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Maple Syrup Taffy Fun Frozen Activity

Maple Syrup Taffy

Maple Syrup Taffy

 

 

I am sure we are all tired of talking about or hearing about how cold it is and how frozen we all feel. I say make the best of it! I found this super fun and delish science experiment that is simple for everyone…as long as your stove is currently working.
All you have to do is slowly heat up maple syrup and stir it slowly until it is warm almost boiling but you don’t want to burn it. Once the syrup is ready go outside and find fresh clean snow and pour the syrup in any shape you want. I saw some photos where people put popsicle sticks in the snow as well so they could easily remove it and have pops!
You can make any shape you want and share it with your friends! You could even heat up some chocolate or caramel and do the same to make pops even combine all 3!
If you want to find more fun cold weather experiments try Janice VanCleave’s Weather: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects (Spectacular Science Project). It’s not like we have a polar vortex everyday now is it!?

New Twist On Tuna & Pasta

Tuna & Pasta With Cannellini

 

I love tuna and pasta. It was one of my favorites growing up. There wasn’t a thing my mother couldn’t do with it. I eat it pretty regularly and it happens to even be one of my favorites to eat a sushi as well. I don’t want my tuna recipes to get stale or boring so I am always looking for ways to change things up. I will admit this recipe came at a time I didn’t have much in the kitchen and was too lazy to go to the store. That being said it was one of the most delish made up concoctions I have ever made!!

Ingredients:
2 cans Tuna
1/3 organic chopped yellow onion
1/2 can organic cream of mushroom soup
1/4-1/2 can organic cannellini beans (depending on preference)
1/2 table spoon of Brummel and brown
1/2 cup organic broccoli (or any green veggie you prefer i.e. peas spinach)
1lb organic pasta (any kind you prefer)
organic lemon juice
organic red pepper flakes
minced organic garlic
black pepper
organic fresh parsley

Directions:

1. Boil water for pasta.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Grease glass baking dish (or any baking dish you prefer)
4. Mix the tuna, cream of mushroom, beans, veggies, garlic, red pepper, lemon juice, parsley, onion and any other spices you prefer together first in the baking dish and let sit (feel free to add cheese too because it is just plain delish.)
5. When pasta is finished cooking, drain and add that to the ingredients in the baking dish.
6. Cover the top of the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 30mins.
7. After 30mins remove the aluminum cover and bake for another 10 mins or until the top is light brown.
8. Let cool and serve!

Pumpkin Pie Frapp-amazing

Pumpkin Pie Frapp-amazing

Pumpkin Pie Frapp-amazing

 

I am in love with fall! Pumpkin flavored things, especially drinks! When I saw this recipe from one of my fave blogs I had to share it with my loverly greenies!!! This recipe is simple and quick which makes it even better. I know the picture shows the frappe in a mason jar but how much fun would it be to drink out of mini pumpkins or even a cored out apple with perhaps a cinnamon stick as a straw  to give it some extra fall feeling!!

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk
2 Tbsp. organic canned pumpkin(not pumpkin pie)
1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
1/4 tsp.organic pumpkin spice ground
1 tsp. stevia
5 ice cubes
2 tbsp. whip cream, fat free
1 dash cinnamon, ground

 

Directions:
In a blender add coconut milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, stevia and ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass (or fall fruit)  and top with whip cream and sprinkle of cinnamon.
Makes 2 cups

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!.

Save Your Green April 2013


 

The Spring is here Greenies!!! I do love this time of year. It is time for us to make the most of the nice weather we are lucky enough to have. Back yard BBQ’s, pool parties, evenings on the beach! I cannot wait to get in full swing. Many of our favorite ethical companies are offering great deals and sales right now to make your Spring greener and healthier! Don’t miss out!!

Save 20% on Eat Cleaner produce wash. Eat Cleaner removes dirt and pesticides from your fruits and vegetables extending their shelf-life by 200%

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.

Free Shipping on the JOOS Orange Portable Solar Charger. Perfect camping and RV accessory. Use JOOSFRESHIP at checkout. Expires 5/15/2013.

Now Shipping – The NEW Spring Lineup of Products From Coyuchi.com! All With Free Shippping On Any Order Of $300 Or More! Click Here!

Get 5% Off Keetsa Protectors for a limited time. Enter code “KEETSAPROTECTOR” at checkout. Shop Now!

Save up to 50% Off with NOVICA Daily Deals! Handmade Gifts Everyday!

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

Save 15% Off Site Wide Now At OrganicBouquet.com! Click Here! Hurry Ends 4/26/13

Formulated with 100% organic Quinoa, a superfood protein trusted by the Incas and NASA. Use “KEEN” for 20% off

$1 off any order and free shipping!! Coupon Code: TREES

Cruelty Free Cosmetics: Afterglow Cosmetics offers a complete line of cruelty free cosmetics certified by PETA and Leaping Bunny.

Save the Rainforest! Visit The Rainforest site and find out how!

Save up to 75% on quality herbs, vitamins, and natural beauty products at Botanic Choice!

Two Toned Cork Apron

I was perusing one of my favorite online stores the other day looking for fun green things to present to my faithful readers and I found a few super cute, really interesting and just plain fun items that could work in almost any home. My major issue with ethical home products are that they are usually ridiculously expensive, look “reused” or have no thought behind it. In that they are bland and design/aesthetics didn’t really have a part in the development process. I understand that pricing for some products is necessary due to the process the items may have to go through to be made and usable. I still feel that an integral part of being ethical is obviously pricing. I feel like what is the point of making an item ethical when you have to spend an arm and a leg for it. I realize I have mentioned this before but to me a part of being ethical and conscious is being affordable otherwise it isn’t very useful for helping the masses. Here are a few super cute things I found at Uncommon Goods that I would enjoy owning myself.

 

Upcycled Zip Wallet

Upcycled Zip Wallet

 

 

Product Description: Upcycled Zip Wallet’s raw materials once spent their days lounging around the beaches of Bali. That sounds lovely, except that those materials are actually plastic bags. Billions of plastic bags are used every year, and many of them find their way to the ocean, where they can be damaging or fatal to marine life.
For each wallet, ten of those wayward bags are reclaimed from the shoreline, cleaned, cut and crafted into a durable cover. Inside are accordion dividers to keep your own resources organized, and an inner zippered pocket for your valuables. Because of the upcycled nature of the materials, each one will have a unique combination of bright colors. Because these wallets are handmade of recycled materials, each is one of a kind. Made in Bali, Indonesia
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Recycled Ceiling Tin Photo Frames

Recycled Ceiling Tin Photo Frames

 

 

 

Product DescriptionRecycled Ceiling Tin Photo Frame Add vintage charm to your photos with textured, metal frames. The intricate rococo patterns are actually pressed tin ceiling tiles that once adorned homes and shops around the Northeast. Salvaged from crumbling buildings and remodeling projects, artist Margaret Taylor turns them into rustic frames. Due to the reclaimed nature of the materials, colors and patterns will vary. Handmade in Georgia

 

Two Tone Cork Apron

Two Tone Cork Apron

 

 

 

Product Description: The Two Tone Cork Apron is crafted from ultra-thin sheets of cork, a sustainably harvested material that is supple, durable, and naturally water resistant. Derived from the bark of Cork Oak trees, the material’s natural veining and stippled appearance gives a rich earthiness that is unexpected in a typically textile-based accessory. The dark-stained cork is set off nicely by the contrasting, lighter natural color of the ample central pocket, which is the perfect catchall for cooking utensils, towels or recipe cards. The apron is stitched around the edges and is reinforced with a cotton backing. Made in Portugal.

 

 

Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamp

Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamp

 

 

 

Product Description: Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamps are crafted from spent fire extinguisher canisters. The artist Valentino Llegada hand paints each one in shades of black and gray. The aluminum material is lightweight and sturdy, and its interior is left with its metallic finish, which helps reflect the light out into the room. Available in two styles – cylindrical or with rounded edges – created by using either the top or the bottom of the canister. Comes fitted with a light socket and cord, and is ready to hang with included screw hooks. Cord does not have built-in switch. Handmade in Florida. Sold individually

 

Green Bride Guide Gifts and Deals

Are you wondering what ethical gifts to get for some of your favorite people this holiday season? I know it isn’t always easy and can be extremely time consuming to find the right gift with the right qualities that make you feel comfortable purchasing! I have found a few super cute little things you can get for the home as gifts for your loved ones that break the bank or your morals.  I found a slew of great finds at one of my most treasured places, The Green Bride Guide. Get $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Green Bride Guide Gift Shop!

 

Yellow Bird Candle Holder

 

Product Description: This candle holder was created using only natural materials and eco-friendly principles. Designed in partnership with global and local artisans who share the purpose of making nature-inspired products unlike any other. Each piece is individually handcrafted to create an item that is handsome, built to last, and of good value. 5.75″ x 4.5″ x 6.75″ Materials: Ceramic, Metal.  Super cute and super sweet at only just $15.00 you can’t go wrong with such a cute little accessory.  Add a soy candle to the gift to be extra thoughtful.

 

 

 

 

Product Description: This functional piece lends a nautical and eco-friendly style to any room. The plate is 10.5″ in diameter, and 2.5″ deep. I really like this plate for myself to be honest. It is simpl cute and lest we forget made from recycled glass! Great for anyone’s home and only $17.00.  You can fill this dish with candy or candles and wrap it up to give it a personal touch.

 

 

 

 

Product Description: Because of the generously sized bowl, these unique glasses lend character to any beverage or tasting event. Sold individually.  A great give to give either as on or a set. I love glasses of all kinds especially when they are made from recycled glass.  This is a good gift if you know someone who is difficult to buy for or if they are a wine lover!  You can even add some decoration to make it a bit more personalized.

 

 

 

 

Coconut Bowl

 

Product Description: Coconut is another remarkable renewable material. The coconut palm is grown throughout the tropics for decoration as well as for its many culinary and non-culinary needs. Virtually every part of the coconut has some application including the coconut shell, a waste by product. After the coconut meat and milk have been harvested the shell can be used for many purposes including these decorative bowls. Each bowl is unique. Every bowl is cleaned, polished and finished with a durable food safe laquer, then accented with color. Ideal for serving hot or cold foods or for displaying fruit. Coconut Bowls clean easily with warm soapy water or a damp cloth. (They’re not recommended for dishwasher or microwave.) Bowls are priced individually 5.5″ diameter x 2.5″ high. Super cute bright colors and perfectly sustainable.  Add your own personal touch to it by putting dried fruit, candy or even other cute little house hold items in it.  The coconut bowl  is a cute way to say Happy Holidays!

November 2012 Save Your Green

Monthly Category Discount 300 x 250

 

The holidays are coming up fast and saving money is as green as it gets. You can make gifts for your loved ones or find handmade/ethical presents at some of your favorite eco-friendly places. I keep seeing deals and sales from my favorite places and thought I should share them with my favorite greenies.  You can find anthing from recycled wrapping and bows to ethical housewares.  This is a great time to share green ideas with people who usually aren’t interested.   I hope you enjoy!

 

Clean Spirited jewelry sale section.

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

Up to 40% Off Large Toys. Kitchens, Dollhouses, Ride On Fire Engine, Puppet Theater and More!

Pure Citizen has amazing ethical flash sales everyday!

b Positive ethical clothing for an ethical lifestyle.

Wild Dill has great green gifts for kids.

Botanical Interests sale section for the holidays.

Bean Products sale section Earth Friendly products for yoga, meditation, home and pets. Made in USA

Great Sale Prices on Non-Toxic, Natural, Organic & Eco-Friendly Products at MightyNest.com

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

Get 5% off any Keetsa Mattress AND Bedframe plus Free Ship. Use code “KEETSA5POFFNOV12″ at checkout. Shop Now!

ethicalDeal.com is a great way to find new places and products for your green lifestyle.

Another candle, another wish. Make this year different and give up your birthday with charity: water.

Try Paper Culture- You’ll love it! Get $5 off your first purchase with code: ECOMOD

Save 50% on the Eco Friendly Product of the Week at GreenCupboards.com. Shop Now!

Save up to 50% Off with NOVICA Daily Deals! Handmade Gifts Everyday!

Get Ethical For Kids This Holiday Season

The holidays are coming up once again and gift buying is clearly in full swing. If you have to make purchases you know I always say to make them ethical. I have found quite a few really cute gift ideas that won’t hurt your wallet or our environment. Gift giving shouldn’t just be about having stuff, they should be meaningful. Make your presents have a statement. You could help recruit a new greenie or even just open someones eyes. Being ethical says you care for not only for our environment but the person you are giving the gift to.

Clean Spirited features Free Range by Autonomie Project EcoFriendly Organic Kids Bib

 

How cute is this bib seriously!!! I want one for myself. I am not at all afraid to admit I too can sometimes get messy when I eat. Autonomie Project’s  made with 100% organic, Fair Trade certified cotton. The bib was stitched in a fair trade facility with high ethical standards.

 

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Did you say edible face paint? Yes please! Wee Can Too’s edible art supplies are seriously some of the funnest ideas ever for art supplies. I am not sure why this company isn’t taking over the world but that is another article. What kids don’t like getting their faces painted. The paints are made using plant dyes and can be used on the face, body and even as regular paint on paper or projects. This is a great gift for even adults.

 

 

KidKraft Children's Fire Hydrant Night Stand

 

I think the KidKraft Fire Hydrant Night Stand is just a super cool night stand. It ships for free which is amazing and is only $60! The night stand is made from rubberwood which is ecologically sustainable timber making it an eco friendly choice! The bright colors and design of the hydrant are super fun. The stand has plenty of storage space.

Potato Tacos

I can never get enough of tacos! Finding new recipes to change up one of my favorite things makes me beyond happy. I know what you are thinking “Potato Tacos!!! Carbs Carbs Carbs!” but some carbs are beyond delicious. You can also add your favorite veggies to this recipe to make them a little different.

4 to 5 medium organic red potatoes (1/2 lb), cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium organic bell pepper
6 pcs sliced jalapeno
4 tablespoons hot chili oil
1 cup chopped organic red onion
1/2 cup medium finely chopped organic green onion
1 cup salsa verde
5 teaspoons taco seasoning mix
8 taco hard shells or 8 small soft tortillas for tacos
2 cup shredded lettuce
2 medium tomato, seeded, chopped
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup queso fresco cheese or Mexican cheese blend

Directions:
1. Place boil potatoes until tender but not falling apart.
2.In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
3. Add potatoes, onion and bell pepper; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion and bell pepper, and jalepeno are crisp-tender.
4. Reduce heat to medium-low.
5. Stir in salsa verde and taco seasoning mix; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Divide filling evenly into taco shells. Top each with lettuce, tomato, taco sauce and cheese.

** If you are not a fan of spicy food you can use vegetable oil for the vegettables and take out the jalapenos.