So much to be thankful for

For the second time in my life, I am extremely thankful that I can see with my left eye.   Twenty years ago, while mowing the grass without safety glasses, a tiny sliver of metal shot through my eye and lodged in the edge of the retina in my left eye.  I was living near […]

Home Depot recycling holiday lights again

Home Depot is offering up to $5 off LED Holiday Lights when you recycle incandescent light strings again this year.  From now until November 17, 2013 you can get up to $5 off new LED Christmas Lights in exchange for recycling your old incandescent light strings. Here is the summary from Home Depot: Bring in […]

Green Holidays Solar Panel Jewelry Giveaway

Welcome to the A Very Green Christmas Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and Brittleby’s Corner together with the Green Moms Network! Each of the participating blogs is offering a green Christmas Gift themed giveaway, just in time for the holidays! There’s sure to be something for everyone on your list. We hope you’ll discover […]

What’s in your Cauldron for Halloween?

As we prepare for Trick or Treating this week, we have broken from the traditional big bag of candy to go with something better for the planet and the kids.  Instead of the big bag of chocolates and candy from the company I won’t name that we are boycotting over child labor practices, we will be […]

Unplug the Family

We’ve recently tried to reduce the amount of TV our kids watch and increase the amount of time we spend as a family by playing board games and card games after dinner.  I wish I could say it has been a huge success, but I am glad to report we have made some progress. We […]

IPCC Released 5th Assessment Report on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 5th Assessment Report on Climate Change today. The IPCC is a body that was commissioned by the UN in 1988 to provide the world with a clear, scientific view of climate change and it’s socio-economic and environmental effects. Thousands of scientists volunteer their expertise to the […]

Saving Water with a New Toilet

Water it’s the key to life. Over the human span water has been the most fought over resource and it is one of the most important resources for sustaining life on this planet. Access to clean potable water is a requirement for a happy and healthy life.  Water is essential to grow the food that […]

Picking Safe and Effective Sunscreen for the Family

Everyone agrees that protecting your skin from sun damage is important, but with all the toxic chemicals in sunscreen today, it is really hard for a parent to choose the right sunscreen for their kids and themselves. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts together their sunscreen guide each year carefully comparing the listed ingredients in over […]

Billionaires Opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline

Have you been following the Keystone XL pipeline saga?  We have.  We haven’t written about it before, but we are strongly against it!  There are so many reasons to be opposed to this project, but the bottom line is that it will allow so much carbon to be released into the atmosphere that climate scientists […]

Recycling Wordless Wednesday

We have come across a huge variety of recycling bins during our recent travels to the Washington D.C.  Check out some of the bins we have seen while showing the children our nation’s capitol. And then we traveled out to Manassas… I wish more places offered recycling for things other than cans & bottles.  We’re […]