Tips & Tricks For A Healthy School Lunch

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!

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

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?

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

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 »

Eat Seasonally! Here’s Your Summertime List!

    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… Continue reading »

5 Ideas For An Energy-Efficient Backyard

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?

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 »

Spring Into Warmer Weather Savings

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

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 »

Grandma’s Rules For Simple Living

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?

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

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

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!

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 »

Are You Greening Your Spring Cleaning?

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 »

“Can’t I Just Dig a Hole and Put a Plant in it?”

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!

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 »

You CAN Eat Healthful On A Budget

Making a trip to the grocery store these days is like running a gauntlet. From one side you are assaulted by food-like substances in brightly labeled packages, some even touting exaggerated health benefits from the toxins within. From the other side, you are gouged and poked by cleverly marketed “natural” foods that are 4 times… Continue reading »

Tomato-Asiago Frittata

To compliment our Egg Blog, we thought we would share a delicious recipe using those fresh eggs you bought! Ingredients  2 tablespoons half-and-half  2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme  1/2 teaspoon kosher salt  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper   6 large eggs 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots 1.5 ounces Asiago cheese,… Continue reading »

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