How many loads of laundry do you do each week? Maybe even each day. Personally, I am actively trying to cut down on my laundry loads. I told Tom that he has to wear his jeans three times before I wash them. (To be fair, I usually wear my jeans 5 times between each wash unless the kids wipe their peanut butter fingers on me). And still, I do a load almost every day. Sometimes two if Esther wets the bed. Good thing she's cute! But like so many household products, most laundry detergents are laden with bad chemicals. So I'm so pleased to have partnered with Nellie's All-Natural and for your opportunity to win your own 100 load laundry tin!
Do you bother to mulch your landscaping each year to improve your curb appeal? Should you? If you're like me you feel a lot of pressure to make your yard look its best. So I just have to ask you. Should you be using compost instead? (It certainly would be cheaper). Or both? Because to me, using both mulch and compost is a lot like whipping up a batch of brownies. Here's why.
Do you ever wonder what you're going to do with the other half of the watermelon? Because you know how it is. You cut the watermelon in half to eat now and want to save the other half for later. The best option is to wrap it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. But the plastic wrap always gets tangled together and ends up sticking to itself. It typically takes a few tries before you actually get it to work. So frustrating. Enter: ChicWrap. Truly, this is the easiest solution to wrapping up your leftovers. And easy is getting the green light in my world these days. So keep reading to learn how to simplify your life and win a couple of these splendid products!
Congrats to Dorrie T our ChicWrap Winner!
Gardening with kids is tricky. Like puppies, kids have super short attention spans. But if you can harness that energy it works out well....for both of you. Sure, it's easier to do the work myself than get the kids involved. But I've finally decided it's time to garden as a family. So whether it's your own kids, the grandkids, the neighbors kids; here's 8 reasons you should get them involved.
First impressions count. And my first impressions of Eartheasy from start to finish are nothing less than stellar. From their incredible range of knowledge about sustainable living to the high caliber of their products down to their ethics....this is just a company and a family you'll want to support. On their website make sure you read the "Our Story" tab first, quite fascinating. They bring 30 years of living off the grid seem doable whether you're an urban, suburban or rural dweller. So keep reading for your chance to win this stunning rolling cedar patio planter from Eartheasy.....valued at $260!
Congrats to Holly B! The Rolling Ceder Planter Winner
We have a 2' x 4' cedar planter box that needs potting soil. Soon... so that I can get my herb garden going. [Hint hint awesome giveaway coming up]. Anyhow, to buy bagged soil is going to cost us a small fortune. Over $70 I estimated for just this one box. And I have several other containers and pots that need to be filled too. Even though we spent over $500 to fill our three raised beds with dirt, this type of soil is just too heavy when growing in pots. It's time to make my own. Are you in? Want to try it with me?
Happy Earth Day! And to celebrate, we interviewed Founder and Chief Horticulturalist David Salman of High Country Gardens with a few questions that were boggling our wonderful readers. Pioneers in sustainable gardening, you'll glean a ton of useful information from this interview that ranges from low water plants to eco friendly landscapes. While checking out their website, be sure to sign up for their email newsletter to keep you up-to-date about their latest plants and awesome gardening tips. And keep reading for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate (1st place) or $25 (2nd place) to purchase some perennials, succulents or garden supplies from High Country Gardens!
Congrats to Carol -1st place and Erin R our 2nd place Winner
Our yard is just under a half of acre. Depending on where you live and your perspective, this might sound like an enormous chunk of earth or not quite so much. But our suburban yard is huge in comparison to others where we live. This allows us to have a big garden. While we do have three raised beds measuring 16 feet long, Tom thinks we should add another one! I disagree. This led me to think...Am I making the most of the garden space I already have? While mulling over this question, this is what I learned to do.
It's that yearly question. What to get mom for Mother's Day? She already has way too many pictures frames, candles and bath salts. (Remember...she ended up donating those items to that cat fundraiser). Why not make mom glow and give her unique gift she'll use and treasure for years to come? How about a teapot and some blooming tea from Tea Beyond? Guess what surprised me the most? How reasonably priced their products are. They just look expensive. So let's meet up with Tea Beyond owner Jane London as she enlightens us about our daily cuppa. And make sure you enter to win the lovely butterfly teapot as shown above! Congrats Sharon for being our Tea Beyond Winner!
How about tackling one last indoor project before we make the shift to the garden and all things outdoors? Perhaps installing white subway tile? We put it in our bathroom and are so enamored that now we want it as our kitchen backsplash too. Here's why.
If you have pest problem in your home you may want to try and find organic and natural methods to get rid of them before you call in the pest control experts. You may not be successful but there are ways you can try and get rid of bugs yourself. The one thing you always need to be aware of when you are attempting your own pest control methods, is that you should not let the situation get out of hand before you contact a professional pest control service. So what methods can you try? And when is time to call professionals, such as Fox Pest Control.
Will it be seeds or plants for you this year? Or a little bit of both? And depending on where you live, you may have already have some seedlings planted. Send me a few pics, okay? As for where I live, it's a bit early for planting spring seeds indoors, even though I forged ahead. So whether you're early or late to plant, I wouldn't stress out. I find it's best to come up with your own personal seed planting schedule, no matter what it says on the back of the seed packet. Here's why.
Finally a cutting board I can sink my knife into without damage or dulling. Let me introduce you to my new best friend... the Enviroboard. Actually, I should say three best friends since there's three of them in the set. As gardeners, we can appreciate how these boards are made from plant based raw materials. Besides, they are highly rated on Amazon. Right now RYG readers can get 10% by using this code on amazon. 6PYYZ49L So we are thrilled to have partnered with Sunlife Brands and for your chance to win your own set valued at $35!!
Congratulations to Lisa C our Enviroboard Winner! Thanks again to Enviroboard for this wonderful giveaway.
It's March and that means seasonal produce is starting to flood our grocery stores. And if you're one of the lucky ones.....your local Farmer's Market. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day; much of it is green. It's fresh, loaded in nutrients and it's a bit cheaper because it's in season. So here's a quick guide to green eating.
There I go pinching myself again. Blame it on my new Product of GIR spatula. Amazing. Ditto for the silicone spoon and flipper. Kind of like the day I discovered Spanx made swimsuits. Monumental. It's the spatula's silicone unibody construction. Get It Right tools are sure to satisfy the kitchen cravings of all, from the up-and-coming cook to the seasoned chef; and everyone else in between. We are so excited to have teamed up with GIR and for your chance to win the Ultimate Kitchen Tool Set.....valued at $50.
Congrats to Heather our Product of GIR Winner! (Entry #68 email subscriber) Many thanks goes out to GIR for sponsoring this giveaway =)
I started sprouting literally overnight. And now how I love sprouts! Sprouts are delicious in soups, stews, salads, sandwiches and stir-fries. Say that 10 times. So when I can't get my hands dirty in the garden, I tackle other projects that intrigue me like sprouting. How about you? Ready to sprout? Low in calories, mung sprouts are an excellent source of protein too.
We burn wood to heat our home. This means we end up with tons of wood ash. We put the ash into the garden. If you don't have a woodburning stove, the same rules might apply to your outdoor burn pile. And if you don't have a garden, wood ash could be used on your lawn. So let's talk about ash!
If you are looking for an innovative way to create space in your home, or just want a bit of a change, one way to easily revamp a room is to install folding doors. Folding doors are comprised of attached panels stretching from wall to wall, and are opened by folding like a concertina. If you are in the mood for some DIY this weekend, folding door hardware kits are available for you to custom-make a door to perfectly fit your room.
Succulents are for the fleshpots. Lush, stiff and spiny or smooth and sleek, some succulents are even furry! Like people, succulents come in a myriad of colors, shapes and sizes. It's no wonder succulents are like your own family, and a surprising number of plant families are represented among them. Let me tell you how.
It's time to "force" your Paperwhites. That is, time to plant these stunning bulbs in a pot indoors. Paperwhites planted in small vases make the best shower or wedding party favors. This project is easy and inexpensive to do. Fragrant Paperwhites just need to be potted and watered. That's it!
It was love at first sight with my Scrub Daddy. This product works. I used it to clean my stove top. Now, we kind of just smile at each other in that goofy sort of way. So buy yourself, and all the people you love a Scrub Daddy this Valentine's Day. It says right on the box "you'll love me" and they're right! And here are seven more gifts the gardener is rooting for.
Outside space can be a total joy, particularly in the summer, but it can also be a hassle if left neglected – preventing you from making the most of it. If your patio area has been left for a long time, getting it in a usable condition can seem like a gargantuan task – but it really needn’t be. Here are a few ideas to help you revitalize your outdoor space, so you can make the most of your patio.
No Victorian home would’ve been without one, and more affluent homes always had a library in which the gentleman enjoyed his brandy and cigar. But these days, with people reading more virtual pages than paper, is there much call for a bookcase?
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Ever hear of a pineberry? A white strawberry speckled with red seeds that tastes like pineapple. Are you ready for pink...dare we call them blueberries? Or how about the elongated blueberries that still taste like a blueberry but now look like snap peas? From these new plants we're seeing new foods that will change the look of dinner. How do you learn about these new foods, plants and seeds?
Decorating with metallic silver pine cones is cheap, easy and pretty. Even better, they bring the outdoors in for the cold months by using pine cones. Silver is lovely in January right up to Valentine's Day. The centerpieces in particular are smashing for the winter months and make your table really pop. And I love unique gift toppers - what about you?
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I love sharing my home & garden ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.