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...]

How to be an Eco Friendly Home Owner This Spring

With the onset of spring, there will be flowers to plant, lawns to mow and home repairs that need to be tackled. There are a number of changes we can make to our homes and yards to help reduce our impact on the world around us. Want to be an eco friendly home owner this spring? I thought I would share a few green ideas for home owners to tackle in the coming months. How to be an Eco Friendly Home Owner This Spring When you sit down and plan your budget and list of “to-do’s” for the coming months, consider adding the below options to … [Read more...]

Tips for Green Living Bloggers as Earth Day Approaches

 These tips for green living bloggers are sponsored by ShiftCon.  All opinions are my own.Green living has been a passion of mine since I first found out I was pregnant 20 years ago.  It didn't happen all at once and I'm not living on a sustainable farm wearing hemp and using a composting toilet.  However, I have made small and realistic changes in my life that I HOPE reduce my carbon footprint.  With Earth Day coming up next month, I wanted to share some advice for my fellow bloggers. There are a few things to keep … [Read more...]

5 Tips For An Eco Friendly Easter

If you are trying to lighten your carbon footprint, you may want to consider these earth friendly Easter ideas! As I browse through retail stores in my area I am inundated with Easter paraphernalia. Plastic eggs, brightly colored candy, and even fuzzy bunny costumes for dogs. Yes, I really see things to dress up your dog like a rabbit. Instead of trying to find ways to get my dog to keep rabbit ears on her head, I am trying to figure out ways to have a more eco friendly Easter and I thought I would share a few green tips with … [Read more...]

Throwing an Eco Friendly Party? Check Out These Ideas for Sustainable Celebrations!

Spring is in the air and the weather is finally starting to warm up a bit. With the chaos of the holidays far behind us, it is time to start thinking about entertaining again! Throwing an eco friendly party may take a bit of planning.  However, focusing on a few green party ideas is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.  From natural party decorations to reducing your garbage output, make sustainability a focus for your next get together!  Can we say Earth Day Party?  Woo-Hoo!Eco Friendly Party … [Read more...]

What Can You Do With Old Hangers?

Have you been decluttering the house this month?  Have you cleaned your closet and realized you have way too many hangers?  What can you do with them?  I thought I would share a few ways to repurpose hangers as we sort through our mountains of clutter!  From hanger crafts to donating them to Goodwill, there are a ton of ways to reuse them rather than sending them to the landfill.   What Can You Do With Old Hangers? Last month my husband decided our spare bedroom should become his new “man cave.” He convinced … [Read more...]

Starting a Food Co-Op in Your Community

If you are doing all of your grocery shopping in large retail grocery stores, you may miss out on some great deals. Farmer's markets and food co-ops are great alternatives for food shopping.  What is a food co-op?  How can a co-op save you money on food and reduce your carbon footprint?   Keep reading for helpful info to start a food co-op in your community. What is a Food Co-op? So, what exactly is a food co-op?  It can be as strict or loosely formed as it's members want.  Basically, a food … [Read more...]

10 Creative Ways to Repurpose old Magazines

Are you decluttering the house and looking for creative ways to repurpose old magazines?  I know I certainly am! Once a year my daughter comes home with a magazine sales flyer as a fund raiser for school. I truly detest those fund raisers but feel I need to do my part to help support the school. I therefor buy exactly ONE magazine from her every year. But somehow, my name is on some list where I randomly get free magazines in the mail every week. And I now have WAY too many magazines in this house.  Upcycling magazines is a great way … [Read more...]

Tips For Preparing Your Spring Garden

One of the best ways to save money on organic food is to grow your own. Gardening is a great way to save money on your grocery bill. In addition, backyard gardening also offers the added benefit of exercise. Lugging bags of soil around, tilling up the ground, and weeding your garden beds works out muscles you probably don't use very often. Preparing your spring garden early is incredibly important. I thought I'd share a few gardening tips that might help you succeed this spring.When should I start my garden in the spring? Before you … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Not to Buy Valentines Day Flower Arrangements

Valentines Day is right around the corner and that means millions of people heading out to buy cards, candy, and of course,  Valentines Day flower arrangements! However, have you ever given any thought to the environmental impact of flower gifts?  If you are looking for eco friendly Valentine's Day gifts, flowers are probably NOT a great choice! Keep reading for a few reasons to skip those Valentines Day flower arrangements. I will also include some other eco friendly gift ideas you might want to buy … [Read more...]