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Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

Fresh Citrus Candle

 

 

I just found this on Facebook from one of my friends and I think it is an amazing idea!! This is so simple and a great way to reuse citrus rinds instead of just throwing them out, you can also use the rinds as extra exfoliant in body butters, washes and scrubs! This is a simple and quick way to freshen up your home with ingredients you already have at home! No more having to go out and spend money on sprays, candles or other expensive fresheners. I cannot wait to try this!

Supplies:

Citrus Fruit (orange/lemon/lime/grapefruit)
Organic Olive Oil
(olive, vegetable, olive, coconut, avo, whatever you have at home)
Essential Oil (if you want to mix scents and get fancy)

Directions:
1. Cut the fruit in half.
2. Cut out the fruit but leave the core center attached.
3. Pour oil in to the cored out fruit.
4. Add any other essential oils or even bits of the fruit in to the oil.
5. Light the stem and it will burn for hours.

Make Your Own Super Cool Book Covers

DIY FABRIC BOOK COVER

DIY FABRIC BOOK COVER

 

Back to school season is here and one of my favorite parts of school supplies was definitely book covers. I know many of us have fabric laying around that we hate to part with but have no use for. Now you do! I can’t believe I have never thought about doing this before! You can also totally personalize the covers when you are done and who knows this might make your kids want to crack open their text books! I found this fun project that is great for students or just DIY-ers like myself right here. There are plenty of photos to help you along the way if you get confused.

Supplies:
Books
fabric
glue gun
scissors
butter knife
spray adhesive

Any bows, buttons, ribbons, odds and ends you have been needing something to do with to jazz up your book covers.

Directions:
1. Iron the fabric you intend to use.
2. If the book has a jacket take it off and put it in a safe place.
3. When cutting the fabric make sure to leave about 1-2 inches of overhang all the way around the book.
4. Make sure to cover the surface you are working on with something you don’t mind getting sticky. Spray adhesive is an evil substance akin to Aquanet times infinity!
5. Spray the adhesive on the back book cover and spine. You don’t need too much as a little goes a long way and that stuff really is sticky.
6. Turn the book over, position it on the fabric how you want it, press down, turn it over so the back is now facing you, and smooth it out with your hand.
7. Do the same for the front cover.
8. Cut 2 slits on the spine so that you can fold them over into the spine (to be explained later)
9. Add some glue along the longer edge of fabric where it will meet up with the book. Do not go completely to the edges of the fabric. Fold over onto the inside cover to hid the edges.
10. Put a dab of glue where the fabric meets on the corner. Press the fabric together and hold for a few seconds.
11. Run some glue along the edge of the fabric and make sure to secure the fabric to the inside of the cover.
12. Fold the outer corners in a little bit and glue them into place.
13. For the spine cut the fabric to 1/2 inch to make sure enough is there to fold over.
14. Get a butter knife and use it to fold the piece of fabric into the spine. You can use a little dab of glue to secure the fabric if you want.
15. Once the cover is finished and set to dry for a little bit you are free to finish decorating the book anyway you want! Use your imagination and have fun with it!.

Arguments about Animal Ethics

Arguments about Animal Ethics

Arguments about Animal Ethics

 

Arguments about Animal Ethics is clearly a text book but nevertheless I really thought this is an important subject to read up on. I am constantly having this discussion with people and their thought process on how meat gets on their plates or how that leather jacket came to be even why wearing fur in general is just plain gross. Most people don’t think passed the chicken they see walking around and the leg they nosh on at a back yard BBQ. I think many people can’t distinguish because they are so far removed from the processes it takes to make their food and clothing they don’t even think about it. My favorite example is of my friends who are Hindu and they take their religion very seriously. So as a part of their religion they cannot eat beef. Beef of any kind is not allowed in their home or business. Yet, they wear tons of leather all of the time. This makes no sense to me. They may choose not to eat beef not because of the ethical reasons but for religious but why is wearing it any different than eating it? The animal is still harmed in the process, is it not?
I think people who wear fur are just as removed. Now I am not trying to say I am a strict vegetarian or vegan in any way but I do understand how and where my food comes from. I have less of an issue with people eating meat (even if it does make me sad, even fish) than I do with them wearing animals, very specifically fur. People have no clue what happens to animals beyond house hold pets and even then people treat trash better than them sometimes. I feel like the masses only consider humans important and every living thing beyond that is less important and therefore can be treated any way we see fit. What a sad misconception, right? That quite possibly is the reason for the state our environment is in. Why there are perhaps so many indangered species. Arguments about Animal Ethics can help us all learn a bit about animal ethics in the process. Any little bit one person can change will make a difference. The more you know the more likely you are to pass on this information to someone else and so on.
Description: Bringing together the expertise of rhetoricians in English and communication as well as media studies scholars, Arguments about Animal Ethics delves into the rhetorical and discursive practices of participants in controversies over the use of nonhuman animals for meat, entertainment, fur, and vivisection. Both sides of the debate are carefully analyzed, as the contributors examine how stakeholders persuade or fail to persuade audiences about the ethics of animal rights or the value of using animals. The essays in this volume cover a wide range of topics, such as the campaigns waged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (including the sexy vegetarian and nude campaigns), greyhound activists, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, food manufacturers, and the biomedical research industry, as well as communication across the human-nonhuman animal boundary and the failure of the animal rights movement to protest research into genetically modifying living beings. Arguments about Animal Ethics’ insightful analysis of the animal rights movement will appeal to communication scholars, as well as those interested in social change.

Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm

Indie Lee Body Balm

Indie Lee Body Balm

 

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Indie’s Story: After conquering a life-threatening brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins as the culprit, Indie Lee awoke on April 22, 2009 with a new lease on life and the passion to create a chic and eco-friendly namesake collection. Comprised of the finest all-natural ingredients around the world, the line is designed to enhance the face and body with gratifying green glamour. Indulge in the luxurious feel and beautiful benefits of Indie Lee products while protecting the Earth– and your body. Unleash your inner and outer beauty with Indie Lee, an eco-chic collection of skincare products that combine style and sustainability without sacrifice. Click here for some more Indie Lee info. You can watch her story here too!!

Product Description: Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm: Dab this all-natural, skin-softening formula over chapped elbows, dry heels, and anywhere that needs extra hydration. Formulated with jojoba oil, avocado oil, and beeswax to seal in maximum moisture.
Ingredients: Indie Lee Hydrating Body Balm is an all natural balm that helps to moisturize and heel skin without leaving it sticky and greasy. Because the Hydrating Balm does what it says it will do, and is non-drying like other products of its kind, it does not need to be reapplied constantly throughout the day to be effective. When used to hydrate heels, the user need not wear socks to keep from damaging linens as this balm penetrates and heals versus sitting on the surface of the skin.

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Back to School 2013 Save Your Green

JuiceBeauty.com FREE SHIPPING

 

Back to school season is here already can you believe it! Time just flies and I feel like summer only just got here. I am not at all ready for fall no matter how much I love it. I am ready however to save you money on your fave green stuff for back to school! There is no reason to pay full price for items that you have to purchase. As always if you can reuse or recycle anything you have from last year I say go for it but that is not always a possibility so here are some great deals and discounts I have found from some great ethical stores!

Save 35% on Glob – Paint Set at GreenCupboards! Offer ends 8.18.2013.

Save $10 off $50 in our back-to-school category at GreenCupboards! Offer ends 9.15.2013.

Eco-Friendly Products on sale!! Just in time for Back to School!

Receive 10% OFF all lunchbox orders with code LUNCHBOX2013. Code Expires 9/30/2013

Take an Additional 10% off Eco-Friendly Furniture

Gaiam Annual Sale – SAVE UP TO 75% OFF Now At Gaiam.com & Get Free Shipping On Any Order Over $100! Click Here! Use Code: AFGASHPJ3 At Checkout!

Get 5% off Keetsa Tea Leaf Supreme Mattress plus FREE Ship. Use code “KEETSA5POFFSUPREME” at checkout. (Exp 08/31/13) – Shop KEETSA Now!

On sale at VivaTerra. Save up to 50% on natural home décor, organic gifts and more.

FREE SHIPPING! Yea! In the United States on orders over $100 (after discounts)

ethicalDeal.com

Sale On Fair Trade iPad Cases – Over 15% Off

Vegan Soaps and bath products at LUSH.

Save 20% on All Trilogy Rosehip Oil PLUS Great Free Gift

Free Shipping AND 20% off Entire Purchase at Abe’s Market!

Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49 with code SUMMER2013! Coupon only valid for UPS Ground Shipping. Coupon does not include furniture, over-sized items and orders shipping outside of the contiguous 48 United States.

Ethical Cashmere = Click Here

VITAMIN SALE!! Buy 2 or more and Save! Plus get FREE SHIPPING on any order of $25! Hurry, sale ends soon!

FREE shipping when you spend $100 from Coyuchi.com. Use coupon code: Organic100

Mandrill Candle Holder Give Away

Mandrill Ceramic Candleholder

Mandrill Ceramic Candleholder

 

 

It has been a long time since I have had a contest so I figured now is an excellent time to get back on the ball. I found these super cute Mandrill Candle Holders quite some time ago and think they are a great addition to any ones home. The artist, Putu Oka Mahendra makes his art in memory of his mother. He has this set of candle holders and other beautiful home decor items as well. I like Putu’s style and artistry. I think many of you would enjoy his style which is why I have decided to give away a set of his Mandrill Candle Holders. I have also given you some interesting information on what exactly a mandrill is because they are not only interesting they are kind of really cute to boot! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!!!

The mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) is a primate of the Old World monkey (Cercopithecidae) family, closely related to the baboons and even more closely to the drill. It is found in southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. Mandrills mostly live in tropical rainforests and forest-savanna mosaics. They live in groups called hordes. Mandrills have an omnivorous diet consisting mostly of fruits and insects. Their mating season takes place from June to October.Both the mandrill and the drill were once classified as baboons in genus Papio, but recent research has determined they should be separated into their own genus, Mandrillus. The mandrill is the world’s largest species of monkey. Charles Darwin wrote in The Descent of Man that “no other member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrills.” The mandrill is classified as vulnerable by IUCN. The mandrill is the most colorful primate. It has an olive green or dark grey pelage with yellow and black bands and a white belly. Its hairless face has an elongated muzzle with distinctive characteristics such as a red stripe down the middle and protruding blue ridges on the sides. It also has red nostrils and lips, a yellow beard and white tuffs. The areas around the genitals and the anus are multi-colored, being colored red, pink, blue, scarlet, and purple. They also have pale pink ischial callosities. The coloration of the animal is more pronounced in dominant adult males. Both sexes have chest glands which are used in olfactory communication.

To enter the contest all you have to do is comment below with what kind of animal you think is interesting enough in real life to be made into a piece of home decor for your your home and why! The contest ends August 31st! I will announce the winner via Facebook so make sure you are a Fan or you will miss out. As per my usual contest rules the winner has 48 hours to contact me with their contact information so that I can ship them their candle holders.   If I don’t hear from the winner in 48 hours I will choose a new winner right away.  You don’t want to miss out on this great contest! Free shipping in the US only.  International shipping fees apply. 

Bring Eco-Fun Back To School

It is back to school season already and I feel like summer has just flown by. It makes me sad for the beautiful weather but excited for fall! I know everyone is scrambling for new supplies and the hottest cool fads to bring back to the classroom. I hope green will be in this year! Here are some items supplies that can help you and your family keep on the green path during this school year:

Lunch Box Size Kleen Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Lunch Box Size Kleen Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

 

 

One of the most important parts of the day is staying hydrated. The Lunch Box Size Kleen Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle is a great way to avoid sugary drinks sold at school while still having a clean cold drink during the say. The bottle is refillable and reusable. Kleen Kanteenbottles are made from 100% recyclable, food grade, and high quality stainless steel. The wide-mouth bottle even allows for you to put ice cubes or thicker drinks in to it. They are easy to clean and much better for the environment than disposable bottles/boxes.

 

 

 

EcoGear Ocean Recycled PET Backpack

EcoGear Ocean Recycled PET Backpack

 

The EcoGear Ocean Recycled PET Backpack is made from recycled PET bottles for 1. but 2. is only $34.00 which to be honest is a great price for a book bag. EcoGearhas 3 different style bags to choose from so everyone can find something they like. These backpacks are super cute and stylish for being “green”. The simple designs can make sure that the bag will last through a few school years making it completely worth the money.

 

Penelope Pirate Owl Jotter

Penelope Pirate Owl Jotter

 

The Penelope Pirate Owl Jotter is perfect for homework assignments, chores or to do lists for any student. I always kept my homework assignments in smaller notebooks with due dates so I could mark off what assignments were finished. It make it much easier to prioritize. The Penelope Pirate Owl Jotteris make from sustainably harvested birch, is recyclable and the pages are made from 100% post consumer waste! Let’s also not forget how completely adorable this thing is seriously.

 

 

 

Green Apple Eco-friendly Highlighter Pencils

Green Apple Eco-friendly Highlighter Pencils

 

I love the idea of highlighter pencils! How much fun! Regular highlighters always bled through or ran out at the worst time ever! Green Apple Eco-friendly Highlighter Pencils are biodegradable, big enough in size to cover enough space for high lighting and won’t smear or smudge. They can also be used to make super cute doodles and drawings when some subjects are less than interesting.

 

All Natural Glue

All Natural Glue

 

 

I know in school glue is something that gets used often. Projects are inevitable in school and many times regular glues smell horrible. All Natural Glueis just as good if not better than other adhesives. Also, if your child or one you know is a fan of eating glue this is obviously the better and safer choice.

 

 

 

Robot Stainless Steel Food Jar by Crocodile Creek

Robot Stainless Steel Food Jar by Crocodile Creek

 

Bringing lunch to school is a great way to save money and be healthy. To make your dining experience greener make sure to use items like this stainless steel food jar by Crocodile Creek. Reusable packaging is great for school lunches. They don’t have to worry about throwing anything out, reusable food storage items keep food safer and yummier by the time lunch rolls around. Crocodile Creek has super cute stuff for you or your kids lunches.

Are You Keeping Your Labor Day Green

Go Green for Labor Day

Go Green for Labor Day

 

 

I know most of us have off of work this Monday September 5th for Labor Day and we love to go out and shop the amazing sales everyone, even green businesses, are having but have you considered partying, shopping or wasting? Why not take the time to clean your yard, fix broken things around the house or even better do some fun crafts from things that have been lying around the house.

I thought I would share my Labor Day weekend plans/ideas and maybe they will inspire you to do the same!

1. Clean up our yard. After the hurricane our garden and lawn is covered in leaves, branches and garbage which needs to be sorted through and recycled. I will also keep an eye out for things I can use to make crafts for this weekend.

2. Get veggies and herbs out of my garden that are ready to be picked.

3. Cooking for the week using what I have gotten from my garden and from around the house that has been sitting there waiting to be used.

4. Decorate my house for Halloween. I have been waiting all summer to decorate and since the weather has been much cooler lately I see no reason not to.

5. Clean and organize the house. There have been some cabinets, closets and drawers that I have been ignoring that need some organization. In the process I can put things aside to use in crafts.

6. Work out! Why not get your fitness on while you have a 3 day weekend! Healthy minds start with healthy bodies. Plus if you are putting all of this effort into cleaning up the environment you can save some time for yourself right?

7. Find fun fall crafts to do for Halloween, fall or back to school anything. Remember to use the items you found from your yard or when cleaning out your closets, cabinets and closets.

8. Have family time. Play games, watch a movie or eat a family meal. You have 3 whole days to spend together make the most of it. Take this time to learn more about how your family can be greener!

9. Take time to relax. Read a book instead of watching television. Make some at home spa treatments for yourself. Take a nice bath to release the stresses from your daily life.
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Reclaimed Wood Organizer

Reclaimed Vintage House Wood Organizer with drawer

Reclaimed Wood Organizer

I keep telling you how school is here and getting ready is a must. Whether you are going away to school or just need to get better organized Chaba has designed a unique way of getting it done. Chaba’s Reclaimed Wood Organizer can help you keep your school work or project junk in one organized area with no mess and nothing getting lost.

About:

The word Chaba represents the beautiful Hibiscus flower that grows widely throughout Thailand and other parts of the Pacific. We take pride in our RECYCLED WOOD products. Why cut down trees when we can re use old ones. We retrieve the old wood from torn down buildings, schools, boats, and homes in Thailand.
We’ve turned something old, and turned it into a new unique form of art and home or office decor. Our handmade recycled wood products is reclaimed and refinished to perfection.
Each frame and accent item is one of a kind and in effect, an artifact due to the process of its creation. We are proud that these frames and other decor pieces are used to capture the memories, art, and the essence of life whilst being entirely eco-friendly. Chaba Decor promotes sustainability and fair trade by purchasing wood pieces from local woodworkers who set out to collect wood from torn down building sites including some old Tsunami wreckages. We then employ local artisans to make our items using their original craft and manufacturing methods.

Super Cool Sandwich

Super Cool Sandwich

Super Cool Sandwich

Back to school season is here for everyone and even some are already in school! Crazy! The summer just started I feel like. Either way here is a super cool sandwich idea to cheer up your child and maybe brighten up the boring old lunch routine.

Ingredients:

* Cups (that you can put food coloring in)
* Organic Milk
* Natural or Organic Food Coloring
* New Paint Brushes
* Organic Wheat bread (white bread may yield better results but it isn’t very healthy)
* Toaster

Instructions:

1. Fill each cup with two tbsp. of milk.
2. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup.
3. Paint any pictures or designs on the bread using the colored milk and brushes.
4. Toast your food art lightly but make sure the bread doesn’t burn.
5. Once the bread has cooled off a little make put the sandwich together.
6. Add a little note to let your children know how much you love them!

You can use this project as an after school snack also! Experiment with other breads or even wraps and pitas! You could even use pizza dough and make super cool pizzas! You will be the coolest parent ever with this simple yet creative lunch idea!