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 to the colorful journal of Marissa Berrini, creative director, artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Launched in 2010, Marissa's online journal tells of adventures with her husband Sam, their fur kids, the occasional cocktail creation and lots of conversations with inspiring people. This blog serves to celebrate tiny victories, inspiration for those times you're stuck in a rut and bring together a community that wants more than a perfectly curated feed of eye candy. Sometimes you just got to throw it out there and see where it goes!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day Ever since I was a kid, I have LOVED Earth Day. Thanks to Mom always letting me buy those recycling books that were listed in the scholastic book sale. This day is important because we are reminded that we only have one Earth and it needs to be taken care of. Put down the phone (yes that's a hard one) and look around you. Abre los ojos: Open your eyes!

Yesterday while Sam and I were exploring Leo Carrillo State Park it amazed us how lucky we are to have a playground that is so beautiful and filled with curiosities. What I didn't like was the garbage, dead seagull and people picking at tide pools for souvenirs. What has happened to our playground? We are not entitled to act like slobs all over the planet. Not cool. So in order to combat this lack of respect, double, NO, triple your efforts for items like recycling, conserving water and for heaven sakes, speak up! See an animal in distress, find a way to help. Support your local businesses that have the same mission. Walk or bike to grab coffee from that local barista. It only takes 1 person to start the change. Be a leader not a follower. Case in point: one afternoon, at Pan Pacific Park, my friends and I were working out and noticed kids throwing the garbage cans upside down and laughing at the litter flying all over. Well, guess what? We marched over there and spoke up. We didn't yell but simply explained to them how uncool it was. Yes, I felt it was a little dangerous and a little Mister Rogers at the same time but they picked up the trash and apologized. The kids realized that the park was their spot too. Why make it crappy? Ok, enough of me being on my biodegradable soap box. Check out these sites below that are doing good things, have great information and tips on being Eco-conscious and one I personally love for all the cuteness they supply to the world.

Inspirational stories filled with so many wonderful people helping every creature you can imagine: from pigs to birds and everything in between: Best Friends

Grab your walkin shoes, this site by Alissa Walker will get you motivated to be an explorer: A Walker in LA

Overhaul your health and beauty with Considering You. You'll find challenges, conversations, a community, and for today, an amazing giveaway!

Up for a challenge, try CNN's quiz. Check it out here Earthling.

When you are having a rough day, visit Cute Overload and I promise you'll feel so much better.

Have some sites that you are a fan of or a story of when you stood up for Mother Earth? Share below or tweet us at @bourbonandgoose.

 

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