Earth Sense

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  Earth Sense is a one minute program that offers tips on how listeners can go green and save money. From ways to boost fuel economy while driving, to improving the efficiency of an HVAC system, to where and how to recycle many items in the home.

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  As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it can be so easy to drop into a seasonal depression, but you can combat the blues by simply brightening your indoor space.  If your ceilings aren’t already white, a fresh coat of paint can make a cave-like room much lighter.

Have you got a small space in your home where you’re just not sure how to maximize utility?  Whether it’s a bay window dining area or a small home office, there are a few design choices you can make so the space seems larger and serves its purpose.

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Whether you’re heating your home, or enjoying a fire pit s’mores party in the yard, what you burn can be as important as where you burn.  Indoors or outside, natural wood is considered carbon neutral since it only releases the amount of carbon dioxide that the tree required over its lifetime.

Dog Friendly Decor

Dec 8, 2017
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  Dogs are man’s best friend and designing and decorating a comfortable home to include Fido can fun.  Spring for a dog bed that compliments your style and that will hold up over time.  Organize Fido’s leash and poop-bags by the door on a hanging wall hook to clear up clutter and make dog walks more convenient.  

If you’ve ever traveled overseas, then you may be aware that many countries do not refrigerate eggs like we do in the US.  Have you ever wondered why?  We didn’t always wash our eggs.

Stress is the workplace seems to be getting worse as American workers are expected to do more with less.  But don’t let the stress at work affect your health.  The first step to avoid stress is to recognize when you’re feeling stressed. 

Thrifting Tips

Dec 5, 2017

Creating a stylish home on a budget can be a tall order, but by keeping an open mind, finding great items at the thrift store, flea market, and even yard sales can be fun.  The trick is to think creatively!

Meal Planning

Dec 4, 2017

We’re all trying to get more done in less time, but being on the go all the time can negatively affect your eating habits.  The best defense is a good plan!  So take a few moments to plan your meals for the week.

We’ve been talking about ways to reuse items you already have, so here are a few more ideas to keep you thinking.  Those plastic containers and milk jugs can all be modified into handy scoops, dust pans, and garden trowels.

When you start thinking about all the possibilities, reusing what you already have becomes a fun game.  For example, those large black binder clips can be clipped to your desk and used as electric cord keepers for your computer or even your cell phone charger.

Reusing items you already have is the best way to save money and help the environment.  Recycling is great, but it’s not energy neutral.  However, finding new uses for everyday objects is, so with that in mind, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Olive Oil is a staple in many kitchens, but did you know that there are a slew of uses for olive oil that don’t involve the stove?  For instance, olive oil can be used as a natural eye make-up remover and a moisturizing shave cream.

Our schedules tend to be jam packed with work, school, and everything in between, but if you can carve out ten to thirty minutes for a nap, you may feel a boost in your mental and physical well-being.  There are many benefits to taking a nap including improved cardiovascular health and healthy weight management.

These days, it’s difficult to find the energy to make it through the fast pace of life.  Between professional obligations, wanting to spend time with family, and of course, trying to fit in personal goals and fitness, it can all start to feel like there’s just not enough time in the day.  But there are a few simple things you can do to help boost your energy and your mood.  

It just stands in your kitchen quietly doing its job day in and day out.  You may not think about it much, but life certainly would be more difficult without your refrigerator!  Using your fridge seems like a no-brainer, but refrigerators and freezers require large amounts of energy to chill foods.  The manner in which you use yours can help reduce energy waste.  

No-Bake Energy Bars

Nov 22, 2017

Do you find that your energy drops off dramatically in the afternoon?  Are you struggling to stay awake and stay on task during the day?  While coffee and caffeine may offer a temporary pick-me-up, a better alternative is a light snack packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants to rev your energy and keep your brain firing on all cylinders.  Here is a great recipe for no-bake energy bars

Emergency preparedness is a good idea any time of year, and your car is one place where you should definitely have a few emergency items on hand all the time.  Consider keeping things like jumper cables, a flashlight, a small first aid kit, water, and flares or reflective triangles.

Denim Crafts

Nov 20, 2017
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Denim is a versatile fabric.  It looks great, fits everybody, and holds up over time.  But there will come a time when you favorite jeans are too worn to wear.  Before you throw them out, think about ways that you can use the fabric!  Re-using and re-purposing those old pants can save you money and save space in the landfill!  And you can do all sorts of creative things with denim.  And you’ve already got ready made pockets for hanging organizers, pocket refrigerator magnets, or that canvas tote that would be perfe

When it comes to your laundry it can be difficult to know how to treat a stain so your clothes aren’t ruined.  But make it easy on yourself by printing a stain removal guide and post it in the laundry room!

Don’t you just hate it when you drop that big glob of spaghetti sauce on your favorite pants?  And then how can you make sure that stain comes out in the wash?

Laundry Savers 2

Nov 10, 2017

You now have some good ideas to help save you money in the laundry room, so let’s keep the momentum going!  You’ll save money if you wait until you have a full load, but try not to overload.


If you’ve got a large family, then you know that laundry can pile up quickly and detergents are only getting more expensive.  You could try skipping detergent all together and let your machine do the scrubbing for you.  Or you could make your own detergent for a fraction of the price you pay for store bought brands.

As an expectant mother, or even a mom with young children, you should be careful of the cleaning products you use around the house!  And the best way to make sure products are safe is to make your own cleaners with items you may already have at home.  All you need are some spray bottles (preferably ones that you can reuse or repurpose), some baking soda, table salt, vinegar, olive oil, water and some lemons!  

Laundry Savers 1

Nov 9, 2017

We’re all looking to save money and one place you may not have thought to cut corners yet is the laundry room.  These are a few things you could try to help save money on your laundry.


Seems like there are a lot of new mothers in the community now and if you happen to be expecting, consider your diaper options before you choose disposable diapers.  Disposables can be handy and simple, but they can sit in our landfills for years and never decompose.  That’s a big problem!  


Our pets are four legged family members, so it’s important to keep their health and safety in mind in cooler weather.  As rodents and pests start to seek warmer indoor temperatures, the use of pesticides increases, but these rodenticides and pesticides can be highly toxic to your pet.  If you’re going to use these products, do so with extreme caution and make sure you store them (and any other toxic chemicals like motor oil and coolant) in a place inaccessible to pets and children! 

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Nov 8, 2017

Pumpkin recipes are everywhere this time of year and if you’ve got a holiday party on the calendar, this pumpkin pie dip recipe will really please a crowd!

You’ve heard the term “living off the grid,” and maybe you’ve wondered how difficult it would be to wean yourself off the high energy costs of our modern times.  Luckily, alternative sources of energy are becoming more readily available.  Things like solar panels and wind mills can help lower your monthly power bill, but before you pull the plug, plan an experiment to see how well you can live for a full weekend by simply using less energy.  


Pumpkin Recipes

Nov 8, 2017

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year!  And they’re such a versatile fall fruit.  When it comes time to carve those scary jack-o-lanterns, don’t throw out the meat and seeds!

Mushrooms are versatile food sources that can serve as a meat alternative in your low-calorie diet.  Shitake mushrooms are easier to grow than you may think.  You’ll want to start with a hardwood logs like a chestnut or sugar maple, but their favorite hardwood is oak. 


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