A site that offers Sweat Deals….

Mamapedia – Daily Sweet Deals! Check out this site, the deal today is one near & dear to my heart – a “green” deal.  $10 for $25 worth of home products. 
Here is a little more information about the Eco-Friendly site itself:

LetsGoGreen.biz is a business that believes their products can make a positive difference one home at a time. They’re environmentally friendly, and are selected specifically for use in every room in the house.

We were sent a few items to take a look at. Their 100% Recycled Toilet Paper is free of dyes, inks and fragrances and is recycled without chlorine or bleaching. Frankly, as far as I can tell, this was the same as the non-recycled type, so there is absolutely no reason not to switch from the non-recycled type which are cutting down ancient forests. If every home in America changed just one roll for a recycled roll, then it would save a million trees a year.

Another no-brainer is to switch to Ecosafe degradable trash bags. We have the 13-gallon Tall Kitchen Bags. Ecosafe bags are just like regular plastic bags, except that they will totally degrade and compost in 12 to 24 months. They contain an additive called DCP which remains dormant until triggered by sufficient UV light, heat or mechanical stress. The bags leave no toxic or harmful residue.

Finally, I’m getting quite good at looking at reusable bags. Their canvas totes are made in the U.S.A. and are grocery-sized and sturdy.

LifeGoggles.com

Here is a link directly to the site itself:
Green your 2011 with Let’s Go Green Biz Free shipping on orders $49 & over.  (always love free shipping!)

Happy Shopping, Happy Tuesday. 

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Go Credit Card Free Today!!

There is a website that I joined awhile back offering personal daily challenges: https://www.meyouhealth.com/challenge/2011/1/7/go-credit-card-free-today?challenge_how_id=58909#challenge-how-58909

Well, today the challenge was go credit card free today, I’m sure they meant for 1 day, but here’s the thing…. we have been credit card free in my household for over 2 years now. We made a conscious decision that they were just more bills at the end of each month that we couldn’t eventually afford. We were able to get “things” in the now, but in the long run it hurt, you pay more, because you’re paying interest, etc. Some give rewards and we had those too, but the rewards never added up to much! So, we cut them up, paid them off & haven’t touch a credit card since.

We actually have to save to buy things & yes that means sometimes we don’t get them. I do suppose that one day we might have a card again (for emergencies), but not any time soon. We sacrifice, but it’s not forever, and we have what we need.

Don’t get me wrong, my kids still got totally spoiled for Christmas – I bought them way too much, but it was worth it & I have no credit card bill to look forward to that will make me cringe; it’s all paid & behind us, so we got to enjoy them opening gifts without having to think about a bill that will come next month. I can honestly tell you that makes me feel so much better when I do spend “too” much on an occasion, or event.

We started the process of going credit card free over 3 years ago, it took us some time to pay a couple of them off. It’s a process, but it’s worth it in the end. If anyone would like advice, please feel free to ask.

Check out that daily challenge site too, I find some of the excercies are helpful & make me think.

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Time to get honest in 2011 …

Hey folks, sorry I’ve been “off the grid” for a bit. Was busy with a new job, and moping about not having any money. But HEY – it’s a new year & I’ve got a wonderful, happy, healthy family – I’ve got to remind myself sometimes to appreciate all of that & not focus on what we don’t have!

Well, the job did not work out & so back to the drawing board I am looking for legitimate work from home. (why from home you might ask, I have 2 young boys that I stay home to raise & my husband works full time outside the home)

And this year I decided to be completely honest on this blog. We live as green & eco-friendly a lifestyle as we can, well…actually more than we can afford to!! We’re like a lot of families living in America today, we live paycheck to paycheck. It’s not how we used to be, before kids; I worked & made a very decent amount of money, we never worried about money, we had it; right? lol That’s when you don’t worry about it!!

My husband & I made a tough decision, based in large part to the way we each grew up, in divorced homes & myself as a latch-key kid; that when we had children, I would stay home to raise them & he would work. It’s actually what brought us to the town we currently live in, my husband works in this town, so it cut down on car maintenance/wear & tear & commuting costs, such as gas, etc. For over a year we even did it w/only 1 car in the family. That got to be way too difficult last winter; my son was older & I wanted to be able to take him places, do stuff w/him and he was going to be starting preschool, so I would need a car to drop him off/pick him up.

We fought for over 2 years to get a loan modification on our home mortgage (our interest rate was too high, that’s the only reason – it became unmanageable when we lost $20,000 on our old home that we sold) through the homes made affordable program & it worked!! Our mortgage was lowered by $700 per month! Huge, right? Yes! We now really have to figure out a way to lower my car payment, which might mean trading it back in to get a used car at a lower payment, which I’m perfectly okay with, it needs to happen soon, we are pretty strapped for cash right now.

Well, as all of this is probably pretty boring, it’s my first post of 2011, I will continue to write mostly about “green” topics, but with a more doses of reality thrown in & some posts will be more personal. One thing all of my posts will surely be is honest. I will try to help other families, like ours and different to give their families the best on a budget! I’m also always open to ideas, suggestions & questions. Please drop me a line, or two…I would love to hear from you.

PS -if anyone knows someone who is looking for an experienced transcriber, guerrilla marketer, social media savvy blogger/poster, “Green”-minded individual, Notary Public and all around telecommuting professional – well….look no further!!

Have a great night all, feels good to be back.

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short post today…

Hey all, sorry I’ve been a little absent lately. Our family has had a really rough couple of weeks. We lost my husband’s grandfather this past week, last Thursday to be exact. He had physically taken a turn for the worse a couple of weeks ago & then passed on rather quickly since then. So my post tonight is to simply remember & honor him.

I would like to thank him for helping to raise my husband & his brother & for being a positive force in my husband’s life. I am so very thankful that he lived to see his 5 great-grandchildren thus far.

Thank you Dickie & Rest now In Peace.

Love,
Colette, Bob, Patrick & Casey

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Coolest Store I’ve heard about in a long time….

We were watching DIY (Do It Yourself) network, which we love & there are always great tips, some expected & some unexpected… this was one of those unexpected tips which was both environmentally friendly, budget friendly & best of all for a good cause!! (Habitat for Humanity).

They mentioned if you have a home improvement project coming up to check out a store called: Re-Store. It’s run by Habitat for Humanity, here is the blip from their home page:

ReStore resale outlets

ReStores sell new fixtures (like these toilets) as well as gently used furniture, home accessories, appliances and building materials.

Habitat’s ReStore resale outlets sell reusable and surplus building materials to the public
While every ReStore is a little different, most focus on home improvement goods like furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances.

ReStores accept donated goods which are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.

Promoting reuse and recycling
ReStores provide an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of the waste stream while providing funding for Habitat’s community improvement work.

Find a ReStore near you or donate materials
To shop, follow the links below to find a ReStore near you. To donate materials, please contact your local ReStore by following the links below.

The DIY segment didn’t include a website, but here it is: http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx?tgs=OS8xMi8yMDEwIDY6MTM6MzAgUE0%3d

What a phenomenal idea & for such a great cause!!

To find a store near you, use the following link (in U.S., they also have a link for Canada):
http://www.habitat.org/cd/env/restore.aspx From there you click on your state.

I thought this was super exciting, especially coming from a totaly DIY nerd!!

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Join Us In Taking Sustainability To The Next Level | Seventh Generation

Join me & 7th Generation in this Collaborative!! A group to buy & support sustainable living & cleaning products…..

Join Us In Taking Sustainability To The Next Level Seventh Generation

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Green Jargon Friday – "Carbon Footprint"

Simply put your “Carbon Footprint” is the amount of carbon dioxide emissions created by a person or industry. To further explain it is the amount of carbon dioxide output by yourself, your home, your vehicle, your every day life. There are several sites that can estimate your carbon footprint & offer tips to reduce it.

Why would you want to reduce it you may ask? Well, because the earth can only maintain so much carbon dioxide, we need oxygen to survive, so we want more oxygen & less carbon dioxide, or the earth and it’s inhabitants; humans, cannot possibly survive.

Here is a site where you can measure your carbon footprint: http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/carboncalc/Pages/default.aspx?gclid=CLiwk5qh7KMCFZZM5QodZh0k3w

There are many sites with suggestions & tips to reduce your footprint, I will give you one example: http://www.whatsmycarbonfootprint.com/reduce.htm

Now, this is an interesting site I stumbled upon while doing some research http://www.carbonfootprint.com/ If you have some time check it out!!

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!!

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