Welcome To The New Year

2014 PostWhew, it seems like just yesterday the kids were going back to school. Now it is January and we are all ready to start new things and re-think our intentions from last year and think about what we want to do this year. That goes the same for this blog. I thought I would share with you my plan for this year.

I have had some many ideas in my mind in 2014 of plans for the blog but kept over-thinking what I should do, what you would like, and what new readers might be interest in that I got myself in an endless loop of questions and never executed what I wanted to do.

So here it goes here is the plan for year. Weekly I will have posts on the following topics: [Read more…]

Holiday Gift List For A Green Mom

Holiday Wish ListSo this is more than a gift list for a green mom it is the holiday wish list for THIS green mom. There will be too much on this list for my family to actually give me but I am not holding back, budget busters beware there are some dream items that no one would give me but if a family member wins the lottery between now and Christmas I want to make sure that they have some ideas handy.

Let me start off small…

Set of 4 section plates. I have wanted to get these plates from Uncommon Goods for years. I admit I ate tv dinners when I was a kid and always ate the brownie in the center small section first. I want to ditch all my kids melanin plates and just get these (they are past the throwing plates stage). While you are at it I would like this too. [Read more…]

How To Host Thanksgiving On A Budget

How To Host Thanksgiving On A BudgetDo not let the cost of hosting Thanksgiving get you down. The point of the holidays is to have fun with your friends and family. You can host an amazing Thanksgiving with out going into debt.

No Decorations. Sounds simple right but once you start planning for the Thanksgiving you think you need to have decorations. No one really notices. It is the easiest budget saver to just skip the gourds, paper turkeys, flower centerpiece and fabric banners. If you feel the need to have something have the kids trace their hands and make turkeys you can make into a garland or just hang them up around the house. [Read more…]

My Annual Birthday Wish List

Green wish listIt has become a bit of tradition for me to post my birthday wish list here a few weeks before my birthday. This year I have a huge list! I would argue that this could cover more than a years worth of gift giving for me.

A freezer. I would reduce my food waste significantly if I had a larger freezer that was easier to navigate than the freezer I have on my fridge. I would love to get an upright, automatic defrosting Energy Star freezer. They are little pricey at about $700 but I am sure that I will save that much in food waste in less than a year so it is worth it.

New Plates. I got married almost a decade ago and my husband and i are little clumsy we barely have enough plates for everyone in the family to eat. I am not sure what kind of plate I want but I want to make sure they are totally safe… believe it or not there is a certain amount of PPM (parts per million) of lead and other dangerous chemicals that have been detected in common plates. I need to do my research and find something safe.

Gift Certificate for Stitch Fix. I have really enjoyed receiving my eco-friendly fixes. I do not get them every month but when I do I really look forward to receiving my package and trying things on.

Oh no now we get to Etsy… I have a huge wish list there: [Read more…]

Why We Need To Share Food

Why We Need To Share FoodWe waste about 40% of the food we have in our homes. I work hard to reduce that but even I waste food. I try to do many things to minimize my waste and I have written about it many times. I think the most effective thing we can do is share our food with our neighbors.

This year I joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have received a variety of vegetables that I might not have had access to in our local grocery store or might not have tried. I have also received vegetables that I just do not like. Yup, even a food/environmental blogger does not like all her veggies. Cucumbers are my least favorite even though I love pickles. My neighbors (the whole family including the kids) love them so every Tuesday night I leave them fresh cucumbers on their porch when I get home from pick up. I have also left other items that I do not like. [Read more…]