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5 Benefits to Shelf Safe Milk with #MilkUnleashed

My son has always been a big milk drinker. From the time he weaned from nursing till today… milk is his first drink of choice. He doesn’t like chocolate milk, though. I know, strange. I’m just thrilled that I’ve never had to force, beg, plead, or bribe him to drink milk. So, my biggest problem […]

How to Choose the Best Hybrid Car for Your Family

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 29, 2012 | Categories: Environment, Green, Guest Posts
How to Choose the Best Hybrid Car for Your Family

Guest Post When looking for the best hybrid car for the family, it’s important to consider which type of hybrid best fulfills the needs and priorities of all the family members. It’s also important to review the factors that make the vehicle stand out from competition and explore any tax credits you may benefit from […]

Looking for a green upholstery cleaner

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 21, 2012 | Categories: Environment, Family and Health, Green, Home and Garden
green uphostery cleaner

I’ve been working over the last several years to make my house cleaning be as “green” as possible. I only use homemade cleaners or certain ones that are eco-friendly. Since having my son, this is of the utmost importance to me. I have an off-white living room suite that I need to clean, but was […]

What’s it Really Like to Live in an Eco-Home?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 7, 2012 | Categories: Environment, Green, Guest Posts, Home and Garden

The idea of living in an eco-home might seem daunting.  The first few eco-housing areas to be built certainly had a lot of problems with mold, rot and erosion, as well as poor ventilation, and solar panels that didn’t generate as much power as homeowners would like.  However, developers have learned a lot from those […]

Chico Reusable Bag Review

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 13, 2012 | Categories: Environment, Green, Reviews
Reusable bags

I am always running to the store for a few things. I mean, all the time. I do like fresh fruit and veggies, so I usually make about 3 visits to my local grocery store or farmer’s market a week. I usually use reusable bags but have been wanting some really pretty ones. C’mon I’m […]

Tips to Go Green With Young Children

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 2, 2012 | Categories: Children, Education, Environment, Green, Guest Posts, Tips

    Guest Post Keep several bins in your kitchen or garage. Small children as young as 18 months can be taught to separate trash from recycling. Toddlers love to help and picking up things to place in bins is one of the easiest ‘green chores’ a young child can do. Composting is another easy […]

I Did An Evergreen Fridge Hunt #choosecartons

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 14, 2012 | Categories: Causes, Environment, Green

I took a challenge to look inside my fridge… I mean, really, look inside my fridge. And what did I find? Well, besides the leftovers, and yummy veggies I just got out of my f-i-l's garden, I found a mixture of cartons and plastic containers, but thankfully, more paper cartons. My milk was in a […]

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A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures Review & G!veaway (Ended)

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 25, 2012 | Categories: Children, Environment, Giveaways, Movie Reviews, Movies

A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures is Splashing Onto Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack April 3, and I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy! Let me just say right off the bat, A Turtle's Tale is so stinkin' cute. My son has watched it four times so far, since it came in the mail […]

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Natural House Probiotic Cleaning Products Review & G!veaway

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 3, 2012 | Categories: Environment, Giveaways, Product Reviews

I've struggled with being environmentally safe regarding cleaning my home. On one hand, I want to use products that are safe for my family. However, on the other hand… I sometimes feel my home isn't really clean or better yet, disinfected, if I don't use products with chemicals like bleach, for example, to clean my […]

Only Nalgene Bottles For My Family

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 12, 2011 | Categories: Environment, Family and Health, Product Reviews, Reviews

I had the opportunity to review a Nalgene Bottle from Reusit.com, recently. To be more precise, my son reviewed (and continues to use) the Nalgene bottle. It is his. He takes a snack and water to school every day, and the bottle he had been using, was not always spill-proof. On more than a couple […]