10 Easy Tips To Save Water This Summer

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Did you know that as much as 40 percent of our water use in the spring and summer goes toward our lawns and gardens. That’s a lot of water wasted. Your impact: The UN predicts that 3.4 billion people will be living in countries defined as water-scarce by 2025. When water is scarce, people are… Continue reading »

Green Tips For Your Summer Party

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What’s the best way to avoid the “Summertime Blues”? Throw a party of course! Celebrate summer’s sweet inception by hosting the best (and greenest) shindig on the block. So put on your party hat and dancing shoes and follow our green party tips. Say No To Paper Invites We know, there’s nothing quite like a… Continue reading »

Eat Seasonally! Here’s Your Summertime List!

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There’s something so good about eating food when it’s just been picked. It tastes better, it’s better value and it’s a better deal for the planet, so dig in and celebrate what’s fresh in fruits and vegetables. Here’s your Summer list! Apricots are harvested starting in late spring in warmer areas and through early summer…. Continue reading »

5 Ideas For An Energy-Efficient Backyard

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Via Tucson Electric Power Nothing says summer like firing up the grill, enjoying the night’s breeze and hanging out in the backyard with friends and family. While you’re enjoying the outdoors, you can also be energy efficient. Use these affordable and easy tips to reduce your energy usage while you relax in your yard. 1…. Continue reading »

Seeds Or 6 Packs?

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The best way to get plants growing depends on what you’re growing. Each year when the first warm breath of spring has tickled your inner gardener awake from winter’s drowsy hibernation, it’s easy to surrender to the seduction of a seed catalog with its color pictures of glossy veggies and pretty blooms. Equally alluring is… Continue reading »

Repel Pests, Keep Friends

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Even the best-planned healthiest garden will attract pests. Bugs, slugs, and other creepy – crawlies like the tasty lettuce leaf or tomato just as much as humans do. But if you are gardening to provide food for your table, you won’t want to use toxic chemicals to deter invaders. There are lots of nontoxic and… Continue reading »

Spring Into Warmer Weather Savings

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Courtesy of Tucson Electric Power The spring-cleaning sweep of your home is the perfect time to make sure all appliances are functioning properly, boost energy efficiency and prepare for the summer. In the typical home, more than 40 percent of each month’s electricity is used by plugged-in appliances. Vent fans and clothes dryers are used… Continue reading »

5 Landscaping Ideas, Tips & Tricks

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Courtesy of Tucson Electric Power Could your yard use some sprucing up? Find inspiration in these landscaping projects and resources. Given that April is National Safe Digging Month, be sure to adhere to the following safety tips, too. Plant shade trees Trees help conserve energy by shading buildings, streets and cars. Trees also control storm… Continue reading »

Say Goodbye To Chemicals In Your Shampoo

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The kitchen is not the only place in your house where you can reduce unnecessary chemicals and eliminate wasteful packaging. One place that often gets overlooked is the bathroom. There are all sorts of organic bath products available now that don’t test on animals, don’t use harmful chemicals, and use recycled packaging.  However, the best… Continue reading »

Grandma’s Rules For Simple Living

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We can learn a lot from our wise old grandmothers. Practices common to them—such as growing vegetables, knitting clothes and bartering goods—are the tips and tricks we seek today: a return to the good old days. These rich but simple lifestyles strengthen families and communities while growing local economies around the world. The most important… Continue reading »

Vinegar Can Do WHAT?

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A staple in any pantry, vinegar is a multitasking wonder with a rich history of use for everything from making pickles to treating war wounds. The ancient Babylonians used it to preserve food; medics during World War I treated wounds with it; and Roman armies diluted it with water to create an everyday antibacterial drink…. Continue reading »

Clean Green Babies

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by Sarah Horan There are an overwhelming amount of choices when it comes to buying baby bath products. However, not all baby bath products are created equal. Consider that your baby’s skin is their largest organ and that everything applied to your baby’s tender skin has the potential to be absorbed into their delicate systems,… Continue reading »

Why Gardening Makes You Happier

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Did you know that gardening can ward off depression, improve your mood and make you feel life is more worthwhile? •    Gardeners are less likely to display signs of depression •    Poll found 80 per cent of gardeners feel satisfied with their lives •    Only 67 per cent of non-gardeners feel the same way If… Continue reading »

Artichokes: A Spring Superfood!

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Did you know that artichokes are high in antioxidants, have only 25 calories, no fat, 170mg of potassium, are a good source of folate, vitamin C, magnesium & dietary fiber? That’s why we can’t resist giving you a delicious way to enjoy them this weekend! Roasted Artichokes Artichokes are so naturally delicious that it’s best… Continue reading »

“Can’t I Just Dig a Hole and Put a Plant in it?”

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Soil is not just a structure to keep your plants upright. It is the foundation for the entire ecosystem of your garden. According to Joe Smillie’s The Soul of Soil, “The total weight of the living organisms in the top six inches of an acre of soil can range from five thousand to as much… Continue reading »

Ready, Set, Garden!

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Now is the optimal time to start your garden! From mid-February to early March is the time for soil prep.  Well-prepped soil is an essential part of growing beautiful veggies. This means tilling, hoeing, weeding, and fertilizing. Planting in raised beds is the most efficient method of growing veggies and it’s easy to do. While… Continue reading »

You CAN Eat Healthful On A Budget

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Making a trip to the grocery store these days is like running a gauntlet. From one side you are assaulted by food-like substances in brightly labeled packages, some even touting exaggerated health benefits from the toxins within. From the other side, you are gouged and poked by cleverly marketed “natural” foods that are 4 times… Continue reading »

Tomato-Asiago Frittata

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To compliment our Egg Blog, we thought we would share a delicious recipe using those fresh eggs you bought! Ingredients  2 tablespoons half-and-half  2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme  1/2 teaspoon kosher salt  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper   6 large eggs 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots 1.5 ounces Asiago cheese,… Continue reading »

Eggs 101- Clean Up Your Carton

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Most of us buy eggs without thinking much about them, but the cartons you pick up at the supermarket are worth scrutinizing. Of the labels you’ll see, the most important are “certified organic,” biodynamic,” and “pasture raised,” Why? Eggs that bear these designations are superior for nutrition and for cooking. But it’s also a matter… Continue reading »

Himalayan Salt Lamps- Benefits & Uses

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Have you ever noticed how mentally and physically refreshed you feel after sitting by a gashing waterfall? Or how you experience a boost in energy after spending some time at an untamed seafront? What makes you feel so good in spots of this kind is the abundance of negative ions, which get produced in some… Continue reading »

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