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...]

Frugal Spring Cleaning Tips That Benefit Your Wallet AND the Earth!

These frugal spring cleaning tips have been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.Many years ago, when I became pregnant with my first child, I learned a very valuable lesson.  I wanted to live green but I needed to figure out how to do it on a very tight budget.  Organic milk might be better for my growing baby but it wasn't cheap!  So, I needed to figure out how to reduce my carbon footprint without spending a fortune.  It was at that point in my life that I realized how much going green and living frugally actually have in … [Read more...]

Green Shaving Tips for Smooth Summer Legs

Well, spring is finally here and I have traded sweatshirts for Tshirts.  That means pretty soon I will be swapping out my jeans for shorts and capris.  And do you know what that means?  That means I need to start shaving regularly again if I want smooth summer legs.  Honestly, that is my least favorite part about the warm weather.  Not only am I so white that I practically glow, I need to spend way more time in the shower every day attempting to make my legs look as smooth as a baby's bottom.  Loads of fun, right?Yes, I know that some women … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Cruises: Why You Should Rethink Your Next Cruise Vacation

Are you wondering where to go on your next family vacation?  Spring break and summer vacation are popular times for people to take a cruise vacation but have you ever considered the ecological impact of your trip?  Sure, hanging around by a floating pool and sending your kids to an on board play center may be relaxing but what are you doing to the environment while your ship floats through the ocean?  I would like to encourage you to research eco friendly cruises before you book your next trip!I may be one of the few people in this … [Read more...]

Learn How to Get Green Beer and Raise a Toast!

This month, a scroll through Pinterest will show you all sorts of green snacks and drinks.  Neon green cookies and rainbow colored cakes seem to catch everyone's eye this month. In honor of spring, people dye chicks a rainbow of colora and dump green dye in rivers.  Needless to say, it isn't really my thing.  If you are asking yourself  how to get green beer for Saint Patrick's Day, I want you to stop and think about something.  Instead of looking for beer that is the COLOR green, how about you focus on the kind of green beer that reduces it's … [Read more...]

Tips for Adding Wild Bird Nesting Boxes to Your Yard

Last weekend, my family and I participated in the great backyard bird count.  We love bird watching and it was a great way to help scientists figure out migration patterns, population size, and habitat changes for local birds.  If you enjoy bird watching like we do, one thing you need to consider is adding wild bird nesting boxes to your yard.  Birds often return to the site they were hatched in order to lay their own eggs.  Adding nesting boxes to your yard will help ensure species survival and also increase the population of birds in your own … [Read more...]

World Water Day Facts to Learn Because Dry, Dusty, and Dead is Not a Good Scenario

World Water Day is coming up on March 22nd (like it does every year!).  With all the chaos in environmental protection recently, I thought it was a good cause to talk about. Share these World Water Day facts with as many people as you can.  If more people had an understanding of how fragile our environment is, I think there would be a lot fewer people calling for deregulation of the Environmental Protection Agency.World Water Day Facts to Learn Several years ago, Georgia was suffering from the worst drought in it's recorded history. … [Read more...]

Beach Vacation Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Spring is in the air and many families will be heading to the beach in the coming months.  Traveling somewhere warm while the weather is chilly holds quite a bit of draw for many people!  If you are looking for a few beach vacation tips to make your life easier, I wanted to a share a few that will reduce your carbon footprint.  Between buying supplies, packing the car, getting there and actually spending some quality time lounging, there are a lot of ways to leave a huge carbon footprint behind.  If you are planning a beach vacation this month, … [Read more...]

How to Use Less Water at Home without Giving Up Your Shower

World Water Day is coming up in a few weeks (March 22, 2017) and I decided that now was the perfect time to share a few water conservation tips with you.  With the warm weather fast approaching here in Georgia, water conservation is an important issue. You might be wondering how to use less water at home when your entire family is obsessed with long, hot showers.  Well, it can be done!  Every summer I see my neighbors sprinkling their lawns or washing their cars and I wonder if they realize how much water they are really wasting by doing this.  … [Read more...]