Say Yes To A Healthy School Lunch!

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Starting your kids off right by packing school lunches with nutritious foods that taste good will help them establish healthy eating habits for life. Instead of a sandwich on white bread, bag of chips, and cookies, try some of the following healthy (and more interesting) items for your child’s lunch box: What to Pack Carrots… Continue reading »

Living Large In a Tiny House

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Even before Thoreau wrote of his experiences at Walden Pond, people knew that downsizing can be an important part of living sustainably. Reducing waste, our carbon footprint, and our impact on the environment are all aspects of living a more responsible life. Over the past 15 years, extending these choices to the homes we live… Continue reading »

Gazpacho-The Best Way To Enjoy Fresh Tomatoes

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Enjoy the seasons best: tomatoes! Gazpachos is the best way to enjoy yummy tomatoes and it’s healthy too! Ingredients * 4 ripe tomatoes * 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil * 2 ounces cider vinegar or sherry vinegar * 2 cups tomato juice * 1 cup diced stale or lightly toasted baguette bread * 2 cucumbers,… Continue reading »

FAQs: Solar Energy

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Solar energy is becoming a very important part of our energy market — and its popularity is growing fast thanks to it becoming more affordable over the last few years. Thanks to improvements in solar panels, this type of energy is a practical solution for many families looking to make the switch to clean energy… Continue reading »

Is Arizona Really Running Out Of Water?

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Courtesy of Central Arizona Project 1. The Drought is real- Yes, Arizonans have been hearing about the drought for so long it has become background noise, but that’s because the state has had below-normal rainfall levels for so long – all but a few years since 1999. If the monsoon can’t recover, Phoenix could post… Continue reading »

Here’s 5 Easy Ways To Help The Ocean

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1. Avoid pesticides, fertilizers and toxic cleaning products. The rivers of our world are funneling chemicals into the ocean all the time, and that’s a disgrace. So use natural fertilizers like manure, avoid foods that have been grown with pesticides, and choose non-toxic cleaning products 2. Cut down on the amount of stuff you buy…. Continue reading »

Who Knew Vodka Could Do This?

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Although many still indulge in the “medicinal” benefits of a martini, vodka has a surprising array of alternative uses that can save money and be kinder to the planet than the harsh chemicals it can stand in for. And with so many uses, it makes sense to have one bottle of vodka rather than array… Continue reading »

Love Your Family- The Non-Toxic Way

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Looking at what the conventional home is today, it is nearly impossible to make a non-toxic environment for yourself, let alone for your children. Many things are out of our control as consumers and as tenants of homes. But there are a handful of key elements that we can control in our children’s lives. Helping… Continue reading »

Is Your Laundry Room Making You Sick?

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Ah! The smell of newly washed clothes.  They smell as fresh as a spring morning. Did you know that conventional laundry-care products often contain chemicals with negative health effects ranging from skin and throat irritation to carcinogenicity? In fact, the laundry room may be one of the more toxic areas in your home. Researchers have… Continue reading »

DIY Laundry Detergent

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Making your own batch of laundry detergent is light on the wallet, gentle on clothing, and great for the environment. A typical batch of homemade laundry detergent using the recipes below will cost approximately three dollars, less than half of the leading national brand. All you need to do is collect three simple ingredients and… Continue reading »

Fresh Smelling Home! Easy Tips & Tricks

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An old realtor’s trick for making the house smell incredibly inviting which is also surprisingly green is to put about two capfuls of baking vanilla extract (you can also use almond or orange extract) into an oven-safe coffee cup. Turn the oven on to about 250 degrees and place the coffee cup in the center… Continue reading »

3 Simple Homemade Veggie Washes

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More than 9 million people get sick every year from dirty food, and according to a recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fruits and vegetables contaminated with harmful bacteria cause 46 percent of those illnesses. Good food hygiene that we practice at home, every day, can have a significant impact on… Continue reading »

Natural Sunburn Relief At Your Fingertips

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In hot weather, it can be easy to accidentally get overheated or sunburned, even if we’re careful. Soothe sensitive skin with these spa-like treatments you can make with grocery-store ingredients. Yogurt Mask  To relieve the heat and redness of a sunburned face, apply a thick paste of cold yogurt and chamomile essential oil. Because yogurt is… 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 »

Tips and Tricks for Bugs and Weeds

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By Sarah Horan No one wants to spray harmful chemicals in their garden, particularly if they are planning to eat out of it! Regular pesticide and herbicide products can be harmful to the other organisms that share the ecosystem with us, and who can be beneficial to your garden, like butterflies and birds. However, weeds… Continue reading »

Refreshing Watermelon Iced Green Tea

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Using seasonal fruit, like watermelon, reduces the carbon footprint of this drink! Feel free to substitute any other fruit (such as peaches or strawberries) that are in season! Try pairing it with an eco-friendly cheese platter. Serves 8 Ingredients: 4 cups seedless watermelon flesh, cubed 2 cups hot water   Green tea (2 tsp loose leaf or 2 tea… Continue reading »

How Safe Is Your Toothpaste?

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Have you ever looked at your toothpaste and read the “warning label”? Probably not. Why would consumers? We trust tooth paste companies to provide us with safe products. Fluoride toothpastes carry a warning that says something like, “Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing is… Continue reading »

Stay Cool Without AC

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Most of us who live where summers are hot have been through it: As temperatures rise into the triple digits, we crank the AC—then feel the anxiety as we open our electric bills. Americans want to feel comfortable indoors when outdoor temperatures climb—so much so that we collectively spend more than $15 billion each year… 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 »

8 Natural Mosquito Repellants

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Before you grab that DEET-based mosquito repellent, consider using a natural option instead. DEET, also known as diethyl-meta-toluamide, by any other name still stinks. And research proves that the main ingredient in commercial mosquito repellents leaves more than a bad odor. According to a Duke University study, it damages brain cells, can cause behavioural changes,… Continue reading »

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