Green Planet

Reusable Produce Bags – Yippee!

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As I’ve written about countless times before, I really really REALLY hate plastic.  One of the sneakiest plastic offenders, in my opinion, are the flimsy plastic produce bags from the grocery store.  While they can certainly be reused (or recycled, in a pinch), I have a sneaky suspicion that most of them end up in [...]


Dandelioness

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This is just a simple post. A note of gratitude, really. To Mother Nature. For creating dandelions and giving children something beautiful to pick and appreciate and delight in.  How lucky are we to live in a world where weeds are truly beautiful! Did you like this? Share it:Tweet


Duralex Dishware from Mighty Nest

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As I write about often, I really hate plastic.  Not only is it horrible for the planet, but I believe plastic containers leach chemicals into the foods and drinks we consume. Quite simply, I avoid plastic whenever possible. Lately, fears about the health effects of BPA have deterred many consumers from plastic.  Manufacturers now proudly [...]


Mañana Banana Granola Smoothie

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During our recent trip to Mexico, I pretty much ate my way around the little island we called home for 8 days.  Sweet Mexican grandmothers prepared tortas and sopes for breakfast at the local mercado. Homemade coconut paletas (popsicles) were our favorite afternoon treat on the beach. Fresh fish for lunch and dinner (with generous [...]


My Week in a Chevy Cruze Eco

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Living in such a large city affords us the opportunity to walk just about everywhere, so we don’t drive many miles.  But when General Motors recently recognized me and this site as a “local influencer”, I was very honored.   GMC offered me a week in any vehicle – how could I turn that down?! I [...]


Zero Waste Lunch

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Evie recently started going to school full day a few days a week. She loves the extra time with her wonderful teachers and nice friends. I am now faced with one more nightly task to complete before bed: making Evie’s lunch for the next day. As a homemade mother, I strive to pack a zero [...]


Refreshing Fresh Coconut Water

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We recently returned from a very last minute trip to Jamaica.  The airfare was reasonable and my mom was there to help with the kids and the temperature in Chicago was 7 degrees…so it just seemed like the perfect time to go. One day Chris, Mack, my dad and I took a long walk to [...]


Unconventional Uses for Conventional Products

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As a Homemade Mother, I am constantly looking for ways to streamline my life.  Stuff isn’t good for our home, and it isn’t good for the planet, either.  Getting by on less really is so refreshing.  I hate clutter, so I’m always bringing unused items to Goodwill or selling things on Ebay.  I do my [...]


Merry Christmas Through the Mail

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One of my absolute favorite holiday traditions is sending and receiving holiday cards.  There is something quaint and special about sending real cards through the real mail. Putting pen to paper requires more thought and time than a quick email or Facebook post, and I always get excited to open a mailbox full of something [...]


International Walk to School Day

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Tomorrow is a big day for the planet.  It is Walk to School day, when kids all over the country will skip the car and opt to walk to school instead.  I love this idea so much.  Walking to school not only helps the planet, but its a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy [...]


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