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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Creative Solar Panel Placement Ideas for Eco Friendly Homeowners

Adding solar panels to your home may be a great way to reduce long-term energy costs while lightening your carbon footprint. Due to a variety of circumstances, however, you may have to investigate more creative solar panel placement ideas instead of decking out your rooftop. If your house faces a direction that doesn’t get much sun, you don’t have the option of picking it up and moving it. Take a look at the following ideas, any of which may be the right spot to incorporate solar.Patio Covering Bring creative solar panel placement to the … [Read more...]

How to Repurpose Old Wooden Spoons Instead of Throwing Them Away!

Have old wooden spoons and don't know what to do with them?  Learn how to repurpose old wooden spoons instead of throwing them away. It's a great way to declutter your kitchen drawers and still keep your carbon footprint low!For the last few weeks, I have been purging my home of everything that is too old, unneeded, broken, or just plane not useful. It has not been a small undertaking...clutter seems to lurk in every nook and cranny these days. The hardest part of decluttering your home is to figure out what you need and what you … [Read more...]

Summer Food Tips and Sustainable Outdoor Entertaining

 These summer food tips are sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own.   Last weekend, my husband and I decided to have some friends over for an evening of summer food and outdoor entertaining. It was fun to spend time catching up after a busy school year.  The teenagers were equally happy to have a reason to socialize with friends and eat loads of watermelon.  If you are planning a summer party this year, I thought I'd share our Fresh From … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Plastic Usage for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

This post about how to reduce plastic usage has been sponsored by Footprint.  All opinions are my own.   Whether it's part of your running shoe or that disposable straw you throw in the trashcan, plastic is a huge part of today's society.  While it serves a useful purpose in some areas, single-use plastics are one of the biggest problems with regards to our environment.  Plastic waste is harming the planet in countless ways. Thankfully, it is relatively easy to reduce plastic usage and minimize the amount that eventually … [Read more...]

How to Repurpose Old Spice Jars In Unique Ways

Have you recently cleaned out your old spices and are now wondering about what to do with old spice jars?  Looking for creative upcycling ideas? There are SO many ways to repurpose spice jars around the house that you should definitely not just toss them in the recycle bin.  Live Green and Reuse Empty Spice Bottles! We go through a lot of spices in my house. We don't add a lot of salt to our food and using herbs is a great way to get flavor without additional sodium. Of course, fresh herbs are the tastiest, but that isn't … [Read more...]

Green Road Trip Ideas for Frugal Family Fun!

I learned many years ago that a green road trip can be both frugal and a ton of fun. If you are planning a family road trip this summer, consider a few ways to reduce your carbon footprint while you do it.  Sustainable travel is one small way that you can have frugal family fun this summer!Family Travel Can Be Fun, Right? We travel by car fairly often. The grandparents all live far away and they like to see their grand kids occasionally. I look forward to these drives about as much as I look forward to my yearly OB exam. Must Have … [Read more...]

Sustainable Wine Tips and the Solar Winery Trend

Have you ever considered the ecological footprint of the wine in your glass during happy hour? Many large-scale wineries strain the environment through their use of chemical pesticides and high water consumption. If you are an environmentally conscious wine lover, it's not always easy to find sustainable wines.  As the awareness spreads, however, organic farming methods and solar wineries are starting to reduce the carbon footprint of many wines.I thought I'd share some information about the solar winery trend in case you want to keep … [Read more...]

Ways to Use Fresh Lemons in Beauty Routines

I love the warm weather and am always inspired to buy more citrus as the temperature start to rise. Lemons, limes and oranges get their own separate fruit bowl from April through August! I decided to look for ways to use fresh lemons in my beauty routine. Since they are always there on my counter, it only makes sense to use them as often as I can, right? Have too many lemons?  Keep reading for a few lemon beauty hacks!  Ways to Use Fresh Lemons in Your Beauty Routine Wondering what to do with too many lemons? I have … [Read more...]

Cleaning Tips for Surviving Spring Allergies

Is your car yellow and your throat scratchy? Trying to figure out how to deal with seasonal allergies this month? Surviving spring allergies has become quite a chore in my house. I'm already stocking up on saline, tissues and eye drops. The number of people suffering from spring allergies has increased significantly in the last 10 years. Air quality is getting worse and our immune systems are getting overwhelmed.Are You New to Seasonal Allergies? Having grown up in the North, my system just can't seem to handle the mold, cockroaches and … [Read more...]

Tips for Hanging a Clothes Line and Air Drying Clothes

A few years ago, my husband and I decided that hanging a clothes line would be a smart thing to do. Hanging clothes on the line outside saves money and is better for the environment. Of course, between the pollen and the humidity, I haven't gotten to use it as much as I would like. But, despite restrictions from our neighborhood association, installing a clothes line was easy.  If you want to know how to hang a clothes line and why you should, keep reading!Why Are People Not Hanging Clothes to Dry Outside? There are many people in our … [Read more...]