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    Is Your Home Disaster Ready?

    The forest fires in Fort McMurray were devastating. The fire itself wasn’t all that news worthy – forest fires are a natural part of the forest life cycle. But with tens of thousands of people evacuated and facing the very real truth of having no homes and businesses to return to, these fires were front page news. As long…


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  • 4 Ways to Keep Your House Cool

    Summers are getting hotter, and that’s likely not going to stop any time soon. For some, running the air conditioner is the only way to get relief. Even if you do have the AC on, there are ways you can keep cool while saving energy (and money). Read…


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    3 Ways to Grow Food in a Small Space

    You may not think you have the right geography or amount of space to start a functional garden, but the truth is that virtually anyone can grow their own herbs and vegetables at home. To show you how easy it can be, guest blogger Bobbi Peterson of Living Life…


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    How to Host a Green BBQ Party

    It’s backyard BBQ season! If you’re hosting friends and family for weekend get-togethers, consider how you can reduce waste and choose food more responsibly. You’ll save money, and your guests will probably appreciate (or at least acknowledge) your efforts and might even adopt them too! But don’t stop reading if you think I’m going to tell you…


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  • How to Recycle… Less

    Recycling gives us a false sense of success. Yes, recycling is better than landfill, but it’s better still to reduce your amount of waste overall – including recyclables.  In this article for EcoParent Magazine, I share 3 tips to reduce what you send to the recycle bin.


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    How Green Living Can Make You Happier

    There’s a common misconception that going green means you have to spend more. More time, more energy, more money. Sometimes, this is true. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, green living offers the opportunity to spend less energy, time, and money on things that don’t bring you pleasure, and focus more on what you love. Sound too…


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    What’s in Fragrance and Parfum

    HINT: Mountain air and meadow flowers are not actually used in your air freshener. We’ve been sold on the idea of a clean smell. So we use air fresheners, room sprays, plug-ins, candles and dryer sheets to add fragrance to our home. But the ingredients used to create those “Mountain Fresh”, “Spring Meadow”, and “Lavender Vanilla” scents are not as natural…


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  • All About Baking Soda

    Baking soda has been used for decades as a workhorse around the house. What exactly is it and what makes it so great? I’m glad you asked, because here’s everything you ever wanted to know (and maybe some things you didn’t) about baking soda. (more…)


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  • How to Avoid Greenwashing

    The Honest Company is the latest big name brand to come under scrutiny for containing an ingredient it claims to avoid. Look up Live Clean’s Green Earth line of shampoo on Think Dirty, and it gets a 10 (where 1 is good and 10 is bad). Most Arbonne products get a 5…


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    How to Spend Earth Hour Like You Mean It

    Earth Hour gets a lot of media attention, arguably more than Earth Day. I think it’s because an hour is such a manageable target – you can do just about anything for an hour (other than holding your breath). So for the average person who doesn’t want to think too much about living green, an hour of…


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