in the kitchen · lifestyle

Use Fewer Chemicals in the Dishwasher

You know when you open your dishwasher after it's run and it’s all steamy and smells like cleaner? What you smell are very strong chemicals. Sure the dishes are clean, but at what cost to our health? That's what we asked ourselves. The changing of all of our cleaning, laundry, and consumer products has opened… Continue reading Use Fewer Chemicals in the Dishwasher

home + garden · lifestyle

Home Organization Tips with List of Weekly Projects

Remember how we spent last year organizing our home and sorting through all of our closets and cupboards? We haven't gone back to our old ways but it has been hard passing up free piles of junk on the street corner or estate sale treasurers. The house does have more breathing room and fewer piles… Continue reading Home Organization Tips with List of Weekly Projects

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Clean Eating and Clean Living: a Winning Combination

Have you ever done something because you thought it was good for you and then later realized there was an actual term for it? If you're nodding yes - you know what I'm talking about. For me, it was understanding what the term 'clean eating' meant. When I first heard the phrase, I envisioned a… Continue reading Clean Eating and Clean Living: a Winning Combination

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Green Living Tip 30 {Share and Borrow Resources}

Today's green living tip: share and borrow resources. Whether it's utilizing the library, borrowing your neighbor's power tool or passing on your previously read magazines, we should share and borrow resources more often. We all don't need to be buying these things ourselves. Everyone remembers "hand me down" clothing, right? Now the internet has opened… Continue reading Green Living Tip 30 {Share and Borrow Resources}

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Green Living Tip 29 {Make Your Own Liquid Hand Soap}

Today's green living tip: make your own liquid hand soap. This is surprisingly easy and it's gentler on the environment - and your skin! Think about how many containers - pumpers, jugs, containers - of liquid hand soap, there are for sale. That's a lot of plastic! This recipe is easy and makes 1-gallon of… Continue reading Green Living Tip 29 {Make Your Own Liquid Hand Soap}

entertaining · lifestyle

Green Living Tip 24 {Use Maps for Gift Wrapping}

Today's green living tip: use maps for gift wrapping. It's green, unique, and saves money to wrap gifts with maps. Old maps are abundant (and extremely inexpensive, or free) at garage and estate sales. There may even be a stash of them in your basement or storage area. Maps can be cut and used to… Continue reading Green Living Tip 24 {Use Maps for Gift Wrapping}

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Green Living Tip 18 {Carry a Water Bottle}

Today's green living tip: carry a water bottle. To reduce plastic waste, and save money, on any outing - running errands, a plane trip, a picnic, school lunches - bring along a reusable water bottle. You can refill them anywhere! As one of our family New Year's Resolutions one year, we decided to skip buying… Continue reading Green Living Tip 18 {Carry a Water Bottle}

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Green Living Tip 17 {Ditch Paper and Plastic}

Today's green living tip: ditch paper and plastic. It's an easy and excellent way to help the environment and "up" the elegance at home or on an outing - like when going on a picnic. Opting for dishes and glasses that can be used over and over, instead of paper and plastic, saves on what… Continue reading Green Living Tip 17 {Ditch Paper and Plastic}

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Green Living Tip 16 {Drive Less}

Today's green living tip: drive less. Commit to driving less. Look for alternative transportation options. Car sharing and bike riding are both alternatives that make sense for the environment. Bike riding can also be a great way to get in shape and stay that way while commuting. Public transportation and carpooling are also options to… Continue reading Green Living Tip 16 {Drive Less}