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 … [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 … [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 … [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...]

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 … [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 … [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...]

Should You Drink Raw Milk? Well…. Maybe, Maybe NOT!

There is a lot of news in the food industry right now on the health benefits and/or health risks of drinking raw milk.  Once upon a time, this was the only kind of milk people drank.  So, should you drink raw milk?  Didn't our ancestors survive just fine on it?  Well, that question is a little bit complicated so here is some raw milk info you might need before you decide.   What is Raw Milk? So, what is raw milk exactly? Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. It can come from any animal.  In this post I am … [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.  From tennis ball crafts to … [Read more...]

Earth Hour Ideas: It’s in Your Power to Make a Difference

I have come across a lot of people in my day to day life who believe that living green is just too hard.  They are intimidated by hard core eco conscious folks who wear hemp and only eat organic tofu.  As a result, they don't bother trying to reduce their carbon footprint at all.  They figure one or two small changes will never make a difference.  It makes me sad. That is one of the main reasons I started this blog. I wanted people to realize that even making ONE small change in their daily life that benefits our planet is better than nothing … [Read more...]

Tips to Eat More Local Food This Year

These tips to eat more local this year have been sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I spend a lot of time eating.  Seriously, I probably spend TOO MUCH time eating but food is more than just sustenance to me. I enjoy growing it, finding creative new recipes and exploring new flavors.  Besides being a necessity of life, food can also have a huge carbon footprint.  The way it is grown, transported, and produced, can really impact our planet (for good … [Read more...]

Wildcrafting Tips: How to Start Foraging for Food in the Wild

At the top of many people’s minds is reducing their grocery bills. I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about clipping coupons, shopping on sale, cooking from scratch and growing your own garden. But have you considered the concept of eating  the food that’s right outside your front door? No, I don’t mean in your garden. I mean the food that grows wild in the fields and woods and by streams in your neighborhood, otherwise known as foraging or wildcrafting. If you love the idea of eating local foods, you should start wildcrafting! Why Harvest … [Read more...]

Essential Gardening Supplies for Home Gardeners

Over the past few weeks I have been teased with a few warm and sunny days.  I head out and turn the soil, mentally planning what will go in each bed.  Time is spent browsing online sites for essential gardening supplies and drooling over the plants already at my garden centers.  I KNOW I can't plant for another month but the suspense is killing me!  Since Mother Nature is just waiting for me to plant in order to send me an ice storm, I am making good use of my time by making sure I have the best gardening tools for home gardeners ready to … [Read more...]

Manuka Honey Lip Scrub Recipe for Smooth Healthy Lips

Every winter, my lips get horribly chapped and dry.  I admit, I am a lip balm addict and never go anywhere without it in my purse.  This Manuka honey lip scrub recipe is an easy homemade lip treatment if you suffer from the same winter lip problems that I do. Adding this homemade lip scrub to my shower routine will (hopefully!) give me smooth, healthy lips that are totally kissable before Valentine's Day rolls around next week! Check out my other sugar scrub recipes if you need moisturizing and exfoliating on the rest of your body as well! … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Garbage Output And Why You Should Try

Every week, when I head out for my walk, I am rather disgusted with the amount of trash my neighborhood produces.  There are many ways to reduce your garbage output so that the rubbish bin isn't overflowing at the end of the week.  Our planet only has so much space to dedicate to trash storage.  One of the best ways to go green this year is to learn how to minimize what you throw away.  Recycling for the home is the first step, of course.  But, how do you cut back on the number of items that you are tossing in the bins at the end of the … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds Around the House

Coffee is like the nectar of the Gods in my house so I am always looking for ways to reuse coffee grounds around the house. We have a pot in the morning to get us moving and fueled for the day. Then we hit that afternoon slump around 3 PM and I make another small pot just so I have enough energy to make dinner and deal with after school activities. Sound familiar? I bet a lot of you are just as addicted to that caffeinated goodness as I am. As a result of my frequent coffee consumption, I am left with a LOT of old coffee grounds. Instead of … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Repurpose Old Toothbrushes to Save Time and Money

Have a spare old toothbrush lying around?  Dont throw it away! Instead, try one of these ways to repurpose old toothbrushes. I have SO many of them!  I am slightly anal retentive about getting all of us to the dentist twice a year.  Of course, at each of these dentist appointments we get a new toothbrush.  That means 8 old toothbrushes need to find new uses every single year.  On top of that, I tend to replace toothbrushes randomly when they are looking particularly worn or someone is sick.  I am always looking at those old toothbrushes and … [Read more...]

10 Empty Beer Bottle Uses to Save Time and Money!

Saint Patrick's Day, The Big Game, and just because it is Friday.  Those are all reasons to crack open a beer and sit back with a sigh.  Instead of tossing those empty beer bottles in the recycling bin (or even worse, the TRASH!), I thought I would share a few empty beer bottle uses that may save you time and money this year.  Once you find some great ways to reuse beer bottles, check out my post on green beer before Saint Patrick's Day gets here or try my homemade pretzels with beer cheese for a snack this weekend! Awesome products for … [Read more...]