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green living | The Green Beagle - Part 2

Deep Rosemary and Mint Organic Bath Soak

Deep Rosemary and Mint Organic Bath Soak

Deep Rosemary and Mint Organic Bath Soak

 

I have been in need of a long bath for quite a while.  Baths are one of my most fave things ever but I never have the time to take a bath and relax the way I really want to.  That being said I am sure there are some of you out there that have that same issue.  I figured while I was dreaming about the most relaxing fabulous bath I have ever wanted to take I would showcase a product that I am also dreaming of with my bath.  The Deep Rosemary and Mint Organic Bath Soak would make my bath all it could ever be.   Both rosemary and mint help relax and revitalize the senses after a long stressful day.  Mint is used in many bath products to open up the senses and help you breathe easier.   Some benefits of rosemary have been said to be that it is a mood elevator, anti-inflammatory, improves memory, migraine relief, pain reliever, immune booster, aids in anti-aging, helps with circulation besides a large list of other things.  Mint is known for helping with digestion, it has been suggested that mint is an anti-cancer herb, antioxidant, cools, treats acne, helps cleanse the blood, relieves congestion and nasal issues, helps relax and soothe the skin.
Ingredients: Organic Breton Sea Salts, Rosemary Organic Essential Oil, Organic Rosemary Sprigs

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.

Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

Brussles Sprouts Au Gratin

Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

 

 

Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite veggies ever, then you add cheese, WHAT!!! This has got to be the best dish ever! I found this recipe and could not be any more excited. The only thing that I would be larges amounts of jalapenos and hot red pepper but I understand that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I also know many people may feel a certain type of way about Brussels sprouts but I promise they are worth consideration. I eat them on a regular basis. Once you get over their bad reputation I promise they are quite delish.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
1 large organic onion, finely chopped
1 clove organic garlic, minced
2 pounds (about 7 cups, halved) fresh organic Brussels sprouts
1 1/2 cups organic low-fat milk
1 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted organic butter or substitute
5 tablespoons organic wheat flour
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon organic Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon organic dried thyme
Freshly ground organic black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups grated organic sharp white Cheddar cheese
Paprika, for garnish (optional)
Organic Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Organic Jalapenos or banana peppers (optional)

Directions:
1. Heat up a skillet and add the onion to the pan and saute over medium heat for 6 to 7 minutes

2. Add the garlic for the last minute.

3. Scrape the onions and garlic into a large, shallow casserole and spread them around evenly. Set aside.

4. Trim the Brussels sprouts, then cut them in half (or quarters, if very large) lengthwise.

5. Bring a large soup pot of well-salted water to a rolling boil. Add the Brussels sprouts. Return to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

6. Drain immediately in a colander for 5 minutes.

7. Transfer to the casserole, spreading the sprouts evenly in the dish.

8. Heat the oven to 375°.

9. Combine the milk and vegetable broth in a small saucepan.

10. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.

11. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan.

12. Add the flour and cook, stirring over medium heat, for about 1 minute, until the flour is light golden brown.

13. Whisk in half of the hot milk and broth. Heat and whisk for a minute or so, until thick.

14. Add the remaining liquid and cook for about 5 minutes, whisking frequently.

15. Whisk in the Parmesan cheese, mustard, salt, thyme, and pepper.

16. Pour the sauce evenly over the Brussels sprouts. Mince the bacon and sprinkle it over the sauce.

17. Sprinkle evenly with the Cheddar cheese and dust lightly with paprika, hot red pepper flakes and jalapenos, if desired.

18. Place the casserole on the center oven rack and bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown.

19. Cool for about 5 minutes before serving. Makes 10 servings.

August’s Save Your Green

August's Save Your Green

August's Save Your Green

 

 

The summer is almost coming to a close which makes me super sad but have no fear there fall is almost here which means fun, cooler weather and back to school!! Now is a great time to get deals on fun summer stuff and for all of your back to school needs!
Saving money and being responsible about your purchases is very important. I know it is difficult to find companies that you can trust. Being green isn’t always easy but I have found some great companies with great deals right here for you!

Mattress Sale! Get 5% off any Keetsa Mattress and get Free Ship. Use code “KEETSA5POFFAUG12″ at checkout. Shop Now!

TheGreenOffice.com – Green Products, Great Prices!

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

Help Women Worldwide Gain Economic Security!

Bulk Herbs and Natural Products for Healthy, Natural Living
Save the Rainforest! Visit The Rainforest site and find out how!

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

Coyuchi Free Ground Shipping On All Domestic Orde — NO Code Required! Click Here!

Save 40% off Bamboo Wall Art for Dad this year. Shop Paper Culture for all your Fathers Day needs. Ends June 3rd. Shop today!

Check out ethicalDeal.com for great green deals in your area!

Buy 1 Get 2 Free at Botanic Choice Buy 1 Bottle and Get 2 FREE (select items), plus Free Shipping on $25+

Olympic Sale – Get $15 Off Any Order $65+ AND Get FREE Shipping at GreenCupboards.com. Shop Eco-Friendly Now!

Save 10% on Redflower PLUS Free Spanish Gardenia Candle

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Now Buy 12 Eco-Elegant Roses & Get 6 Free At OrganicBouquet.com! Click Here!

Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $150.00 at Ecoist.com

Deal of the Week 25% Off – Get California Baby SPF 30+ No Fragrance Sunscreen For $14.99 at GreenCupboards.com. Shop Now!

We’re planting trees in honor of your newborns! Buy Baby Announcements with Paper Culture.

eco lunch boxes

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

 

 

I heard Jenny Brown’s interview yesterday on NPR and was in love! I have always wanted to do this but every time I mention it people laugh at me like rescuing farm animals is absurd. I cannot wait to read The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals!!!! Not only has Jenny overcome cancer and even lost a leg to it but she has found meaning in her struggle. Jenny’s childhood cat had such an impact on her during her illness she gave back to other animals that couldn’t/can’t fight for themselves.
You can visit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, sponsor an animal, meet the animals on the website, volunteer, donate and so much more! Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is a beautiful cause for more than just rescuing neglected and abused animals. You can learn about why eating meat and torturing animals is unnecessary despite what big corporations try to tell you. You can participate and be the change these animals need you to be. Farm animals don’t have many choices and can’t fight for themselves especially in some of the conditions they live in.
You should take the time to read The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals and learn more about the cause, how you can help and what you can do to cause change. You never know what good things can come from this kind of knowledge.

Book Description: Jenny Brown was just ten years old when she lost a leg to bone cancer. Throughout the ordeal, her constant companion was a cat named Boogie. Years later, she would make the connection between her feline friend and the farm animals she ate, acknowledging that most of America’s domesticated animals live on industrialized farms, and are viewed as mere production units. Raised in a conservative Southern Baptist family in Kentucky, Brown had been taught to avoid asking questions. But she found her calling and the courage to speak out. She left a flourishing career as a film and television producer after going undercover and exposing horrific animal abuse in Texas stockyards.
Bringing to life this exhilarating transformation, The Lucky Ones introduces readers to Brown’s crowning achievement, the renowned Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary she established with her husband in 2004. With a cast of unforgettable survivors, including a fugitive slaughterhouse cow named Kayli; Albie, the three-legged goat; and Quincy, an Easter duckling found abandoned in New York City, The Lucky Ones reveals shocking statistics about the prevalence of animal abuse throughout America’s agribusinesses. Blending wry humor with unflinching honesty, Brown brings a compelling new voice to the healthy-living movement—and to the vulnerable, voiceless creatures among us.

Tribest – Soymilk Maker and Tofu Kit

Tribest - Soymilk Maker and Tofu Kit

Tribest - Soymilk Maker and Tofu Kit

 

 

I never really thought about making my own soy milk or tofu but this looks like it could be really fun. I found the Tribest Soymilk Maker & Tofu kit while I was browsing GreenCupboards.com. I am not sure why it never occurred to me that I could make my own but this is the exact reason why I “window shop” at my regular green stores. The variety of items out there that can really help you save money, time and energy are surprising. I will admit some products may not be completely effective but this one looks like a ton of fun. I have a feeling making your own tofu or milk might be difficult at first but once you get into the swing of things it could be so much easier than buying either at the store. If you are interested in this or other fun items for your home check out GreenCupboards.com.

Product Description: Soyabella is even more convenient and versatile with the deluxe SB-132 package. It adds the tofu kit and stainless steel lid. The tofu kit is a handy tofu press that squeezes soy curds into delicious tofu perfect for salads, snacks, or as a meat substitute. The stainless steel lid keeps your fresh soymilk covered while you clean the grinding head, extending the life of your Soyabella Soymilk Maker. The Soyabella Soymilk Maker is the elegantly easy way to make fresh soymilk and a variety of other delicious recipes in your own kitchen. Simply add soybeans and water to the Soyabella Soymilk Maker and you get fresh soymilk in about 15 minutes. Soyabella is also great for making milk from a wide variety of beans, as well as for making fresh rice milk, rice paste, sesame paste, and porridge. It can even be used as a coffee grinder and mill by using included accessories. Plus, the Soyabella Soymilk Maker is extremely easy to clean.

How is Tribest green? Tribest’s focus on healthy living is at the core of the wide range of energy efficient products they produce. With the Green Star in energy efficiency and conservation, Tribest continues to make household appliances that juice your fruits, not your energy bill. Take it from the eco-savvy developers at Tribest, using less electricity simple makes more sense. A reduced power bill means a reduction in electrical pollution. It’s aneco-appliance win-win with anything from the Tribest line.

Green Gifts For Dad

Green Father's Day

Green Father's Day

 

 

Father’s Day is almost here and I thought some of you might need some assistance in finding great green ideas for dad that aren’t ties. I know my dad always appreciates small things that are creative and from the heart like most parents but there is no reason you can’t go green too.

1. Try fixing something of his that is broken. I am sure your father has something/s lying around that he has been meaning to get fixed. If you can fix it do it. If not find someone who can.

2. Make him a craft out of things your father loves from around the house. I don’t mean to take apart his gadgets or hobbies but if you know there are certain colors, materials, products etc he favors why not make him something he can truly enjoy. Creativity can help you save money and share a moment with dear old dad.

3. Bamboo Wall art at 40% off from Paper Culture. Use ‘BAMBOODAD’ at checkout. Ends June 3rd. Shop today!

4. Save Green For Father’s Day! Get $10 Off ANY $50+ Order at GreenCupboards.com. Shop Now!

5. Save $15 on SolarGorilla Portable Charger for Netbooks, Laptops and phones.

6. 15% off Everything in the Eco Coffee Shop

7. Spend $5 on GiftsWithHumanity.com for free. No minimum purchase or catch. Just enter the $5 off coupon code at checkout and get $5 on us.

8. Does your Father like wine? Get him a sample pack of Organic Wines for Father’s Day.

9. Do dad’s regular house chores like outdoor work or maybe the garbage.  Even dad’s don’t like doing them and they deserve a day off.

10.  Good ol’ breakfast in bed is always a pleaser.  Make your dad his favorite meal out of green and local products.  Why not bring all of his meals to him for the day.  Get dad his favorite snacks and foods to enjoy on is special day.

Green Cupboards

Green Cupboards

Green Cupboards

It seems I have been slacking on my hunting down green businesses. I have been a bad beagle! I didn’t want to continue to disappoint so I have found GreenCupboards.com. I have written a few articles on items I have found at their store. GreenCupboards.com offers a wide variety of items such as toys, grocery items, outdoor, office and even electronics. I know many green retailers may sell green products but their values are lacking. GreenCupboards.comgoes out of their way to assure their customers that they are as legitimate as their products.

About GreenCupboards.com: Green Cupboards is a leading online retailer of eco-friendly products for homes and businesses. Based in Spokane, Washington, the company was the winner of a regional university business plan competition and was subsequently co-founded in 2008 by Gonzaga University graduates Josh Neblett, Sarah Wollnick and their Adjunct Professor, Tom Simpson.
Struck by the lack of one-stop shopping alternatives for eco-friendly merchandise, the co-founders set out to create a customer-centric brand and streamline the way people buy green. Greencupboards targets consumers who strive to do the right things to sustain the planet, yet are challenged to find a broad selection of eco-friendly products that work and cost about the same as a their non-green counterparts.
GreenCupboards offers the vastest array of thoroughly vetted eco-friendly products of any e-retailer in our market. We currently provide approximately 15,000 unique items from over 600 suppliers. Critical to our mission, we endeavor to provide an easy, fun and educational shopping experience, over-the-top customer service and competitive prices. To date, we have satisfied the purchasing needs of over 100,000 consumers.
GreenCupboards employs over 50 youthful, zany and eco-friendly minds. Our culture is as dynamic as the shopping experience we deliver.

Lotus Teen Batik Skirt

Lotus Teen Batik Skirt

Lotus Teen Batik Skirt

 

I am swooning over the patterns of this skirt! Very much my style. Lotus Jayne never disappoints! The Batik Skirt can be worn almost all year round with either leggings or tights! It’s great!  The skirt is Fair Trade made and sewn in a workshop run by women! Another plus that can’t be ignored is it is only $20!! You can be styling and conscious at the same time.  Supporting women’s businesses globally is so important.  We need to keep this type of Fair Trade practice thriving. Companies like Lotus Jayne are extremely important to our green economy. Every purchase we make isn’t only an economic decision but a social one as well which most people refuse to think about. I understand the importance of looking good but it is of greater importance to support businesses that support our global good like Lotus Jayne.

 

Product Description: The Batik Skirt is Jayne’s original design, sewn in medium-weight cotton, a fabric with lots of body that won’t go limp after one washing. The cloth was made in small Indonesian Batik workshops and is authentic.

This skirt is free-sized with an elastic waistband which can be worn on waist or hips and can accommodate many body types, so please check measurements before ordering.

All fair trade, sewn in a workshop run by women with HIV/AIDS
Elastic 1 3/4″ wide waistband fits 21 to 30 inch waist
Skirt is 17 3/4 inches long from top of waistband
Bottom of skirt measures 40″ around
100% cotton. Wash in cold water, dry on medium to light cycle
fair trade

Organic Homemade Coleslaw

Organic Homemade Coleslaw

Organic Homemade Coleslaw

 

 

I love coleslaw in the summer! It is a crisp, refreshing and delish salad that goes well with a large variety of summer meals. Keeping coleslaw around is a good idea as long as you are not using an over abundance of mayo. I found this simple & quick recipe that I really want to try, it sounds mucho delish!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

5 cups shredded organic cabbage
1 1/2 cups dried organic cranberries
1/2 cup organic celery, diced
1/4 cup chopped organic green onions, white and green parts
1/2 cups chopped organic green bell pepper
1/2 cup shredded organic red cabbage

Dressing:
1/4 cup organic mayo
1 tablespoon sweet organic pickle relish
1 tablespoon organic honey mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine cabbages, cranberries, celery, green onions, and green pepper in a large plastic bowl with a snap-on lid.
Combine all dressing ingredients, adding salt and pepper to taste, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Pour dressing over slaw just before serving. Stir well.