Homeschool: Four weeks in and going strong

Tomorrow the girls and I will begin our 5th week of homeschool.  Not bad considering most of the kids in our area haven't started school yet.  So I thought this was a good time to look back at our first month and give you an update on what's working and what is definitely not! Things we <HEART>: Flexibility. Generally, we start our homeschool days at 8am.  But last week when the girls … [Read more...]

Extra Credit: A Look At Carbon Offsets

So, you're turning off lights, teaching your kids to recycle, walking to the store, and buying organic produce. Now what? Well, if you really want to go the extra green mile, you might try purchasing carbon offsets, or credits, that literally "offset" the energy you use at work, while traveling, or around the house. Ideally, the money you spend on your carbon credit will be used to support clean … [Read more...]

How Green Is Your Gas Station?

I've taken as many steps as I can to improve my gas mileage and cut back on the amount of money I spend at the pump. But with the rising prices, I find that I'm still forking over the equivalent of my child’s college tuition just to fill up each week. So I decided it would be a good idea to know a bit more about the oil tycoon’s I’m working to support. Fortunately, this good folks at GOOD … [Read more...]

How To Green Your Kids (Without Nagging!)

As a mom, I spend enough hours of my day “nagging” my kids about one thing or another (“wear a sweater”,” eat your broccoli,” etc.) So I knew that if I didn’t get my girls involved and excited about going green, it would become just one more thing that I had to nag them about (“recycle that can!”) Here’s how I teach my kids to go green: Be A Model: Like most kids, my girls learn more from what … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Green, Clean, and Beautiful

You may be surprised to hear that toxins are lurking in your bathroom? And I'm not talking about whatever's hiding on your faucet handles or under your toilet seat. I'm talking about the thousands of chemicals that are found in the very products you use to get clean and beautiful each day. Just how toxic is your bathroom? To date, 89% of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Vacations: Going Green on the Go

Ahhhh…you’re finally on vacation! Whether you’re on the slopes, at the beach, or on the couch, here’s how to go green on the go: At The Hotel Turn off lights, air conditioning units, TVs, and other appliances before you leave for the day. Most hotels have a policy in place to limit unnecessary bedding and towel changes. If yours does, take advantage of it…if it doesn’t, ask if they’ll consider … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Vacations: Packing Your Bags

Make It Green: Look for gently used luggage (either from around your house or from your local thrift store) to pack up your gear. If you do need to purchase new, try a daypack or courier bag from Osprey that's made from 100% recycled PET plastic. Keep It Light: Save you back and save the planet by keeping your load as light as possible. The less you pack, the less energy (yours and the … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Vacations: Leaving Home

Before you head off on your eco-friendly vacation, take these steps to make sure that things stay green back home: Adjust your hot water heater and heating and air conditioning units to use the minimum amount of energy necessary while you’re gone. (If you have pets that are staying behind…be sure to leave the house a comfortable temperature for them!) If you need to leave a … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Vacations: Finding A Green Hotel

If you’re going to fork over the cash to stay at a hotel on your trip, look for one that makes an effort to go green. Most hotels have jumped on the “green” bandwagon by asking folks to pass on the daily linen and towel service to conserve water and energy. That’s a good start…but many hotels are doing even better. Check out Green Hotels to find an eco-savvy hotel or call around to find lodging … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Vacations: Greening Your Trip

Think a green vacation means trekking through the wilderness or surviving on nothing but granola and berries? Think again! Green vacations come in as many shapes and sizes as American families. In fact, with a little preparation, you can turn almost any vacation into an “eco-vacation.” As a general rule, the closer you stay to home, the less energy will be used and pollution created to get your … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Gifts For Father's Day

Father's Day is right around the corner (Jun 15th). Need a gift that's as perfect for dad as it is for the planet? Try out these eco-cool ideas to show dad how much you care. No Impact Gifts Save paper, stamps, and the planet, by sending dad a Father's Day Ecard Give him a Charity Choice Gift Card that he can redeem to support one of his favorite nationally recognized charities. Tickets anyone? … [Read more...]

Green Sunscreen

Last weekend, after slathering both of my daughters head-to-toe with sunscreen, I headed outside for an afternoon of gardening only to realize that I forgot to lather up my own lily-white skin. Subsequently I obtained my first (and hopefully last) sunburn of the summer season. Sunscreen is as pivotal to summer fun as bathing suits and sandy toes. So you may be surprised to learn that the brand … [Read more...]

Is Seafood Fishy?

Looking for something to slap on the grill this weekend that's more eco-friendly than beef? Seafood can be a good choice...it's healthier for you and the planet. But you have to choose the right fish. Around the world, many fish populations are threatened with collapse, due to overfishing, accidental kills, and habitat destruction. But some fisheries have made an effort to … [Read more...]

How To Host An Eco-Friendly BBQ

Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to summer, and what better way to celebrate than to host a barbecue. Whether it's just you and the kids or a neighborhood affair, here's how to make sure your next BBQ is easy on the planet. Green Grilling: If you're in the market for a new grill, choose propane over charcoal. When burned, charcoal releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well … [Read more...]