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DIY Natural Wasp Repellent

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/27/17 6:30 PM

Sitting under my gazebo on the first warm, spring day in our semi-new home (we closed last fall, so this is our first spring in our new digs!), I was admiring the view of the neighborhood, the breeze, and the hedges that surrounding the railing of our back deck, when I noticed a faint buzz.

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Topics: Green Living, Green Thumb, Go Green, eco-friendly, eco, pests, pesticides, bugs, wasps

All About Succulents

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 9/26/16 7:45 PM

There’s nothing to not like about a succulent. Succulents are plants that are made for people who don’t have a green thumb, but wish to reap the benefits of plant ownership (increased air quality, fun to look at, or whatever the reason for wanting a plant).

So for those who want to spruce up their living space but don't want to commit to needy greenery, consider the succulent as the pet rock of plants.

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Topics: Green Living, Green Thumb, Plants, succulent

Kokedama: Moss Ball

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 9/7/16 9:00 AM

In the realm of Japanese greenery, most people are familiar with Bonsai, but fewer so with Kokedama. Kokedama is essentially a hanging moss ball with a plant rooted in it. The roots conform to the sphere so you have a very neat looking plant suspended in air! Well, by string.

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Topics: Green Thumb, Plants, kokedama, bonsai, moss

Kokedama

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 9/6/16 12:00 AM

In the realm of Japanese greenery, most people are familiar with Bonsai, but fewer so with Kokedama. Kokedama is essentially a hanging moss ball with a plant rooted in it. The roots conform to the sphere so you have a very neat looking plant suspended in air! Well, by string.

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Topics: Green Thumb, Plants, kokedama, bonsai, moss

Rain Barrels & Why

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 4/20/16 8:30 PM

Keeping a lush, manicured garden is a must for any home, whether you’re into planting in pots or sowing seeds of wild flower and tomatoes. Maintaining a well-watered garden doesn’t have to be a drain on your water bill. Here are a few reasons to have a rain barrel and why!

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Topics: Green Living, Green Thumb, Gardening, Garden, Plants, Go Green, water, eco-friendly, conservation, rain barrel

All About Terrariums

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/9/16 8:30 PM

No longer limited to fourth grade science fairs, the terrarium transcends the box it once shared with baking soda volcanoes, and into the realm of home décor. Terrariums bring the outdoors into your home and create an earthy feature akin to a Zen garden. There’s something about them that is simply fun and elegant.

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Topics: DIY, Green Thumb, Gardening, Garden, Fun, Plants, Home Decor

How to: Transition to a Paperless Kitchen

Posted by Amy Patterson on 9/25/15 4:15 PM

Over the past few weeks, a few of our go green posts have broached the topic of shrinking the need for paper products in the kitchen. While items like paper plates and cups are usually an easy thing to ditch and replace with reusable options (especially with the prominence of dishwashers), there are a few items that are not so easy to consider replacing – namely, paper towels and napkins. So, we’re going to make the transition easier by proving a five step process.

  1. Timeline

Create a timeline for you and your family to go paperless and adjust to the transition. Perhaps it would work better for you to ditch paper towels first, and then give yourself a month before tackling a napkin replacement. Make sure your timeline is realistic, low-stress and that it gives you enough time to do it the way you want to.

  1. Stock up

Stock up on enough cloth replacements to keep you from feeling the need to reach for paper. Let the usage and amount of washing you’re willing to do determine the size of your stock. For example, if you have four people in your family and only want to wash your cloths weekly, invest accordingly. To save money, purchase a large piece of fabric (or a few different styles), and divide it (them) into napkin-sized pieces.

  1. Convenience

This is key. The main reason that homeowners reach for paper products is the convenience factor – they’re easy to use and easy to get rid of – so your cloth products should be the same. Whether it’s a nifty wire basket that sits on the dining room table, or a drawer full of colorful options – make sure you have easy access.

 

  1. Discard

Just like your new cloth accessories have to be convenient to access, they also have to be convenient to toss (just like you would a paper towel or napkin). Happy, Healthy Mama suggests keeping a designated laundry bin in the kitchen.

  1. Pinterest

Pinterest is your friend – and it has tons of ideas to make your home more gorgeous. I find that I’m more likely to stay on board with an idea if it looks awesome – so make your cloth products look great! That way, you’ll not only be saving money, but you’ll enjoy the look of your kitchen even more. So hop on Pinterest and find some cloth-spiration!

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo via: Happy, Healthy Mama

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Topics: DIY, Green Living, Green Thumb

5 Vinegar Cleaning Hacks

Posted by Amy Patterson on 8/28/15 4:21 PM

It’s no secret that vinegar is one of those baking ingredients that has become a cure all of sorts – even taking the stage in some beauty regimes. Aside from baking and beauty, one of the most popular places for vinegar is in cleaning. It effectively provides a chemical free, cost-effective clean that rivals the cleaners you would find in most stores.

If you’ve never tried it, these five vinegar cleaning hacks will have you hooked. 

  1. Showerhead Cleaning

Your shower head can get a little grimy – mineral build up is hard to combat and happens naturally overtime; this build up can have a few different negative side effects, but perhaps the most noticeable is a disruption of your water flow. So if your dreamy high-pressure, waterfall spout is feeling more like a dripping nuisance, try a vinegar soak! Simply fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and fix it around your showerhead with a rubber band. Leave the mixture overnight.

  1. Drain cleaning

When it comes to drains, even if you have a cover to block the big things, common substances like soap scum will take up residence and leave your shower or sink draining slower than usual. To combat this, pour a few cups of white vinegar down your drains once a month.

  1. Garbage Disposal

This awesome vinegar trick not only cleans your disposal, but also helps deodorize it and sharpen the blades. Simply take an ice cube tray and freeze white vinegar with lemon peels inside. Once frozen, grind up the custom cubes in your disposal.

  1. Washing Machine

Your washing machine cleans for a living, so it’s something you wouldn’t necessarily think about cleaning. However, it could still use a refresher every few months. Check out this simple vinegar DIY.

  1. Toilet

Cleaning the bathroom is not usually a popular chore, but it seems like it always needs to be done. Save yourself a little work (and even some time in between cleaning) by refreshing your toilet’s siphon jets (the little things that shoot out water) with vinegar. Simply pour a few cups of vinegar into your toilet’s tank once a month. 

And if you can't stomach the vinegar smell, but love the cleaning potential, check out this DIY for sweet smelling vinegar

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Topics: DIY, Green Living, Homeowners, Home Loans, Money, Savings, Green Thumb, Homemade

Save Water: Collect Rain

Posted by Amy Patterson on 8/21/15 4:59 PM

Want to know the easiest way to lower your water bill? Switch to free water –  for your garden and outdoor needs! It might sound crazy but, yes, you can totally get free water. How? Well, all you need is a barrel.

Collecting rainwater is a great way to save money and help the environment. All you have to do is get a rain barrel and put it under your downspout to capture the runoff from your roof. Make sure you purchase a screen to place over your rain barrel to keep the debris out.

Once you’ve got a full barrel, you can access your water via a watering can or a pump hose. If you’ll be watering a large area frequently, you may want to invest in the latter.

So where can you find a rain barrel? First, check with your city to see if they give them away to residents. If they don’t, see if they offer rain barrel rebates. After you’ve exhausted those options, consider making your own out of a trashcan or searching for one on Craigslist. 

You can find out more here

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Topics: DIY, Green Living, Homeowners, Money, Green Thumb, Homemade

Go Green Friday: Cutting the Waste

Posted by Amy Patterson on 8/7/15 4:18 PM

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Topics: Green Living, Money, Savings, Green Thumb

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