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

Earth Hour Ideas for Having Fun in the Dark

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...]

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

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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...]

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How to Make a Wine Bottle Lamp

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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...]

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10 Creative Ways to Repurpose old Magazines

How to Repurpose Old Magazines

Once a year my daughter comes home with a magazine sales flyer as a fund raiser for school.  I truly detest those fund raisers but feel I need to do my part to help support the school.  I therefor buy exactly ONE magazine from her every year.  But somehow, my name is on some list where I randomly get free magazines in the mail every week.  And I don't know who the heck they think I am but I don't need a skiing magazine in Georgia, nor am I interested in the latest celebrity gossip.  If someone knows how to get my name OFF this random magazine … [Read more...]

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15 Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Milk Jugs

How to reuse plastic milk jugs

One of my goals in the new year is to find ways to reuse things I have around my house.  Since my daughter has a near obsession with milk, the one thing I am always recycling is plastic milk jugs.  There are days I think I would be better off just buying my own cow but until my home owners association is willing to overlook livestock in the back yard, I am stuck buying milk in jugs from the store.  I decided to start doing a bit of research on creative ways to reuse plastic milk jugs.  If I could keep just one or two out of my recycling bin a … [Read more...]

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How to Repurpose Old Spice Jars

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We go through a lot of spices in my house.  We don't add a lot of salt to our food and using herbs is a great way to get flavor without additional sodium.  Of course, fresh herbs are the tastiest, but that isn't always an option.  In the dead of winter, my oregano is...well...DEAD!  And who in the world even knows where things like paprika or coriander come from.  Certainly not my back yard! Our spice addiction results in me trying to find new uses for a whole lot of empty spice jars. I figured maybe you all would like to know a few ways that I … [Read more...]

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Do These Simple Things to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!

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We have officially entered into 2015 and a new year gives us renewed determination to improve our lives.  People are making resolutions this month and it is the perfect time to consider how your everyday actions affect the health of our environment.  If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and live a greener life, you have come to the right place by reading my blog.  Small, everyday actions can have a serious impact on our own health and the health of our environment. We don't need to make huge changes in order to live a greener life! Every … [Read more...]

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5 iPhone Apps to Help You Live Green

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With Christmas coming, many people will be getting new technology gifts for the new year.  I must admit, I am pretty much permanently attached to my iPhone and use it for just about every aspect of my life.  Have you ever considered that iPhone apps can be useful for more than just checking email and playing games?  iPhone apps can actually help you reduce your carbon footprint and improve the health of our environment.   Yes, now you can do more than just crush candy or take care of imaginary farm animals or whatever all you iPhone game lovers … [Read more...]

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Eco Friendly Gift Giving for the Socially Conscious Shopper

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Christmas is fast approaching which means we need to start doing some serious amounts of shopping. Kids want the latest and greatest toys, mom wants a new tablet reader and maybe dad has his eye on a new set of golf clubs.  Every time we go to someone's home we bring housewarming gifts and it seems like every office party has a gift exchange party.  So, what do you do if you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint?  Eco friendly gift giving sometimes takes a bit more thought than just driving to the mall with a credit card but it is … [Read more...]

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Orange and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub and a Stress Free Holiday with Sams Club #SimplyHealthy

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This sugar scrub recipe and Sams Club shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. We all know that Sams Club is a great place to stock up on huge boxes of cereal for hungry kids and giant bags of chocolate chips for holiday baking. You can find frozen pizzas by the dozen or packages of toilet paper so big you practically need a fork lift to carry them.  But, have you ever checked out the produce section of Sams Club?  With the chaos of Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, there … [Read more...]

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Thrift Store Treasures and a DIY Washi Tape Picture Frame

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I have been spending the last couple of weeks browsing around a few thrift stores and antique shops in my area.  I love finding second hand treasures at affordable prices.  The first few places I went to were 'antique shops' and I found that the prices were much higher than I was willing to spend.  I like old things...I just don't want to spend a fortune on them just because they are OLD.  I also don't want to buy things that I am just going to look at.  I find that most antique shops have things that you would not actually use...old dolls, … [Read more...]

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Winter Energy Saving Tips for your Home

Energy Saving Tips for Winter

Here in Georgia, our fall weather is usually rather mild.  Imagine my surprise this morning when the weather man told me it was going to drop down into the TWENTIES tonight!  For those of you in colder climates that probably seems rather balmy but here in the south that is unheard of for November.  I have a feeling we are in for a very chilly winter and that means skyrocketing energy costs.  Since just about everyone is concerned with saving money on utilities I figured I would share a few energy saving tips to help you stay in budget as the … [Read more...]

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How to Turn a Cereal Box into a Beautiful Gift Box

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This morning when the kids got up I made them breakfast like I do every weekday morning.  I was very energetic and poured cereal into a bowl.  I'm not overly ambitious at 6 AM.  After putting the bowls on the table I was left with yet another empty cereal box to throw into the recycle bin.  I am sure just about every household in American throws away a cereal box or two every week!  I decided to put my scissors and washi tape to good use and turn that cereal box into something slightly more useful! You can make this gift box out of just … [Read more...]

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10 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Toothbrushes

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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 … [Read more...]

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

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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?  … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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Disposable Appliances: Bad for Budgets AND the Environment #TATT

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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 … [Read more...]

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Recycled Craft Idea: Make these easy CD coasters!

Recycled 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 … [Read more...]

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It is far too easy to make bad decisions #TATT

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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.  … [Read more...]