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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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