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The Sustainable Kitchen: 5 Easy Ways to Live Greener!

The Sustainable Kitchen

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...]

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How to Remove Labels From Jars with Barely Any Work!

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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...]

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How to Go Green Without Going Broke

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...]

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Upcycled T shirt Blanket for the Music Lover in Your Life

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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...]

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Green and Healthy Picnic Ideas for Summer

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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...]

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

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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...]

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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

Thrift Store Spoons

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...]