Celebrate America Recycles Day with These Green Activities!

This post about America Recycles Day was sponsored by the Carton Council as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central.  All opinions expressed in my post are my own.   Did you know that America Recycles Day is coming up on November 15th?  In fact, did you even know that recycling HAD a national holiday?  Well,  America Recycles Day is a day to promote and celebrate recycling in the United States.  This is YOUR day, as a green living ambassador, to spread the message about reducing your carbon … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Used Tea Bags and Other Sustainable Tea Tips

If you are a tea lover, you have probably wondered if there were any creative uses for your used tea bags. I know I have!  I absolutely adore tea. My pantry is stocked with containers of both loose leaf and bagged varieties. Every morning, I find myself sipping an energizing green tea and evenings often include something soothing and relaxing like a caffeine-free, herbal tea. As a result of my tea passion, I end up with a lot of used tea bags over the course of the week. What do you do with used tea bags rather than throwing them away?  … [Read more...]

Uses for Wood Ash When Your Campfire is Finished!

Do you know what my all time favorite thing about fall is? Outdoor fires in our fire pit. Not only is it a great way to get rid of some of our yard trimmings, it's a wonderful excuse to pour a glass of wine and just enjoy the crisp, fall air. After you roast marshmallows and toss acorns into the fire, eventually the wood burns up and the campfire dies off. Ever wonder if there are any uses for wood ash instead of just throwing it away?   Uses for Wood Ash When Your Campfire is Finished There are a ton of useful ways to use wood … [Read more...]

How to Wash Workout Clothes and Ditch the Stink!

If you work out regularly, you need to learn how to wash workout clothes properly if you want to keep them smelling fresh. When the kids went back to school about 2 months ago, I adopted a near daily workout habit. I have always been active with walking and the occasional yoga session but I was determined to work up a sweat every single day. Daily workouts mean that my workout clothes are getting a LOT of use. I'm washing workout clothes just about every day at this point.   How to Wash Workout Clothes I have noticed that no … [Read more...]

Stop Drinking Bottled Water to Save Money and Go Green!

Over the years, we have spent many hours as a family at the tennis court, soccer field, and school events. The one thing all of these places have in common is a ridiculously large output of disposable plastic water bottles. Single use plastic is destroying our environment and if we could all just stop drinking bottled water, our planet's plastic problem would be significantly smaller. Is plastic really a problem for our planet? And how do you quit a habit like this? I thought I would give you some insight into plastic pollution and share … [Read more...]

Eco friendly Sports: What is your favorite activity doing to the environment?

As a family, we are all fairly active in a number of different sports. Our lives revolve around tennis, running, gym workouts, martial arts, and as of last week, rowing. Staying active is important for physical and mental health. However, what are those activities doing to our environment? Have you ever considered looking for eco friendly sports? If you are concerned with sustainable living, green sports should definitely be something you consider. But, which sports have the highest carbon footprint? And on the other hand, is there anything … [Read more...]

5 Green Thanksgiving Tips Everyone Should Consider

I have decided to share a few green Thanksgiving tips with my readers. WHY? Because how many people have ever stopped to think about the carbon footprint of their Thanksgiving celebration? Where did that turkey come from? How much trash did you create? Where the heck did those green beans come from when there is snow on the ground already? If you are hoping for a green holiday season, you need to rethink your Thanksgiving plans!   5 Green Thanksgiving Tips Everyone Should Consider Very few people set out to have a sustainable … [Read more...]

Guest Bathroom Ideas That Balance Luxury and Real Life!

This discussion about guest bathroom ideas has been sponsored. All opinions are my own. My husband and I have traveled quite a bit over the last 20 years. As a result, we have visited a whole lot of homes and used many, many bathrooms along the way. Some of our stays involved bathrooms loaded with rubber duckies and soap that smelled like grapes. Other places we stayed involved guest bathrooms that seemed so sterile I thought they belonged in a hotel. The perfect guest bathroom design, in my opinion, is one that bridges the divide between … [Read more...]

How to Hire a Solar Panel Installer You Can Trust

This post about How to Hire a Solar Panel Installer You Can Trust is sponsored by Pick My Solar. All opinions are my own. On our recently journey up the East coast, I was truly amazed by the number of houses with solar panels on them. This is a trend that I want to see more of, given the carbon footprint of human energy usage. Every year, more and more people become aware of the benefits of solar energy and are making the switch from traditional fossil fuels. Choosing a Solar Panel Installer is Hard! If you want to choose a solar panel … [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 creating them? I am going to share a few eco friendly school ideas for you to research this summer and implement in the fall. Why do we need green schools? Most of the time, parents are expected to be the 'teachers' when it comes to their children. We teach them to walk, talk, use the potty, do their math homework (at least until 6th grade!) and drive a car. We hope (or pray!) that our lessons are well … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly School Supplies and Tips for a Greener School Year

If you are looking for eco friendly school supplies, you may have trouble finding them in traditional stores. My children start school in 10 days. Back to school shopping trips are never cheap. Who knew that it would cost hundreds of dollars for my kids to sit in class and learn stuff they probably won't need after they get out of college? The older my kids get, the more they school supplies they need. And that means it is harder to keep our carbon footprint low. It's hard to find eco friendly school supplies unless you shop online. I am … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Household Items That are Creating Clutter in Your House!

Wondering where to start decluttering your home? First, learn how to recycle household items and reduce your carbon footprint as you clean! I bet you have stuff tucked into every corner and every drawer of your house that you no longer need, right? Sneakers that your kid outgrew, paint that you no longer need because your living room is no longer yellow....all that stuff takes up space. If you are anything like me, you like to tuck things away for safe keeping 'in case you need it one day'. Am I right? I do that all the time. Then I open … [Read more...]

Restaurant Food Waste Facts: How to Reduce Food Waste When Eating Out

Our landfills are straining at the seams and we throw away more and more stuff every year. From appliances and electronics to household mail and toxic chemicals, humans are wasteful creatures. Some things have to be thrown away but many can find new homes or a new purpose. I was floored when I started researching restaurant food waste facts. Why are we are throwing away perfectly good food? To throw away something broken is one thing but good food should never be wasted, especially given the staggering number of hungry people we have in this … [Read more...]

Do These Simple Things to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!

This discussion about simple things to reduce your carbon footprint was sponsored by Carton Council as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably already know that living a green life is important to me. While I am not sewing my own clothes or growing my own soybeans, I have found simple ways to reduce my carbon footprint and tread lightly on this earth. When I was asked to share a recycling message from the Carton Council, … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to Buy Charcoal Soap and Use it Every Day!

I recently decided to buy charcoal soap and am absolutely in love! Years ago, I started getting my soap from a small, local crafter. He makes it in bulk for me in whatever style I want and uses only natural ingredients. I decided to try a sample he offered of homemade charcoal soap and absolutely love it! I think I am going to have him make a full batch for me next time I need more. There are a TON of benefits of charcoal soap and thought I would share them with you. You will also find a few DIY soap recipes, as well as a few sources for … [Read more...]

How to Attract Fireflies for Hours of Night Time Fun!

When I was growing up, summer nights were a magical time. We ran free for hours after the sun went down, catching toads and chasing fireflies. While I have figured out how to attract toads to my yard, my backyard is relatively devoid of fireflies. I have been wondering how to attract fireflies to my outdoor space and thought I would share my research. Attracting fireflies is a great way to entertain kids after dark. And adults, too! What are fireflies? Okay, so what are fireflies, exactly? Other than cute little glowing bugs that … [Read more...]

How to Control Invasive Species And Becoming a Weed Warrior

If you have ever had to pull ivy off a tree, you may have wondered how to control invasive species in your yard. Here in the south, we have a plant called kudzu that thrives in the summer heat. Haven't ever seen or hear of kudzu? It is often called 'The Plant that Ate the South' for a very good reason! This vine can grow at an alarming rate, taking over just about every surface it comes across. Hills and valleys, electrical poles and trees, houses and cars...nothing stands a chance against this fast growing vine. If the south doesn't start … [Read more...]

Are You Washing Clothes in Cold Water? Quick and Cold is the Way to Go!

This post about washing clothes in cold water is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tide at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine. I have two teens at home and about a year ago, I taught them how to wash their own laundry. Can I just say that my life has gotten considerably easier since then? Of course, they are often complaining about a lack of socks and underwear but that is just bad planning on their part! One of the first things I taught them was to always choose a quick and cold cycle when they wash their clothes. … [Read more...]

Green Career Guide: 6 Sustainability Initiatives To Look For in an Employer

This Green Career Guide and information on Sustainability Initiatives is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Cox Enterprises. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. In two weeks, my son will be graduating from high school. He will be headed off to college for a degree in plant biology. Or, at least, that is the plan today. Who knows how the next four years will pan out! As is the case with most moms, I have plenty of advice to give him. Tips on surviving college life and how to stay healthy while also eating pizza at 3 … [Read more...]