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Earth Hour Ideas: It’s in #YourPower to Make a Difference

Earth Hour Ideas for Having Fun in the Dark

I have come across a lot of people in my day to day life who believe that living green is just too hard.  They are intimidated by hard core eco conscious folks who wear hemp and only eat organic tofu so they don't bother trying to reduce their carbon footprint at all.  They figure one or two small changes will never make a difference.  That is one of the main reasons I started this blog....I wanted people to realize that even making ONE small change in their daily life that benefits our planet is better than nothing at all.  If every single … [Read more...]

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Grocery Shopping Tips to Bring About Social Good

Grocery Shopping Tips for Social Good

As I sit here typing this blog post, I have just returned from yet another grocery shopping trip.  No matter how hard I try, I seem to spend an awful lot of time there.  Either we are out of something completely vital (heaven forbid my daughter run out of yogurt!) or I have a recipe I want to make and am missing one important ingredient.  I know, I really need to plan my shopping better.  Just consolidating my trips to the grocery store would save me a lot of time, money, and wear and tear on my car.  Not to mention, reducing my carbon … [Read more...]

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10 Creative Ways to Repurpose old Magazines

How to Repurpose Old Magazines

Once a year my daughter comes home with a magazine sales flyer as a fund raiser for school.  I truly detest those fund raisers but feel I need to do my part to help support the school.  I therefor buy exactly ONE magazine from her every year.  But somehow, my name is on some list where I randomly get free magazines in the mail every week.  And I don't know who the heck they think I am but I don't need a skiing magazine in Georgia, nor am I interested in the latest celebrity gossip.  If someone knows how to get my name OFF this random magazine … [Read more...]

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15 Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Milk Jugs

How to reuse plastic milk jugs

One of my goals in the new year is to find ways to reuse things I have around my house.  Since my daughter has a near obsession with milk, the one thing I am always recycling is plastic milk jugs.  There are days I think I would be better off just buying my own cow but until my home owners association is willing to overlook livestock in the back yard, I am stuck buying milk in jugs from the store.  I decided to start doing a bit of research on creative ways to reuse plastic milk jugs.  If I could keep just one or two out of my recycling bin a … [Read more...]

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How to Repurpose Old Spice Jars

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We go through a lot of spices in my house.  We don't add a lot of salt to our food and using herbs is a great way to get flavor without additional sodium.  Of course, fresh herbs are the tastiest, but that isn't always an option.  In the dead of winter, my oregano is...well...DEAD!  And who in the world even knows where things like paprika or coriander come from.  Certainly not my back yard! Our spice addiction results in me trying to find new uses for a whole lot of empty spice jars. I figured maybe you all would like to know a few ways that I … [Read more...]

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DIY Decorative Jar Lids for an Upcycled Valentine’s Day Treat Jar

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Valentine's Day isn't really a huge deal in my house.  I don't have small children and my teenagers think the holiday is a bit cheesy right now.  My husband and I are not particularly the 'romantic' sort of couple.  There is no flashy jewelry, trips to the spa or exotic vacations in store for us on Valentine's Day.  But, I still want to do something simple for my husband to let him know I love him. He is, of course, the guy that kills cockroaches and unclogs drains.  He deserves a little something special now and then! These decorative jar lids … [Read more...]

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Do These Simple Things to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!

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We have officially entered into 2015 and a new year gives us renewed determination to improve our lives.  People are making resolutions this month and it is the perfect time to consider how your everyday actions affect the health of our environment.  If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and live a greener life, you have come to the right place by reading my blog.  Small, everyday actions can have a serious impact on our own health and the health of our environment. We don't need to make huge changes in order to live a greener life! Every … [Read more...]

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Chamomile, Honey and Vanilla Sugar Scrub and a Twinings Tea for every moment!

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The last month has been very stressful trying to get ready for the holidays.  Every spare moment has been spent either working, shopping, or dealing with an unexpected crisis.  There has been very little time for making sure my own needs have been met.  I barely found time to eat this month, much less relax or pamper myself.  Even finding time to shave my legs or enjoy a cup of tea was tough! But, now that the gifts are open, the parties are over and the baking is done, I can once again take care of ME.  First thing on my to do list is to enjoy … [Read more...]

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5 iPhone Apps to Help You Live Green

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With Christmas coming, many people will be getting new technology gifts for the new year.  I must admit, I am pretty much permanently attached to my iPhone and use it for just about every aspect of my life.  Have you ever considered that iPhone apps can be useful for more than just checking email and playing games?  iPhone apps can actually help you reduce your carbon footprint and improve the health of our environment.   Yes, now you can do more than just crush candy or take care of imaginary farm animals or whatever all you iPhone game lovers … [Read more...]

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Eco Friendly Gift Giving for the Socially Conscious Shopper

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Christmas is fast approaching which means we need to start doing some serious amounts of shopping. Kids want the latest and greatest toys, mom wants a new tablet reader and maybe dad has his eye on a new set of golf clubs.  Every time we go to someone's home we bring housewarming gifts and it seems like every office party has a gift exchange party.  So, what do you do if you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint?  Eco friendly gift giving sometimes takes a bit more thought than just driving to the mall with a credit card but it is … [Read more...]

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Your DIY Beauty Pantry: 10 Must Have Ingredients

Essential Ingredients for DIY beauty recipes

Over the last couple of years I have become very interested in making my own diy beauty creations. I have made everything from sugar scrubs to homemade mouth wash and overall have been very pleased with the results. Some recipes have come out better than others and I have learned quite a bit along the way. As we move into the new year I would like to encourage everyone to try their hand at a few easy diy beauty recipes,  They are incredibly easy to make and cost only a fraction of what those expensive spa products cost you.  Not only will you … [Read more...]

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Thrift Store Treasures and a DIY Washi Tape Picture Frame

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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!

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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...]