A St. Patrick’s Day Oath to Go Green

Lately I have been thinking about what I can do for St. Patrick’s Day this year. I ran a few ideas through my hyper vigilant brain and none of them really hit home, so to speak. Then finally late last night I decided I would ‘Go Green with Gusto’ this year! Here are a few things I have decided to do, have a quick peek and go green with me.

1. Plant a herb garden along with your flowering plants.

herb-garden2.  Stop using plastic bags and start carrying cloth bags for groceries and other items instead.

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3. Buy energy efficient electrical appliances. Look for the energy star!

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4. Remember to switch off the lights in a room when going out.

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5. Make a list of errands and do them all in one trip, conserving energy.

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6. A difficult one forme is turning off my computer completely at night. Maybe you shall have more success than I do. Try it! I shall too!

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7. Collect rainwater to water your plants.

stock-photo-plastic-container-collecting-rain-water-for-plant-watering-1023949818. Reuse scrap paper! Let your children draw on the blank sides. Very often, I even make little note pads to write my million little to-do lists.

Alternative-Creative-Unusual-Uses-For-Scrapbook-Paper9. Drip! Drip! Drip! One of the most annoying sounds is that of a leaky faucet. Fix your leaky faucets and conserve water.

images (3)10. Stop buying plastic bottles of water, start carrying your own when going out. Try and reuse old wine bottles or old juice bottles to store water.

images (4)11.Unplug chargers and appliances that are not being used.

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12. Wash clothes in cold water as 85 % of energy goes towards heating the water.

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13. Try to avoid spin drying clothes. Dry them on a line when the weather permits.

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Go green with gusto! Save our planet!

Sources

http://theartofsimple.net/tips-to-go-green-at-home/

5 Toys Made From Recycled Goods

There are so many house hold items we use and then just throw away. How aboutwe consider using these unwanted items we consider trash to make children’s toys that are economical, creative and eco-friendly.

You know all that milk you and your family consume by the gallon… well here’s a good way to put to use all those empty milk bottles. Make your child an igloo. Although it won’t really be cold inside!

Milk jug igloo

Milk jug igloo

As a mother you must certainly know the feeling of being in a hurry, walking into a room and seeing that it is a complete and absolute mess. Everywhere you look there is a piece of some toy or the other. Here’s a solution for all those small pieces that come underfoot.

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In my home we use tissue like nobody’s business! If I had collected even 4 months’ worth I could have made a pretty large amusement park with slides that twirl and whirl all the way down. Here’s a marble slide that you can make with just a few old tissue rolls.

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Don’t throw away your old business cards. On a happy Saturday afternoon sit down and use them to make pretty lanterns for your daughters’ room.

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If your children ever want a turtle and you aren’t necessarily keen on looking after your child’s pet, here’s an easy way out! Use bottle bottoms to make little turtles. Have your child use imagery to envision being on a beach and watching the baby turtles hatch and run clumsily towards the water.

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I happen to think wine bottles are   particularly interesting and useful. Of course people have come up with a million uses for the bottles themselves, but what happens to the cork? This is an example of what you can do after wine night at your house. It’s attractive, fun to make and can keep your children occupied for a bit! I would know

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Toys from trash! Have fun with it!

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Set That Ramp on Green Fire

 ‘The Green’ has hit the ramp too. Eco-fashion is catching on like wild fire. It’s all those waste materials that you would think about throwing away that green designers have restored and brought to life and into the spotlight.

Believe it! That is a gown made from garbage bags that have been melted together with an iron. “Out of the Bag” – Diana Velika

garbage bag gown

garbage bag gown

Ever wonder what to do with old plastic toys? Dress your stilettoes in Lego pieces? Here’s a taste. Would you ever dare to go out in those? Take eco-fashion on the ramp to a whole new level.

“Leg-go stilettoes”- Finn Stone, 

 

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finn stone stilettos

 

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Green Peace has taken on a whole new meaning. Here is jewelry made from recycled bullets and bomb castings. Rock that ramp!

 

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t love fairy tales? What girl hasn’t wanted to be a princess? This piece of gorgeousness is fashioned from old children’s’ books. Ryan Novelline devised this magical creation and is said to be the Prince Charming of green designers.

 

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download (1)     Never underestimate the use of soda cans. We consume more than a million      cans  of soda a day. Instead of going out and buying new earrings follow suit, wear  them   in your ears.

Dresses made from  old plastic bags look sexier than you might think!

 

 

 

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     John Petrey is the genius behind the use of these bottle caps to make this fantastic  dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

phonebook-dress  You would never believe it if I told you! This dress is made out of old telephone      books that nobody wants anymore. How cool is that! Designer Jolis Paon  certainly got it spot on. That dress could rock any runway from Paris to Milan.

As the years roll on there will be more and more clothes and accessories that will  be made from recycled items. Join in eco-fashion.

Make a statement!

 

 

When trash becomes so much more

I am a hardcore environmentalist. I live by the motto of reuse and recycle. And I can be really annoying about it. If you don’t believe me, you can ask my friends. They’ll have tons of stories to tell you about how I got on their nerves about recycling something or throwing stuff in the wrong trash can. But I honestly think recycling is serious business and we cannot afford to slack because Mother Nature needs us. Without intervention, the world will be full of garbage! There is something that I’ve learnt though. People don’t like to do things that they should if creativity isn’t involved. So I’m going to give you some examples of how you can turn trash into wonderfully useful household items. Here are some of the things that I made out of “garbage”:

   Plastic bottle bird feeders  – 

Bird Feeder

Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder

Don’t throw away those plastic bottles because we all know where they end up. Do you know about the Great Pacific garbage patch? Yep. Right there. So why not use those bottles to feed the cute little birdies in your yard? Be careful though. Cutting plastic can be a little tricky. Here’s a video you could watch for instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE9jKmQJED0   

   

 Cereal box magazine holders – This one is really simple. Cut the cereal box (No, not in half. Be innovative about it. You could use those fancy scissors.) and paint or decorate it. You have your very own magazine recycled magazine holder.

Cereal Box Magazine Holder

Cereal Box Magazine Holder

Soda can coasters – 

For all you neat freaks out there, there is a way to make recycled coasters! Cut out soda cans in square shapes and paste them on small ceramic tiles and voila! They’ll look pretty edgy.

Soda Can Coasters

Soda Can Coasters

 

 Yogurt containers or castle makers?

Use yogurt containers (or plastic containers of any kind) and paint them. They will make excellent sandcastle makers during the summer. It’s time to go to the beach!

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Make Sand Castles   

   Egg carton jewelry  boxes

Here’s a quirky idea for all you accessory-loving girls out there. Use egg cartons to store all your jewelry. Design it the way you like for a very nature friendly way of keeping your jewelry organized!

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Egg Carton Jewelry Box

 

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Re-use Old Wooden Pallets to Make Gorgeous Furniture

In this day and age recycling and reusing materials is always a great idea. What is even more satisfying is when you manage to create something beautiful out of materials that otherwise would have been thrown away.

Wooden pallets are a great resource. There is nothing a little sandpaper and varnish cannot do to cheer up a piece of wood. For those of you who like color in your life, throw in some paint and you are good to go.

One must never underestimate wooden pallets and their amazing ability to morph into the most attractive things. For people who like making their home a cosy place, wooden pallets can be used for a number of things. Have a look!!

For memories and entertainment!

Modified wooden pallets

Modified wooden pallets

Recycled Wooden Pallets

Recycled Wooden Pallets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee tables for a nice cuppa!  

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Beautiful Dining Table

Beautiful Dining Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lounge

 

If you throw mattresses and cushions on the wooden pallets you have settees to lounge on.

 

 

 

 

 

Hang up your jewellery!

Hang up your jewellery

 

No more messes to sort through on your way out. Hang up your jewellery

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the lushes in town!

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A crib for the baby!! That’s always useful.

 

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Baby Crib

Of course all of these magnificent creations can be painted or varnished to suit the decor of your home. For people who are more outdoorsy, wooden pallets have a whole other range of uses.

 

 

 

 

 

Check it out!

Green and Peace are two lovely words

 

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Book Shelf

Book Shelf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bicycle Parking

 

A space to park your bicycles in and out of the house!

 

 

 

 

 

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Deck Chairs

 

For those of you who like lounging in the sun wooden pallets can be converted into astounding deck chairs that can be painted brightly to make people look your way! 

 

 

 

 

 

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And instead of making your way all the way to the park, bring the swing to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Backyard Wooden Pallet

 

If you fancy sheep in your backyard wooden pallets always make a great feeding crate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the numerous uses of wooden pallets. They are a creative, fun, cheap, eco-friendly way to reuse old materials to spruce things up a bit.

Source : http://www.dumpaday.com

DIY Edible Wedding Favors

Ideas for wedding favors always need to be given a lot of thought before you finally decide on something. It is the only material thing that people take away from weddings and that’s what makes the wedding memorable to them (hopefully!). It always adds a little bit of humor when the wedding favors are fun and more specifically, edible. So here are a few ideas for DIY wedding favors. Feel free to snack on them while you make them!

1. Jelly Beans in a Net

This is a simple yet fun wedding favor and is extremely easy to make. All you need is a fistful of jelly beans, a square piece of net, preferably 6 inches x 6 inches, and a 5 cm ribbon to match.

First off, pick the jelly beans based on the color theme of your wedding, for instance, purple and white. The finished result looks better if there are no more than 3 colors (stick to 2 if possible). The net should be a color that matches with your jelly beans (let’s go with silver for this one). Take a fistful of purple and white jelly beans and place them in the middle of the silver net. Then lift the corners of the net around the jelly beans and bring them together on top in a bunch. Tie it together with a matching ribbon.

You can adjust the quantity of jelly beans depending on how full you want the bag. Feel free to adjust the size of the bag as well. You can also choose to go with plastic instead of net but I feel that net makes it look prettier as there are more color options. Don’t forget to throw in a thank you card!

2. Cookie Basket

Cookie Basket

Cookie Basket

This is a great idea if Grandma wants to help out with the wedding prep. Go with small baskets, it is cuter and easier to manage! Once you have found the right sized basket, ask Grandma to go ahead and start baking. For an easy and delicious cookie recipe try http://spoonful.com/recipes/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough.

Once the cookies are ready fill them up into the baskets and cover the basket with Saran Wrap.
But not before you have put in your thank you card!

3. Hot Chocolate Wedding Favors

This is my favorite wedding favor. Along with being cute and delicious it is also extremely unique. All you need is chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and tiny white marshmallows. You will also need those plastic food grade cones.

Hot Chocolate Wedding Favors

Hot Chocolate Wedding Favors

All you have to do is fill up the cone with an assortment of marshmallows, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Follow this link to get detailed instructions on how it’s done http://mmabudgetwedding.blogspot.in/2012/07/5-inexpensive-edible-wedding-favor.html.
Don’t forget to slap on a thank-you card!

4. Chocolate Bouquets

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chocolate bouquets

I have always been very fascinated by the idea of a chocolate bouquet. And I know for a fact that if I went to a wedding where they had chocolate bouquets as wedding favors, it would just make my week! So go ahead and make your guests’ week with a chocolate bouquet.
Follow this link to find out how it’s done http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Chocolate-Bouquet.

So here’s hoping that this is enough to get you started or at the very least, to get your creative juices flowing.

Fun ways you can re-use Christmas lights

Christmas is honestly my favorite time of the year. I love the holiday spirit that everyone just takes on during this time. So festive! My favorite part about Christmas, you ask? It has to be the presents! *squeal* We spend so much time and energy on decorating for Christmas that we forget that we need to think about what’s coming after. Holiday lights are usually packed up to keep for the next year. If your lights are less sturdy, it’s shopping time yet again. But you know that there are ways you can re-use those lights? Read on!

1. Ball them up

These lights make for great lanterns if you just ball them up properly. They look so darn pretty and it’s a different kind of lighting that looks fancy and eccentric at the same time!

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Grapevine-balls

Credits: http://www.ivillage.com/ways-decorate-home-christmas-lights/7-b-509316#512329

2. Word Art

You can use these lights on the wall to create interesting patterns or words. With this idea you are totally allowed to be a narcissist and put your name on the wall with those Christmas lights!

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Credits: http://www.ivillage.com/ways-decorate-home-christmas-lights/7-b-509316#512318

3. Fireflies in a jar

Just put your Christmas lights into a transparent glass jar (or colored, depending on the mood you’re going for) and put it on the shelf. That’s one interesting looking lamp you’ll have!

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Credits: http://momcaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/mason-jar-christmas-lights.jpg

4. Instant art

Use a string of lights and clip on your favorite and most intimate photos. It’s a very personal decoration and it will look lovely in your bedroom.

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Credits: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/532058143446930396/

5. Behind your head

Use these lights to light up the headboard behind your bed. It makes for an interesting lighting effect just when you’re about to fall asleep. It will probably make for some interesting dreams too!

Christmas Light Bedroom

Credits: http://waveavenue.com/profiles/blogs/christmas-lights-in-the-bedroom

These are just a few simple ways you could re-use the Christmas lights that you have rather than just throwing them away. Remember, you must re-use and recycle to save Mother Earth. Plus, wouldn’t you rather be creative than to wait for next Christmas to get those lights out? Get busy!