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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Eco Friendly School Supplies and Tips for a Greener School Year

If you are looking for eco friendly school supplies, you may have trouble finding them in traditional stores.  My children started school a few weeks ago and the back to school shopping trip that it required was horrendous. Who knew that it would cost hundreds of dollars for my kids to sit in class and learn stuff they probably won't need after they get out of college? The older they get, the more they need and the harder it is to keep our carbon footprint low.  It is hard to find eco friendly school supplies unless you shop online. I am going … [Read more...]

Save Our Planet Earth One Fork at a Time

As I go about my day, I often wonder whether there is any possible way for humans to save our planet earth from the downward spiral it's currently on. My neighbors spray chemicals on their lawns left and right.  The traffic congestion and subsequent exhaust in Atlanta is out of control.  Overseas companies are polluting our planet at an alarming rate.  So, what's a green blogger to do?  I can't control what everyone ELSE in the world is doing but I can control what *I* do to save our planet earth.  Maybe it is just using cloth napkins instead … [Read more...]

How to Mend Socks and Ways to Reuse Them When You Can’t

Have you ever looked at your feet and wondered how to mend socks? I can't sew...my proficiency with a needle and thread ends at putting a button back on a shirt.  I find this very sad and one day, when I am graced with much more free time than I have now, I would like to learn how to mend socks.  My grandmother used to make my clothes when I was little in addition to the baby blankets that my children are still using today.  She made her own dish rags, rugs, and was proficient at mending socks as well.  Mending socks is a lost art.  Sure, there … [Read more...]

Zero Waste Living: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

When my husband was in graduate school, I worked at a job that paid...well, let's just say it didn't pay very much at all!  We ate a lot of ramen noodles during those years.  Since the graduate schools had a constant turnover of people coming in and out, there were always friends (or random strangers) who begged the use of our truck to help haul stuff.  In exchange, we were often gifted with things that were no longer wanted by their owners...mismatched plates, chipped mugs, lamps with crooked shades, etc.  We were thrilled!  We didn't have a … [Read more...]

Creative Stuffed Animal Recycling Tips

Have you ever wondered whether stuffed animal recycling was possible? When my children were young, they had so many stuffed animals that they could barely be contained in toy boxes anymore.  I kept trying to get them to let a few of them go to the thrift store but they would get all emotional and have a nervous breakdown.  Seriously...do you even know where you GOT that stuffed cat that you are clinging to with tears in your eyes?  NO!  Hand it over, kid! Stuffed animal recycling is something I had never really considered before but now that … [Read more...]

What To Do With Over Ripe Avocados

Last week, I bought several avocados with the intention of cutting them in slices for my salad and chopping them up on top of egg toast.  Then, I forgot the lettuce and didn't have time to make the egg toast.  Now I am wondering what to do with over ripe avocados!  Does that sound like you every once in a while?  Do you buy fresh avocados, never get around to using them, and then have to throw them away when they get overly squishy and slightly brown inside?  Well, never fear!  I am here to banish your food waste issues and tell you what to do … [Read more...]

Do You Recycle Batteries? 5 Things You Should Know.

The last time you grabbed the remote control to change the batteries, I bet you asked yourself 'Do you recycle batteries?'  When you look at the number of electronic gadgets, toys, and household items that require batteries, it's staggering the number of these things that we dispose of every year.  What's in those magical little creators of energy?  Is it safe to toss into the trash can?  Will it leach toxic chemicals into our groundwater once it hits the landfill?  There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to figure out how to dispose … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Decluttering: What to do with old books

Books are the one thing that I don't mind spending money on but after a while, the bookshelves just get a bit too full.  As  I look around my house deciding what areas to declutter, I find myself wondering what to do with old books.  There are only so many shelves on my bookcase, right?  But I would never throw away a book...that just seems like sacrilege!  Do you remember when Borders Bookstores started having financial trouble and they began closing stores?  There was a huge backlash against the company when it was discovered that … [Read more...]

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

How Many Gift Cards Does It Take to make 9000 tons of plastic?  Last week I headed over to my local Barnes & Noble book store to buy all of my children's teachers a small gift card in appreciation of all their hard work this year.  There are a lot of teachers...and music instructors and Girl Scout leaders and a bus driver to buy for so I ended up with quite a stack of gift cards and a very large bill.  But, I really wanted to say thank you and since I don't know what they actually want or need, a gift card is the perfect gift, right?  Well, … [Read more...]

How to Conserve Water in the Kitchen to Go Green and Save Money

With the heat of summer and a thirsty garden, last month's water bill was rather high.  While these things tend to go in cycles depending on the season, I don't like knowing I am using more water than I usually do.  I admit, I love my garden and my long showers and those things are both water hogs.  In order to conserve water, I have decided to look towards my kitchen this month.  How can I conserve water in the kitchen to cut back on rising water bills?  I decided to do a bit of research and share my water saving tips with my readers.  If you … [Read more...]

How to Remove Labels From Jars with Barely Any Work!

This weekend I decided to replace a ton of spices from my spice rack.  Some of them were there when I first bought it 20 years ago!  There are just some spices that I don't really use that often so they just sit in my spice rack taking up space. Since there are about a million ways to reuse old spice jars, I really didn't want to throw them all away!  I decided to share with you how to remove labels from jars with barely any work.  All you need is hot soapy water, a scrub brush and some coconut oil!How to Remove Labels From Jars Step … [Read more...]

Upcycled T shirt Blanket for the Music Lover in Your Life

This post has been sponsored by The Motherhood and Project Repat but all opinions are my own.My husband has always been a music lover.  As a teen, he went to an incredible number of rock concerts and at each one invested in a concert t shirt.  After years of attending rock concerts, he literally had a suitcase FULL of concert t shirts.  Being the music lover that he is, of course, meant there was no way he was ever getting rid of them.  For years, those concert t shirts moved from one home to another and lately, he has really wanted to do … [Read more...]

16 Creative Ways to Repurpose Your Old Muffin Tins

As I struggle to declutter my kitchen, I find myself hesitating to get rid of a few things.  One of the items I can't bring myself to toss out is my grandmother's set of old muffin tins.  They are dark with age but have sentimental value and I just can't send them off to Goodwill.  Of course, I have a set of rather nice muffin tins that I acquired at some point in my marriage.  So, the bottom line is...I have WAY too many muffin tins in my house.  Especially since I don't bake all that many muffins! So, I find myself wondering what I can do … [Read more...]

How to Repurpose Old Wooden Spoons Instead of Throwing Them Away!

For the last few weeks, I have been purging my home of everything that is too old, unneeded, broken, or just plane not useful. It has not been a small undertaking...clutter seems to lurk in every nook and cranny these days.  The hardest part of decluttering your home is to figure out what you need and what you don't.  If you haven't used it in three years, it is pretty obvious that you don't need it, right?  But what about things you use every day that are showing their wear and really need to be replaced. Do you keep the old ones 'just in … [Read more...]