Tips for Adding Wild Bird Nesting Boxes to Your Yard

It's almost spring and that means it's time to start adding wild bird nesting boxes to your back yard! Adding a nesting box to your back yard will encourage native bird species to visit your space. This gives your whole family the chance to enjoy bird watching together! How do you attract birds to a nesting box? Well, that may take a little bit of work! Keep reading for tips on nest box placement, best materials for bird houses and many other tips for backyard bird watchers.  Join the Backyard Bird Count! Last month, my family … [Read more...]

5 Edible Flowers for Your Backyard Garden

Edible flowers are a great way to add a burst of color to your food. A bright yellow blossom in your salad or a soft purple bud on your soup can really make your meal visually appealing. Which flowers are edible?  Is eating flowers safe?  Keep reading for answers to a few of these questions! What do flowers taste like? Flowers all taste just a tad bit different, depending on what you plant and when you pick it. Primarily I find that a soft, earthy flavor predominates, sometimes with a touch of spiciness to it. You are really … [Read more...]

Ravioli with Creamy Spinach Pasta Sauce Recipe

This Ravioli with Creamy Spinach Pasta Sauce Recipe is sponsored by The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA). All opinions are my own. For more inspiration during #FrozenFoodMonth, be sure to check out delicious ideas from NFRA at EasyHomeMeals.com #MFFM2020 If you are looking for a meatless dinner recipe this month, pasta is a great choice.  It's easy to cook, filling, and something the whole family will love to eat.  However, plain old spaghetti sauce gets boring after a while. This creamy spinach pasta … [Read more...]

Strawberry Steak Salad With Orange Vinaigrette Dressing

This strawberry steak salad with orange vinaigrette dressing is sponsored by Tastefully Simple.  All opinions expressed are my own. When you think of salad, do you picture iceberg lettuce and store bought salad dressing?  Not only is that boring, but it's also not particularly healthy.  This easy steak salad is loaded with healthy ingredients and a simple homemade orange vinaigrette dressing recipe using Tastefully Simple ingredients.  If you are looking for a healthy and protein rich salad recipe, this is the perfect … [Read more...]

Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipe Perfect for Breakfast!

This twice baked sweet potato recipe is topped with an egg and loaded with bacon and scallions. An easy and healthy breakfast recipe that fills you up and satisfies your taste buds! The importance of a healthy breakfast During the holidays, I strayed from my healthy eating habits. But, I am back on track (mostly!) and decided to make this twice baked sweet potato recipe for breakfast this morning. The combination of eggs, sweet potatoes and bacon was absolutely heavenly. It was also a nice, filling meal which helps keep me from … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Tin Cans

I’ve found a lot of the products I purchase come in tin cans. While I always recycle them, I also try to find creative ways to repurpose them. If you are looking for creative uses for tin cans, try one of my fun suggestions below! Easy and creative uses for tin cans As a first step, properly clean each can and file any sharp edges. Consider lining the edges with Duct or masking tape for extra protection. As a reminder, please supervise your children during these crafts.   Make a Tin Can Vase Remove any labels from the can and … [Read more...]

Indoor Seed Starting Tips for Home Gardening

What is the best way to start seeds indoors? Well, that depends a bit on the type of seed and your access to gardening supplies.  However, you can save money on gardening by starting your plants from seed.  Here are some indoor seed starting tips for  growing seedlings inside before the weather warms up enough for outdoor planting. Indoor Seed Starting Tips for Home Gardening I have learned over the years that there are some plants that I can grow from seed and others that I just can't. Starting your home gardening … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Balls

These no bake peanut butter chocolate energy balls are a healthy snack loaded with protein.  Rich and delicious morsels of nutrition made with simple ingredients like dates, oats, and peanuts.  Sweetened lightly with maple syrup, these chewy, fudgy energy bites will really hit the spot!    Are energy balls good for you? Energy balls are little tiny powerhouses of nutrition.  These no bake chocolate peanut butter protein balls are a combination of protein, good carbs, and fiber.  Energy bits like this … [Read more...]

Hot Tub Health Benefits and Safety Tips

Soaking in a hot tub is relaxing and soothes sore muscles.  In fact, there are many hot tub health benefits, however, you also need to use them with caution.  If you are considering hydrotherapy as a solution to your health problems, do your research before buying! What are the benefits of being in a hot tub?  I have spent a lot of time in hot tubs over the years, trying to ease my chronic pain and reduce inflammation.  One of the reasons I chose the gym I did was access to a hot tub!  If you are considering … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Fashion And Sustainable Closet Tips

The clothing industry is one of the largest polluters in the world.  Creating a sustainable closet means looking for eco friendly fashion brands, reducing clothing waste and buying mindfully.  Learn how to make ethical clothing choices in world obsessed with what we wear.   Why We Need Eco Friendly Fashion  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 … [Read more...]

Building Healthy Relationships For Improved Mental Health

This post about building healthy relationships is made possible with support from the American Academy of Pediatrics through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All opinions are my own. About 10 years ago, my husband was doing some research on Alzheimer's disease after his mother was diagnosed with it. One thing that was mentioned frequently when discussing the disease’s causes and effects was the importance of strong interpersonal relationships as you age. That got us thinking about the overall … [Read more...]

Green Energy For Homes: Because There Is No Planet B

This post about green energy for homes is sponsored by WOR HQ LTD, however, all opinions are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while, you are probably familiar with all the ways I am trying to go green.  Gardening, recycling, composting, and being mindful of the things I purchase are easy ways to go green.  You know what isn't always easy to do? Figuring out how we can use renewable energy at home for our electric needs.  Many people don't have access to alternative power sources for home electricity.  And … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Wedding Tips For A Sustainable Ceremony And Reception

This post about eco freindly wedding tips is sponsored by Nakturnal however, all opinions are my own. Looking for eco friendly wedding ideas? Planning a green wedding doesn't have to be hard.  Reduce wedding waste, find second hand wedding dresses, and look for other easy ways to have a sustainable wedding.  The environmental impact of weddings is huge and we should all do our part to help.  Here are a few ethical, eco friendly, zero waste ways to say 'I do'. The rising cost of weddings Did you know that the average cost … [Read more...]

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Recipe

Homemade hummus is an incredibly healthy snack, appetizer or simple lunch idea.  This roasted cauliflower hummus recipe cuts out the chickpeas, which is vital if you need to make paleo or keto friendly hummus to snack on.  Stop looking for cauliflower hummus brands at expensive specialty markets and make it at home in less than an hour.  What is hummus, actually? Traditional hummus is basically chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and some salt and pepper.  Simple, easy and delicious, … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why You Should Grow Organic Food

Growing your own food is important, however, it can also be a bit challenging.  Learning how to grow ORGANIC food is even more tricky.  However, there are numerous benefits to starting an organic garden in your own back yard.  Why is organic gardening better? Keep reading for just a few reasons to plant some homegrown fruits and vegetables and skip the pesticides this spring.  Why is organic gardening better? Organic food is not cheap. Unfortunately, many people are discouraged when they go to the grocery store and … [Read more...]

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

Coming up with romantic date night ideas isn't always easy. But for green couples, it's even more challenging.  What are some eco friendly activities that you can do with your potential (or long term) love interest?  Here are a few eco friendly date ideas that you may want to consider this Valentine's Day.   Why Date Night is Important, Even For Green Couples! 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 … [Read more...]

Best Eco Friendly Gifts for a Romantic Date Night

Are you looking for the best eco friendly gifts for a romantic date night? Red may be considered the color of love but when it comes to Valentine's Day you should really start thinking GREEN! From organic flowers and fair trade chocolates to romantic evenings at home, here's how you can have a sustainable Valentine's Day next month.  Can romantic gifts be good for the planet? If you listen to the hype on TV it seems like women can only be happy if they get diamonds, flowers, and a Lexus as a symbol of their significant … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Brown Paper Bags

No matter how hard I try to avoid them, brown paper bags always seem to end up in my house.  From paper bag crafts to homemade book covers, learn to reuse paper bags instead of throwing them away. Here are a few creative uses for brown paper bags... because we all forget our reusable ones occasionally! Why You Should Upcycle Paper Bags How many brown bags do you think humans go through in a year? *10 Billion* Yes, Americans use around 10 billion plastic bags each year, which is equal to cutting 14 million tree each … [Read more...]

Tips for a Green Exercise Routine

With the beginning of the New Year comes a whole bunch of healthy New Year’s Resolutions. While getting more exercise is great for our health, it can take quite a toll on our planet. Looking for simple ways to make your workout eco friendly? There are many ways to green up your exercise routine so that it is good for both you and the environment.  Join the zero waste fitness trend and get in shape with a smaller carbon footprint! Green exercise vs sustainable workout tips There is a very large and active green exercise movement … [Read more...]