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  Energy efficiency is great for a couple reasons. The first is that it saves you a lot of money in energy bills every month, and who doesn't want that? The second is that the less energy you consume, the better off the environment is. Whether you're renovating your current home or building a brand new one, there are some...
'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...
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...
In the 1800's, immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought the beloved holiday of Halloween to the United States. But they also brought another widely-celebrated tradition: St. Patrick's Day. Each year, millions of people around the United States get dressed up, go out, and celebrate their Irish heritage (or pretend they're Irish). There are tons of St. Patrick's Day traditions....
9 Coffee Filter Hacks
Many of us have either updated our coffee maker or received a newer coffer maker over the years. In some cases, we are left with unused paper coffee filters that we either have to throw out or find other uses for them. Here are 9 Coffee Filter Hacks that you may find useful. Either use your unused coffee filters that...
As the new year begins, many people will be making New Year's resolutions. Common goals may include weight loss, dieting, and saving money. However, the beginning of this year is the perfect time to begin living a more environmentally-friendly life as well. With so much harm being done to the Earth every day, it's important that everyone tries their best...
U.S. e-commerce revenue is about $423.3 billion and is steadily climbing. That's largely due to the fact that current statistics show that more than half of Americans -- 51% -- are now choosing to shop at online retailers as opposed to their brick-and-mortar counterparts. What's more is that shoppers are becoming more conscious of eco-friendly business practices, with one-third...
Healthy Crockpot Dinners
Weeknight dinners can be hectic. My husband is coming home from work, I’m finishing up emails, the kids are getting home from school and we’re heading off to our nightly activities of gymnastics, skiing, scouting and who knows what else. It’s busy. Most parents can probably relate to this. I've written about how to simplify the weeknight dinner chaos...
Maintaining an organized life at home, on top of work and taking care of kids, can be time consuming and difficult. Sometimes, it can be impossible to even know where to start. One aspect of your home that you can easily get under control is your paperwork. How many piles of paper do you have lying around the house?...
When it comes to updating your home decor, many homeowners feel as though it's impossible to achieve the look they desire for their home. In fact, according to a HomeGoods survey, only one out of five Americans feel happy with their home decor. And if you're a Green and Clean homeowner, it can be even harder to find the...
Children love glue and seem to use bucket loads of the stuff, especially when you are doing a craft week at school or have a long summer holiday to fill. You could stock up on expensive glue from the store, but it's actually very easy to make at home. So, why not make homemade glue and save yourself a ton...
Healthy Waste Free Lunch Box Solutions
Back to school means packing lunches, which is no easy task at times. I’ve already shared with you a few of my tips for packing a healthy lunch but what about an Eco-friendly lunch? A lunch that doesn’t require a disposable baggies, juice boxes, water bottles and storage containers. With the average person generating 4.3 pounds of waste...
The end of the school year and the beginning of the school year mean crayons. Yes, crayons. My children always need new crayons at the beginning of the school year (shocker) but at the end of the school year, they are down to the nubs and bits. You know the ones without wrappers or stubs that are technically still useful...
Most children resist bedtime. They fight it with everything they have making excuses for needing a glass of water, seeing a shadow, hearing a noise, having a tummy ache, needing to use the bathroom and the millions of other countless excuses to NOT sleep. I commonly hear: “Mom, I’m not tired!” OR “Mom, I don’t want to go to bed, 10 more...
Eco-Friendly Tips for Storing Holiday Lights
Christmas tree lights and saving money on my heating bills - these are two topics that have been on my mind lately. What do these two things have to do with one another and why am I writing about this? It’s simple; I’ve been doing some writing for Home Depot. Exciting stuff, eh? I think so. Two recent topics that I've...
DIY Wood Scratch Remover
We've had our bedroom dressers and end tables for almost 11 years. They’ve been beaten up over the years, like most furniture. Scratches, dings and marks from who knows what. I’ve done a good job at covering up most of the damage with “stuff” but I know what’s hiding under my pile of books and it bothers me. This...
Hanging Pictures with Toothpaste
  I suck at hanging up pictures. I’m the eye ball it type of gal. Put the nail in and oops, it really isn’t very level. The problem is I can’t always wait for my husband to come home and hang up a new painting or frame I’ve purchased. Besides, if I ask him…he’ll know I bought something new and...
We’re a busy family on the go and the vehicle is always carting children, ski’s groceries and children from activity to activity. As a business vehicle too, I try very hard to make the vehicle functional, organized and as clean as possible. This doesn't mean I need a dozen expensive products to help me stay organized but here are a few...
Last night I think I had an anxiety attack. Actually I’m certain I did. My heart was racing a million miles a minute, I was breathing quickly and felt freaked out, like the world was coming to an end but it really wasn't  The cause of this, in my opinion, feeling overwhelmed by everything happening in my life and the...
Natural odor eaters or air fresheners can be hard to come by or expensive. Having a stinky Great Dane, two children who come home from day camp dirty as can be a husband who works hard – there is dirt and well smelly stuff. I like to make the air fresh and clean smelling whenever possible, especially in small...