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...]

How to Teach Kids about Sustainability and Becoming a Global Citizen

This post about how to teach kids about sustainability and becoming a global citizen has been sponsored by Mattel.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Learn more about Thomas & Friends™ and the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the links below. I grew up in a relatively small suburb in Connecticut where I knew most of my neighbors. The same kids were in all of  my classes for about 12 years.  I traveled as far as two states away to visit family.  The most international food I ate was probably pizza.  And we certainly … [Read more...]

Eco friendly Sports: What is your favorite activity doing to the environment?

As a family, we are all fairly active in a number of different sports. Our lives revolve around tennis, running, gym workouts, martial arts, and as of last week, rowing. Staying active is important for physical and mental health. However, what are those activities doing to our environment? Have you ever considered looking for eco friendly sports? If you are concerned with sustainable living, green sports should definitely be something you consider. But, which sports have the highest carbon footprint? And on the other hand, is there anything … [Read more...]

What to Plant in November, Both Inside AND Outside!

Wondering what to plant in November? Or are you convinced that cold, dreary days mean the end to your gardening addiction? While it is true that most gardening comes to an abrupt halt once the chilly days and near-freezing nights of fall roll around, there are still a few things you can plant in November if you want to try your hand at fall gardening.   What to Plant in November Some of these fall garden plants should be grown inside but others can be sowed out in the ground to ensure an early spring crop of food as soon as the … [Read more...]

5 Green Thanksgiving Tips Everyone Should Consider

I have decided to share a few green Thanksgiving tips with my readers. WHY? Because how many people have ever stopped to think about the carbon footprint of their Thanksgiving celebration? Where did that turkey come from? How much trash did you create? Where the heck did those green beans come from when there is snow on the ground already? If you are hoping for a green holiday season, you need to rethink your Thanksgiving plans!   5 Green Thanksgiving Tips Everyone Should Consider Very few people set out to have a sustainable … [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 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 am going 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...]

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...]

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem. One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering buying a koala bear. What is this problem I speak of? Well, I can't seem to go into a garden nursery without buying every weird plant that I come across! Seriously. One year I bought tarragon even though we had never used tarragon before. And apparently it is a perennial and now I have enough tarragon to outfit a small nation. Last year I bought a eucalyptus plant and now I am wondering what to do with eucalyptus leaves. Because apparently this … [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...]

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. Why are we are throwing away perfectly good food? 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 … [Read more...]

Do These Simple Things to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!

This discussion about simple things to reduce your carbon footprint was sponsored by Carton Council as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably already know that living a green life is important to me. While I am not sewing my own clothes or growing my own soybeans, I have found simple ways to reduce my carbon footprint and tread lightly on this earth. When I was asked to share a recycling message from the Carton Council, … [Read more...]

Are You Washing Clothes in Cold Water? Quick and Cold is the Way to Go!

This post about washing clothes in cold water is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tide at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine. I have two teens at home and about a year ago, I taught them how to wash their own laundry. Can I just say that my life has gotten considerably easier since then? Of course, they are often complaining about a lack of socks and underwear but that is just bad planning on their part! One of the first things I taught them was to always choose a quick and cold cycle when they wash their clothes. … [Read more...]

Green Career Guide: 6 Sustainability Initiatives To Look For in an Employer

This Green Career Guide and information on Sustainability Initiatives is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Cox Enterprises. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. In two weeks, my son will be graduating from high school. He will be headed off to college for a degree in plant biology. Or, at least, that is the plan today. Who knows how the next four years will pan out! As is the case with most moms, I have plenty of advice to give him. Tips on surviving college life and how to stay healthy while also eating pizza at 3 … [Read more...]

The Frustrating Search for the Best Safe Nail Polish Brands

For the last several years, I have been on a furious hunt for safe nail polish brands. I have never understood my teenage daughter's obsession with nail polish. I never painted her nails when she was little because I always worried about toxic nail polish ingredients. She discovered nail polish on her own once she hit about 4th grade and has been crazy about it ever since. I have learned over the last few years of having teenagers that it is best to pick my battles carefully. She happily washes with my organic, locally made soap and uses an … [Read more...]

Ways to Keep Water Clean and Protect our Environment

This post about ways to keep water clean and protect the environment has been sponsored by Tom's of Maine. All opinions expressed here are my own. Last year, my daughter and I participated in a river cleanup with her Girl Scout troop. It was a disturbingly eye opening afternoon that left me seriously concerned with the health of our waterways. Without clean water, humans, plants, and animals will not survive. There is no way around it. We all need water to live a healthy life and without CLEAN water, we are seriously doomed. Today, I am … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Wedding Tips for a Smaller Budget and Less Waste

If you are working with a small wedding budget and hope to get married soon, these eco friendly wedding tips should be a big help! Did you know that the average cost of a wedding has risen to almost $30,000 in the United States? Considering the pressure many couples are under to throw an elaborate wedding, many people are left wondering how they can afford to tie the knot. However, there are many ways you can save money and still have a beautiful, luxurious wedding. Thanks to recent research and advancements in technology it is now easier than … [Read more...]

Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions for Frugal Gardening!

With the arrival of spring, I will soon be putting some of my favorite organic gardening solutions to work outside. After the long and dreary winter,  I am ready for spring to finally arrive. Okay, Atlanta got a whopping total of about 1 inch of snow this winter but hey, it totally freaked out the southerners! The temps are on the rise and the ground is almost ready for planting. I hope you will join me on my edible gardening adventure this year with these frugal gardening tips! Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions In preparation … [Read more...]

A Culture of Cleanliness: A Green Society is a Dirty One!

Everywhere you look nowadays, you find people paranoid about germs. Society is so focused on creating a culture of cleanliness that we are destroying our body's innate ability to protect itself from harmful organisms. I have a degree in Microbiology and about 15 years worth of experience in the healthcare industry. I can tell you right now that I am not worried about my dog licking the kids, the dirt on my floor, or whether my bathroom towel touches my face after it touches the rest of my body. Cleanliness is important, however, not to the … [Read more...]