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...]

Why Should I Buy Organic Meat? Well, Here’s Why!

Have you ever asked yourself ' Why should I buy organic meat?'  I would like to give you a few reasons that I hope will convince you to make the switch. Recently,  I made a trip out to my local farmer to pick up some eggs.  I love being able to watch the hens foraging and see the pigs wallowing in their favorite mud puddle.  I have been buying all of my beef, pork and eggs from local farmers for the last several years and I have been thrilled with the quality of everything I have purchased.  Is it CHEAP? No!  Is it worth every penny is spend?  … [Read more...]

A New Kind of Immigrant and How to Control Invasive Species

If you have ever had to pull ivy off a tree, you may have wondered how to control invasive species in your yard.  Here in the south, we have a plant called kudzu that thrives in the summer heat.  Haven't ever seen or hear of kudzu? It is often called 'The Plant that Ate the South' for a very good reason! This vine can grow at an alarming rate, taking over just about every surface it comes across. Hills and valleys, electrical poles and trees, houses and cars...nothing stands a chance against this fast growing vine. If the south doesn't learn … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Green Burials : Til a Green Death Do Us Part….

Have you ever considered eco friendly green burials when a loved one passes away? When I was growing up, I lived right next door to a cemetery.  I learned to ride my bicycle along the cement paths and liked to wander through the gravestones and wonder about the life of each of the people buried there.  Now, 30 years later, my parents live in a NEW state...right across the street from another cemetery.  When I visit with the kids, we walk through the paths and wonder about the lives of each of the people named on the gravestones.  My children … [Read more...]

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...]