Pros and Cons of Bamboo for Both You and the Environment

For some reason, bamboo is a common topic of discussion in my house lately.   I thought I would pass on a little information to my readers about the pros and cons of bamboo and whether or not it is as environmentally friendly as everyone thinks!  There are quite a few uses for this amazingly fast growing grass (did you know it is actually a grass?) and I will discuss each one below...(take into consideration, please, that I am NOT a bamboo expert, just passing along information I have found through my own research) If you want to add more … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Making Your Meatless Monday Campaign a Success!

Will you be joining the Meatless Monday Campaign this year?  While we are by no means vegetarian, we do many meatless days during the week.  Reducing your consumption of meat can be healthy for both you and the environment.  However, it can take a bit of getting used to at first.  Going meatless, even for one day, may challenge what you have learned about assembling a meal.  I grew up with the idea that dinner included a meat and two sides.  What happens when you take away the meat?  Without changing a few ideas you have about meal preparation … [Read more...]

Recycling Resources for a Green Decluttering Mission!

I decided to put together a list of recycling resources to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Some of these are great for individuals and some will work better for larger groups.  As you work on decluttering the house, check out my post on how to recycle household items.  While it is important to clean out your home, you want to make sure all of your unwanted items don't end up in landfills. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to … [Read more...]

Pine Vinegar Homemade Kitchen Cleaner

With the new year comes a renewed determination to go green, get healthy, and simplify my life.  This DIY pine vinegar is an easy homemade kitchen cleaner that I will be keeping right next to my kitchen sink this year.  Since I have pine trees in the back yard, I have an abundant supply of needles and pine cones.  If you are looking for creative ways to use what your land provides, make this easy pine vinegar and then check out my suggestions for ways to use pine cones around the house. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a … [Read more...]

Green New Year Resolutions Ideas for a Small Carbon Footprint

I am looking forward to some much needed down time in the coming weeks. There has been so much baking and shopping and wrapping going on and I am tired!  As we bring this year to a closer, however, I wanted to encourage you to think about your resolutions for next year.  I thought I would share a few green New Year Resolutions ideas to help you start your year off with a small carbon footprint. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Gift Cards and Other Creative Re-purposing Ideas

With Christmas coming up in a couple of weeks, you probably need to learn how to recycle gift cards! Most people get at least one or two this month and they don't need to be thrown away!  Repurpose your gift cards to keep them out of our landfill.  Keep reading for a few uses for old gift cards that you might find helpful! If you are looking for other ways to live green this year, check out my post on stuffed animal recycling and battery recycling!   This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this … [Read more...]

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...]

Small Business Saturday Ideas: 10 Reasons to Support Your Local Farmer!

If you are looking for Small Business Saturday ideas, have you considered supporting your local farmer? Black Friday is fast approaching and everyone is making plans.  Big box stores are stocking up on your favorite high tech gadgets and all the hot, new toys.  Flyers, advertisements, and coupons have been sent out and employees have been given extra hours to handle the holiday rush.  This coming Saturday, November 24th, is Small Business Saturday.  Small business owners don't have flashy ads, tons of merchandise in the stockroom, or gigantic … [Read more...]

Tips for Cooking in Natural Clay Cookware

I am pretty picky about the pots, pans and assorted cookware I bring into my home.  I try to avoid things like artificial non-stick coatings or other questionable types of cooking vessels.  Natural materials like cast iron, stainless steel, and natural clay cookware are my first choice when cooking.  Of course, you sometimes have to play around with recipes when you are trying out new types of cooking vessels in your kitchen.  I thought I would share a few tips on how to cook in natural clay cookware in case this is something you want to try in … [Read more...]

Ideas for Decorating with Natural Elements to Bring the Outdoors Inside!

Decorating with natural elements is a great way to bring a bit of the outdoors into your home.  In my opinion,  it brings a bit of peace and harmony into the house that everyone could use a bit more of. There are many types of things that you can use to decorate that are easy to find and appeal to the senses. Some of these ideas can be found near your home and crafted into something beautiful.  Other natural home decor items can be purchased online if you want something a bit more sophisticated. Here are a few simple decorating tips to get you … [Read more...]

Delicious Honey Gift Ideas to Help Support the Pollinators!

Honeybees are struggling to survive.  The overuse of pesticides and dwindling habitat for flowers are causing declines in their population at an alarming rate.  Without honeybees, our food system will crash and burn!  Choosing a few of these delicious honey gift ideas this year will help support the farmers, beekeepers, and other individuals who are working so hard to protect this threatened organism. I encourage you to support the pollinators. Do a little bit of mindful shopping and then check out my posts on making a honeybee watering station … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Bathroom Ideas for a More Sustainable Home

We bought our home 12 years ago and each year I try to come up with a few ways to make it a more sustainable living space.  Whether it is composting in the kitchen, setting the heat a few degrees lower, or buying organic sheets for the bed,  there are a lot of ways to reduce your home's carbon footprint. We as a society spend a lot of time in the bathroom.  And if you have teens like I do, you may spend a lot of time ARGUING over that!  I thought I would share a few eco friendly bathroom ideas that will help you create a more sustainable home. … [Read more...]

DIY Kitchen Sponge Dish and Healthier Housekeeping with Aunt Fannie’s

This week we joined the movement for healthy cleaning with Aunt Fannie's Cleaning products. This DIY kitchen sponge dish is part of a sponsored post for Aunt Fannie’s. All opinions expressed here are my own. #HomeSweetBiome As a mom, homeowner, and generally neat person, I spend a lot of time cleaning my home.  Some days I spend WAY too much time, but that's the way of things, right?  I have always been cautious about the types of products I use to clean my house.  I don't want my family exposed to harsh chemicals, especially in the kitchen.  … [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...]

New Alternative Fuel Sources We May Not Be Ready For!

Pollution is getting worse and the cost of gasoline continues to rise. As a result, many scientists are studying new alternative fuel sources. As a scientist myself, I like to think that the scientific community is pretty darn creative when it comes to problem solving.  I was impressed with the selection of items they are investigating as possible ways to fuel our new cars.   Who looks at a poopy diaper and says 'Yup, I think I will turn that into a bio-fuel'! Frustrated with  rising fuel costs? Looking for eco friendly transportation … [Read more...]

How to Vote With Your Dollar on National Coffee Day!

National Coffee Day is September 29th. It's a splendid holiday if I do say so myself.  Where would I be without my morning cup of Joe?  Probably still in bed, or at the very least I would be grumpily yelling at someone from a prone position on my couch.  How much coffee do people drink worldwide?  I don't think there is a number large enough to represent that!  Read on for tips on choosing the best coffee to celebrate National Coffee Day.  Then, check out my Almond Joy Coffee Creamer Recipe and pour yourself a steaming mug of your favorite … [Read more...]

All Natural Crock Pot Air Freshener Recipe

Fall is my all time favorite season and this all natural crock pot air freshener will make your home smell festive as the days get shorter and colder.  While I have a weakness for candles, they definitely aren't cheap.  Particularly the really nice soy wax ones with essential oils.  I really love those!  Of course, burning a candle all day pretty much means the I  am spending about $15 a day in candles which really doesn't work for my budget.  I decided to put together a few of my favorite fall foods and let them simmer in my crock pot all day. … [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...]

How to Support Local Farmers and My Georgia Agritourism Experience

Last week, I was lucky enough to go on a 2 day Georgia Agritourism trip with a few other local bloggers.  It was an amazing experience that I am so thankful I got the chance to participate in.  I learned all about Georgia agriculture, the purpose behind the agritourism movement here in Georgia, and a few tips about how to support local farmers.  I thought I would share my experience with you so that you can bring these tips into your own lives and improve the support of the farmers in your own communities. How to Support Local Farmers Let … [Read more...]