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

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Rhassoul Clay Face Mask Recipe

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 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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Stopping The Cycle Of Unwanted Gifts

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Stopping The Cycle Of Unwanted Gifts

As well-intentioned and thoughtful as the gift givers in our lives are, we’ve all be the recipient of unwanted gifts. With the major gifting season behind us, media outlets from Fox Business to Lifehacker are offering tips on how to unload those unwanted presents. Donating, returning or selling unwanted gifts solves a symptom of the problem but it does not address to the root of the cause. For those of us trying to keep a light carbon footprint, keeping consumption to a minimum is part of our lifestyle. Personally, I would rather not...

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DIY Gift Bag Tags For Eco-Friendly Gift Giving

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Lifestyle | 2 comments

DIY Gift Bag Tags For Eco-Friendly Gift Giving

My green conscious and my thriftiness drive me to save and reuse gift bags, but there’s a problem with this. While the corners may still be crisp after a gift bag’s first use, the tag is ruined. Luckily there’s an easy, green solution to this problem. You can make your own gift bag tags reusing old cards. For this project you will need: Old cards Ribbon Scissors Hole punch Pencil and stencil (optional) To create a stencil for my tags I cut the corners off a business card but you may want to get more creative with the shapes...

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Product of the Month: Bamboo Spoons

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in For Beginners, Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Product of the Month: Bamboo Spoons

When going green, keeping things clean becomes a priority because your products are often made without preservatives or you’re using reusable, non-plastic containers that may not function likes ones you’ve used in the past. Being careful to not introduce impurities into your products will extend their life and keep those impurities out of your system as well. These bamboo spoons are the perfect accessory for green products in the kitchen and bathroom. Bamboo has natural antibacterial properties and is water resistant, which makes...

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