Our Path to a more Sustainable Backyard – Earth Day 2014

Earth Day 2014

    I have all these dreams, that we will grow a big luscious garden and be able to feed ourselves and preserve some for the winter.  Big dreams must start small I guess.  Long term, I am hoping to create a sustainable backyard.   This Earth Day, we planted the first seeds to fulfill Read the full article…

An Environmental Good News Moment

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This post was created for the Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) series by Reduced Footprints.  This weeks assignment was to share environmental good news.     I spent a lot of time scouring the internet for environmental good news – and came out void of inspiration.  It’s not that I didn’t find great material, because Read the full article…

10 Steps to Cleaner Air

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This post is written as part of the Change The World Wednesday Challenge (CTWW) at Reduced Footprints.  The topic this week is human rights as related to the environment.       There are many known carcinogens (cancer causing agents).  2 agencies; The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the US National Toxicology Read the full article…

Simple non-costly Ways to Winterize your Home

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This post was written for the inclusion in The Change The World Wednesday (CTWW) challenge with Reduced Footprints.     It’s important and imperative that families save money.  Many of the topics this week will focus on the idea of consuming less/saving more.  This post concentrates on a few SIMPLE things that can be done Read the full article…

Bambo Nature Disposable Diaper Review

Bambo Nature

  Bambo Nature is the new usable “green” disposable diaper. I’m a cloth diaper user, and I have to admit I was pretty reluctant.  I have tried hard to avoid using disposable diapers because of the waste, the impact on our environment, the money, the impact on our environment, the chemicals, the dyes, the perfumes, Read the full article…

Zero Waste Week

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It’s Zero Waste week, and I am back, linking up again, with Reduced Footprints.  The Change the World Wednesday Challenge is two fold… Come up with ways to use your overripe bananas – as bananas are the 3rd most wasted food item. Look in your refrigerator, check the temperature to ensure proper food storage.  Also Read the full article…

Making A Compost Bin

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I am participating in the Change The World Wednesday Challenge with Reduced Footprints.  This week is all about being more mindful of our kitchen scraps we are throwing out. Well, I will be the first to admit  that I have been bad with this.  I have always known I needed to start a compost bin.  Read the full article…

The Ecological Costs of Formula Feeding

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It’s world Breastfeeding week!  Breastfeeding is a topic near and dear to my heart.  I have struggled to breastfeed my 3 children.  It wasn’t easy at all.  I had almost given up multiple times.  When I read about breastfeeding online, people come off as rude, condescending, blaming, and often place guilt on mothers for not Read the full article…

Easy Energy Saving Ideas

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This post was written for Change The World Wednesday at Reduced Footprints.  Each week, we are presented with eco-challenges – meant to reduce our personal footprint on this earth.  This week, our challenge was to reduce our energy usage by eating raw, or using table top appliances. Let’s look at why this challenge exists   Read the full article…

Solar Powered Grasshoppers Teach Us About Energy

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Unschooling Momma recommended that we buy these solar powered grasshoppers in her blog a few months ago.  They were on sale for almost nothing on Amazon at the time.  I jumped on it!  What a great opportunity for teaching my kids about solar energy and start a fun discussion on the importance of conserving energy. Read the full article…

Walking – It’s Good For the Planet and for You!

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I was really excited about this weeks Change The World Wednesday (#CTTW) challenge.  It was an easy one.  Just Walk! Yay!  Something that I can do – that will take little to minimal effort on my part. How is walking good for the planet? Decreases emissions.  If you are walking, you are not driving. Walking Read the full article…

What are you Looking For??!! Mindful Saving

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Look familiar?  This happens at my house – a lot.  My son does it.  My daughter does it.  My husband does it.  I do it.  And as we know, the apple doesn’t fall from the tree – The baby tries to do it as well. It’s ye old timeless “What is there to eat in Read the full article…

The Danger of Plastic

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This week’s Change The World Wednesday challenge at Reduced Footprints is Level 1 (The Green Grasshopper) – Eliminate plastic bags. Refuse them at the store and opt for reusable bags instead. Our county helps us with this task.  Starting in January 2013 – if we opt for a bag at the grocery story, or anywhere Read the full article…

Happiness is________Leaving those Shoes at the Door

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When I come in the house – I’m usually exhausted.   Between listening to a screaming baby in the car, listening to the arguing between the kids, and the constant complaining – all I want to do is walk into the house and fall into bed (especially true if I get the bonus of baby staying Read the full article…

Toilet Troubles – Use Less Toilet Paper?

Toilet Troubles

Last weeks Change the Wold Wednesday #CCTW challenge with Reduced Footprints was to use less toilet paper.  So, if you normally use 10 sheets/time, then you should use 6 sheets per time. Hee hee! No potty humor here.  Only seriousness! Well, in all honesty, I have not much pay attention to how many sheets I Read the full article…

Woot! Blog Shoutout – Earth Day Edition!

Blog Shoutout

Since yesterday was Earth Day – I wanted to do a special shout-out to all those Eco-Friendly Blogs, ideas and resources!  I also want to thank them for the contributions that they make everyday – in helping to make this Earth a better place for all of us! Crafts and Activities Here are some very Read the full article…

Time to go Paper Towel-less

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I’m linking- up my Change The World Wednesday Challenge from Reduced Footprints.  Last week, the challenge was to banish the paper towels in your life. Paper towels is not something I normally think about.  We have a roll of paper towels in our kitchen that we use for napkins, cleaning and a number of other Read the full article…

DIY Soap for the Dishawasher, The Dishes, and your Hands

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  I participated in the Carnival for Natural Parenting – and this month the topic was family recipes.  One of the recipes was an awesome DIY 3 in 1 Hand, dish, dish soap, and dishwasher soap from Jennifer (@HybridRastaMama) of  The Natural Parenting Network .  I want to try it out. It’s a very easy Read the full article…