Earth Day Freebies 2013


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Earth Day Freebie time is here again! Every year, several companies offer free products in honor of our Earth. Check your local paper for activities, freebies and additional events scheduled near you. Note: Earth Day 2013 is April 22 but be sure to note the dates below because not all of these Earth Day Freebies are given away on that day. Here are some ideas to help teach your kids about our Earth. Help pick up trash on the playground or around your neighborhood. Help Mom and Dad … [Read more...]

Mom's Personal Garden Retreat


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The perfect gift for Mom on Mother’s day is giving her her own personal garden retreat, a private sitting area under a tree where she can drink tea and read or have a glass of wine and watch the sun set.  I did mine over a weekend out front under the big oak tree.  I like socializing with the neighbors and one has a dog named Oli who loves playing ball in my yard (he thinks it’s a park), you may choose a more quite spot in the back yard.  I also have these squirrels that think that if they leave … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Planters From Plastic Bottles


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When we think about recycling it usually involves setting items at the curb to be hauled off, why not repurpose what you have on hand and turn it into something beautiful that you can enjoy everyday or give as a gift? Reusing what we consider to be trash is not only Earth friendly but very cost effective for us as well. Materials needed for this project: Glue gun & glue stick 1 Bag Cinnamon sticks from Michael’s cut in half.  Don’t be perfect!!! Cranberry’s from store or berries … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Rain Barrel for Under $30


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Celebrate Earth Day and create your own rain barrel. A Rain Barrel is a "tank"  that collects and holds rainwater runoff from rooftops or rain gutters.  Rain Barrels are installed to use collected water for later use, and help to cut down on water main bills.  Using water in this way, a means of recycling, is much wiser and affordable than hooking your hose up to the water you pay for.  We waste thousands of gallons of FREE water from the sky each year. Rain barrels are also important for our … [Read more...]

Uses for Plastic Easter Eggs


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Don't throw away all of those leftover plastic eggs, there are plenty of other uses for them. I started searching the web last night looking for uses for Easter eggs after the kids came home with 4 baskets full! These are some of the best suggestions I found. Save Them - Store them and reuse them next year. Store Hair Accessories - Perfect for little bows or rubber bands. Store Change for Parking Meters Unexpected Waiting Treat - Place a small wrapped piece of gum, small toy or trinket, … [Read more...]

Easy Frame Makeover


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  I love refurbishing old things to make them new again.  I needed some frames for my boys new photos.  I headed to my favorite resale store, as I don't like to buy anything at retail prices and I found exactly what I needed in these two dusty frames.  They have tempered glass, which you need to be careful with, but I scooped them up for $.99 each, brought them home, and went to town! This is what the finish looked like before I got started! I'm using these in my dining room next to … [Read more...]

Earn Money For Your Kids Outgrown Clothes & Toys


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This winter I am packing up the kid's clothes and using thredUP to earn some extra money. I usually end up donating to Goodwill or to curbside pick-up from several charities. I decided to try this out and see how it goes. I already received my free boxes and I am ready to try this new service out. Out with the Old: Do-it-yourself to make the most cash Get FREE boxes from the USPS (you can either pick up the boxes from your local post office or order them at USPS.com – request box type … [Read more...]

Green New Year's Resolutions


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Did you make a New Years Resolution to live "greener" this year? There are a lot of simple ways to have a greener family and household without overwhelming yourself. For my family, it was one step at a time. The first thing I wanted to focus on was recycling. This in itself can be a hard habit to get the family into. The average person throws 56 tons of trash into our landfills every year. YIKES! This is ALOT of trash! How to start recycling I started with a reusable shopping bag on the kitchen … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Planters From Plastic Bottles


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When we think about recycling it usually involves setting items at the curb to be hauled off, why not repurpose what you have on hand and turn it into something beautiful that you can enjoy everyday or give as a gift? Reusing what we consider to be trash is not only Earth friendly but very cost effective for us as well. Materials needed for this project: Glue gun & glue stick 1 Bag Cinnamon sticks from Michael’s cut in half.  Don’t be perfect!!! Cranberry’s from store or berries … [Read more...]

Earn 25 points on Recyclebank with Paper Pilot


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Here's a new way to earn 25 points with Recyclebank! Just log into your Recyclebank account and click "earn points". Scroll until you see Paper Pilot and click on it to start the short video. After you watch the video, click to redeem your points! Recyclebank is a great place to earn points that you can redeem for gift cards, high value coupons, and more! See my post HERE on how Recyclebank works! … [Read more...]

Recycle your old electronic devices and get Recyclebank points!


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Recycling your old phone with Recyclebank FlipSwap means you help the environment and people in need plus gain points in your Recyclebank account! Flipswap takes old devices and fixes them up and gives them to people who really need them! I had several old phones and a non-working iPod laying around the house. After googling how to do a "factory reset" on the phones (to delete all data, pictures, contacts, etc) I logged onto recyclebank.flipswap.com and started the recycle process! All I had to … [Read more...]

25 Points available at Recyclebank from Brita!


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Check your Recyclebank account for an opportunity to earn 25 points from Brita! Just watch the short video and take the quiz for your points (don't worry if you fail, you'll still be able to get your points). If you aren't familiar with Recyclebank, it is a site that rewards you with points for helping to make the world a greener place! When you pledge to recycle or learn about "green" efforts you can earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards and high dollar coupons! It's free and easy to … [Read more...]