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Our weather lately is so wishy-washy.  One day it’s relatively warm and sunny and I can’t help but spend time out working in the yard.  Then the next day it’s pouring rain and I’m forced back inside.  Normally that would scream pajamas and movie day but there’s something about spring that makes me feel more productive and inspired.  I’ve been organizing and decorating but now it’s time for some deep cleaning.  The next sunny day I’m throwing open the doors and welcoming in the fresh spring air.  Until then, I’ll be tackling cleaning projects and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite cleaning tools.  I’ve had the opportunity to try so many different products but these are my top 5 spring cleaning must haves:

  • Magic Eraser — I can’t tell you how many times the Magic Eraser has saved us from serious disaster brought on by our 3 kiddos.  Would you believe that it removed RED permanent marker from our hardwood floors and crayon from our movie screen?  Aside from accidents, I love the Magic Eraser for removing marks from walls and floors as well as cleaning bathtubs and shower floors.  You’ll be amazed at how clean you’ll be able to get them!
  • Skoy Cloths —These are the best cleaning cloths I’ve ever used.  They’re not only affordable, but they’re green too. Made from a natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp, Skoy Cloth is 100% biodegradable.  These amazing cloths can absorb 15 times their own weight making them ideal for wiping up spills.  They’re super strong too — you can really scrub hard with them without them ripping or wearing holes.  I like using them on countertops, mirrors and even for hand washing my floors!
  • Vinegar — This is a staple cleaner in our household.  I mix white vinegar 50/50 with water.  Sometimes I add a little bit of dish soap.  I use it on just about everything — floors, counters, mirrors, windows etc.  It’s great at cutting grease and if I need a little extra scrubbing power I sprinkle on a little bit of baking soda.  Both are extremely effective and don’t contain chemicals making them safe for families.  Best of all, you can buy it in bulk for super cheap!
  • A good vacuum cleaner — As someone very sensitive to allergens it’s important to me to have a good vacuum cleaner.  Since we only have a few carpeted areas in our house, I like having a vacuum that easily transitions from carpet to bare floors (hardwood, tile, etc.)  It also must have HEPA filtration to help control allergens.  You can read more about my current favorite vacuum below.
  • Duster — Dusting is one of my least favorite jobs but the Swiffer 360 Duster makes it easy.  The dust really clings to the duster, plus the extendable handle makes it easy to reach high shelves and for clearing cobwebs in corners.  The dusters are disposable which I actually like in this case because I’m allergic to dust mites.

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I’ve owned many vacuum cleaners over the years and my experiences have made it pretty clear what to look for in my ideal vacuum.  With one small exception, the Soniclean VT Plus fits the bill.  First off, it’s very light weight (just 10.5 lbs) and practically propels itself.  It’s small and sleek making it easy to store.  The cord is long enough to reach several rooms without having to unplug it.  This vacuum easily transitions from carpet to bare floors with a switch on the handle which is important to me since we have both carpet and hardwoods in our home.vacuum bag

Now let’s talk about bags vs. bagless.  I remember when bagless vacuum cleaners first came out.  They were all the rage.  I’ve owned both types and am sort of on the fence.  One one hand, I LOVE not having to buy bags because I’m horrible about keeping extras on hand and always seem to run out at the most inopportune times.  On the other hand, keeping the bagless canister clean is a pain and forget about emptying them — the dust just flies right back up into the air which immediately sets my eyes itching and my sneezing fits into overdrive.  For that reason, bags are the way to go.  The Soniclean features an indicator that lets you know when the bag is full.  It’s easy to switch out and it’s such a cleaner process because the dust and dirt stays in the bag rather than kicking back up into the air. The patented SEAL-TECH HEPA filter bag system is designed to capture allergens and microscopic particles — exactly what I need!

soniclean under chairRemember that exception I mentioned?  The only thing that would make this vacuum better in my opinion is a single onboard attachment.  While it does do a pretty good job at getting close to the edges and an exceptional job getting under things with it’s low profile and ability to bend way down low, I like having a tool to do edging with (and to suck up the occasional spider).  It’s not a total deal breaker though, especially with the Soniclean’s added bonuses.

fragrance podIt comes with a Sonicfresh fragrance dispensing system that releases a light, clean scent into the air as you vacuum.  I don’t know of any other vacuum that does that and there’s no scent I love more than “clean”!  Additionally, it features a sophisticated jam sensor technology that automatically shuts off the vacuum if it senses a jam — a must have for moms whose kids leave toys, socks and random other things strewn about.  Last but not least, the Soniclean uses approximately 50% less electricity than most full sized vacuum cleaners due to it’s high efficiency direct air “paramagnetic” motor.

Here are all of the features at a glance:

  • Patented Sonic cleaning technology
  • 200 sonic vibrations per second loosen deep, ground-in dirt and dust
  • Direct air motor design for superior suction
  • Green technology high efficiency direct air “Paramagnetic” vacuum motor
  • Uses 50% less electricity than many full size vacuums
  • Weight – extremely lightweight at only 10.5 lbs.
  • Seal Tech HEPA filter bags provide 99.97% filtration at 0.3 microns
  • Seal Tech HEPA filter bags provide clean and easy disposal of dirt and dust
  • Patent pending Sonicfresh fragrance dispensing system
  • Fragrance pods keep your vacuum smelling fresh
  • Two separate modes for cleaning – works great on both carpet and hard floors
  • Separate on/off sonic power control for floor and carpet
  • Ergonomic handle for comfort grip
  • 35 ft. power cord with quick release cord holder
  • Sophisticated jam sensor technology automatically shuts off the vacuum if it senses a jam
  • Full bag indicator light – alerts you when it’s time to change your filter bag
  • Lays flat to the floor for easy cleaning under chairs, tables, and beds
  • Three year motor and parts warranty
  • Lifetime warranty on vacuum belt

If you’re looking for a lightweight, easy-to-use, powerful vacuum that’s great for carpets as well as bare floors, consider the Soniclean VT Plus!  It retails for $199.80 at www.mysoniclean.com.

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Oil Pulling — Does it Really Work?

by Holly Duce on March 17, 2014

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You’ve probably heard about Oil Pulling on Facebook or Pinterest but if you’ve never heard of it, let me fill you in.  Wikipedia says “Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth.”  It’s benefits are rumored to include:

  • Whiter teeth, stronger gums, jaw & teeth along with decreased oral sensitivity
  •  Prevents cavities & gingivitis
  • Helps get rid of acne, eczema, psoriasis & other skin problems
  • Cures migraines and hangovers
  • Clears sinuses
  • Helps with sleep issues
  • Helps with pain in general

Since I already had some LouAna Coconut oil in my cupboard from a recent review I figured I’d give it a try.  Not much to lose, right?  I was worried it would be super gross and gag-worthy but I was pleasantly surprised.  I melted a spoonful of oil in the microwave and put it in my mouth and started swishing.  From what I’ve read, you’re supposed to do this for 20 minutes.  I only did it for 10.  My allergies were preventing me from breathing very well through my nose which makes it quite difficult to breathe when you have a mouthful of oil.  The oil I used doesn’t have any flavor at all and actually didn’t even seem to have a gross thick oil texture while swishing.  It was almost like water.  I can’t really report on the benefits since I’ve only tried it once.  I have to say I’m pretty skeptical of the benefits aside from the oral ones.  I do believe coconut oil could be helpful with skin conditions but only topically in my opinion.  Swishing for 10 minutes didn’t clear my sinuses and I probably reversed any oral benefits by eating a cookie immediately afterwards but at least now I know that oil pulling with coconut oil is totally do-able!  I’m might even continue this ritual for a few days — maybe I’ll become a believer too!

What do you thing about Oil Pulling?  Do you believe the hype?  Have you tried it yourself?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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I know it’s only just barely October, but lets talk Christmas gifts.  I like to at least have a game plan in mind so that when December arrives I don’t completely stress out.  My girls have October and December birthdays and already have plenty of toys.  I’m also a pretty practical person so I try to think of things that people can actually use but might not necessarily purchase for themselves.  Another thing I like to do is give “family” gifts — rather than purchase a gift for each person in a family I might put together a family game night or movie night gift basket that they can all enjoy together.

Now that my kids are getting a little bit older I’m a little more conscious of trying to “keep it fair” whether it’s number of gifts or value of gifts. There are less than two years between each of my kids buying them similar things has been pretty easy.  Last year they each got a canvas tote bag with a fleece blanket inside. The girls got princess blankets while my son got an Angry Birds one.  When we go on day trips they use their bags to pack a few toys or activities and the blankets are used often too — they love them!

Just because something is practical doesn’t make it a boring gift.  REDUCE makes water bottles for the whole family that come in really cool prints, patterns and colors.  I’m especially a fan of the WaterWeek line.  We drink a lot of water at our house and having cold bottles ready to grab either for at home or on the go is super convenient.  But I hate the waste. With WaterWeek, each family member can have their own set of five water bottles kept in the fridge in a neat and tidy tray.  These bottles are reusable so there is no waste!  There will be no arguing over whose water is whose because your bottles will be unique to you.

Each set comes with 5 bottles with regular caps and a five slot fridge tray.  Chose from 16 oz or 10 oz BPA free, dishwasher safe bottles. Replacement caps are available as well as sport caps which we prefer as they tend to get lost a lot less and keep spills to a minimum.

We use our bottles around the hosue but what they’re really great for is grabbing for on the run.  I like always having water with me so rarely leave the house without a bottle.  They’re great for sports games and practices too!

Drinking water is not only a good health decision but it can save a lot of money off of your grocery bill when you replace soda and juice.  WaterWeek bottles make this decision easy and fun!  Just check out all of the awesome bottle options:Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 11.11.03 AM

They’ve got great options for adults too.  I love my set:

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I think WaterWeek sets make a great gift option for each member of the family, don’t you?  They sell for $16.99 and $19.99.  Find out more at www.reduceeveryday.com.

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LESS WATER = MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET!

by Holly Duce on July 11, 2013

joelampl-wateringlawnTemperatures are soaring and so are our water bills! We all know the importance of conserving water, but now that we are finally enduring the year’s hottest months, it’s time to get motivated to save water. All you have to do is take one glance at your water bill to know that something has to change. According to the EPA, an estimated amount of 7.8 billion gallons of water – or anywhere from 30 to 70 percent depending on the region – are used outdoors in the U.S. each year and as much as half of that is wasted due to inefficient watering methods. If this month’s water bill left you in shock or wondering how to lower your bill, without jeopardizing the beautiful green hue of your lawn, you’re in luck!

Certified Landscape Professional and Master Gardener Joe Lamp’l of PBS’ “Growing a Greener World” has teamed up with Pennington Seed to provide all of us homeowners with money saving gardening tips. In this video, Joe Lamp’l shares gardening techniques, such as:

  • Easy methods to properly water our yards, minimize outdoor water consumption, and maintaining sustainability.
  • Simple tips on how to keep yard and garden weed free
  • Which plants help achieve optimal water efficiency

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Here’s more about Joe Lamp’l:

As a Certified Landscape Professional and Master Gardener, Joe Lamp’l combines his television experience and expertise of landscaping, environmental stewardship and passion for living a more eco-friendly life, as creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning national public television series Growing a Greener World®. The show, which is entering its fourth season, focuses on the stories of people, places and organizations that are doing good things for the planet, with an emphasis on landscaping topics. He also serves as a landscaping and sustainability guest expert on national morning shows like NBC’s TODAY Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and The Weather Channel, among others.

 

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Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Clean Your Stove.

“The burner liners under the burners in your stove reflect heat, helping foods cook faster.  Burner liners that are covered with burnt-on foods decrease the energy efficiency of your stove.  Revoe the liners and scrub them well (or put them in the dishwasher).  If it’s impossible to remove the burnt-on food, bu new burner liners from a home improvement center.

I thought it fitting that this week’s Pinterest “Green” pin of the week is how to clean your stove burners without scrubbing.

See all of the other tips in our Go Green series.

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Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Switch to a manual can opener.

“The electric can opener sitting on your kitchen counter only uses a little bit of energy (about .18 kWh per month for the average 175-watt brand), but electric can openers require more resources to manufacture, are more expensive to ship, and take up more space in the landfill.  If everyone in the United States started using a manual can opener, it would save up to 648 million kWh of power.”

Wow.  It really is the little things!

I loved this article I found on Pinterest on how to clean your whole house without the use of nasty chemicals.  Do you use green cleaning products?  I’ve found that many of the work just as well, if not better, than “regular” products.

See all of the other tips in our Go Green series.

 

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Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Switch to powdered laundry detergent.

“Liquid laundry detergent is almost 80% water, a valuable non-renewable resource.  If 20,000 Americans switched to powdered laundry detergent, it would save 55,000 gallons of water per year.  You can have even more of an impact by switching to powdered dishwasher detergent too.”

Is your microwave dirty?  My favorite “green” Pinterest pin from this week will tell you how to clean it effortlessly without any harsh chemicals!

See all of the other tips in our Go Green series.

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Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Seal drafts around your windows and doors.

You can keep your home warm and cozy — and cut your heating costs — by prefeting heat escaping through your windows and doors.

To find leaks, light a candle and hold it in front of a window and door seams.  The flame will flicker in drafty spots.

Weather-stripping can help seal the drafts.  Self-stick foam weather-stripping is the easiest to work with and should be installed on dry surfaces when the temperatures are above 20 degrees.  Simply measure the perimeter of the windows and door and add 10 percent to the total allow for waste and the follow the instructions on the package.

My favorite “green” Pinterest pin this week is using used dryer sheets for cleaning! Visit the link for more details on how to use them and what they work best on.

See all of the other tips in our Go Green series.

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Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Buy some new crayons.

Crayons are often made of paraffin wax, a product made from non-renewable petroleum sources. Some paraffin-based crayons might contain asbestos, a health and environmental hazard that helps strengthen the paraffin and bond the coloring agents.  Instead, choose crayons made from soybean oil. Soy is a renewable resource that is completely biodegradable; it’s also non-toxic, so you won’t have to worry if the crayons end up in your child’s mouth.  Soy crayons are available almost everywhere crayons are sold.

I saw this clever idea on reusing pop can tabs and thought it was genius! Pretty self-explanatory — start saving your tabs!

See all of the other tips in our Go Green series.

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Go Green With 9/18 Tip

by Holly Duce on September 18, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Opt for a fountain drink instead of a bottle or can of soda.

Some restaurants will give you the choice between a fountain drink or a can or bottle of your favorite soda; choose the fountain drink.

In the United States, more than 100 billion aluminum cans and 22 billion plastic bottles are manufactured every year; only 51 percent of aluminum cans and 7 percent of plastic bottles are recycled.  Soda from the fountain produces very little waste (especially if the restaurant serves your drink in a glass instead of a disposable cup), making it a more eco-friendly way to enjoy your favorite beverage.

See all of the other tips in our Go Green series.

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip + “Green” Pinterest Pin of the Week

September 11, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Switch to non-aerosol cans. You can find products ranging from household cleaners to hairspray in aerosol cans.  A lot of aerosols use carbon dioxide, propane, and butane — greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming — to propel the […]

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Go Green with 9/4′s Tip + Pinterest Green Pin of the Week

September 4, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Use the electric hand dryer in the public restroom. Public restrooms often have paper towel dispensers and electric dryers; opt for the electric dryer if you have the choice.  Electric dryers are twice as efficient as paper towels. The […]

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Go Green with 8/28′s Tip + Fave Pinterest Green Pin Of The Week

August 28, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Sharpen Your Number 2 Pencils. In most cases, refillable products are the most environmentally friendly choice.  When it comes to pencils, though, the old-fashioned wooden ones are best.  Most number 2 pencils are made from reclaimed wood while refillable […]

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Go Green With 8/7 Tip

August 7, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Switch to Recycled Toilet Paper. Recycled toilet paper uses less energy and fewer natural resources to produce; it’s also comparable in price to non-recycled brands.  Look for brands that are unbleached to help keep harmful chemicals from being released […]

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Go Green with 7/31 Tip!

July 31, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Cut back on copies at the office. In the United States, the average office worker uses approximately 10,000 sheets of copy paper per year.  you can cut back on the amount of paper you use at work by e-mailing […]

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Go Green with 7/24 Tip + Best Green Pinterest Pin of the Week

July 24, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Have a yard sale. You may not need the used baby clothes and romance novels that have been gathering dust in your garage, but someone else might.  A yard sale will help keep gently used items from the landfill […]

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Go Green with 7/17 Tip + Best Green Pinterest Pin of The Week

July 17, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Try the 100-mile diet. On average, the ingredients you use to make your favorite meal travel 1,500 miles before they reach your plate.  The abundance of fresh fruits and veggies available in the summer makes it the perfect time […]

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Go Green with This Week’s Tip + Green Pinterest Pin of The Week

July 10, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Toss your used coffee grounds in the garden. Coffee grounds make excellent fertilizer of nitrogen-loving plants like roses, azaleas, and blueberries.  Sprinkle the grounds around your plants before your water to create an instant slow-release fertilizer.  You can also […]

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Go Green with June 26th Tip

June 26, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Design your garden to take advantage of storm-water run off. Rain gardens are built near driveways and rooftops to capture the rainwater that would otherwise end up flowing into storm drains.  Compared to a regular patch of lawn, a […]

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Go Green With 6/19 Tip + Fave “green” Pinterest Pin of The Week

June 19, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Get rid of garden pests naturally. Natural pest control is almost always as effective as chemical pesticides.  More importantly, it does not harm the environment.  The residue from chemical pesticides eventually ends up in lakes and rivers where it […]

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Go Green with 6/12 Tip + Fave “Green” Pinterest Pin of The Week!

June 12, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Use ice to sharpen the blades in your garbage disposal. Instead of using food waste like peach pits to sharpen garbage disposal blades, use ice.  Ice is safer because it won’t harm aquatic life when it reaches streams and […]

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Go Green with 6/5 Tip + Fave “Green” Pinterest Pin of The Week!

June 5, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Remove the screensaver from your computer. A screensaver uses 100 watts of power, compared with just 10 watts in sleep mode.  Consider this: a company with 5,000 computers that have screensavers running 20 hours per week uses emissions totaling […]

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Go Green with 5/29′s Tip + Fave “Green” Pinterest Pin Of The Week

May 29, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Donate your frequent flier miles to a charity that is working to help the environment. Nonprofit organizations use frequent flier miles to support their mission, whether it’s sending a terminally ill child to Disneyland or sending relief workers to […]

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Go Green With 5/22′s Tip + Best “Pinterest” Pin of the Week

May 22, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Go out for an ice cream cone. Your favorite summertime treat is much more eco-friendly if you order it in a cone instead of a cup.  A plastic spoon and dish need to be tossed in the trash but […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip (5/15) + My Favorite “Green” Pinterest Pin of the Week

May 15, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Pour leftover cooking grease in the aluminum ca instead of down the drain. After it cools, the liquid grease that is poured down the drain will turn into solid and can stick to the inside of your pipes.  Over […]

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Go Green with 5/1 Tip + Green Pinterest Pin of The Week

May 1, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Water your plants first thing in the morning or late in the evening. Soil retains moisture better when the temperatures are cooler so you’ll use less water if you avoid watering them in the heat of the day. And […]

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Go Green Tip for 4/24 + My Favorite Green Pinterest Pin of The Week

April 24, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Take Your Own Mug to The Coffee Shop. Americans use 16 Billion paper cups per year.  You can help reduce that number by asking your barista to refill a reusable mug. Stainless steel mugs are long lasting and will […]

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Go Green & Win $50 to Bed, Bath & Beyond! Plus, Favorite Green Pinterest Post of The Week!

April 17, 2012

Did someone say spa experience?  What mom wouldn’t love a spa showerhead, especially a water conserving, energy saving, eco-friendly one?  Through June 9th Oxygenics is giving away a $50 Bath & Body Works gift card every week on the Oxygenics Facebook page.  Maybe you’ll win a special gift for Mom.  All you have to do […]

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Go Green with 4/10 Tip + Green Pinterest Pin of The Week

April 10, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Research your next big purchase to learn more about it’s environmental impact. Consumer Reports has launched a website to rate items ranging from towels and water filters to refrigerators and cars.  In addition to rating their overall performance, special […]

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Go Green Tip For 4/3 + Favorite Green Pinterest Pin of The Week

April 3, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Share your favorite magazines. “Every ton of paper you help divert from the landfill helps save 1.2 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from going into the atmosphere. So once you’re finishe dreading about your favorite celebrities and home decorating […]

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This Week’s Green Tip + My Fave Green Pinterest Pin

March 27, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Close your curtains! Keeping your curtains closed during the winter will help prevent heat from escaping and keep the cold air from seeping into the house.  Make sure your curtains are not blocking heat registers, which can force your […]

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This Week’s Green Tip + My Favorite Green Pinterest Pin of The Week

March 20, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Store your files electronically. Americans use over 90 million tons of paper — almost 700 pounds per person—per year.  You can cut down the amount of paper you use storing your files electronically instead of printing important documents and […]

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Grow Your Own Blueberries! 2 Plants for $10

March 13, 2012

I never buy blueberries because they are expensive but I really want to start eating more of them because they are so healthy!  I want to bake with them, put them in smoothies and give them to my kids for snack.  I didn’t know this before but I guess you can grow them right in […]

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Go Green With Today’s Tip (3/13) + My Favorite Pinterest “Green” Pin of The Week

March 13, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Shop for a great outfit at a secondhand store or vintage boutique instead of hitting the mall. “Americans dispose of more than 4 billion tons of clothing every year.  Fabrics can take hundreds of years to break down in […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip + My Favorite Green Pinterest Pin Of The Week

March 6, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Recycle! “You can have a huge impact on the environment by recycling.  If everyone in the United States took a few minutes a week to separate their plastic, paper, and aluminum products from the regular trash, the amout of […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip + My Favorite Green “Pin” This Week

February 28, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Snip the plastic rings that are used to package six packs of beer or soda. “We’ve all heard horror stories about plastic six-pack rings suffocating fish and getting tangles around the beaks of birds and other wildlife.  Remember to […]

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Go Green: The Pinterest Edition!

February 21, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Switch on Your Ceiling Fan. In the winter, ceiling fans recirculate heat into the living areas and can reduce your energy bill by up to 10 percent.  Some energy-efficient models use as little energy as a 100-watt light bulb. […]

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Go Green With Today’s Tip: Have a Candlelit Dinner!

February 14, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Surprise Your Valentine with a candlelight dinner. ” Turning out the lights isn’t just romantic, it saves energy.  TO make the evening even more eco-friendly, opt for soy candles over candles made from paraffin.  Soy candles are made from […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip: Use Online Maps

February 7, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Plan your route using an online map. “The colorful paper maps sold at the gas station can be difficult (or impossible) to recycle because of the amount of ink used.  Ut the internet to get directions and print an […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip: Eating Organic

January 31, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Make a list of organic foods to try. “On your next trip to the grocery store, add a few organic options to your cart.  Organic porduce is gown with natural fertilizer and fewer pesticides than its non-organic counterparts.  In […]

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Go Green: Win An Eco-Friendly Trip From Friendly Planet Travel

January 24, 2012

Friendly Planet Travel, a leading tour operator of high-quality, affordable vacation packages to exotic destinations worldwide is offering a sweepstakes for a chance of your lifetime prizes. Enter the “Win the World” sweepstakes on Facebook, and you  could win one of six Friendly Planet trips to exotic destinations worldwide. Share the sweepstakes with your Facebook friends, to […]

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Go Green With Today’s Tip: Loading Your Dishwasher

January 10, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Load your dishwasher for maximum efficiency. “Before starting your dishwasher, check that dishes don’t block the detergent dispenser or spray arms.  Know what makes up and ideal load, so you don’t over- or underload.  Read the owner’s manual to […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip: Seal The Leaks In Your Attic

January 3, 2012

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Seal the leaks in your attic. “A leaky attic can make the whole house feel cold and damp.  Plugging any leaks in the attic prevents heat from escaping out of the house, saving resources and money.  In the attic, […]

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Go Green with Today’s Tip

December 27, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Skip post-holiday shopping. “Instead of getting in the care, driving to the mall, and waiting in long lines to buy  holiday decor at discount prices, start a new tradition: spend the day at home with loved ones.  You’ll reduce […]

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Go Green with Today’s Tip: Pack Light For Holiday Travel

December 20, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Pack Light For Holiday Travel. “Excess weight in the trunk of your car (or in the cargo hold on the plane) will decrease your gas mileage.  In the car, every 100 pounds of cargo decreases fuel efficiency by 2 […]

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Go Green with This Week’s Tip: Buy A Cut Christmas Tree

December 13, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Buy a Cut Christmas Tree. “Nearly all cut Christmas trees were grown on a tree farms, which means their stock is replenished yearly and forests aren’t depleted.  Cut trees are a much greener choice than artificial trees, which are […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip: Put Your Holiday Lights On Timers

December 6, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference:  Put your holiday lights on timers. “Leaving your holiday lights turned on 24 hours a day will quadruple your energy costs — and create four times the pollution — as leaving them on for 6 hours.  Set your time […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip

November 15, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference:  Check your windows. “Now that cooler temperatures have arrived, make sure your windows are closed tightly.  Heat will disapear out the windows if they’re left open even if it’s just a crack.  Take a few minutes to go from […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip: Check Your Washing Machine Hose

November 8, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Check the hose behind your washing machine. A kinked hose is more likely to crack and leak. Even a few tiny cracks can lead to a lot of wasted water — and possible water damage.  Your washing machine will […]

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Go Green With This Weeks Tip: Don’t Toss That Jack-O-Lantern in the Trash!

November 1, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Thin twice before tossing your jack-o-lantern in the trash. Your Halloween pumpking can provide a feast for wildlife.  Smash the pumpkin into chunks and scatter the pieces in the backyard.  The birds and squirrels will feast on the seeds […]

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Go Green With Today’s Tip

October 25, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Clean Your Gutters The Leaves and debris that collect in our gutters mix with the rainwater and get washed down the sewer drain.  Once the yard debris gets into the lakes and rivers, it creates algae, which decreases the […]

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Go Green with This Week’s Tip: Reuse Plastic Shopping Bags

October 18, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference:  Reuse Plastic Shopping Bags. “You probably have dozens of plastic sh0pping bags lying around the house.  Use them to lin your garbage cans instead of buying a box of trash bags at the supermarket.  For every ton of plastic […]

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Go Green With Today’s Tip: Check Your Children’s Toys for Lead

October 11, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Check your children’s toys for lead. “A recent rash of toy recalls may have you wondering whether there is lead in the toy trucks and dolls your children love.  Lead pollutes the air, soil and water.  It can also […]

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Go Green With This Week’s Tip: Plan a Clothing Swap

October 4, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference:  Plan a clothing swap. “Invite your friends over to swap the gently used clothes you no longer wear.  You’ll be able to “shop” for a new-to-you wardrobe and do your part to keep clothes from going to the landfill. […]

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Bio + Green Cleaners Review & Giveaway

September 30, 2011

Worried that the chemicals in cleaning products aren’t safe for your family or the environment?  Bio+Green Crystals is made with special care towards children’s health with nutraceutical grade materials. This means that the substances used are organic and completely non-toxic and Dfe certified.  Each pack of crystals can be dissolved into a spray bottle to make […]

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$10 off $30 at Abe’s Market with Exclusive Code

September 29, 2011

Abe’s Market has a new “In-The-Know…” video series sharing all the latest and greatest on how to maintain a green, natural and healthy lifestyle.  From shopping for eco-friendly toys to planting your very own organic garden, Abe’s has you covered with advice from experts in their field. If you haven’t already heard of Abe’s, it’s a blend of […]

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Go Green with Today’s Tip: Winterize Your Windows

September 27, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference:  Winterize your windows. You don’t have to replace your windows to take advantage of the latest energy-saving technology.  Plastic film with low-E coating, an invisible layer of metallic oxide, helps reduce heat loss through old windows by up to […]

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Go Green with This Week’s Tip: Ask Your Stylist About Eco-Friendly Hair Coloring

September 13, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference: Ask your stylist about eco-friendly hair coloring. Most hair dyes are made from synthetic and petroleum-based products that are harsh on your hair and bad for the environment.  During the coloring process, hair dye is washed down the drain, […]

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Go Green with This Week’s Tip: Research Careers in Environmental Fields

September 6, 2011

Today’s Tip from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference:  Research careers in environmental fields. Whether you’re considering a career change, helping your kids decide on a college major, or just interested in learning more about what others are doing to protect the environment, take some time to research […]

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$83 in Game Coupons- Trade in Your Old Games for New Ones!

September 4, 2011

GREAT GAMES TRADE-IN Is your game of Sorry! looking, well, a little sorry? Or maybe the Cavity Sam in your game of Operation looks like he needs to take a trip to the ER. Whether you’re missing some money in your Monopoly game or letter tiles from the Scrabble game, it may be time to […]

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