Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Closed Lids!

Photo Credit: Brandon Rittenhouse
Happy 3rd Birthday Closed Lids! This entry marks 241 blog posts written on an array of topics. I have gone through many topics, but the essence of this blog has remained the same: to serve as a medium for individuals who would like to learn and understand different ideas. Closed Lids is a space for sharing information.  

 Who is Closed Lids? Closed Lids was born September 14, 2009 at 2:03 am. Which makes her a Virgo. She is dedicated to her work, emotional, intellectual, hard working, sensitive to others, dedicated, and interested in the occult. You can learn more about Closed Lids' character via her natal chart. 

 I remember when I first started blogging, I obsessively checked my stats and kept hoping for people to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I would read blogs about blogging and how to build a community. I tried different methods. I wanted to build the perfect blog and have comments galore, but in doing so, I almost lost sight to what was important; being myself and providing information for my readers. Now, I write when I want and at whatever time that I want. Forget what the so called experts say about writing every day or posting at 4:30pm, I just do me. Now on Closed Lids, I have a nice following of over 2000 on Twitter, over 250 on Facebook, over 2000 on Google+, and I get over 1000 page views a month. I remember when it was just 20 page views a month. I am sure if I was still following the expert advice, I could have triple those numbers, but that is no longer my main focus. My focus is providing quality information, writing about what interests me, and just being myself. And I can say that is working out nicely.

From my very first blog post to this current one, I have written about dreams, astrology, wellness, the environment, and more. I have had guest writers and done reviews. I have gone from writing almost every day to occasionally writing, back to writing every day. I stopped interpreting dreams and changed the main focus of the blog. There have been a lot of transformations, but it has always been a great and interesting journey.

What now for Closed Lids? I will continue posting on topics that interest me, with hopes that readers learn something new.  I am always open to suggestions, so what do you want to see more or less of? Please feel free to email me or leave a comment and let me know. Do you want me to post more often? Do you want me to talk more about certain topics? Let me know! For my third year of blogging, I would like to grow the Closed Lids community, post more frequently, update the design of my blog(makeover!) and maybe narrow down my blog topics.

I am excited! As always, you can always find me on a variety of social networks:

Hope to see you there!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

5 reasons to purchase locally grown produce

I try to be a locavore. A locavore is a person who eats foods that are produced within a close region and are not transported over long distances. I am a big fan of eating foods that are produced within the New York region and I also take this interest a step further and try to patronize local businesses. Instead of going to a mega supermarket, I go to independent stores, instead of getting shoes from the mall, I will go to a local store. In this case, I am blogging about the benefits of eating food produced locally. 

Five reasons to purchase locally grown produce: 

1. Eat Fresh Food. How can a banana that travelled all the way from Chile, taste as fresh as a  banana picked from a farm 30 miles from your home? Many times these produce are washed in the factory and sprayed with things to make the produce look like it was picked the day before; when really it was grown a week prior (which is why they spoil more quickly). It is more beneficial health wise to eat food that is fresh because the nutritional value is high. Not only is your food fresher when you eat locally, but you are also eating in season. When you eat food in season, they tend to taste better because the produce is not being imported from another location and it is what the body is naturally craving. On Oprah's website, she has a great list of in season foods. 

2.  Stimulate the Local Economy. Money changes less hands and farmers get a larger cut of sales, when food is purchased locally. Not only is the economy stimulated, but it benefits the community, the workers, and smaller companies. Large corporations have enough money coming into them, let small companies and farms get a piece of the pie directly instead of indirectly. 

3. Support Local Businesses. It is rewarding to go to a farmers market and shake the hand of the farmer; you can't always do that with a large corporation. When you support a local business you are building a sense of community. You get to know who is growing your food and you get to see the impact of your dollar. 

4. Low Environmental Impact. The carbon footprint decreases when food is transported locally. You also can research on websites such as Local Harvest for locations that practice sustainable growing practices. 

5. Inexpensive. I found that produce from New York or New Jersey, tend to be less expensive than produce from other locations. I am not sure if this is a direct relation to transportation cost, but I suspect because the produce doesn't have to travel as far and be preserved that the cost is lower. 

I hope with these five reasons, I have convinced you to try shopping locally occasionally or frequently. Do you shop locally? Why do you shop locally? 


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Friday, September 7, 2012

How to buy inexpensive produce

People always say eating healthy is expensive. However, I went to the store yesterday and bought all this produce for $15.

Long Island Plum Tomatoes: 1.69lb @ $0.69/lb ...  I spent $1.17 for 10 tomatoes
California Black Plums: 1.32lb @ $0.99/lb ... I spent $1.31 for 4 plums
Red Onions: 1.41lb @ $0.69/lb ... I spent $0.97  for 4 red onions
Sweet Corn: reduced aisle ... I spent $1.49 for 5 corns
Radish Bunch: ... I spent $0.49 for a radish bunch
New Jersey Yellow Peaches: 1.28lb @ $0.69/lb ... I spent $0.88 for 3 peaches
Canadian Loose Carrots: 2.65lb @ $0.39/lb ... I spent $1.03 for 7 carrots
Yams: 3.40lb @ $0.69/lb ... I spent $2.35 for 3 yams
Red Leaf Lettuce: 1.67lb @ $0.99/lb ... I spent $1.65 for 2 bunches of lettuce
Bartlet Pears: 1.72lb @ $0.69/lb ... I spent $1.19 on 4 pears
A Jar of Pickled Vegetables: $3.49

A total of 12.53 for the produce and adding in the jar of picked vegetables, the total was 16.02

How did I get such a deal? I shop by what is on sale at the stores, I always get things from the extra reduced section, and I try to stick to produce that is locally grown. The best thing about buying things that are on sale; I get to try new things. 

For those who live on Long Island. I went to Pat's Farm in East Meadow for these items and I also get great deals at the Associated in Baldwin. 

Share the great deals and locations in your town. 


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