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...]

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...]

Green Holiday Tips for a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Looking to tread more lightly on the planet this holiday season?  Start searching now for green holiday tips because you know what? There is less than one month until Thanksgiving! Before you know it chaos will reign as I try to deal with shopping, baking, kids birthdays (both in November and December!) and entertaining friends and family.  Every year I tell myself that I will be more organized by this time of year but somehow that never seems to work out.  There are a lot of things you can do to ensure a slightly more green holiday season this … [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!  Why do we celebrate February 14th as a day of love? One legend says that the holiday originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis, a fertility celebration that used to be observed annually on February 15. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned it into a Christian feast day and moved the date to February 14 in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century.  … [Read more...]

Best Eco Friendly Gifts for a Romantic Date Night with a Small Carbon Footprint!

Are you looking for the best eco friendly gifts for a romantic date? Red may be considered the color of love but when it comes to Valentine's Day you should really start thinking GREEN!  If you listen to the hype on TV it seems like women can only be happy if they get diamonds, flowers, and a Lexus as a symbol of their significant other's love. Unfortunately,  none of these options is really all that great for the environment. Here are a few alternatives to traditional Valentine's Day gifts and activities that you may want to consider this … [Read more...]

Best Eco Friendly Gifts for Teens

I am the mother of two teenagers.  Aren't I lucky?  If you have your own teenagers, you will understand the challenges I face when trying to shop for them.  I have been searching for the best eco friendly gifts for teens because I want to reduce the carbon footprint of our gift giving.  However, THEY want what their friends have...which is rarely affordable, useful or good for the environment!  I am trying to find a balance this year between the things they need, the things they WANT and the gifts that are better for the environment.  I thought … [Read more...]