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Tips for Making Homemade Bread

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Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the posts I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. Bread is a staple in our house, and, with hungry, growing teens, it is a great way to fill them up without spending a fortune. Making your own bread is an inexpensive and healthy option that also reduces your carbon footprint, since many pre-packaged food items can create a lot of waste. Although I am not an expert at baking bread, I have seen quite a lot of improvement in my skills over time. If you’re up for giving homemade … [Read more...]

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Tips for a Greener Holiday Feast

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This post about a greener holiday feast has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are HERE  and many of us are preparing a huge holiday feast this week. With family and friends coming to visit, we often find ourselves struggling to figure out what to feed everyone. While it is easy to fall back on quick and easy solutions, those are not always the most eco-friendly decisions we could be making. With a little planning and thought, it’s possible to feed all your guests and reduce your small … [Read more...]

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Homemade Coconut Lotion Bars

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This homemade coconut lotion bar post has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. Summer is finally here and while many of us are spending our days out in the hot sun, the warm weather can do some serious damage to our skin. Making homemade skin moisturizers is a great way to combat dry skin without shelling out a lot of money on high-end beauty products. With just a few simple ingredients, homemade coconut lotion bars are a great way to nourish and pamper your skin.  Come check out the simple ingredients and … [Read more...]

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Easy Easter Craft : Use Decoupage for Natural Egg Decor! #sp

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This easy Easter craft post is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine alone. Spring is one of my favorite seasons as nature starts to defrost and come alive again. Flowers start to peek out of the ground and my local farmer’s hens start laying eggs, leaving me with a great selection of natural décor to decorate my house! One way I use up extra egg shells is by making a basket full of decorated eggs to adorn my table. Decoupage is a very easy craft to learn and is simply the act of using a special sort of glue to adhere … [Read more...]

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Creative Uses for Your Egg Cartons #SCJgreenerchoices

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Breakfast for dinner is a huge hit in my house (thankfully!) and omelets, quiche, and breakfast casseroles are all quick weeknight meals that everyone enjoys. Of course, that means I am left with an awful lot of egg cartons at the end of the month! As I strive to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, I came up with a few creative ways to reuse cardboard egg cartons before tossing them into the recycling bin.  Come check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices  blog for a few creative ways to reuse your own egg … [Read more...]

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Easy Tips To Help You Go Green This Year! #SCJgreenerchoices

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The New Year is finally here and many people set out to make better-for-you resolutions such as quit smoking, start exercising, get organized and eat healthier. This year I challenge you to make a resolution that is not only good for YOU, but also good for our planet. Come check out my post on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint this year. Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. … [Read more...]

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Green Initiatives at SC Johnson

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If you have been following my blog for a while you will have noticed my periodic sharing of articles that I write for the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog.  I was asked to be on their blogger panel a couple of years ago and when I started researching SC Johnson's commitment to the environment I was really quite impressed.  They are making incredible strides to reduce their environmental footprint and should be a model for other mainstream companies to follow.  What sort of steps has SC Johnson taken over the past few years to become more green? … [Read more...]

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Creative Ways for Reusing Glass Jars #SCJgreenerchoices

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It seems like I’m always tossing something else into my recycling bin including tin cans, newspapers, cereal boxes, glass jars and dozens of other items that I no longer need. We all know recycling is great, but every once in a while I try to think of unique ways to reuse an item! For example, glass jars come in all shapes and sizes, from small baby food jars to larger pickle jars and everything in between. There are tons of creative ways to reuse these jars around your house instead of throwing them in the recycling bin.  Come check out my … [Read more...]

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Seven Creative Ways to Reuse Glass Bottles #SCJgreenerchoices

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  It seems like every time I turn around I have another glass jar or bottle to recycle.  While recycling is great, sometimes I like to get creative and find a new use for something instead.  Glass bottles can come in handy around the house and you do not need to be too crafty to come up with something creative!  Check out my recent article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to see what sort of things you can create with your leftover glass bottles! Seven Creative Ways to Reuse Glass Bottles   Disclaimer:  I have been … [Read more...]

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Tips for having an ecofriendly picnic! #SCJgreenerchoices

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Heading to the park with your kids to enjoy the last few weeks of summer?   Instead of grabbing fast food consider bringing along a picnic basket for a healthier lunch and one that’s better for the environment. Come check out my post on the SC Johnson Greeener Choices blog for tips on how to make sure your picnic is as green as the grass you are sitting on!   Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the posts I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. … [Read more...]

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Make a Cereal Box Scrapbook of Your Summer Vacation! #SCJgreenerchoices

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  Summer vacations are exciting family moments that should be remembered long after the trip is over and there is no reason those memories have to fade! To that end, you don’t have to go out and buy expensive scrapbook supplies to document your fun. A simple cereal box and a few other supplies you most likely have around the house can be used creatively to make a homemade scrapbook!  Come check out my post on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for directions on how to make one! Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the … [Read more...]

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Tips for Keeping Animals Out of Your Vegetable Garden #SCJGreenerChoices

There is nothing that frustrates me more than going out to pick some fresh produce from my garden only to find that critters have already eaten some of the ripest and juiciest pieces!   Whether you are dealing with wild critters or domesticated pets, animals can seriously ruin your garden!  Come check out my recent post on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to learn how to keep them OUT!Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. … [Read more...]

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Tips to Help Reduce Your Outdoor Water Usage #SCJGreenerChoices

I live in the south where summers are often incredibly hot and dry. Unfortunately, hot and dry is really not all that good for my garden and landscaping! In order to keep my plants from drying up, I have learned several ways to get the most out of my outdoor watering.  Reducing your outdoor water usage is good for the environment and your wallet!  Come check out my recent article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to find out how!Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine … [Read more...]

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How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden #SCJGreenerChoices

I absolutely love to garden and have several small beds scattered amongst the landscaping of my yard. I noticed many years ago that the beds that do the best and produce the most veggies for me are the ones planted around my flowering bushes! No matter how much attention you give your garden, you will not have a good harvest without bees to pollinate your plants! Come check out my tips on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to learn how to attract pollinators to your garden!Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC … [Read more...]

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Garden Update: The Fruits of My Labor

I love to garden but it can be very frustrating at times!  I am an avid planter...but not so great a grower!  I try so hard with compost and manure and a ridiculous amount of attention in terms of watering and organic pest control but it seems like my harvests are hit or miss.  We have been trying to grow more fruit in the yard since we eat so much of it but I am always fighting the squirrels and birds for the crop.  Here is what I have growing right now:On the left are the grape vines we planted several years ago along a wooden split rail … [Read more...]

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Earth-Friendly Kid’s Craft: Coffee Ground Fossils #SCJGreenerChoices

It is almost time for kids to be getting out of school for summer vacation which will leave them with LOTS of spare time on their hands!  Don't give in to their demands of constant screen time!  Instead, find some creative crafts to keep them busy.  These Coffee Ground Fossils are a great way to reuse your coffee grounds AND keep your kids entertained at the same time!  Come check out the recipe on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog!  Disclaimer: I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are … [Read more...]

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Green Your Shaving Routine for Smooth Summer Legs #scjgreenerchoices

With spring finally here and summer just around the corner, I have started to switch out the jeans and sweaters for shorts and tank tops.  Since I am not brave enough for laser hair removal and hate the pain of waxing, I am stuck with daily shaving to keep my legs looking good.  Come check out my recent article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to learn how to green up your shaving routine!Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.  … [Read more...]

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Tips for Eco-friendly Travel this Summer #scjgreenerchoices

As the weather gets nicer, more and more people decide to hit the road for a family vacation.  Whether you are staying close to home or traveling cross-country, there are a number of things you can do to stay eco-friendly on your next road trip.  Come check out my recent article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to learn how do reduce your carbon footprint on your next vacation!Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.  … [Read more...]

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Skip the Drive-Thru and Try These Organic Whole Wheat Pancakes #scjgreenerchoices

Your mornings are crazy and you don't have time to make a healthy breakfast, right? Think again. Hitting the drive-thru because you are rushed for time in the morning is not the best choice for your health or our environment. Skip the extra calories and avoid throwing away all those wrappers by making organic, whole wheat pancakes ahead of time!  Come check out my post on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for the recipe!Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are mine … [Read more...]