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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...]

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Bottled Water: Let’s think about this, shall we?

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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 … [Read more...]

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How to be an Eco-Friendly Homeowner This Spring

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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...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

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Natural Weed Control and a New Way to Look at Weeds!

Natural Weed Control and a New Way to Look at Weeds

I have been spending quite a bit of time out in the yard for the last few weeks now that spring is finally here. The grass is growing like gangbusters, the garden plants are in their beds and there are tons of projects that need tending to.  One thing that I absolutely HATE doing is dealing with weeds.  Of course, since I refuse to spray them all with chemicals I am left with natural weed control methods, which usually involve pulling them out by hand and swearing a lot.  It is not usually a successful method of weed control, unfortunately!  … [Read more...]

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Love Tea? Plant a Teabag Garden! #AmericasTea

How to Plant a Teabag Garden (#AmericasTea #shop)

This discussion about how to plant a Teabag Garden has been sponsored.  I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.  #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias. Ever have one of those days where the teenagers are belligerent, the dog escapes from the yard, and your dishwasher decides to start leaking all over your kitchen floor? I seem to have those days an awful lot!  At the end of such a day I look forward to a cup of tea, … [Read more...]

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Creative Uses for Orange Peels

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I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children love fruit – especially oranges – and we go through a ton of them!  Oranges are sweet, easily transportable and loaded with vitamin C to help fight off colds. While they make great snacks, they leave behind a large amount of waste − their peels. What most people don’t know, however, is that orange peels have a number of beneficial household uses as well! So the next time you go to toss those peels away, consider reusing … [Read more...]

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5 Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions

Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions

After the record amount of snowfall we have seen this winter, I am ready for spring to finally arrive.  Okay, Atlanta got a whopping total of about 5 inches of snow this winter but hey, that really is a record for this area!  The snow is finally melted and the daffodils are already starting to pop out of the ground.  In preparation for our organic gardening projects this summer, my husband turned the compost into the soil of one of the garden beds this weekend.  In a couple weeks I will start planting a few cool weather crops so I thought I … [Read more...]

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Creative Uses for Old Mason Jars

I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. A few months ago I decided to try my hand at canning blueberries, and, although it was fun, it turned out to be a lot of work. Surprisingly enough, the canned blueberries have lasted me a while (I’m still going through my summer batch!) but have also left me with a cabinet full of empty jars and lids ready to be put to use. Check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few creative uses for your old mason jars. If you do … [Read more...]

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Easy DIY Lemon and Rosemary Salt Hand Scrub

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My hands get abused on a fairly regular basis.  Between cooking, cleaning and gardening it is sometimes embarrassing to have people see my hands.  Don't get me started on the smell that can linger behind after peeling garlic or crumbling blue cheese!  If your hands take just as much of a beating as mine this homemade hand scrub will make a world of difference! I used a coarsely ground Kosher salt for this hand scrub but you could also use Epsom salts if you have those around.  The key is to have a relatively large grain and plain table … [Read more...]

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Creative Uses for Coffee

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I am compensated for the articles I write for the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog but all opinions expressed here are my own. Nowadays, when you think of staple household products, coffee is most likely a highly noted item on your list. Sure, bread, milk and fruit are important but many adults would not drag themselves out of bed so easily if it wasn't for the aroma of percolating coffee wafting up from their kitchens. What else can you do with coffee besides drink it?  Check out my recent article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a … [Read more...]

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How to Teach Teens About Going Green! #TurnItGreen

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This post about how to teach teens about going green has been sponsored by Linqui and Repreve but all opinions expressed here are my own. When my children were young it was fairly easy to turn every moment into a teaching moment.  And they LOVED to learn!  Trips to the grocery store were a great time to teach them their colors.  A day trip to the museum would teach them about history and science.  Teaching them to go green just meant modeling green behavior at home and hoping they caught on.  Now that I have teenagers they are getting too … [Read more...]