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Green is where the Heart Is for October 16, 2013

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.” ~Linus Van Pelt inIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Living green is an attitude.  It is a way of living that treats yourself, others and our planet with respect.
Here are 5 tips on celebrating Halloween in an EEEEEEKKKKOOOOO-friendly way!
First, instead of spending lots of money on a new costume every year, why not make one out of clothes, cardboard, make-up, fabric you already have.   Thrift stores usually carry great costumes, or you can exchange with friends and family.  Setting up a swap through your church or day care or other community center is a great way to REDUCE, RECYCLE and REUSE.
Second, give your kids reusable bags or buckets to retrieve their treats.  You can send them with a pillowcase, but really, who needs a pillowcase full of chocolate? 
Third, consider treats other than candy for the little tricksters.  Kids love pencils, pens, erasers, even nickels and you will find it may be less costly than wrapped candy, especially if you are giving out handfuls instead of only one piece.  You also will avoid the wrappers turning into litter as they get into their treats. 
Fourth, after carving the pumpkin for the jack-o-lantern, roast the pumpkin seeds by rinsing the seeds under cold water and picking out the pulp and strings.  Place them single layer on an oiled baking sheet stirring to coat.  Sprinkle with salt and bake at 325 degrees until toasted, about 25 minutes, checking and stirring as necessary.   Living on the coast, you could even sprinkle some Old Bay to make themIsland style…..
Fifth, as you chaperone your kids through the neighborhood, take along an extra garbage bag and pick up any trash you may see along the way. 
Living green should not be a one time action….it should be a way of life.  In MO’s world it is a moral obligation of my religion.  In MO’s world it directs me to those I chose to vote for as my politicians.  And in my world, it is what the Great Pumpkin would expect from me.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and FengShui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 cell.