All Natural Crock Pot Air Freshener Recipe

Fall is my all time favorite season and this all natural crock pot air freshener will make your home smell festive as the days get shorter and colder.  While I have a weakness for candles, they definitely aren't cheap.  Particularly the really nice soy wax ones with essential oils.  I really love those!  Of course, burning a candle all day pretty much means the I  am spending about $15 a day in candles which really doesn't work for my budget.  I decided to put together a few of my favorite fall foods and let them simmer in my crock pot all day. … [Read more...]

Home Energy Saving Tips for Winter

If you want to save money in the coming months, you should definitely start working on a few of these home energy saving tips for winter.  While fall in the south is generally fairly mild, we get plenty of cold nights once winter actually sets in. And a chilly winter means skyrocketing energy costs.  Since just about everyone is concerned with saving money on utilities,  I figured I would share a few energy saving tips to help you stay in budget as the cold weather moves in.Once you have worked through some of these energy saving tips, turn … [Read more...]

How to Support Local Farmers and My Georgia Agritourism Experience

Last week, I was lucky enough to go on a 2 day Georgia Agritourism trip with a few other local bloggers.  It was an amazing experience that I am so thankful I got the chance to participate in.  I learned all about Georgia agriculture, the purpose behind the agritourism movement here in Georgia, and a few tips about how to support local farmers.  I thought I would share my experience with you so that you can bring these tips into your own lives and improve the support of the farmers in your own communities.How to Support Local Farmers Let … [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 … [Read more...]

8 Things to do with Pine Cones from Creative Crafts to Fall Decor!

Everywhere I look around my house, I see pine trees.  While they can present a hazard in terms of falling on houses in ice storms, they provide useful things like pine straw and pine cones.  I love finding ways to use pine cones around my house.  I have stumbled across some really creative things to do with pine cones in the last few weeks and thought I would share.  If you have a lot of pine cones in your yard, here are a few ways to use them.This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we … [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 … [Read more...]

Easy Green Living Tips for College Students

My husband and I took the teens to the University of Georgia a few weeks ago for our first college visit. I am so completely freaked out that my son has only one year of high school left. There are so many things to do before he leaves!  I have started looking for some easy green living tips for college students to help reduce his carbon footprint in the years to come.  Since he NEEDS to go to college (even if it stresses me out a lot!) I wanted to find some creative ways to make his journey a little bit lighter on the planet.This post … [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...]

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...]

Grass Cutting Tips for a Green and Healthy Lawn

With the heat of summer in full force and lots of regular rainfall, our grass is growing incredibly fast.  I have started looking for a few grass cutting tips to keep our lawn as healthy as possible. Without a healthy lawn, the constant downpours cause erosion in my backyard.  The grass also keeps the dog from tracking in dirt regularly so proper lawn care is essential.  I don't like to add a lot of chemicals to my lawn and always look for natural lawn care tips first to avoid exposure to harmful chemicals.  If you are passionate about having … [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...]

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...]

Green and Healthy Picnic Ideas for Summer

Summer is here and if you are looking for some healthy picnic ideas, you have come to the right place! My teens have two more weeks of school and I am torn between excitement and dread for the coming months.  I love those kids like you would not believe but two teenagers at home all day every day is enough to stress out any mom!I find that the key to maintaining my sanity over the summer is two-fold.  Keep them well fed and get out of the house occasionally.  Both of those things can be accomplished by taking a picnic basket to the park.  … [Read more...]

Sustainable Bathing Suits and How to Care For Them

While some people might just be seeing crocuses pop up out of the ground, we here in the south are heading towards summer.  This week it will be almost 90 degrees and the pool opens in 2 weeks.  Of course, summer for us means lots of time spent at the pool.  Are you looking for a new bathing suit?  There are a number of sustainable bathing suits on the market today that will help you green up your summer routine.  I thought I would share a few brands that I have found, as well as some tips on how to care for bathing suits to extend the life of … [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.  This post contains … [Read more...]

Best Natural Weed Control and a New Way to Look at Weeds!

I have been spending quite a bit of time out in the yard for the last few weeks now that spring is finally here. The grass is growing like gangbusters, the garden plants are in their beds and there are tons of projects that need tending to.  One thing that I absolutely HATE doing is dealing with weeds.  Of course, since I refuse to spray them all with chemicals,  I am left searching for the best natural weed control methods I can find. This usually involve pulling them out by hand and swearing a lot!  It's hard work but it does work!This … [Read more...]

DIY Gift Box Ideas that Save Money and Reduce Waste

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.With Earth Day coming up soon, I hope that everyone is taking a few minutes to think about ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  How many times have you purchased wrapping paper or a fancy gift bag to give someone a gift in?  Is that really necessary?  Is it possible that you could save yourself some money and repurpose something you have at home instead?DIY Gift Box Ideas that Save Money and Reduce Waste Do you have any idea how … [Read more...]

Create an Eco Friendly Office Space for a Better Return on Your Taxes!

Are you totally sick of doing your taxes yet?  Are you struggling to find deductions and get the most money back this year? Deductions can be a tricky thing to navigate. I had a long conversation with my accountant years ago about what business expenses can be considered as a deduction and which ones couldn’t.  Since I work from home, I wanted to know what the rules were for claiming utilities as a business expense.  I was told that if I had a DEDICATED office space that was used only for work that I could claim a portion of utilities, house … [Read more...]

Sustainable Family Activites for Teaching Kids about the Environment

One day, when my son was about 6 years old, we were driving down the road and stopped at a red light.  Along the side of the road, there was a new building being built and I commented, "I wonder what they are building there".  My son answered me "Probably something we don't need".  I had to chuckle at that and it really hit home at that exact moment that my kids learn from the things I do and say.  Teaching kids about the environment is something we have to do every day by modeling sustainable behavior and explaining our choices to them in … [Read more...]