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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Beach Vacation Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Spring is in the air and many families will be heading to the beach in the coming months.  Traveling somewhere warm while the weather is chilly holds quite a bit of draw for many people!  If you are looking for a few beach vacation tips to make your life easier, I wanted to a share a few that will reduce your carbon footprint.  Between buying supplies, packing the car, getting there and actually spending some quality time lounging, there are a lot of ways to leave a huge carbon footprint behind.  If you are planning a beach vacation this month, … [Read more...]

How to Use Less Water at Home without Giving Up Your Shower

World Water Day is coming up in a few weeks (March 22, 2017) and I decided that now was the perfect time to share a few water conservation tips with you.  With the warm weather fast approaching here in Georgia, water conservation is an important issue. You might be wondering how to use less water at home when your entire family is obsessed with long, hot showers.  Well, it can be done!  Every summer I see my neighbors sprinkling their lawns or washing their cars and I wonder if they realize how much water they are really wasting by doing this.  … [Read more...]

Earth Day Books for Children that Inspire a New Generation of Eco Warriors!

It is most likely no surprise to my readers that I am passionate about the environment.  If you count yourself among the population of eco-warriors, you need to check out these Earth Day books for children.  Even if you DON'T consider yourself a passionate environmentalist, you should still invest in a few of these books.  Why?  Because without the right education and support, children will grow up having absolutely zero interest in protecting the environment.  And, to be blunt, that is how we end up with people like Donald Trump and his … [Read more...]

What to do to Protect the Environment Even if Lawmakers Won’t

I try very hard not to share politics on my blog very often, however, teaching you what to do to protect the environment is kind of the entire reason I started this blog.  Sometimes we have lawmakers in office who have an inkling of an idea about how important clean air, safe water, and a strong food production system are.  Other times we have shortsighted idiots in office who's only goal is the almighty dollar.  When lawmakers fail to act, it's up to citizens to get involved and I wanted to share with you a few things I have done in the last … [Read more...]

The 5 Most Organic Countries to Live Green and Showing Support for Organic Food

One of my biggest frustrations with trying to live a greener life is that the United States is not one of the easiest places to live if you want to reduce your carbon footprint. There are so many organic countries in the world who put the health of the environment ahead of convenience and profit.  The US isn't one of them, and Georgia is definitely not high on the list of greenest cities to live in. When Trevida asked to share some information with me on the most organic countries to live green, I was curious to find out where I should be … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Lifestyle Tips That I Use and So Should You!

Did you commit to a few New Year's resolutions this year?  I like to think that people are deciding to live a greener lifestyle in 2017 but the idea can be a bit intimidating. You probably think that living a sustainable lifestyle is really hard but I'm going to share a few eco friendly lifestyle tips that will be incredibly easy to get started on right now.  These are things that I do in my own home, despite being incredibly busy and working on a budget. I hope you continue to follow my blog this year as I teach you a few baby steps on the … [Read more...]

Greener Home Improvements to Tackle This Year

As we head into the new year, I hope you take a few minutes to consider ways to get healthy, go green, and simplify your life in the months ahead.  I just wanted to give you a 'food for thought' post on ways you can change your lifestyle without noticing it too much.  These greener home improvements will be relatively easy to make and will help you reduce your carbon footprint in the coming year. Green choices are not always cheap so I have tried to include ways you can save money at the same time.  Don't forget, we only have one planet and one … [Read more...]

Sustainable Gift Ideas for a Smaller Carbon Footprint!

I have been doing a ton of shopping over the last few weeks and have been trying to buy at least a few gifts with a smaller carbon footprint. If you are looking for sustainable gift ideas, there are a few key things to keep in mind.  Shopping locally is always a great choice when you can manage it.  I am putting together a few gift baskets full of locally sourced products for parents and siblings to enjoy.  You can also look for clothing made from natural fibers, beauty products made from natural and organic ingredients, or even fun experiences … [Read more...]

How to Binge Watch TV Series and Save Money!

This post about how to binge watch tv series has been sponsored, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.Most of us have a habit or guilty pleasure that costs us money.  Whether it's your morning cup of expensive coffee from your local coffee shop or a Saturday afternoon binge watching television, very few things in life are free. But how much is your habit actually costing you in terms of your monthly budget?  And how big of an impact does that guilty pleasure have on the environment?  You don't have to give up your pre-bed ice … [Read more...]

Green Holiday Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Looking to tread more lightly on the planet this holiday season?  Start searching now for green holiday tips because you know what? There is less than one month until Thanksgiving! Before you know it chaos will reign as I try to deal with shopping, baking, kids birthdays (both in November and December!) and entertaining friends and family.  Every year I tell myself that I will be more organized by this time of year but somehow that never seems to work out.  There are a lot of things you can do to ensure a slightly more green holiday season this … [Read more...]

How to Find the Best All Natural Beauty Products

Every time I need to shop for makeup or skincare products, I remember how hard it is to find the best all natural beauty products. Over the past few years I have tried to make the switch from conventional products to natural ones.  Sometimes I find a product that I really like and it's easy to ditch the chemical laden, artificial stuff.  Other times, I buy one brand after another with pitiful results.  I keep trying new ones, though, because I feel it's important to reduce my exposure to certain chemicals that are prevalent in traditional … [Read more...]

Eco-friendly or Eco-crazy? Where Do You Draw the Line?

Where do you draw the line when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint? I like to think that I am an environmentally friendly sort of girl.  I buy organic produce, support my local farmers, recycle and compost.  I have a garden and put my kids' lunches in reusable containers.  I can consider myself green, right?  Mmmmm...maybe and maybe not.  All depends on who you ask. I am part of a number of groups both online and in real life that are focused on living an environmentally friendly lifestyle and I have to say that sometimes I feel like I … [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 started school a few weeks ago and the back to school shopping trip that it required was horrendous. 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 they get, the more they need and the harder it is to keep our carbon footprint low.  It is hard to find eco friendly school supplies unless you shop online. I am going … [Read more...]

Practical Money Saving Tips That Help You Go Green

My budget this year is pretty much shot.  Between the $20,000 we have done in home repairs and our recent vacation, we have pretty much depleted our bank account and I'm starting to think I need to start coupon clipping again.  I have gotten spoiled in the last few years and while we are careful with our money, I wouldn't say I have been thrifty or budget conscious.  We will soon be moving into the holidays and I am starting to look into some practical money saving tips to help get our bank account up where it needs to be in case of … [Read more...]