How to Recycle Gift Cards and Other Creative Re-purposing Ideas

With Christmas coming up in a couple of weeks, you probably need to learn how to recycle gift cards! Most people get at least one or two this month and they don't need to be thrown away!  Repurpose your gift cards to keep them out of our landfill.  Keep reading for a few uses for old gift cards that you might find helpful! If you are looking for other ways to live green this year, check out my post on stuffed animal recycling and battery recycling!  This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this … [Read more...]

Energy Efficient Home Ideas: Start Small but Aim High!

With the new year coming in just a few weeks, are you looking for energy efficient home ideas to help you go green and save money?  Are you a bit concerned about how to tackle your home's growing carbon footprint?  The key is to not bite off more than you can chew!  You need to start small but aim high when it comes to your green choices next year.  Today, I am sharing a few energy efficient home ideas that will help you turn your home into a green and frugal oasis!  You can also check out my green cleaning tips if you want to continue your … [Read more...]

DIY Moisturizing Body Wash for Dry Skin

Having grown up in New England, I can honestly say that I really enjoy fall and winter weather.  I love the smell of leaves and the feel of a crisp breeze.  What I don't love, however, is the dry skin that comes with turning the heat on in my house.  This DIY moisturizing body wash for dry skin is an easy way to restore the moisture to your skin that the dry air just sucks right out of your body.  If you love homemade beauty products, you could also try my Lavender Honey Milk Bath Recipe.This post contains affiliate links. If you make a … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday Ideas: 10 Reasons to Support Your Local Farmer!

If you are looking for Small Business Saturday ideas, have you considered supporting your local farmer? Black Friday is fast approaching and everyone is making plans.  Big box stores are stocking up on your favorite high tech gadgets and all the hot, new toys.  Flyers, advertisements, and coupons have been sent out and employees have been given extra hours to handle the holiday rush.  This coming Saturday, November 24th, is Small Business Saturday.  Small business owners don't have flashy ads, tons of merchandise in the stockroom, or gigantic … [Read more...]

Ideas for Decorating with Natural Elements to Bring the Outdoors Inside!

Decorating with natural elements is a great way to bring a bit of the outdoors into your home.  In my opinion,  it brings a bit of peace and harmony into the house that everyone could use a bit more of. There are many types of things that you can use to decorate that are easy to find and appeal to the senses. Some of these ideas can be found near your home and crafted into something beautiful.  Other natural home decor items can be purchased online if you want something a bit more sophisticated. Here are a few simple decorating tips to get you … [Read more...]

Delicious Honey Gift Ideas to Help Support the Pollinators!

Honeybees are struggling to survive.  The overuse of pesticides and dwindling habitat for flowers are causing declines in their population at an alarming rate.  Without honeybees, our food system will crash and burn!  Choosing a few of these delicious honey gift ideas this year will help support the farmers, beekeepers, and other individuals who are working so hard to protect this threatened organism. I encourage you to support the pollinators. Do a little bit of mindful shopping and then check out my posts on making a honeybee watering station … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Bathroom Ideas for a More Sustainable Home

We bought our home 12 years ago and each year I try to come up with a few ways to make it a more sustainable living space.  Whether it is composting in the kitchen, setting the heat a few degrees lower, or buying organic sheets for the bed,  there are a lot of ways to reduce your home's carbon footprint. We as a society spend a lot of time in the bathroom.  And if you have teens like I do, you may spend a lot of time ARGUING over that!  I thought I would share a few eco friendly bathroom ideas that will help you create a more sustainable home. … [Read more...]

DIY Kitchen Sponge Dish and Healthier Housekeeping with Aunt Fannie’s

This week we joined the movement for healthy cleaning with Aunt Fannie's Cleaning products. This DIY kitchen sponge dish is part of a sponsored post for Aunt Fannie’s. All opinions expressed here are my own. #HomeSweetBiome As a mom, homeowner, and generally neat person, I spend a lot of time cleaning my home.  Some days I spend WAY too much time, but that's the way of things, right?  I have always been cautious about the types of products I use to clean my house.  I don't want my family exposed to harsh chemicals, especially in the kitchen.  … [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 … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Holiday Ideas for Even Non Crunchy People!

The holidays are fast approaching and that means lots of shopping, baking, entertaining, wrapping, traveling, and decorating.  I am always slightly dismayed on the trash day after Christmas to see people's garbage cans overflowing with packaging and other STUFF that has no other use.  So, how do we minimize our carbon footprint this holiday season?  Here are a few eco friendly holiday ideas that even the non crunchiest person can easily adapt! Remember, homemade gifts are a great way to minimize your carbon footprint so check out my gingerbread … [Read more...]

New Alternative Fuel Sources We May Not Be Ready For!

Pollution is getting worse and the cost of gasoline continues to rise. As a result, many scientists are studying new alternative fuel sources. As a scientist myself, I like to think that the scientific community is pretty darn creative when it comes to problem solving.  I was impressed with the selection of items they are investigating as possible ways to fuel our new cars.   Who looks at a poopy diaper and says 'Yup, I think I will turn that into a bio-fuel'! Frustrated with  rising fuel costs? Looking for eco friendly transportation … [Read more...]

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...]