaths, the majority of Americans are still in favor of protecting...

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Fuel for the Future

Do you know where your garbage is going? My first question was: "Where I can find the brown paper bags we were instructed to place our food waste in?"  Lary and I scoured two large grocery stores for these bags and came home empty handed.  I asked my Danish friend for...

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Don’t read this sign while driving, it’s dangerous.

  Have you ever been driving down the road and been incredibly distracted by someone or something? Maybe it was your phone, maybe another driver, or was it a road side advertisement? Depending on where you're from, one of these options may or may not apply to you....

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Gray got you down?

  Florida a.k.a "The Sunshine State" is polar opposites from Sweden.  Sunny days are the norm, which make an occasional gray and rainy day somewhat welcomed. A major adjustment here in Sweden, has been the gray weather. The cold is not too bad, proper clothes solve...

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Hi! My Name is Laika AKA Butt Fluff

    Hello! I recently moved to Sweden with my humans. I was born in Florida and I'm about 1.5 years old. I am a German Shepherd mixed with Belgian Malinois since everyone always seems to ask "what kind of Shepherd is that?". I love taking naps around 12:00 but that...

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Off the beaten path

  This morning I got up bright and early...well maybe not bright as it rarely is here, but early nonetheless. Pups was out of food and so I wanted to make my way to the local store here and pick up some dog food, and maybe a few other items. We are expecting another...

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Swedish Pancakes – Flippin Around

  It's been a few weeks since we last posted about our first attempt at a Swedish dish....."Saturday Morning Pancakes, Swedish Style"  or so I thought.  Since then we have received some valuable and much appreciated feedback on improvements to be made. Hasse, thank...

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Progression through Equality

  Equality is something we all wish for, it may not impact you directly, but I am certain there isn't a human being on this earth that has not dealt with some form of inequality, whether directly or indirectly. Striving for equality among the human race is essential...

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What is really in your food? USA vs EU.

Salmonella USA: Foster Farms refused to recall the suspect chicken shipped from its problem plants, saying that salmonella-tainted poultry is safe to eat if thoroughly cooked. The USDA refused to close the plants on the grounds that, unlike...

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Missing – Not Missed

Living here in Sweden,  I have noticed stores here don't have the same everyday items we Americans are so accustomed to having stocked in our food pantry, or cleaning closet. While there are a variety of household items(we can talk about foods...

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Swedish Efficiency (Part. 2) | Everyday Efficiencies

Picking up from where we left off in part 1,  we have some interesting topics for the day. They may seem trivial to some, but are more important than you might think. These topics include: transit and traffic systems, the Swedish grocery store, and lastly in home...

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Decriminalization vs. Prohibition of Drugs

Drugs are a global problem. Historically this issue has been addressed by the prohibition of drugs, from cannabis to heroin, cocaine, and so on.  Prohibition is used in most countries, how strictly that is enforced varies.  Many countries have...

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Fika!

I just wanted to take a moment and give a little insight on some Swedish tradition. Fika is Swedish for coffee break. Fika for Swede's is more about socializing. Fika is usually accompanied by Sweet delicacies and coffee however you choose to drink yours, I prefer...

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What is love?

Love. What is it? Do most of us really know what it is? If God is Love, as we are all taught in church, then is it love that we are really searching for? Not God? These questions have been lingering in my mind for several weeks now. Laying awake at night asking myself...

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Navigating Malmö Part 2 – Finding Malmö

Two sunny days in a row...? In winter, in Sweden? No way. We woke up bright and early, same as yesterday, but this time our objective for the day was to make our way into Malmö Central and explore our surroundings further. Prior to leaving the house we just barely...

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Navigating Malmö Part 1 – The trek for SEK

It was one of those rare, sunny winter days, and good thing, we had a decently long walk ahead of us. Making the most of the daylight hours, which are pretty limited here in Sweden, we get up at sunrise. Not exactly early, but early enough for us considering we are...

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Saturday morning pancakes, Swedish style

After two days, and two different stores I have nearly collected all the ingredients I need to make my first Swedish dish. Well, let me be more clear, my first Swedish dish not from the frozen food section.  We have been enjoying the easy to make frozen Swedish...

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Not around every corner

As American's we take it for granted that at nearly anytime of the night if a craving hits us, or we have a late night at work and need to pick up some groceries, we hop in our cars and head to the nearest grocery store, Wal-Mart, or takeout. For most of us that means...

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Leaving America – Part 3, Stockholm to Malmö

We spent only a few short days in Stockholm before we began our next trek over to Malmö, where we will be staying until the end of March, and thank goodness for that. I think....I know I speak for us all when I say we ready to be done traveling for a bit. At least...

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Leaving America – Part 2, Florida to Stockholm

With as much planning as one can do, we load all our luggage, ourselves, and of course the pups and set off for the 3+ hour drive to the airport. Tucked away for that "just in case" moment we have a good supply of doggy chill pills as I call them. We arrived at the...

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Where it begins

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society” -J. Krishnamurti So many of us get up each day and with little variation, we do the same thing day in and day out. We get up, go to our jobs with a grimace on our face because we feel stuck...

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Leaving America – Part 1, Why Sweden and why not America

One of the first questions that gets asked when I say, "I am moving to Sweden" is why?  There are many reasons behind that from picking Sweden to why leave America, my home country.  Before diving into why Sweden, let's talk about why not America.  For many years the...

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Bitcoin mining machines make great space heaters!

On a cold rainy day, in the dead of winter in Sweden, everything is freezing, including my toes. There is no central heating to be found...No wood fire burning stoves, no thermostat. The ground is so cold you're afraid to take your thick fuzzy wool socks off for fear...

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New Years in Stockholm

As we woke up on New Year's Eve, we really hadn't planned to do a whole lot. In typical fashion we starting slowing waking up around 10:30, we are still getting used to the time change and thus staying up late and sleeping in late.  While 10:30 may not be late for...

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