On the long drive back from our vacation, my son was happily ensconced in the backseat of the car with a movie on his iPad and his headphones on. They are those wonderful children's headphones that have a limit on them so the volume won't be too loud in his ears.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 13, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments
If you want to make sure that your classroom setting is conducive to learning, give due consideration to how you arrange the room. The physical layout of the classroom actually influences student behavior, interactions with the teacher and with other students, and can influence a student’s ability to remain…Continue
Added by Stacy Green on July 7, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
Nobody would argue that people are busier than ever these days. Between work, spouse, children, home and other commitments, there is more and more competition for our time. And those companies that manufacture goods understand this and cater to the demands of convenience and ease. But at what cost?
Added by Penny Roach on April 16, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Not everybody is in a position to go out and buy a brand new, energy efficient vehicle. But there are several things you can do with your car right now that will make it more energy efficient. This will help you to go green and save green in the process.
1. Make sure that your tires are inflated…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on April 4, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
One of the steps to Going Green is conserving our natural resources. And one of the natural resources that gets wasted the most is water. Here are some steps that your family can take to conserve water. This will not help our environment, but save you money as well.
1. Shower instead of bathing as…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on April 3, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
I don’t know anybody who enjoys dry cleaning. If you want a really funny story about dry cleaning, you can check out my friend, Vicky, at the Pursuit of Normal here.
But besides the…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on April 2, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
This blog is all about my family and me and our journey to be green. In other words, we’re trying to be healthier, smarter and care for the planet that we have so graciously been gifted. I consider us stewards that, at the very least, should make smarter choices and clean up our own messes.
No, I don’t go around hugging trees (tree trunks are “scratchy” and don’t really smell that great), but I do think it’s important that we do our part. And I assure you, I’m not a finger…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 27, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Welcome to another installment of Friday Favorites! Here, you’ll find three items that help my family in our quest to be green and healthy.
Let There Be Light
Since most of the United States has switched over to Daylight Savings Time, we can expect to enjoy more hours of sunshine each day. This is great news for those wanting to soak up more Vitamin D and chase those nasty Winter Blues away. However, it’s still necessary to use light bulbs around the…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 15, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Oh how we love our plastic! Nothing has shaped the modern world quite like it. And it’s virtually everywhere you look: vinyl flooring, electrical conduit, fencing, water pipes, windows, shower curtains, decking and wallpaper.
Polyvinyl chloride is one of those materials used for its durability and cost effectiveness. It’s also very low maintenance and can be made softer and more bendable. PVC is now a popular choice for outdoor furniture, upholstery and even clothing.
Added by Penny Roach on March 12, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
When I made the decision, really made the decision, to adopt a greener lifestyle, I had people say to me “I’d love to go green but I can’t afford it.” Have you ever said that? Thought that? If so, I will refrain from telling you what I said in return.
The point is that if you think about it,…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on February 26, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
If you’re the parent of a child in elementary school, you are likely very familiar with the concept of the “classroom party”. As a mom of three, I spent many years helping to plan and organize these festive events for squirming, giggling kids. And I loved every single minute of it!
And then after my kids…Continue
Recycling is not a new concept to most people. People are now responding to the need for a greener planet by either reusing products around the home or recycling items they no longer wish to keep. People are doing a better job of rinsing out their plastic containers, glass bottles and aluminum cans for pickup by the recycling agency. More and more folks are bundling their newspapers and magazines for collection, rather than just throwing them away. But what about those items deemed…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on January 17, 2013 at 4:36pm — No Comments
The sad state of our economy and our increased willingness to be good to Mother Earth has motivated us to think in new ways about our wardrobes. It’s a case of less is more. It’s a little bit of a scary notion for some of us, to think that maybe only one pair of shoes and less than a dozen garment pieces and and handful of accessories would suffice, but the merits of a minimalist wardrobe need to be considered.…
Added by Audreyvp on October 5, 2011 at 6:55pm — No Comments
Remember the days when our mothers and grandmothers pinned up the laundry on the clothesline outside? Ours was a reel line that spanned the yard and went from the patio to the nearby wooden phone pole. I remember handing the clothespins to my mom, picking out the colorful plastic ones over the too-old-fashioned wood pegs (of…
Added by Dagmar Bleasdale on July 13, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments
My mother suddenly passed away four years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and miss her dearly. Losing my mother, even though I was in my 40′s, felt like I was being abandoned. I felt a sense of loss that was so paralyzing. I was left unable to take care of myself or make a single decision on my own. I could not fathom that she was actually gone. I would often pick up the phone on Sunday to call her, since that was our standing phone date after my father passed…Continue
Added by Audreyvp on May 6, 2011 at 6:38pm — No Comments
In honor of Earth Day (tomorrow!) we thought that we would highlight a green company that – to us – exemplifies what an environmentally-friendly consumer product manufacturing company should be.
That would be Full Circle, a company that produces green lifestyle tools that are stylishly designed,…Continue
Added by Audreyvp on April 22, 2011 at 2:22pm — No Comments
Do you think I belong on this list? Top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms
I want to be one of the Top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms to you — regardless if I make it on the list or not.
I grew up in Germany, without food dyes and six different bins for recycling for everything from glass, paper, and plastic, and I guess being green is just a way of life for me.I often can not… Continue
Added by Dagmar Bleasdale on April 15, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Aaaahhhhh, sigh of relief. The forties are now the twenties, the fifties are now the thirties, which makes this new millennium one of new energy, new action, and new commitments. In the past ten years of this new millennium we have each subtracted just as many years from our age! Sigh of relief again here. Whoever thought of this trend and helped it to catch on needs a big high five, a huge piece of cake, and free ice cream for life as a thank you. Now that we each have the opportunity to…Continue
Added by Meredith Ball on March 13, 2011 at 9:48pm — No Comments
Changes in your house and your life don’t have to be huge to add up to impressive results! I am a big advocate for recycling, and I recycle as much as possible. I keep the plastic bags The New York…Continue
Added by Dagmar Bleasdale on April 22, 2010 at 7:36pm — No Comments