Should You Drink Raw Milk? Well…. Maybe, Maybe NOT!

There is a lot of news in the food industry right now on the health benefits and/or health risks of drinking raw milk.  Once upon a time, this was the only kind of milk people drank.  So, should you drink raw milk?  Didn't our ancestors survive just fine on it?  Well, that question is a little bit complicated so here is some raw milk info you might need before you decide.   What is Raw Milk? So, what is raw milk exactly? Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. It can come from any animal.  In this post I am … [Read more...]

Frugal and Creative Uses for Old Tennis Balls

My husband and son have been playing on a tennis team and taking lessons for years.  As a result, we spend a lot of money on tennis balls!  Serious tennis players will only play one match with a can of balls. They lose pressure and don't bounce quite the same after they have been used for a while.  This means that I am always looking for creative uses for old tennis balls since we have so darn many of them! I thought I would share a few ideas on how to reuse tennis balls in case you have as many of them as I do.  From tennis ball crafts to … [Read more...]

Earth Hour Ideas: It’s in Your Power to Make a Difference

I have come across a lot of people in my day to day life who believe that living green is just too hard.  They are intimidated by hard core eco conscious folks who wear hemp and only eat organic tofu.  As a result, they don't bother trying to reduce their carbon footprint at all.  They figure one or two small changes will never make a difference.  It makes me sad. That is one of the main reasons I started this blog. I wanted people to realize that even making ONE small change in their daily life that benefits our planet is better than nothing … [Read more...]

Tips to Eat More Local Food This Year

These tips to eat more local this year have been sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I spend a lot of time eating.  Seriously, I probably spend TOO MUCH time eating but food is more than just sustenance to me. I enjoy growing it, finding creative new recipes and exploring new flavors.  Besides being a necessity of life, food can also have a huge carbon footprint.  The way it is grown, transported, and produced, can really impact our planet (for good … [Read more...]

Wildcrafting Tips: How to Start Foraging for Food in the Wild

At the top of many people’s minds is reducing their grocery bills. I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about clipping coupons, shopping on sale, cooking from scratch and growing your own garden. But have you considered the concept of eating  the food that’s right outside your front door? No, I don’t mean in your garden. I mean the food that grows wild in the fields and woods and by streams in your neighborhood, otherwise known as foraging or wildcrafting. If you love the idea of eating local foods, you should start wildcrafting! Why Harvest … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Garbage Output And Why You Should Try

Every week, when I head out for my walk, I am rather disgusted with the amount of trash my neighborhood produces.  There are many ways to reduce your garbage output so that the rubbish bin isn't overflowing at the end of the week.  Our planet only has so much space to dedicate to trash storage.  One of the best ways to go green this year is to learn how to minimize what you throw away.  Recycling for the home is the first step, of course.  But, how do you cut back on the number of items that you are tossing in the bins at the end of the … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds Around the House

Coffee is like the nectar of the Gods in my house so I am always looking for ways to reuse coffee grounds around the house. We have a pot in the morning to get us moving and fueled for the day. Then we hit that afternoon slump around 3 PM and I make another small pot just so I have enough energy to make dinner and deal with after school activities. Sound familiar? I bet a lot of you are just as addicted to that caffeinated goodness as I am. As a result of my frequent coffee consumption, I am left with a LOT of old coffee grounds. Instead of … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Repurpose Old Toothbrushes to Save Time and Money

Have a spare old toothbrush lying around?  Dont throw it away! Instead, try one of these ways to repurpose old toothbrushes. I have SO many of them!  I am slightly anal retentive about getting all of us to the dentist twice a year.  Of course, at each of these dentist appointments we get a new toothbrush.  That means 8 old toothbrushes need to find new uses every single year.  On top of that, I tend to replace toothbrushes randomly when they are looking particularly worn or someone is sick.  I am always looking at those old toothbrushes and … [Read more...]

10 Empty Beer Bottle Uses to Save Time and Money!

Saint Patrick's Day, The Big Game, and just because it is Friday.  Those are all reasons to crack open a beer and sit back with a sigh.  Instead of tossing those empty beer bottles in the recycling bin (or even worse, the TRASH!), I thought I would share a few empty beer bottle uses that may save you time and money this year.  Once you find some great ways to reuse beer bottles, check out my post on green beer before Saint Patrick's Day gets here or try my homemade pretzels with beer cheese for a snack this weekend! Awesome products for … [Read more...]

The Carbon Footprint of Wine and Saying No to Plastic Wine Corks

Choosing a bottle of wine can be tough.  Do you go with a Merlot or a Malbec?  Is an Italian wine better than a California wine?  Have you ever wondered about the carbon footprint of wine? And what's up with those plastic wine corks?  There are so many things to think about when choosing an  eco friendly wine that it can be a bit overwhelming. I thought I would discuss a few of the issue surrounding the carbon footprint of wine. And the next time you reach for a bottle you can understand why you should say NO to plastic wine corks and yes to … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons of Bamboo for Both You and the Environment

For some reason, bamboo is a common topic of discussion in my house lately.   I thought I would pass on a little information to my readers about the pros and cons of bamboo and whether or not it is as environmentally friendly as everyone thinks!  There are quite a few uses for this amazingly fast growing grass (did you know it is actually a grass?) and I will discuss each one below...(take into consideration, please, that I am NOT a bamboo expert, just passing along information I have found through my own research) If you want to add more … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Making Your Meatless Monday Campaign a Success!

Will you be joining the Meatless Monday Campaign this year?  While we are by no means vegetarian, we do many meatless days during the week.  Reducing your consumption of meat can be healthy for both you and the environment.  However, it can take a bit of getting used to at first.  Going meatless, even for one day, may challenge what you have learned about assembling a meal.  I grew up with the idea that dinner included a meat and two sides.  What happens when you take away the meat?  Without changing a few ideas you have about meal preparation … [Read more...]

Recycling Resources for a Green Decluttering Mission!

I decided to put together a list of recycling resources to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Some of these are great for individuals and some will work better for larger groups.  As you work on decluttering the house, check out my post on how to recycle household items.  While it is important to clean out your home, you want to make sure all of your unwanted items don't end up in landfills. 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 … [Read more...]

Pine Vinegar Homemade Kitchen Cleaner

With the new year comes a renewed determination to go green, get healthy, and simplify my life.  This DIY pine vinegar is an easy homemade kitchen cleaner that I will be keeping right next to my kitchen sink this year.  Since I have pine trees in the back yard, I have an abundant supply of needles and pine cones.  If you are looking for creative ways to use what your land provides, make this easy pine vinegar and then check out my suggestions for ways to use pine cones around the house. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a … [Read more...]

Green New Year Resolutions Ideas for a Small Carbon Footprint

I am looking forward to some much needed down time in the coming weeks. There has been so much baking and shopping and wrapping going on and I am tired!  As we bring this year to a closer, however, I wanted to encourage you to think about your resolutions for next year.  I thought I would share a few green New Year Resolutions ideas to help you start your year off with a small carbon footprint. 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 … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Gift Cards and Other Creative Re-purposing Ideas

With Christmas coming up in a couple of weeks, you probably need to learn how to recycle gift cards! Most people get at least one or two this month and they don't need to be thrown away!  Repurpose your gift cards to keep them out of our landfill.  Keep reading for a few uses for old gift cards that you might find helpful! If you are looking for other ways to live green this year, check out my post on stuffed animal recycling and battery recycling!   This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this … [Read more...]

Energy Efficient Home Ideas: Start Small but Aim High!

With the new year coming in just a few weeks, are you looking for energy efficient home ideas to help you go green and save money?  Are you a bit concerned about how to tackle your home's growing carbon footprint?  The key is to not bite off more than you can chew!  You need to start small but aim high when it comes to your green choices next year.  Today, I am sharing a few energy efficient home ideas that will help you turn your home into a green and frugal oasis!  You can also check out my green cleaning tips if you want to continue your … [Read more...]

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

If you are looking for Small Business Saturday ideas, have you considered supporting your local farmer? Black Friday is fast approaching and everyone is making plans.  Big box stores are stocking up on your favorite high tech gadgets and all the hot, new toys.  Flyers, advertisements, and coupons have been sent out and employees have been given extra hours to handle the holiday rush.  This coming Saturday, November 24th, is Small Business Saturday.  Small business owners don't have flashy ads, tons of merchandise in the stockroom, or gigantic … [Read more...]

Tips for Cooking in Natural Clay Cookware

I am pretty picky about the pots, pans and assorted cookware I bring into my home.  I try to avoid things like artificial non-stick coatings or other questionable types of cooking vessels.  Natural materials like cast iron, stainless steel, and natural clay cookware are my first choice when cooking.  Of course, you sometimes have to play around with recipes when you are trying out new types of cooking vessels in your kitchen.  I thought I would share a few tips on how to cook in natural clay cookware in case this is something you want to try in … [Read more...]