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Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas

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I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. With the warm weather finally here, I’ve been searching for quick and easy ways to get my home organized and decorated. I’ve learned that simple tasks like getting rid of built-up clutter and updating your space from dark-colored, winter hues to brighter pops of color, will not only give you a boost of energy and optimism, but are also great ways to revitalize your home. Check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few … [Read more...]

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Pasta with Parsley Pesto Recipe

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I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. From attending my children’s band concerts to carpooling to various sporting events we have a very hectic schedule in my home. Rather than going through the drive-thru on a busy night, I try to plan my meals ahead of time by looking for dinner options that can be created in less than 20 minutes. Since I like to cook from scratch, pasta is usually the go-to meal when I find myself crunched on time. To keep the dish flavorful and stray away from the … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday: Creamy Carrot Soup with Coconut

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I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. It is amazingly easy to reduce the amount of meat you eat if you begin exploring the idea of serving soups, salads and sandwiches for dinner. I have a particular fondness for smooth, rich soups that typically involve heavy cream or half and half, which I usually don’t ever have on hand. This recipe for carrot soup uses coconut milk instead, which is easy to stock in the pantry for last minute meals. Loaded with Vitamin A from the rich carrots and … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Mango, Black Bean and Rice Salad

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I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. In order to save both time and energy, I try to find recipes that use as little cooking as possible!  Time is short and there are lot more enjoyable things to do then spend hours in the kitchen.  Come check out my recent meatless Monday recipe on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog.  It uses black beans for a protein boost, fresh vegetables and the tropical flavor of mangoes for a little added sweetness. Make the rice ahead of time for … [Read more...]

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Pesto Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach #Recipe for #MeatlessMonday

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This pesto macaroni and cheese recipe is part of an ongoing collaboration with SC Johnson for which I am compensated.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Going meatless in my house is easy as long as one of the vegetarian options frequently offered includes macaroni and cheese. Although purchasing macaroni and cheese from a box is vegetarian, I prefer to make my own so I can control the ingredients in the dish. Come check out my recipe for pesto macaroni and cheese that uses whole wheat pasta, real cheese, fresh milk and even some green … [Read more...]

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Creative Uses for Your Tin Cans #SCJgreenerchoices #spon

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This post about creative uses for your tin cans is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. I've found that a lot of the products I purchase come in tin cans. While I always recycle them, I also try to find creative ways to re-purpose them.  Remember,  as a first step, properly clean each can and file any sharp edges. Consider lining the edges with Duct or masking tape for extra protection.  Also, please supervise your children during these crafts.   You can check out the directions for a tin can birdfeeder or head over … [Read more...]

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Tips to Eat More Local This Year #SCJgreenerchoices #spon

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These tips to eat more local this year are sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. With spring comes an abundance of fruits and vegetables at the grocery store. There are a number of ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your diet, one of which is to eat locally produced foods. Come check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to learn a few tips to help you eat more local foods! Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday #Recipe: Italian Brown Rice with Lentils #Scjgreenerchoices

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This meatless Monday recipe is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. Coming up with a high-protein, meatless meal can be easy if you keep your pantry stocked with a few key ingredients. One item on my list of ‘must-have’ pantry staples is lentils. Including them in your diet provides protein and plenty of fiber and iron, as well. This recipe for Italian Brown Rice with Lentils is an easy, one-pot meal that requires little attention and offers plenty of nutrition!  Come check out the recipe on the SC Johnson Greener … [Read more...]

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Easy Easter Craft : Use Decoupage for Natural Egg Decor! #sp

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This easy Easter craft post is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine alone. Spring is one of my favorite seasons as nature starts to defrost and come alive again. Flowers start to peek out of the ground and my local farmer’s hens start laying eggs, leaving me with a great selection of natural décor to decorate my house! One way I use up extra egg shells is by making a basket full of decorated eggs to adorn my table. Decoupage is a very easy craft to learn and is simply the act of using a special sort of glue to adhere … [Read more...]

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Easy Tips To Help You Go Green This Year! #SCJgreenerchoices

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The New Year is finally here and many people set out to make better-for-you resolutions such as quit smoking, start exercising, get organized and eat healthier. This year I challenge you to make a resolution that is not only good for YOU, but also good for our planet. Come check out my post on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint this year. Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. … [Read more...]

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Meatless Monday Recipe: Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans #SCJgreenerchoices

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During the chaos of the holiday season it’s easy to fall back on quick and not-so-healthy dinner options. Now that the New Year has arrived, I am determined to make a few changes to my family’s diet. Two of my goals are to start eating more vegetarian meals and to experiment with different types of grains. Come check out my recipe for Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans. It is a quick and easy Meatless Monday recipe using ingredients that can easily be stored in your pantry for busy nights. Meatless Monday: Mexican Quinoa and Black … [Read more...]

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Green Initiatives at SC Johnson

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If you have been following my blog for a while you will have noticed my periodic sharing of articles that I write for the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog.  I was asked to be on their blogger panel a couple of years ago and when I started researching SC Johnson's commitment to the environment I was really quite impressed.  They are making incredible strides to reduce their environmental footprint and should be a model for other mainstream companies to follow.  What sort of steps has SC Johnson taken over the past few years to become more green? … [Read more...]

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Tips to Green up Your Child’s Snack Routine #SCJgreenerchoices

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I have a teenage boy and it seems like every hour I hear the words, “Mom, I’m hungry!” My growing boy eats like a linebacker, and at almost 5’10”, still looks like a bean pole. I am constantly trying to find snacks that are both healthy for him and the environment. Come check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for some ways to reduce the ecological footprint of your kids' snacking habits. Disclaimer:  I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. … [Read more...]

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Creative Ways for Reusing Glass Jars #SCJgreenerchoices

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It seems like I’m always tossing something else into my recycling bin including tin cans, newspapers, cereal boxes, glass jars and dozens of other items that I no longer need. We all know recycling is great, but every once in a while I try to think of unique ways to reuse an item! For example, glass jars come in all shapes and sizes, from small baby food jars to larger pickle jars and everything in between. There are tons of creative ways to reuse these jars around your house instead of throwing them in the recycling bin.  Come check out my … [Read more...]

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Seven Creative Ways to Reuse Glass Bottles #SCJgreenerchoices

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  It seems like every time I turn around I have another glass jar or bottle to recycle.  While recycling is great, sometimes I like to get creative and find a new use for something instead.  Glass bottles can come in handy around the house and you do not need to be too crafty to come up with something creative!  Check out my recent article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to see what sort of things you can create with your leftover glass bottles! Seven Creative Ways to Reuse Glass Bottles   Disclaimer:  I have been … [Read more...]

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Skip the Can! Tips for Making Homemade Soup #SCJgreenerchoices

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With summer gone it’s time to store away our grills and heat up our stoves. To me, fall is the perfect weather to make a nice batch of warm soup for my family. That being said, the soup aisle at my local grocery store can be very overwhelming with the number of premade soup options. The problem I have with premade soups is two-fold: The ingredients are not always healthy and they leave behind an awful lot of cans, boxes and bags to throw away. Homemade soups are easy!  Come check out my tips on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for some great … [Read more...]

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Tips for Choosing a Greener Cup of Coffee #SCJgreenerchoices

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There is nothing I love more than a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. When choosing a type of coffee, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the different varieties. Not only is there flavor and intensity of the roast to consider, but there are a lot of confusing labels to understand as well.   Check out my tips on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for ways to choose a greener cup of coffee! A Greener Cup of Coffee Disclaimer:  I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and … [Read more...]

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Check out these tips to help plan an eco friendly wedding! #green #SCJgreenerchoices

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  Your wedding day takes a lot of planning to ensure that it goes off without a hitch. There are caterers to hire, clothes to buy, music to pick and so many other decisions to make. With a little bit of creativity and forethought, you can have a wedding that is beautiful, memorable and good for the environment. Check out my suggestions on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for idea on how YOU can plan an eco friendly wedding! Eco friendly wedding Disclaimer: I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all … [Read more...]

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Backyard Design Ideas That are Good for the Planet #SCJgreenerchoices

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Fall is my favorite time of year to get out of the house and do some yard work. I love the crisp cool mornings, the smell of fallen leaves and the beauty of the autumn colors. If you are heading out to your yard to do some much needed maintenance, check out my tips on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for backyard design ideas that are good for the planet! Backyard Design Ideas Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.   … [Read more...]