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...]

Green Mom Guilt: Perfect Dreams versus Stark Reality

From that first moment when you know for certain you are pregnant, you begin planning the details of how you will raise your child.  Will you stay home with your new baby or put them in daycare and go back to work?  Will you breast feed or bottle feed?  Do you believe in spanking or co sleeping?  There are a huge number of parenting issues to worry about even before the baby arrives.  Its no wonder we are overwhelmed with mom guilt over every action we take as a parent.  But, when you decide you want to raise your child in as natural an … [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 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...]

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...]

How to Remove Labels From Jars with Barely Any Work!

This weekend I decided to replace a ton of spices from my spice rack.  Some of them were there when I first bought it 20 years ago!  There are just some spices that I don't really use that often so they just sit in my spice rack taking up space. Since there are about a million ways to reuse old spice jars, I really didn't want to throw them all away!  I decided to share with you how to remove labels from jars with barely any work.  All you need is hot soapy water, a scrub brush and some coconut oil! How to Remove Labels From Jars Step … [Read more...]

How to Go Green Without Going Broke

Earth Day has come and gone and maybe you stumbled across an article or two online about reducing your carbon footprint. The raw vegans insist that eating animal products is single handedly destroying the planet. The anti plastic folks are insisting that you stop buying milk in plastic jugs and instead carry it home directly from the farm in glass bottles. And then you have the real hard core environmentalists who tell you that you need to do away with toilet paper and use only washable cloth scraps to clean your bum. Can you say 'not gonna … [Read more...]

Upcycled T shirt Blanket for the Music Lover in Your Life

This post has been sponsored by The Motherhood and Project Repat but all opinions are my own. My husband has always been a music lover.  As a teen, he went to an incredible number of rock concerts and at each one invested in a concert t shirt.  After years of attending rock concerts, he literally had a suitcase FULL of concert t shirts.  Being the music lover that he is, of course, meant there was no way he was ever getting rid of them.  For years, those concert t shirts moved from one home to another and lately, he has really wanted to do … [Read more...]

Green and Healthy Picnic Ideas for Summer

Today is my kids last day of school and I am torn between excitement and dread for the coming months.  I love those kids like you would not believe but two teenagers at home all day every day is enough to stress out any mom!  I find that the key to maintaining my sanity over the summer is two fold.  Keep them well fed and get out of the house occasionally.  Both of those things can be accomplished by taking a picnic basket to the park.  You think teens don't like parks?  HAH!  We take scooters and skate boards and watch the dogs at the dog park … [Read more...]

How to Repurpose Old Wooden Spoons Instead of Throwing Them Away!

For the last few weeks, I have been purging my home of everything that is too old, unneeded, broken, or just plane not useful. It has not been a small undertaking...clutter seems to lurk in every nook and cranny these days.  The hardest part of decluttering your home is to figure out what you need and what you don't.  If you haven't used it in three years, it is pretty obvious that you don't need it, right?  But what about things you use every day that are showing their wear and really need to be replaced. Do you keep the old ones 'just in … [Read more...]

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

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...]

DIY Upcycled Cookie Sheet Memo Board and Easy Steps for Living Green #BringingInnovation

This DIY Upcycled Cookie Sheet Memo Board project has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias I'm sure that all of you avid bakers out there can commiserate with me over the deplorable state of our cookie sheets. I have a serious love of baking and those little sheets of metal get put to work on a regular basis.  While I try to scrub them well after each use, there comes a point in every cookie sheet's life when it must be laid to rest!  The same can be … [Read more...]

How to Make a Wine Bottle Lamp

I am a big fan of the occasional glass of wine and I find myself wondering about how to reuse wine bottles. I especially love the cobalt blue wine bottles that my favorite Riesling comes in at the grocery store.  While recycling the wine bottles is a great idea, finding a new use for it is even better.  I started researching how to make a wine bottle lamp and found that it is really quite a simple process! When I first started looking into how to make a wine bottle lamp, I searched on Amazon for supplies.  I found an incredibly simple … [Read more...]