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 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. Eco Friendly Lifestyle Tips I hope you continue to follow my blog this … [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. Save up your pennies and investigate solar panel … [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 cream … [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. A green holiday season is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and simplify your life.  Simple Green Holiday Tips If you are considering an eco friendly Christmas, you need to plan ahead … [Read more...]

How to Find the Best All Natural Beauty Products

 If you've been considering switching to a more natural and organic beauty routine, I get it.  But, it's not always easy. 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.  I keep trying new ones, though, because I feel it's important to reduce my exposure to certain chemicals that are prevalent in traditional beauty products.  How to Find the Best All Natural Beauty Products Over the past few years I have tried to make the switch from … [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 am … [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 emergencies. I … [Read more...]

Save Our Planet Earth One Fork at a Time

As I go about my day, I often wonder whether there is any possible way for humans to save our planet earth from the downward spiral it's currently on. My neighbors spray chemicals on their lawns left and right. The traffic congestion and subsequent exhaust in Atlanta is out of control. Overseas companies are polluting our planet at an alarming rate. So, what's a green blogger to do? I can't control what everyone ELSE in the world is doing but I can control what *I* do to save our planet earth. Maybe it is just using cloth napkins instead of … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Waste at Home and the Tom’s of Maine #LessWasteChallenge

These tips on how to reduce waste at home are part of a sponsored conversation with Tom's of Maine. All opinions are my own.With the growing amount of trash filling up our landfills, learning how to reduce waste at home should be a key factor in your quest for green living. In my own home, we recycle just about everything we can. This is made easier by the county through curbside recycling. However, there are always events in the community that don't offer recycling and it frustrates me. I see vendors selling bottled water and plenty of … [Read more...]

Best Eco Friendly Gifts for a Romantic Date Night with a Small Carbon Footprint!

Are you looking for the best eco friendly gifts for a romantic date? Red may be considered the color of love but when it comes to Valentine's Day you should really start thinking GREEN! If you listen to the hype on TV it seems like women can only be happy if they get diamonds, flowers, and a Lexus as a symbol of their significant other's love. Unfortunately,  none of these options is really all that great for the environment. Here are a few alternatives to traditional Valentine's Day gifts and activities that you may want to consider this year! … [Read more...]

Best Eco Friendly Gifts for Teens

I am the mother of two teenagers. Aren't I lucky? If you have your own teenagers, you will understand the challenges I face when trying to shop for them. I have been searching for the best eco friendly gifts for teens because I want to reduce the carbon footprint of our gift giving. However, THEY want what their friends have...which is rarely affordable, useful or good for the environment! I am trying to find a balance this year between the things they need, the things they WANT and the gifts that are better for the environment. I thought I … [Read more...]

The Sustainable Kitchen: 5 Easy Ways to Live Greener!

The kitchen is the most used room in the entire house. It acts as a central hub for families to gather. People eat, socialize, cook, do homework, play games and enjoy time for relaxation in this very important room of the house. It only makes sense that the kitchen plays a huge role in how sustainable our lives are. Reducing our carbon footprint should be a goal of every single person on this planet. Whether you believe in global warming or not, we only have one planet on which to live, right? Why not learn to tread a little bit lighter by … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping Tips to Bring About Social Good

As I sit here typing this blog post, I have just returned from yet another grocery shopping trip. No matter how hard I try, I seem to spend an awful lot of time there. Either we are out of something completely vital (heaven forbid my daughter run out of yogurt!) or I have a recipe I want to make and am missing one important ingredient. I know, I really need to plan my shopping better. Just consolidating my trips to the grocery store would save me a lot of time, money, and wear and tear on my car. Not to mention, reducing my carbon footprint! … [Read more...]

5 iPhone Apps to Help You Live Green

With Christmas coming, many people will be getting new technology gifts for the new year. I must admit, I am pretty much permanently attached to my iPhone and use it for just about every aspect of my life. Have you ever considered that iPhone apps can be useful for more than just checking email and playing games? iPhone apps can actually help you reduce your carbon footprint and improve the health of our environment. Yes, now you can do more than just crush candy or take care of imaginary farm animals or whatever all you iPhone game lovers do … [Read more...]

Thrift Store Treasures and a DIY Washi Tape Picture Frame

I have been spending the last couple of weeks browsing around a few thrift stores and antique shops in my area. I love finding second hand treasures at affordable prices. The first few places I went to were 'antique shops' and I found that the prices were much higher than I was willing to spend. I like old things...I just don't want to spend a fortune on them just because they are OLD. I also don't want to buy things that I am just going to look at. I find that most antique shops have things that you would not actually use...old dolls, delicate … [Read more...]

It is far too easy to make bad decisions #TATT

The other day I was out running errands and I was stressed out and hungry. I made a run through a local fast food place for a very late lunch. Of course, for the rest of the afternoon I felt sluggish and slightly gross because instead of opting for a healthier salad or smoothie I got something fattening and unhealthy. I told my husband later that evening that I make bad decisions when I'm hungry. That statement got me thinking about what other bad decisions we make just because the RIGHT decision is just a little bit too hard to make. Whether … [Read more...]