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Greening Our Lunches...

I've been feeling guilty about it for a long time...the shame of it...the convenience of it...but finally my 6 year old called me on it, "Mom, why are you using plastic bags for my school lunches? It would be better for the environment if you used reusable containers." Thank you Sweetie for the wake-up call! My immediate response was that the containers we have probably have chemicals in them such as BPAs that would make it unsafe. My next response was that Mommy will look into safe alternatives immediately. I found lots of options on http://www.thesoftlanding.com/ , a website "keeping families safe." They list products from baby utensils to toys, pacifiers, lunchbox items, you name it, and they have so many choices! I was immediately drawn to anything with a bento box theme such as this lovely pictured above by Laptop Lunches. It is BPA , PVC and Phthalate free - no worries, right? This next one I LOVE even more, and I know my 6 year old will approve as w

Going Green? There's an APP for that!

YES! Earth Day is coming up you know....how about uploading some GREEN iPhone Apps in anticipation! Apparently there are over 100 apps already, and while I definitely see lots of "let's measure your carbon footprint" themes, I'll bet there are some other fun ones too. I'm off to go try some of them! http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/more-than-100-iphone-apps-for-green-shopping-eating-travel-and-fun.php Hope that wherever you are, the sun is shining :)

Recycle that Clutter Please

One of the first things I tell any of my clients when preparing to sell their homes is that they need to declutter . We try to see the house through the eyes of a potential buyer, and if they can't see the features of the home through all the stuff...well, we have a problem. So what do we do with all that stuff? If you're like me, I'll bet there are things that you don't even want anymore, really. You're just too busy to sort through and find new homes for those odds & ends. Plus, they may be perfectly good, and no one likes to waste or throw away perfectly good things. (Ask Grandma, who grew up in the depression - she saves EVERYTHING. "You never know when someone might need it.") Turns out a lot of people could use your stuff. There are so many charities right around you that will happily take household goods & clothing off your hands, libraries that will accept your book donations for their annual book sale or library bookstore. There are c

My Daily Dose of GREEN

Maybe it's an obsession. I spend entirely too much time thinking about being GREEN , about living an environmentally-friendly life. Lately I stay up at night thinking about my garden soil (does it need peat moss this year? is the neighbor's horse manure aged enough to use?) I've even caught myself trying to use the word eco-licious in a sentence, "That Matt Damon is eco-licious." (Despite the fact that sure, he is, I can't seem to say it with a straight face!) Maybe if I were referring to an organic vegetable... (This lovely green icon, by the way, is the logo for Growing A Greener World TV and was designed by one of their fans, David Bilbo.) I find GREEN inspiration every day. Or, rather, it finds me. (Confession time - despite the fact that I moan like every other realtor in my office about the company cutting our print advertising budget, I'm not reading print news either. Correction - with the exception of the Sunday paper. You don't monkey wit