DIY Kitchen Sponge Dish and Healthier Housekeeping with Aunt Fannie’s

This week we joined the movement for healthy cleaning with Aunt Fannie's Cleaning products. This DIY kitchen sponge dish is part of a sponsored post for Aunt Fannie’s. All opinions expressed here are my own. #HomeSweetBiome As a mom, homeowner, and generally neat person, I spend a lot of time cleaning my home.  Some days I spend WAY too much time, but that's the way of things, right?  I have always been cautious about the types of products I use to clean my house.  I don't want my family exposed to harsh chemicals, especially in the kitchen.  … [Read more...]

The Frustrating Search for the Best Safe Nail Polish Brands

For the last several years, I have been on a furious hunt for safe nail polish brands.  I have never understood my teenage daughter's obsession with nail polish.  I never painted her nails when she was little because I always worried about toxic nail polish ingredients.  She discovered nail polish on her own once she hit about 4th grade and has been crazy about it ever since.  I have learned over the last few years of having teenagers that it is best to pick my battles carefully.  She happily washes with my organic, locally made soap and uses … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Holiday Ideas for Even Non Crunchy People!

The holidays are fast approaching and that means lots of shopping, baking, entertaining, wrapping, traveling, and decorating.  I am always slightly dismayed on the trash day after Christmas to see people's garbage cans overflowing with packaging and other STUFF that has no other use.  So, how do we minimize our carbon footprint this holiday season?  Here are a few eco friendly holiday ideas that even the non crunchiest person can easily adapt! Remember, homemade gifts are a great way to minimize your carbon footprint so check out my gingerbread … [Read more...]

New Alternative Fuel Sources We May Not Be Ready For!

Pollution is getting worse and the cost of gasoline continues to rise. As a result, many scientists are studying new alternative fuel sources. As a scientist myself, I like to think that the scientific community is pretty darn creative when it comes to problem solving.  I was impressed with the selection of items they are investigating as possible ways to fuel our new cars.   Who looks at a poopy diaper and says 'Yup, I think I will turn that into a bio-fuel'! Frustrated with  rising fuel costs? Looking for eco friendly transportation … [Read more...]

All Natural Crock Pot Air Freshener Recipe

Fall is my all time favorite season and this all natural crock pot air freshener will make your home smell festive as the days get shorter and colder.  While I have a weakness for candles, they definitely aren't cheap.  Particularly the really nice soy wax ones with essential oils.  I really love those!  Of course, burning a candle all day pretty much means the I  am spending about $15 a day in candles which really doesn't work for my budget.  I decided to put together a few of my favorite fall foods and let them simmer in my crock pot all day. … [Read more...]

Home Energy Saving Tips for Winter

If you want to save money in the coming months, you should definitely start working on a few of these home energy saving tips for winter.  While fall in the south is generally fairly mild, we get plenty of cold nights once winter actually sets in. And a chilly winter means skyrocketing energy costs.  Since just about everyone is concerned with saving money on utilities,  I figured I would share a few energy saving tips to help you stay in budget as the cold weather moves in.Once you have worked through some of these energy saving tips, turn … [Read more...]

How to Support Local Farmers and My Georgia Agritourism Experience

Last week, I was lucky enough to go on a 2 day Georgia Agritourism trip with a few other local bloggers.  It was an amazing experience that I am so thankful I got the chance to participate in.  I learned all about Georgia agriculture, the purpose behind the agritourism movement here in Georgia, and a few tips about how to support local farmers.  I thought I would share my experience with you so that you can bring these tips into your own lives and improve the support of the farmers in your own communities.How to Support Local Farmers Let … [Read more...]

Cool Things to Do with Old Tires

Here in the suburbs, a car is an absolute must have item.  While I would love to ride a bike or take public transportation sometimes, it doesn't happen very often.  In order to safely drive my car, I need a good set of tires on it.  That means I have to put new tires on my car regularly, leaving 4 mostly still in good shape tires that need a new home.  I usually ask the auto facility to recycle them but there are plenty of cool things to do with old tires if you want to be creative. Here are just a few ways to recycle old tires if you find … [Read more...]

Home Appliance Maintenance Tips To Save Money and Go Green!

If the cost of appliances and their impact on the environment concern you, these home appliance maintenance tips are just what you need! When my husband and I moved into this house 10 years ago we had to buy all new appliances.  The people buying OUR house wanted to keep them all so we had some serious shopping to do. It put a serious dent in our budget but you can't live without appliances, right?This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost … [Read more...]

8 Things to do with Pine Cones from Creative Crafts to Fall Decor!

Everywhere I look around my house, I see pine trees.  While they can present a hazard in terms of falling on houses in ice storms, they provide useful things like pine straw and pine cones.  I love finding ways to use pine cones around my house.  I have stumbled across some really creative things to do with pine cones in the last few weeks and thought I would share.  If you have a lot of pine cones in your yard, here are a few ways to use them.This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Soap and Creative Uses for Soap Around the House

Have you ever gone to a hotel and taken home your half used bar of soap?  Most people don't.  As a result, house cleaning throws away a perfectly good bar of soap. I am going to share with you a few tips on how to recycle soap so that it stops going to waste.  I will also share with you a few creative uses for soap around the house.  That half used bar of soap in the hotel will have lots of purposes once you get it home!This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission … [Read more...]

Easy Green Living Tips for College Students

My husband and I took the teens to the University of Georgia a few weeks ago for our first college visit. I am so completely freaked out that my son has only one year of high school left. There are so many things to do before he leaves!  I have started looking for some easy green living tips for college students to help reduce his carbon footprint in the years to come.  Since he NEEDS to go to college (even if it stresses me out a lot!) I wanted to find some creative ways to make his journey a little bit lighter on the planet.This post … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Reuse Old Windows Instead of Throwing Them Away!

Several years ago, my husband and I replaced all the windows in our home. I hated to see my beautiful, wooden windows come off the house, but it was a cost-effective home improvement project that needed to be done. I highly recommend replacing old windows to save on heating and air conditioning costs.  However, once the old windows come off, what do you do with them? There are many ways to reuse old windows instead of tossing them in the trash!  I will include a few general ideas below, as well as links for you to check out that include some … [Read more...]

Drive through Funerals? Our Laziness is Out of Control!

Are you a drive through addict?  If you said yes, you are not alone.  Drive throughs are becoming more and more popular, even as American waistlines grow larger and larger.  People are obsessed with drive through food, laundry, and even drive through funerals!Picture this: It is a beautiful, sunny morning and you have just arrived at the dry cleaners to pick up the one pair of pants your husband owns that cannot be machine washed.  There is an empty parking lot with plenty of spots right in front of the door.  There is also an empty drive … [Read more...]

Grass Cutting Tips for a Green and Healthy Lawn

With the heat of summer in full force and lots of regular rainfall, our grass is growing incredibly fast.  I have started looking for a few grass cutting tips to keep our lawn as healthy as possible. Without a healthy lawn, the constant downpours cause erosion in my backyard.  The grass also keeps the dog from tracking in dirt regularly so proper lawn care is essential.  I don't like to add a lot of chemicals to my lawn and always look for natural lawn care tips first to avoid exposure to harmful chemicals.  If you are passionate about having … [Read more...]

Tips for Cooking with Quinoa and 5 Easy Quinoa Recipes

I discovered quinoa a few years ago and it is a wonderful addition to a healthy pantry.  It tastes good, is super healthy and it's incredibly easy to cook with.  Before you dive into this amazing ingredient, however, you should read these tips for cooking with quinoa for guaranteed success!  I encourage you to start with a few easy quinoa recipes and see how delicious this ingredient can be!This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. … [Read more...]

Disturbing Chewing Gum Facts and End of World Survival Uses

Have you ever wondered exactly what your chewing gum is made of?  Want to know a few chewing gum facts before you stick that minty fresh substance in your mouth?  I never really stopped to think about chewing gum too much before I had children.  Other than being amazed when MacGyver used it for a few end of world survival episodes, I rarely gave chewing gum much thought at all. Then I had kids and I needed to rethink my gum habit!This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small … [Read more...]

What to Look For in a Natural Face Wash

This post about natural face wash is sponsored by Puristry and brought to you by the ShopShare Network. All opinions are my own. Many years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child, I realized how sensitive our bodies are to synthetic ingredients.  From growth hormones in milk to artificial fragrances in beauty products, I started doing some research.  Slowly, as my knowledge increased, I started being more conscious of the products I was eating as well as those I used in my beauty routine.  If you are just getting started on your journey … [Read more...]

Environmentally Friendly Swimming Pools: A Green Pool is a GOOD Thing!

Living in a neighborhood with a pool means that much of our lives has revolved around swimming.  Swim practice, swim lessons, swim meets, Friday night happy hour, playdates...you name it, the pool was involved.  Pools are not particularly eco-friendly...they use large volumes of water, harsh chemicals, and there is a lot of green space lost to the cement pool deck.  I wish there were more environmentally friendly swimming pools in our area but haven't found any so far.  If you have a pool in your own backyard, however, you can control its' … [Read more...]