Fake Vs. Real- The Christmas Tree Dilemma

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The real versus artificial Christmas tree debate replays itself year after year. But the truth is, each option has its own place on the naughty-and-nice list. Just a few short decades ago, displaying a Christmas tree in your living room really only yielded one option: a real pine or fir tree. That all changed when a U.S.-based… Continue reading »

Green Up Your Gift Wrap

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If you’re interested in keeping your holiday waste to a minimum, there are several ways to go green when it comes to choosing your gift wrap. Instead of buying new wrapping paper this year, check out the options below that can help you recycle, reduce and reuse. They can be more creative and fun for… Continue reading »

10 Ways To Reduce Holiday Waste

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Help reduce your holiday waste. Did you know extra holiday waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about one million extra tons per week?  (According to Use Less Stuff (ULS). Here are some tips to reduce paper products and changing your gift-giving focus: Be selective when deciding how many holiday cards to send…. Continue reading »

Tis The Season To Give Back!

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This holiday make the season a little brighter for others. Giving back is a great thing to do all year round, but the holidays tend to bring out the charitable side in most people. Try some of these ideas with your family and make a difference this holiday season. •    Donate to a charitable organization… Continue reading »

During the Holidays, Save Energy in the Kitchen

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Article courtesy of Tucson Electric Power The holiday season that stretches from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is synonymous with good food. Amid all that cooking for big holiday meals and celebrations, there are plenty of ways to be energy efficient in the kitchen. One of the first tips is among the easiest, especially when… Continue reading »

Poached Apples with Vanilla Yogurt

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Take advantage of apple season with this delicious recipe, and so easy too! This might just be your next favorite dessert. Try a thick and creamy vanilla bean-infused Greek yogurt to replace the usual dollop of whipped cream for a delicious and low-fat dessert. Ingredients •    1 1/2 cups fruity red wine (such as Syrah… Continue reading »

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash

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Strands of baked spaghetti squash are tossed with feta cheese, onions, tomatoes, olives, and basil for a Greek-inspired dish that tastes like pasta without all the calories. Ingredients: 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise & seeded 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 onion chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes 3/4 cup chopped feta… Continue reading »

10 Easy Ways to Keep Indoor Air Clean! It’s Simple & Smart

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It’s the time of year to keep your house sealed tightly to keep the cold out. However, the problem with a tightly sealed home is it also seals in the bad stuff. Did you know that toxins from cleaning supplies, mold and other nasty pollutants that can make you sick? Is your house unhealthy? Improve… Continue reading »

Tips & Tricks To Winterize Your Home

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One of the best perks of making your home more green is that it makes a ton of financial sense.  Windy, rainy and cool weather is already here.  For the amount of money you may spend on candy and Halloween decorations this year you could winterize your home, reduce your carbon footprint, be more comfy… Continue reading »

Water Softeners Vs. Water Filters- What You Should Know

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What is the difference between a water softener and a water filter? This is a question very few people comprehend. First, you need to understand the difference between Hard water and Contaminated water. What is “Hard water”? Hard water is probably the most common water problem found in the home. Water described as “hard” is… Continue reading »

For The Love Of Repurposing & Recycling

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re·pur·pose: to change (something) so that it can be used for a different purpose re·cy·cle: to make something new from (something that has been used before) Recycling and repurposing seem to go hand-in-hand and there are so many great ideas to transform old or unwanted items that may be stashed around your home or headed… 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 »

Eat Seasonally! Here’s Your Fall List

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Fall is our favorite time of the year. There is a such a wide variety of  fruits and veggies in season. Not only do these fruits and veggies taste great, they are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as Vitamin K and carotenoids, which have been linked to protect against certain cancers. For your… Continue reading »

Tips & Tricks For 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 »

Fresh Smelling Home! Naturally!

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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 »

Water Conservation- Facts & Tips You Can Use

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Celebrating  Water Wednesday with these fun water facts that may surprise you. Did you know… Less than 2% of the Earth’s water supply is fresh water. Of all the earth’s water, 97% is salt water found in oceans and seas. Only 1% of the earth’s water is available for drinking water. 2% is frozen. The… 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 »

Commit To Reduce Your Use Of Plastic- We Can Help

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Plastic is everywhere. Look around you right now and count the number of things that you know contain plastic. Convenient and cheap, yes. But there are some major pitfalls to living in a plastic world. Plastics can harbor some nasty ingredients, such as phthalates and BPA. And in addition to polluting your body, all that plastic is polluting… Continue reading »

DIY Cloth Wipes

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Cloth wipes are a great substitution to expensive and harsh paper wipes, plus they are a bonus for our already suffering planet. When you choose cloth wipes over paper wipes, you can easily save hundreds of dollars a year. To find out more, take a look below for a comprehensive overview on how to make… Continue reading »

Know Your Ingredients: Avoid These 6

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We have learned how important it is to know what ingredients are in the food that we are purchasing for our family, and it’s important to look at every single ingredient before you purchase a product. That may sounds overboard, but remember, the food we eat has the potential to be medicine or poison—so we… Continue reading »

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