15 Cleaning Hacks to Save Time and Money

No matter where you live or what you do with your daily life, cleaning is that one chore that we all have to do at some point or another and it is the one area where most of us hate having to waste our time or money on. Cleaning is also the one area of our domestic lives where we are exposing ourselves, our children, our pets, and the environment to the most potential harm from harsh cleaning chemicals. Fortunately, there are some great safe and natural alternatives along with simple tips and cleaning short-cuts that can help take the “chore” out of the chores and help you to save both time and money while getting your entire home in tip top shape in a safe and more environmentally friendly way. [Read more...]

5 Websites That Can Help Reduce Your Paper Footprint

Take one look around my home and it’s easy to see that I love to read. My bookcase is overflowing with dog-eared paperbacks and hardcovers. There are even more books stuffed into drawers, sitting on my coffee table, and jammed into the shelves of my computer desk. About a half dozen cookbooks are precariously stacked on top of my microwave. Magazines fill a basket and litter the dining room table. Add to all of this a stack of catalogs, junk mail, and bills, and everything starts to get a little messy. [Read more...]

Five Tips for Surviving Cold and Flu Season Naturally

Photo by Taylor Marie Photography (Flickr)

Photo by Taylor Marie Photography (Flickr)

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school, the weather is getting colder, and office workers everywhere are lining up for their company flu shots. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 Americans each year are hospitalized and 36,000 die from seasonal flu complications. With the additional threat of the H1N1 virus, this season could be worse than ever. While the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza (locate a flu clinic near you), there are also other steps you can take to naturally boost your odds of surviving what could be a long and severe cold and flu season. [Read more...]