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...]

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...]

How to Hire a Solar Panel Installer You Can Trust

This post about How to Hire a Solar Panel Installer You Can Trust is sponsored by Pick My Solar. All opinions are my own. On our recently journey up the East coast, I was truly amazed by the number of houses with solar panels on them. This is a trend that I want to see more of, given the carbon footprint of human energy usage. Every year, more and more people become aware of the benefits of solar energy and are making the switch from traditional fossil fuels. Choosing a Solar Panel Installer is Hard! If you want to choose a solar panel … [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 start school in 10 days. Back to school shopping trips are never cheap. 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 my kids get, the more they school supplies they need. And that means it is harder to keep our carbon footprint low. It's hard to find eco friendly school supplies unless you shop online. I am … [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...]

Cool Things to Do with Old Tires

Here in the suburbs, a car is an absolute must have item. While I would love to ride a bike or take public transportation sometimes, it doesn't happen very often. In order to safely drive my car, I need a good set of tires on it. That means I have to put new tires on my car regularly, leaving 4 mostly still in good shape tires that need a new home. I usually ask the auto facility to recycle them but there are plenty of cool things to do with old tires if you want to be creative. If you are heading out on a road trip any time soon, get your … [Read more...]

Frugal and Creative Uses for Old Tennis Balls

My husband and son have been playing on a tennis team and taking lessons for years. As a result, we spend a lot of money on tennis balls! Serious tennis players will only play one match with a can of balls. They lose pressure and don't bounce quite the same after they have been used for a while. This means that I am always looking for creative uses for old tennis balls since we have so darn many of them! I thought I would share a few ideas on how to reuse tennis balls in case you have as many of them as I do. From tennis ball crafts to creative … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds Around the House

Coffee is like the nectar of the Gods in my house so I am always looking for ways to reuse coffee grounds around the house. We have a pot in the morning to get us moving and fueled for the day. Then we hit that afternoon slump around 3 PM and I make another small pot just so I have enough energy to make dinner and deal with after school activities. Sound familiar? I bet a lot of you are just as addicted to that caffeinated goodness as I am. As a result of my frequent coffee consumption, I am left with a LOT of old coffee grounds. Instead of … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Repurpose Old Toothbrushes to Save Time and Money

Have a spare old toothbrush lying around? Dont throw it away! Instead, try one of these ways to repurpose old toothbrushes. I have SO many of them! I am slightly anal retentive about getting all of us to the dentist twice a year. Of course, at each of these dentist appointments we get a new toothbrush. That means 8 old toothbrushes need to find new uses every single year. On top of that, I tend to replace toothbrushes randomly when they are looking particularly worn or someone is sick. I am always looking at those old toothbrushes and wondering … [Read more...]

10 Empty Beer Bottle Uses to Save Time and Money!

Saint Patrick's Day, The Big Game, and just because it is Friday. Those are all reasons to crack open a beer and sit back with a sigh. Instead of tossing those empty beer bottles in the recycling bin (or even worse, the TRASH!), I thought I would share a few empty beer bottle uses that may save you time and money this year. Once you find some great ways to reuse beer bottles, check out my post on green beer before Saint Patrick's Day gets here or try my homemade pretzels with beer cheese for a snack this weekend! Awesome products for … [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...]

Home Appliance Maintenance Tips To Save Money and Go Green!

If the cost of appliances and their impact on the environment concern you, these home appliance maintenance tips are just what you need! When my husband and I moved into this house 10 years ago we had to buy all new appliances. The people buying OUR house wanted to keep them all so we had some serious shopping to do. It put a serious dent in our budget but you can't live without appliances, right? 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 Soap and Creative Uses for Soap Around the House

Have you ever gone to a hotel and taken home your half used bar of soap? Most people don't. As a result, house cleaning throws away a perfectly good bar of soap. I am going to share with you a few tips on how to recycle soap so that it stops going to waste. I will also share with you a few creative uses for soap around the house. That half used bar of soap in the hotel will have lots of purposes once you get it home! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Reuse Old Windows Instead of Throwing Them Away!

Several years ago, my husband and I replaced all the windows in our home. I hated to see my beautiful, wooden windows come off the house, but it was a cost-effective home improvement project that needed to be done. I highly recommend replacing old windows to save on heating and air conditioning costs. However, once the old windows come off, what do you do with them? There are many ways to reuse old windows instead of tossing them in the trash! I will include a few general ideas below, as well as links for you to check out that include some … [Read more...]

How to Keep the Kitchen Cool This Summer

Summertime in Georgia is HOT and most days I have no desire to sweat over the stove to cook dinner for my family. Since feeding them cereal every night of the week leaves me slightly guilt-ridden, I have had to learn how to keep the kitchen cool while still feeding them real food. Preferably something with a vegetable or two.... Finding ways to keep your kitchen cool in the summer will go a long ways towards reducing your air conditioning bill, not to mention help keep you sane. Anyone who has had to deal with children, pets, and a ringing … [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...]

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. Who wants to smell like the same thing every day, right? 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...]