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Planting a Summer Garden

In Food, Going Green, Green Scene, House & Yard, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on June 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

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For those of you who didn’t plant a garden in the spring the summer can be a perfect time to do so. You can plant them and as they grow use them for some of summer’s tastiest meals. If you’ve never planted a garden before consider planting 3 vegetables and 3 fruits of your favorite kind.

If you live in a city don’t worry start with some balcony friendly plants (think of all the herbs you could grow fresh, save money on and would add delightful flavor to your dishes) try parsley, mint and basil. Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the gardening fun, go ahead and buy smaller pots and grow some items just less of them try to start with: tomatoes, spinach or strawberries.  Obviously if your going to grow your own plants you will need seeds here the rule: Organic and Non GMO. If you want to learn more about which companies to avoid and which ones to consider read this link

Here are some brands to consider these brands are G.M. free seeds and are part of the Council for Responsible Genetics’ Safe Seed List.


 

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66 All Natural Cleaning Products

In Going Green, Green Scene, Life on April 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

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Sometimes there are so many cleaning options in the cleaning aisle it can be overwhelming which brand to choose and since most of the brands are not all natural they are loaded with chemicals – here is a list of natural cleaning products many of which you probably have in your home on a daily basis and finally read this article as well. 

Earth Day 2012

In Going Green, Green Scene, Uncategorized on April 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

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In honor of Earth Day today I am sharing the many ways (some of which are free) to go green – help save our planet and all its inhabitants both animals and people.

If everyone did 1 small thing it would make a profound difference for our planet.

Going Green

  • Trade out traditional cleaning products for eco-friendly ones
  • Make sure to turn off lights when not in a room & switch bulbs to LEDs when possible
  • Re-cycle glass, bottles, plastic, cans, newspaper, donate magazines & books to charity, churches & schools
  • Use reusable shopping bags instead of paper or plastic (keep them in your car so you don’t forget them when grocery shopping)
  • Consolidate shopping trips and errands by making a list and mapping out the best route to avoid driving around wasting gas
  • For city dwellers consider using a bike for errands
  • Buy more organic brands for food and grass fed meat
  • Consider planting your own garden for 3 -5 of your most used veggies / fruits in your home
  • Use a temperature controlled thermostat for heating / air
  • After reading books & magazines when your not interested in keeping them around donate them so someone else can get use out of them
  • Opt for free online bill statements, banking, and use free online software  like Mint and Manilla
  • Re-upholster old furniture, paint or stain old wood cabinets and dressers to give them a new life
  • Consider donating money to a worthwhile cause focused on the environment – if your looking for one consider NRDC 
  • Read blogs that promote “green” life styles or you can read my blog’ s green section as I will continue to write articles for ways to green your life

Best Flashlights for 2012

In Going Green, Green Scene, Travel on March 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

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The Flashlight featured is a Smith & Wesson and you can purchase on Amazon for approx. $25.00

Love to travel?

Some people often get hooked after visiting 1 or 2 places for others its a life long dream. Either way traveling always requires some essentials so today I am sharing these flashlights – if you love outdoor adventure than these Ultraviolet LED lights which will be great during camping and hiking – they’re extra special because they can illuminate things like scorpions. For those wanting a brighter light consider these LED flashlights (non Ultraviolet). 

It would also be great to store a LED flashlight in your car for long road trips,

Why LED you ask because they last so much longer than regular bulbs (incandescent) throw better quality light, and are eco-friendly.  Read more about LED lights here 

 

 

Green Laundry

In Going Green, Green Scene, Los Angeles, NYC on February 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

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Going green doesn’t have to cost a fortune in fact most green things will end up saving you money! Yes, your probably thinking of all the so called green brands in your local stores and thought there is no way I am paying extra for that green product. First of all, let me say not all green brands are really that green, that’s why as consumers we must make it a habit to read ingredients and use our purchasing power. Greening laundry can be tricky because your not sure which products to choose and often we only learn by trial and error (we prefer success the first time but that’s not likely).

These laundry balls are great and save lots of money too. Here are 2 great options from ReUseIt.

Super Wash Ball (set of 2) $39.95 (1,000 loads)

Nellies’ Dryer Balls   (set of 2) $19.95  (good for 2 years or 1,000 loads)

Chemical Free Laundry Pellit Refill $20.95 (good for 700 loads)

Organic Coupons

In Food, Going Green on January 30, 2012 at 10:04 am

Sometimes its hard for us to find coupons for Organic items so I am bringing you some coupons today and guess what they don’t expire until 6/30/2012 If you like them all, there’s an option at the end of the page to print all coupons

Simply Organic Coupons 

 

Tea Tree Oil

In Going Green, Life @ Home, Skincare on January 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

Tea tree oil is a great oil with so many uses that I am sure it will become a staple in your house. I am going to share a brief list of the many uses for tea tree oil around the home and for personal care. Often people hear how great an oil is but what good is spending money on something if your not aware of the many uses it has. Then it just sits around your home taking up space.

  1. Can be used to treat toe nail fungus
  2. Acne, – try dabbing it on your acne and let it dry
  3. Clean surfaces by adding 2 Teaspoons to 2 Cups of water
  4. Apply either directly or partially diluted to a cold soar it helps heal faster
  5. Add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo to help heal dandruff  (or apply directly to scalp for a treatment)
  6. Add 10 drops to a cup of water then spray onto pet or work through pet’s hair with flea comb
  7. Add 1 Tablespoon to your washer to disinfect
  8. Apply 2 drops to a tick then try removing if it doesn’t let with tweezers add another drop
  9. Add 1 Teaspoon to a boiling pot of water and steam your face

If you use tea tree oil a different way then listed above please share it with our fellow readers

Tasty, Organic meals for $5 or less

In Food, Going Green on January 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

These meals focus on tasty & organic meal planning that won’t break the bank.

In fact the book is centered around $5 a day or less – now that’s affordable.

People often pay a lot more for organic produce (vegetables & fruit rarely have coupons so it ends up costing a great portion of their grocery bill). So, my suggestion is plant a small garden for the vegetables & fruit that you regularly eat. Also, make sure to research what plants grow best for your climate zone.  If your budget is limited and your trying to go organic then purchasing items that have hard, or dense outsides can be your non-organic choices (think Watermelon) and stick to things like peaches or plums with softer skins for the organics.

Below are the links for the book

Link 1 on Barnes and Nobles

Link 2 on Amazon

1000+ Uses for Vinegar

In Going Green, Life @ Home, Los Angeles, NYC, Urban Dweller on January 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

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Are you on the search for a product that can multitask?  Plain old white vinegar has so many uses (I don’t recommend taking this internally its pH level and acidity is different from that of ACV) but otherwise there are so many uses and its Eco-friendly and very cheap to buy! Most big stores carry it (wal-mart, target, grocery stores both regional and national across the USA).

In fact check out This Link and see the 1,001 Uses for White Distilled Vinegar

 

Save Money on Lunch

In Food, Going Green on January 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

So, we all need to eat lunch, but its awfully wasteful and expensive to pay for brown bag lunches, plastic zip top bags, and disposable lunch containers.

Well, I have a great recommendation that works great for both Adults and Kids.

Its Eco-Friendly and Wallet Friendly – Yeah! and its called Laptop Lunches

So, here is why I recommend these products, (directly from Laptop Lunches website)

  • Safe! NO lead, BPA, phthalates or PVC
  • Cost-effective – pays for itself in just 3 weeks
  • Reusable – lasts for years
  • Recycled & Recyclable
  • Easy to Clean
  • Waste-free
  • Food containers made in the USA Made in the USA

Obviously, these products eliminate the need to constantly re-buy disposable lunch products eliminating an ongoing purchase from your grocery store list. Your child can use it as they grow and there are basic colors for working professionals allowing you to take this to work.