Frugal Spring Cleaning Tips That Benefit Your Wallet AND the Earth!

These frugal spring cleaning tips have been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.Many years ago, when I became pregnant with my first child, I learned a very valuable lesson.  I wanted to live green but I needed to figure out how to do it on a very tight budget.  Organic milk might be better for my growing baby but it wasn't cheap!  So, I needed to figure out how to reduce my carbon footprint without spending a fortune.  It was at that point in my life that I realized how much going green and living frugally actually have in … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home With Less Work and A Greener Footprint

The other day I saw a meme on Facebook that said there are only 50 days until spring.  With the arrival of the warmer weather, I wanted to share some tips for spring cleaning your home with a smaller carbon footprint. While I cannot imagine that housework will ever be FUN, there are ways to make it easier, quicker, and healthier for our planet. Clutter in our homes can effect our health (like dust collection!) and stress levels and the cleaners we use can have a huge impact on our planet. So, how do we declutter, de-stress, and green up our … [Read more...]

Creative uses for Baking Soda from Beauty to Science

Baking soda is one of those things that you should never, EVER run out of. But, seeing as it is so useful, it's hard to keep it in stock in my house. The other day I went into my pantry to make cookies and grabbed the box of Arm and Hammer baking soda like I always do for baking.  Imagine my surprise when I realized it was completely EMPTY!  I make sure I never run out of this stuff and couldn't figure out how that had happened!  Then I remembered that I had given it to my children over the weekend to clean the toilet with. The box in the … [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.  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 country.How many times have you gone to a … [Read more...]

How to Celebrate Earth Day? Shocking Facts and How YOU Can Help!

Today is Earth Day and everywhere I look I find tons of information about events, rallies, and celebrations to encourage people to live a greener life.  What originally started back in the 1970's as an 'environmental teach-in' observed by universities across the U.S. is now celebrated by more than 500 million people in 175 countries.  It has gone from a slightly radical grass roots effort to raise awareness of environmental issues to a major holiday in only 40 years.  WHY?  Because people know, deep down, that we are seriously messing up our … [Read more...]

10 Cleaning Tips for Surviving Spring Allergies

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.  Having grown up in the North, my system just can't seem to handle the mold, cockroaches and year round plant blooming that you find here in Georgia.  Some people have a harder time than others when it comes to surviving spring allergies. There … [Read more...]

How to Wash Workout Clothes and Ditch the Stink!

When the kids went back to school about 6 weeks 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 gym clothes just about every day at this point.  I have noticed, however, that no matter how many times I wash my fitness clothing, it doesn't always smell fresh when it comes out of the dryer.  Exercise clothes tend to absorb the odors of your … [Read more...]

Disposable Appliances: Bad for Budgets AND the Environment #TATT

When my husband and I moved into this house 10 years ago we had to buy all new appliances.  The people buying OUR house wanted to keep them all so we had some serious shopping to do.  Of course, since we bought all of the appliances at the exact same time, logic suggests that they would probably die at the same time, too, right?  Well, unfortunately for our budget, they all decided to die last month.  When the dryer stopped heating and the refrigerator and dishwasher started leaking I did what everyone would do and called out an appliance … [Read more...]

Recycled Craft Idea: Make these easy CD coasters!

Last week my husband came home from work and told me he had brought me home a GIFT!  YAY for gifts, right? Was it diamonds?  Chocolate?  Maybe a trip to a spa?  Nope, my husband brought me home a stack of old CDs from work that were about to be thrown in the trash!  Well, at least my 'live green' message is getting through to somebody, right?  Since I now had a stack of old CDs to use, I started to look through recycled craft ideas on Pinterest to figure out what do do with them.  You would be amazed at how many recycled crafts there are on the … [Read more...]

5 Tips To Improve Your Sustainability With Unilever #BetterTogether #Cbias

Over the past decade I have made a lot of changes in the way I live my life in order to reduce my carbon footprint.  Some of those changes include buying organic produce, shopping at my local farmer's market, recycling, and finding creative ways to reuse things instead of throwing them away.  While people often think of 'green living' as difficult to achieve, it really isn't!  Right now, Unilever is on a mission to improve their sustainability and at the same time improve the lives of people in this country who are struggling to feed themselves … [Read more...]

Check out my #GELighting Home Makeover! #Cbias

When we moved into this house many years ago the realestate lady was quick to point out it's many wonderful features...one of which was a beautiful formal living room. It was certainly a beautiful room but I am not a formal living room type of girl....I want rooms that I can LIVE in without worrying about getting crumbs on floor or dog hair on the furniture!  So, the formal living room quickly became my office/reading room/music studio and we use it every single day!The one thing I dislike about the room is the lighting situation! Up until a … [Read more...]

Recycling Attitudes: How do you deal with “I just don’t wanna!” ?

 Think About This ThursdayThe other day I was talking to a friend of mine about recycling.  We were at a school event that was selling cans of soda and bottles of water and Gatorade and were frustrated at the lack of recycling bins available.  Several HUGE bags of trash were collected and not a single one of those disposable bottles and cans were recycled.We started discussing mandatory recycling programs and didn't really understand WHY people were so adamantly opposed to recycling.  We have both known a number of people over the years who … [Read more...]

GMO’s: Food Frankenstein or Natural Ingredient?

 Think About This ThursdayA few weeks ago I wrote an article called Whale Vomit and Other Natural Ingredients where I delved into what the word 'natural' really means on a food label. Last week, a huge uproar hit the natural foods community when it was discovered that Kashi, a leader in healthy and natural foods, uses Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) in most of their products.  Someone snapped this picture in a Rhode Island health food store and it was posted to the Kashi Facebook page:The yellow tag says: “You might be wondering where … [Read more...]

It’s short, it’s round, it’s red…it’s a carrot!

 While I am out in the woods for a few days living on trail mix and granola bars I thought I would share a few of my past articles with you!  Pray the tent doesn't leak and the bugs don't find me!Think About This ThursdayWhat color are carrots?  Simple enough question, right?  You, like most of the world, would answer 'Orange'.  And yes, in today's society you would be right 99% of the time.  But,the first carrots were white, purple, red, yellow, green and black.  Think about this: there were originally NO orange carrots!  So, what happened? … [Read more...]

Will Pink Slime Change The Way You Eat?

Think About This Thursday Unless you have had your head stuck under a rock for the last week or so I am sure you have seen the recent controversy surrounding the use of a ground beef filler called Lean Finely Textured Beef (otherwise known as Pink Slime to most average folks like us).  Pink Slime is basically beef by-products that have been treated with ammonia to kill harmful bacteria. This makes the by-products legally safe for human consumption. It is not approved for sale by itself, but can be added to ground beef and other products up to … [Read more...]

So you think you can slaughter a chicken?

 Think About This ThursdayThis morning I headed out to see my local farmer to pick up a share of heritage pork and grass fed beef to stock my freezer.  Grabbed a couple dozen free range eggs while I was there and spent some time chatting while I checked out the new piglets. He told me about his new internship program and a few interesting stories about some of his 'students'.Now, let me say that I have thought for YEARS that I would gladly pay my farmer friend to teach me just 1/10 of what he knows about gardening and raising animals.  I have … [Read more...]

Have you been Greenwashed?

This week I had an interesting chat with a couple of fellow green bloggers.  One of them mentioned that she rarely wrote product reviews for beauty products any more because she just couldn't trust the company's honesty when it came to ingredient claims and certifications.  This made me stop and think for a bit...I write reviews for beauty products quite frequently and never really considered that the companies could be outright lying about the ingredients or certifications of their products.    I guess I am just naive to expect honesty and … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning with Mrs. Meyers Clean day products

Spring is in the air and with it comes my LEAST favorite chore: Spring Cleaning!  BLAH!  I am always amazed at how grungy walls can get and how many drippy stains I find on the front of kitchen cabinets!  Since I like to have my kids help me clean, I try and make sure that the products I use are safe and nontoxic.  It is also important to me because for some reason, the dog likes to follow me around and lick the walls and cabinets to see what they taste like.  Why? I do not know!  But I feel better using natural cleaners! (not that you should … [Read more...]

Ecover helps create healthy homes for healthy living!

In my house, I am forever cleaning SOMETHING.  I am not a neat freak by any stretch of the imagination (really need to get back into the Flylady cleaning routine) but there are some things that just drive me nuts if they aren't sparkly clean.  The bathroom is the main one.  I would much rather scrub toilets and sinks than dust, personally!  While housework will never be FUN, it should at least be safe and using green cleaners like Ecover make housework safer for us and the environment.  If you have never heard of Ecover, here is some … [Read more...]