What To Do With Empty Perfume Bottles After Your Favorite Scent Is Gone

A few years ago I got onto a bit of a perfume kick. I wear it almost every day and love picking out new scents from some rather nice natural perfume shops. Well, they are slowly running out and now I find myself wondering what to do with empty perfume bottles now that the perfume is gone.  I admit, I don't want to smell like the same thing every day.  I choose my perfume based on my mood, the weather or the outfit I am wearing.  That means I have lots of different pretty bottles in my cabinet.  So, now that I am gathering a collection of empty … [Read more...]

Sustainable Thanksgiving Dinner Idea: Skip the Sexually Frustrated Turkey

Have you been furiously searching the Internet for a Thanksgiving dinner idea to make your meal unique? Are you looking for recipes, crafts and decor to transform your Thanksgiving into a holiday to remember? Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks and many, MANY Americans will be heading to the grocery store to pick up their turkey.  Don't worry...I'm not going to tell you to skip the turkey and eat tofu instead (unless you really WANT to!).  But there are options out there for people who are concerned about the sustainability of their food. The … [Read more...]

How to Binge Watch TV Series and Save Money!

This post about how to binge watch tv series has been sponsored, however, all opinions expressed here are my own. Most of us have a habit or guilty pleasure that costs us money.  Whether it's your morning cup of expensive coffee from your local coffee shop or a Saturday afternoon binge watching television, very few things in life are free. But how much is your habit actually costing you in terms of your monthly budget?  And how big of an impact does that guilty pleasure have on the environment?  You don't have to give up your pre-bed ice … [Read more...]

Living a Natural Lifestyle Starts with Just One Purchase

This post about living a natural lifestyle is brought to you by Tom’s of Maine . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Turning the Clock Back. I was raised in a rather conventional home as a child.  My mom didn't buy organic food and I certainly didn't use any products that were considered natural.  In fact, there was one person in my class who was a vegetarian and we all thought that was downright strange.  Living a natural lifestyle is not something I was ever exposed to as a child. My early days on my own had me eating a lot … [Read more...]

Green Holiday Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Looking to tread more lightly on the planet this holiday season?  Start searching now for green holiday tips because you know what? There is less than one month until Thanksgiving! Before you know it chaos will reign as I try to deal with shopping, baking, kids birthdays (both in November and December!) and entertaining friends and family.  Every year I tell myself that I will be more organized by this time of year but somehow that never seems to work out.  There are a lot of things you can do to ensure a slightly more green holiday season this … [Read more...]

Breathe Deeply and Vote for Clean Air

This post about my reasons to vote for clean air was produced with support from Clean Air Moms Action. All opinions are, of course, my own. When my children were in elementary school, I was on the Environmental Committee.  In fact, I pretty much WAS the Environmental Committee, which was a fairly large undertaking for one person.  I collected the classroom paper recycling, hosted numerous recycling drives for things like eyeglasses and sneakers, and made sure Earth Day was appropriately recognized.  It was a lot of work, but it was a mission … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Wood Ash When Your Campfire is Finished!

Do you know what my all time favorite thing about fall is?  Outdoor fires in our fire pit.  Not only is it a great way to get rid of some of our yard trimmings, it's a wonderful excuse to pour a glass of wine and just enjoy the crisp, fall air.   After you roast marshmallows and toss acorns into the fire, eventually the wood burns up and the campfire dies off.  Ever wonder if there an any uses for wood ash instead of just throwing it away? There are a ton of useful ways to use wood ash once they are cooled off.  Here are just a few things to do … [Read more...]

Eating Insects for Food: Why We Need to Rethink our Eating Habits

Have you ever considered eating insects for food?  The thought kind of grosses you out, doesn't it? The other day I was arguing with a vegan who insisted that the only way to truly go green was to be vegan.  She insisted that nothing else you did mattered one bit to your carbon footprint if you ate any meat products at all.  Personally, I think that is the kind of attitude that prevents people from taking any baby steps at all on the road to green living.  Many recent articles indicate that veganism may actually be harder on the environment … [Read more...]

How to Find the Best All Natural Beauty Products

Every time I need to shop for makeup or skincare products, I remember how hard it is to find the best all natural beauty products. Over the past few years I have tried to make the switch from conventional products to natural ones.  Sometimes I find a product that I really like and it's easy to ditch the chemical laden, artificial stuff.  Other times, I buy one brand after another with pitiful results.  I keep trying new ones, though, because I feel it's important to reduce my exposure to certain chemicals that are prevalent in traditional … [Read more...]

The Leaf Blower: A lazy person’s lawn manicure

As you read this, are you listening to the sound of your neighbor's leaf blower? Does it sound like a hoard of angry mosquitoes descending on your home? I absolutely love this time of year.  Growing up in New England, Fall was always my favorite season.  The brilliant reds and oranges of the maple leaves, the crisp, cool mornings, and the earthy smell of the air as the leaves started to drop to the ground.  Then my dad would hand me a rake and tell me to go clean up the yard.  THAT part of Fall I could seriously have done without.  I can not … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Winterize Your Home to Save Money and Go Green

With the weather finally starting to cool off, are you looking for the best ways to winterize your home?  Sure, you may love the crisp days of autumn and the smell of fallen leaves but winter will be here soon.  While I live in the relatively mild south right now, I grew up in New England.  I know a thing or two about cold weather. I know what it feels like to walk outside and have the inside of your nose freeze because it is so darn cold out.  I know what it's like to get out of bed and put your feet down on a freezing cold floor when you … [Read more...]

Eco-friendly or Eco-crazy? Where Do You Draw the Line?

Where do you draw the line when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint? I like to think that I am an environmentally friendly sort of girl.  I buy organic produce, support my local farmers, recycle and compost.  I have a garden and put my kids' lunches in reusable containers.  I can consider myself green, right?  Mmmmm...maybe and maybe not.  All depends on who you ask. I am part of a number of groups both online and in real life that are focused on living an environmentally friendly lifestyle and I have to say that sometimes I feel like I … [Read more...]

How to Start Saving Money on Organic Food

If you learn how to start saving money on organic food, you will be able to feed your family healthier without totally destroying your food budget.  Will you be able to do all of your family's grocery shopping for only a few dollars like you see on those extreme couponing shows?  No.  I'm sorry but that is very unlikely.  It's extremely frustrating that it is cheaper to eat junk than healthy foods but that is the reality of our current food system.  It seems like whenever the grocery store has a sale on cereal it's only the colored ones with … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Household Items That are Creating Clutter in Your House!

Wondering where to start decluttering your home?  First, learn how to recycle household items and reduce your carbon footprint as you clean! I bet you have stuff tucked into every corner and every drawer of your house that you no longer need, right?  Sneakers that your kid outgrew, paint that you no longer need because your living room is no longer yellow....all that stuff takes up space.  If you are anything like me, you like to tuck things away for safe keeping 'in case you need it one day'.  Am I right?  I do that all the time.  Then I open … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly School Supplies and Tips for a Greener School Year

If you are looking for eco friendly school supplies, you may have trouble finding them in traditional stores.  My children started school a few weeks ago and the back to school shopping trip that it required was horrendous. Who knew that it would cost hundreds of dollars for my kids to sit in class and learn stuff they probably won't need after they get out of college? The older they get, the more they need and the harder it is to keep our carbon footprint low.  It is hard to find eco friendly school supplies unless you shop online. I am going … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Egg Cartons Once You Eat All the Eggs!

Do you eat a lot of eggs in your house? Are you looking for creative uses for egg cartons around the house? You have come to the right place! Breakfast for dinner is a huge hit in my house (thankfully!) and omelets, quiche, and breakfast casseroles are all quick weeknight meals that everyone enjoys. Of course, that means I am left with an awful lot of egg cartons at the end of the month! As I strive to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, I came up with a few creative ways to reuse cardboard egg cartons before tossing them into the … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Children: They only learn what their parents teach them!

Eco friendly children are not born, they're made.  My husband and I are avid outdoor lovers and some of the best times we have had as a family have taken place in the woods.  Hiking, camping, kayaking, and gardening are all considered favorite family activities. I'm lucky my kids enjoy tagging along on our outdoor adventures (most of the time!). Maybe it's because from the time they could walk (or even just sit in a backpack) they have been out in the woods.  When we hike they know to leave the indigenous wildlife, rocks, sticks and whatnot … [Read more...]

Restaurant Food Waste Facts: How to Reduce Food Waste When Eating Out

Our landfills are straining at the seams and we throw away more and more stuff every year.  From appliances and electronics to household mail and toxic chemicals, humans are wasteful creatures. Some things have to be thrown away but many can find new homes or a new purpose.  I was floored when I started researching restaurant food waste facts.  To throw away something broken is one thing but good food should never be wasted, especially given the staggering number of hungry people we have in this country. How many times have you gone to a … [Read more...]

Practical Money Saving Tips That Help You Go Green

My budget this year is pretty much shot.  Between the $20,000 we have done in home repairs and our recent vacation, we have pretty much depleted our bank account and I'm starting to think I need to start coupon clipping again.  I have gotten spoiled in the last few years and while we are careful with our money, I wouldn't say I have been thrifty or budget conscious.  We will soon be moving into the holidays and I am starting to look into some practical money saving tips to help get our bank account up where it needs to be in case of … [Read more...]