1. Keep Your Cat Indoors

    Posted on May 31, 2007 by Allie

    I’ve been reading about domestic cats disrupting the bird population quite a bit lately. It ‘s a topic on a lot of my favorite eco-conscious websites. Read more…

  2. The Perfect Root Beer Float

    Posted on May 30, 2007 by Allie

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    I have fallen madly, hopelessly in love with Stonyfield Farm’s Gotta Have Vanilla nonfat organic frozen yogurt. It’s deliciously creamy, and has a wonderful pure vanilla flavor. No fat, active cultures, and only 100 calories a serving! And a serving is a 1/4 of the pint.

    All that vanilla got me craving a root beer float, so I went on a quest to find a root beer worthy of my Stonyfield Farm frozen yogurt.

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    Virgil’s Root Beer is worthy. They claim they are to root beer what Dom Perignon is to champagne and I think it’s a fair comparison.

    Virgil’s Root Beer is made with all natural ingredient like vanilla, clove, and wintergreen, and sweetened with unbleached cane sugar and molasses. No high fructose corn syrup, or ingredients you can’t pronounce. And the bottle is made from 100% recycled glass.

    A Virgil’s & Stonyfield Farm root beer float is my idea of heaven.

    Another Eco-Friendly Food from Allie.

  3. Use a Hankie

    Posted on by Allie

    My grandmother used to give me handkerchiefs at every holiday. She believed a girl should always have a fancy flowery hankie on hand.

    Handkerchiefs are eco-friendly. The hankies my grandmother gave me when I was in junior high school are still in my rotation today. Read more…

  4. Tip of the Day – Shop at Local Farms

    Posted on May 29, 2007 by Allie

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    Last year, I fell in love with our local farm store. It’s five minutes away. The woman who worked behind the counter always threw an extra apple or tomato in my bag. I’d go with a ten dollar bill in my pocket and walk away with three or four bags full of produce. And I feel like I hadn’t tasted real potatoes, onions, or broccoli until I started shopping there.

    When you shop at your local farms, not only are you supporting local agriculture, but you’re reducing the amount of fuel used to transport food from the farm to your table.

    Check out Local Harvest, to learn about the farms in your area.

    Another Eco-Friendly Tip from Allie.

  5. Shop Yard Sales

    Posted on May 28, 2007 by Allie

    Need a new bookcase? A shelf? A rocking chair? A kitchen table? I know it feels good to get brand new stuff, but new to you can be fun as well.

    Shop yard sales for things you need. You’ll save money, keep the items you buy from going in the trash, and decrease the demand for new manufactured products.

    Have a lot of stuff you don’t use? Throw your own yard sale. Any items left over at the end of the sale can be donated to charity.

    Yardsalequeen.com has great hints for holding a yard sale or just shopping at one.


  6. Nutrition Kitchen Soybean Pasta

    Posted on May 25, 2007 by Allie

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    I’m always looking for quick, healthy meals that don’t require a lot of preparation. Nutrition Kitchen’s Soybean Pastas are as easy as making regular pasta, and packed with enough protein (23 grams per serving) to make it a meal.

    Soybean Pasta is a great pasta substitute for people looking for foods with a low impact on blood sugar levels, or a wheat-free and gluten-free alternative. It’s kosher, low in net carbs, high in fiber (11 grams!), calcium, and iron, and made from non-GMO soybeans.

    I’ve tried the green and black soybean pastas. Both are good, but I’m partial to the green. It has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor, and a chewy, al dente texture. It’s great with marinara sauce, but has enough flavor to stand alone or with some olive oil and grated cheese.

    There are four servings per box, and each serving has 210 calories. The ingredients are simple: Certified Organic Soybeans.

    When I saw Nutrition Kitchen Soybean Pasta on the grocery shelf, I thought it was worth a try, but it’s good enough to be a regular item on my shopping list.
    Another Eco-Friendly Food from Allie.

  7. Use Salt Water For Cuts and Scrapes

    Posted on by Allie

    A few weeks ago, I was watching Oprah and Dr. Oz was on. He said that the best way to clean an open cut is with warm salt water. It will flush out the bad bacteria and leave the good bacteria to do it’s job. The antibiotic creams and other chemicals we normally use to clean a cut kill the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria, so it takes longer for the cut to heal. Read more…

  8. Become a Frogwatcher

    Posted on May 24, 2007 by Allie

    Amphibians are a vital part of our ecosystem. Unfortunately, pollution, UV rays, development of wetlands, and the introduction of non-native species have caused a noticeable decline in over 200 species of amphibians all over the world. Read more…

  9. Tip of the Day – Grow Your Own

    Posted on May 23, 2007 by Allie

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    I have a black thumb when it comes to indoor growing. Spider plants, cactus, and all those other plants people say are impossible to kill, shrivel up and die under my care. But I have managed to keep a few veggies and herbs going in some whiskey barrels on the back patio. If I can do it, you can too.

    According to The Green from The Sundance Channel, the average American lawn can produce enough veggies for a family of six.

    Not feeling quite that adventurous? Garden Guides has great hints to help you start a container garden, and GrowQuest has a nice variety of plants suited to container growing.

    Homegrown veggies cut down on waste because they don’t have to be packaged and shipped, and you can look for natural alternatives to pesticides. Plus, nothing beats tomato salad made with fresh picked tomatoes.

    Another Eco-Friendly Tip from Allie.

  10. Tip of the Day – Green Party Decorations

    Posted on May 22, 2007 by Allie

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    We went to a beautiful wedding this past weekend. The church and the reception hall were decorated with tons of potted gerber daisies. Now the happy couple can plant their wedding flowers and enjoy them all summer long. What a great way to reuse!

    If you’re planning a wedding or a party this summer, consider using potted plants as decoration. You can plant them or keep them potted after the party is over, or even send them home with guests as a party favor.

    Get creative! You don’t have to just use flowers. A collection of potted herbs would make a great centerpiece at a barbecue. Potted lavender would be great to decorate a baby shower.

    You won’t have to use throw away decorations like crepe paper and cardboard cut outs, and your party will look elegant and green.

    Another Eco-Friendly Tip from Allie.

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

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According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.


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