Whether you've a touch of the Irish in your genes or not, nearly everyone celebrates St. Patrick's Day by wearing, eating and drinking green. While green mashed potatoes don't really sound appetizing, many green drinks (alcoholic and non) are delicious. It wouldn't be St. Patty's Day without a good drink and the Irish have been very kind to share with us their taste for alcohol. Drinking green beer, while popular in the US, is scoffed at by the Irish. But there are an abundance of green drinks ... Continue Reading
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these yummy green drinks – from healthy shakes to cocktail martinis!
There are several green living tips that can be learned from living in a recreational vehicle.
When you think of RVs you probably don’t think of green living. In fact, you probably think of the gas guzzling huge clunkers driving down the road slowly eating away at our precious fossil fuels. But there are actually several green living tips that can be learned from a recreational vehicle. Here are a few I've learned from our travel trailer that I plan to implement back home. Water Conservation RV toilets epitomize everything water conservation. When you look down at your RV toilet ... Continue Reading
Here are just a few ways that you can involve your children in going green and foster a love for the environment at the same time.
Going Green doesn't have to be something that is left solely up to adults. In fact, teaching your children at a young age to lead a more sustainable and earth-friendly lifestyle is not difficult. It can even be fun. Here are just a few ways that you can involve your children in going green and foster a love for the environment at the same time. The Importance of Going Green When a parent goes to teach the importance of trust and not lying, they may bring up the fable of the Boy Who Cried ... Continue Reading
Our top 15 household uses for vinegar.
Vinegar happens to be one of the most versatile, economical and useful items you can have on hand. Do you know there is even a website that touts 1001 uses for white vinegar? It's economical and environmentally-friendly as well. We've compiled our top 15 amazing and helpful benefits of vinegar below: 1. Weed killer. One of my personal favorites, since I do not like pouring chemicals on my property, is to pour full strength vinegar on the weeds. This works especially well on walkways, ... Continue Reading
Great green uses for plastic milk jugs – including herb gardens and organizers.
We drink a lot of milk at our house. With three kids and two adults, we go through about a gallon a day! This means we have a lot of leftover milk jugs. We do recycle our jugs, but we have found there are lots of other great green uses for plastic jugs. Here are a few unique uses for your leftover milk jugs. Milk Jug Planters We use many of our milk jugs as little herb gardens. Simply cut off the middle section of a milk jug and you have an instant planter. Cut off one side of the milk ... Continue Reading
An adventure in agrotourism at a local sheep farm.
I recently wrote an article giving you some unique ideas for summer fun with your children through agrotourism. After writing the article I went on an agrotourist adventure on my own to Shepherd’s Cross, our local sheep farm. When I heard the farm was providing tours I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from a sheep farm. I mean, how many things could there really be to do? Let me tell you, there are a lot. Here are just a few of the fun things we got to do on our trip to the ... Continue Reading
Here are some tips to keeping your refrigerator both clean and green.
We have talked about a number of ways to keep your home green by using green cleaners and homemade green cleaning products, but there is one particular item in your home that you should pay special attention to: the refrigerator. Your refrigerator can harbor some nasty germs and bacteria if not properly maintained. Here are some tips to keeping your refrigerator both clean and green. Cleaning Routine You need to get into a routine of cleaning out the refrigerator. I know it can be ... Continue Reading
Use everyday items to create rich dyes for your Easter eggs.
When I set out to find eco Easter egg dye options, I was surprised by the many kitchen items you could use. It is easy to forego the chemical-laden food colorings and teach your kids the joys and uses of nature used in easy egg coloring recipes. Dye Recipe Instructions for Eggs: Select a dyeing agent (outlined below) and place it in the pot. Add 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a ... Continue Reading
Using a clothes line provides crisper cottons and whiter whites, while allowing you to save money and help the environment.
I've recently started hanging all of my laundry outside on a clothes line to dry. It's a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way of doing the family wash. My cottons are crisp and fresh-smelling, my whites are whiter, and I know my clothes will last longer. But that's not all. Here are the top ten advantages I've found to using a clothes line: Save money on your energy bill. Using the dryer adds approximately $1500 to your energy bill over its lifetime. It is one of the biggest ... Continue Reading
Tips for staying green when it comes to your pet.
Almost every family has a pet. They have many benefits: they’re loyal, loveable, and a great way to teach children responsibility. But what is your pet’s carbon footprint? Is there a way to make it smaller? Here are some tips on staying green while having pets. Get your pets from a shelter.There are so many animals out there that need loving homes; there is no need to get a pet from a breeder or pet store. Your local shelter will have tons of dogs and cats in need of good homes. ... Continue Reading