Netherlands Bag!

Dear Teresa,
Thank you so much for the nice bag!!  ( Nr.59886) 
Here is a photo with the bag, 
Your work is great…
Best Wishes,
Wina B.
The Netherlands

Little Floral WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks:
WINNERS of the 20 Green Bag Lady Little Floral shopping bags are:

Jean B, MI
Jessica M, MA
Tracy C, CO
Tabby W, WA
Amanda F, WA
Tracy W, MI

Tina B, MA
Cheryl L, CA
Teresa C, AL
Beverly S, AZ
Brenda O, CA
Lupita F, MEXICO

Julie D, WA
Francine P, MA
Josie I, FL
Eveline V, VA
Viktoriia M, UKRAINE
Brenda T, GA

Please look for an email from Bagette Dad. He will be asking for your mailing address so we can send you your prize. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. We have issues with emails going to spam. Thanks and enjoy!

The emails will look like this:
Green Bag Lady, LittleFloral_8_2019

Little Floral FREEBIE!

First of all, thank you for all of your sweet comments on my post yesterday, I have the best readers ever! :) :) :)

Fabric with little flowers on it never fails to make me happy. I just love it in any form, shirts, purses, notebooks, etc. Couldn't be more thrilled to send these out into the world, make my day and enter to win one of 20 of these cuties!

To enter to win:
•LEAVE A COMMENT, IN THE COMMENT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS FORMAT: name(at)something(dot)com it is important to spell out DOT and AT so you don't get spam, if you DO NOT leave an email address, you will not be entered in the freebie.

IN YOUR COMMENT YOU MUST STATE YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE. IF YOU DON'T, WE WILL NOT CONSIDER YOUR ENTRY. The US Postal Service is implementing NEW regulations for overseas shipping.

•DEADLINE FOR THE FREEBIE IS 7pm PST MONDAY Aug 19 (winners will be notified no later than Tues, Aug 20 via email and here on the blog so CHECK BACK!)

Don't forget to leave us your email and your country! We will only contact you if you win.

20 people will be chosen to win bags from all qualified entries.

One entry per person. If you enter more than once, all your entries will be disqualified.

We will ship a limited number of shopping bags internationally. You MUST use English for your comments. Do the best you can, use Google Translate if necessary.  Non-English comments will be removed.

Good luck!!!!! Teresa

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Photo Finish Friday

Clark, CO
I'm sad to report it has been a horrendous week for me. I have had six migraines in the past seven days. Even with a 30 year history and a brain tumor removal in 2015, this is highly unusual for me. Yes, I have been to the doctor and have had another MRI which was normal (whew). I am now on new meds which seem to be working even if they make me loopy. I'm doing my best to remain positive that this is just a bump in the road and that all will be well. Wish me luck in finding an answer to this mess. XOXO--Teresa

What I didn't know…

Little Girl is diary free and loves green juice. We have a juicer and she makes her own, but sometimes life gets away from us and we buy some and recycle the bottle. Well, I recently found out, it's not that simple. While I was at the forum in Long Beach, some experts on recycling spoke to us and told us about some myths in the recycling world. One of them are these heat wrap labels that have been showing up on bottles. They are made out of plastic, but generally not the same plastic as the bottle itself and it makes them a nightmare to try and recycle. Gah! No. You can even see the recycle symbol on the bottom of the bottle but nothing about the wrap. To recycle both of these I took the wrap off which was not easy. It comes off in strips and since I didn't know if I could recycle it, I put it in the trash, ugh. In response, I went to both the NestlĂ©' and Suja Facebook pages and left photos and comments about how I was not happy with this packaging and asking them for more product accountability on the corporate level. Both companies responded quickly. I told them I would not be buying their products any longer until the packaging changed and that ideally I would love to see both of these products in infinitely recyclable glass. We shall see…

Wanna help? Go and leave comments too. If a lot of us do it, they will get the hint!!!! Teresa

Argentina Bags!

Thank you!!! I wanted to confirm that I received my bags. I'm very happy. I love. Greetings from Argentina.
Marina S.

Photo Finish Friday

I love how the back of my car looks after grocery shopping. Six Green Bag Lady bags doing all the work.
The growler was refilled with watermelon kombucha. That organic watermelon is divine! 
Go San Fran. Bring your own to refill, not complicated.



I have 2 so I must be really healthy…

If you haven't seen this, you are totally missing out.

Welp, that's it for this week. I am finally done with all my crazy traveling this summer and looking forward to getting my house in shape, meeting with my sewing ladies on Sunday and spending time with my family. Big exhale. Enjoy the weekend my friends! XOXO--Teresa

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Balls

Do you stir your peanut butter in the mixer? I do. Maybe I'm the only one. I love buying PB that is only peanuts and salt nothing else added. The only problem is that the oil floats to the top and requires stirring when a new jar is open. This is a task that everyone in my family hates. A few years ago I gave up and dumped 3 jars of PB in my Kitchen Aid mixer, let it run for a few minutes and called it a day. It was SO much easier than trying to mix it in the jar with a knife. After I mix all the jars together, I put them in a large glass container for everyone's PB + J needs.

I was in the process of mixing this week and Little Man got all excited that I was making cookies. Is that all a mixer is good for? Instead, I decided to make up a healthy version of the PB balls my mom used to make. Her version had flour and powdered sugar galore in them. Here is what I came up with, they are super yummy!
 GF Honey PB Balls (some people call them Buckeyes)

3/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup peanut butter, we used chunky, but creamy is great too
(or other nut butter, I want to do cashew next)
1/4 cup honey
8-10 ounces chocolate (we used this one)

Put all ingredients in a stand or hand mixer bowl and run until it makes a ball. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough in 1-1.5 inch balls, set on parchment. Melt chocolate in glass dish in microwave in 30 second increments stirring frequently. When chocolate is melted, use a spoon or a toothpick to dip balls into the chocolate. Optional toppings: shredded unsweetened coconut, nuts, sprinkles (we used these), more chocolate chips, etc. Enjoy!

Italy Bags!

Thank you for these stunning bags! I love them! Also, they're perfect to go shopping! 
Here is a picture of me holding them, just to let you know how much I appreciate your work and this incredible project.
Kind regards,

Algalita Youth Forum

As I mentioned on Friday, Little Girl and I attended a youth forum hosted by Algalita on the California State University, Long Beach campus. 80 youths 15-25 years old were treated to 3 days of brainstorming, lectures, breakout sessions and innovation. I tagged along as the chaperone for my daughter, learned some interesting info as well. :) A couple weeks before the forum, I sent 130 bags to Cali for all the participants and chaperones. Below are some photos of happy peeps with their bags. Thanks Algalita for a great weekend. If you have a kid 15-25 who is interested in the problem of plastic in the ocean, I highly recommend you apply for the forum next year. Teresa

Some helpful links from the weekend:
Algalita (host of the forum)
BiomimicryLA (so fascinating!)
Beauty Counter (amazing mission!!!)
Bureo (they recycle fishing nets which are the worst offender to ocean pollution)
Gnarly Beach Cleaner (keeping beach cleaning fun and effective)
The Story of Plastic (full movie coming soon, make sure you see it!)