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You're finally ready to get married, and even though planning your wedding can be stressful, planning your honeymoon can be a lot of fun. While about one in three weddings take place in religious institutions, honeymoons usually take place somewhere a bit more tropical. When booking flights, finding hotels, and searching for local attractions, it's easy to forget about your eco-conscious...
Avo-Taco Recipe
Taco Tuesday is my friend. First, because I love me some tacos. Second, it is an easy dinner. I always have the staples for Taco Tuesday on hand. I buy organic ground beef in bulk, cook it and store it. It’s as easy and thawing some meat, adding some spices and making sure my hubby stops for some fresh...
Dandelion, a spin-off company of Google, is working to use your lawn to cool your home. Though geothermal technologies are nothing new, the widespread application from this project can cut down final costs and reduce our impact on the environment. This eco-friendly form of heating and cooling relies on geothermal heat from the ground -- geothermal emissions can regulate the...
How to Make a Homemade Walnut Cake Recipe
There is something about cake and a hot cup of coffee. My grandmother used to have a cookie or cake in the evening with black coffee. Black coffee that had sat in her Bunn coffee pot all day and had the consistency of tar. She would warm it up in the microwave and enjoy her nightly snack. I lived with...
For people with allergies, the nicer weather may be something to avoid more than enjoy. If you suffer from allergies year-round, you're probably familiar how to combat those indoor irritants. For example, the carpet may contain 100 times more allergens than hardwood floors. It's likely that you don't have any carpeted flooring in your home. But what about the...
While some politicians may not believe in the existence of global warming, many Americans are highly concerned with the state of the planet. But while car exhaust has historically been blamed for increasing pollution levels, it turns out that the cause of unhealthy air might be found even closer to home. According to the recent State of the Air report...
My travels to Germany and Ireland this month, almost do not feel real. I planned for over a year and in two weeks, it was over. I traveled to Europe with my father and two sisters. It started as a trip to just Germany and then we added days in Ireland.  My dad was in the army and stationed...
I love the sunshine. Growing up, we never wore sunscreen. Now that I am 40, I can see the damage the sun has done to my skin. I have small age spots or “liver spots” on my skin in various sizes. I have them on my hands, arms, shoulders, and face. These spots are common and usually appear on...
Vattenfall, the Swedish energy giant, announced in early April that it had successfully installed an 8.8-megawatt capacity offshore wind turbine from Vestas off the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center (EOWDC) in Aberdeen, Scotland. This powerful wind turbine is one of 11 turbines planned for this project, and it's the first installation of a model that is large enough for commercial...
The world we live in today is almost completely globalized. You can purchase products from around the world and have them shipped wherever you want. Individuals and businesses have certainly taken advantage of this. In fact, more than $6.4 trillion worth of cargo was transported by the global aviation industry in 2012 alone. Why does this matter? Because the international...
Simple Hacks for Sticking to a Healthy Habit
Creating new habits isn’t easy. Here are six simple hacks that will make it a little easier. Use them until you’ve internalized the new habit and don’t need them anymore. #1  Schedule It And Put It On The To-Do List Sometimes we forget to do that new thing we were trying. Maybe we forget that we’re supposed to be having...
Free Travel Planner
As much as I LOVE to travel, it gives me anxiety. I am a planner and like to be prepared. I was a Girl Scout! I am always thinking of what I might need. I search Pinterest for traveling hacks, watch YouTube videos on how-to pack and read articles on what to pack for my destination. I spend months...
Children love bubbles. I love bubbles. They're fun to try and catch, a challenge to blow really large without popping and the shapes and colors are so beautiful to watch. I've learned over the years that bubbles make a great bath time activity, outdoor activity and yes even in the car on a long road trip (put wand up...
3 Steps for Starting a Healthy Habit
Let’s talk about forming new habits. We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behavior for the better and create new habits for ourselves. This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier and drinking more water. Or it could be moving more and taking the dog for a daily walk. Or...
5 International Travel Tips to Save Money & Stay Safe
In just a few short days, I’ll be on an airplane headed to Germany. I will spend several days in Germany, then fly to Dublin, and explore Ireland. I’ve done a lot of research on international travel and consulted several friends and experts. I’ve learned a lot about travel safety and how to avoid foreign transaction fees and unwanted...
How to Make the Most of Your Road Trip with Teens
Growing up, I was not lucky enough to go on family vacations. We were dirt poor. My mother was a teen mom and the only time I was lucky enough to go on a “trip” was to go up north to my aunt and uncles trailer in Oscoda. They owned a canoe and putt-putt golf course and sold ice...
Unfortunately, if you own a home, have driven down a road, or have simply walked down a street -- then you've most likely seen some type of garbage that was tossed onto the ground. Litter is costly, damaging, and expensive, and it's a much bigger problem than most people believe. Each year, up to $11 billion is spent to clean...
Cars pollute the environment. Smoke from cars covers the house a
  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in early April that the agency has completed a midterm evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light duty trucks for the new upcoming model years 2022 through 2025. These changes are being discussed because the data is not sufficient to support the standards as currently written from the time when Obama...
If you think about how much water you use on a regular basis to shower, cook, clean, drink, etc., the numbers really add up. And if you're using that much water, you want to make sure that water is as clean and healthy as can be. Unfortunately, there are roughly 2.5 billion people throughout the world who do not...
Huntington State Park in South Carolina for Sea Shell Hunting
This spring we took a road trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I have traveled so much for work; I wanted to go somewhere new. I had never been to South Carolina and thought it would be warmer than Northern Michigan. I was wrong about it being much warmer. When we were there, it was in the 40’s and...

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