Hanging a Clothes Line? Help Preserve The Right to Dry!

A few years ago, my husband and I decided that hanging a clothes line would be a smart thing to do.  Hanging clothes on the line outside saves money and is better for the environment.  Of course, between the pollen and the humidity, I haven't gotten to use it as much as I would like.  But, despite restrictions from our neighborhood association, installing a clothes line was easy.  There are many people in our neighborhood who want to BAN clothes lines because they are considered 'tacky' or 'poor looking'.  Yes, somehow hanging clothing out to … [Read more...]

How to Celebrate Earth Day? Shocking Facts and How YOU Can Help!

Today is Earth Day and everywhere I look I find tons of information about events, rallies, and celebrations to encourage people to live a greener life.  What originally started back in the 1970's as an 'environmental teach-in' observed by universities across the U.S. is now celebrated by more than 500 million people in 175 countries.  It has gone from a slightly radical grass roots effort to raise awareness of environmental issues to a major holiday in only 40 years.  WHY?  Because people know, deep down, that we are seriously messing up our … [Read more...]

Sustainable Seafood Companies and the Importance of Sustainable Fishing

Having grown up on the coast of New England, I know a thing or two about seafood.  I know that lobster is ridiculously expensive but tastes divine.  I know that absolutely nothing tastes better than a fresh clam roll with tartar sauce and lemon.  And I know that no pantry should EVER be without a few cans of tuna.  But, guess what I know that is even more important than any of those things.  Can't guess?  Well, I also know that our oceans are in danger and when we support sustainable seafood companies, we are doing our part to protect the … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Garden Ideas to Help Save the Planet

With the onset of warm weather, I am finally able to get out into the back yard and do a bit of planting. I am always looking for eco friendly garden ideas while I browse through my local nursery.   This weekend I hit the garden center and bought a ton of plants, some fertilizer and a few new pots.  I chose plants not treated with neonicotinoids to help protect the bees, organic fertilizers made from natural substances and clay pots rather than plastic.  Gardening can be fun but the way you choose to do it plays a huge part in your carbon … [Read more...]

Green Road Trip Ideas for Frugal Family Fun!

I learned many years ago that a green road trip can be both frugal and a ton of fun. We travel by car fairly often...the grandparents all live far away and they like to see their grand kids occasionally.  I look forward to these drives about as much as I look forward to my yearly OB exam.  Days of being cooped up with the kids and nowhere to hide!  To top it all off we usually end up eating fast food, getting leg cramps and headaches, and arrive at our destination with a less than stellar attitude about the whole trip.  I know we should be … [Read more...]

10 Eco Friendly Craft Projects for Kids and Adults!

When my kids were young, they LOVED arts and crafts.  I was always trying to find eco friendly craft projects for them to do and kept the art closet well stocked.  To this day, I still have tin cans, bottle caps, scraps of material and an assortment of other 'used' items in there in case a class project comes up.  Or for those moments when something on Pinterest just grabs my attention and screams out at me to get my glue gun.  With Earth Day right around the corner, I thought I would put together a collection of eco friendly craft projects … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Waste at Home and the Tom’s of Maine #LessWasteChallenge

These tips on how to reduce waste at home are part of a sponsored conversation with Tom's of Maine.  All opinions are my own. With the growing amount of trash filling up our landfills, learning how to reduce waste at home should be a key factor in your quest for green living. In my own home, we recycle just about everything we can.  This is made easier by the county through curbside recycling.  However, there are always events in the community that don't offer recycling and it frustrates me.  I see vendors selling bottled water and plenty of … [Read more...]

Raising Green Kids in a Not So Green World

Raising green kids isn't an easy task in this throwaway, disposable society.  As parents, we spend a lot of time teaching our children things we feel they will need to know when they get older.  We teach them their colors and how to count and spell.  We teach them to say please and thank you and to always use good manners at the table.  Maybe you teach them about God, how to be compassionate, and to take care of those people who are less fortunate than they are.  But have you ever stopped to teach them how to care for our planet?  Have you … [Read more...]

Zero Waste Living: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

When my husband was in graduate school, I worked at a job that paid...well, let's just say it didn't pay very much at all!  We ate a lot of ramen noodles during those years.  Since the graduate schools had a constant turnover of people coming in and out, there were always friends (or random strangers) who begged the use of our truck to help haul stuff.  In exchange, we were often gifted with things that were no longer wanted by their owners...mismatched plates, chipped mugs, lamps with crooked shades, etc.  We were thrilled!  We didn't have a … [Read more...]

Ways to Use Fresh Lemons in Beauty Routines

I love the warm weather and am always inspired to buy more citrus as the temperature start to rise.  Lemons, limes and oranges get their own separate fruit bowl from April through August! I decided to look for ways to use fresh lemons in my beauty routine.  Since they are always there on my counter, it only makes sense to use them as often as I can, right?  I love the smell of lemon and came across a ton of ways to use lemons that had nothing to do with a glass and some sugar!  I thought I would share a few of these uses for lemons with you in … [Read more...]

How Green is Your e Reader?

Have you ever considered your technology footprint and wondered how green is the e reader you love so much? I have always loved to read...I remember as a kid my dad yelling at me to put away the book/newspaper/magazine/cereal box, etc while I was eating.  I remember staying up til 3 AM with a book while I was in high school and having to get up at 5 AM to shower for school.  Family vacations were spent with my nose stuffed into my latest novel.  NO, mom, I do NOT want to look out the car window and see even MORE COWS!  The first 100 were … [Read more...]

Creative Stuffed Animal Recycling Tips

Have you ever wondered whether stuffed animal recycling was possible? When my children were young, they had so many stuffed animals that they could barely be contained in toy boxes anymore.  I kept trying to get them to let a few of them go to the thrift store but they would get all emotional and have a nervous breakdown.  Seriously...do you even know where you GOT that stuffed cat that you are clinging to with tears in your eyes?  NO!  Hand it over, kid! Stuffed animal recycling is something I had never really considered before but now that … [Read more...]

Spring Gardening Tips: Preparing Your Garden for Planting

I realize that it's barely March, but here in Georgia spring comes early.  I already see dandelions popping up and my crocuses have been blooming for weeks.  I have been searching the web for some spring gardening tips to ensure that I have at least a little bit of success with this season's plantings.  I am a GREAT planter but not always such a good grower so I need all the help I can get.  I spent an hour or two outside last week preparing my garden beds for a new crop and thought I would share a few of my spring gardening tips with you.  I … [Read more...]

What To Do With Over Ripe Avocados

Last week, I bought several avocados with the intention of cutting them in slices for my salad and chopping them up on top of egg toast.  Then, I forgot the lettuce and didn't have time to make the egg toast.  Now I am wondering what to do with over ripe avocados!  Does that sound like you every once in a while?  Do you buy fresh avocados, never get around to using them, and then have to throw them away when they get overly squishy and slightly brown inside?  Well, never fear!  I am here to banish your food waste issues and tell you what to do … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Fashion: The right choice can reduce your Carbon Footprint

Every once in a while, my husband comes to me with an idea that he thinks I need to blog about.  He is very helpful when it comes to my blogging inspirations!  He recently came across an article about fashion designers who are trying to reduce their environmental impact by creating eco friendly fashion styles including shoes, clothes, and accessories.  There are a ton of eco friendly fashion companies on the web but this article really focused on the big name brands going green.  Designers are coming up with all sorts of ideas, some of which … [Read more...]

Natural Remedies for Insect Bites to help Soothe the Sting

Spring has finally sprung here in the Atlanta area and along with blooming trees come annoying insects.  I am compiling a list of natural remedies for insect bites to help soothe the sting when they finally find me.  I know it's only February but the trees and flowers are already blooming here in the south and I need to get started on  yard work and gardening.  That means plenty of fire ants, mosquitos and other biting insects who seem to think I am the tastiest thing they have ever discovered.  If you are looking for natural remedies for … [Read more...]

Do You Recycle Batteries? 5 Things You Should Know.

The last time you grabbed the remote control to change the batteries, I bet you asked yourself 'Do you recycle batteries?'  When you look at the number of electronic gadgets, toys, and household items that require batteries, it's staggering the number of these things that we dispose of every year.  What's in those magical little creators of energy?  Is it safe to toss into the trash can?  Will it leach toxic chemicals into our groundwater once it hits the landfill?  There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to figure out how to dispose … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sugar Scrub Recipe with Vanilla

This cranberry sugar scrub recipe was inspired by my latest trip into the freezer.  I'm one of those people that stocks up on cranberries after the holidays and buys WAY too many of them.  Hey, they're on clearance for pennies, right?  Why not stock up and find some creative cranberry recipes all the way through June!  Well, I still have several bags of cranberries in the freezer so I decided to make this cranberry sugar scrub recipe.  I added a little bit of vanilla along with the cranberries and will be enjoying some seriously yummy showers … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Not to Buy Valentines Day Flower Arrangements

Valentines Day is right around the corner and that means millions of people heading out to buy cards, candy, and of course,  Valentines Day flower arrangements!  Why do we celebrate February 14th as a day of love? One legend says that the holiday originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis, a fertility celebration that used to be observed annually on February 15. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned it into a Christian feast day and moved the date to February 14 in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century.  … [Read more...]