Get Rid of Fruit Flies ~ Naturally!

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

  Every spring and summer, I try to be careful about avoiding a fruit fly problem, but somehow they still sneak into our compost bin under our sink (even though I keep the bin and the cabinet closed).  Once we have fruit flies, I have a hard time getting rid of them.  It is difficult [...]

Homemade Cloth Dinner Napkins


In our household, we try to be as eco-friendly as possible.  After switching from paper towels to cloth rags, my 6 year old insisted that she wanted all cloth napkins for the table and also to take to school in her lunch box. Making your own cloth table napkins quick and easy project that helps [...]

Staying Healthy and Hydrated with Infused Water

Infused water

  Infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, is an easy way to stay hydrated during the summer months.  I stay away from sugary drinks, but I still find it hard to drink a lot of plain water, and I know a lot of people who feel the same.  It is much easier and enjoyable [...]

Tips on Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)


  Thinking about joining a CSA?  Community Supported Agriculture is when a farmer offers shares of their farm to the public.  You can purchase a share and throughout the season, members receive weekly shares of the farmer’s products (usually a box or basket).  There are many different kinds of CSAs, from fruits to veggies, organic [...]

Ditching Paper Towels for Cloth


    It can be easy to go through a lot of paper towels.  After having kids, I felt like I was going through way too many, with many more spills and messes than usual.  When we decided to try cloth diapers, I also wanted to try cloth wipes in the place of paper towels [...]

EcoJarz: Eco-Friendly Drinking Lids & Straws (**GIVEAWAY**)


  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. We love things that are eco-friendly, and products that are healthy and safe are a must for our family.  I stay away from plastics and any risk of materials that could be leaching chemicals into our food and drinks.  I was [...]

How Do YOU Chia? (**GIVEAWAY**)

Salba Chia

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Have you heard of Chia seeds?  Have you tried them yet?  Chia seeds are packed full of nutrition and are extremely versatile.  We are happy to join Salba as a Salba Smart Chia Ambassador! How do I chia?  I start my [...]

Deodorant & Antiperspirant: Going Natural

Natural Deodorant Antiperspirant

  As a teenager and in my college years, it was easy to use popular antiperspirants.  They were cute, they smelled so good, and they worked really well.  I had nothing to worry about and it wasn’t something I gave much thought. Later, as I started making healthier choices, I did a lot of research [...]

Baby Steps to Green – Healthy Eating

baby steps to green eating via @anationofmoms writer @chgdiapers

As much as I’d like to say that all my family eats is whole foods, and that my kids don’t know what McDonalds is, that’s not the truth! We do eat well most of the time, but we’re no stranger to treats. I do not regularly purchase anything that contains high fructose corn syrup, partially [...]

The Basics of Growing Your Own Sprouts

Growing your own sprouts

When I was a child, I remember my mom growing sprouts in our kitchen.  I have always loved sprouts, and I was happy to discover that my children also liked them. I quickly realized that I should be growing my own sprouts! There are so many great reasons to grow your own sprouts.  It is [...]

Fun Painting with Recycled Materials


This is a fun way to do a painting project by upcycling different materials.  Start by gathering up any materials that you can use for painting.  This could be just about anything: toilet paper tubes, bubble wrap, marker caps, old yogurt cups, lids, empty water bottles, straws, corrugated cardboard, and so on.  You can have [...]

Easy Egg Carton & Recycled Container Gardening


Planting seedlings indoors is an easy springtime project for kids.  We like to get some of our garden plants started indoors, since it helps to get seedlings established before putting them outdoors, especially if there could be cold weather (frosts).  My kids also like to watch the seedlings come up, and it can be an [...]

Green & Frugal Gift Wrap Ideas


I love seeing beautifully wrapped packages under our tree, but I don’t love the cost and waste of traditional gift wrap. I came across Gift it Green reusable gift boxes (with reusable “tissue paper” attached!) and loved them, but they are not exactly in my price range. A reader pointed out that the Japanese cloth [...]

Havahart & Dr. T’s Natural Animal Repellents (**GIVEAWAY**)


Havahart and Dr. T’s make natural animal repellents, including the Spray Away motion activated sprinkler I received, and the Snake-A-Way Repellent that a winner will receive. The Spray-Away is a safe, humane and eco-friendly way to keep Deer, Heron, Raccoon, Cats, Dogs, Groundhogs, Skunks, Rabbits, Opossums, Squirrels, Birds and more away. We were very interested [...]

Traveling Lean ~ Eating Healthy on the Road

Eating in the Car

With summer coming, many families have vacations and trips planned. Whether you are travelling by car or plane or even train, at some point you will have to feed your family while you are travelling. It is very convenient and easy to feed your family fast foods as you travel, but I want to challenge [...]

Tips on How to Afford Organic Food


A lot of families are switching to an organic-only diet. Organic food is healthier because it doesn’t contain preservatives or chemicals. However, it is not cheap to eat organically; families that do not have the income to support an organic diet are less able to make these dietary changes. If you would like to try [...]

Get Your Grill on! Throw a Planet-Friendly BBQ


By Rachel Bertsche for Green Goes Simple Choose Gas over Charcoal Natural gas and propane grills are more energy-efficient and leave less waste behind than does a charcoal grill. Charcoal grills actually release more carbon monoxide and other harsh chemicals into the air than any other fuel source. Use Reusables Your best environmental bet is [...]

Expert Dustin Maher’s 16 Rules to Eat By (Part 3)

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Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review of this book and have a great giveaway next month! Read Part 1 here.  Read Part 2 here. 11. Don’t eat grains after 4 p.m. As [...]

Super Foods for a Super YOU!


What are super foods? They seem to be a popular topic on many talk shows, health shows and health and fitness programs. Super foods are vegetables, fruits, grains, meats and spices and herbs that we consume that are packed with nutrients vital to our health. While everyone probably eats some of these super foods, I [...]

Green Your Kid: Gardening


By Lynda Fassa for Green Goes Simple There are many fun things to do in the backyard with the kids: picnicking, jumping through the sprinkler and playing catch-and-release firefly competitions, to name a few. But the most memorable — and possibly the best brain-builder — is gardening. Scientists and pediatricians have learned that kids who [...]

16 Rules to Eat By (by Leading Fitness Expert Dustin Maher)

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Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review of this book and have a great giveaway next month! Here are the 16 rules that I believe are the cornerstone of what you should [...]

Whole Food Vitamins


According to an article in the New York Times, the general population that are taking multivitamins are consuming far more vitamins and minerals than are needed by the human body. Karen Miller-Kovach, chief scientist for Weight Watchers International said that ”It is virtually impossible to find an adult multivitamin and mineral supplement that is only 100 percent [...]

What’s Your Green IQ?


By Andrea Kasprzak for Green Goes Simple You’ve taken some huge green steps, but how does your green knowledge measure up? Take our quiz to gauge your Green IQ and pick up some conservation cues along the way! 1. Not all household appliances use the same amount of energy. Which one guzzles the most? Blow-dryer [...]

Love the Earth and Your Sweeties This Valentine’s Day


By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple This February 14th, you may be tempted to spend some serious dough on your darlings. According to a National Retail Federation survey, the average shopper is expected to spend $116 this Valentine’s Day — an 11-percent increase from last year! You can go easier on your savings and [...]

Give a Better Gift


By Cynthia Ramnarace for Green Goes Simple When I was a child, my sister and I treated piles of torn Christmas wrapping paper as if they were freshly fallen leaves — running through them, jumping on them and then helping to throw them in the trash. (Yes, I’m old enough to remember the days before [...]

You Made That Detergent Bottle Into a What?

I know that reusing is a key component of the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle): I’ve turned my old jelly jars into coin collectors, my ripped jeans into stylish summer shorts, and my tired T-shirts into rags for household cleaning. But what about a plastic laundry-detergent bottle? Could something so basic have a useful second [...]

Everyday Chores Get Greener


By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple Ready to make some eco-friendly changes, but not sure where to begin? Start with the things you do each day: chores! Yes, even small shifts in your daily cleaning routines can have positive effects on the planet — no extra elbow grease required. “People have a sense that [...]

Shades of Green – Which are you?


It’s interesting ever since we became a “green” family the comments that we receive – and yet the crazy misconceptions that people have. When I mention that we try to be as green as we can – I am undoubtedly looked at as a mom who is holistic and practices attachment parenting. Please know that [...]

Green Your Kid: Halloween!

By Lynda Fassa for Green Goes Simple I love this time of year. Besides hustling for the school bus in the morning and the magic of birthdays for two of my kids, autumn in the Northeast brings the gorgeous spectrum of turning leaves and the appeal of crisp fresh apples. But most exciting of all [...]

Turn Something Old Into Something New


By Alison Baenen for Green Goes Simple It’s easy to forget that the components of the classic sustainability slogan “reduce, reuse, recycle” are actually listed in order of importance. Recycling is undeniably significant, but reducing and reusing — using less and using something again — have a greater impact. Enter “upcycling.” It may sound like [...]