Inspiring DIY projects, beauty recipes and advice to green your daily routine.

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Review: Powerslayer Kit from Velvetwire

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Review: Powerslayer Kit from Velvetwire

Did you know your phone and tablet chargers are power vampires? They suck electricity even after the devices are fully charged. One way to slay the vampire is with Powerslayer, a software driven charger that powers off when your device is full charged.  This is clearly eco-friendly and fiscally advantageous because you don’t waste energy and, since repeatedly overcharging a device gradually ruins the battery until it won’t hold a charge, your battery will last longer. The latter benefit is very appealing to people like me and...

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Green-er Gardening: Repair A Garden Hose

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in For Your Home, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Green-er Gardening: Repair A Garden Hose

I needed to replace the nozzle on my garden hose, but it had rusted to the brass coupling and no amount of rust cleaner or brute force would separate the two. If you have a rusted or leaking coupling, there is a very quick and inexpensive way to repair it so you don’t have to send your hose to the landfill. To replace the coupling on your hose you need a: utility knife, screwdriver, male connector and coupling repair clamp.   The repair is as easy as: cutting off the end of the hose with the utility knife, slipping the clamp over...

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Homemade Eczema Salve Recipe

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

Homemade Eczema Salve Recipe

A few months ago, I was talking to a friend about her 5 year old niece who suffers from painful eczema that covers her back. She’s had it most of her life and doesn’t complain about the pain anymore, but she flinches whenever someone hugs her or pats her on the back. I didn’t know much about what causes eczema or how to treat it, so I went looking for information to find a way to help. What I learned is that eczema is a chronic skin condition that results in dry, cracked skin which is often further irritated by bacteria that...

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Rhassoul Clay Face Mask Recipe

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

Rhassoul Clay Face Mask Recipe

Rhassoul clay is unique because it’s rich in magnesium, silica, potassium and calcium. The magic of rhassoul clay is that it exchanges its minerals with the toxins in your skin to clarify and condition it, so it’s both a cleanser and rejuvenator. I’ve often had an issue with dry patches of skin along my jawline, but after removing the clay my skin is less irritated and significantly smoother and softer because the clay is soothing and removes dry, flaky skin. Additionally, my skin appears better toned with less redness and...

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An Eco-Friendly Men’s Shaving Routine (No Beard Required)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

An Eco-Friendly Men’s Shaving Routine (No Beard Required)

For years, I talked about wanting to change my shaving habits because I was tired of paying almost $4 per cartridge for the Mach insert-some-absurd-number-here refills. On top of that, I spoiled myself by buying shaving gel instead of shaving cream, which worked so much better for me that I couldn’t go back. But a can of men’s shaving gel was three times more expensive than the shaving cream and only lasted half as long. I needed to make a change, and although it was cost that got me motivated it was a very green thing to do too....

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Product Review: Waring Pro Vacuum Sealer

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Food & Recipes, For Your Home | 0 comments

Product Review: Waring Pro Vacuum Sealer

Long, cold, snowy winters like this are often followed by the best fruit and vegetable seasons. Last year was my second year with a CSA share and buying produce in bulk for canning. Taking my learnings from the year before, I did a much better job of storing the extra food. Two years ago, berries I didn’t can were frozen for baking or smoothies, while the excess of vegetables were mostly frozen to cook with later in the year. I froze everything the cheap way, by putting the food in freezer safe bags or containers, packing them tightly...

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Choosing Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in For Your Home | 1 comment

Choosing Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Shopping for light bulbs used to be simple, you just needed to know how many watts. Today, there’s a whole new lexicon to be learned for energy efficient light bulbs. The first time I faced this new lingo I ended up making an uninformed – and bad – choice. I bought a CFL daylight bulb for my bathroom. It looked awful and I later learned that a CFL is not a good choice for humid areas. Ugh. At the time, I didn’t have a solid understanding of the difference between halogen incandescent, CFL and LED bulbs or what lumens...

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Grandma’s Lye Soap – Giveaway & Coupon

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 25 comments

Grandma’s Lye Soap – Giveaway & Coupon

The nice folks at Grandma’s Lye Soap sent us some soap to review (it’s awesome, read on). Plus, they’re offering you the chance to win their winter skincare gift set and a coupon for a free bar of soap when you try their soaps. Good luck and enjoy! About Grandma’s Lye Soap As the name implies, Grandma’s Lye Soap was first made by Grandma in 2002. Today, she and her husband make a whole line of natural products. They never use detergents or additives, their product base of food grade lard comes from the U.S. and...

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Using the Whole Chicken: Chicken Broth Recipe

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 2 comments

Using the Whole Chicken: Chicken Broth Recipe

Although I’ve primarily bought locally grown fruits and vegetables for the last few years, until recently I wasn’t buying local meat on a regular basis. That changed this winter when a local farm offering a meat CSA began distributing in my town. I’m about 4 months into the meat CSA and it’s been a great experience. I eat a much wider variety of meat products and the food simply tastes better. It also feels good to know my food dollars are supporting a local farm. Speaking of dollars, it’s a bit pricey to buy...

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Product Of The Month: Organic & Fair Trade Chocolate

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

Product Of The Month: Organic & Fair Trade Chocolate

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and do you know what that means? Americans are about to spend $448 million on candy, which includes 58 million pounds of chocolate. With so much controversy surrounding cocoa production, specifically regarding the use of child slaves and rainforest destroying practices, we’d like to encourage you to make a change and buy organic and/or fair trade chocolate this year. Before you hit the store, arm yourself with some knowledge to help you figure out what products will meet your standards....

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