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  All of these electronic devices become out of date or broken very quickly but what do you do with them when they are no longer useful?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...]