10 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Toothbrushes

10 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Toothbrushes

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 ecofriendly toothbrushes at places like Whole Foods that are made from compostable corn or recycled plastic but those don't come free from my helpful dentist so I don't tend to buy them. I decided I needed to put together a list of things that I could do with … [Read more...]

How Do You Decide What Organic Products to Buy? #TATT

How Do You Decide What Organic Products to Buy? #TATT

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?  And now I have to worry not only about the organic products themselves but also about the big conglomerate that OWNS that tiny organic brand.  It is enough to make me want to give up the struggle completely and just buy the Twinkies and Koolaid that … [Read more...]

Adelphi University Leads by Example to Ensure a Green Future! #AdelphiFreshAir

Adelphi University Leads by Example to Ensure a Green Future! #AdelphiFreshAir

This post has been sponsored by Tapinfluence and Adelphi University but all opinions expressed here are my own. When my children were younger, I was in charge of the Environmental Committee at their elementary school. What did that mean for me? It meant that every week I took a gigantic rolling cart from room to room collecting the paper waste that the classroom had generated that week. It meant that on Earth Day I handed out a 'green' reminder to them of the importance of caring for our planet. And it meant that I took an entire school's worth of used shoes for recycling every spring. That was a lot of shoes! There were days for battery recycling and time spent with classrooms planting flowers. The kids were always eager to participate and they really seemed to understand the … [Read more...]

Disposable Appliances:  Bad for Budgets AND the Environment #TATT

Disposable Appliances: Bad for Budgets AND the Environment #TATT

When my husband and I moved into this house 10 years ago we had to buy all new appliances.  The people buying OUR house wanted to keep them all so we had some serious shopping to do.  Of course, since we bought all of the appliances at the exact same time, logic suggests that they would probably die at the same time, too, right?  Well, unfortunately for our budget, they all decided to die last month.  When the dryer stopped heating and the refrigerator and dishwasher started leaking I did what everyone would do and called out an appliance repair guy.  Then I called a second appliance repair guy because I didn't like what the first guy said.  Too bad for me the second guy said the same thing.  I think its an appliance conspiracy, personally. So what did the oh so UNhelpful appliance … [Read more...]

Recycled Craft Idea:  Make these easy CD coasters!

Recycled Craft Idea: Make these easy CD coasters!

Last week my husband came home from work and told me he had brought me home a GIFT!  YAY for gifts, right? Was it diamonds?  Chocolate?  Maybe a trip to a spa?  Nope, my husband brought me home a stack of old CDs from work that were about to be thrown in the trash!  Well, at least my 'live green' message is getting through to somebody, right?  Since I now had a stack of old CDs to use, I started to look through recycled craft ideas on Pinterest to figure out what do do with them.  You would be amazed at how many recycled crafts there are on the internet!  Seriously...I don't think people should throw anything away without a quick search online to find a new use for your stuff!  If you find yourself with a few leftover CDs or DVDs and need a creative way to use them here are a few easy … [Read more...]

It is far too easy to make bad decisions  #TATT

It is far too easy to make bad decisions #TATT

The other day I was out running errands and I was stressed out and hungry.  I made a run through a local fast food place for a very late lunch. Of course, for the rest of the afternoon I felt sluggish and slightly gross because instead of opting for a healthier salad or smoothie I got something fattening and unhealthy.  I told my husband later that evening that I make bad decisions when I'm hungry.  That statement got me thinking about what other bad decisions we make just because the RIGHT decision is just a little bit too hard to make.  Whether those decisions are about the food we eat or our choices regarding green living it isn't always EASY to make the better choice.  Think About This Thursday #TATT Think about this:  According to Time Magazine the average human being makes … [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 be an Eco-Friendly Homeowner This Spring

How to be an Eco-Friendly Homeowner This Spring

I am compensated for the posts I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. With the onset of spring  there are flowers to plant, lawns to mow and home repairs that need to be tackled. There are a number of changes we can make to our homes and yards to help reduce our impact on the world around us. When you sit down and plan your budget and list of “to-do’s” for the coming months, consider some of my recommendations on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a more eco-friendlier season!   … [Read more...]

Save the Planet One Fork at a Time

Save the Planet One Fork at a Time

As I go about my day, I often wonder whether there is any possible way for humans to save the planet from the downward spiral it's currently on. My neighbors spray chemicals on their lawns left and right.  The traffic congestion and subsequent exhaust in Atlanta is out of control.  Overseas companies are polluting our planet at an alarming rate.  So, what's a green blogger to do?  I can't control what everyone ELSE in the world is doing but I can control what *I* do to save the planet.  Maybe it is just using cloth napkins instead of paper.  Or buying organic produce.  Or choosing to NOT use plastic cutlery.  Yes, today I am going teach you how we can each do our own small part to save the planet one fork at a time! Think About This Thursday Did you know that your average plastic … [Read more...]

Sponsored: Tips to Conserve Water in the Garden and a Silk #YayWater Message

Sponsored: Tips to Conserve Water in the Garden and a Silk #YayWater Message

These tips to conserve water in the garden have been brought to you by Silk as part of their #YayWater campaign.  This post is sponsored by Silk, but concerns our own opinion. All of my garden plants are in the ground, along with a handful or two of seeds.  They will need a lot of attention cover the coming months to ensure that they stay healthy and nobody eats them that isn't supposed to.   Like ME!  Watering the garden will be a chore I do frequently over the coming months.  Summer in  GA is hot and my water bill sometimes soars if Mother Nature doesn't offer a bit of rain occasionally.  Everyone in the house tries to do their part by conserving water whenever we can to balance out the garden usage.  Every household, business, and organization should take a look around and find ways … [Read more...]