The Leaf Blower: A lazy person’s lawn manicure

As you read this, are you listening to the sound of your neighbor's leaf blower? Does it sound like a hoard of angry mosquitoes descending on your home? I absolutely love this time of year.  Growing up in New England, Fall was always my favorite season.  The brilliant reds and oranges of the maple leaves, the crisp, cool mornings, and the earthy smell of the air as the leaves started to drop to the ground.  Then my dad would hand me a rake and tell me to go clean up the yard.  THAT part of Fall I could seriously have done without.  I can not … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Winterize Your Home to Save Money and Go Green

With the weather finally starting to cool off, are you looking for the best ways to winterize your home?  Sure, you may love the crisp days of autumn and the smell of fallen leaves but winter will be here soon.  While I live in the relatively mild south right now, I grew up in New England.  I know a thing or two about cold weather. I know what it feels like to walk outside and have the inside of your nose freeze because it is so darn cold out.  I know what it's like to get out of bed and put your feet down on a freezing cold floor when you … [Read more...]

Eco-friendly or Eco-crazy? Where Do You Draw the Line?

Where do you draw the line when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint? I like to think that I am an environmentally friendly sort of girl.  I buy organic produce, support my local farmers, recycle and compost.  I have a garden and put my kids' lunches in reusable containers.  I can consider myself green, right?  Mmmmm...maybe and maybe not.  All depends on who you ask. I am part of a number of groups both online and in real life that are focused on living an environmentally friendly lifestyle and I have to say that sometimes I feel like I … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Household Items That are Creating Clutter in Your House!

Wondering where to start decluttering your home?  First, learn how to recycle household items and reduce your carbon footprint as you clean! I bet you have stuff tucked into every corner and every drawer of your house that you no longer need, right?  Sneakers that your kid outgrew, paint that you no longer need because your living room is no longer yellow....all that stuff takes up space.  If you are anything like me, you like to tuck things away for safe keeping 'in case you need it one day'.  Am I right?  I do that all the time.  Then I open … [Read more...]

10 Eco Friendly Date Ideas to Help Your Love Life Go Green!

Many, many years ago, I met a wonderful man who wooed me with flowers, cute little love notes, walks through town holding my hand, and other romantic yet simple gestures.  We weren't necessarily thinking about eco friendly date ideas.  We were just poor! We laughed, snuggled, and skipped a few classes while we relished our budding relationship.  Fast forward 25 years, 2 kids, a few jobs and a whole lot of stress and my husband and I have lost a bit of the romance we used to have in our relationship.   Weeks are long, the kids are annoying, the … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly School Supplies and Tips for a Greener School Year

If you are looking for eco friendly school supplies, you may have trouble finding them in traditional stores.  My children started school a few weeks ago and the back to school shopping trip that it required was horrendous. Who knew that it would cost hundreds of dollars for my kids to sit in class and learn stuff they probably won't need after they get out of college? The older they get, the more they need and the harder it is to keep our carbon footprint low.  It is hard to find eco friendly school supplies unless you shop online. I am going … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem.  One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering buying a koala bear.  What is this problem I speak of?  Well, I can't seem to go into a garden nursery without buying every weird plant that I come across!  Seriously.  One year I bought tarragon even though we had never used tarragon before. And apparently it is a perennial and now I have enough tarragon to outfit a small nation.  Well, last year I bought a eucalyptus plant and now I am wondering what to do with eucalyptus leaves.  Because … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Egg Cartons Once You Eat All the Eggs!

Do you eat a lot of eggs in your house? Are you looking for creative uses for egg cartons around the house? You have come to the right place! Breakfast for dinner is a huge hit in my house (thankfully!) and omelets, quiche, and breakfast casseroles are all quick weeknight meals that everyone enjoys. Of course, that means I am left with an awful lot of egg cartons at the end of the month! As I strive to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, I came up with a few creative ways to reuse cardboard egg cartons before tossing them into the … [Read more...]

Our Renovated Linen Chest Bedding Storage Project

When I was growing up, my mom had tons of my grandmother's old quilts.  She had a linen chest bedding storage system at the foot of her bed that was solid wood and absolutely gorgeous.  It was made out of cedar and I'm pretty sure it was an antique that cost a whole heck of a lot of money.  I have wanted my own linen chest bedding storage space for  years but the prices I have seen online are just way too expensive for my budget.  I came across an old pine chest at my neighbor's garage sale a few weeks ago and decided to try to renovate it and … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Children: They only learn what their parents teach them!

Eco friendly children are not born, they're made.  My husband and I are avid outdoor lovers and some of the best times we have had as a family have taken place in the woods.  Hiking, camping, kayaking, and gardening are all considered favorite family activities. I'm lucky my kids enjoy tagging along on our outdoor adventures (most of the time!). Maybe it's because from the time they could walk (or even just sit in a backpack) they have been out in the woods.  When we hike they know to leave the indigenous wildlife, rocks, sticks and whatnot … [Read more...]

Restaurant Food Waste Facts: How to Reduce Food Waste When Eating Out

Our landfills are straining at the seams and we throw away more and more stuff every year.  From appliances and electronics to household mail and toxic chemicals, humans are wasteful creatures. Some things have to be thrown away but many can find new homes or a new purpose.  I was floored when I started researching restaurant food waste facts.  To throw away something broken is one thing but good food should never be wasted, especially given the staggering number of hungry people we have in this country. How many times have you gone to a … [Read more...]

Best Pet Care Tips for Eco Friendly Pet Owners

When we got our first dog, I scoured every book I could find for the best pet care tips.  At that time (20 plus years ago) I was mostly concerned with my pets health and proper training.  Those are still two very important things to consider when caring for pets.  Nowadays, however, I consider some of the best pet care tips to be those that reduce my furry friend's impact on the environment as well.  For many people, going green has become a priority. Whether it be purchasing a more gas efficient car, shopping with reusable bags, or recycling … [Read more...]

Save Our Planet Earth One Fork at a Time

As I go about my day, I often wonder whether there is any possible way for humans to save our planet earth 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 our planet earth.  Maybe it is just using cloth napkins instead … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Grilling Tips: From Food to Fire!

Now that the warm weather is upon us, I thought I would share a few eco friendly grilling tips with you.  My husband and I are avid grillers and no matter what the season, you will often find our grill sizzling with an assortment of tasty foods.  The great thing about the grill is it falls to the husband to do the actual cooking.  I know, I should be some liberal and self-sufficient woman and tend the fire myself but why should I when the hubby enjoys it so much??  So, I prepare the food and he cooks it on our very awesome ceramic Green Egg … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Wedding Tips for a Smaller Budget and Less Waste

If you are working with a small budget and hope to get married soon, these eco friendly wedding tips should be a big help!  Did you know that the average cost of a wedding has risen to almost $30,000 in the United States? Considering the pressure many couples are under to throw an elaborate wedding, many people are left wondering how they can afford to tie the knot. However, there are many ways you can save money and still have a beautiful, luxurious wedding. Thanks to recent research and advancements in technology it is now easier than ever to … [Read more...]

Reasons to Support Sustainable Palm Oil Suppliers

A couple of days ago I received an email from Change.org asking me to sign a petition to encourage the Girl Scouts of America to remove palm oil from its list of ingredients due to environmental concerns. Why?  Because none of the palm oil in them comes from sustainable palm oil suppliers.   My daughter is a Girl Scout...thus requiring me to buy and eat large quantities of said cookies but I signed the petition anyhow.  As long as my Samoas are still tasty I am all for making them more environmentally friendly!  Then, I started wondering...what … [Read more...]

How to Mend Socks and Ways to Reuse Them When You Can’t

Have you ever looked at your feet and wondered how to mend socks? I can't sew...my proficiency with a needle and thread ends at putting a button back on a shirt.  I find this very sad and one day, when I am graced with much more free time than I have now, I would like to learn how to mend socks.  My grandmother used to make my clothes when I was little in addition to the baby blankets that my children are still using today.  She made her own dish rags, rugs, and was proficient at mending socks as well.  Mending socks is a lost art.  Sure, there … [Read more...]

Can You Identify Fake Honey? A not so sweet tale of honey impersonation

Have you heard about fake honey?  Did you know that there was a scandal not too long ago about fake honey being sold in stores?  Do you think you can identify fake honey if you saw it? My husband and I have started making mead, a honey based 'wine' that ferments for almost a year before being ready to actually drink.  When we were getting ready to start our first batch, we did a lot of research into what types of ingredients we wanted to include (you can add things like hops or fruit to create different varieties of mead). Obviously, the one … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly School Ideas for Greener Classrooms and Smaller Footprints

Have you ever wished for more environmentally friendly schools in your area?  Did you ever think that maybe YOU could help play a part in creating them? I wanted to share a few eco friendly school ideas for you to research this summer and implement in the fall.  Why do we need green schools?  Most of the time, parents are expected to be the 'teachers' when it comes to their children.  We teach them to walk, talk, use the potty, do their math homework (at least until 6th grade!) and drive a car.  We hope (or pray!) that our lessons are well … [Read more...]