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Home Made Feminine Pads

| January 20, 2014 | 4 Comments
Home Made Feminine Pads

    This year I decided to go as “green” as I could. I am tired of providing big companies with my money and having harmful chemicals added to my body. Have you ever wondered what is in those pads you wear every month? I was shocked to find out that pads are not biodegradable, […]

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Teenage Girls and Make Up – Is It A Moral Crime?

| December 13, 2013 | 18 Comments
Teenage Girls and Make Up – Is It A Moral Crime?

Recently I’ve been feeling the need to defend my decision to support my 14 year old daughter in her desire to wear make – up. Several Moms I know have voiced their disapproval and have made statements such as, “You’re contributing to the self-esteem issues of young girls by allowing this. They need to be […]

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Green Christmas Shopping with the Ford C-MAX Energi

| December 5, 2013 | 5 Comments
Green Christmas Shopping with the Ford C-MAX Energi

I’ll admit that prior to being offered to test drive the Ford C-MAX Energi for a week, I had never heard of the car, but when it came time to drop it off I was sad to do so. The 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi is a fuel efficient plug-in hybrid car that gives the driver […]

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What the Skin Care Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About Their Products

| October 28, 2013 | 16 Comments
What the Skin Care Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About Their Products

The skin care industry is big business, and it’s booming. Expected to hit $115 billion by 2015, it is no surprise that some of the biggest powerhouses in branding and marketing are also the household names we have all come to associate with baby bath and body products. Yes people want their skin care products to work […]

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Green Halloween

| October 22, 2013 | 4 Comments
Green Halloween

Pumpkins, costumes, candy and more. This year make it a Green Halloween. Let us start in the Pumpkin patch. Oh my that is a lot of pumpkins! These pumpkins will be cut out, composted, the seeds will be roasted and the insides will be puréed. There are so many things you can do with your […]

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Calling Grade 4, 5 and 6 Students Across Canada to Make a Difference

| October 2, 2013 | 1 Comment
Calling Grade 4, 5 and 6 Students Across Canada to Make a Difference

Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 can help raise money for Habitat for Humanity Canada (Habitat) through the simple art of writing. The Meaning of Home Contest, which has raised more than $570,000 for Habitat, invites students coast to coast to submit a written essay on what home means to them. Top prize is a […]

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How to Make a Liner for your Kitchen Container the Origami Style

| September 20, 2013 | 4 Comments
How to Make a Liner for your Kitchen Container the Origami Style

  Does your kitchen bin look filthy with food sticking to the bottom? To help, you can get two types of paper liner bags for the bin or kitchen container – two ply, and a “cellulose” lined  bag. Both of these are acceptable. Cellulose lining looks like plastic, but it is plantbased material and fully […]

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Apply to Host a Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Home Party‏

| September 13, 2013 | 2 Comments
Apply to Host a Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Home Party‏

As part of its Campaign for a Toxin-Free Generation, Seventh Generation is pleased to announce the launch of its 2013 Healthy Baby Home Party program. Seventh Generation cares about the same thing moms and dads care about. With so many products on the shelves, being a parent can be confusing and scary at times because you want what is […]

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Fruits of the Harvest

| September 6, 2013 | 3 Comments
Fruits of the Harvest

Harvest. We are approaching the end of summer. The time for the fruits of our labor to be harvested and prepared. This is my first year growing ‘food’ and I love it! This year my family and I moved to my grandparents homestead. They needed to downsize and we needed an upgrade. It worked out […]

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Saving The Environment And Your Wallet With Electric Scooters

| August 27, 2013 | 8 Comments
Saving The Environment And Your Wallet With Electric Scooters

As we become more aware of our individual role in preserving the planet for future generations, we start looking for technologies that allow us to reduce our footprint on the environment as much as possible. Conventional transportation technologies are among the greatest contributors to pollution and the green house effect. We all need to get […]

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Essential Oils, a Natural Alternative to Insect Repellant

Essential Oils, a Natural Alternative to Insect Repellant

Summertime brings sunshine, flowers and mosquitoes!  Insect repellent spray is commonly used to ward off those pesky critters and the itching, allergic reactions and possible exposure to West Nile Virus that can come along with a mosquito bite. Although it is important to protect against the potential harmful effects of mosquito bites, it is also […]

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The Campaign for a Toxin Free Generation

| June 5, 2013 | 7 Comments
The Campaign for a Toxin Free Generation

I ran across this video by Seventh Generation promoting natural products and getting closer to a “toxin-free generation.” In the video, Canada’s own Shane Koyczan recites a poem that is both beautiful and inspiring. If you haven’t seen his recent video, “To This Day,” you should check it out on YouTube. His voice and writing […]

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Harness your BBQ’s Heat ~ Friday Frenzy Food

| May 10, 2013 | 5 Comments
Harness your BBQ’s Heat ~ Friday Frenzy Food

If you’ve ever waited impatiently for the BBQ to cool down so you could put the cover back on, you know that they retain their heat for a long time after turning off the burners.  Tuesday Tip:  harness that heat! I try to cook at least 2 meals at a time whenever I fire up […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Changing Up Your Hydro Time-Of-Use

| May 1, 2013 | 3 Comments
Wordless Wednesday:  Changing Up Your Hydro Time-Of-Use

Ontario’s Hydro rates change today:  we’re rewarded for going easy on the grid during peak hours by paying a much lower rate during off-peak weekday hours.  From May-Oct, try to do your laundry, cooking & cleaning between 7pm-7am whenever possible, and “power down” during the 11am-5pm timeslot.   Have you got your reminder stickers posted in the laundry room […]

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National We Day is Coming to Ottawa/Gatineau on Monday!

| April 26, 2013 | 2 Comments
National We Day is Coming to Ottawa/Gatineau on Monday!

I am so fortunate to  have been invited to attend We Day at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau on Monday, April 29th.  Thanks to Telus, I will be attending this wonderful event with my 14 year-old son.  This will be the first National We Day event to be hosted in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. What […]

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Bamboo Dishes for Kids: White-o-Coccoli Wowed Us! Review and Giveaway

| March 21, 2013 | 8 Comments
Bamboo Dishes for Kids: White-o-Coccoli Wowed Us! Review and Giveaway

When I told the kids that we get to bury our new dishes in the ground when we’re done with them, it caused quite a stir!  They interpreted “when we’re done” as “right after supper” and it was hard to tell if they were happy that we get to keep using the dishes, or miffed that they had […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Spring Break Cleaning!

| March 12, 2013 | 10 Comments
Wordless Wednesday: Spring Break Cleaning!

Snow + Scrub Brush + Stool + Spring Break = very inexpensive car detailing! (the kids did a great job on 3 out of 4 floor mats before we got side-tracked with some driveway hockey. I got to be goalie!)

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101 Places to Air your (clean) Laundry!

| January 30, 2013 | 4 Comments
101 Places to Air your (clean) Laundry!

Part of our family’s saving strategy to allow me to be at home with the kids as a Save-at-Home-Mom is cutting back on hydro consumption.  Ottawa winters make air-drying laundry a challenge and I’ve had lots of fun finding new & creative ways to air-dry our laundry inside the house during these cold months.  While most […]

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