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...]

Green Holiday Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Looking to tread more lightly on the planet this holiday season?  Start searching now for green holiday tips because you know what? There is less than one month until Thanksgiving! Before you know it chaos will reign as I try to deal with shopping, baking, kids birthdays (both in November and December!) and entertaining friends and family.  Every year I tell myself that I will be more organized by this time of year but somehow that never seems to work out.  There are a lot of things you can do to ensure a slightly more green holiday season this … [Read more...]

Breathe Deeply and Vote for Clean Air

This post about my reasons to vote for clean air was produced with support from Clean Air Moms Action. All opinions are, of course, my own.When my children were in elementary school, I was on the Environmental Committee.  In fact, I pretty much WAS the Environmental Committee, which was a fairly large undertaking for one person.  I collected the classroom paper recycling, hosted numerous recycling drives for things like eyeglasses and sneakers, and made sure Earth Day was appropriately recognized.  It was a lot of work, but it was a mission … [Read more...]

10 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 an any uses for wood ash instead of just throwing it away? There are a ton of useful ways to use wood ash once they are cooled off.  Here are just a few things to do … [Read more...]

Eating Insects for Food: Why We Need to Rethink our Eating Habits

Have you ever considered eating insects for food?  The thought kind of grosses you out, doesn't it? The other day I was arguing with a vegan who insisted that the only way to truly go green was to be vegan.  She insisted that nothing else you did mattered one bit to your carbon footprint if you ate any meat products at all.  Personally, I think that is the kind of attitude that prevents people from taking any baby steps at all on the road to green living.  Many recent articles indicate that veganism may actually be harder on the environment … [Read more...]

How to Find the Best All Natural Beauty Products

Every time I need to shop for makeup or skincare products, I remember how hard it is to find the best all natural beauty products. Over the past few years I have tried to make the switch from conventional products to natural ones.  Sometimes I find a product that I really like and it's easy to ditch the chemical laden, artificial stuff.  Other times, I buy one brand after another with pitiful results.  I keep trying new ones, though, because I feel it's important to reduce my exposure to certain chemicals that are prevalent in traditional … [Read more...]

The Leaf Blower: A lazy person’s lawn manicure

As you read this, are you listening to the sound of your neighbor's leaf blower? Does it sound like a hoard of angry mosquitoes descending on your home? I absolutely love this time of year.  Growing up in New England, Fall was always my favorite season.  The brilliant reds and oranges of the maple leaves, the crisp, cool mornings, and the earthy smell of the air as the leaves started to drop to the ground.  Then my dad would hand me a rake and tell me to go clean up the yard.  THAT part of Fall I could seriously have done without.  I can not … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Winterize Your Home to Save Money and Go Green

With the weather finally starting to cool off, are you looking for the best ways to winterize your home?  Sure, you may love the crisp days of autumn and the smell of fallen leaves but winter will be here soon.  While I live in the relatively mild south right now, I grew up in New England.  I know a thing or two about cold weather. I know what it feels like to walk outside and have the inside of your nose freeze because it is so darn cold out.  I know what it's like to get out of bed and put your feet down on a freezing cold floor when you … [Read more...]

Eco-friendly or Eco-crazy? Where Do You Draw the Line?

Where do you draw the line when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint? I like to think that I am an environmentally friendly sort of girl.  I buy organic produce, support my local farmers, recycle and compost.  I have a garden and put my kids' lunches in reusable containers.  I can consider myself green, right?  Mmmmm...maybe and maybe not.  All depends on who you ask. I am part of a number of groups both online and in real life that are focused on living an environmentally friendly lifestyle and I have to say that sometimes I feel like I … [Read more...]

How to Start Saving Money on Organic Food

If you learn how to start saving money on organic food, you will be able to feed your family healthier without totally destroying your food budget.  Will you be able to do all of your family's grocery shopping for only a few dollars like you see on those extreme couponing shows?  No.  I'm sorry but that is very unlikely.  It's extremely frustrating that it is cheaper to eat junk than healthy foods but that is the reality of our current food system.  It seems like whenever the grocery store has a sale on cereal it's only the colored ones with … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Household Items That are Creating Clutter in Your House!

Wondering where to start decluttering your home?  First, learn how to recycle household items and reduce your carbon footprint as you clean! I bet you have stuff tucked into every corner and every drawer of your house that you no longer need, right?  Sneakers that your kid outgrew, paint that you no longer need because your living room is no longer yellow....all that stuff takes up space.  If you are anything like me, you like to tuck things away for safe keeping 'in case you need it one day'.  Am I right?  I do that all the time.  Then I open … [Read more...]