Monthly Archives: June 2011

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Composting for Dummies pt.2 – Outdoor Composting

Types of Outdoor Composting

So in Composting For Dummies Part 1 we covered what composting is, why it’s beneficial to you and the environment and what it’s used for. Now let’s get into the how’s of composting. Here’s a list of the ways in which you can compost and they’re pros and cons.

Simple Compost Pile – This is essentially just an area of land that is used just for composting. It’s just like it sounds, just a pile of compost. PROS: No setup, no tools needed, compost can just be scooped from the bottom of the pile. Plus it’s free. CONS: Animals can get to it easily. A fair amount of land is required, so that when it rains or when the wind blows, compost bits aren’t flying at your house, must be aerated* by hand. Continue reading

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Last Minute Green Father’s Day Gifts

So if you’re still trying to figure out what to get Dad for Father’s Day, you still have one day left. If you’re dad’s like mine, then he’s so happy to get any kind of gift, he won’t care if it’s o Father’s Day or a few days after, you’re in luck. You can still order something. If you just flaked, and just can’t show up empty handed, go buy a card tomorrow and write in it that his gift is “on it’s way” and pick one of the items below. (If you’re here, you’re out of time anyway, so read on…)

Last-Minute Green Gifts for Dad’s

Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX for PC and Mac – Sexy has one of these and he loves it. (Granted, I find it all over the house but that’s another story).

 

Aladdin 16-Ounce Recycled and Recyclable Tumbler – This thing is made from Continue reading

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8 Foods That You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

Intake of large quantities of harmful pesticides that are used on most fruits and veggies in conventional farming methods can lead neurological or reproductive damage, especially in developing fetuses and children. Now, don’t get it twisted, organic dos not mean no pesticide is used, it just means a safer, more earth-friendly version is used. And many times, if a fruit or vegetable hasn’t been harmfully sprayed, it’s probably been genetically modified.

Not everyone has access to all organic produce or can afford to eat organic all the time, (I know I can’t). However, it’s hard to know what fruit and vegetables are the best to eat organic and those that we can let pass with a good washing with a Fruit and Vegetable Wash. In my opinion, the best way to save money on organic produce is to buy seasonal produce from a local from a farmer or farmer’s market that doesn’t use harmful pesticides, or a local co-op or grow it yourself. If you don’t have the room/time/inclination to grow your produce yourself and other options are not available in your area, here’s a little guide to 8 foods with the least pesticide residue that you can get away with buying conventional instead of organic and saving a few bucks.

Onions – Onions don’t really get many pests because of their scent. They’re skins also provide a barrier. Make sure they don’t have dark or soft spots and that their smell isn’t overpowering.

Pineapples – Their thick, spiny sins, protect them from most pesticides. You still need to rinse the meat once you get it out. The fruit should be free of soft or dark spots, and shouldn’t smell overly sweet, because that means it’s over ripe. Continue reading

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DIY Upcycled Litter Box Herb Garden

I was all excited the other day when I picked up basil, parsley, rosemary, sage and a few other herbs from the farmer’s market. But not so happy a week later, when a week later, in my kitchen, they all seemed very wilty and unhappy.So I decided to brave the neighborhood cats in favor of more light and plant them in the backyard on the deck alongside my other veggies. One problem though. Continue reading

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Review: KBB “Butter Love”

So this is more of the stash that I picked up on my trip to Karen’s Body Beautiful here in Brooklyn last month. I actually bought more of this product than her Creamyliscious but in hindsight, I think I should have swtiched that around.

Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love $18.00 ($8.00 travel size)

Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Jojoba Butter, Aloe Butter, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils, Grapefruit Seed Oil & Vitamin

The consistency of this product is a like slightly melted pomade. The thing that’s nice about this product is a little goes a long way. It’s also extremely moisturizng. Continue reading

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Composting For Dummies (Pt 1)

Since I just got very first composter about a week and a half ago, I thought I’d share some of my research and chronicle my composting journey here on the blog. I’m going to start with some of the basic wuestion that I asked when I was looking to join the composting corps. So here goes:

What is composting?

The most basic definition is decayed organic material used as plant fertilizer

What is the Purpose of Compost?

The organic matter in compost helps plants root systems grow stronger and produce a bigger yield. (Bigger flowers, fruit, vegetables, herbs or whatever you’re growing). It does this because decayed organic matter has all of the same essential nutrients as what you’re trying to grow out of it. Continue reading

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Review: Trader Joe’ Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

I know I’m like the last person to try using this product because I’ve been reading about it on natural hair boards and blogs for awhile now. It’s just that, if I’m already using products I like, that work for me, it’s hard to tear me way. (I’m a creature of habit I guess.) So when I ran out of my Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner and I found myself in Trader Joe’s one day, I decided that I would try Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. I’m glad I did!

Trader Joe’s Tea TreeTingle Conditioner $3.99 (16oz.)

Ingredients: water, tea tree, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, cetyl alcohol, vitamin e, trace minerals, citric acid, sodium hydroxymethylgycinate, grape seed oil

This stuff is great! It has incredible slip, and I was able to detangle my sopping wet hair Continue reading