The Everything Guide To Recycling

recyclingToday is Recycling Day! Here are all my tip, tricks, facts, and other information you would need about recycling.

Some facts:

*Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours. (EPA, 2008)

*Over 73% of all newspapers are recovered for recycling. Almost a third goes back into making more newsprint. The remainder is used to make paperboard, tissue, and insulation, or exported. (Keep America Beautiful, 2006)

*Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy needed to produce new aluminum from raw materials. Energy saved from recycling one ton of aluminum is equal to the amount of electricity the average home uses over 10 years. (Keep America Beautiful, 2006)

*Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans every day. [Read more...]

Amazing Book Bundle For Less Than $30

Ebook adA few months ago I purchased my first ebook bundle and I was sorry I had not done it sooner. I loved the mix of recipes, green living advice and healthy living topics all put together for me. If I had to find all of these books on their own it would take me hours. Some of the best writers out there have put out books on topics that are near and dear to me (and I think you too since you are here).

What I also liked about the bundle model of purchasing books is it is practically free. At the low price of $29.97 for the whole bundle, if there are three books in the 87 book bundle you would have purchased individually the bundle is the worth buying. There is also a ton of free products included in this bundle that also make you want to download it immediately. My favorite products that comes in this bundle is from List Planet and Plan To Eat, I have wanted to try both and this a great opportunity for me to take them on a test run (see the details below).

Finally, if you want to get one for a friend you can get 50% your purchase! You can download all the way till April 15, 2014 so if you want to give it as a holiday or birthday gift you can purchase it now and then give them the code on the big day. [Read more...]

Introduction to Baby Food Making

Baby Food MakingWhile my son has outgrown baby food I think it is one of the most important things a parent can do to create healthy eating habits for their children. We have to feed children for about the next 18+ years there is no reason why we should take the easy way out to feed them when they are forming their tastes for food.

Is it time-consuming? My answer is NO, it does take time to make batches of food but most baby food I made was in batches and made several servings. Setting aside some time on the weekend on a little bit every day of the week will get you more than a weeks worth of servings.

Is it expensive? Absolutely not, you can buy fresh, organic ingredients and make several servings of fresh food for less than the $1.25 to $2.49 the organic baby food costs per serving. [Read more...]

5 Lessons to Learn from the Baby Bag About Being Green

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Whether you have kidsĀ or not you have seen kids and you have seen their parents carrying around baby bags filled with “essentials.” As a mother of two kids, I have thought about just how green this really is. I have tried to figure out when exactly do we abandon these green ways. With a 3-year-old and 1-year-old we are still in the throes of carrying around a baby bag of essentials but have realized already that I really should never stop.

Here are 5 green lessons from the baby bag:

Reusable water bottle. No Mom leaves the house without a sippy cup for their kids. Kids cannot drink out of many cups offered out there and when kids are thirsty they will not stop till they get something to drink, they have not learned to resist the urges. I have definitely gone back into the house to get their cups when I have forgotten. I have learned that I should also make sure that I have my “sippy cup” we all should easily be able to remember our reusable cups when we go out. It will reduce the waste we produce and help us drink healthy liquids (like water not soda). [Read more...]

Recipe: Apple and Oat Crumble

Apple Oat Recipe

Every other year we have “fake” Christmas in our family where we open a million gifts and celebrate like it is Christmas. This year I was in charge of dessert. My two sister-in-laws do not like chocolate, I know it is a hard concept to grasp, so I made a chocolate dessert and an apple dessert. I wanted to make something that was almost vegan and was not to sweet. I know they both like apples and I also think that apples are probably the second most common dessert ingredient after chocolate.

Since I rarely bake with fruit I had to read up on common ways to use apples in a desserts. I created this recipe after reading a ton of recipes on-line, reading reviews of the recipes, and thinking about what I would want to eat. [Read more...]

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