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...]

Tips for Green Living Bloggers as Earth Day Approaches

 These tips for green living bloggers are sponsored by ShiftCon.  All opinions are my own.Green living has been a passion of mine since I first found out I was pregnant 20 years ago.  It didn't happen all at once and I'm not living on a sustainable farm wearing hemp and using a composting toilet.  However, I have made small and realistic changes in my life that I HOPE reduce my carbon footprint.  With Earth Day coming up next month, I wanted to share some advice for my fellow bloggers. There are a few things to keep … [Read more...]

5 Tips For An Eco Friendly Easter

If you are trying to lighten your carbon footprint, you may want to consider these earth friendly Easter ideas! As I browse through retail stores in my area I am inundated with Easter paraphernalia. Plastic eggs, brightly colored candy, and even fuzzy bunny costumes for dogs. Yes, I really see things to dress up your dog like a rabbit. Instead of trying to find ways to get my dog to keep rabbit ears on her head, I am trying to figure out ways to have a more eco friendly Easter and I thought I would share a few green tips with … [Read more...]

Throwing an Eco Friendly Party? Check Out These Ideas for Sustainable Celebrations!

Spring is in the air and the weather is finally starting to warm up a bit. With the chaos of the holidays far behind us, it is time to start thinking about entertaining again! Throwing an eco friendly party may take a bit of planning.  However, focusing on a few green party ideas is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.  From natural party decorations to reducing your garbage output, make sustainability a focus for your next get together!  Can we say Earth Day Party?  Woo-Hoo!Eco Friendly Party … [Read more...]

What Can You Do With Old Hangers?

Have you been decluttering the house this month?  Have you cleaned your closet and realized you have way too many hangers?  What can you do with them?  I thought I would share a few ways to repurpose hangers as we sort through our mountains of clutter!  From hanger crafts to donating them to Goodwill, there are a ton of ways to reuse them rather than sending them to the landfill.   What Can You Do With Old Hangers? Last month my husband decided our spare bedroom should become his new “man cave.” He convinced … [Read more...]

Starting a Food Co-Op in Your Community

If you are doing all of your grocery shopping in large retail grocery stores, you may miss out on some great deals. Farmer's markets and food co-ops are great alternatives for food shopping.  What is a food co-op?  How can a co-op save you money on food and reduce your carbon footprint?   Keep reading for helpful info to start a food co-op in your community. What is a Food Co-op? So, what exactly is a food co-op?  It can be as strict or loosely formed as it's members want.  Basically, a food … [Read more...]

10 Creative Ways to Repurpose old Magazines

Are you decluttering the house and looking for creative ways to repurpose old magazines?  I know I certainly am! Once a year my daughter comes home with a magazine sales flyer as a fund raiser for school. I truly detest those fund raisers but feel I need to do my part to help support the school. I therefor buy exactly ONE magazine from her every year. But somehow, my name is on some list where I randomly get free magazines in the mail every week. And I now have WAY too many magazines in this house.  Upcycling magazines is a great way … [Read more...]

Tips For Preparing Your Spring Garden

One of the best ways to save money on organic food is to grow your own. Gardening is a great way to save money on your grocery bill. In addition, backyard gardening also offers the added benefit of exercise. Lugging bags of soil around, tilling up the ground, and weeding your garden beds works out muscles you probably don't use very often. Preparing your spring garden early is incredibly important. I thought I'd share a few gardening tips that might help you succeed this spring.When should I start my garden in the spring? Before you … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Not to Buy Valentines Day Flower Arrangements

Valentines Day is right around the corner and that means millions of people heading out to buy cards, candy, and of course,  Valentines Day flower arrangements! However, have you ever given any thought to the environmental impact of flower gifts?  If you are looking for eco friendly Valentine's Day gifts, flowers are probably NOT a great choice! Keep reading for a few reasons to skip those Valentines Day flower arrangements. I will also include some other eco friendly gift ideas you might want to buy … [Read more...]

How to Lower Your Heating Bills and Save Money

Are you looking at your utility bills this month and wondering how to lower your heating bills? Winter is hard on the budget! I grew up in New England and the nights got to near freezing temperatures by November. I wore footie pajamas in high school just to stay warm at night...along with flannel sheets and really big fuzzy quilts covering the bed! Learning how to conserve heat in your home will save you money and cut back on the arguments with cold blooded family members!Lowering Heating Bills is Frugal AND Green My father was frugal … [Read more...]

Recycling Old Clothing Gives New Life to Old Clothes

Have you looked at your wardrobe and started wondering how to start recycling old clothing? As you work on decluttering the closet in the coming months, stop to think about the impact of your closet clean out.  What are you doing with your old clothes?  Donating used clothes is a great choice.  But what happens to clothing that is beyond repair and reuse?  Did you know that textile recycling is gaining in popularity? Old clothes gain new life as something other than clothes when you recycle them.  … [Read more...]

Giving Chocolate Gifts? 5 Reasons to Choose Artisan Chocolates.

This post about and artisan chocolate gifts has been sponsored. All opinions are my own.As we approach Christmas, people scramble madly about looking for the perfect gifts for friends and family.  Lines are long, tempers are short, and many people are losing their festive holiday spirit.  At times like this, it's time to step back.  Rethink the extra long to do list. Think of small, meaningful gifts that will make your mom, friend, or sister smile.  Sometimes, it doesn't matter how flashy a gift is, but the thought … [Read more...]

Energy Saving Tips at Home to Save Money and Go Green!

I find that going green and being frugal have a lot in common, especially when it comes to these energy saving tips at home. During the winter months, people's budgets are stretched thin. Holiday shopping has our credit card bills through the roof and winter heating costs are skyrocketing. While I would love to jump ahead with solar panel installation, it isn't in the budget this month!Energy Saving Tips at Home to Save Money and Go Green! One area of your home budget where you can save yourself some money AND help the environment at the … [Read more...]

Reducing Food Waste: New Initiative Turns Gluttony into a Source of Power In Las Vegas

From the buffets to the five-star restaurants to the pubs and conventions… …food waste is just part of the business when you’re feeding 44 million tourists a year in Las Vegas. What a waste! But not anymore. Now, it’s possible to turn your leftovers into energy, which is good for the environment, and great for business.Reducing Food Waste in Las Vegas Las Vegas is a shining example of economic growth,  driven by tourism and gambling. But do you know that this trendsetting destination has the potential to become The Greenest City in … [Read more...]

Celebrate America Recycles Day with These Green Activities!

This post about America Recycles Day was sponsored by the Carton Council as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central.  All opinions expressed in my post are my own. Did you know that America Recycles Day is coming up on November 15th?  In fact, did you even know that recycling HAD a national holiday?  Well,  America Recycles Day is a day to promote and celebrate recycling in the United States.  This is YOUR day, as a green living ambassador, to spread the message about reducing your carbon footprint by … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Used Tea Bags and Other Sustainable Tea Tips

If you are a tea lover, you have probably wondered if there were any creative uses for your used tea bags. I know I have!  I absolutely adore tea. My pantry is stocked with containers of both loose leaf and bagged varieties. Every morning, I find myself sipping an energizing green tea and evenings often include something soothing and relaxing like a caffeine-free, herbal tea.As a result of my tea passion, I end up with a lot of used tea bags over the course of the week. What do you do with used tea bags rather than throwing them away?  … [Read more...]

Uses for Wood Ash When Your Campfire is Finished!

Do you know what my all time favorite thing about fall is? Outdoor fires in our fire pit. Not only is it a great way to get rid of some of our yard trimmings, it's a wonderful excuse to pour a glass of wine and just enjoy the crisp, fall air. After you roast marshmallows and toss acorns into the fire, eventually the wood burns up and the campfire dies off. Ever wonder if there are any uses for wood ash instead of just throwing it away?  Uses for Wood Ash When Your Campfire is Finished There are a ton of useful ways to use wood … [Read more...]

How to Wash Workout Clothes and Ditch the Stink!

If you work out regularly, you need to learn how to wash workout clothes properly if you want to keep them smelling fresh. When the kids went back to school about 2 months 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 workout clothes just about every day at this point.  How to Wash Workout Clothes I have noticed that no … [Read more...]

Stop Drinking Bottled Water to Save Money and Go Green!

Over the years, we have spent many hours as a family at the tennis court, soccer field, and school events. The one thing all of these places have in common is a ridiculously large output of disposable plastic water bottles. Single use plastic is destroying our environment and if we could all just stop drinking bottled water, our planet's plastic problem would be significantly smaller.Is plastic really a problem for our planet? And how do you quit a habit like this? I thought I would give you some insight into plastic pollution and share … [Read more...]