Guest Post: Taking Baby Steps toward Going Green by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Think About This ThursdayToday's installment of Think About This Thursday is a request from Cheryl C. Malandrinos for your assistance in going green!  Everyone has to start somewhere on their journey to an eco friendly existence...where did YOU start?  What baby steps did you take to go green in your life? Please leave comments and think about what type of actions, products, or lifestyle changes you would recommend! I asked Diane if I could be her guest blogger today because I need your help. Here’s the situation: we’re a busy family of four … [Read more...]

Think about this Thursday: What are the benefits of essential oils?

Today's Think about this Thursday post has been written by Jo from Jo's Health Corner.  I would love it if you could check out her blog and say hello!  She offers some great suggestions for obtaining optimal health without going broke!  Here is some helpful information that she has put together about the benefits of essential oils!Benefits of essential oilsEssential oils are a wonderful addition to a natural medicine cabinet at home. They are very versatile, and I love that I can use the same bottle for multiple things.  I use the same … [Read more...]

How many legs did that thing have? (Think about this Thursday)

You are innocently washing your dishes or cleaning your kitchen floor, your neighbor has his yard service fertilizing his lawn, when you realize that you need a fresh pineapple from the grocery store for that new recipe you want to try.  You hop in the car and drive to the store and pick up your conventionally grown pineapple from half way around the world and then head back home.  Sound familiar?  Every aspect of our lives create pollution of one sort or another and that pollution ends up in our water, our air, and in every living creature on … [Read more...]

A great new way to rehome your shoes!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of If The Shoe Doesnt Fit. All opinions are 100% mine. I have found a great new way to rehome your shoes!!  If you closet is getting a little full but you absolutely MUST have a new pair of pumps, check out If The Shoe Doesnt Fit.  This is a unique online auction site for shoes and the fee is only $1 to list on the site regardless of what you are listing or what it is for. No memberships are required on the site and you do not have to provide a credit card or PayPal address to register. … [Read more...]

Eating Locally: I wish I traveled as much as my food!

I am always looking for educational opportunities to share with my children during the day and a trip to the grocery store is a geography lesson all by itself. Apples from New Zealand, oranges from South Africa, and grapes from Chili...the list of countries goes on and on. We hear every day how we live in a 'global economy' but what price to we pay for transporting our food halfway across the country before we eat it? Eating locally is difficult in a nation as interconnected as ours is.  There is a wonderful resource that you can read that is … [Read more...]

Green Toys for a Safer Play Time!

Green Toys are rising in popularity over the last few years.  With so many recalls every day regarding hazardous children's toys, we really need to start demanding a higher quality product for our kids. We should not have to worry about lead, phthalates, or other cancer-causing agents being incorporated into their toys. Green Toys takes pride in their products and makes toys that are free of harmful chemicals and made from recycled plastics. If you have never heard of Green Toys, here is a little bit about them from their website: Green … [Read more...]

Asphalt or Concrete Roads: The questions my husband asks…

My husband is really getting into the whole ecofriendly lifestyle. I have even heard him telling friends and family how little trash we throw away each week. I am glad he doesn't think I'm a complete nutcase! So, recently he asked me "Which is better for the environment: Asphalt or Concrete roads?" To be honest, I had never given it much thought so I did a little research and thought I would share! Which is better? Asphalt or Concrete roads... Asphalt: PRO: For the initial construction, asphalt has lower "ore and fertilizer input … [Read more...]

Why should we own chickens?

Read it on Yahoo (and tons of other places too...): Egg recall grows to nearly 400 million Hundreds have fallen sick in a salmonella outbreak linked to eggs in at least three states... 'nuf said...   … [Read more...]

Frugal Tips to Help You Go Green

Going green isn't always cheap. Ever look at the price of organic food? And the way my kids eat (not to mention my husband!)'s enough to give me nightmares about the grocery bill! I have put together a list of frugal tips to help save money that are also good for the environment. I would like to know how YOU do it! Leave me a comment if you have any other creative ways to reduce your ecological footprint and save a few pennies at the same time. Frugal tips for Going Green   Food (This is a broad category but here goes) 1. … [Read more...]

Are Halogen Lamps bad for the Environment?

We have a lamp in our house that looks exactly like the one at the left. We got in in graduate school second hand from someone that was moving and didn't want it any more. Not quite dumpster diving since it hadn't made it to the dumpster yet but you take what you can when you are a grad student, right? That thing has lasted for 15 years and is just now starting to have some issues. It only turns on when it feels like it. If you turn the knob, sometimes light appears, sometimes not. If you walk away for 5 minutes it might choose to come on when … [Read more...]

Recycling for the Home

I realize that I am a bit extreme compared to most people when it comes to eco friendly choices. We have 2 composters in the back yard, I pay more at the grocery store for things that come in containers I know I can recycle, I recycle everything from the toilet paper rolls to the artwork my kids bring home from school. I am the Chair of the Environmental Committee at my kid's school. I get it, I am a little bit nuts. HOWEVER...there are way too many people out there in this world who are doing NOTHING to help preserve this planet for my … [Read more...]

Garage Sales: Frugal AND Ecofriendly!

  I love garage sales...tag sales, yard sales, whatever you want to call them...I like shopping for other people's junk! During the summer, I am home 24/7 with the kids and Saturday mornings I like to hand the kids over to hubby and strike out on my own looking for things I probably didn't NEED before now but I just have to have it now that I have found it...clothes for the kids or some new books to read (that's a NEED, right?) Lately, I have been looking for glasses. Not the kind you put on your face but the kind you drink out of. … [Read more...]

The Dirty Six: Worst Practices in Agribusiness

I have been reading the companion guide to the movie Food, Inc. I have not seen the movie yet since I wanted to read this first and it has been quite interesting (and disturbing!). I have done alot of research over the last couple of years regarding agribusiness and the problems associated with it and this book captures every aspect from genetically modified crops and their impact on small farmers and starving nations to the horrors of the slaughterhouse. One of the chapters is titled "The Dirty Six" and I had never heard that phrase before so … [Read more...]

EcoFriendly Grilling

Well, down here in Georgia it has hit the 80's this week and we decided to grill our Easter dinner (a nice pork roast from a local farm that raises Heritage breeds of pigs). We actually grill year round and my husband is a fanatic of the Big Green Egg. If you aren't familiar with the BGE  it is a ceramic egg shaped cooker based on an ancient clay cooker called a "kamado". It was introduced in 1974 and is made of a durable space-age ceramic developed specifically for Big Green Egg and is virtually indestructible. This will be the last grill you … [Read more...]

Children’s Earth Day Book: Be Cool, Follow Earth’s Rule

Looking for a children's Earth Day Book? Just in time for Earth Day, Be Cool, Follow Earth's Rule by Penelope Ann Kysiak is a wonderful book to teach young children the importance of caring for our planet. Check out this list of other Earth Day Books for Kids and teach your children how to be kind to the earth. Children's Earth Day Book Be Cool, Follow Earth's Rule by Penelope Ann Kysiak Book Title: Be Cool, Follow Earth's Rule Author: Penelope Ann Kysiak Genre: Children's ISBN: 978-1-4349-0250-4 Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co., … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Back to Basics All Natural More Than Just a Cookbook

Grandma's Back to Basics All Natural More Than Just a Cookbook (published by Dorrance Publishing) by Teresa Thompson is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in learning how get back to a more simple style of cooking. This cookbook is a paperback and has 281 pages of recipes, including chapters on Appetizers, Beverages, Breads, Breakfast, Desserts, Soups/Sandwiches, Sauces/Dressing, Vegetables, and Main Dishes. Every recipe uses simple and easy to find ingredients such as whole wheat flour, real butter, eggs, and fresh fruits and … [Read more...]