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GARDEN TIPS TO GREEN FAMILY ACTIVITIES.

If your family is like mine, groceries are a major part of your budget. We only purchase organic and Earth friendly products, so it is essential that we take several steps to stretch our grocery shopping budget. Here are the ten steps that my family takes to make our grocery shopping trips as healthy and sustainable as possible. 

  1. Create a Grocery Shopping Budget: When you have a set amount of money that you can spend on groceries it takes the guess work out of "how much did I spend?". It gives you the option to make better choices and to decide what grocery items are sustainable, healthy and affordable. We try to only go grocery shopping twice a month, so we divide our monthly budget in half. Just remember to save enough money from your budget, so when you half to stop to pick up fresh fruit, veggies, bread and milk in between grocery trips, it won't effect your budget...

The next time that you are out shopping and the clerk asks you the inevitable question, "paper or plastic?" consider making an Eco friendly decision by choosing neither. Plastic bags are everywhere. So much so, that they have literally become part of our environment. They litter and contaminate our landscapes, water ways and endanger wildlife. 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed annually, which is more than 1 million plastic bags per minute.

With Thanksgiving being right around the corner there is a lot of planning, cleaning and cooking that needs to be completed in time for the big day. Since there is so much work that needs to be done, it can seem like making this Thanksgiving a green one could be more work than you have time for. It really isn't as hard as you may think. You can make this Thanksgiving a sustainable one by following a few simple steps that will have you giving thanks to all things Eco friendly. 

I need to stock up on cloth napkins...


Don’t tell anyone, but I am using a baby washcloth for a napkin as I sit here munching my salad at my laptop. Yes, it is pretty sad when I am so short on cloth napkins that I turn to baby washcloths. But I least I am trying, right?

Every year when the leaves start to change color, I immediately have the urge to prepare my home and my family for the long winter ahead. Winter is the time of year that I get back in touch with myself and my family. Since my family spends a lot more time at home during the colder months, there are things that I do to prepare our home to make it as warm and inviting as possible. Here are the three main steps that I take to get ready for winter.

Step 1:: Let's Get Clean and Organized.

You may have heard that houseplants help purify the air, but did you know that they can actually remove toxins like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene?!  These chemicals are VOC's or volatile organic compounds which are commonly present in paint, home furnishings and other household products and contribute to indoor air pollution.

With a baby on the way, I have become somewhat obsessed with creating a clean and healthy environment throughout the house...

Halloween is right around the corner. Have you seen the shelves at your local shopping center? They are stocked full of miniature candies and goodies with ingredients that you can't pronounce and packaged in plastic. How about the Halloween costumes and decorations for your home and yard that are not sustainable? All of these Halloween treats, quickly start to look like tricks. How can you be Eco friendly and still have fun during Halloween? Here are five simple steps to green your Halloween that will leave you smiling like a jack o'lantern.

Everyone needs to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. What better way to take a break than by taking a well deserved vacation. Since tourism is one of the largest retail businesses in the country and travelers consume 94 billion gallons of water a year, your travel can have a detrimental impact on the environment. However, there are things that you can do to green your vacation that are simple and without breaking the bank.

Did you know the air inside your home is 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside? Were you aware that studies show that almost 70% of streams sampled in 2002 contained chemicals from household cleaning products? How about the fact that 10% of toxic exposures reported to the U.S. Poison Control Centers, are related to cleaning products directly touching the skin or being ingested? So, what can you do to protect yourself, your family and the environment? A lot. Follow these four steps to clean your home without any risk to your health or the environment...

 

I am a light shade of green.

I have not arrived, but I am on the journey towards a “greener” lifestyle. Yet in all honesty, sometimes I get overwhelmed. Sometimes it can seem like there are so many changes to make, so many things I am doing wrong. I still drive a minivan, I shower a bit too long and I let my kids play in the sprinkler on a hot day – to name just a few.

 

Cascadian Farm Old Organic Sign

You may be considering going green, but think to yourself, where do I begin? It can be overwhelming and hard to decide where to start with your new green lifestyle. When my family decided to live a healthier and greener life, our son was a toddler and we wanted to feed him a healthier diet while teaching him about his direct impact on our environment. We started by researching, reading books and watching documentaries about organics. One of the first things that really struck a cord with us was the negative impact that fast food has on the environment and on one's health. We were also concerned with the amount of pesticides found in most conventional foods. The amount of hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup and aspartame in fast foods are enormous, not to mention the amount of waste that is created with fast food packaging. We immediately stopped frequenting these types of establishments. When it comes to pesticides, they are a major concern because they are sprayed directly on to the food. Therefore having a direct impact on our health, the health of the environment and the birds, amphibian's and beneficial bugs that share our environment.

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