I love the idea of repurposing and reusing items. It's the ultimate way to go green. But what about clothing? Are you concerned it might wind up frumpy instead of stylish? I recently stumbled across the most amazing video outlining how to turn an ordinary men's button up shirt into a stylish dress. Best part yet, it doesn't require sewing or any other accessories aside from the shirt. Not only does Colour Heels Diary turn the shirt into a beautiful strapless dress, but also shows you how to ... Continue Reading
Ways to repurpose your old shirts into fun new dresses and skirts.
Discover new ways to spend Mother’s Day – that don’t center around flowers and cards.
Mother's Day is a day to truly enjoy your children and celebrate your family. Unfortunately (like many holidays) Mother's Day has become incredibly commercialized. From television commercials touting the best Mother's Day cuisine, to full displays of flowers and cards at your local grocery store, you have probably already been inundated with the commercial aspect of the holiday. Instead of focusing on material possessions this Mother's Day, try to encourage your children (and spouse) to ... Continue Reading
Indulge in a green spa, or green spa service, this Valentine’s Day.
When you think of visiting a spa, you probably think of relaxation and a mental getaway. Unfortunately, those treatments and massages come at a heavy price to Mother Nature. Spas are notorious for wreaking havoc from an eco-friendly standpoint. The never ending piles of towels, robes, wash cloths, eye covers, sheets, and washable items are astounding. Each of these items must be washed between uses, and requires a large amount of water and detergent. Bottled water, petroleum-based ... Continue Reading
Help the environment before purchasing that next set of de-icers and antifreeze.
Jack Frost is probably nipping at your nose right about now. With temperatures plummeting and cold weather moving in, you may find yourself battling frost and ice. Instead of heading to the store to buy de-icers or antifreeze, consider adopting some of these green tips to keeping the cold and ice at bay. The Greener De-Icer Many people go for rock salt or store-bought de-icers when things get slippery. Unfortunately, rock salt (including rock salt based de-icers) and urea based de-icers are ... Continue Reading
Scrimp and save your way to riches with these tips for being frugal.
Frugal millionaires. You've heard of them. They're known for getting rich by pinching pennies. But are these men and women really that frugal? Take Warren Buffet - who is famous for his frugality. Roger Lowenstein, in his book on Buffet, recounts that when Buffet's first child was born, he turned a drawer in his dresser into a bassinet. He later borrowed a crib for his second child. He also drove a Volkswagon until his wife, convinced it was bad for his image, bought him a Cadillac. He is now ... Continue Reading
Borrowing items can be one of the best ways to go green.
When you were in elementary school and forgot your notebook, what would you do? Rush off to the store to purchase another one or turn to the kid sitting next to you and ask to borrow a sheet of paper? Most likely you borrowed. For children, the concept of borrowing something is incredibly intuitive. If you're missing something, but you see another person has what you need, you simply ask for assistance. You most likely did it in an “I owe you” fashion. Should your seated neighbor be ... Continue Reading
Green and organic ways to pick your St. Patrick’s Day wearable items.
Wearing the color green for St. Patrick's Day is so 5 years ago. Instead show your support for the Luck O' The Irish while supporting Mother Earth. When someone heads over to pinch you for not sporting a tiny shamrock bracelet, green colored socks, or a lime green scarf, tell them that you have taken wearing green to the next level. Choosing eco-friendly gear or clothing for St. Patrick's Day can set you apart from the rest. Here are some of my favorite "green" St. Patrick's Day wearable ... Continue Reading
Celebrate Halloween in a green and environmentally friendly way.
When you think of Halloween what do you think of? Is it the costumes, candy, decorations, or parties? Regardless of how you celebrate Halloween, you can do it in an environmentally friendly way. Here are a few simple steps to help green-up your Halloween festivities. Reusable Bags Instead of opting for the cheaply made PVC containing orange pumpkin candy container at your local grocery store grab a reusable grocery bag. Choose a high quality bag that you will use over and over again, or better ... Continue Reading
Go a little green with these simple and easy ways to make your environmental footprint a little smaller.
Even if you aren't willing to give up your vehicle for a bike, or put solar panels on your home, there are simple and easy ways to make your environmental footprint a little smaller and go a little green. Ditch the Plastic Water Bottles Many of you probably already know that about 30 million single-serve non-returnable containers end up in landfills or as litter every day! That is a lot of garbage and waste, but did you know that 18 million barrels of crude oil equivalent were consumed in ... Continue Reading
With a few simple steps you can reduce your waste and start seeing your mound of garbage dwindle.
Choosing to reduce your waste doesn't require a complete lifestyle overhaul. With a few simple steps you will start seeing your mound of garbage dwindle. Recycle Everyone knows that recycling can help reduce some of your waste. However, did you know that over 50% off all garbage can be recycled? In a year, that can be equal to a FOOTBALL field worth of garbage for one family! So wouldn't you like to remove a football field sized amount of garbage from your weekly curbside load? Simply take ... Continue Reading