Go Green, Save Green Links

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Here are the links to all the articles in the Go Green, Save Green Series! I know you will find all of them have some great information and tips you can use to save money while being green!

MONDAY: PERSONAL CARE/DIY BEAUTY

My Green and Frugal Beauty Care Routine by Live Renewed

Homemade Detangler or Leave In Conditioner by A Delightful Home

My Beauty Routine and a DIY Body Butter Recipe by Simple Organic

A Crunchy Girl’s Guide to Curly Hair–my new crazy chemical free hair care routine by Kinda Crunchy Kate

TUESDAY: CLEANING

Less is More by Open Eye Health

5 Natural Cleaning Tips by A Delightful Home

Swap Paper Towels for Cloth by Kinda Crunchy Kate

WEDNESDAY: REDUCING & REUSING

Reusing and Repurposing Food Packaging by Kinda Crunchy Kate

Don’t Toss It! Repurpose it! by Me
How to Save the Planet & Your Money When Home Decorating From Simply Rebekah

THURSDAY: FOOD

10 Tips for Making Baby Food by Simply Rebekah

Go “Green” With Food by Open Eye Health

Eat Food in Season by Me

Cook a Whole Chicken and Make Chicken Stock by Live Renewed

Grind Your Own Wheat by a Delightful Home

FRIDAY: Natural Remedies, Natural Living

Balancing Frugality, Time, and Being Green by Kinda Crunchy Kate

Creating Herbal Remedies with Eucalyptus Oil by A Delightful Home

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Green Links: 6/25/11

Making Green: Craigslist 101: How to Sell Successfully If I ever, ever, ever get around to cleaning out the 1/2 of my garage I’ve never unpacked from my move, my friend Andrea has the best article on how to sell on Craigslist! (Andrea also runs a home organization builder and if she lived any closer I’d hire her to help me in a snap!)

Saving Green: Craigslist 101: How to Buy Successfully I’ve bought several things off Craigslist (right now I’m trying to hunt down a decent food dehydrator) but there are a few things I learned that I didn’t know from Andrea’s article.

Growing Green: Growing Carrots in Plant Containers Anyone can do this – no yard required.

Going Green: The Importance of Buying Local I’ve just read three books in a row all about farming. I’m a bit over the top on the local bandwagon right now.

What have you been reading lately?

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Green Links: 6/18/11

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Green Links post! I like them … not sure how I got off track????

Making Green: Lessons Learned During a Layoff are things we think we know but are worth repeating!

Saving Green: Life…Your Way has an extensive FREE printables library! Menu plans, Babysitter and Emergency info, Christmas cookie tags….it looks like you can print most anything!

Going Green: I think my sweet friend Rebekah fell victim to this yesterday. Green vs Greener – A New Take on Eco-Snobbery. Have you ever felt someone was being an eco-snob??

Growing Green: I love this Infographic on Home Gardening. Check out the “return on investment part.” Wowza! From my interactions here on The Greenbacks Gal, I have to say gardeners are some of the kindest people – so I think it’s a really good thing it’s a growing trend!

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Better Living Network: Links

The Better Living Network has some great posts this week I think you’ll enjoy!

Eat at Home Menu Planner

Tiffany at Eat at Home has a new FREE downloadable Weekly Menu Planner. Check it out cuz it is super cute and practical to boot!

Crystal at Crystal & Co. has a great resource for How to Plan for a Section 504 Meeting at Your School. Please pass this resource on to those in your life who may need it.

Kay at Bucksome Boomer shares her Department Store Shopping Strategies. I’m heading to the mall later today, so I enjoyed her tips.

Nikki at Coupon Cookin is my go to girl for Whole Foods Deals. Although these deals vary by region, it is worth taking the same coupons in hopes of scoring the same unadvertised deals!

Brandy at Savin Some is the BEST at repurposing and creating clever items. Check out the pillow she made out of a sweater.

Finally, we don’t have a CVS here in C Springs. If you are looking for CVS deals, the Coupon Mommie has all your match-ups!

Happy Reading!

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Green Your Beauty Routine

Photo: SteffanyF!

I will be the first to admit that Greening My Beauty Routine has been the hardest for me. There are two reasons for this.

First, there are A LOT of great deals on drugstore beauty products out there, and it is hard for me to pass up a .25 bottle of shampoo! (I try to keep it honest here)

Second, I find it incredibly difficult to navigate all the labels and ingredients – even in the so called “natural” products.

For example, can anyone tell me what triethanolamine is? Or what potassium myristate is? Can anyone tell me which one is in the “natural” shave cream and which one is in the “drug store” shave cream?

Confusing, right?

But there are a lot of great reasons to avoid what is out there too! Did you know that the FDA doesn’t regulate any of those chemicals that are being used in what is going on our bodies? And that a lot of these chemicals are actually absorbed through our skin – the largest organ on our body!!!!

So here are a few ways to Green Your Beauty Routine. I’ve tried all of these with great success, so you may want to try them too:

Olive Oil – When we were living in Jordan, the Arab women I met always raved about olive oil as a moisturizer. I’ve been using it, and I swear by it! You’ll want to slather it on at night and consider sleeping in a pair of PJ pants to save your sheets. And add a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, if you want to avoid smelling like a pizza!

Tea Bags – Used black tea bags soothe the puffiness around eyes. Just lightly dampen and let rest over your eyes for about 5 minutes. Puffiness gone! The secret is the tannins. This works better than the cucumber slices you may have tried in the past.

Oatmeal – Oatmeal is known for soothing red, irritated skin. Make a facial mask by combining equal parts honey and lemon juice. Add enough oatmeal to make a spreadable paste. Apply to your face and let sit until it starts to feel tight. Wash off, enjoy your beautiful skin.

Cornstarch – Cornstarch is super absorbent and can be used in the same manner baby powder is used. To make it delightfully fragrant, try putting cornstarch and a dried herb in the food processor and pulsing. Good herbs to try include lavender, rosemary or lemon thyme.

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Green Your Grocery List Part 2: Meat and Dairy Labels

Last week, in part 1 of Green Your Grocery List, part of my Resolutionize Your Green Life series, I talked about  Organic Food Labels. This week, we’ll look at the labels you find specifically on Meat and Dairy products. Being aware of what all the labels mean will help you build a healthy, green grocery list.

Organic Food Labels - Meat and dairy can earn the USDA Organic food label. As stated last week, this means the product is antibiotic-free, hormone-free, not genetically modified in any way and has not been irradiated. Looking for the USDA Organic label will ensure what you put in your cart is both healthy and green.

Antibiotic Free – Antibiotics are given to animals raised in confined spaces to halt the spread of any infectious diseases. Antibiotics are also given to help accelerate growth rates in these animals.

Even the FDA has stated antibiotics in meat pose a “serious public health threat.” This is due to the fact the drugs create antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can infect humans who eat it. Look for meat raised free of added antibiotics to best protect your family from antibiotic overuse.

Not Treated with rBST or rBGH- rBST and rBGH are growth hormones given to animals to accelerate their rate of growth to bring more meat to the table faster. For dairy cows, administering growth hormones can accelerate the amount of milk they produce.

Why should this concern you? They are finding that these growth hormones can be passed on to us when we ingest them. This is of particular concern to our girls because it may be the cause of early onset puberty. Look for the labels “no rBST” or “no rBGH” to make sure your food is free of these hormones.

It’s important to note that federal regulations prohibit the use of growth hormones in raising pigs, bison and poultry. So when you see “raised without growth hormones” on a package of poultry – don’t pay extra thinking you are getting something different from any other package.

Vegetarian Fed – Look for labels that say “vegetarian fed” or “no animal byproducts.” Why? Animals that eat feed that may contain other animal by-products is what leads to diseases such as Mad Cow Disease. Diseased animals can lead to diseased humans and these diseases can lead to serious consequences – including death.

Nitrate Free – Nitrates are used in products such as lunchmeat and hot dogs to help preserve them. Why avoid nitrates? Nitrates are thought to lead to some forms of cancer. Of course, there are studies on both sides of the issue. The fact is, it is pretty easy to find products without them, so why not avoid any possibilities?

Grass-Fed – For cattle, grass is the most natural form of feed. When you purchase grass-fed beef, most likely that cow was given free range of a pasture. It was not raised in a feeding pen where most of the diseases are passed from animal to animal. It is also leaner and healthier meat than the meat from its corn fed counterparts. Grass fed beef also tastes a bit different and has different cooking requirements because it is so lean. Read this post for more information on grass-fed beef.

Cage-Free – This is a misleading food label. You’ll find it on poultry products such as eggs. It implies the animal was raised outdoors. However, in reality, all this label means is the animal was given access to the outdoors – not that it ever went out there!

Poultry that is given outdoor access actually produces healthier eggs higher in Omega-3s.

There are egg producers who are truly raising their animals cage-free. This can especially be true if you shop the farmer’s markets. This is a great case to know where your food comes from. A small producer is most likely to give this label true credit.

On The Greenbacks Gal, I’m spending the month of January Resolutionizing Your Green Life.

The Better Living Network has lots of other great topics to help you Resolutionize!

Resolutionize Your Finances with Kay@Bucksome Boomer

Resolutionize Your Home with Nikki@Coupon Cookin

Resolutionize Your Wallet with Jennifer@The Coupon Mommie

Resolutionize Your Mommy-tude with Brandy@Savin Some

Resolutionize Your Kitchen and Cooking with Tiffany@Eat at Home

Resolutionize Your Mom Groove with Crystal@Crystal&Co.

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Green New Year’s Resolutions

What does 2011 hold on The Greenbacks Gal?

I want to help eliminate the “going green is too expensive” excuse. Especially when it comes to organic, whole grain, whole foods, all natural living. I want to put whole foods back on family tables. No family should feel like fresh produce is out of their budget. No family should feel like whole grains are too expensive.

Unfortunately, economics and convenience have won out over natural taste and nutrition. And America’s health is suffering. Are you aware that America does not grow or import enough fresh produce to meet the federal guidelines for what we should be eating each day?

None of us want to give our whole paycheck to buy foods that are sustainable and pesticide-free. By employing savvy savings strategies, we don’t have to.

I want to give you ways to put that healthy food on your table. I think I’m lucky because I like to cook. But I’m not a big fan of the “What’s for dinner?” question when I don’t have a plan in place. In 2011, you’ll find more recipes like my Whole Wheat Pancake mix that are whole grain, taste great, and make meal preparation a snap. That’s what my Green Diet is all about.

I want to make Going Green easy. We’re still making green changes everyday. Admittedly, some green experiments have not gone well. My husband was in a serious bike wreck while riding his bike on his daily commute. I still can’t let him back on his bike – physical trauma for him, mental trauma for me!

But keeping a compost pail just makes me giddy. I’d love for each of you to get joy out of the green changes you make.

Plus, I want this to be a place where we all learn together. I’m sure you’ve got some things that are working for you that could help us all.

I will continue to Give Back. When I’m posting deals, if they are giving it away, so will I, even if it isn’t green. If I can get a product for free by combining a coupon with a sale, I will. I look at it as a donation made by the companies that are offering the coupon to the charities of my choice. They are the ones covering the cost of the coupon, so they aren’t making a profit, therefore I feel justified in picking up the product to help someone else.

There are no choices in poverty. Poverty can’t use its economic power to leverage change.  Besides, I can’t be political when there is genuine need. I can be political by using my dollars to vote for the change I’d like to see. I can donate free products to local organizations that are helping my community.

Getting some products for free also happens to be one of the ways I know my readers are slowly greening their grocery lists. I hear all the time that by getting product x or y for free, families are then able to put more wholesome choices into their grocery budgets. I hope by the end of 2011, we’ve eliminated economics as a reason not to go green.

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