Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Galloping Greedy Gimmies

Have you ever read Berenstain Bears?


One of the books I read to my kids was Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmes. The story is about Brother and Sister Bear throwing a temper tantrum every time they don't get their way. In the book they call in the Galloping Greedy Gimmes for grownups it's called Keeping up with the Jones.

Once upon a time "Keeping up with the Jones" was OK because the people we based our life style on was the people living next to us. Unfortunately now-a-days we base it on the things we see on TV. We ask ourselves why we can't have all the things the characters on TV have? All those commercials trying to get us to buy buy buy because we just can't live without some doodad or another. Right now I'm watching a movie where the rich guy has a marble bathtub with a flat screen TV in and enormous bathroom. Good God who wouldn't want to soak in that bath?
Give me an hour Please!

Now if I had never seen this I wouldn't want it I wouldn't even think about it. Every day we are exposed to tons of products we would have never even considered because we didn't know about it and we were getting alone just fine not knowing about it.

Where am I going with this? Well January 1st starts my galloping greedy gimmes. HGTV has their Dream Home Giveaway. It is highly unlikely that I will ever win this enormous monstrosity and even if I did I couldn't afford the taxes to keep it. But every year I go to HGTV's website and check out the new house and enter everyday. Sometimes I don't even like the houses. They had one where the Master Suite was disconnected from the main house. This means leaving the kids in the house all by themselves but still I entered. I'll be entering this year too. I usually watch HGTV to get ideas on how to fix things up or get organized but every year this contest gives me the gimmes.

I think TV give us the gimmes, yes it may entertain us, make us laugh (though with the flood of reality tv shows I've been watching less and less) but it also makes us want stuff we can't afford and if we didn't know about it (through tv) would be perfectly happy without. Does this make me get rid of the TV .... well no but I watch with my kids and talk to them about the things they see. If you asked my daughter about the toys in Happy Meals she would most definitely tell you about how they are just there to make kids bug their parent to eat at McDonalds and how that good ol clown cares more about your cash then your nutrition. Do we still eat at McDonalds? Yes.. once in a while we eat there because I want my daughter to understand that on occasion it ok to eat a little junk food....

Ok I think I'm ranting LOL so to wrap this up answer me this What give you the gimmies? Something you've seen on TV in a newspaper or magazine? Something your friend told you about? What do you do to fight off the gimmes when it's something you know you don't need and cant afford or don't want to waste your hard earned cash on?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

My First Container Garden ?!?

Well I’ve been checking out some books on Container gardening and Gardening in small spaces to try and decide which vegetables will work best. I haven’t decided which to use yet but I have plenty of time to decide.
Yep thats snow in the background.
BUT I hate waiting! So in this little pot I’ve planted some pepper seeds. (I got them out of a pepper on a veggie tray LOL) I have no idea how big the plants will grow but it will be fun to see while I’m waiting for that warm spring weather to start planting my other veggies.

Layers Layers Layers

Well I broke down and did it. SHAME SHAME on me!

I drove the kids to school on the Thursday before Christmas! I had to it was FREEZING! Actually I drove my son to school I walked my daughter. She had to be at school first and my hubby was working at home that day so instead of taking my son and waiting in the cold I left him home with Mark and planned to come back and walk my son. That way he could stay where it was warm until it was time for school. By the time I got home from walking my daughter I was so cold it hurt. There was no way I was walking Billy in that, Samantha had on tights under her pants so she stayed pretty warm. But I don’t have anything for Billy to wear as a second layer to keep his legs warm and since I wasn’t wearing a second layer I knew he would be miserable. So, yes I warmed up the car and took him to school.

When it gets closer to New Years we are going to go out and get him some long johns. We are waiting until after Christmas because you would not believe the way some of the people drive around here. It’s a major nightmare at the mall there was actually some idiots driving over the curb to cut into the line of traffic. If they had just joined the line we all would have gotten home sooner but because they stopped traffic while they forced their way into the line it stopped traffic completely! There is no way I’m going to drive around with people like that on the roads in MASS numbers.

Now for a tip for all you facing that bitter windy cold. Layers are very important and not just for the top half. Billy was wearing a shirt, a hooded sweater, a hat and a coat. But only one layer on his legs, which is the same thing I had when I walked Sam to school. When that wind chill kicks up you need that extra layer on your legs to keep the cold out and the body heat in.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Take A Break

Tis the season to be frazzled frustrated and overworked so take five have a laugh, think a thought, and have a great day!
Where my hubby got these I don't know but I'm sharing them with you I hope you enjoy!

Ponder ables

If you take a person from the Far East and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?

If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

Why do we say something is out of whack? What's a whack?

Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

When someone asks you, "A penny for your thoughts", and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a Broker?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale bread to begin with.

When cheese gets it's picture taken, what does it say?

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?

Have a Great day! LIVE LAUGH LOVE and no matter which Holiday you celebrate my it be filled with JOY!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Big Mac Or Whopper?

Have you seen the new Burger King ad?

They go to rural villages where the locals have never sampled a burger. Then asked those folks to taste-test its Whopper against the Big Mac. How horrible is that? Lets go to places that have never had the artery clogging fatty disgusting burgers served in fast food joints and give them to individuals that have never had them to see which processed heart clogger would win.

Gee I can't wait to see which burger the impoverished citizens of this planet would pick can you? Lets watch them bite into a burger for the first time without wondering what the fatty burgers will do to their bodies and tease them with a treat that may be unaffordable once the ad men are done with them.

Some things are just plain wrong and I think this is one of them. What do you think?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

You will want to Check this out

Sew, Mama, Sew Blog has gotton together with other bloggers and are having a great big Hugh giveaway. Just go to Sew Mama Sew to find the list of bloggers who are participating (I would have but found out about it yesterday so Didn't have time to make a prize). Anyway here is a cheat link to get you over there.



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Crazy Green and World Wide

I sent out Zoya's prize today. I meant to send it yesterday but was having trouble finding a box. Anyway I wrapped it up nice and neat. Oh she selected the Origami book.




So I go back to her e-mail to get the address to send her prize and guess where she is from?

Indonesia



How cool is that? It never ceases to amaze me when I find out I'm talking to someone in another country. It makes me wonder about the person on the other side of the connection. What is it like where they live?

Well thanks to google and other browers we can find out a little about other places. I got this information off of National Geographics Website.

Indonesia Flag and Fast Facts


Population: 221,932,000

Capital Jakarta: 13,194,000
Area: 1,922,570 square kilometers(742,308 square miles)
Language: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Dutch, Javanese, and other local dialects

Religion: Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist

Currency: Indonesian rupiah

Life Expectancy: 68

GDP per CapitaU.S.: $3,100

Literacy Percent: 89
I have really enjoyed the National Geographics Website. It has tons of world wide information for free. And well all love free don't we.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Crazy Green Contest Results

My contest is over. I was going to post the top five and let you vote but I only had one entry. Thank you Zoya for participating. I will post her prize when she lets me know which she wants. Here is her entry:

Zoya said...
Hey, i like this idea.my story is: I'm using the last rinsing water (clothes) to mop the floor. the water price is very expensive here.

Wonderful reuse of water. If you have a good laundry soap you can also use the wash water. It won't hurt your plants. Make sure it doesn't have bleach or other chemicals that would hurt your plants. One of the "Free" varieties will work just fine.

Garden Containers

I've been searching around for garden containers to put my garden in. I was hoping to get some on clearance but haven't had much luck.The garden containers I want have to be big enough that the plants can grow in them but small enough not to take up too much room. I have found a couple in boxes here at home that will work for some of it. I have a couple of hanging baskets that will work for cherry tomatoes or there plants that are small or will hang and a medium size pot that will work for some peppers or other compact plant. I'll make my final selection when I finish gathering all the garden containers that I want to use. If I find one or two large enough I might try planting several groups of different vegetables together that go in the same recipe (like salsa or a salad). I might even try my hand at making a youtube video. Wouldn't that be fun?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tomorrows The Day

No I'm not talking about the end of my contest (but it's that too so hurry up and enter) It's the most terrible offal horrible day of the year for the environment.

That's Right BLACK FRIDAY!

The day when consummers lose their minds go out at the most obsene times (one store is opening at 4 A.M. how nuts is that) to buy crappy merchandise that they don't need becasue it's ON SALE!

Yes I've done it to but not anymore. I have started participating in the International

BUY NOTHING DAY.
What is Buy Nothing Day? If you visit their website You will find this answer
What is Buy Nothing Day all about?Buy Nothing Day (November 29th 2008 UK), is a simple idea, which challenges consumer culture by asking us to switch off from shopping for a day. Its a global stand off from consumerism - celebrated as a holiday by some and street party for others! Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!
In the UK it is on the 29th but here in the USA it it NOVEMBER 28TH 2008! If you want some ideas on how to celebrate Buy Nothing Day check out the ADBUSTERS website. My favorite suggestion is the Zombie Walk.
Zombie Walk
The cheerful dead wander around malls, marveling at the blank, comatose expressions on the faces of shoppers. The zombies are happy to be among their own kind, but slightly contemptuous of those who have not yet begun to rot.
Hummm I think I saw that one in a movie once LOL.
Something else you can do is plan out some homemade gifts for your family and friends to enjoy. Presents always mean more when they come from the heart.
The US and UK are not the only places that celebrate Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day around the world
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING AND A PEACEFUL BUY NOTHING DAY!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Getting Started

I moved to New York in July. My new home has a very small backyard barely enough room for the kids and Cricket the dog to run around. Once my hubby puts the playground together there will be even less room. Since we are renting there is only so much I can do to the backyard and I want to have fresh veggies for my family. Since I have no room I'm going to give a vegetable container garden a try.

Why am I starting now when winter is just around the corner?

Well now is probable the best time to get outdoor containers cheap. At least I hope! Tomorrow when I'm out shopping I will take a look around to see what is available. I'm also going to hit the library to do some research on vegetable container garden s. I love the library!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

THE CRAZY GREEN CONTEST

Welcome to my very first CRAZY GREEN CONTEST. (yeah I will probably have others LOL)

How to Enter the crazy green contest: Go to comment and post your CRAZY story. Either about the craziest thing you have ever done to save money or the environment or both. The Day after Thanksgiving I will pick the 5 storys that I think are the CRAZIEST! Then let you vote on the top three! First prize winner of the crazy green contest will get first choice, second gets second choice and third gets the prize that is left.

NOW about the prizes.
Because I think we have made Christmas way to commercial I always make my presents. Cookies and crafts from the heart make better presents then some gift card or expensive knick knack that will probable go into storage. This prize should help spread Christmas cheer without breaking the bank

Ok, this next prize I think is the funniest book I've seen in a while. Hate JUNK mail this prize will have you looking forward to it. NOT only is it a fun new way to recycle Junk mail but it can keep the kids busy while you get those Christmas Cookies made.

The last prize may have you scratching your head on how they fit into a blog on saving money and the environment but I got them on clearance (saving money) and no I won't tell you how much. They are a very nice set of heart shaped hanging votive candle holder. I know these pictures aren't the best but I had to use my phone camera because in the move we seem to have lost the cord to connect our camera to the computer.

Have fun telling your story and don't forget to check back to see the other fun stories have been entered in the crazy green contest. Then come back after Thanksgiving to vote for the winners.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Free Coloing Pages...Everyone like FREE

Got kids who like to color? Looking for free printable coloring pages?www.FreeColoringPageFun.com has more than 2500 FREE Coloring Pagesto give you with hours upon hours of free coloring page fun! This great resource is brought to you by the great people at TheMomBlogs.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Burning Candles

I love burning candles, they are a wonderful way to make your house feel warm and snuggly and since I keep my theromstat at 66 degrees, they make the house feel a little warmer. Yes I know there isn't enough heat coming off them to actually warm up the house but just seeing them burning there makes me feel warmer.
I always try to get my candles when they're on sale usually right after Christmas. I want these candles to last as long as possible and still be able to burn them whenever I want. Here are some wonderful tips on how to make candles burn longer so you can enjoy them year-round.




One of the most often used tricks is to keep your candles in the refrigerator or freezer. Keeping them cold helps the wax burn slow and even. You will get many debates on which works better just chilling in the fridge or putting it in the freezer. I suggest trying it both ways and pick the one that works for you. (I use the freezer because I have more room in there and keeping your freezer full helps save money too)




Another tip is to trim your wick to about a quarter of an inch. The shorter wick will help the candle burn evenly and keep it from smoking and leaving a black film on your candleholder or ceiling and wall. You'll want to do this every time you burn the candle.




A friend has some very fancy pillar candles there are pictures on the outside that shine when you light the candle. She has extended the life of these candles by burning them down and then placing votive candles inside after she is one of candles of course. This allows her to enjoy her candles longer.


You also want to make sure that when you're lighting your candles you can burn them for at least four hours at a time the longer burning time allows the candle to burn evenly this is of course with your piller candles and not taper candles which the wax just drips down the side when you burn them.


Another tip I have heard is to light the candle and then when you get a pool of wax blowout the candle and mix table salt into the wax around the wicks. This is supposed to reduce the rate at which the candle burns I've not tried this trick myself if you have please let me know how works for you.




Now if you're like me and like having lots of candles burning at the same time this tip will help your matches last longer. I suppose you've heard the superstition that if you lite three cigarettes from the same match it's bad luck. One of the theories behind the superstition is that during World War I if three soldiers with their threats from the same match the third one would be killed. The belief is that the first person lits his cigarette and the enemy sees it. When you light the second cigarette with the same match the enemy takes aim and when the third soldier lits his cigarette with the same match the enemy would fire.



I don't know about the superstition but I can lite up to 10 candles on the same match and I'm going share my trick with you. Gather your candles around so that you have them close together. Like the first two or three candles and then blow out the match. When the first candle gets a small pool of wax around the base dip the burnt match into the wax, then relight it from the candle. Light a couple more candles than blowout the match. Then once again dip it in the liquid wax and then relight it. Continue this until you can no longer reuse the match or until all your candles are lit. This will allow you to use fewer matches which will save you a little money and ever little bit helps.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Recycle Gift Cards

I was reading the newpaper a couple days ago about Earth Works Systems they recycle gift cards.

I had never though about those pvc cards that get thrown away after they've been used. According to their website:

"When these cards are replaced or reach their expiration dates, most of them are thrown in the trash, contributing more than 75 million pounds of PVC material to the waste stream every year."
WOW 75 million pounds! That is definately something to think about.
Well I didn't just think about it I tried to do something. I went shoping yesterday at Toys R Us for my kids Christmas gifts. I had about $50 in gift cards and as the check out gal was running them through she chucked them in the garbage. Having read this article I mentioned to her that they could be recycling those cards instead of throwing them away. At first she looked at me like I had three heads and said "Really?" Then I proceed to tell her about Earth works Systems. Well a couple of other workers there were listening in and one of the walked over to a manager and said "Hey did you know we could recycle gift cards?"
Well that's where I left them discussing recycling gift cards. I don't know if they will actually do anything but I put the idea out there and I'm going to keep doing that everytime I see someone use a gift card.
How about you? Want to help spread the word?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Little Help from My Friends

Having friends is a great way to save money.

No No I'm not suggesting you leach off your friends, no begging needed. Just some sharing swapping and lending a hand.

This is not a one way street either you can help your friends save money too. Try some of these tricks to add a little money to your and your friends pockets.

1. Monday Coupon swap: Through the week save up any coupon for products you don't use. There are many sources for coupons not just the Sunday paper. The Sunday paper is the easiest place to find coupons though which is why I suggest the having your coupon get together on Monday. When you read through articles on how to use coupons to get the most savings one of the things they mention is when an item goes on sale use your coupon then. Well if you and lets say three friends get together you might get three more coupons for that product you want allowing you to buy the item in bulk which allows you to be able to wait until you get more coupons for that item and they go on sale again before you have to buy it. This works for your friends too, when they get a coupon from you for an item they use but you don't they can stock up too. It's also a great excuse for a get together over coffee. I suggest a different house each Monday. This way everyone gets a day off ( except the host de jour) to relax and chat without the hefty coffee shop prices.

2. Magazine Swapping: I love magazines, they offer articles in almost any subject you could want. Now it is cheaper to buy a subscription then to buy them from the supermarket rack. If each person in your group gets one subscription then you can swap your magazine for one of your friends when you have finished it. If you don't mind my suggestion Make one of your magazines Consumer Report's Shop Smart Magazine. This wonderful magazine is advertisement free and gives you information on every product you can think of. For Example in the not so hot category in the November magazine it talks about the Neosporin's Neo to Go first-aid-spray. Which promises to give infection protection anywhere anytime. But doesn't have any antibiotics in it.

3. Sitter Swapping: Let's face it we all need a night out and it costs enough for a dinner and a movie. Save some money by swapping babysitting with your friend. This works especially well if your friend has children close to the same age as your since its always better to have a friend over.

4. Swap Talents: Hey lets face it we each have our own talents. Maybe you can sew up a storm and your fr.iend can whip up cookies all night with out breaking a sweat (and who wants sweaty cookies ewww). By trading skills you and your friends can save time and money.

These are just a few suggestions get together with your friends and see what other ideas you can come up with. Feel free to come back and post your suggestions so others can share them :D

Monday, October 13, 2008

How to save on your Electric Bill Part 2

Now lets deal with those other energy loses that you can eliminate. Let’s start in the kitchen. If you have an electric range make sure your pan is on the burner with the closest fit. If it’s too big you are losing heat into the air and if it’s too small then it will take forever to heat. Make sure you are using lids on your pans this traps the heat in and lets what your cooking heat up faster. (This will save you gas if you have a gas stove.)
Get a toaster oven for cooking small meals. I love my toaster oven and use it for many different meals. Because of its small size it takes less time and electricity to preheat it. Don’t use your microwave for heating water or other liquids you actually use less electricity using your stove.

Use a clothes line instead of a dryer. Your clothes will be just as dry but you’ll be saving money. I use a fold up indoor clothes dryer, my husband has allergies and I don’t want to aggravate them by hanging the clothes outside. In the winter it also adds some moisture to the air which in the winter is much needed. If you have to use the dryer make sure you clean out the lint filter it not only makes your dryer run more efficiently but prevents a fire hazard too. If you are planning to replace your washing machine then look for a front loading machine it’s more expensive initially but it will not only save you electricity but water too and it is less stressful for your clothes which helps keeping them from wearing out as fast. Of course you’ve probably already heard that you should be using cold water instead of hot right?

Now for a biggie did you know that even when you T.V., VCR, Microwave, Computer, and other appliances are off they are burning through your electricity? It’s true the actual amount seems to vary depending on who you listen too but the amount is between 26% to 75%. Maybe % depends on how many appliances the study you read had plugged in. I don’t know about you but I don’t like paying for electricity that I’m not really using. Now to save you sometime, instead of going around your home and unplugging everything you need during the day, I suggest you use power strips. The convenient off switch allows you to shut down what ever is plugged into it with one click and turn them on just as quick.

Well this is all I can think of at the moment but if I think of more you know where you’ll find them. Do you have any tips feel free to share them I wouldn’t mind a few more ideas to help lower those bills.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

How To Save on Your Electric Bill Part 1

I have a friend “W” who told me the other day about her electric bill. $1000.00 she about passed out. I found myself telling her ever tip I could think of to help her save on that pricy bill. When I was finished I started writing up this post for anyone else facing such extremely high bills and with winter heating bill on the way we all can use all the help we can get.

Let’s start with the heating bill which is a great way to save on your electric bill. (Gas or electric these tips will help). First check all your weather stripping and plug up all gaps around pipes, ducts, fans and vents that go through exterior walls; those little leaks will cost you big time as your furnace keeps kicking on to keep you warm. Replace your old thermostat with one with a timer. By setting the timer to keep the house cooler when you sleep and are not home you will save money. It will also warm up the house just before you wake up or get home to make sure it’s nice and warm. Try keeping the house a little cooler then usual just one or two degrees can save you about 10% on your bill. A sweater is a cheaper way of keeping you warm.

Next is your windows they are very nice to look out of but can chuck your heat right out the “window”. If you don’t have curtains get some they add a layer of insulation that helps keep the heat in. You don’t have to go our and buy some expensive drapes; blankets or sheets will work as well. If you’re worried about how is looks when you have guests over then use the sheets or blankets in rooms where guests aren’t likely to see and go ahead and get some nice ones for the rooms they will be in. You can also check your local hardware store for shrink wrap window covering. It’s like adding an extra window pane which also helps keep your heat in. Don’t forget to open the curtains on the southern facing windows on sunny days to let the sun help heat your house then close them when the sun no longer shines through them.

If you have a window air conditioner make sure you get a cover for it one that is insulated is best. They may keep you cool in the summer but they will also let the cold in which once again causes your furnace to kick to keep you warm. If there are rooms that you don’t use close their vents and close the door. There is no point in heating a room that you don’t use often.

Make sure you change out your air filters every month and to save more money get two that can be washed then when you change one to clean it you can put the other in.

Friday, October 3, 2008

E-Waste Recycling continued

A couple posts ago I was talking about E-Waste. I found a few sites that may interest you if you are looking to make a few bucks off your E-Waste. Yes that's right your trash may be someone elses Treasure.

Gazelle.com buys Cell Phones, MP3 players, Digital Cameras, Laptops, Gps, Gaming Consoles, Camcorders, Satellite Radios, and Portable Hard Drives. They even pay shipping and handling and will send you a box. Don't forget to clean your laptop and hard drive memories before shipping to protect your privacy.

Greenphone.com and SimplySellular.com both recycle old cell phones. (now you have three sites for cell phones see which one gives you the best deal before you chose)

For Cds and Dvds try cashforcd.com , or Secondspin.com

For Books there is cash4books.net the offer $1 to $4 on fiction or nonfiction and up to $80 for college textbooks.

Last for Empty Printer cartridges check out Tonerbuyer.com or recycleplace.com (they also take cell phones) you might also check you local Staples they will give you in store credit for old cartridges.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Polar Bear Teaches Kids to Be Green


If your a parent check out this site: Floe .


On this site your children can adopt their own virtual Polar Bear. They feed and play with the bear by answering questions about environmentally healthy practices Like which is better for the environment. Watching 1 hour of T.V a day on a plasma screen T.V or Drinking one bottle of water a day?


Can you get the right answer? If you can you get a treat or something for your polar bear to play with. It is a pretty cool site for kids. They can check back to see how their bear is doing and earn more treats for the bear.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Getting a handle on your clutter

Ok I don't make spending recommendations often but I am going to make a book recommendation.

The book is called It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh.

Where most clutter gurus try to take all your stuff and stuff it into tons of storage solutions (think spending lots and lots of money and just ending up filling the space with more clutter). Peter Walsh focuses on helping you get rid of the unnecessary things cluttering up your life and helping you live the life you want to live. I've been taking it at my own speed and been getting rid of stuff I've holding on to because I spent money on the or I was going to wear again eventually. But I'm not going to wear them or reread all those books (I should have gotten them from the library LOL).

This is a great book to read for those trying to get the clutter out of their life.
Now my first suggestion is to head on over to your local library and see if they have it. If they don't ask your librarian to order it. If you don't want to wait, go ahead and buy it, the money you save on not buying a half a ton storage containers will be worth it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

E-Waste Facts

I was reading this in the Long Island New Paper. They are some interesting facts I though was worth Sharing. There wasn't an author listed so I can't give them credit.

E-waste consists of: cell phones, stereos, copy machines, electronic typewriters, pagers, printers, laptops, keyboards, computer CPU’s, “Gameboys” and other electronic toys, PDA’s, mice, monitors, scanners, televisions, fax machines, calculators, DVD players, VCR’s, fax machines, cordless phones, answering machines, radios and all electronic peripherals.


  1. Approximately 220 million tons of E-Waste is generated annually in the U.S.

  2. The average life span of a computer today is two years.

  3. Consumers have, on average, two or three obsolete computers in their garages, closets or storage spaces

  4. According to the EPA, the volume of E-Waste is rising 3-5 percent each year - almost three times faster than the municipal waste stream.

  5. The average computer monitor or TV may contain up to 7lbs. of lead, as well as cadmium, mercury and chromium in its circuit boards.

  6. Recycling these products removes these toxins from our municipal waste stream.

Now what can you do about it. I was going to list a whole bunch of great resources that you can use to reuse and recycle this material but as I was surfing the web on this topic I found this great resource by the EPA with loads of resources already to go. So instead I'm going to give you a quick link right here:
Electronics:
A New Opportunity for
Waste Prevention, Reuse,
and Recycling

Monday, September 22, 2008

Walk Your Kids To School

Hey moms and dads................

Would you like to save money, get in shape, spend time with your kids and make your neighborhood safer???

The Answer is a lot easier then you might think. Walk your kids to school. Now I know this can not be done by everyone. But if you are a stay at home parent a work at home parent or if your schedule allows and you are within a mile of school ............................Then leave the car at home and walk.



If you are not driving your car then you are saving money and helping the environment. A pair of good walking shoes is a lot cheaper then the gallons of gas you waste every month driving such a short distance. (not to mention the idle time when many drivers sit and wait for school to open or get out with their cars running) . Not to mention setting a great example for your kids


Getting in shape well what can I actually say about this that isn't obvious. Yes if you spend more time walking you will be healthier. You will also save money and help the environment here as well. If you need smaller size clothes they are usually cheaper and since they use less materials then you consume less resources making them. You will also spend less time at the doctors because your healthier body will be able to fight off sickness better.

Spend time with your children. This is the most important thing I can think of but with our fast paced society we spend less and less time with our most valuable treasure. Walking with your kids gives your time to focus on them and pay attention to things they have to say and talk to things that you never seem to have time to discuss. You see things together you will not see when driving. When we lived in Tucson my children and I would count the lizards we saw sunning themselves in the morning. The highest we got was 27. Look for birds, spiders, lizards, frogs, squirrels and talk to your kids about the roll they play in your home ecosystem or maybe just how cute they are.


Last but not least it makes your whole neighborhood safer. Two legged preditors don't like to be seen they look for children alone that they can quickly snatch up. Your presence will help keep these creeps from pouncing because they don't want you to see them. It protects not just your children but every walking child out there. The more parents we get out with their kids it will make impossible for these nasty evil people to grab anyones child again.

So how many of you walk?? I walk every day in every weather execpt thunder storms.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Alternative Source of Energy Continued

I guess I should talk about why I think it is a good idea to create energy out of poo.

Well for one thing it's just seems like a smart thing to do with such a possible pollutant. Taking something that is considered waste and turning it into something useful is part of what being green is about.

What really concerns me though is some of the other ways they want to try and create energy. Keep in mind I'm not a scientist so I don't have all the information but some of the things I've seen suggested and some are even in use now make me worry about whether or not we are once again being short sited. There are two methods in particular that make me worry the most. Those are Geothermal and Gulf Stream Turbines.

Geothermal is basically using the earths natural internal heat to turn water into steam which then runs a steam turbine. Now I don't believe this will cause an immediate problem but what about the future? If we start pumping water into the Earth to heat it the natural reaction is that the earth becomes cooler. So isn't it possible that we could do irreparable damage to the earth by cooling it down? Can the Earth get hypothermia?

The second is the Gulf Stream Turbines. The idea is to stick turbines into the is a powerful, warm, and swift river of sea water that starts in the Gulf of Mexico, passes through the Strait of Florida, and flows along the eastern coastlines of the U.S. and Newfoundland then heads across the Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf Stream is part of the Earths Natural Heating and Cooling system along with other ocean currents and the jet stream and to start blocking off part of that system doesn't seem like a good plan. To me this seems like walking up to a healthy person and shoving a clot into his blood stream. If you block of part of it is screws up all the rest.

Maybe it's just me.... What do you think?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Alternative Source of Energy........POO POWER

Has anyone seen the news article on CNN?

The city of SAN ANTONIO, Texas plans to turn the city sewage into energy for the city. They are going to capture the methane gas give off during the treatment of 140,000 tons of biosolids (think POOP) and turn it into electricity for the city. According to the report the city creates enough methane to fill seven commercial blimps or 1,250 tanker trucks each day.

HOW great is that talk about a renewable natural resource. Just think about how much power we could generate if they did that in New York City (or even using the hot air in Washington D.C. hee hee).

Friday, September 12, 2008

Why Buy When You Can Create

When you can't find what you need sometimes you have to get creative. If you use your imagination sometimes you can create what you need instead of going out and buying something new. Now I know these probably aren't the best pictures but I hope you'll find them a good example.



I was making mashed potatoes the other day and I couldn't find my veggie scrubber. I don't think its been unpacked yet. Well lucky for me I had been grocery shopping and had some onions. Now its not the onions I used to clean the potatoes. I'm not THAT crazy! But after dumping the onions into the basket I keep in the pantry I had the bag the onions came in left. I simply tied two of the side together to make a circle.


Then I slipped it over my hand and like a loofa scrubbed those potatoes clean. It worked wonderfully.

I got nice dirt free potatoes and didn't have to spent any extra money.

Now........................which box is that veggie scrubber in...............................

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Day To Remember 9/11

Today is the 7th Anniversary of the attack on America on September 11th. I have no cheap tips, no green savings and no advice on this day. Just a pray for those who lost everything.

Please Visit http://911.navexpress.com/

This is a memorial of 9/11. Stop by and remember those who have been lost.

April

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Growing a Organic Garden

Time to start planning for your organic garden. Here are some things you will need and some things that will be helpful but not really necessary.
Things you need:

A place to plant:
Now you may already have a spot in mind. If you do great! Make sure you keep an eye on it while your getting ready to start your garden. What are you looking for things like Drainage, Sun to shade exposure and maybe local visitors such as rabbits squirrels ect. This will give you an indication to what work might be involved and which plants to put in your garden plot.
Seeds
Well DuH!! Of course you need then what else are you going to grow. Why on earth do I need to mention this? I’ll tell you why, NOT all Seeds are organic. Some every have pesticides wrapped around the seed so they won’t get eaten by pests. Some have been Genitical Modified. With nonorganic seeds you don't know what your getting. What was sprayed on the plant before it was harvested for seed? With organic seed what you see is what you get.


Tools
• Spade or garden shovel to turn over your garden, planting large plants and spreading compost, mulch and moving soil around.


• Trowel for digging small holes for seeds and seedlings.
• Gardening gloves to protect your hands. Just about every gardener loves a good
• Hoses, nozzles, and sprinklers to get the water where you want it. Drip hoses are your best bet for getting the water right where you need it. But if you cant afford the amount of hose you need for your garden check out your garden store and find the one that fits the shape of your garden best for minimal water waste.
Fertilizers
While there are many organic fertilizers you can use in your local garden store like Fish or bone meal and dried manure (yeah that’s right POOP for your garden) I think the best fertilizer is compost. Now I’ve made a post before about compost and I have a free video at the bottom from Youtube to help you get started. But if you don’t want to make your own then you can buy that too. Why do I think Compost is the best. Compost is natures way of returning materials to the earth to be reused. It helps your whole garden by supporting the wildlife that helps keep your garden healthy.


Some other items you might want to include in your gardening tools but aren’t really necessary are:
• Hoe to help cultivate between the rows of vegetables and remove weeds
• Pots to start your seeds earlier then if you just plant outside. Also good if you only have a small space and want to do a container garden.
• Hand cultivator are tiny hand held rakes made for digging aound your plants to aerate soil and get rid of weeds.


• Bulb planter if you are looking to do onions potatoes, garlic or any other type bulb plant this tool can help you did just the right size hole .
• A garden cart is very useful if you have a large garden or a large yard. You can use them to haul around your tools, plants, materials for composting small children, and anything else you need to move.

If you want more Here are a couple of great resources to check out:

Organic Food Gardening for Beginners

Organic Vegetable Gardening

Organic Vegetable Gardening At Home.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Just A Little Crazy: Uses for Dryer Lint

Well what would The Crazy Green Cheapskate be without something a little Crazy.
Thinking of throwing out that dryer lint……..Well Hold your horses here are a few uses for that fluffy stuff.


1. School Art Projects. Think white fluffy clouds, Do a load of green for some bushes, If you have enough laundry you could make a whole fluffy picture.

2. Stop those drafts. Take an old pair of pant and cut off the legs sew up one end and start filling with dryer lint. When you get enough sew it closed and place it in front of that drafty door. You can also use a pair of old stockings or that one knee-hi who lost it’s partner in the mysterious dryer black hole.

3. Packing material for small packages. Place the item in a plastic bag (reuse those grocery bags you got because you forgot to bring your cloth bags ) then stuff the dryer lint in all those left over spaces.
4. Stuff an Animal. Making a friend for a loved ones little one? Save up that dryer lint to make it soft and fluffy. (if the child has allergies try using the cotton from vitamin and pain reliever bottles).

5. Fix a loose shoe. If those stunning new pumps are a little loose or rubbing funny, use a little lint to fill in those gaps and walk on fluffy clouds of lint.


6. Mix it with some petroleum jelly and store in an old film canister. Then when you go camping take it out and use it to help start your camp fire.



7. Put it out side (along with hair from your hair brush and your pet brushes) for the birds to line their nests with.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Old Blankets

Well as you can probable tell I’m cleaning house. We’ve move into a new home that has much less space then we had before. Well hopefully it will mean lower heating and cooling costs but we have to reduce the amount of stuff we have. I’m kind of a hoarder, its part of my cheap nature, you never know what you can use.

But lets face it the extra three boxes of blankets is probably a little overboard. I mean I still have a Winnie the Pooh comforter from when my daughter was a baby (she’s 11 now). It’s time to make some space and give up some of these blankets to someone who can use them.



There are a few places I can think of to drop them off. The Red Cross help people in need all over the world. Check online for the closest office and give them a call to see if they can use them. Homeless shelters, churches or synagogues are also good choices to donate blankets too. They can be use to help families and individuals in need.


Sometimes its hard to get rid of things that you’ve had for awhile and paid good money for. But knowing your things are going to help people in need makes it a lot easier. You’ll not only feel better helping others but you also gain precious space around your home.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Share Your Love of Reading

I love to read. I’ve got shelves of books and stacks of magazines. I have found it necessary to lighten the loads of reading material that I have around the house. We moved with about 1000 lbs of books (I’m not making this up) and we just don’t have room in our new home. It’s time to clean off the shelves so we fit but what to do with all the books?

Have no fear Crazy Green is here LOL.

There are many place that would appreciate all of my (and your) books and magazines that you and I wish to get rid of.

Think about the last time you were waiting at the doctors or dentists office remember all those out dated magazines? Well check with them to see if they would like your reading materials. You can also check with the local nursing homes. The residents would probable love to have them.

The local libraries may not need the books but they usually hold a book sale at least once a year and use the funds raised to help with operating expenses. This is also a good place for old videos.

Schools and daycare can use children’s books and the magazines can be use for art projects, collages, reading and spelling lessons.

If you can think of any other places that can use books and magazines in good condition please let me know.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Ten Green Things

This is a list of Things I would do to this house if I wasn’t renting. (When you rent you don’t get to renovate.)

1. I’d put in a garden. It wouldn’t be large but right now anything I grow myself would help. I would get fresher veggies, use less gas to go to the store and I could guarantee that it is organic.


2. I would add solar power. So far as I can tell we get plenty of sunlight here in Long Island and the electric bill is rather high. (even though we haven’t need the AC and the lights stay off all day.) I believe this would pay for itself very very quickly here.


3. I would replace the old appliances with Energy Star appliances (this is probable where most of our electric bill comes from.)


4. I would have the house tested for air leaks then have them sealed to save on heating and cooling costs.


5. I would install Low Flow toilets to save water.


6. I would add water barrels to the gutters to save the water run off use in the summer on the grass and the garden.


7. I would have a full size compost bin instead of the small (hidden from the landlord) pile that I have now. Composting is the ultimate in reuse and recycling


8. I pull up the boring overgrown bushes in the flowerbed then using xeriscaping to reintroduce the plants that belong here in Long Island. Then add bird houses, bat houses, and a water feature to create a habitat for local wild life.


9. I would install drip irrigation instead of the spray one that is there now. There is so much water wasted with that thing you wouldn’t believe it. The owner pays the water bill so I can’t complain if she wants to water the grass (sidewalk, road and my car) every day.


10. I would add a tank-less or solar powered water heater to the house. A tank-less water heater heats water as you use it so you aren’t constantly reheating the same water over and over. A solar powered water heater uses solar energy to heat the water. My choice would be based on what is available locally and which model I could get that gives me the most bang for my environmental buck.

Monday, August 18, 2008

They Should BE Ashamed

I've been wanting to comment on this particular product for awhile and since we went shopping for one I figure now is the time.

New York has very clean water but It also has OLD pipes. We were told to make sure we use cold water for drinking and cooking and to make sure we let the water run for a bit before using it.

Why you might ask the reason is LEAD. The water sitting in the pipes leaches out lead from the pipes and you end up drinking or eating it. Letting the water run is suppose to clean out the lead tainted water and give you clean water to drink. That is all good in theory and it may actually work but I'm not willing to risk my kids health on it.

So we went shopping for a water filter. We decide we wanted on that attaches to the faucet so when we move we can easily remove it and take it with us. While we were shopping around I rediscovered a product that really makes me angry.

The product is PUR WATER FILTER WITH FLAVOR OPTIONS.

Here is a product designed to give us clean fresh water, designed to take lead and all kinds of harmful stuff out of our water. Then what do they do. They give you the option of dumping all kinds of unhealthy crap back into your nice clean water. I mean check out the ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol (14%), Citric Acid, Peach Flavor, Sodium Citrate, Malic Acid, Acesulfame K, Sucralose, Benzoic Acid (Preservative), Sorbic Acid (Preservative)

EWWWWWW! Definately not something I want my family having and don't you love they way the advertise directly to our children. Showing the kids with their Lemonade style stand in the kitchen sell chemically altered water to their friends.

Shame on you Procter & Gamble.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Weed Free Patio without chemicals.



Have you ever used a weed killer to kill off those pesky plants that insist on poping up where you don't want them?


You could just pull them out.


Yeah I know what your saying to that, I don't want to! I don't have time! This is easier! I get it we don't all have the time to sit there and pull up every little weed that pops up. But I have a suggestion that will work just as well as those poisons you plan to apply.


I once saw someone suggest putting salt down in the area where you want to keep the pesky plants from blooming. DON'T!!!!! Not only does it kill the weeds but if you ever change your mind. Lets say you want your patio on the left side of the yard instead of the right away from those nosy neighbors. You won't be able to grow anything where you've put the salt down. Not to mention when it runs off in the rain it will kill anything growing around your patio or other areas you may have salted.


So What do you do? Its easy every time you steam your veggies or boil pasta don't dump that boiling water down the drain (strain the pasta over another pot instead of the sink). Take take that boiling hot water and pour it over the weeds you want to kill. The boiling water kills the roots and by the time is has reached the edge of your patio it has cooled off enough that it won't harm any other plants.


Take care this suggestion is for sidewalk and patios and should not be used to rid your flowerbeds of weeds. I know this is a pretty obvious statement but


The HOT WATER WILL KILL YOUR FLOWERS TOO. Just wanted to say that so there is no misunderstandings.



Wednesday, August 13, 2008

About Me





I guess I should tell you a little something about myself. I had a friend read my blog to give me her opinion and she asked me if I really thought I was crazy. No I’m not certifiable but some of the things I do, some people might think is totally nuts.

I have a bucket next to my shower to catch the water while I wait for it to heat up. I then use the water for plants or just dump it into the washing machine. I have been known to stop the washing machine before it drains and drain it by hand to use the water on plants. There is nothing in my laundry soap that can hurt the plants and during a drought or if you live in the desert it is a good way to get extra water to keep trees and bushes and ornamental flowers alive. Unless you have a very small lawn this won’t help grass much and if you live in a desert what the heck are you doing with grass anyway?


I walk my kids to school everyday. Now you might not think this is so crazy but I did it in Arizona summer heat and Arkansas icy winters and rain storms. So far there hasn’t been a day bad enough that has made me say let’s take the car. Never underestimate the power of a good umbrella. It keeps the rain and hot sun off.

I’m an avid composter. Once again you might not think this is nuts but we move ever few years and I rarely get to see my compost put to good use. I pass the rich earthy stuff to the next home owner move on and start again. You might ask why I would do such a thing. Well, what good is it doing in the garbage? If I create the compost and it is used by the new owner it is still helping the local environment. Fewer chemicals get dumped on the lawn or flower beds to feed them and while I’m showing them the compost pile I get the chance to show someone else about composting.


Now probably the craziest thing I believe. I DON’T THINK THEY SHOULD BE SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES!!!!

Why should we spray toxic poison into the air for these pests? There are other ways to control the population of mosquitoes other then poisoning every living thing that might be around them. That includes birds, dogs, cats, fish that eat mosquito larvae, every other bug (doesn’t anyone notice the lack of fireflies lately), and Most Important our CHILDREN! Why the hell are we spraying poisons around where our children live and play? You might say that it’s just enough to kill the bugs that are bothering you but keep in mind they do it every night for the whole summer. So every night all summer long our kids get exposed to something designed to KILL.

Now my suggestion for a solution, first stop spraying the poison. Then make sure you empty any standing water. This means checking your yard after it rains to make sure there is no pools of water for them to lay their eggs in. Next try one of these suggestions to keep you from getting bit.

1. Stay inside in the morning and at night.

2. Keep clear of damp and dark areas.

3. Use insect repellent when your going to be out for long periods of time.

4. Wear bright or lightly colored clothing.

5 . Wear long sleeves and pants.



Last provide an environment friendly to mosquito predators. Try providing homes for bats




purple martins


and other birds that love to put the bite on those pesky buggers. If you have a backyard pond make it an environment that you can keep larvae loving fish in or that will attract frogs and toads.


Think about it, If we poison mosquitoes, we poison every one of these animals that eats them. If we kill the predators that eat the mosquitoes there is nothing there to reduce the pest population when it springs back from the poison and THEY ALWAYS SPRING BACK FROM THE POISON!

Monday, August 11, 2008

A Wonderful Site with A super Useful Tip

I was cleaning out my e-mail. Over 3000 of them because I was not able to access a computer during moving.





Just before I left Arkansas for New York I signed up for a newsletter from a site called

I signed up for it because it has tips just for New York as well as other areas plus a general newsletter for everyone. Anyway I signed up for the New York Newsletter figuring what could be a better way to learn about green options in my new home then a Green Newsletter just for that area.

Well I hit paydirt with this site. As I mentioned in my last post My husband is looking for a way to bycycle to work and thanks to Ideal bites tip he now has a way to map out the safest bicycle route using a site called Ride The City http://ridethecity.com/ . It's a very simple site to use. just like other maping sites you put in your location and your destination and it gives you directions for the safest way to get there on a bike.

They are still in Beta and have a wonderful blog to check out. So if you take your bike to New York now you know where to got to get around.

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Big City: New York...........well Long Island

I was a little worried about being able to find the food I like to buy. I've been to New York before but just to visit the muesums and such. I was pleasantly surprised buy the varity of foods I found at the local grocery store. The prices are much higher though and I think I'm going to be doing alot of comparison shopping. The problem is Organic foods hardly ever have coupons and they rarely go on sale. So I have to start out with trying to find the store that sells them the cheapest in the first place. I'm also going to be searching online for my favorites to see if I can get a better deal.

My husband is trying to figure out how to bicycle to work its only about 10 miles away but it takes him at least a half hour to drive it with all the traffic. I wish they had more bicycle lanes to make it safer. You would not believe the number of people I have seen run the stop signs. It seems if there is no traffic coming they treat it like a yield sign. If that is not bad enough, if you stop be careful when you start to take your turn because if you've stopped like your suppose to don't expect the other guy to wait his turn he is just as likely to just keep going.

I had a car behind me the other day that almost crashed into my rear end. I stopped at a stop sign and appearently the person behind me expected me to just keep going. I'm very glad I will still be able to walk the kids to school. The traffic is going to take alot of getting use to.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Green MOVING????




Well we finally finished moving, though I’m still surrounded by boxes. I have to tell changing your address is definitely not a green activity. There is the boxes to put everything in, paper to wrap up the breakable in, there is the gas for the moving truck and the car.

BUT don’t despair if moving is in your future there are things you can do to help make the transition a little more earth friendly.

First make sure your truck and car tires are properly inflated, the maintenance has been done and drives the speed limit. This will help you use less gas on your trip.


Second try having a yard sale before you move to get rid of all the stuff you don’t need anymore. As you are packing up your house take a good look at each item you pick up. Is this really something you need, is it useful or beautiful is, it who you are now? If the answer to any of these questions is NO then put a price tag on it and put it in a box marked yard sale. After the yard sale don’t bring the leftovers back into your home and life give them to charity they can use or sell them to help others. This will help lighten your load and you will use less gas and fewer boxes to move.


Last in dealing with all those boxes and papers, believe it or not there are folks who are planning to move just as you arrive. That’s right they need boxes and paper to wrap up their prize possessions and move them to their new homes. If the boxes are in excellent condition consider putting an ad in the local paper considering the price of cardboard boxes ($15.00 for a wardrobe box) someone will probably love to be able to get some good boxes cheap. If they are not in such good shape or you just don’t want to bother placing the ad then check out they Yahoo group Freecycle. It’s a wonderful group of people taking things they have no use for anymore and giving them to someone else. If you join I guarantee you will find someone who can use those boxes and papers.

Happy Moving

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Still Here

Well if you have been reading you may have noticed a lack of posts. I’m sorry about that we are in the middle of moving. The packers are here today but we don’t leave until July. Its all very hectic and I can’t wait till its done. I will try to get a few new posts in before we move but most likely it won’t be till after July 12th. I hope you come back April

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bedroom

I was checking out other green sites and advice from other people (well lets face it no one can know everything no matter how much we read and experiment) and I discovered this list on USAweekend.com which is perfect for how to get green in the bedroom. Here is a lovely link for you so you can go check it out.

http://www.usaweekend.com/08_issues/080423/080423bedroom.html

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Going Green In the Bath

Ok if you've been reading you probably realize where the crazy part comes from. I am a bit flighty and jump around with what every pops into my head I'll be doing something and think OOHHHH I should share that. My last post about the bird food came from my last shopping trip. I saw this giant bottle of humming bird food and it was this really gross red color. Ive been making my own humming bird food for years and they love it why would you add food coloring....

Anyway I started discussing ways to go green all around the house and only got the kitchen done. Well now I'm getting back to this topic and I hope you find it helpful.

Lets start with cleaning. Baking soda is a great environmentally friendly, family friendly, and pocket book friendly.

The toilet:
A 1/2 cup of baking soda in the toilet bowl will work for light duty cleaning. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then brush it away. For heavy duty cleaning dip steel wool in the baking soda and give it a good scrub

Tubs and showers:
Clean fiberglass tubs and showers, (be careful since fiberglass scratches easily). Make a paste of baking soda and dishwashing liquid, and wipe it on with a sponge.
Adding baking soda to the bathwater will reduce ring- around-the-tub and soften your skin.
Use 2 tablespoons for a tubful of water.

Get rid of stains on nonskid strips or appliqu├ęs in the tub by dampening the area, then sprinkling it with baking soda. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then scrub and rinse it off.
Use a baking-soda paste to remove mildew stains on grout. Apply the paste, scrub it with an old toothbrush, then rinse.
Clean mildew stains and do light cleaning of a shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda the curtain and then rub it together. Rinse well.
Floors: Clean a tile or no-wax bathroom floor with 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse well.

Drains: For the routine cleaning of sink and tub drains, pour in 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes, then flush with very hot water.

Odor control: Musty-smelling bath towels and bath mats can be deodorized by adding 1/2 cup baking soda to the rinse cycle.
Add a perpetual air freshener to the toilet area by keeping baking soda in a pretty dish on the back of the tank. Add your favorite scented bath salts to the mix, as well. Change every 3 months. Got little ones try one of the new boxes with the peel off sides to keep it from being spilled.
Reuse old pantyhose or nylon knee-highs by putting baking soda in the tip, tie, and cut off the excess stocking then hang the stocking around the pipes under the sink for ongoing odor control.

Sprinkle baking soda in the bathroom trash can after each emptying.

Counters and vanities: Clean the marble surfaces with a baking-soda-and-white-vinegar paste. Wipe the marble clean, and buff.
A simple baking-soda paste will attack hard water or rust stains on ceramic tile. Use a nylon scrubber, then rinse the area thoroughly

Other things around the Bathroom:


Swap out bathroom lights with compact fluorescent bulbs. Ok this one is obvious and should be done throughout your house. So I won't be adding it to the other rooms when I do them LOL. The come in many different sizes so you should be able to find one that fits every fixture in your home.

Try a mildew resistant cloth liner instead of plastic. It will last longer and keeps PVC's, that the plastic shower curtain gives off, out of your air.

Get a squeegie for the shower and bath. Use it after you wash to help keep your stall and tub cleaner longer. By keeping the water from drying on the wall you help keep soap scum and minerals from drying on!

Use less water Lets save some for the fishes: If you are replacing your toilet try a duel flush toilet. No it doesn't flush twice it has two buttons. One for #1 and one for #2 if ya know what I mean. If your not replacing your throne anytime soon try placing a 2 liter bottle of water in the tank. The tank will fill faster and use less water when you flush.

Don't forget to turn off the water when your brushing your teeth and shaving. You'll save water and send less money to the water company.

Try a low flow shower head. I personally don't like them because it takes so long to get wet. Instead I shut off the water while a shampoo and wash up then turn it back on to rinse.

Last but not least try some green products. Now there are plenty of organic body washes, shampoos and soaps out there you will have to find one you like which will cost you some money but gets the excess of chemicals out of your bathroom. Also look around for Toilet Paper made with recycled paper. I like Marcal which is made from 100% paper, they also make paper towels if you want them.

Monday, May 19, 2008

I'm Back Lets talk Humming Birds

Do you like to feed humming birds? Do you like watching them fly around at lightening speed?

Then STOP buy that nasty artifically colored food for them! You don't need it it's junk! If your feeder is red where the humming birds feed - that's all you need. There is no point in poisoning them with Artifical Colors in their food. It's bad enough when we do it to ourselves. These little birds need loads of nectar so what do you feed them if not store bought red crap. Try this easy recipe

Humming Bird Food
Heat 4 Cups of water. Desolve 1 cup of sugar in the hot water. Make sure it's completely desolved. Let cool completely and add to the feeder.
Got ant problems. try placing a barrier around your feeder. A moat of water or some sticky tape wrapped around the post (change frequently) should solve the problem.

Friday, May 9, 2008

No New Posts Till Tuesday

I'm going to a funeral this weekend for my grandfather I'll be back Tuesday.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sauces Made from Scratch

I promised you some tasty sauces that you can make yourself and got a little side tracked but here just a little late.

Sweet and Sour Sauce
6 oz can pineapple chunks (save juice)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce ( if watching your salt get low - sodium soy sauce)
2 TBLS cornstarch
Drain the juice from the pineapple into a small saucepan. Combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and cornstarch in the saucepan.
Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. It will thinken as it boils.
Add the pineapple chunks, and stir for a minute or two until the fruit is heated.
Per Serving
Serving Size 1/3 cup
Calories 98
Fat 0
Sodium 212 mg
Teriyaki Sauce
1/2 cup Water
2 Tbls cornstarch
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup wine vinegar
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of water with cornstarch
Combine honey, 1/4 cup water, soy sauce, vinegar, onion and ginger powders in a saucepan and whisk together.
Add the cornstarch mix while constantly stirring.
Heat the mixture to a boil and boil for 1 - 3 minutes. It will thicken as it boils.
Store in a covered container in the fridge it will keep for several months.
Per Serving
Serving size 1/4 cup
Calories: 101
Fat: 0
Sodium: 432 mg
Pesto sauce
2 Cups packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 Cup pine nuts
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Wash the basil leaves and remove and compost the stems. ( I suppose you can throw them away if you don't compost shame shame shame LOL)
Put basil in a blender or food processor then add all the other ingredients. Blend until the sauce is creamy and well blended. Use or Cover and store in Fridge.
Per Serving
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Calories: 191
Fat: 20 grams
Sodium: 180 mg

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Going Green In your Kitchen

My next few posts will be about different ways to make each room of your home more environmentally friendly with out breaking the bank. I'm going to start with the kitchen. It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and having a green heart (not literally ewww) is a great place to start.

  1. Composting ...... Take those table scraps, vegetable peels, coffee grinds, that half a glass of juice the kids left on the table... ect and compost them. I even have a video at the bottom of my blog to help you out. All you really need is a small bin with a lid in the kitchen and a bottomless bin in the back yard. Take the left overs out at the end of the day and dump them in the bin in the yard. Rinse the Kitchen container and dump the water in the compost to keep it moist. Add some leaves, grass clippings, shredded newspaper or even shredded bills (only add those if you know what kind of ink is used. You want soy based ink. You should be able to find out with a quick call) Turn your compost once a week to allow air to flow through it soon it will look like rich dark soil.
  2. Check out your local farmers market and buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. Don't know which produce is in season check out http://www.sustainabletable.org/shop/eatseasonal/ Here you can find whats in season when and put in your zip code to find stores and farms near you.
  3. Get an aerator for your kitchen faucet and cut your water usage in half.
  4. When using your dishwasher let your dishes air dry to save electricity.
  5. When every possible use a toaster oven or slow cooker which uses less electricity then an oven and doesn't heat up the house as much. (think less air conditioner use)
  6. Drop the soda habit. Ok Ok I know this will be hard for some people. But soda is just plain unhealthy. Regular soda is a sugar overload and diet soda is a chemical nightmare. Plus no need to recycle the cans if they are not in your house to begin with. That aluminum can be use to make something more useful.
  7. If you use baking soda in your fridge and freezer reuse it when you replace it by pouring it down your sink followed by a cup of vinegar. It will help keep your pipes clean and fresh.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Making it Yourself


Lets face it the stuff that gets put into the foods you buy in the store can sometimes be rather scary. So here are some tasty Salad Dressings you can make yourself and check it out you can PRONOUNCE every ingredient.


Caesar Dressing


1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
2 Cloves Garlic
1tsp Worcestershire Sauce
Place all of the ingredients in a blender, cover and blend until smooth
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Will last for several weeks.


Calories: 116
Fat: 12 Grams
Cholesterol: 3 mg
Carbs: 1 Gram
Fiber: 1 Gram
Protein: 2 Grams
Sodium: 80 Mg


Honey Mustard Dressing


2 Tbls Honey
1 Tlbs Prepared Mustard
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Low-fat Mayonnaise
1 Tbls Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp Minced Onion
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh Parsley
1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce
pinch of salt
Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk together for 30 secons or till smooth.
Refrigerate in a tightly covered container.


Calories: 92

Fat: 8 G
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Carbohydrates: 5 G
Fiber: 0 G
Protein: 0 G
Sodium: 115 mg


Come Back Tomorrow For Some Delicious Sauces.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

what a sham: may 15, another boycott on buying gas...

this whole, not buying gas, thing doesn't work. eventually you buy the gas, whether its the day before or after, so you really aren't hurting anyone.

Make a real difference!:

*ride your bike more often

*plan your route so you make more right turns (left turns waste gas. UPS did this and have proven to save mega amounts of gas)

*stop buying petrol based products (like non-organics.) did you know that fertilizers are made w/ petroleum based products...so switching over to organics will help reduce our dependence on oil.

* buy local produce. buying local obvisouly saves petrol because your kiwi isn't shipped from new zealand.

*buy alternative "plastics" made from vegetable cellulouse.

*take your own cotton bag(s) for all shopping. plastic bags are made from petroleum.

This list of wonderful things to do to help save gas was provided by organicgal Susanna Tocco at cafemom.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Moving

Well if you've been reading my blog you know we will be moving in July. This really puts a cramp in all the green things I was going to blog about for the summer. I will still be posting lots of tips and other assorted bits of knowledge I keep floating around in my head. And I'll still share other items of interest around the net as I find them. But alot of the projects I had planned are out the window. I'll come up with new plans once we figure out where we are going to live but until then I'll have to wait.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Disappearance of Honey Bees - How you can help!

There is a great video on Gaiam.com about the disappearance of honey bees, a problem that will affect our food crops drastically.

And here is an Article Link about 5 Ways to Help save the honey bees.

This is a very important subject and there are things each individual can do to help.

Also Check out this Free Project to help study honeybees

Thursday, April 24, 2008

HOW GREEN ARE YOU




Your Life is 96% Green



Your life is totally green, and as far as your environmental beliefs go... your actions do speak louder than your words.

Your lifestyle totally serves as an inspiration to others. Whether you know it or not. So keep it up!

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