9 Creative Ways to Save Water.

Our water usage has fallen by the wayside in the news since we had no droughts last year. I, however, like to be proactive rather than reactive. I also know that just because we avoided droughts in this country for a year or two it is not a sign that the water crisis has been averted. So I thought, as spring and summer are coming, which means less condensation, it was a great time to talk again about water conservation. Here are 9 ways to save or reuse water....more

Valentine's Day -- From Pink to Green to Gold

With Valentine’s Day only days away, I know a lot of people who are trying to come up with last minute ideas to make their honey happy.  And, then there are those who have planned well in advance because they are going to spring the big question on their loved one and they have a nice piece of jewelry picked out just for the occasion. ...more

Disagreeing on Green Values: Why My Husband Thinks I'm Ned Flanders

A few weeks ago, my husband Michael forwarded me the NY Times article, "Therapists Report Increase in Green Disputes" As awareness of environmental concerns has grown, therapists say they are seeing a rise in bickering between couples and family members over the extent to which they should change their lives to save the planet. ...more

Beth, thanks again for including ChildWild in this piece.

This whole topic has been on ...more

Green Moving Boxes -- Made of Plastic

I avoid buying plastic products. Plastics contribute to the degradation of the world’s oceans, harm wildlife, and threaten human health. But in certain situations, I think that durable plastics can actually be the better alternative to biodegradable materials like cardboard. No, I didn’t suddenly take a job lobbying for the American Chemistry Council. Rather, I was contacted by Spencer Brown of Rent-a-Green Box, who manufactures and delivers recycled plastic moving boxes that save trees by replacing disposable cardboard. ...more
 @spencerbrown  Hey Spencer...Larry at Pack-All llc   just seeing how your doing today! We are ...more

Can my mini-van guilt save the planet?

Can my mini-van guilt save the planet? There isn't much that I don't feel guilty about.  I'm not sure if that is an innate character trait, or a learned one, (maybe from being the middle child, or the only female sibling, or possibly my Catholic upbringing)....more

Say No to Fake Plastic Wishbones & Other Thanksgiving Waste

Fake plastic wishbones? Around Thanksgiving time last year, I read a post by blogger Rejin from Urban Botany blasting People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for promoting plastic Lucky Break Wishbones. She wrote: Hasn't PETA ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? They claim these wishbones and their packages are recyclable, but let's face it: 99.99% of them are going to end up in a landfill, or in the ocean, where they will probably be swallowed by sea turtles [And I would add baby albatross chicks] who will choke and die.... Animals, PETA, animals! Do you hear me? Apparently PETA did not because the organization promoted the wishbones again this year. Products like these are what blogger Linda Anderson from Citizen Green would call "stupid plastic crap." ...more

My husband son and haven't eaten meat in a while but we decided to buy free range turkeys for ...more

from bread to the chicken coop

I have made some fun and important changes to our family in the last couple of months.  We have gotten on a really great budget, we've stopped using services that we can do on our own,  and we are now making lots of homemade foods that we once bought prepackaged. I feel like we are truly headed in a direction that I feel proud of, but there is a lot more work ahead. ...more

Save Money & the Planet With Baking Soda: How Many Uses Can You Think Of?

I hear people bemoaning the high cost of "going green." And while organic food does cost more than its chemical-laden counterpart, I'm here to tell you that it's easier to spend more for healthy food when you save money in other ways. We can skip many of the green cleaners, deodorizers, and personal care products, most of which are fairly expensive. Why? Because baking soda is our friend. What's so great about baking soda? ...more

I have been starting to "go green" with my housecleaning products. I mostly just use water in ...more