1. Last Minute Halloween Costumes

    Posted on October 31, 2011 by Allie

  2. Planet Dog Giveaway!

    Posted on October 27, 2011 by Allie

    When we first got Stella almost three years ago, she had no idea what to do with toys.  She was actually afraid of some of Argo’s big heavy chew toys.  When they fell to the floor with a big, loud thud, she’d run into the other room shaking.  But, because both dogs are strong chewers, we can’t buy wimpy dog toys.  I got Stella an Orbee-Tuff bone hoping she wouldn’t be afraid of it and it would be strong enough to hold up to both sets of super strong choppers.  It was a perfect solution.

    It’s the toy that taught Stella how to play with toys.  She loves to chew on it, even when she was younger and smaller she could easily carry it in her mouth.  There are holes at either end that are perfect for putting a small treat in.  It has a little bounce when you throw it, and it’s soft enough that it doesn’t drop with a big loud thud.  Seeing her march around the living room with her new toy in her mouth made me so happy.  Now she plays with all sorts of toys, but her blue bone is still her favorite.

    When we first got the Orbee-Tuff bone, I didn’t think it would last very long because the rubber is really soft.  I thought for sure Argo would get a hold of it and chew it to bits in seconds.  But it’s incredibly strong.  Stella has had her Orbee-Tuff bone for almost three years now and there aren’t even any tooth marks in it.  The rubber is so soft that it seems to just bend around her teeth.  And, it’s non-toxic, recyclable, and made in the USA.   Read more…

  3. Cleaning Your Burner Bowls, the Easy-on-Your-Arms Way

    Posted on by Stefanie

    I’ve written enough posts about natural cleaning methods that I really shouldn’t be surprised anymore when the simplest of solutions is actually an effective one. And yet? I still find myself now and then trying a new, non-toxic way to clean something and saying, “Holy cow. That actually WORKED!” I think the last such reaction was last Thanksgiving weekend, when I quickly and nearly effortlessly wiped (*cough*) um, eleven years of nuked-on gunk from the inside of my microwave just by cooking some vinegar and water in it first. This weekend, I had one again.

    I was digging around online looking for a way to get my electric stove’s burner bowls silver and shiny again without simply covering their crusty, blackened surfaces with foil to hide their sad state nor giving in to the urge to toss them and start all over with new ones. Everything I found said “Scrub with [this]” or “Scrub with [that].” People, I have tried scrubbing those dang burner bowls. It gives me a little arm workout, which is good, I suppose, but when the result is burner bowls that aren’t much cleaner than when I started, I’d rather skip the scrubbing and take a yoga class for my arms instead. So when I read that I could clean my burner bowls just by boiling them in baking soda and water, I said, “Sign me up!” Read more…

  4. Halloween: It’s a Green Scream

    Posted on October 26, 2011 by Courtney

    Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/binkley27/1808142426/

    Halloween is almost here! For me, that means Hitchcock movies, fun jack-o-lantern designs, and most importantly, candy. Lots and lots of candy. But let’s face it: some of the side effects of Halloween are not so green, and that can be scarier than ghosts and goblins. Here are a few ways to enjoy your spooky holiday responsibly:  Read more…

  5. How to Make Natural Lotions, Facial Masks, and Conditioner

    Posted on October 25, 2011 by Courtney

    Please welcome today’s guest poster, Adam.

    Did you know that store-bought lotions can contain chemicals that are actually harmful to your skin? Making your own natural lotions and body care products is safer and a fairly simple thing to do. Since many store-bought products are relatively expensive, making your own at home can also save you a lot of money. Here are five recipes to try.  Read more…

  6. Meatless Mondays: 4 Recipes for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Posted on October 24, 2011 by Courtney

    Halloween is my personal favorite holiday, so after I’ve carved myself a pretty sweet jack-o-lantern (shown above, and my carving is done with the aid of a template, not because I’ve got skillz) there’s nothing better than roasting the pumpkin seeds. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, and since I’m a little old to go trick-or-treating anymore, this has to take the place of candy. Well, except for the candy that won’t get taken by the trick-or-treaters that come to my door. (I may or may not buy way more candy than I’ll give out every year. What? I may be an adult, but I still love my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.)

    Anyway, here are four ways to roast your seeds this year. Which will you choose?  Read more…

  7. What’s Going On

    Posted on October 21, 2011 by Allie

     

     

    National Geographic has a guide for creating eco-friendly Halloween costumes.

    Inhabitat has ideas for cardboard costumes.

    Condo Blues has costume ideas for adults.

    Rob’s Word chooses an electric vehicle.

    The Good Human has a list of 10 recyclable things you probably haven’t thought of recycling.

    Sea of Shoes features upcycled leather jackets.

    Crafting a Green World makes a cute cowl from an old necktie.

  8. DIY: Knitting

    Posted on October 20, 2011 by Howling Hill

    For years I’d been wanting to learn to knit but never got around to doing so. So a couple years back, I taught myself how to knit as a way to relieve the boredom, isolation, and depression of long term unemployment. And I’ve gotten pretty darned good if I do say so myself!

    At first I made lots of dishcloths like those pictured above. Then I moved onto bigger things like blankets. I made lots of them for weddings — when Wolf and I got married it was the handmade gifts that meant the most to us so I wanted to pass along those warm feelings — and one for my cousin and, of course, Wolf. Then I moved onto hats and started making tons of those. Next on the list was shawls. Right now I’m in the process of making one for each of the elements (fire, water, air, and earth) along with one for the sun and one for the moon. I finished the sun one a couple weeks ago and am now working on water. Next on my list of things to learn to knit is socks and sweaters.

    One of the prime reasons I wanted to learn to knit was so I could make clothes for Wolf and myself. Clothing ourselves is important. Wolf is teaching himself to sew so he can participate in making the clothes we wear. Like me a couple years ago, he is a novice who is teaching himself how to use the ultimate power tool. Thus far he’s made a pillowcase and a pair of PJs for me.

    Read more…

  9. Dog Pee: Eco-Friendly Ways to Save Your Yard and the Environment from Nature’s Worst Enemy

    Posted on October 19, 2011 by Courtney

     Please welcome today’s guest poster, Ashley Spade.

    Loving animals doesn’t usually extend itself to loving what they leave behind. Training your dog to pee in a specified area can preserve the lawn that surrounds your home, as well as dog parks or other public green spaces. Though dog pee isn’t necessarily as toxic as some people make it out to be, here are some suggestions for reducing its impact on the Earth.  Read more…

  10. Picking Your Preferences & Poison

    Posted on October 18, 2011 by The Modern Gal

    I know Allie just mentioned her own search for the right kind of car that suited her needs, that car being a station wagon. The Modern Hubby and I are in the middle of our own search for a vehicle to replace his 15-year-old Nissan Altima that is falling apart before our eyes and has gotten far too expensive and difficult to manage. Like Allie, we’ve decided to go the station wagon route as we also have two dogs that travel frequently with us and need the cargo space for our frequent trips to Home Depot but aren’t a fan of the lack of fuel efficiency when it comes to SUVs.

    While we’re looking at some of the same cars Allie took a look at, we’ve also got the option of Toyota’s brand-new Prius V, which is basically a standard Prius with a station wagon-like cargo space on the back. And after fully investigating, we’ve discovered the Prius V is only slightly more expensive than the comparable gas options we’re looking at but with far better fuel economy, and the math works out so that we’d make back the difference in price in savings on gas in a couple of years.

    But like any green-minded sensible consumer, I’ve set out to do my research on all the cars, and I am absolutely blown away by the amount of conflicting information that’s out there. Hybrids can be great! Hybrids aren’t worth it. Hybrids help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Hybrids have a negative environmental impact because of their batteries and production. So which is it?

    Read more…

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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