7 Reasons Not to Buy Valentines Day Flower Arrangements

Valentines Day is right around the corner and that means millions of people heading out to buy cards, candy, and of course,  Valentines Day flower arrangements!  Why do we celebrate February 14th as a day of love? One legend says that the holiday originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis, a fertility celebration that used to be observed annually on February 15. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned it into a Christian feast day and moved the date to February 14 in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century.  … [Read more...]

Best Eco Friendly Gifts for a Romantic Date Night with a Small Carbon Footprint!

Are you looking for the best eco friendly gifts for a romantic date? Red may be considered the color of love but when it comes to Valentine's Day you should really start thinking GREEN!  If you listen to the hype on TV it seems like women can only be happy if they get diamonds, flowers, and a Lexus as a symbol of their significant other's love. Unfortunately,  none of these options is really all that great for the environment. Here are a few alternatives to traditional Valentine's Day gifts and activities that you may want to consider this … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Decluttering: What to do with old books

Books are the one thing that I don't mind spending money on but after a while, the bookshelves just get a bit too full.  As  I look around my house deciding what areas to declutter, I find myself wondering what to do with old books.  There are only so many shelves on my bookcase, right?  But I would never throw away a book...that just seems like sacrilege!  Do you remember when Borders Bookstores started having financial trouble and they began closing stores?  There was a huge backlash against the company when it was discovered that … [Read more...]

Energy Saving Tips at Home to Save Money and Go Green!

I find that going green and being frugal have a lot in common, especially when it comes to these energy saving tips at home.  During the winter months, people's budgets are stretched thin.  Holiday shopping has our credit card bills through the roof and winter heating costs are skyrocketing.    One area of your home budget where you can save yourself some money AND help the environment at the same time is cutting down your home energy usage. When I was doing my research, I found that most of the top 10 energy saving tips for home also helped … [Read more...]

Best Eco Friendly Gifts for Teens

I am the mother of two teenagers.  Aren't I lucky?  If you have your own teenagers, you will understand the challenges I face when trying to shop for them.  I have been searching for the best eco friendly gifts for teens because I want to reduce the carbon footprint of our gift giving.  However, THEY want what their friends have...which is rarely affordable, useful or good for the environment!  I am trying to find a balance this year between the things they need, the things they WANT and the gifts that are better for the environment.  I thought … [Read more...]

Are fake ones just as good as the real thing?

Christmas is almost here and everyone is rushing around looking for Christmas trees to put in their homes.  Some people choose real trees while others look for the best artificial Christmas trees they can find. Are those people making the better choice? Is it better for the environment to choose a real tree or should we all be looking for realistic artificial Christmas trees? In a few weeks there will be millions of dried up evergreen trees heading to the dump.  They have fulfilled their one and only requirement of decorating our homes for … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Gift Cards and Other Creative Re-purposing Ideas

How Many Gift Cards Does It Take to make 9000 tons of plastic?  Last week I headed over to my local Barnes & Noble book store to buy all of my children's teachers a small gift card in appreciation of all their hard work this year.  There are a lot of teachers...and music instructors and Girl Scout leaders and a bus driver to buy for so I ended up with quite a stack of gift cards and a very large bill.  But, I really wanted to say thank you and since I don't know what they actually want or need, a gift card is the perfect gift, right?  Well, … [Read more...]

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank!

I spent some time this weekend looking for easy fall decorating ideas because I am about as far from Martha Stewart as you can possibly get.  It once took me three months to decide on a shower curtain for the bathroom.  I am just not great at picking out home decor items for my house.  Not  only do I not want to spend a lot of money but I also don't seem to like a lot of what I see in stores.  I like decorating ideas that bring nature into my home.  That is fairly easy to do in the spring but what about fall decorating?  How do we bring … [Read more...]

5 Green Thanksgiving Tips Everyone Should Consider

I have decided to share a few green Thanksgiving tips with my readers.  WHY?  Because how many people have ever stopped to think about the carbon footprint of their Thanksgiving celebration? Where did that turkey come from?  How much trash did you create?  Where the heck did those green beans come from when there is snow on the ground already?  Very few people set out to have a green Thanksgiving and I think that is a bit sad.  One of the things I am most thankful for is the planet on which we live. That might sound a bit cheesy but honestly, … [Read more...]

Our Frustrating Search for a Safe Nail Polish

I have never understood my teenage daughter's obsession with nail polish.  I never painted her nails when she was little because I always worried about toxic nail polish ingredients.  She discovered nail polish on her own once she hit about 4th grade and has been crazy about it ever since.  I have learned over the last few years of having teenagers that it is best to pick my battles carefully.  She happily washes with my organic, locally made soap and uses an aluminum free, natural deodorant.  I haven't fought too hard about the nail polish up … [Read more...]

8 Things to do with Pine Cones

Everywhere I look around my house, I see pine trees.  While they can present a hazard in terms of falling on houses in ice storms, they provide useful things like pine straw and pine cones.  I love finding ways to to use pine cones around my house.  I have stumbled across some really creative things to do with pine cones in the last few weeks and thought I would share.  If you have a lot of pine cones in your yard, here are a few ways to use them. 8 Things to do with Pine Cones Gift decorations:  Wrap a Christmas gift in a natural paper … [Read more...]

How to Care for Leather Boots Naturally

Can you picture in your mind the look, feel and smell of real leather?  There is something so perfect about a new pair of leather boots.  And then after a bit of wear and tear, they are no longer so magical looking.  Now they just look old and tired.  But, women's leather boots are not cheap so replacing them frequently just isn't going to happen.  I got my first and only pair a few years ago and they are definitely showing their age.  I want to clean them up a bit and have been looking into how to clean leather boots but some of the products I … [Read more...]

Buy Free Range Chicken and Take the #ChangeYourChicken Challenge!

Over the years, one of the things I have become most passionate about is the humane raising of animals for food.  Yes, I know I could just stop eating them and solve the problem completely.  However, we choose to limit our meat consumption and support farms that raise their animals humanely.  All of the pork and beef I buy comes from a small local farmer who raises them out in the field as humanely as possible.  One of the meats I have the most trouble finding locally is free range chicken.  I usually end up buying something called 'naturally … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Regular Lamp into a 3 Way Lamp for Greater Energy Savings

This post about how to turn a regular lamp into a 3 way lamp has been sponsored by Cree but all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links. #CreatewithCree Have you ever woken up early in the morning, turned on the light and been blinded by it's brightness?  Or, maybe you want to go out at night and leave a light on for safety but hate the idea of using a lot of electricity when you don't have too. There are many times when you may need just a LITTLE bit of light in a room but your lamp doesn't have a 'low' setting. … [Read more...]

How to Wash Workout Clothes and Ditch the Stink!

When the kids went back to school about 6 weeks ago, I adopted a near daily workout habit.  I have always been active with walking and the occasional yoga session but I was determined to work up a sweat every single day. Daily workouts mean that my workout clothes are getting a LOT of use.  I'm washing gym clothes just about every day at this point.  I have noticed, however, that no matter how many times I wash my fitness clothing, it doesn't always smell fresh when it comes out of the dryer.  Exercise clothes tend to absorb the odors of your … [Read more...]

How to Conserve Water in the Kitchen to Go Green and Save Money

With the heat of summer and a thirsty garden, last month's water bill was rather high.  While these things tend to go in cycles depending on the season, I don't like knowing I am using more water than I usually do.  I admit, I love my garden and my long showers and those things are both water hogs.  In order to conserve water, I have decided to look towards my kitchen this month.  How can I conserve water in the kitchen to cut back on rising water bills?  I decided to do a bit of research and share my water saving tips with my readers.  If you … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Fall Activities for House, Home and Family

As I look out into my back yard, I can already see the leaves starting to flutter off the trees.  Sure, it's only August but the trees have had a rough summer and I'm noticing more and more dead leaves on the grass every morning.  Within the next month, the mornings will start to get cooler, the sun will set earlier, and fall will be here before we know it.  Every season has challenges when it comes to green living.  In the spring we use lots of water for growing gardens.  In the summer we use a lot of air conditioning to battle the horrendous … [Read more...]

Natural Skin Care Tips for Radiant Skin after 40

This post about Natural Skin Care Tips has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. I was recently going through some of my photos and I was shocked at how young my husband and I looked in them.  Even photos that were taken just 5 years ago show off a person that is much thinner and younger looking than I am right now.  There is something about the magic number *40* that just signifies the downhill slide into 'not quite so young any more'!  Since I don't see myself getting facelifts and collagen injections any time soon, I … [Read more...]

The Sustainable Kitchen: 5 Easy Ways to Live Greener!

This post about creating a sustainable kitchen has been sponsored but all opinions are my own. The kitchen is the most used room in the entire house.  It acts as a central hub for families to gather. People eat, socialize, cook, do homework, play games and enjoy time for relaxation in this very important room of the house. It only makes sense that the kitchen plays a huge role in how sustainable our lives are.  Reducing our carbon footprint should be a goal of every single person on this planet. Whether you believe in global warming or not, … [Read more...]