Sustainable Tailgating Party Ideas for a Greener Football Season

Trying to reduce your carbon footprint this fall?  Want a truly eco friendly tailgating party? Whether you are tailgating at the stadium or watching the game at home with friends,  fall means bonfires, chilly nights and football games! Make your next tailgate party a green one with these sustainable tailgating party ideas for a green football season.Choose Sustainable Tailgating Party Ideas for Green Living! One of the most popular ways to celebrate football season is with a tailgate party, which usually means lots of food and … [Read more...]

Green Camping Tips For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Are you planning a camping trip in the coming months?  Going camping is no reason to throw all your eco-friendly habits out the window.  Here are some green camping tips that will help you live by the leave no trace principle.Why I Love Fall Camping The days may still be hot, but summer is quickly coming to a close.  As we move into September, the days will get cooler and the leaves will start to change colors.  Fall is a wonderful time of year to consider heading out into the woods with your family for weekend … [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 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...]

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...]

Ways to Keep Water Clean and Protect our Environment

This post about ways to keep water clean and protect the environment has been sponsored by Tom's of Maine. All opinions expressed here are my own.Last year, my daughter and I participated in a river cleanup with her Girl Scout troop. It was a disturbingly eye opening afternoon that left me seriously concerned with the health of our waterways. Without clean water, humans, plants, and animals will not survive. There is no way around it. We all need water to live a healthy life and without CLEAN water, we are seriously doomed.Today, I am … [Read more...]

Grass Cutting Tips for a Green and Healthy Lawn

With the heat of summer in full force and lots of regular rainfall, our grass is growing incredibly fast. I have started looking for a few grass cutting tips to keep our lawn as healthy as possible. Without a healthy lawn, the constant downpours cause erosion in my backyard. The grass also keeps the dog from tracking in dirt regularly so proper lawn care is essential. I don't like to add a lot of chemicals to my lawn and always look for natural lawn care tips first to avoid exposure to harmful chemicals. If you are passionate about having … [Read more...]

Green and Healthy Picnic Ideas for Summer

Summer is here and if you are looking for some healthy picnic ideas, you have come to the right place! My teens have two more weeks of school and I am torn between excitement and dread for the coming months. I love those kids like you would not believe but two teenagers at home all day every day is enough to stress out any mom!I find that the key to maintaining my sanity over the summer is two-fold. Keep them well fed and get out of the house occasionally. Both of those things can be accomplished by taking a picnic basket to the park. You … [Read more...]

Best Natural Weed Control and a New Way to Look at Weeds!

I have been spending quite a bit of time out in the yard for the last few weeks now that spring is finally here. The grass is growing like gangbusters, the garden plants are in their beds and there are tons of projects that need tending to. One thing that I absolutely HATE doing is dealing with weeds. Of course, since I refuse to spray them all with chemicals,  I am left searching for the best natural weed control methods I can find. This usually involve pulling them out by hand and swearing a lot! It's hard work but it does work!This … [Read more...]

Frugal Landscaping Ideas: How to Upgrade Your Yard on a Budget!

This post about frugal landscaping ideas has been sponsored by Groupon. All opinions expressed here are my own.My husband and I are passionate about our outdoor space. From the patio and fish pond to the pots of jalapenos and pretty flowers by the mailbox. It makes us happy to see an area that is both comfortable and attractive. However, with two teens who have college aspirations, our budget is limited. That means there is no hiring a gardener or spending a fortune on decorative lawn accessories. We have found, over the years, that it is … [Read more...]

Tips for Adding Wild Bird Nesting Boxes to Your Yard

Last weekend, my family and I participated in the great backyard bird count. We love bird watching and it was a great way to help scientists figure out migration patterns, population size, and habitat changes for local birds. If you enjoy bird watching like we do, one thing you need to consider is adding wild bird nesting boxes to your yard. Birds often return to the site they were hatched in order to lay their own eggs. Adding nesting boxes to your yard will help ensure species survival and also increase the population of birds in your own … [Read more...]

Creating a Peaceful Backyard Space for the Perfect Place to Relax!

Yesterday, I looked at my yard and found the daffodils blooming. After a dreary winter, my picnic table needs cleaning off and my yard needs some serious maintenance. I am determined to start creating a peaceful backyard space when spring finally sets in full force.My family spends a lot of time outside during the warm months of spring and summer. A cup of coffee during a morning fire or a glass of wine after dinner are great ways for us to relax together. We have worked hard to create a peaceful backyard space over the last few years, … [Read more...]

Creating an Eco-Friendly Outdoor Living Space #SCJgreenerchoices #spon

This post about Eco-Friendly outdoor living spaces has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. My family spends quite a bit of time in our backyard during the spring and summer months. We love to grill, enjoy bonfires, entertain friends and just relax outside. Over the years, we have made a number of changes to our backyard and patio in an effort to create a more eco-friendly, outdoor living space. If you enjoy backyard entertaining and would like to improve the design of your terrace, consider some of my … [Read more...]

How to Create a Backyard Oasis

Want to create a backyard oasis?  I know I certainly do!  Upgrading your patio is a great way to encourage the whole family to spend more time outside.  I thought I'd share a few tips on how to create a backyard oasis this year.  How Do You Create The Perfect Outdoor Living Space?   I spend a lot of my time in our backyard and it feels almost like an extension of my house. It is a space for us to cook, spend time with the kids, play, relax with the pets, entertain, commune with nature, and enjoy the … [Read more...]