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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...
Between 2011 and 2012, the average school size was 146 students across all private schools. Yet no matter the school size, many schools are now looking for ways to create more eco- and health-friendly school environments. And one charter school recently proved just how easy it can be to make a difference to protect the earth and students. The River Valley Charter...
Easy Rich and Creamy Brussel Sprouts Casserole Recipe
I love to cook for my family and have everyone over to drink, eat and be merry. A cliché’ I know but I love it. If you are planning a holiday meal or dinner party and you love Brussel sprouts, you have to try this recipe. My one sister mostly eats the vegetable dishes I make, which is why I...
Current Debit Card for Teens and Parents Review
I have a teen son and a pre-teen girl and they both love to spend money, especially my money. There’s always a need of some sort. They “need” new shoes, money to meet a friend at the movies or for the sports game concession stand. It is always something and before I know it, I go to buy a...
I worked 12 hours the other day. I was exhausted and starving when I got home. It would have been very easy to resort to fast food and woof a greasy burger. I wanted too but every time I make that choice because I am ravished, I regret my decision. My stomach was grumbling, I started to get a...
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...
Invisalign Tips for Newbies
I have just finished my first week with Invisalign® clear aligners. If you are not familiar with Invisalign® let me quickly fill you in. They are clear aligners that are custom made from a 3D scan to fit snugly over your teeth to align them over time. You wear the clear aligners for 22 hours and you change aligners...
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?...
How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season
Fall is here and so is cold and flu season.  Last fall and winter, we were hit hard. Our household had five cases of strep and we had both influenzas TWICE. Yes twice. It was miserable.  This year I am doing whatever I can to avoid the germs and sickness.  I am being as pro-active as possible and wanted...
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...
After keeping them physically safe, raising healthy kids is your primary responsibility as a parent. Though it can be difficult to teach your kids about the importance of making healthy choices, as long as you do your best, talk to them about the benefits of healthy living, and model healthy choices, you and your family should be on the...
Homemade Easy Applesauce Recipe
Apple season means bushels of apples! Unless you store your apples properly, they will go bad. For us, bad apples end up as deer bait for hunting season. Otherwise, it is apple pie, apple crisp and of course, applesauce and apple butter. What I like about applesauce and apple butter is how easy they are to make and to CAN…if...
Common Varieties of Apples for Eating, Baking and More
When you head to your local apple orchard, or even a well-stocked grocery store, you’ll find all sorts of different and interesting apple varieties. Some are perfect for eating as is, while others lend themselves to baking, cooking with, making applesauce and the likes. Of course, some varieties store better than others do. Here is a quick overview of...
Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal Recipe
I’m not a morning person. Which means back to school can be brutal for me. This is why I try to do as much beforehand as possible. One thing that I do regularly is make steel-cut oatmeal in my slow cooker. I make several on-the-go cups in advance; place them in the fridge with coconut and granola toppings. My...
When you love pumpkins like I do it’s easy to come up with a variety of ways to use homemade pumpkin puree. I’ve posted about how to make pumpkin spice muffins, your own pumpkin puree and pumpkin pancakes but now I’m sharing with you how I make pumpkin syrup! Served over vanilla ice cream, warm apple pie or pancakes...
As the days get shorter and summer starts to slowly come to an end, it can feel like the school bus will be coming around the corner to pick your child up any minute now. Luckily, there are still a few weeks left until school begins, but with the beginning of school comes the beginning of other opportunities as...
For both children and adults, dental care is an absolute necessity. Most parents know this, yet they're consistently struggling to enforce good oral hygiene habits in their children. Luckily, there are plenty of creative ways to get your children to take proper care of their teeth -- pulling it off just takes a bit of patience and persistence. Worldwide, 60%...
The many uses and benefits of sunflower seeds!
Sunflower seeds are small but mighty.  They’re high in protein, Vitamin B-6, Magnesium, Vitamin E and Iron. Four key benefits of adding sunflower seeds to your diet include: Promote healthy cholesterol levels because they’re high in phytosterol Promotes a healthy cardiovascular, nervous and immune system because of the high levels of Magnesium Sunflower seeds are said to be an anti-inflammatory because they contain Selenium. The tiny seed is...
Fresh strawberries for a homemade strawberry rhubarb pie!
A marriage is hard work. There are two people who have to share everything and who often have differences in opinion but try to meet in the middle to make one another happy and to be a team. I love my husband. He forgives my faults and he loves me even when I’m bruised up, grumpy and just want to be...
Epsom salt is a miracle substance in my home! I often take hot baths with Epsom salt to help soothe my achy muscles after working out. It’s inexpensive and available at most big box stores and pharmacies. I prefer to use It also helps to moisturise and exfoliate my skin, perfect for when I have to shave! I also...