Simple Steps to Saving Energy and Money

Regular readers of our blog may remember that I work as the energy manager for our municipality.  Recently I was at a reception in honor of our municipality receiving an award for our Go Green program. and I had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with the wife of our Mayor.  She asked me: What is […]

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

I hate fruit flies!  They’re really easy to attract.  Some fruit left a little too long, an escaped grape or blueberry, or just really hot humid weather and every day food.  If you don’t want fruit flies to keep reoccurring, you must clean up the source.  I find that once I figure out the main attraction, […]

Getting the Ants Out – Naturally

Ants make me crazy.  I hate them.  I hate them most in my house.   I hate the thought of them walking around my house or through my cupboards.   I put up with them outside, but I prefer them in small quantities. It used to be that when ants got into my house we’d buy poison […]

How To Clean & Deodorize Your Microwave Naturally

We had to replace our microwave because it was arcing.  Our microwave had served us well for many years, especially considering it was a hand-me down from a friend who had remodeled her kitchen years back.  Since we recently had a relatively new toaster oven fail on us, we looked for a microwave that will […]

Too Many Chemicals on Your Clothing? Vinegar as a Fabric Softener

Vinegar as Fabric Softener In addition to trying to protect our environment and use less energy, I’m always looking for ways to simplify and save money.  Last summer I discovered that instead of fabric softener or dryer sheets or balls, many people use vinegar in the rinse cycle of their laundry.  This isn’t a new […]

J.R. Liggett’s Bar Shampoo Review

This post was originally part of the Green is Beautiful Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering! We had never tried – or even heard of – bar shampoo before this Christmas when I received J.R. Liggett’s bar shampoo and shelf from my Mother-In-Law.  This shampoo is the best! I had previously trained my hair to […]

Natural Mosquito Bite Relief – What Works and What Doesn’t Work

During our camping trip last summer I got an excessive number of mosquito bites on my legs, upwards of 25 on each leg. The main thing I learned from that was that it’s important to use a reasonable amount of bug spray, especially when it’s hot out and you’re wearing shorts. Around here we have […]