Green Living

SuperBowl Snacks and other Kid Friendly Favorites

This is a special guest article from the women at MySuperFoods where their purpose is to feed minds and bodies for greater wellness.  Find out more at mysuperfoodscompany.com With the Super Bowl right around the corner, we at MySuperFoods like to…

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Do-Good Undies

    Welcome to my newest baby!  My sister and I have been long at work on a first-of-its-kind line of intimates using a special material that is actually good for your skin. In fact, these cheeky buggers are made using zinc…

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Healthy Gut, Healthy You

This article is guest written by a woman of whom I think a whole lot, a missionary for your gut, an advocate for your health.  Her name is Tina Anderson, she's founder of Just Thrive® Probiotic & Antioxidant, and you can find her here.…

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Green Your School

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, students spend an average of 5.3 hours in school everyday. It is important then as we clean up our homes to begin the change in schools as well. There are a number of things that we can do to get…

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Buyer Be Warned: Toxic PVC Labeled BPA Free

Our friends from New Wave Enviro have gotten some strange questions lately about #3 plastics including if it is safe to transport, store, and drink your water from. Here's the response! Just when you thought you had learned everything there was…

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No Trace Spring Break

They say, "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas", and without proper planning, that could include a much bigger footprint than you realize, no matter where you're heading off to. This year make it your goal to travel in eco-style and leave without a…

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Green Your Pet Care

There's no denying, a dog is a man's best friend. Or a purring, fluffy cat if that's more your style. With pets such a big component of the average family, including them in your quest to go green is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and…

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Easy Ways to Freshen up Your Fridge!

Making your fridge work for you is the best way to making healthy eating habits last for life. Here's a great article on how to freshen up for the New Year. It’s so easy to go to the store week after week and pick the same foods without much…

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Winterize Your Ride

The key to driving in extreme weather conditions is making sure that your car is up to winter standards. This will also help to ensure that you are driving as efficiently as possible, not wasting unnecessary resources. Stay safe and green this…

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Quick Tip! Prep Your House for Winter

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a 1/8-inch gap along the front door's threshhold is the equivalent of having a two-inch hole in the wall. See how easy prepping your home can be by clicking the picture! According to the U.S. Department…

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Greener Cookware

Finding cookware that is eco-friendly sometimes feels like an uphill battle. Click the picture to see what materials you are safe to use. Teflon ring a bell? It’s probably not for the best reason. This extremely slippery synthetic substance may…

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Cleaning with Coconut Oil!

Coconut oil is not just for eating anymore! Get all the secrets by reading more! By now you have probably heard all about the health benefits of coconut oil.  An oil once thought of as being bad for your cholesterol is now revered for being good…

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The Sustainable Way to Remove Fall Leaves

Although reds, oranges, and yellows look beautiful hanging from the trees, piles of leaves can ruin your lawn. Just a thin layer of these autumn beauties can suffocate your grass and prevent it from receiving sunlight and oxygen. The result is a…

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Health Claims Explained

Fat Free. Low Sodium. Sugar Free. That's just a handful of the health claims that packaged foods regularly claim. But what do these mean and what dietary and health claims can you really trust? To help demystify the label check out the list of…

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Victory! Graco bans chemical flame retardants!

Months ago Sara launched a petition asking Graco to eliminate its use of chemical flame retardants. Today, we can all breath a little easier. Here's why... Today we have a reason to celebrate!  Over the last few months, nearly 4,000 people have…

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Choosing Safe and Effective Sunscreens

With the dog days of summer here, the excitement of longer days and more time in the sun is begging us to get outdoors. For most nothing beats a day at the pool catching up with family or friends or the latest summer read. But long days next to the…

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5 Travel Tips

Summer is near and that means summer travel is too. Whether you are going away for a weekend or for three weeks, these simple travel tips will help your trip go smoothly. Summer is near and that means summer travel is too. Whether you are going…

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Learn Your Labels!

When standing in the grocery store deciding what foods to buy it can feel like a battle of the labels. Should you buy the Organic, Free-Range, or Grass-Fed? Or is Natural the key? And what do all these labels actually mean? To better prepare…

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Spend Local…and Save Local

I recently teamed up with the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) to help them launch their Go Local initiative and encourage consumers to join the "Go Local" movement by choosing to bank locally with a community bank. By banking with a…

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Stay Green When You Travel

Shut down the house. Before you leave home, adjust your thermostat so it doesn't run while you're away, unplug appliances from TVs to toasters (some use 40 watts per hour even when they're turned off but left plugged in) and stop your newspaper so…

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Living Green and Thrifty

Living green doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, in many cases it can save you money. One of the sharpest ways to go green on a budget is to practice responsible consumerism. Don't go overboard buying every green gadget out there and buy used any…

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Save Green, Buy Organic

Organic produce and packaged can be more expensive than their conventional counterparts but the benefits of eating organic foods are plentiful. To make the gap between benefits and cost even smaller follow these tips from The Organic Center for…

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Eat Right: Protect Your Heart

Are you tired of hearing what you can't eat for a healthy heart?? Get the scoop from Registered Dietitian Kim Hardin on what you can eat to boost your heart health and feel great this February! There are plenty of foods you can be eating more of…

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Five Reasons to Choose Organic

It's 2012 and time for a change. With the Just Label It Campaign making headway and a community of support encouraging progress we are starting to see the abundance that green living can offer. It's always important to remind ourselves of why we buy…

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Healthy Detox Tips

Most experts believe the seasons of change, Spring and Fall, are the best times to refresh your diet with a cleansing detox. But most people are still mystified by the idea of a detox, so we went to Debra Koerner, director of the Destination Spa…

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Best Fitness Apps for Your Smartphone

Fitness apps are a great, inexpensive way to keep your routines fresh, deliver inspiration for your next trip to the gym, or provide an alternative to the gym itself. Fitness apps are a great, inexpensive way to keep your routines fresh, deliver…

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Got the Facts on Milk?

Last week saw the release of a brand new documentary called "Got the Facts on Milk?" which asks Americans to question the deep-rooted beliefs in the health benefits of milk. So we asked the filmmaker, Shira Lane, whose own diary allergy prompted her…

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Eating by the Rainbow – Green, Blue and White Foods

As part of the Eating by the Rainbow series, we are breaking down which colorful foods will maximize your health, and how! Green Foods The natural green pigment is called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll can be powerful in helping to prevent…

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Eating by the Rainbow – Red and Yellow Foods

As part of the Eating by the Rainbow series, we are breaking down which colorful foods will maximize your health, and how! Red foods Take the naturally occurring red foods colored by the pigment lycopene. Lycopene may help reduce the risk of…

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Eating by the Rainbow

It is so easy to stick to what you know and choose convenience foods or the same foods every time you go to the store. Get out of that rut by accepting a new challenge; eating by the rainbow. It is so easy to stick to what you know and choose…

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Eco Rain Gear

April showers bring May flowers... and a lot of PVC, plastic, and rubber. While these things may keep you dry, they wreak havoc on the environment. Keep dry and have mother earth in mind with these eco friendly products! April showers bring May…

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The Beauty Insider: Buy This, Not That

When you are self-diagnosing your skin care needs while going down the aisles of Target or CVS, how do you know which products work and which ones are a bust? It's tough to separate marketing hype from fact. Wouldn't it be great to have a shopping…

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Beauty That’s Organic…..Truly

Did you know that asbestos is natural? Petroleum is natural too. My point? Anything can be deemed natural. As some experts like to say, it's an unregulated term. And with beauty products that's especially scary, since our skin absorbs 64% of what's…

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A New Report Breaks Down Dairy Farms, Comparing Organic and Conventional

A New Report Breaks Down Dairy Farms, Comparing Organic and Conventional Do you know where your milk stands? Led by The Organic Center’s Dr. Benbrook, a new research report has been released, titled "A Dairy Farm's Footprint: Evaluating the…

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Hand Washing 101

Germs are all around us, especially as we enter flu season.  But we certainly can’t spend our lives at home, avoiding outside germs.  Rather, we need to know how to arm ourselves in order to keep ourselves healthy and safe. Read on about how…

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Your Home’s Biggest Energy Users

Ever wondered what appliances in your house consume the most energy? Knowing what uses the most energy might help you determine which you could use less, or even do without! Ever wondered what appliances in your house consume the most energy?…

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Inexpensive Ways to Save energy This Winter

Save money this winter with a few steps to keep the heat in your home and the cold out! Caulk and weather strip. Use caulk to fill those holes and small spaces around your windows and doors and weather stripping to create a tighter seal. Even…

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Green Your Beauty Routine!

Beauty products have become every girl's dream and worst nightmare. With entire aisles designated to every beauty dilemma there is a plethora of products...with countless hidden chemicals.... at your disposal. Just like advocates like author Michael…

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Tips to Go Green

Studies show that organic produce actually tastes better, but there are other reasons for it as well. If all Americans would buy just 10% organic foods, 98 million daily servings of drinking water would be free of pesticides, 20 million daily…

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Going Green Saves Green!!

When going green it only takes a few simple changes to create big results. Many of these changes can be at low or no cost to you, and most will even help save you some money. With so many the options on living more sustainably, it's always about…

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