Full figured fashion styles hit the runway at Macy’s #MacysEvents

Full figured fashion styles hit the runway at Macy’s #MacysEvents

This fashion post was sponsored by Macy's and SheSpeaks but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I was growing up, my mom was always on one diet or another.  She drank a lot of diet soda and ate a lot of celery.  But, she also ate too much chocolate and liked to spend too much time reading instead of exercising.  Thus, she was always in a constant battle against her weight...never as thin as she wanted to be but not quite able to do anything about it.  She NEVER invested money in nice clothes because her weight was always fluctuating so much.  Clothes may fit this month but not next year so why spend the money, right?  I think she did a huge disservice to her self confidence by wearing clothes that didn't make her feel attractive.  Times are changing when it comes to plus sized … [Read more...]

Disposable Appliances:  Bad for Budgets AND the Environment #TATT

Disposable Appliances: Bad for Budgets AND the Environment #TATT

When my husband and I moved into this house 10 years ago we had to buy all new appliances.  The people buying OUR house wanted to keep them all so we had some serious shopping to do.  Of course, since we bought all of the appliances at the exact same time, logic suggests that they would probably die at the same time, too, right?  Well, unfortunately for our budget, they all decided to die last month.  When the dryer stopped heating and the refrigerator and dishwasher started leaking I did what everyone would do and called out an appliance repair guy.  Then I called a second appliance repair guy because I didn't like what the first guy said.  Too bad for me the second guy said the same thing.  I think its an appliance conspiracy, personally. So what did the oh so UNhelpful appliance … [Read more...]

Recycled Craft Idea:  Make these easy CD coasters!

Recycled Craft Idea: Make these easy CD coasters!

Last week my husband came home from work and told me he had brought me home a GIFT!  YAY for gifts, right? Was it diamonds?  Chocolate?  Maybe a trip to a spa?  Nope, my husband brought me home a stack of old CDs from work that were about to be thrown in the trash!  Well, at least my 'live green' message is getting through to somebody, right?  Since I now had a stack of old CDs to use, I started to look through recycled craft ideas on Pinterest to figure out what do do with them.  You would be amazed at how many recycled crafts there are on the internet!  Seriously...I don't think people should throw anything away without a quick search online to find a new use for your stuff!  If you find yourself with a few leftover CDs or DVDs and need a creative way to use them here are a few easy … [Read more...]

It is far too easy to make bad decisions  #TATT

It is far too easy to make bad decisions #TATT

The other day I was out running errands and I was stressed out and hungry.  I made a run through a local fast food place for a very late lunch. Of course, for the rest of the afternoon I felt sluggish and slightly gross because instead of opting for a healthier salad or smoothie I got something fattening and unhealthy.  I told my husband later that evening that I make bad decisions when I'm hungry.  That statement got me thinking about what other bad decisions we make just because the RIGHT decision is just a little bit too hard to make.  Whether those decisions are about the food we eat or our choices regarding green living it isn't always EASY to make the better choice.  Think About This Thursday #TATT Think about this:  According to Time Magazine the average human being makes … [Read more...]

Electronics Recycling Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Electronics Recycling Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

These tips about electronics recycling have been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.  We live in a digital world.  Kids are getting cell phones at a younger and  younger age.  Homes usually have multiple computers and televisions that need to be replaced and updated frequently.  People are attached not only to one cell phone but often two if they have separate work and personal phones.  Our books are no longer made of paper but are read on iPads and Kindles.  All of these electronic devices become out of date or broken very quickly but what do you do with them when they are no longer useful? Unless every single one of us gets serious about electronics recycling we will soon have landfills overflowing with e-waste.  And once that e-waste starts to break down in the … [Read more...]

Protecting our Food Supply One Honeybee at a Time!

Protecting our Food Supply One Honeybee at a Time!

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. The other day I wrote about my July garden  update and shared a few things that were going on here in the backyard.  Some of it is good, some of it is not so good!  But, I keep plugging away at my garden adventure because I love the idea of feeding my family with food that I grew organically all by myself. I like to think that I am improving our health along with the health of this planet by planting and growing food crops.  But, then I came across some disturbing information that suggests that I may actually be KILLING bees with my backyard garden! Many nurseries and big box stores sell plants that have been sprayed with neonicotinoid pesticides.  The use of neonicotinoids has been linked … [Read more...]

Bottled Water:  Let’s think about this, shall we?

Bottled Water: Let’s think about this, shall we?

My kids both play on a tennis team and one of the 'rules' of the governing body states that water must be provided for the players at every match. That sounds like a good plan, right?  Wouldn't want a bunch of dehydrated kids running around on the tennis courts.  However, this rule means that every single week somebody must provide bottled water and this week it is me.  I LOATH bottled water.  I really and truly see bottled water as the epitome of everything that is wrong with society today. We just throw money at something that we could otherwise get for FREE and then  add the resulting trash to our already overflowing waste system. Think About This Thursday Bottled Water: Why are you buying it? Think about this:  According to StatisticBrain.com, the average person buys 167 bottles … [Read more...]

How to Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden and a Garden Linky!

How to Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden and a Garden Linky!

I am an avid food gardener and every year my back yard gardens hold a variety of fruits, veggies and herbs that I can feed my family.  I plant in rich soil that is as natural and organic as I can find.  I water regularly and inspect my plants frequently for problems.  But, no matter how vigilant I am about growing healthy plants, the truth of the matter is that without beneficial insects, I will have very little harvest come summer!  Insects are incredibly important to a backyard gardener and there are a lot of things we can do to ensure that the BENEFICIAL ones take up residence in our yards.  If you are an avid gardener like I am, here are a few tips you might find handy for bringing beneficial insects into your backyard habitat. What are beneficial insects? Beneficial insects are … [Read more...]

Creating a Peaceful Backyard Space

Creating a Peaceful Backyard Space

My family spends a lot of time outside during the warm months of spring and summer.  A cup of coffee during a morning fire or a glass of wine after dinner are great ways for us to relax together.  We have worked hard to create a peaceful backyard space over the last few years, although it always seems to be a work in progress.  Getting outside can be very relaxing, especially if you have a peaceful backyard to enjoy but how do you turn that space behind your house into an oasis of calm?  Here are just a few things for you to consider this spring as you create a peaceful backyard where you can put  your feet up and relax after a stressful day of work and kids! Creating a Peaceful Backyard Space   1.  Ditch the Clutter:  Nothing stresses me out more than seeing clutter all over … [Read more...]

How to be an Eco-Friendly Homeowner This Spring

How to be an Eco-Friendly Homeowner This Spring

I am compensated for the posts I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. With the onset of spring  there are flowers to plant, lawns to mow and home repairs that need to be tackled. There are a number of changes we can make to our homes and yards to help reduce our impact on the world around us. When you sit down and plan your budget and list of “to-do’s” for the coming months, consider some of my recommendations on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a more eco-friendlier season!   … [Read more...]