Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Flip & Tumble Reusable Bag Giveaway!

A Giveaway Everyday is giving away a Flip and Tumble ECObag Kit! Go here for more information.

Giveaway Ends: 12/21/09 at 11:59 am EDT.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wrap-N-Mat Giveaway

Happily Domestic is giving away a Wrap-N-Mat & a Wrap-N-Mat Snack Pouch! The purpose of these is to replace your baggies with a reusable option. What a great idea!! Go here to find out more info! Click on "Happily Domestic" to enter the giveaway. Ends 9/16/09

Monday, September 14, 2009

Construction Dust

Please bare with us, this site is still under construction. If you have any problems with glitches, please refresh in a little while and hopefully I will have cleared whatever problems you encounter by then. Hopefully not too much dust will fall on you while you're browsing!

If you have or notice any lasting issues, please let me know by commenting here. Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon!

Subscribe via E-mail

I have now added the option to subscribe to this blog via e-mail! I personally find this a much easier way to follow a blog then just following them via blogger; although, I enjoy doing that too.

Important note: Now that I have split up the "Parents and Kids" info from the other green info, you will need to follow &/or subscribe to that info seperately, if you would like to be updated on it. Just click on "Parents and Kids" at the top (or bottom) left of the page. You will see the options to follow &/or subscribe on that page.

New Layout & info on "Parents and Kids"

Now that I have switched over to the new layout, we finally have the option for tabs! Yay! This will make it much easier to find the specific info you are looking for without it all being in one big clump. We now have a "Home" tab and a "Parents and Kids" tab.

The "Home" tab will take you back to this page from any other tab.

The "Parents and Kids" tab will take you to the information specifically for moms, dads, kids, & babies.

I look forward to adding more tabs as the blog expands in the future. Let me know if you think certain info should have it's own tab (ex. "Cloth Diapers" & "Parents and Kids" rather then just "Parents and Kids".)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Under Construction!

Hey guys!

Ok, so this blog is officially under construction! Yay!

Stay tuned for positive changes and hopefully enhanced usability!

Have a great week! :D


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

BLOG UPDATE: Comment Problems Solved

I changed the screen you go to when you leave a comment so, hopefully, that should solve the issues some of you are having with leaving comments. This also allows me to include a captcha so I can continue to keep this blog spam free as we grow. I plan to update the blog to a new layout soon, but, in the meantime, this should make this layout more functional.

Have a great day! : D

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Make Yourself - Popsicles

Instead of buying Popsicles in the store, make your own! Obviously, it will save you money, but it also gives you the ability to control what and how much goes in them (Organic, sugar, etc.). Not to mention, it is a good way to keep from wasting food. In our house, wasting fruit is a big problem, since the fruit sits in drawers in the fridge, so it's "out of site, out of mind". This way, if I realize something is going to go bad before we can eat all of it, I can just make up some pops!

Go read this great post with some tips and also some interesting ideas to help you get started and think out of the box in terms of ingredients.

Green Factor:

  • Can be made with organic produce.
  • Making them yourself cuts out all the unnecessary fillers.
  • You can control how much sugar (if any) goes in them resulting in a healthier treat.

Saving Green:

  • Cheaper to make yourself then buy pre-made.

Homemade/Natural cleaners - Vinegar

I have been learning about homemade/natural cleaners lately. My current favorite is Vinegar.

My favorite use for it is de-stinking. It works wonders for clothes! I have a bad habit of forgetting about the laundry in the washer OR the wet clothes in the basket waiting to be hung up to dry. The clothes are left smelling mildewy and it takes A LOT of washes to get the smell out. Honestly, most of the time the smell wont completely come out. However, I have been using vinegar to get it out and it works in the first wash! I rewash the clothes with the regular temperature and amount of detergent. Then after they are done washing & rinsing, I turn the washer on for another rinse cycle and throw a downy ball full (not just to the fill line) of vinegar in with it and when they are done they smell like perfectly washed fresh clothes! Don't worry, no vinegar smell is left behind. I have used the same amount of vinegar for a small load of cloth diaper inserts and it worked perfectly!

It also works well for smells on hard surfaces around the house. I had a corner of my house my kitties had decided was their litter box! I used 1 part vinegar to 1 part water in a spray bottle and it got a LOT of the smell out. It would have gotten all of it, I'm sure, if the pee hadn't gotten under the flooring. It will smell like vinegar for a little while, but the smell with go away after a while. I used it on painted walls, baseboards, Pergo flooring, & concrete.

Green Factor: Replaces harsh chemical cleaners

Saving Green: MUCH cheaper then chemical cleaners

Friday, August 14, 2009

Another FREEBIE!

She's at it again! The Green Bag Lady is doing another giveaway of bags. To learn more about this, go here. :) Sorry, it's late and I'm tired. If I type all that out again, it probably wont make much sense!

If you have already received a bag from her, then go tell someone else about the great freebie! You are only eligible to receive one free bag from her per person.

So go to her post and request one! :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Re-use Curling Ribbon

You know the phrase right? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Well, here's a great way to reuse something we would normally throw away. Curling Ribbon.

Go here to find a "how-to" on making some cool looking coasters. I imagine you could make it fit any design scheme depending on what colors you used. Have fun!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Green Bag Lady Bags!

I got my Green Bag Lady bags two weeks ago tomorrow! They got here pretty quick and we've been using them for every shopping trip instead of plastic. It's been nice! I haven't gotten any pics taken yet, but as soon as I do, I'll post them here. I also made one myself from her pattern. For anyone who hasn't used reusable bags before, they hold a LOT! At least two plastic bags worth! And the cashiers seem to fill them to the brim vs. just halfway full with plastic since they are much stronger.

If you are handy at all with a sewing machine, definitely try out their pattern. It's really easy! There are also videos of her making them to help the visual people a little.

I'll let you know when they are doing another freebie and keep an eye out here for a freebie as well. As soon as I get my bags made and have some extra fabric to work with I plan on doing a freebie of my own!

New Feature!

Now you can rate my posts by "helpful," "interesting," "too much info.," & "too little info."

This helps me know how I'm doing with providing information to my readers. Please feel free to let me know how I'm doing. No hurt feelings! I am doing this blog half for me and half for you so let me know how I'm doing on your half, please. :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Make your own reusable pledge/swiffer dusters

Okay, so I use the swiffer wet jet and was looking up a cloth version of the pads so I don't have to buy the tossable ones anymore. I'm trying to rid myself of all the "one use" items I can. There were a lot of options for those, but I ran across something I hadn't thought of before. You know the swiffer and pledge dusting wand things? The ones with the fuzzy "fingers" sticking out all over? Well, someone came up with a really simple "pattern" for making a reusable "refill" for these. I thought I'd share this here for you guys because it looks so easy that it could probably be hand stitched pretty quickly. Go here for a picture of the first one she made and here for the directions (and a picture of the second one).

Make a few of these and they should be just as easy as the tossable ones. You can just use one, toss it in the hamper, and use another one if need be. Still use and "toss," just not toss into the trash! ;)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Organic Food

Want to know more about organic food and why it's better for you? Go check this out. It also tells you how you can cut back on the expense by knowing which fruits and vegitables you can buy conventional (not organic).

Better Gas Mileage

I've been watching "Big Green Lies" on YouTube lately and have really learned a lot. This video is about whether or not we all need to "run out today and buy a hybrid." It's worth watching all the way through (a whole 6:16!), but if for some reason you can't find that kind of time, you can skip to the point by sliding the bar to 4:30.

Update on FREE bag

Yay! They are going to send me one! If you haven't already done so, go to her site and request a free bag! :) They said they had a good amount of them so you very well may get one.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go here.

Eating at home

Leanne from Savingdinner.com just sent out one of her weekly e-mails. This one caught my eye because it was talking about saving money by eating at home. Yes, it is a GREAT way to save money! It is also a wonderful way to eat healthier and an easy way to "go green."

When you eat out, you have little control over where your food is grown, how it is grown, & what extra additives are in it. When you cook at home though (and I'm not talking about frozen dinners!), you have a LOT of control over these things. You can chose to buy at a farmer's market to get locally grown fruits & vegetables. Not only does that save emissions of the food being trucked all over the country, it cuts out all that shipping time so you get fresher produce. At the grocery store, you can chose organic instead of traditionally grown. When you make it all from scratch you can control what "additives" (additional flavorings, salt, sugar, etc.) and how much of them are included. And you can completely skip all the extras that are added in commercially processed foods.

Even if you don't make it from scratch, you still have the power of information at the grocery store. You can read the labels and chose brands which are more wholesome.

You have to start somewhere right? So why not start with what not only affects the environment, but also, more importantly, YOU!

Sleep! And save the earth while you're doing it!

Yes, save the earth while you sleep! Okay, so not really save it! But help!

I thought of a not so commonly thought of way of "going green" last night. Get more hours of sleep! Yes, it is WONDERFUL for your body, but it also keeps you from having the lights on. Think about it, if you usually stay up until midnight, and instead you go to bed at 10 pm, that saves two hours of the lights being on. And not only the lights, but you wont be up to be doing other "electrical" things like cooking (late night snacks anyone?), watching TV, computing, etc. Hey, it might not be much, but every little bit counts right?! ;)

So in case your health wasn't a good enough reason, help the planet! Get more sleep!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Another way to keep good things from the trash & help others at the same time!

My cousin is at it again! Same site, new GREAT idea! She is starting a donation center out of her home for needy families. She is encouraging people to send food and gently used clothing her way. Of course the clothing needs to be "gently used" (would you want to buy it?) and the food needs to be non-perishable. To find out more info go to her post.

In case you're wondering why this is on a green blog, let me reiterate why I have this blog. I think people view going green as a huge decision you make one day and never go back. I think going green is a gradual process, not something you achieve or arrive at. I challenge you readers to look at the things you throw away on a daily basis and see if you can come up with another use for them. If you can't come up with a new purpose for it, at the very least see if you can recycle it. If your city doesn't have a very good recycling program, I challenge you to ask them to beef it up so you can better take advantage of it. I'll post another time about our city's recycling programs to show you an example of a healthy recycling program.

So go raid those clossets!! :D

FREE & Green!

What's better then FREE??! Especially when it is something you can actually use and cuts out all those plastic & paper bags. Green Bag Lady's post today is a giveaway of cloth shopping bags for FREE! If you want to know more about the amazing things she does go to her site and read all about her or read my post on her for a short sonopsis.

So go to her site (today's post) and tell her why YOU would love to get a FREE bag from her! :D

Let me know if you win one! :)

I will take a pic of mine and let you know if I win one! :)

Keeping good stuff out of the landfill

Have "clutter" in your house you'd like to get rid of but hate to throw away a good thing. Fear not, there are other options. Anything you can keep out of the landfill definitely helps!

Got something you think might be worth some money (a lot or a little)? Try listing it on Ebay or Craigslist. I assume everyone knows what Ebay is, but if you've never heard of craigslist, let me explain. Craigslist is sort of like an online yard sale, to the extent you list what you have for sale, the price, take pictures and then someone comes to your house to pick it up. It's not like Ebay where people "bid" on your item and the highest bidder wins; although, people do like to try to talk your price down sometimes. Okay, so maybe the like to do that a lot of times! he he. Like I said, it's like a yard sale. You can meet at a public place though if you don't feel comfortable meeting at your home. You have the option to sell it for a profit, or if you'd rather just get rid of it, you can list it in the free section. Or you could always have an old fasioned yard sale! :)

If you'd rather not sell your stuff and would just like to give it away you have a few options. You can list it on Freecycle and a member will respond if they want it and will pick it up at your house. Freecycle works sort of like Craigslist, except everything on Freecycle is free. Most of what's on Craigslist is for sale. Also, Freecycle updates it's members daily on what's been listed. You can also take it to your local Goodwill or Thrift Store. This is especially a good option if you don't want to wait for someone to contact you and just want the stuff out of your house right away.

By the way, if you have lots of clutter in your house, are feeling overwhelmed by it, and don't know where to start...Visit Flylady! She is very helpful in getting your home (and life) organized and setting yourself free of all that clutter. After all, the more you have, the more you have to clean (more toxins in your home), the less happy you are, and the less you know where stuff is, which results in you buying more (spending "green")! (Which of course just results in more clutter!!!) Yes, it is an endless cycle, unless you make a point to stop it and live differently! You can do it. Go visit her today :) She is awesome!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Saving Money Site

My cousin started a blog that has links to free things and also tips on saving money. It's still small (it's new) but I'd keep an eye on it if I were you. She seems serious about keeping up on this and has some good stuff on there. Enjoy!

Link to her site: http://www.justalittlemooretolove-mms.blogspot.com/

Would you like to contribute ideas?

If you'd like your "green" ideas to show up on this blog, then post a comment with your idea to this post. You can also comment your idea to another post, but please make it relevent to that post. I look forward to reading your ideas! Together we can fuel the fire in each other to take care of what we've been given.

Homemade shopping bags & produce bags.

I have some fabric stacked together waiting to be cut out and sewn into reusable shopping bags. I got the very simple pattern from the green bag lady. If you look to the right side of the page, at the third section down, you will see "Free Patterns" for the bags.

Doing this helps the planet as it replaces all those plastic & paper bags. Doing this myself helps save me money because I can make them for cheaper then I can buy them and can use up some fabric I have laying around.

The produce bags are awesome as well because I don't have to keep using those ones the store provides that just go straight into the recycling bin anyway. I don't have much use for them after I get home. This way I can just toss them in the wash and use them next time!

She is awesome by the way. She gets people's extra fabric and makes it into these bags. She then gives them away to people for free (one per person) on the condition that they must use them in place of paper or plastic. She also takes the scraps and makes dog/cat beds and gives them to shelters. Like I said, awesome! :D

Why I started this blog

I decided to start this blog because I have been making little steps to "go green" & also save money for a while now. I've been doing this many ways. I think being "green" is something we can all improve on every day. It's not something you are or aren't. It's something you work towards. So through this blog I want to share the little steps I've taken to help my family make wiser decisions with our natural resources and also to save us money.

I think it is a misconception that being "green" has to cost you more money. Yes, there are certain things you could do that would cost you more, but there are also many things you can do that wont.

I encourage you to share the little things you've done. I don't think anything is too small. Every little step helps. It changes your thinking, the more "green" things you do, the more you begin to re-think other things you are doing.