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...]

World Water Day Facts to Learn Because Dry, Dusty, and Dead is Not a Good Scenario

World Water Day is coming up on March 22nd (like it does every year!).  With all the chaos in environmental protection recently, I thought it was a good cause to talk about. Share these World Water Day facts with as many people as you can.  If more people had an understanding of how fragile our environment is, I think there would be a lot fewer people calling for deregulation of the Environmental Protection Agency.World Water Day Facts to Learn Several years ago, Georgia was suffering from the worst drought in it's recorded history. … [Read more...]

Beach Vacation Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Spring is in the air and many families will be heading to the beach in the coming months.  Traveling somewhere warm while the weather is chilly holds quite a bit of draw for many people!  If you are looking for a few beach vacation tips to make your life easier, I wanted to a share a few that will reduce your carbon footprint.  Between buying supplies, packing the car, getting there and actually spending some quality time lounging, there are a lot of ways to leave a huge carbon footprint behind.  If you are planning a beach vacation this month, … [Read more...]

How to Use Less Water at Home without Giving Up Your Shower

World Water Day is coming up in a few weeks (March 22, 2017) and I decided that now was the perfect time to share a few water conservation tips with you.  With the warm weather fast approaching here in Georgia, water conservation is an important issue. You might be wondering how to use less water at home when your entire family is obsessed with long, hot showers.  Well, it can be done!  Every summer I see my neighbors sprinkling their lawns or washing their cars and I wonder if they realize how much water they are really wasting by doing this.  … [Read more...]

Earth Day Books for Children that Inspire a New Generation of Eco Warriors!

It is most likely no surprise to my readers that I am passionate about the environment.  If you count yourself among the population of eco-warriors, you need to check out these Earth Day books for children.  Even if you DON'T consider yourself a passionate environmentalist, you should still invest in a few of these books.  Why?  Because without the right education and support, children will grow up having absolutely zero interest in protecting the environment.  And, to be blunt, that is how we end up with people like Donald Trump and his … [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...]

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...]

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 Transportation Alternatives: Are Two Wheels Greener Than Four?

With the start of the new year, many people are looking to save money and go green.  Choosing eco friendly transportation alternatives can help you reduce expenses and lighten your carbon footprint.  My husband and I are avid motorcyclists and get away as often as we can for a journey on the open road. When I met him in college, he had just purchased his first bike and it was our only means of transportation for quite a while.  Let me tell you, riding in New Hampshire in November can get QUITE chilly!  In graduate school, we upgraded to a nicer … [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...]

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 in 2017 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. I hope you continue to follow my blog this year as I teach you a few baby steps on the … [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.  Don't forget, we only have one planet and one … [Read more...]

If you give a pig a pancake, he’ll never grow one of his own!

When my kids were younger I used to love to read them books.  One of our particular favorites was If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff in which the little pig comes up with all sorts of creative things he may have to do if you will be so kind as to give him some pancakes.In our world, pancakes are pretty easy to come by.  You can find them pre-made in the frozen foods section, make them from a boxed mix, or even (if you are feeling adventurous!) grab the flour and sugar from the pantry and start them from scratch.  What could be … [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...]

What To Do With Empty Perfume Bottles After Your Favorite Scent Is Gone

A few years ago I got onto a bit of a perfume kick. I wear it almost every day and love picking out new scents from some rather nice natural perfume shops. Well, they are slowly running out and now I find myself wondering what to do with empty perfume bottles now that the perfume is gone.  I admit, I don't want to smell like the same thing every day.  I choose my perfume based on my mood, the weather or the outfit I am wearing.  That means I have lots of different pretty bottles in my cabinet.  So, now that I am gathering a collection of empty … [Read more...]

Sustainable Thanksgiving Dinner Idea: Skip the Sexually Frustrated Turkey

Have you been furiously searching the Internet for a Thanksgiving dinner idea to make your meal unique? Are you looking for recipes, crafts and decor to transform your Thanksgiving into a holiday to remember? Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks and many, MANY Americans will be heading to the grocery store to pick up their turkey.  Don't worry...I'm not going to tell you to skip the turkey and eat tofu instead (unless you really WANT to!).  But there are options out there for people who are concerned about the sustainability of their food. The … [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 … [Read more...]

Living a Natural Lifestyle Starts with Just One Purchase

This post about living a natural lifestyle is brought to you by Tom’s of Maine . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Turning the Clock Back. I was raised in a rather conventional home as a child.  My mom didn't buy organic food and I certainly didn't use any products that were considered natural.  In fact, there was one person in my class who was a vegetarian and we all thought that was downright strange.  Living a natural lifestyle is not something I was ever exposed to as a child. My early days on my own had me eating a lot … [Read more...]