Ways to Use Fresh Lemons in Beauty Routines

I love the warm weather and am always inspired to buy more citrus as the temperature start to rise. Lemons, limes and oranges get their own separate fruit bowl from April through August! I decided to look for ways to use fresh lemons in my beauty routine. Since they are always there on my counter, it only makes sense to use them as often as I can, right? Have too many lemons?  Keep reading for a few lemon beauty hacks!   Ways to Use Fresh Lemons in Your Beauty Routine Wondering what to do with too many lemons? I have … [Read more...]

Tips for Hanging a Clothes Line and Air Drying Clothes

A few years ago, my husband and I decided that hanging a clothes line would be a smart thing to do. Hanging clothes on the line outside saves money and is better for the environment. Of course, between the pollen and the humidity, I haven't gotten to use it as much as I would like. But, despite restrictions from our neighborhood association, installing a clothes line was easy.  If you want to know how to hang a clothes line and why you should, keep reading! Why Are People Not Hanging Clothes to Dry Outside? There are many people in our … [Read more...]

How to be an Eco Friendly Home Owner This Spring

With the onset of spring, there will be flowers to plant, lawns to mow and home repairs that need to be tackled. There are a number of changes we can make to our homes and yards to help reduce our impact on the world around us. Want to be an eco friendly home owner this spring? I thought I would share a few green ideas for home owners to tackle in the coming months.  How to be an Eco Friendly Home Owner This Spring When you sit down and plan your budget and list of “to-do’s” for the coming months, consider adding the below options to … [Read more...]

Tips for Green Living Bloggers as Earth Day Approaches

 These tips for green living bloggers are sponsored by ShiftCon.  All opinions are my own. Green living has been a passion of mine since I first found out I was pregnant 20 years ago.  It didn't happen all at once and I'm not living on a sustainable farm wearing hemp and using a composting toilet.  However, I have made small and realistic changes in my life that I HOPE reduce my carbon footprint.  With Earth Day coming up next month, I wanted to share some advice for my fellow bloggers. There are a few things to keep … [Read more...]

5 Tips For An Eco Friendly Easter

If you are trying to lighten your carbon footprint, you may want to consider these earth friendly Easter ideas! As I browse through retail stores in my area I am inundated with Easter paraphernalia. Plastic eggs, brightly colored candy, and even fuzzy bunny costumes for dogs. Yes, I really see things to dress up your dog like a rabbit. Instead of trying to find ways to get my dog to keep rabbit ears on her head, I am trying to figure out ways to have a more eco friendly Easter and I thought I would share a few green tips with … [Read more...]

What Can You Do With Old Hangers?

Have you been decluttering the house this month?  Have you cleaned your closet and realized you have way too many hangers?  What can you do with them?  I thought I would share a few ways to repurpose hangers as we sort through our mountains of clutter!  From hanger crafts to donating them to Goodwill, there are a ton of ways to reuse them rather than sending them to the landfill.    What Can You Do With Old Hangers? Last month my husband decided our spare bedroom should become his new “man cave.” He convinced … [Read more...]

Starting a Food Co-Op in Your Community

If you are doing all of your grocery shopping in large retail grocery stores, you may miss out on some great deals. Farmer's markets and food co-ops are great alternatives for food shopping.  What is a food co-op?  How can a co-op save you money on food and reduce your carbon footprint?   Keep reading for helpful info to start a food co-op in your community.  What is a Food Co-op? So, what exactly is a food co-op?  It can be as strict or loosely formed as it's members want.  Basically, a food … [Read more...]

10 Creative Ways to Repurpose old Magazines

Are you decluttering the house and looking for creative ways to repurpose old magazines?  I know I certainly am! Once a year my daughter comes home with a magazine sales flyer as a fund raiser for school. I truly detest those fund raisers but feel I need to do my part to help support the school. I therefor buy exactly ONE magazine from her every year. But somehow, my name is on some list where I randomly get free magazines in the mail every week. And I now have WAY too many magazines in this house.  Upcycling magazines is a great way … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Not to Buy Valentines Day Flower Arrangements

Valentines Day is right around the corner and that means millions of people heading out to buy cards, candy, and of course,  Valentines Day flower arrangements! However, have you ever given any thought to the environmental impact of flower gifts?  If you are looking for eco friendly Valentine's Day gifts, flowers are probably NOT a great choice! Keep reading for a few reasons to skip those Valentines Day flower arrangements. I will also include some other eco friendly gift ideas you might want to buy … [Read more...]

Energy Saving Tips at Home to Save Money and Go Green!

I find that going green and being frugal have a lot in common, especially when it comes to these energy saving tips at home. During the winter months, people's budgets are stretched thin. Holiday shopping has our credit card bills through the roof and winter heating costs are skyrocketing. While I would love to jump ahead with solar panel installation, it isn't in the budget this month! Energy Saving Tips at Home to Save Money and Go Green! One area of your home budget where you can save yourself some money AND help the environment at the … [Read more...]

Service Projects that are Good for the Planet

As a mom, I feel like one of my jobs is to teach my kids to give back to others.  I particularly like it when I can find service projects that are good for the planet.  It's always nice to accomplish two things with one activity, right?  As we approach the holidays, we need to teach our children (as well as friends and family members) that giving back is vital.  To our souls, our planet, and society as a whole. Service Projects that are Good for the Planet Making sure that kids are fed, clothed and educated can be time consuming. However, we … [Read more...]

Green Mom Guilt and Parenting Priorities

Do you suffer from green mom guilt? When I first found out I was pregnant, I wanted to be a natural green mom.  I envisioned organic baby food and cloth diapers. My child would only play with natural toys and wear sustainable baby clothes.  Then reality set in.  I quickly learned that being a green mom wasn't easy. And it involved a lot of guilt. From that first moment when you know for certain you are pregnant, you begin planning the details of how you will raise your child. Will you stay home with your new baby or put them in daycare and … [Read more...]

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 … [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...]