Drive through Funerals? Our Laziness is Out of Control!

Are you a drive through addict?  If you said yes, you are not alone.  Drive throughs are becoming more and more popular, even as American waistlines grow larger and larger.  People are obsessed with drive through food, laundry, and even drive through funerals!Picture this: It is a beautiful, sunny morning and you have just arrived at the dry cleaners to pick up the one pair of pants your husband owns that cannot be machine washed.  There is an empty parking lot with plenty of spots right in front of the door.  There is also an empty drive … [Read more...]

Environmentally Friendly Swimming Pools: A Green Pool is a GOOD Thing!

Living in a neighborhood with a pool means that much of our lives has revolved around swimming.  Swim practice, swim lessons, swim meets, Friday night happy hour, playdates...you name it, the pool was involved.  Pools are not particularly eco-friendly...they use large volumes of water, harsh chemicals, and there is a lot of green space lost to the cement pool deck.  I wish there were more environmentally friendly swimming pools in our area but haven't found any so far.  If you have a pool in your own backyard, however, you can control its' … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Cruises: Why You Should Rethink Your Next Cruise Vacation

Are you wondering where to go on your next family vacation?  Spring break and summer vacation are popular times for people to take a cruise vacation but have you ever considered the ecological impact of your trip?  Sure, hanging around by a floating pool and sending your kids to an on board play center may be relaxing but what are you doing to the environment while your ship floats through the ocean?  I would like to encourage you to research eco friendly cruises before you book your next trip!I may be one of the few people in this … [Read more...]

Learn How to Get Green Beer and Raise a Toast!

This month, a scroll through Pinterest will show you all sorts of green snacks and drinks.  Neon green cookies and rainbow colored cakes seem to catch everyone's eye this month. In honor of spring, people dye chicks a rainbow of colora and dump green dye in rivers.  Needless to say, it isn't really my thing.  If you are asking yourself  how to get green beer for Saint Patrick's Day, I want you to stop and think about something.  Instead of looking for beer that is the COLOR green, how about you focus on the kind of green beer that reduces it's … [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...]

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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Restaurant Food Waste Facts: How to Reduce Food Waste When Eating Out

Our landfills are straining at the seams and we throw away more and more stuff every year.  From appliances and electronics to household mail and toxic chemicals, humans are wasteful creatures. Some things have to be thrown away but many can find new homes or a new purpose.  I was floored when I started researching restaurant food waste facts.  To throw away something broken is one thing but good food should never be wasted, especially given the staggering number of hungry people we have in this country.How many times have you gone to a … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Grilling Tips: From Food to Fire!

Now that the warm weather is upon us, I thought I would share a few eco friendly grilling tips with you.  My husband and I are avid grillers and no matter what the season, you will often find our grill sizzling with an assortment of tasty foods.  The great thing about the grill is it falls to the husband to do the actual cooking.  I know, I should be some liberal and self-sufficient woman and tend the fire myself but why should I when the hubby enjoys it so much??  So, I prepare the food and he cooks it on our very awesome ceramic Green Egg … [Read more...]

Natural Ingredients in Food You Really Don’t Want to Eat!

If you are a label reader like I am, you have probably come across the term natural ingredients in food that you purchase for your family.  Have you ever wondered what those natural ingredients really are?  You look at the back of the package and see the words natural ingredients and you think 'That must be healthy, right? '  You might be surprised at what the term natural ingredients really covers.  Ever hear of something called Ambergris? Ambergris  is also known as whale vomit and is considered a natural ingredient in food.   According to … [Read more...]

Mental Health Benefits of Gardening : Can playing in the dirt really make a girl happy?

Have you ever wondered if there are any mental health benefits of gardening?  Can growing a few tomatoes and herbs in the dirt provide anything more for you than a tasty dinner? The last couple of weeks I have been feeling a little bit BLAH.  Maybe it's the weather, could be hormones, or maybe it is just good old stress wreaking havoc on my emotional well being.  Whatever it is, my favorite place this week has been my recliner...preferably still wearing my pajamas or eating chocolate.  I know I need to snap out of this funk before my husband … [Read more...]

Reasons to Support Sustainable Palm Oil Suppliers

A couple of days ago I received an email from Change.org asking me to sign a petition to encourage the Girl Scouts of America to remove palm oil from its list of ingredients due to environmental concerns. Why?  Because none of the palm oil in them comes from sustainable palm oil suppliers.   My daughter is a Girl Scout...thus requiring me to buy and eat large quantities of said cookies but I signed the petition anyhow.  As long as my Samoas are still tasty I am all for making them more environmentally friendly!  Then, I started wondering...what … [Read more...]

Can You Identify Fake Honey? A not so sweet tale of honey impersonation

Have you heard about fake honey?  Did you know that there was a scandal not too long ago about fake honey being sold in stores?  Do you think you can identify fake honey if you saw it? My husband and I have started making mead, a honey based 'wine' that ferments for almost a year before being ready to actually drink.  When we were getting ready to start our first batch, we did a lot of research into what types of ingredients we wanted to include (you can add things like hops or fruit to create different varieties of mead). Obviously, the one … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly School Ideas for Greener Classrooms and Smaller Footprints

Have you ever wished for more environmentally friendly schools in your area?  Did you ever think that maybe YOU could help play a part in creating them? I wanted to share a few eco friendly school ideas for you to research this summer and implement in the fall.  Why do we need green schools?  Most of the time, parents are expected to be the 'teachers' when it comes to their children.  We teach them to walk, talk, use the potty, do their math homework (at least until 6th grade!) and drive a car.  We hope (or pray!) that our lessons are well … [Read more...]

A New Kind of Immigrant and How to Control Invasive Species

If you have ever had to pull ivy off a tree, you may have wondered how to control invasive species in your yard.  Here in the south, we have a plant called kudzu that thrives in the summer heat.  Haven't ever seen or hear of kudzu? It is often called 'The Plant that Ate the South' for a very good reason! This vine can grow at an alarming rate, taking over just about every surface it comes across. Hills and valleys, electrical poles and trees, houses and cars...nothing stands a chance against this fast growing vine. If the south doesn't learn … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Green Burials : Til a Green Death Do Us Part….

Have you ever considered eco friendly green burials when a loved one passes away? When I was growing up, I lived right next door to a cemetery.  I learned to ride my bicycle along the cement paths and liked to wander through the gravestones and wonder about the life of each of the people buried there.  Now, 30 years later, my parents live in a NEW state...right across the street from another cemetery.  When I visit with the kids, we walk through the paths and wonder about the lives of each of the people named on the gravestones.  My children … [Read more...]