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Archive for November, 2009

I am constantly looking for new safe and less expensive ways to do everything..And my recent quest is to make my own laundry detergent.  The store bought brands are generally very expensive and I constantly feel like I am being mislead with ingredient ..

But after some serious digging I finally found this recipe for laundry detergent on Planet Green‘s website!

Check it out..

Liquid Detergent

1 quart water (boiling)
2 cups bar soap (grated)
2 cups borax
2 cups washing soda

1. Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.

2. Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the borax and washing soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.

3. Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.

4. Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Once it’s cool, add 5 – 7 drops of your favorite essential oil per gallon. Stir the soap each time you use it (it will gel).

To further your green intentions..make sure you wash all of your clothes in cold water!!

(90% of the energy when doing laundry goes in heating the water!)

Cooler is better..

Do it on your own too..and please share your results!!!

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I am so excited for tomorrow because Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday!

There is really no other day in the year where you just eat and rest and eat and rest..the food is so good, the family and friends are so wonderful..and the pumpkin pie!!! YUMMY..

This year I decided to make a pumpkin pie, using fresh pumpkin..so I thought I’d share the recipe with you..I am using recipe#2 (all organic ingredients as usual)..

If you feel inspired to do the same..let me know how it turns out..or if you have a great recipe please share!!

Have a lovely day with your family and friends..

mmm....

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This past Friday afternoon, my office got together to watch “No Impact Man”, an amazing documentary about Colin Beavan’s (a New York City resident) efforts to completely eliminate his personal impact (along with his hilariously funny wife, and adorable child) on the environment for one year.

It is a great story about a very real family trying to make a difference..

You are going to love it, so please click here to find a theater nearest you..

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Try to get in the habit of turning off lights in rooms that you are not using..even if you leave for just a few minutes and go back in..

At the beginning of January, 2009 my offices decided to really make an effort to only turn on lights when needed..which included our overhead lights..so now we let the sun shine in ever day!!! and as of September 2009, compared to 2008’s figures we have saved over $28,000!!

It’s oh so very simple, and so much more beautiful to work by the light of day..

Try it in your home or office and let us know how much you save!!

GORGEOUS NATURAL SUNLIGHT

 

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Last year I decided to get rid of my microwave because I barely used it..and let me tell you I don’t miss it at all!

The best part about it…I have just about perfected the art of popcorn making..what once was a terrifying, “I know I’ll burn it” scenario, has turned into something I like to brag about..I must admit..I make delicious popcorn!!!  (thank you to my husband for my lesson on how to pop the  most delicious corn)..

Here is all you do..

Pour some peanut oil in the bottom of a pan..enough to coat the bottom, and a smidge extra for flavor..then add organic popping corn (my favorite is Eden Organic Popping Corn) kernels so that they form a layer on the bottom of the pan..(enough so that you can’t see the bottom)..turn the heat to medium,  and cover..once you start to hear a sizzle and some popping..start shifting the pot back and forth on the stove, so you are continuously mixing the oil and kernels…once you hear that the popping has gone down to a few pops per second..shut the heat off and pour into a bowl..

My secret is to sprinkle with garlic salt..you only need a little to add tons of flavor..

Have some friends over and flaunt your new skill!

You Will Never Want It Any Other Way!

 

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Take a moment today to give life to old stuff.

Turn old speakers into storage…

Turn old cd’s into postcards… Glue paper on over the printed side for addressing and use a sharpie to write your note on the shiny side..add a stamp and you are all set!

Mix your organic coffee grounds with water to give your plants a boost… (the nitrogen and potassium in the grounds are common in store-bought fertilizer)

Recycle your plastic bottles..

WHAT INNOVATIVE RECYCLING IDEAS DO YOU HAVE?                                          POST THEM ON OUR GREEN YOUR INTENTIONS FACEBOOK PAGE!

Be ispired..think big..

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Make tomorrow all about recycling because it’s AMERICA RECYCLES DAY!

  • Go through your closets and bag up any unused clothing and donate to a local charity.
  • If you go shopping, make sure you buy items made with recycled materials.
  • If you have an item that you aren’t sure can be recycled, go to earth911.org, enter the item and your zip code and find a location nearest to you.
  • Give #5 plastics (i.e. yogurt containers & food storage containers) a second and third life (2nd Life: Preserve recycles #5 plastics into personal care products and kitchenware 3rd Life: eventually those items can be recycled items into park benches).  Send them to Preserve Products  by using their pre-paid postage labels. (oh! and they also have bins in Whole Foods…its called the “Gimme 5” program)

These are just a few of the millions of ways to recycle, come back tomorrow for more! 

Take the pledge, and check out events in your area!!

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If you already have a set of stainless steel pots and pans here is a great way to keep food from sticking to them while cooking and make clean-up super simple.. (so no more soaking overnight!)

I found this great little tip in a book called “Beating Cancer with Nutrition”.  This book is great and contains many tips for overall health.  The purpose of creating your own non-stick pans is to avoid Teflon and Aluminum, both of which are harmful. (Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s and Teflon emits off toxic gas)  As the book states “You want to cook healthy food in healthy containers using healthy heating techniques”.   Such a simple statement, but so very important to our bodies and the environment.

Here is what you need to do.  Wash the posts and pans with soap and water and dry thoroughly.  Coat the inside of the pans with a good amount of peanut oil and distribute evenly.  Put them on the stove on high for 4 minutes.  Be careful because there many be some excess smoke so be sure to keep your kitchen ventilated.  Once the pans have cooled wipe them out with a towel and poof!! you have non-stick pots and pans!! If you notice food sticking after a few months just simply repeat!!

Here is a great recipe to cook in your new non-stick pans that can go from stove top to oven. (using all organic ingredients of course!)

So Good!

Provolone and Olive Stuffed Chicken

P.S. I made it last week, its insanely good!

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There is nothing wrong with adding a smidge of sweetness to those things we love..like coffee (decaf preferably), oatmeal, tea, cookies, pies, and basically any dessert item..use RAW organic sugar preferably, but at the very least make sure that it is organic..artificial sweeteners like equal, splenda, and sweet-n-low are just that “artificial” and full of chemicals (imagine all the processing that goes into making them..wasted energy, and additional chemicals added to our lives just to name a few..ugh!) and our bodies have no idea how to process them. so all of those chemicals have nowhere to go but where we put them..OUR body!

Agave nectar, honey, sugar in the raw, brown sugar (all organic, and again preferable raw) are delicious and because they are so pure just require small amounts to add deliciousness to our favorites.. Too much sugar is not good for us either, take a peak at this link that explains exactly why we want to limit our intake..Do I need to be concerned about sugar?

Keep being sweet..just not too sweet!

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Cleaning and replacing Air Filters can make a big difference in our home Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

During the heating season, check your furnace filter every month. When the windows are closed much of the air circulating in your home passes through your furnace filter.

Pleated filters will be more effective in cleaning:

  • pollen, lint
  • pet hair and household dust

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Check the vacuum filter as well.  A dirty filter will not help your indoor air quality.  A HEPA filter in your vacuum will remove  99% of the particulates.      

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