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Thrift Store Treasures and a DIY Washi Tape Picture Frame

Thrift Store Spoons

I have been spending the last couple of weeks browsing around a few thrift stores and antique shops in my area.  I love finding second hand treasures at affordable prices.  The first few places I went to were 'antique shops' and I found that the prices were much higher than I was willing to spend.  I like old things...I just don't want to spend a fortune on them just because they are OLD.  I also don't want to buy things that I am just going to look at.  I find that most antique shops have things that you would not actually use...old dolls, … [Read more...]

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Winter Energy Saving Tips for your Home

Energy Saving Tips for Winter

Here in Georgia, our fall weather is usually rather mild.  Imagine my surprise this morning when the weather man told me it was going to drop down into the TWENTIES tonight!  For those of you in colder climates that probably seems rather balmy but here in the south that is unheard of for November.  I have a feeling we are in for a very chilly winter and that means skyrocketing energy costs.  Since just about everyone is concerned with saving money on utilities I figured I would share a few energy saving tips to help you stay in budget as the … [Read more...]

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10 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

How to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Coffee is like the nectar of the Gods in my house. We have a pot in the morning to get us moving and fueled for the day. Then we hit that afternoon slump around 3 PM and I make another small pot just so I have enough energy to make dinner and deal with after school activities. Sound familiar? I bet a lot of you are just as addicted to that caffeinated goodness as I am. As a result of my frequent coffee consumption, I am left with a LOT of old coffee grounds. Instead of throwing them away, I am always looking for creative ways to reuse coffee … [Read more...]

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How to Turn a Cereal Box into a Beautiful Gift Box

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This morning when the kids got up I made them breakfast like I do every weekday morning.  I was very energetic and poured cereal into a bowl.  I'm not overly ambitious at 6 AM.  After putting the bowls on the table I was left with yet another empty cereal box to throw into the recycle bin.  I am sure just about every household in American throws away a cereal box or two every week!  I decided to put my scissors and washi tape to good use and turn that cereal box into something slightly more useful! You can make this gift box out of just … [Read more...]

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Easy DIY Avocado Hair Mask for Dry Hair

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The weather is finally cooling off and the humidity is dropping.  I actually turned the heat on in the house for the first time this morning to get rid of the chill.  With the onset of winter and dry air comes dry hair and skin as well.  My daughter's very thick and wavy hair is tough to tame and the change in weather means her dry hair starts to frizz out of control.  She has a tendency to tame her hair with a pony tail most days of the week but she gets a little tired of that look every once in a while! If you are trying to tackle your … [Read more...]

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10 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Toothbrushes

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I am slightly anal retentive about getting all of us to the dentist twice a year.  Of course at each of these dentist appointments we get a free toothbrush to take home with us.  That means 8 old toothbrushes need to find new uses every single year.  On top of that, I tend to replace toothbrushes randomly when they are looking particularly worn or someone has a nasty cold or strep throat.  I am always looking at those old toothbrushes and wondering what in the world I can do with them besides throw them in the trash can.  I have seen … [Read more...]

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How Do You Decide What Organic Products to Buy? #TATT

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With the cost of groceries on the rise and concern over ingredients rising even faster, I find myself struggling with decision  making at the grocery store.  What organic products are the most important to buy?  Is it more important to buy organic produce and 'regular' cereal or should I make sure that all my corn based products are organic to avoid possible exposure to GMO ingredients?  Do I put my money into organic meat to ensure that it was raised humanely or am I supporting 'agribusiness' by not buying my meat from a small, local farmer?  … [Read more...]

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Recycled Crafts: A Cinnamon Stick Centerpiece!

Easy Recycled Centerpiece Craft 2

With the holidays coming quickly, I am already seeing tons of holiday decor in the stores.  You can't step foot into Target or even the grocery store without seeing some sort of Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas merchandise.  I try hard not to spend a lot of money on holiday decor.  It just isn't really something that is hugely important to me.  I want my house to look nice for the holidays, but I prefer to keep my decorations as simple and natural as I can.  A bowl of scented pine cones, a scented candles and a few recycled crafts are … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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Disposable Appliances: Bad for Budgets AND the Environment #TATT

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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 … [Read more...]

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Recycled Craft Idea: Make these easy CD coasters!

Recycled 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 … [Read more...]

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It is far too easy to make bad decisions #TATT

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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.  … [Read more...]

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Electronics Recycling Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Electronics Recycling Tips

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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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

Bottled Water

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 … [Read more...]

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

How to Attract Beneficial Insects

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 … [Read more...]

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Creating a Peaceful Backyard Space

How to Create 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 … [Read more...]

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How to be an Eco-Friendly Homeowner This Spring

How to Have a More Eco Friendly Home 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...]

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Save the Planet One Fork at a Time

Save the Planet One Fork at a Time

As I go about my day, I often wonder whether there is any possible way for humans to save the planet from the downward spiral it's currently on. My neighbors spray chemicals on their lawns left and right.  The traffic congestion and subsequent exhaust in Atlanta is out of control.  Overseas companies are polluting our planet at an alarming rate.  So, what's a green blogger to do?  I can't control what everyone ELSE in the world is doing but I can control what *I* do to save the planet.  Maybe it is just using cloth napkins instead of paper.  Or … [Read more...]