Balsamic Zucchini

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It’s Meatless Monday! What better way to celebrate than these delicious Balsamic Zucchini. We know you’re gonna love em! Ingredients •    4 lb medium zucchini, cut diagonally into 3/4-inch-thick slices •    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil •    3/4 teaspoon salt •    1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper •    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar •    1 1/2… Continue reading »

Small Space Gardening Tricks

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Living in the city, in an apartment, or in a small space? You may not have a yard to work with, but you can still grow lots of tasty vegetables. City living has its ecobenefits: easy travel by foot and public transit, smaller homes that use less energy, and less living space in which to… Continue reading »

Nice Ice, Baby

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With all sorts of shapes, sizes and add-ins, ice has gone designer. Here’s some inspiration to bring the trend home. Add -Ins- Place ingredients in an ice tray. * Thyme * Tarragon * Basil * Mint * Bluberries * Rasberries * Strawberry slices *  Edible flowers or petals. Fill & Freeze- Add liquid to cover… Continue reading »

Air Conditioning: What You Should Know

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Blog Courtesy of Tucson Electric Power Air conditioning is a necessity in the desert, where temperatures can routinely top 100 degrees during the summer. Many homeowners and renters, though, know little about the AC units that cool their homes. While it can be easy to take air conditioning for granted, maintenance, repair and sometimes replacement… Continue reading »

Green Your Sunscreen! A Quick Guide To Safer Sunning

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Now’s the time to replenish our sunscreen supplies for those upcoming beach junkets, mountain hikes, and lazy days by the pool. Each summer, doctors and public service announcements remind us about the importance of slathering on the sunscreen before heading outdoors. The biggest benefits of course are that sunscreen helps absorb and/or reflect harmful UVA… 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 »

It’s Summer & That Means A 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 »

Central Arizona Project- Celebrating 30 Years Of Serving Arizona

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Thirty years ago, the first deliveries of Colorado River water began to central Arizona. Today, CAP is the state’s single largest source of renewable water—delivering more than one and a half million acre-feet of water (500 billion gallons) to central and southern Arizona each year. CAP celebrated this milestone at its June 4 board meeting… Continue reading »

10 Ways To Celebrate Summer

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Summer is most people’s favorite time of the year. School is out, the weather is warm and it’s time to relax and recharge. We have some great ideas to get you started on the season. Spoon Up Some Ice Cream-  One of the quintessential summer symbols is ice cream. Make the first day of summer… Continue reading »

The Scariest Ingredients Lurking In Your Food

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Food is a common necessity in our everyday life. We constantly have to make decisions about food for both ourselves and our families. While trying to decipher the labels while standing in the aisles of the grocery store, one might establish that many of the foods we consume are indeed made of some unexpected ingredients,… Continue reading »

Be 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 »

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 »

Green Lawn With Less Water!

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With less than 1 percent of the planet’s water usable for human consumption, conservation is not really optional; it is up to each family to do their part. Establishing a water conservation plan does not mean you have to give up having a fantastic lawn and garden or stop using your sprinklers – it just… Continue reading »

8 Foods You Should Always Buy!

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The nutrients in food work together to create the foundation for your health. It’s the interaction of nutrient-dense foods that enhances immune response, causes cancer cells to die, repairs DNA caused by toxic exposures, and enhances cell-to-cell communication. Here are 8 foods that are some of the best for your health. Avocados Avocados are a great source… Continue reading »

Tips & Tricks For Bugs & Weeds

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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 can’t be allowed… Continue reading »

Pest Free Naturally!

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In many climates, warm weather brings bugs. While a few ants, fleas or silverfish can be a nuisance, an invasion may tempt you to reach for the bug spray. Don’t do it! This heavy-handed approach can unleash toxic compounds that put your family’s health at risk Here are some natural ways to get rid of… Continue reading »

How to Make Your Own Deodorant

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The do-it-yourself movement is experiencing a revival as men and women everywhere are cooking, sewing and building genuine items that money simply can’t buy. Did you know store bought deodorants have aluminum, parabens and other harsh chemicals? Avoid these toxic ingredients and make your own. They will leave you feeling clean, fresh and chemical-free. Simply… Continue reading »

A Kitchen Garden-Fresh Herbs Made Easy

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Of all the plants you can grow indoors, few are as gratifying as culinary herbs whose scent will lift your spirits and whose flavor will delight your taste buds. To grow a kitchen windowsill garden, you must provide everything Mother Nature does outdoors: light, water, soil and nutrients. Before you start, determine how much light… Continue reading »

Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Dip

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This is a must have in your recipe file. You can whip it up for friends and, no matter what else you serve, it’ll be the first thing to go. Serve it with crostini, tortilla chips, or crudités. Or just eat it by the spoonful. It’s that good. Ingredients •    1 cup 3/4″-inch pieces asparagus… Continue reading »

Are You Greening Your Spring Cleaning?

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Everyone likes to have a clean house, but no one particularly likes to use caustic chemicals to get it clean! Commercial cleaning products can contain all sorts of chemicals that, besides being unpronounceable, can be harmful to your pets, kids and to our oceans.  So, next time you’re spring cleaning, instead of reaching for the… Continue reading »

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