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 driveway? … [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 wondering … [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...]

The Carbon Footprint of Wine and Saying No to Plastic Wine Corks

Choosing a bottle of wine can be tough. Do you go with a Merlot or a Malbec? Is an Italian wine better than a California wine? Have you ever wondered about the carbon footprint of wine? And what's up with those plastic wine corks? There are so many things to think about when choosing an  eco friendly wine that it can be a bit overwhelming. I thought I would discuss a few of the issue surrounding the carbon footprint of wine. And the next time you reach for a bottle you can understand why you should say NO to plastic wine corks and yes to local … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons of Bamboo for Both You and the Environment

For some reason, bamboo is a common topic of discussion in my house lately. I thought I would pass on a little information to my readers about the pros and cons of bamboo and whether or not it is as environmentally friendly as everyone thinks! There are quite a few uses for this amazingly fast growing grass (did you know it is actually a grass?) and I will discuss each one below...(take into consideration, please, that I am NOT a bamboo expert, just passing along information I have found through my own research) If you want to add more bamboo … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Making Your Meatless Monday Campaign a Success!

Will you be joining the Meatless Monday Campaign this year? While we are by no means vegetarian, we do many meatless days during the week. Reducing your consumption of meat can be healthy for both you and the environment. However, it can take a bit of getting used to at first.Going meatless, even for one day, may challenge what you have learned about assembling a meal. I grew up with the idea that dinner included a meat and two sides. What happens when you take away the meat? Without changing a few ideas you have about meal preparation and … [Read more...]

Recycling Resources for a Green Decluttering Mission!

I decided to put together a list of recycling resources to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Some of these are great for individuals and some will work better for larger groups. As you work on decluttering the house, check out my post on how to recycle household items. While it is important to clean out your home, you want to make sure all of your unwanted items don't end up in landfills.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 to … [Read more...]

Pine Vinegar Homemade Kitchen Cleaner

With the new year comes a renewed determination to go green, get healthy, and simplify my life. This DIY pine vinegar is an easy homemade kitchen cleaner that I will be keeping right next to my kitchen sink this year. Since I have pine trees in the back yard, I have an abundant supply of needles and pine cones. If you are looking for creative ways to use what your land provides, make this easy pine vinegar and then check out my suggestions for ways to use pine cones around the house.This post contains affiliate links. If you make a … [Read more...]

Green New Year Resolutions Ideas for a Small Carbon Footprint

I am looking forward to some much needed down time in the coming weeks. There has been so much baking and shopping and wrapping going on and I am tired! As we bring this year to a closer, however, I wanted to encourage you to think about your resolutions for next year. I thought I would share a few green New Year Resolutions ideas to help you start your year off with a small carbon footprint. Even if you can't afford to get solar panels installed, you can definitely afford these green living tips! When you are making your green … [Read more...]

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 journey … [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.Castile Soap is a Must Have Item for Natural … [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 or … [Read more...]