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 am … [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 grill. … [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 the … [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 thing … [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 see … [Read more...]

How to Celebrate Earth Day? Shocking Facts and How YOU Can Help!

Today is Earth Day and everywhere I look I find tons of information about events, rallies, and celebrations to encourage people to live a greener life. What originally started back in the 1970's as an 'environmental teach-in' observed by universities across the U.S. is now celebrated by more than 500 million people in 175 countries. It has gone from a slightly radical grass roots effort to raise awareness of environmental issues to a major holiday in only 40 years. WHY? Because people know, deep down, that we are seriously messing up our planet … [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 whole … [Read more...]

How Green is Your e Reader?

Have you ever considered your technology footprint and wondered how green is the e reader you love so much? I have always loved to read...I remember as a kid my dad yelling at me to put away the book/newspaper/magazine/cereal box, etc while I was eating. I remember staying up til 3 AM with a book while I was in high school and having to get up at 5 AM to shower for school. Family vacations were spent with my nose stuffed into my latest novel. NO, mom, I do NOT want to look out the car window and see even MORE COWS! The first 100 were plenty! I … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Fashion: The right choice can reduce your Carbon Footprint

 Every once in a while, my husband comes to me with an idea that he thinks I need to blog about. He is very helpful when it comes to my blogging inspirations! He recently came across an article about fashion designers who are trying to reduce their environmental impact by creating eco friendly fashion styles including shoes, clothes, and accessories. There are a ton of eco friendly fashion companies on the web but this article really focused on the big name brands going green. I love to see mainstream companies going … [Read more...]

Are fake ones just as good as the real thing?

Christmas is almost here and everyone is rushing around looking for Christmas trees to put in their homes. Some people choose real trees while others look for the best artificial Christmas trees they can find. Are those people making the better choice? Is it better for the environment to choose a real tree or should we all be looking for realistic artificial Christmas trees?In a few weeks there will be millions of dried up evergreen trees heading to the dump. They have fulfilled their one and only requirement of decorating our homes for … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Sustainability: What is Being Done to #Green the Super Bowl? #SB47

As the Super Bowl approaches, millions of people are getting ready to watch the big game on TV. They will eat junk food, yell at coaches and spend a few hours watching funny commercials with friends and family. However, in New Orleans there is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes to put that game on TV for you. Fans are flying in from miles away, security is being put in place, food is being prepared to feed the masses and of course, football players are working on plays. All of this for a game that will only last a couple of hours. Those … [Read more...]

Fast Food: Can It Be A Part of Your Green Living Plan?

I have a confession to make:  I eat fast food. Not every week of course or I would not fit into my pants but I have been known to go through the McDonald's drive through on occasion and indulge in fries and a diet soda. I find myself feeling guilty about that some days....how can I possibly say that I am striving to reduce my carbon footprint yet still eat fast food? I am sure that I am not the only one who has a weakness for salty fries or the occasional cheeseburger. While fast food isn't exactly healthy, it fits in some days to our chaotic … [Read more...]

Global Warming, Hamburgers and Maple Syrup

Concerned about Global Warming?  There are many factors at play when it comes to the warming of our planet. The other day I was using Stumbleupon to browse through some websites that focus on a range of environmental issues. I came across 3 sites in a row that seemed to be about completely different topics but were actually very closely linked.The first website I came to was an article about the downfall of the maple syrup industry. As a native New Englander, I was horrified at the concept of this world running out of maple syrup. And NO, I … [Read more...]

Green Living: Make it a Priority in 2013!

This month, everyone is talking about making resolutions to change the way they live. Some people want to lose weight, others want to stop smoking, and many of us just need to get organized and find a balance between work and life. I would like to encourage you to make changes in your life that are good for not only your own health but also the health of our planet. Green living should be on the top of everyone's list of resolutions this year. WHY? Because we have  only been given ONE planet on which to live and it is in our best interest to … [Read more...]

Hummer: The Military Assault Vehicle of the Suburbs

As I drive around town in the suburbs of Atlanta, I am constantly amazed at the number of people driving Hummers back and forth to Target. Next to that military assault vehicle, my puny little pickup truck looks like a matchbox car. I know living in the suburbs can seem a little bit like an upscale war. We fight crowds at Walmart, enact military maneuvers to grab the last empty parking space at the mall, and decode the mysterious terminology that comes out of the mouths of our teenagers. However, I do not see any reason why a person would … [Read more...]

Olympic Waste of Resources?

In my house, the TV has been on for the last week and tuned to constant Olympic coverage. While I find it entertaining to watch, my husband is absolutely fanatical about cheering on our US athletes. I am starting to recognize many of the athletes by name and country of origin just through subconscious osmosis of information. My husband and I were chatting last week about what happens to Olympic cities and their newly created venues when the games are over and I was truly horrified to learn that many of these buildings are abandoned or torn down … [Read more...]

Recycling Attitudes: How do you deal with “I just don’t wanna!” ?

 Think About This ThursdayThe other day I was talking to a friend of mine about recycling. We were at a school event that was selling cans of soda and bottles of water and Gatorade and were frustrated at the lack of recycling bins available. Several HUGE bags of trash were collected and not a single one of those disposable bottles and cans were recycled.We started discussing mandatory recycling programs and didn't really understand WHY people were so adamantly opposed to recycling. We have both known a number of people over the years who … [Read more...]