Give Me A Great Green Deal!

OK, all.  Summer is just---about---OVER.  Many of you probable have the kiddos back in school already.  I've got one down and one more to go.  And I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood to celebrate!!  Now, don't get me wrong.  I had the time of my life this summer.  My girls and I had a great time hiking, swimming, visiting, camping, playing, and just lounging about in our own … [Read more...]

Go Green and Do More With Less

Going green is all the rage these days and there is now an eco-savvy alternative for just about any purchase you need to make. Sure, most green products claim to reduce pollution and waste and conserve resources.   But let's face it: Most of us can't afford to buy the organic and recycled-content versions of everything we need. So how do you decide which products will really make a difference?  It … [Read more...]

Green Parenting on a Budget

Feeling the financial pinch of the recession? You're not the only one. And for many folks, that means a lot of their green choices are falling by the wayside as they seek out money saving options. Over the past few years, the explosion in the green marketplace meant that there were a lot of ways to buy green options for our favorite products. And while it certainly helps to support businesses … [Read more...]

DIY your PBJ

Have you been following the latest news on peanut butter recalls? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently found Salmonella Typhimurium in the peanut butter and peanut paste produced by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at its Blakely, Georgia processing plant. And what started as one recall for Little Debbie's peanut butter crackers has now turned in to a list of peanut butter product … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

by Ethan Ewing, If you're like many Americans, you're probably looking for ways to trim costs while the economy is in a down turn.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average American home will spend $990 on heating this year.  Create a little breathing room in your budget with these 7 tips for lowering your winter energy bills. Protect your system. Change furnace … [Read more...]

Feeling Crummy?

I sure have been.  Which, in case you were wondering, is one of the reasons that this blog has been so shamefully neglected as of late.  On Christmas Eve, I felt the first throat-tickling, eye-itching, nose stuffing sensations of a cold coming upon me.  And today, almost 3 weeks later, I am still coughing and sneezing the last of this nasty bug away. This was no ordinary cold!  It was a hateful, … [Read more...]

Weatherproofing 101: Doors

There's still time to enter to win a Weatherproofing Kit from Niagara Conservation.  Click here to enter. the eagle movie Weatherproofing 101: Doors by Mark Furst, Grading Spaces Most issues with doors are due to gasket problems, either missing pieces or the door itself being poorly adjusted and not hitting the gasket right. A common leak point is at the top corners where the vertical and … [Read more...]

Green Your Gratitiude This Thanksgiving

by Ethan Ewing, Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season in the United States, and with it begins six weeks of fun, feasts and festivities.  With its emphasis on being grateful for all we have, Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to make life greener -- and a bit more frugal -- in this time of economic turmoil.  Here's how to green your Thanksgiving Day. Give back. While most … [Read more...]

9 Things Your Nana Could Teach You About Going Green

by Ethan Ewing Live below your income. Do not spend more than you earn. Those who are hooked on plastic can withdraw enough cash each week to cover necessities -- even groceries and gasoline -- and put the credit cards away. Ewing noted that a recent study by Visa found that people who pay for their food with a credit card spend 30 percent more on average than people who pay with cash. Focus on … [Read more...]