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...]

Long Distance Caregiving Tips For Aging Parents

Long distance caregiving (taking care of aging parents or an older sibling, for example) can be incredibly stressful.  What signs should you look for in older adults that indicate a need for assistance?  Even if your elderly parents live far away, you still need to ensure they are safe, healthy, and well cared for. I thought I would share a few long distance caregiving tips as well as a few ways to decide if remote caregiving is even necessary yet. How do I know if my elderly parents need help? The first thing you need to … [Read more...]

Menopause and Chronic Pain: How I’m Reclaiming My 40’s

This post about menopause and chronic pain is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my ownOne day, when I was a kid, I came into the kitchen to find my mother standing with her head in the freezer.  Just standing there with the freezer door open and her eyes closed just enjoying the cold air.  Her explanation?  A hot flash triggered by hormone changes.  That was about the only thing she mentioned about menopause symptoms to me as a teen. Basically, all I knew about going through … [Read more...]

How to Pack an Eco friendly Lunchbox

Looking for eco friendly lunchbox ideas that are non toxic and reduce waste? You can pack a sustainable and well-balanced meal quickly with a few reusable items and a little bit of planning.  Here are a few waste free lunch tips for people taking their lunch to school or work. Eco friendly lunchbox tips: Is packing your own lunch sustainable?  There are several benefits that come with packing a lunch from home, including reducing your carbon footprint.  However, if you are aiming for a sustainable lunch, individual … [Read more...]

Easy Lavender DIY Oatmeal Milk Bath Recipe

This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe will help soothe dry skin and relax your mind and body as you soak your cares away.  Oatmeal Milk Bath has moisturizing properties and the dried lavender is a perfect addition for a relaxing bedtime soak. Soothe Stress With Homemade Milk Baths! The last few weeks have been fairly stressful and I was thankful to have this easy lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe on hand. I finally got the taxes finished (YAY!) and the check has been sent off to the IRS (BOO for no refund this … [Read more...]

Fall Gardening Tips and Putting the Garden to Bed

Following these basic fall gardening tips may offer big rewards all year long.  Here are a few ways to extend the gardening season into cooler weather and some garden chores to tackle NOW to make sure your garden is ready for spring.When should I start my fall garden? Summer is slowly fading away and here in Georgia, I am starting to catch some small glimpses of fall. A few more leaves are starting to drop from the trees, mornings are a tad cooler and the cicadas are dying. I can always tell fall is coming when I start seeing dead … [Read more...]

Handy Tips for Freezing Produce

Have extra produce from the garden? Just freeze it! Store your summer harvest in your freezer to enjoy all year long. Freezing fruits and vegetables is one of the easiest ways to preserve food, however, there are a few key things to keep in mind. These handy tips for freezing produce will help ensure that your harvest tastes just as good in November as it did in July!Benefits of Freezing Produce One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh produce available. If you are not a fan of gardening yourself, farmers markets … [Read more...]

How to Remove Labels From Jars With Barely Any Work

This weekend I decided to replace a ton of spices from my spice rack. Some of them were there when I first bought it 20 years ago! There are just some spices that I don't really use that often so they just sit in my spice rack taking up space. Since there are about a million ways to reuse old spice jars, I really didn't want to throw them all away! I decided to share with you how to remove labels from jars with barely any work. All you need is hot soapy water, a scrub brush and some coconut oil!How to Remove Labels From Jars Step … [Read more...]

How to Tell if Your Child Needs Glasses

Does my child need glasses? Have you asked that question to your child's pediatrician yet? How do you know if your baby needs glasses? Or what normal vision is for a 5 year old.  These are questions to bring up with your child's doctor as early as 6 months old! If child eyesight deterioration is a concern for you, know the symptoms you should be looking for. Keep reading to learn how to tell if your child needs glasses as well as a few children's eye exam tips.Make Eye Exams a Back To School Habit When my kids started back to school … [Read more...]

Green Manicure Tips for Healthy Nails

Whether you just want to have a girls's night in or you are getting dressed up for date night, pretty nails can make you look and feel your best.  These easy green manicure tips and tricks will have your nails looking beautiful without a huge carbon footprint or unhealthy beauty ingredients. The Inside Scoop on Beauty Salon Manicures According to TotalBeauty.com, nail salons are a six billion dollar a year industry. Women spend anywhere from $15 to $45 per visit and this doesn’t even factor in the cost of the gasoline it … [Read more...]

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe

This easy chia jam recipe is made with just strawberries and chia seeds with a touch of honey for added sweetness.  If you love homemade jam, I highly recommend making this strawberry chia seed jam recipe and putting it on EVERYTHING!Is strawberry jam healthy? I probably have a different view of the word healthy than many other people.  I think a rich, homemade dessert with real butter and cream is healthier for you than a 'lite, low fat chocolate cookie' from the grocery store.  So, is traditional strawberry jam … [Read more...]

Sustainable Tailgating Party Ideas for a Greener Football Season

Trying to reduce your carbon footprint this fall?  Want a truly eco friendly tailgating party? Whether you are tailgating at the stadium or watching the game at home with friends,  fall means bonfires, chilly nights and football games! Make your next tailgate party a green one with these sustainable tailgating party ideas for a green football season.Choose Sustainable Tailgating Party Ideas for Green Living! One of the most popular ways to celebrate football season is with a tailgate party, which usually means lots of food and … [Read more...]

Healthy Labor Day Party Tips

Summer is drawing to a close and September is almost here. Are you looking for Labor Day party ideas that won't completely ruin your diet? Healthy Labor Day party menus should include fresh summer produce, plenty of grilled dishes and even refreshing cocktails. Soak up the sun and, enjoy some relaxation and fun with your family and friends with these healthy Labor Day party tips.Healthy Labor Day Party Tips As a last hoorah to end the summer, our neighborhood always throws a huge Labor Day pool party complete with BBQ and an assortment … [Read more...]

Green Camping Tips For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Are you planning a camping trip in the coming months?  Going camping is no reason to throw all your eco-friendly habits out the window.  Here are some green camping tips that will help you live by the leave no trace principle.Why I Love Fall Camping The days may still be hot, but summer is quickly coming to a close.  As we move into September, the days will get cooler and the leaves will start to change colors.  Fall is a wonderful time of year to consider heading out into the woods with your family for weekend … [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 implementing green schools initiatives in your town? I am going to share a few eco friendly school ideas for you to research and implement in the fall.  There are many, MANY, ways to green your school but most of them require that parents, kids and teachers get involved.  Why Push for Sustainable Schools? Why do we need green schools? Most of the time, parents are expected to be the … [Read more...]

Electronics Recycling Tips and Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Technology

These electronics recycling tips have been sponsored by Trademore. I was paid for this post.   We live in a digital world. Kids are getting cell phones at a younger and  younger age and homes usually have multiple computers.  In addition, televisions usually need to be replaced and updated frequently. This technology has a significant impact on our environment. I thought I would share a few ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your tech habit by trading them in with Trademore. If you have a model they will accept, … [Read more...]

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

Do you eat a lot of eggs? Are you looking for creative uses for egg cartons around the house? You have come to the right place! I have become quite the queen of upcycling and reusing egg cartons is incredibly helpful in many ways.   I thought I'd share a few ways to upcycle egg cartons and help you reduce your carbon footprint. 10 Uses for Egg Cartons Once You Eat All the Eggs! Breakfast for dinner is a huge hit in my house (thankfully!) and omelets, quiche, and breakfast casseroles are all quick weeknight meals that … [Read more...]

Ways To Reduce Your Outdoor Water Usage

Summer is hot and our yards are often thirsty for water.  If you have just received your recent water bill, you may be looking for ways to reduce water usage this month.  Saving money on utility bills isn't easy, however, there are a few things you can do that reduce your outdoor water usage.  In order to keep my plants from drying up, I have learned several ways to get the most out of my outdoor watering. This helps keep my landscaping  and save money when my water bill comes. And, since water is definitely a … [Read more...]