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...]

How to Prepare For A Sick College Student

This post about how to prepare for a sick college student is compensated by Amwell via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author. They are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends. How do college students deal with sickness? Not very well, I can tell you that.  Having sent my oldest off to college last year, we learned quickly that staying healthy at college is incredibly hard.  Going to class sick in college is miserable and finding time to go to the campus health center is almost … [Read more...]

What To Do With Old Books Instead Of Throwing Them Away

Looking for ways to recycle your books instead of throwing them away? If you are wondering what to do with old books, I have a few tips.  From donating books to libraries to making upcycled book crafts, learn how to cull books instead of throwing them away.  The written word is precious and does not belong in landfills!  Keep reading for a few donation tips and other helpful recycling resources.  Throwing out books is NOT a good way to deal with them!   What happens to old books that aren't sold? Do you … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Reuse Mint Tins

Asking yourself  'What can I do with empty mint tins?'  Or 'Can mint tins be recycled?' Well, this is the post for you!  As a fellow mint lover, I find myself storing empty mint tins in my junk drawer for future crafts or storage needs.  I decided to share a few creative ways to reuse mint tins and other ways to keep them out of your trash can! Can mint tins be recycled? If you are not crafty and have no need of tiny storage containers, recycling old mint tins may be your best choice.  But, CAN YOU recycle … [Read more...]

Green Tomato Toast Recipe with Goat Cheese

Looking for recipes that use green tomatoes? This green tomato toast recipe was a delicious way to use up unripened tomatoes.  Make this goat cheese toast with plump green tomatoes, plenty of fresh herbs, and some slivered red onion.  Tips for making goat cheese toast Goat cheese toast is easy to make and a deliciously flavorful lunch recipe.  Check out my goat cheese toast appetizer recipe if you want more ways to serve it.  Making goat cheese toast?  Here are a few tips: Use a whole grain bread.  Loads … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday Ideas: 10 Reasons to Support Your Local Farmer!

For the last 10 years, Small Business Saturday has encouraged the idea of supporting small businesses. Supporting your local farmer is a great small business shopping idea!  Make an impact in your local community and change the way our food system works by finding a local farm to shop at this month.  Choose to shop small Saturday and make a difference! What is the purpose of Small Business Saturday? If you are looking for Small Business Saturday ideas, have you considered supporting your local farmer? Black Friday is fast … [Read more...]

Gym Locker Room Etiquette: Basic Tips for Gym Newbies!

Want to hit the gym in the new  year?  Great idea!  But, if you plan on using the locker room, there are a few things you should know before you go.  Whether you are going to the YMCA or just the office gym, there's an unspoken behavior guide to co existing with other gym members. Don't create awkward moments.  Read these gym locker room etiquette tips before you go! What happens in locker rooms? Know before you go! If you have spent any time at the gym, I'm sure you have become familiar with the locker room. You … [Read more...]

Natural Immune Support and Tips For Staying Healthy

Why should you worry about natural immune support this month? Well, a healthy immune system reduces your chance of getting sick. And coming down with a cold is a sure fire way to throw a monkey wrench in your holiday plans!  There are many natural remedies that can help boost your immune system. While there is no sure fire guarantee that you won't succumb to a few germs, here are a few natural immunity boosters that might help. Do parents get sick more often? Yes, unfortunately! The moment my kids go back to school in September. we … [Read more...]

Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Recipe

This baked pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe is an easy and healthy breakfast. A simple recipe for baked oatmeal that features all my favorite fall flavors.  Pumpkin puree, warm spices, and almond butter for additional flavor and protein. How do you eat baked oatmeal? Homemade baked oatmeal is a cross between a bowl of oatmeal and a breakfast bar.  Firm enough to eat out of your hand but just as nice on a plate, warmed in the microwave with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream.  It has a chewy texture when cooked so skip the … [Read more...]

Weight Loss and Sleep: How To Sleep Your Way To A Skinnier You!

Weight loss and sleep are intricately tied together.  Basically, sleep affects metabolism just like nutrition affects the brain. Getting quality sleep is an important part of weight loss. I thought I would share a few ways to get a better night's sleep and kick start your metabolism into healthy weight loss.  How stress affects weight loss Losing weight is hard, especially during this time of year when holiday parties, cheese balls, and candy canes all conspire against us! Stress and a really long to do list can mean late … [Read more...]

Simple Carrot Top Pesto Recipe

This simple carrot top pesto recipe is a delicious way to use every part of the carrot!  With loads of carrot greens and a handful of fresh basil, this homemade pesto has a fresh flavor and takes only minutes to make.  Are carrot tops good for you? So, you have a bunch of carrots that still have their green, leafy tops on them.  Can you eat carrot tops?  Yes, you definitely can!   The leaves of carrot tops are edible and very nutritious.  They are loaded with vitamin C and are also a good source of … [Read more...]

Holiday Pet Safety Tips for a Happy and Healthy Pet

Keep your pets safe this holiday season and avoid a trip to the emergency vet. Follow these holiday pet safety tips for a happy and healthy pet during the chaotic holiday season. Tips for a Happy and Healthy Pet this Holiday Season I can honestly say that some days I feel like I'm living in a zoo. Yes, the teenagers smells slightly like wildebeests some days, but I live with a few too many ACTUAL animals as well. There are feathered things and scaly things and furry things that need tender loving care on a regular basis. Like these … [Read more...]

Cleaning Toothbrushes Naturally To Kill Germs

Rinsing your toothbrush in water doesn't kill germs. Sterilizing your toothbrush occasionally, especially after you have been sick, is important.  Cleaning toothbrushes naturally means you can avoid the chemicals and reduce your exposure to toxic products.    Why should you clean your toothbrush? Have you ever heard of Staphylococcus aureus? Do you know what Streptococcus pneumoniae is? Did you know that these are just two of the millions of bacteria that live in your mouth? Everyone's mouth, no matter how … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Latte Collagen Smoothie Recipe

This pumpkin spice latte collagen smoothie recipe is sponsored by BUBS Naturals. All opinions are my own. Want a healthy pumpkin spice latte alternative to start your day?  This fall collagen smoothie is the perfect choice!  The dark roast coffee and pumpkin puree in this  smoothie recipe blend beautifully with a collagen supplement.  The resulting pumpkin spice latte is a delicious way to fill your belly and start the day off right!   What does collagen do in smoothies? Why should you put collagen in … [Read more...]

My ShiftCon Health and Wellness Conference Experience

I was provided conference attendance at no charge in exchange for sharing my views on the ShiftCon Health and Wellness Conference.  All experiences are my own. Two weeks ago, I attended the ShiftCon Health and Wellness Conference in Atlanta.  While I have been passionate about green and healthy living for quite some time, this was an eye opening event.  From meeting new organic brands to learning  some frightening facts about glyphosate, this was a blogger conference that was well worth the time and travel into … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Lawn and Garden for Fall

The weather is cooling off and it's time to prepare your yard for winter.  What fall outdoor chores should you tackle first?  Here are a few tips for preparing your lawn and garden for fall.  How do I prepare my yard for fall? Now that summer has passed and the cool weather is here, you might think that your yard work is finished until spring. You’d be amazed how much work is still left to do! Depending on which region of the country you live in, your lawn and garden will have different needs over the next few months. Now is … [Read more...]

Tips for Making Your Life Easier and More Efficient

I have been trying very hard to reduce stress in my life, which means getting organized and simplifying things whenever possible. If you feel overwhelmed regularly,  here are a few ways you can start making your life easier, less stressful, and more fun. Moms Help the World Go Round We are a very active family and I feel like I am constantly running to and from SOMEWHERE to get somewhere else! Take the teen to Krav Maga, run to the store...back to Krav Maga, home for dinner... It just never stops! Some days I feel like I have run a … [Read more...]