Yikes! Mosquitos! Keep Them Away Naturally

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Mosquitos, they’re definitely one of summer’s biggest pests. They seem to be everywhere this time of year, and most repellents out there leave skin coated with a film of icky chemicals that not only seem questionably safe, but are smelly too. Though most of us have heard of using citronella to ward off bugs, turns… Continue reading »

Have An Eco-Friendly Picnic

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A chance to enjoy food and get back to nature – what’s there not to love about a picnic? But before you head out to enjoy sun-warmed strawberries and sandwiches beneath a blue sky, consider packing in the same eco-friendly habits you practice at home. Here are a few steps to follow so that all… Continue reading »

Ultimate Lemonade

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It’s officially summer! What better way to enjoy the warm summer days than a refreshing glass of lemonade? But don’t choose those chemical laden, store bought kind. Make your own! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 cups water 14 lemons 6 cups cold water Directions First, juice the lemons. Roll the lemons on the counter… Continue reading »

Linguine Frittata With Greens

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Happy Meatless Monday! We love this recipe! Ingredients Cooking spray • 2 teaspoons butter, divided • 1 cup thinly sliced leek • 3 large eggs, or equivalent egg substitute • 5 large egg whites • 1/3 cup 1% low-fat milk • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano • 1/2 teaspoon kosher… Continue reading »

Stay Water Smart—Even With a Pool!

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What better on a hot summer day than diving into a cool and sparkling pool? However your pool is a big source of water use, and there are many ways to practice water conservation and avoid the guilt associated with your investment and the beautiful amenity. Pool covers can reduce evaporation of the water in… Continue reading »

Natural vs. Organic

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Are Natural and Organic foods the same? No. The term “natural” is not regulated except for meat and poultry. It applies broadly to foods that are minimally processed and free of synthetic preservatives; artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors and other artificial additives; hydrogenated oils; stabilizers; and emulsifiers. Most foods labeled natural are not subject to government… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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