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Have you heard of Stitch Fix's subscription box program where each month you get a “Fix” sent to you full of fashion finds. Fashion finds that are sent to you based on your personal preferences and size. Each subscriber is assigned a personal stylist that decides what to send you, based on colors you like, whether you want accessories...
Back to School Survival Tips from Around the Web
Back to school times means earlier bedtimes, bright and early mornings, packing lunches (again), buying school supplies, doing homework and surviving the school drop-off and pick-up line. (People, the right lane is for drop off and the left lane is more moving traffic!) To help you survive back to school season and look like a pro with cute little lunch...
7 Items that Make Excellent Fire Starters
One of the biggest challenges you face when camping is getting the camp fire started. Getting a strong fire going is not only a great way to get your food cooked, but can provide evening light and ambiance as well as repel pests. If you seem to struggle when starting your own campfire, the perfect fire starter can make...
Slow Cooker Recipes Sweet and Sour Chicken
My slow cooker is my saving grace during a busy work week. I use it on a regular basis throughout the year. From soups to stews, I’m always coming up with new recipes and ways to have dinner ready when I get home. Otherwise, it’s too easy to order take-out or just call dinner a bowl of cereal. To...
'Community Solar:' A New Option For Greener Apartment Life
The world is seeing a rise in interest in alternative energy, especially solar. Today around 1.6 million solar installations exist in the U.S. alone, and projected growth shows that number reaching 4 million by 2022. American homeowners have had a few options for incorporating solar energy into their property for a while now -- emphasis on "homeowners". One obstacle of...
Healthy Avocado Veggie Dip Recipe
It seems like I do a lot of entertaining in the summer. This means I’m always grilling, cooking or baking something to serve – which isn’t ideal for the waist, if you know what I mean. I do try to make healthy salads and dips to offset the chips, burgers and treats that seem to come with the company....
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...
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...
Eco Friendly Bubble Recipes
Children love bubbles. And, let's face it, we all love bubbles. They're fun to try and catch, and pop. They are a challenge to blow really large without popping. And the shapes and colors are so beautiful to watch that kids can be entertained for hours. DIY Non-Toxic Bubble Recipe Now I know you want to get to the serious stuff. The...
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...
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...
itamin E for Nail Cuticles and Dry Lips
Vitamin E is like liquid gold. Growing up, my great grandmother Gertrude would break open a vitamin E capsule for dry patches, hangnails, scars and so much more. The little gold capsules were her go-to miracle cure. Vitamin E is a known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. A little goes a long ways with this thick golden oil. It’s often found in...
Making the Most of Family Vacations with Teens
When my children were little, the days would sometimes feel so slow. You know the ones. The ones where there was no sleep. The ones where I’d pray for sleep and a shower. Now my children are 11 and 13 and I’d love to stop time. It’s flying by. Did you know there are only 940 Saturdays between your child’s...
Five Simple and Meaningful Easter Basket Gifts
Easter baskets are usually filled with candy. Plastic eggs stuffed with sugar filled jelly beans and a big chocolate bunny. A few toys, pencils and other little goodies surrounded in plastic green grass. This is how my Easter baskets used to look. If you play the Easter bunny like I do you’re most likely challenged with what to put...
Around the world, consumers, corporations, local governments, and nonprofits are joining together to reduce plastic use. In the United Kingdom, the popular grocery store chain Aldi has announced plans to make all of its packaging recyclable, compostable, and reusable by 2022. It's an ambitious deadline, but one that could have major implications for plastic waste in the United Kingdom. According...