I live in an area that is prone to drought. There have been many times that water has been rationed. Watering your garden or washing your car was strictly prohibited. Any use of water other than for hygiene and consumption was prohibited as well, and those households found over-using water were fined. Water is also a public service in most areas. It is not free and every month you pay a water bill for your consumption. What if I told you there was an easy way to cut down your water bill and ... Continue Reading
Learn the benefits of using a rain barrel during a drought or to conserve water.
5 easy ways to save energy on Earth Day and every day.
I know thinking green can be intimidating, but there are simple things we can do to help save our planet, one drip, watt, or gallon of water at a time. Here are a few easy ways to do just that, as well as save money on our energy and utility bills this Earth Day and everyday. Beauty Unplugged According to actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., every time we use our curling iron it’s like leaving on a light bulb for a week. So I guess the first bit of advice is to take a day off and let ... Continue Reading
High holidays are upon us. Here are a few tips and tricks to help save you time, money, and your mani when dealing with preps and clean-ups.
With Passover (April 6 & 7th) and Easter (April 8th) just around the corner, so are egg hunts, Seder dinners, and holiday entertaining. Here are a few tips and tricks to help save you time, money, and your mani when dealing with holiday preps and clean-ups. Easter Egg Dye: Lemon-Aid You've dyed the eggs, but what about your hands? If you find your skin is now a nice violet color, don't despair - it's not that difficult to remove. Place sugar in a small bowl and scrub/massage it all over ... Continue Reading
Tablets have captivated many family members – both at work and at play, kids and adults alike.
Did you get a tablet for the holidays? Are all the family members clamoring to use it? A few years ago who could have imagined that tablets would find their way into the hands of just about every member of the family, young and old? But, since the first iPad was launched by Apple in 2010, followed by the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab and a host of other options since, tablets have indeed captivated many of us both at work and at play, kids and adults alike. Lifestyle and age ... Continue Reading
Borax is a green, natural alternative for everyday cleaning tasks.
I recently talked about the green momma’s best friend, baking soda. However, there is another friend that every green momma should have around as well, borax. When I mention borax many people just stare at me blankly and say something along the lines of “Isn’t that some sort of chemical?” The answer is no. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. So what can we do with this mineral? Laundry Borax is perfect for families with hard ... Continue Reading
Some favorite (and green) uses for your box of baking soda.
Most of us have a small box of baking soda hanging out in our kitchen cabinet. It is a staple in many baked items; therefore, a necessity to even the occasional baker. However, did you know there are literally hundreds of other uses for this common wonder powder? I keep a 10 pound bag of baking soda in our home at all times and use it for just about everything under the sun. Here is a rundown of some of my favorite baking soda uses. Cleaning You will notice that baking soda is an ... Continue Reading
The benefits of green tea include increased fat loss, perfect for getting that pre-baby belly back.
Having a baby comes with many compromises. Moms trade in their years of peaceful slumber nights, fresh smelling clothes and romantic evenings for the benefit of nurturing your new bundle of joy. Good news moms: one area where you won't have to barter any longer is regaining a sexy belly. A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that drinking organic green tea combined with a moderate exercise plan helps you melt away those last few pounds lingering in your tummy. The test ... Continue Reading
Head to your farmer’s market to get this amazing fall harvest produce.
There’s nothing like going to the farmer’s market on the weekend to put you in the healthy-eating frame of mind. All summer long, there are piles and piles of fresh produce grown within miles of your home, guaranteeing freshness and flavor for your plate and sustainability for the local farms. Today, on a gorgeous Indian Summer fall day, I found myself skipping a little faster down the sidewalk to get to the weekend fresh market because I know that like the summer fare, the fall harvest can ... Continue Reading
All moms want safe personal care products – learn the main chemicals to avoid.
All moms want safe personal care products that are affordable, make their skin and hair look as if they weren’t up all night with the baby, and keep their children clean. That shouldn’t be too much to ask. With so many new studies coming out about the health risks from the chemicals found in our beloved products, finding a safe alternative is becoming much more important and much more difficult. So we've put together the below list of top five chemicals to avoid. The ingredients used in ... Continue Reading
It’s no fun to go to the beach or pool with a bloated belly. Check out these food tips for saying good-bye to summer bloat!
Summer can be such fun, going to the beach, riding your bike, walking the dog, just being outside reaping the benefits of outdoor living. But it's no fun to go to the beach or pool with a bloated belly. Oftentimes, food sensitivities or allergies can contribute to a puffy summer bloat, so always check with your doctor to see if you have food allergies, etc. but as a second line of defense, consider eating an anti-inflammatory diet for a week or two and see if you notice any difference. Chances ... Continue Reading